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Hello!<br>
I'm new to the forum, the wonderful ladies at thebabywearer.com had a link to here.<br><br>
I CD through a diaper service when DD#1 was a baby for a while but didn't stick with it. Now I have a new baby girl who is 10 weeks, 14 pounds and 23 1/2 inches long. She's got a short waist and legs... she's gonna be a chunky one. Anyway, after doing a search and reacing 10 pages of past threads here ad reading Karen’s Cloth Diapering Site ( <a href="http://diaperpages.com/newborn.php" target="_blank">http://diaperpages.com/newborn.php</a> ) this is what I figured I needed to get started:<br><br>
3 dozen prefolds (regular 4x6x4)<br>
3 snappi's<br>
6-8 covers (Proraps)<br>
and maybe a few AIO's for going out or trips, etc.<br><br>
Am I missing anything? I was going to double up on prefold (I think) for nighttime diapering...<br><br>
I don't want a complicated system. Something easy to keep track of and all... Plus I don't have much money to start a system off with.<br><br>
Thanks in advance for your wonderful expert opinions!
 

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That sounds about right to me! I would get a few more snappis and maybe some pins. And some doublers.... maybe a hemp flat or two to use at night along with your prefolds? Spark has an awesome nighttime solution with two hemp flats, a premium prefold and any kind of cover.<br><br>
I do find that regular prefold are a bit thin for my heavy wetter. Premiums work better for us but they are much bulkier. You could buy some premium and trim them yourself though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And maybe an awesome wool cover for night! Aristocrats are good and available.
 

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Thanks! I wasn't sure with nighttime use...<br><br>
Mine does soak through disposibles pretty frequently, and although she only had BM poopies once a say, they are always an explosion! Always on through the diapie! Right now, I change her approxiamately every 2 hours or less, and always right after naps, and right before naps. Because of this, I should go with premiums instead of regulars??<br><br>
Is there a difference between chinese, indian and any other kind of prefolds out there? One more absorbant than the other?
 

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Ime, 3 dozen prefolds would be the minimum, but 4 dozen would give you a little more breathing room for wash day and for cleaning up other kid messes. I'd also suggest going for the infant 4x8x4's or premium 4x8x4's - more absorbency is better imo.<br>
My ds can wet through a premium prefold with a hemp doubler inside (so 16 layers cotton twill, 6 layers hemp fleece) in 5 minutes. He's 19mo, and we go through around 8-12 diapers a day.<br><br>
3 snappis will get you started. In over a year we've killed 7 snappis, and have 5-6 more in current rotation - for just one babe. So just keep in mind you *may* need to buy more snappis or pins in the future.<br><br>
6-8 covers should be alright, if your dd only poops once a day. When we switched to cloth when ds was 5mo, he was still pooping all the time and we had to wash all 7 covers by the time we got around to washing day (and that's with us air-drying the damp ones).<br><br>
Are you going to use cloth wipes as well (or are you all ready?)? And a wet bag to cart home dirty diapers would round out my suggestions. Plastic grocery bags work fine and all, but I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my wet bags.<br><br>
For nighttime... putting 2 prefolds on a babe is pretty bulky, and I've noticed weird wicking on the occasion that I do that (but I do have a boy, so anyway). You can use anything from washcloths, extra prefolds, dishtowels, etc. for more absorbency. But, if your dd is a heavy nighttime wetter, you may want to look into getting some hemp (even a few joey bunz to fold up and put in there) and maybe a wool soaker.<br>
Fwiw, my ds is 19mo, and his nighttime getup is a premium prefold (16 layers of cotton in his wet zone, 3 hemp inserts/doublers (28-34 layers of hemp) and a wool soaker or longies.<br><br>
AIO's may be a little more difficult for your babe - some just don't work with certain body types. So if you do decide to get some email the maker and ask questions. We have a dozen Very Baby AIO's that I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and wish I could get more of. They actually last 1.5-2 hours on ds without wicking or poop leakage. But, AIO's are typically one of the pricier options vs. prefolds.<br><br>
Did that help any or just confuse? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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The PPs have given you some good ideas. If you go with regular prefolds instead of premiums (premiums may be pretty bulky for your babe just yet), I'd definitely consider getting some doublers - fleece-topped, perhaps, unless you're avoiding synthetics. You could also consider some fleece liners - and those could be pieces of microfleece that you pick up at the fabric store - no mystery there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> . Between Chinese and Indian prefolds, I prefer unbleached Chinese. I think they're sturdier than IPFs and just as soft. I also thought the sizes on IPFs were off - just as long as CPFs but narrower, so they didn't go around my chubby babe very well. For AIOs, I really like our Bum-Ware (<a href="http://www.bum-ware.com/store/Default.asp)" target="_blank">http://www.bum-ware.com/store/Default.asp)</a>. I'm pretty sure they're leak-proof <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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Your stash sounds 100% perfect to me! I think 3 snappis is fine. I have 3... 2... 3...1...2...3. I have 3, I just misplace them a bit. They always seem to turn up and I always manage to have one to use when I need it.<br><br>
Really though, I just lay my PFs in the cover. So, I'm not using the snappi every time I change.
 

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That's what the diapering service had me do 7 years ago... put a prefold in the cover and velcro it on! They never told me about inserts and such (unless it wasn't available "back then")... so I did have a bit of leaking problem and was hesitent at first to start CDing with DD#2... but here I go! :-D<br><br>
Thank you for your great opinions... now off to find the best deals!
 
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