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hi! i have always used 'sposies but recently my 18 month dd has had a lot of diaper trouble [rash after rash and even a boil! poor thing]. i am thinking about switching to cloth but here's the thing: i know nothing about it. at all.
: i have been trying to sort through all the info, but if anyone has any advice on how i might get started, i'd really, really appreciate the time/effort. also - i work part time and so how does the daycare thing work? thanks in advance! -jennifer
 

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How much are you wanting to spend to start cd'ing? I'd recommend some prefolds - probably toddler sized, though it depends on the size/build of your little one (and poor thing with rashes and a boil). You can also get some trimmed or fitted prefolds (for instance from http://www.growmearainbow.com). You can so simple with covers - pul (polyurethane laminate - sp?) like bummis and motherease airflow. Then there are pocket diapers which I have fallen back in love with - we really like Fuzzi Bunz, but there are others as well. I really like http://www.diaperware.com - Inge has a great selection of prefolds, fitteds, pockets, aio's (all in ones) and she's quick with emails if you have any questions for her. If I was starting fresh, I'd probably get a couple dozen prefolds, some pul covers (I really like the Motherease Airflows - http://www.motherease.com), some wool (I like the SugarPeas - very easy to get and never have let us down), and maybe some pockets for naps, daycare, and out & about. Actually, that's about what my stash looks like now! :LOL (Except for some me-made fitteds
). Hope that gives you some help. Please keep asking questions! And welcome to the world of cloth diapers!
 

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I'm just starting too and I've been trying to figure out what works best for us by buying a little of many different things. I bought some prefolds, a few fitteds, some bummis super whisper wraps, some pocket diapers, and some AIOs. My next purchase will be wool soakers for nights. I got my pockets (fuzzi bunz and happy heinys) on ebay for cheap and some other stuff used from the trading post here. For the AIOs, I like my bum-wares . I've tried Little Lambs, but they seem to wick (I know I can treat then with nikwax but I'm too lazy!). For inserts for the pocket diapers I like the microfiber towels folded (I got them at costco for around $10 for 16 of them!).

I had issues with the girls getting rashes last week (my first week of CDing) and figured out that the Tide was building up (I saw tons of suds in the final rinse). But when there was no more buildup, after about a million washes, the girls still had rashes. So I switched detergents and it's all better
. The tide was giving me rashes too
. I want to try some Bi-O-Kleen.

Hope some of this helps!

Mariah
 

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thank you so much mylittlewonders! i suppose i need to jump right in and try and figure out what works for us - not even sure what pre-fold means... :LOL ..but i won't until i try! do these usually self-adhere or are diaper pins still used? any diaper pail recommendations?...thanks a bunch! -jennifer
 

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It's hard to offer advice, b/c I don't really know what you are looking for. With the rashes, I'd suggest either Prefolds or fitteds. This way you can let your baby go coverless at home, and change as soon as it's wet. At this age, PFs might be too much for you to figure out how to get on snugly w/ a wiggly toddler. I'd suggest trying some fitteds (I'd get some used ones for cheap, or try a few different brands that you see frequently mentioned). Describe the build of your DC, and you can get some good suggestions. My DD is tall and skinny. She can still fit into infant prefolds, and wears a medium in most diapers. Also, decide if you want something that dries in one dryer cycle, or two. Do you want seperate pieces that snap together, or just one piece? If you like cloth, and your daycare is agreeable, then great! You might want to get a few All-In-Ones for them if they are sceptical. Seeing as how they can actually SEE that your DC is rashy, they should be accomodating.

Good Luck!
 

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all of this info is great - thank you! i am now more encouraged than confused, even if i haven't *quite* figured it out yet. to answer freethinker, my daughter is 22lbs - very median range build for 18mos, but maybe a little on the tall side. she is definitely squirmy, though, so thanks for the advice on that part. we have done everything we can to combat the rashes - and we love our daycare who changes diapers as/more frequently than we do! i agree that AIO seems to be a good choice for daycare, but maybe we can try some coverless types at home....i'm going to give it a try but welcome any other advice!
 

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There are six basic types of cloth diapers: flats, prefolds, contours, fitteds, pockets, and all-in-ones. The first four categories require covers, particularly when worn under clothing. Covers can be made out of nylon, PUL, fleece, or wool, and they can be pull-on, velcro, or snap.

