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Hi there,<br><br>
My name is Alison and I live in Marietta, Georgia. My hubbie and I are expecting our first child November 6th (or whenever the baby-to-be decides to make his entrance in this world).<br><br>
We have become very interested in cloth diapers but of course have many questions. The reason we are so interested is for the environment. It makes us ill to think of all the diapers that go into the landfills each year and we'd like to help lower that number. Not to mention, of course, the good health reason for our child.<br><br>
My husband and I like the ease of use of disposables and would like a cloth diaper that is nearly as easy to use (we prefer no pins and such). We'd like a "strong" diaper that won't leak or lend itself to blowouts (or at least a lot more than what's expected with disposables). I have read a lot on this forum, searched many a website and I am so overwhelmed by all the choices out there. I'd also like to minimize the cost of the cloth diapers if at all possible - so I know I am asking a lot.<br><br>
From what I can see - Fuzzi Buns are pretty popular. If I am reading correctly they are a diaper that has a waterproof outer shell but it's a pocket diaper so you can control the about of absorbency you want. Is this correct? Also - I see you can buy inserts or just use extra pre-folded... which is better?<br><br>
I liked the way the Wonderoos One size and the Magic-Alls AIO sounded (especially from a cost savings stand-point) but several sites I have found them at seems to be clearance-ing them - which makes me skeptical. Also, I see that some people feel the Wonderoos One-size are too big for newborns (not really one size as they say). Anyone have any advice here?<br><br>
I am also interested in the BumGenius One Size pocket diapers- anyone have any opinions on these? And do you know if you have to use a separate cover?<br><br>
And then beyond that - I am really open for any and all suggestions as to what diapers you think can fit our needs. I know it's a personal choice - but there are SOOO many choices out there any help in narrowing them down for me is truly appreciated.<br><br>
Also - what detergent does everyone use to clean these? Anyone have any favorites? And is there anything else we'll need - feel free to share any thing... remember I am a newbie at this. And if you can give suggestions as to what type of stash I should be building (starting CD at day one) -- I'd appreciate that too!<br><br>
Ok - that's a good start for now.... 17 weeks to go and trying to get ready!<br><br>
:) Alison - <a href="http://peainapod.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://peainapod.blogspot.com</a><br><br>
Oh yeah - ps... I understand that with CDs you are supposed to put all of the solid waste (BMs) into the toilet and then put the diapers in a pail. But I am told that a breast fed baby doesn't have solid BMs at first... so what do you do then. I know this might all sound really dumb to all the experts out there - but I have no one else to ask... Thanks!
 

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The breastmilk poop will rinse right out in the washer. I do a cold rinse before I wash on hot.<br><br>
I would suggest fuzzibunz, but I haven't tried lots of pocket dipes. You will get your money's worth especially if you have more kids. They have excellent resale value.<br><br>
I like allens naturally. I got all my fuzzibunz and allens naturally detergent at nurturefamily.com. You need to be more careful with detergents on fuzzibunz b/c of the fleece.<br><br>
good luck...did i answer all your questions? maybe buy mostly fuzzibunz in xs or small (or both-you don't know how big your baby will be and you can send them back if you don't wash them ahead of time). then get a few of other things to experiment. once the baby gets older and you need to size up you will know what you like and can get that. my son wore his medium fuzzibunz all the way to potty training and still sleeps in one at night. they are very durable and after one year old stop growing so fast so you don't have to size up as much.
 

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I love my Prefolds, and when DD was a NB she did not really fit the two small FB I had for her but the Prefolds fit from the time she was 7lbs up until after she hit 15lbs. Prefolds are easier than you would think. You DO NOT have to use pins anymore! We use a Snappi <a href="http://www.tinytots.com/shopping/diapering_supplies/snappi_diaper_clips.html" target="_blank">http://www.tinytots.com/shopping/dia...per_clips.html</a><br>
They are really easy to use, and even DH who DID NOT want to CD uses them and doesn't mind it at all these days.<br>
You will need a cover with Prefolds. There are several ways to go here, but I love the BSWW. Prefolds are cheap to buy and very easy to wash.<br>
If you do go with an all pocket stash, I really like Fuzzi BUnz and Swaddlebees. I stuff my FB with 2 folded microfiber towels that I bought at Costco and that is what DD wears to bed at night.
 

