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I'd like to sort out the process I've gone through in order to pick the diapers I think will work best for my family and me. Of course, this may change once I actually *have* the baby, but the theory interests me and I thought it might interest some of you, too.<br><br>
First of all, I am 100% committed to cloth and have been since I was a little kid. I don't like disposables and I think many of the "easy-use" cloth diapers are overkill for me.<br><br>
Secondly, I deep-down think it's better to have diapers that don't come with fasteners or elastic. They'll hold up better, be easier to care for and be more useful in the long run.<br><br>
That leaves flats, prefolds and contours.<br><br>
Contours are out because I have heard more negative reviews than positive, both from sellers and from mamas I've polled.<br><br>
That leaves flats and prefolds, and really I love flats most of all because they are the ultimate in simplicity. But prefolds are nice and soft and fluffy and MUCH more popular and my dh likes them better. So--both.<br><br>
I think I prefer the idea of fastening to laying the diapers in wraps, because fastening holds things together better and lets you use any kind of cover. I'm not scared of pins, Snappis are fun, and I dislike Velcro (though I do think the BSWWs are adorable).<br><br>
I like the idea of PUL during the day and wool at night. Trim and waterproof on the one hand, natural and breathable on the other. I can find moderately priced covers with good reviews in both categories.<br><br>
The diaper bag/babysitter diaper was harder since pocket diapers creep me out on the synthetics-against-skin level and AIOs creep me out on the sanitation level. Plus, I don't like Velcro, but babysitters generally do. My current decision is to compromise on the Velcro and get quick-dry AIOs for the sanitation creepiness.<br><br>
I'm lucky enough that my husband, mother and mother-in-law are all in complete agreement with me that cloth rules, my husband because he's just as much of a tightwad environmentalist as I am and our mothers because they used it on us with no major problems.<br><br>
Anyway, that's how I sorted through the 4,235,268,438,097 cloth diapering options on the Internet and drew my own conclusions. I know everyone has different needs, but I always like logical, step-by-step thinking through a complex problem. Plus, it's nice to have it all laid out for the times when I doubt my decisions.<br><br>
What is important to you when it comes to choosing the type of cloth that works best for your family?
 

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Wow, you really do have things figured out!<br><br>
I'm nowhere near that logical .. I just try things and if I like them I buy more. We almost exclusively use fitteds. I don't like prefolds so I use them for burp cloths and I never bought any flats because i assume I'd like them even less. I don't like AIOs but tried Fuzzi Bunz for night and like those. Velcro I'm not into at all. I started with PUL covers because they seemed easiest, but now those are only for the babysitter because I like wool better (and I learned to knit so I could save money that way)<br><br>
at this point the most important things to me are a good fit and cute prints <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Your reasoning is wonderful! I think you're making wise economical decisions! I totally am right there with you 99% (I like velcro you see). Amen about the quick dry AIOs. Here here about diapers without fasteners holding up better. Oh, yeah, about it all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Yay! I can hardly wait till your little bundle gets here so you can post pic after pic of him/her in all that yummy simplicity! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Im happy you figured it out!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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well my DH wasnt on board with me using cloth at first (1 yr ago) so i wanted to cd soooo bad that i bought all velcro aios then branched out from there. my dh is now extremely happy, supportive and can use a fitted, aio, aplix or snap side snappers and front but cant even figure out how to get a pf off my dd let alone put one on! :LOL Infact I usually only use PFs if hes not around and the few times he did go to change her I got that "Hon can you come here a minute... uuuhh what is this a towel? Did you not wash enough diapers?" But I still love him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> he tries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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wow, i wish i had this kind of knowledge BEFORE i had kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i started dd out in disposables and gerber cloth....then motherease fitteds and covers.<br><br>
ds has been in fitteds, prefolds and wool his whole life. the most important thing for me was natural fibers. he hardly wears covers or pants anyways!
 
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