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Hello all.<br><br>
We have just bought our first home and <i>finally</i> have a washer/dryer that does not require quarters...and a clothes line!<br><br>
I'd love to go switch to cloth diapering but have no idea where to start...especially with an 11 month old. Most of the info I've found online is about building a newborn stash.<br><br>
What diapers do you mamas love with your older babes? Tell me about pockets, aio, fitted, covers... My last cd experience was when I wore them 28 years ago!<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I would start relatively inexpensively and see how it works for you.<br><br>
1-2 dozen prefolds<br>
4-8 bummi super whisper wraps for covers<br><br>
Green mountain rainbow shorts will be as aborbent as a premium diaper but are shorter to fit into a medium cover. You can then trifold the diapers into the covers. Medium BSWW fit 15-30 lbs, or maybe from 3 months to toilet training.<br><br>
Later, you might find you want to snappi/pin the diaper or use a stay dry liner or flushable liner or add a doubler at night but this will get you started. If you order the smaller quantity you will do laundry more often. I aim for every other day (sometimes 3rd day) because I don't like storing dirty diapers forever.<br><br>
I haven't ever used AIO, fitteds, or pockets.<br><br>
Especially for a babe eating table food, I like the stay dry liner because it makes dumping and rinsing poos easier.
 

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Thank you so much for your recommendations. I'm looking forward to getting started!
 

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I would recommend pockets. Some people just love the prefolds but I hated them, and I'd never CD unless pockets had been created. I'd say get some prefolds because like the pp said they are the most inexpensive, but if you go that route get some fleece liners at least to avoid rash. Those are pretty cheap.<br><br>
See if you can find a cheap used pocket or AIO at the Trading Post. Just at least to try one. I cannot recommend pockets enough, but then again I am very lazy.
 

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We just started CDing. My daughter is 7.5 months. We got prefolds and covers, but we also bought a few BumGenius AIOs. I love them unreservedly. She wears one of those with a prefold tucked inside all night--she sleeps 10 hours or so and wakes up dry. And they are SO handy when you're out (I assume I'll get quicker with the prefolds, but I struggle with pinning them tight enough, because I haven't had much practice!).
 

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Thanks for posting. I was gonna post as I will be switching to all cd's.I have a 9 mo with very tender girly parts. I too wondered just how much to buy.
 

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Of course the difficult thing is that everyone has different preferences and it's personal. I mean, a PP loves pockets, but I hate them--I hate stuffing a pocket. I'm not sure why, but I just despise doing it! So I'd rather lay in a doubler inside a prefold or an AIO any day. (My daughter sometimes wears two prefolds inside a fleece cover.)<br><br>
I will say, I have minimal sewing skills. Really. But I bought fleece and made a bunch of covers for very little money and they work great. So that's an option if you have a sewing machine, even if you're not a skilled seamstress!
 

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I would buy a few different kinds and then see what you like. I started cd'ing my dd when she was 13-months, and we started off in pockets and fitteds and pul covers but now we are almost exclusively in fitteds and wool, with the occasional prefold thrown in. I found that natural fibers suit dd better, but everyone is different.
 

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I started at 11 months, with pockets. I bought some bumGenius one-size to try and I loved those. Back then they only had suedecloth inner, now they have fleece which I want to try.<br><br>
My favorite pockets are huggabuns, fuzzibunz, and pocket change (with all of these, you have to buy bigger sizes eventually. With bumGenius one-size, they are supposed to last through potty learning.)<br><br>
I started out liking aplix more, but now I am a fan of snaps. They wash up easier and my toddler can't take them off!<br><br>
My favorite pockets have fleece inners. My favorite inserts are Thirsties contour hemp!<br><br>
I also tried all-in-ones from bumGenius, Drybees and Mommy's Touch. I am not a fan of AIOs, we couldn't get the fit right.<br><br>
HTH
 

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Is your lo walking? I liked prefolds, but now that I have a toddler the name of the game is speed. I opt for fitteds or pockets with velcro.<br><br>
The other advice I have is to buy used, so if you don't like it you can resell it without losing too much $.
 

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We switched to cloth when ds was 21mths old. We use fitteds and pfs and I'm really happy with them. My only advice is to be prepared for some resistance from your child. My son was not happy with the extra bulk at first, and I almost gave up. But after a week or two it was fine and now he doesn't notice the cloth is bulkier.<br><br>
For an older baby I would think 24ish dipes is a good number, with 4-6 covers if you go with pfs and fitteds. Good luck! I'm so happy we switched, I just wish we'd done it sooner <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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