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From what I can see - Fuzzi Buns are pretty popular. If I am reading correctly they are a diaper that has a waterproof outer shell but it's a pocket diaper so you can control the about of absorbency you want. Is this correct? Also - I see you can buy inserts or just use extra pre-folded... which is better? <span>Yes, that's correct. I find that I like the Mother of Eden (that's the FB brand) inserts, just because they aren't so bulky in the diaper. We don't have prefolds, though, so I don't stuff with those. You can buy microfiber towels in the auto section of Walmart, Sams, Target, Costco, etc and stuff with those too. Most places you buy a FB will throw in a free insert. Usually it's their own type. I know a lot of people like cottonbabies.com inserts, and others like nickisdiapers.com and nurturedfamily.com The fuzzibunzstore.com inserst are a lot like MOE inserts too.</span><br><br>
I liked the way the Wonderoos One size and the Magic-Alls AIO sounded (especially from a cost savings stand-point) but several sites I have found them at seems to be clearance-ing them - which makes me skeptical. Also, I see that some people feel the Wonderoos One-size are too big for newborns (not really one size as they say). Anyone have any advice here? <span>There's nothing wrong with wonderoos and Magic-Alls. WonderWorks, Inc (the company that makes them) is just redesigning 'em. A lot of one-size diapers are pretty bulky on a newborn.</span><br><br>
I am also interested in the BumGenius One Size pocket diapers- anyone have any opinions on these? And do you know if you have to use a separate cover? <span>A pocket diaper means that it has the waterproof cover sewn in usually. You don't have to have a separate cover for these. They fit my newborn, but are still a bit bulky.</span><br><br>
And then beyond that - I am really open for any and all suggestions as to what diapers you think can fit our needs. I know it's a personal choice - but there are SOOO many choices out there any help in narrowing them down for me is truly appreciated.<br><span>It's kinda' a plunge, but it all really depends on your child. Fuzzi Bunz are good because they are readily available and they have high resale value. (You can about 80% of what you paid for it on ebay.) Cost-wise, prefolds and covers are the cheapest, but I'm prefold challenged, so we didn't go that route. Like you, we wanted something that was the ease of a disposable. We have mostly pockets (like a FB, where you add the absorbant part) and a few AIOs (all-in-ones). But, if you don't mind buying 'em used there quite a few places you can buy, sell, and trade cloth diapers (here, <a href="http://www.diaperswappers.com" target="_blank">www.diaperswappers.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.diaperpin.com" target="_blank">www.diaperpin.com</a> to name a few). The Husband and I decided not to go that route for MOST of our dipes because we want 'em to last through a few kids.</span><br><br>
Also - what detergent does everyone use to clean these? Anyone have any favorites? And is there anything else we'll need - feel free to share any thing... remember I am a newbie at this. And if you can give suggestions as to what type of stash I should be building (starting CD at day one) -- I'd appreciate that too!<br><span>We use Windfresh, or Sam's Brand, detergent. Basically you want a detergent that's very basic (which is nice because it's usually very cheap!). You could buy Allen's Naturally online, which is what the FB lady recommends. I've heard of people having success with a squirt or two of Simple Green and a quarter cup of washing soda. Just remember no dyes, no actual soap, no perfumes, no UV brighteners (like All Free and Clear has UV brighteners which causes buildup), etc. Here's a website that's good about detergents: <a href="http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentbasics.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.co...gentbasics.htm</a> Also, check out <a href="http://www.cutofcloth.com" target="_blank">www.cutofcloth.com</a> and <a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com" target="_blank">www.greenmountaindiapers.com</a> You can also PM me if you have any questions.</span>
 
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