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okay i just decided to start cd my 4month old daughter. She has sensitive skin so i think she would benifit from cd. i know noone who does this so im starting at and completely clueless state here.<br><br>
1. first, a general question, <b><span>What does SOS mean?</span></b> i've seen it several times and don't know what it means.<br><br>
2. okay like i said, zoe is already 4 months, though she is on the small side. she is 23.5 inches and just bearly 12 pounds. i figure by the time i get a few she will already be in mediums. <span><b>are the requirements for a medium diaper any different than for a small?</b></span><br><br>
3. i am also bf her. when she pees or poops she goes. so i need something to hold up and won't leak. <b>Do all diapers need a doubler? even the AIOs?</b><br><br>
4. I am going to buy a few at a time and work my way into a stock of only cd. i know she is already 4 months old but i will be starting at night and she only needs 2 diaper changes usually now. <span><b>How many diapers do you think i would need for 3 day (i'd wash every 2 days)?</b></span><br><br>
5. snce i will be diapering at night and only buying a few upfront im willing to pay for the best since i feel i will get the most value out of them since we plan to have at least one more child. <span><b>What do you think works best for at night?</b></span><br><br>
**as far as diapers go, i have heard good things about: <span>Snug, Kissaluvs, Swaddlebees, Bummis, Proraps, Happy Heinys, Wonderoos, Buzzibunz, sugarpeas, Bumkin, Bummis, and Motherese. as well as hard to find Little Cabouse and Puddlecatchers.</span> there are just too many brands. i feel so overwelmed.<br><br>
6. I was thinking of going with some AIO diapers since i think that DH would be able to use them the easiest and for outings eventually. I have heard good things about these: <span><b>Which ones are AIOs? Pocket? Fitted? how do i decide what to use?</b></span><br><br>
7. <span><b>What would you rec from your past experiences or from whta you've learned from others?</b></span><br><br>
8. otherwise i think the best thing to stock up on Fitted or Pockets. <b><span>Which is easiest?</span></b><br><br>
9. <b><span>What do i need for fitted? Which is best for my needs?</span></b><br><br>
10. <b><span>What do i need for a pocket? What diaper is best for my needs?</span></b><br><br>
11. and lastly, the covers. <span><b>What would be the best type of cover for a soon to be scooter and crawler?</b></span> all i know is i don't want wool.<br><br>
okay i think that is it. i told you i was clueless. if you decide to reply, thank you so much id like to get some as soon as possibe. she isnt getting any yonger! lol.<br><br>
tia<br><br>
yvonne
 

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You'll adapt to what ever system you decide to use. I'm using a diaper service right now (which means that they supply the diapers and pick the dirties up at the end of the week and leave you with fresh ones- you buy the covers) and they are just the pre-folds (a regtangle of cotton with a few extra layers down the middle that you fold to fit and grow with baby, although there is an infant size and a toddler size) and we use Bummi diaper covers which are great- I've found that they stain though (and you're not supposed to bleach or soak them in vinegar), as would most covers excpet mabe wool which you could treat.<br><br>
I've found it's nice to spend a couple more bucks on printed cotton covers for when you're out (they're funky, get attention and raise interest in CDing, and hide the poop stains!). I've also tried the 'Super Whisper Wraps'...not sure who makes 'em, and originally i really liked them, but I've found as he moves his legs more ,they're a little restricting, and a little thicker (although they tend to wash cleaner)<br><br>
Cloth in general takes a little getting used to, especially when out, but after a couple of changes or so you'll be golden! (i always forget to bring a bag to bring home the dirty ones in).
 