Flats are big, one-layer square pieces of cloth. They are the cheapest and easiest to care for, but the hardest to use. You fold them to fit your baby and fasten with pins or a Snappi, or lay them in a wrap. A snappi is a T-shaped stretchy thingamajig with teeth similar to Ace bandage hooks.

Prefolds are multi-layered rectangular pieces of cloth. They are the second-cheapest and second-easiest to care for, but the second-hardest to use. You fold them to fit your baby, but the folding is much less complicated than with flats. You fasten them with pins or a Snappi , or lay them in a wrap if you don't want to fasten them.

Contour diapers are multi-layered baby-shaped pieces of cloth. They are a good compromise between price and ease of use, but tend to be less absorbent than other types.

Fitteds have elasticized legs and usually come with their own fasteners--either snaps or Velcro. You can sometimes get by with letting your baby go coverless in these, which is great for rashes, but you still have to use a cover under clothes or out of the house. Fitted diapers vary AMAZINGLY in price and fit, so if you want to go with this kind, buy them singly at first. They are the most popular diapers on this board.

Pockets are an ingenious (IMO
) invention. They are basically a diaper cover sewn on three sides to a fleece liner. The fourth side is open for a stuffer. The fleece keeps the baby dry, the stuffer absorbs the wetness, the cover keeps the baby's clothes (and you
) dry. They work well and are easy to use, but are expensive, especially if you buy high-end stuffers. (You can use flats or prefolds, with microfiber towels being the next step up, then specially made microfiber inserts, then, at the top of the line, hemp inserts.)

All-in-Ones are just like disposables except you wash 'em. They are the easiest to use, but are expensive (though not as expensive as disposables). They tend to be less durable, less absorbent, and harder to care for than other types.

As I said, the first four types above require separate covers. The Dappi nylon pull-on pant is the cheapest of the covers that actually work. Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and Mother-ease Air Flows are very popular and medium-priced. You can also find fleece and wool covers that are quite nice--I second the suggestion of Diaperware as a great source for fleece and wool covers, as well as myriad other items. Good luck!
 

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wow! great info, juliacat - i had no idea of the variety of options! thanks for the details. i can see it does boil down to price and personal preference [of either parent and/or child!] ...i am not sure of the investment we can afford to make, but disposables are so painful to purchase because we have to do it SO often!
 

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Talulasmom: You're very welcome. I'm glad SOMEONE is benefitting from my obsession. One piece of advice I've heard is to start out with prefolds and basic covers like BSWW, then if you like them, great, and if you don't, you can still use them while gradually building up a fancy stash. Also, I know Babies in the Sun will set up a payment plan for you to make the transition easier.

MyLittleWonders: Thank you for the accolades. If only my graduate school professors could see me now!
 

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i would check out www.thediaperhyena.com and www.diaperpin.com too for resources and info. though what else do you need after juliacat's reply? way to break it down! i also recommend www.greenmountaindiapers.com as a great shopping place and for resource info. karen also has LOTS of pictures of folding stuff and different diapers and covers on real babies so you can get an idea of what looks like what. that is where i learned a lot when i was getting started.
yay! good luck to you!!!
 

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wow - all of you are amazing!
i feel so encouraged and even inspired now - i can't wait to make the big switch and see how it goes. i only wish i had done it sooner...maybe i will be able to 'spread the word' one day too! thank you thank you thank you!
 

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Hi. I am somewhat new here myself. I began CDing my then 18 month old just a few months ago. I started trying different kinds of diapers a few at a time and gradually figured out what worked best for my dd. We use fitteds with covers at home (or coverless, like a poster mentioned, which helps with rashes), and AIOs when we're out and about and Fuzzi Bunz pocket dipes at night. I don't have to deal with day care, but IMO a pocket diaper or AIO would be easiest for them.

Glad to see you here, and good luck!!
 

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thanks flutterbee - i was JUST coming here to ask the question about what is best for night-time? looks like maybe the pocket type? our daughter -thankfully - sleeps well all night and so we'd need something pretty absorbant for then. good to know someone who's been in my late arrival boat as well!
thanks for the advice - jennifer
 
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