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Hello and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Welcome.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="welcome"><br>
There are so many great diapering options out there. I suggest trying several that sound good, then you'll be able to figure out what works for you.<br>
I mainly use prefolds and snappis w/ a couple of doublers at night. Motherease Airflow covers are my favorite PUL type (and I LOVE wool!). I have recently tried a couple of pockets. They are great for the diaper bag, but I'm still going to be a mostly prefold kind of gal.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
You have to check w/individual manufacturers for sizing. They vary a lot!<br>
We generally have about 30 diapers of any given size, and at 4 mos you'd probably be washing every other day w/ that many. Now that my son is older, I can wash every 3 or so days.<br>
To wash our diapers, I pre-rinse with cold water. Hot wash w/ 1/4 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup baking soda, tbsp. of oxy-clean and two capfuls of Simple Green multi purpose cleaner. Sometimes add a few drops of tea tree. Then second rinse w/ 1/4 cup vinegar. <a href="http://www.sunshinediapers.com/u_detergent.html" target="_blank">http://www.sunshinediapers.com/u_detergent.html</a><br>
HTH!<br>
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Hi! We really like pocket diapers over here. I like the stay dry feel and they hold up well for 2-3 hours during the day. Depending on how you stuff them, they could even go the whole night. If you get pockets and only use 2 a day (for night) you should be able to only buy 6 to last three days then. I think pockets are easier than fitteds b/c they don't need a cover. I really don't like bulky diapers so I like just having one thing to put on. Hope you find what you're looking for! <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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and boy was i thinking something else so i really needed it!! your awsome<br><br>
thank both of you for answering!!!<br><br>
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I started cd'ing my dd at the same age- she had an allergic reaction to 'sposies. We are now on baby #2 and would never go back! I gradually tried many brands and found my favorite to be motherease, dipes and airflow covers. But everyone is different. I'd suggest buying several diff. types on ebay and then decide what works for your baby.<br><br>
One reminder: NEVER wash your PUL covers with your dipes. They will wear out far too fast. Generally you can get by with rinsing them in the sink after 3 or 4 uses (unless poo gets on it) and then put in a warm wash every 7 to 10 days and hang dry.<br><br>
washing: personally I like to: cold rinse, hot wash with 2 Tbsp bio kleen wash with GSE, warm rinse, and about every 3rd time I put in 1/3 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle of the hot wash. Most things i've heard about baking soda, oxyclean, etc. are that they can be hard on dipes. I'd only use them occasionally if I couldn't hang dry in the sun and staining/odor was a persistant prob. Just my opinion.<br><br>
As for AIO's, i'm not a fan. I've never had one that didn't leak. Maybe i just never found the right one. Once you are used to changing your babe cloth is not much harder than 'sposie when out and about.<br><br>
My biggest learning exp. with cloth was how to get the 'stink' out. The trick has been a good long soak ( this goes for dipes AND covers) in borax and water. Small amt of borax, and then rise in cold with tea tree oil. The prob doesn't come up often, but when it does....whoa! The urine smell can overcome you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"><br><br>
Hope this all helps. Check out diaperpin.com and the diapering forum here and on motherease.com. You will learn more than you can imagine from some of the mamas. Happy diapering!<br><br>
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Yes...go to <a href="http://www.diaperpin.com" target="_blank">www.diaperpin.com</a>. You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about CDing, and the mamas (and papas) there are so friendly. I agree with pp...you should buy a few different types of diapers, then try them out to see what works for your dc. Remember that all babies are different, so what works for others may not work for you (I've never heard a negative comment about Bummis Super Whisper Wraps, but they don't work well at all for us). <a href="http://www.diaperswappers.com" target="_blank">www.diaperswappers.com</a> is a good place to look for cheap diapers while you're figuring out what system works best for you. Good luck!
 

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You'll love cloth diapering...it's addicting!<br><br>
My babe is 5 months old, and we use Happy Heiny's and Fuzzi Bunz, which are both pocket diapers. They are pretty reasonably priced and we haven't had any problems. We use the cottonbabies microfiber insert as stuffers, which are free at cottonbabies with Fuzzi Bunz.<br><br>
We used fitteds when ds was a newborn, but when it was time to move up to mediums we decided on pockets because I didn't want to have to mess with a cover. Pockets are basically the same as an AIO, except that the doubler is *inside* the pocket. When you pre-stuff them straight out of the dryer all you have to do is diaper the babe like you're using a sposie. Very easy!<br><br>
For nightime I use the same diapers, and will occasionally put an extra insert into the pocket. Since I don't want a lot of bulk, I'll use 1 cottonbabies insert and 1 joey's hemp insert, or 1 cottonbabies insert and 1 microfiber towel (bought at Target, 2 for $3.50 in the automotive section - another MDC mama tipped me). Lots of times I just use the cottonbabies insert and nothing else. I think we've had 2 nighttime leaks in the 3 months we've been using pockets - not too shabby!<br><br>
We CD full-time and have a stash of about 27 diapers. I wash every other day. We have well water, so my wash routine is a cold water rinse with 1 and 1/2 cups of vinegar, hot wash with just a dab of detergent, and sometimes an extra hot rinse.<br><br>
Definately check out the diapering forum here - it's a goldmine of information. Happy Diapering!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What does SOS mean?<br>
I have no idea. Somethong or other 'one size' maybe?<br><br>
Requirements for medium v/s small dipes?<br>
Well my ds is 5 mos. and weighs about 20lbs. These are the sizes he is in: Kissaluvs fitted size 1 with room to grow,<br>
kissaluvs contour size medium also with room to grow,<br>
infant prefolds too small to pin easily but still fit great trifolded under a wrap style cover,<br>
toddler prefolds are a bit bulky under a cover but pin easily,<br>
fuzzibunz medium fit but are somewhat prone to leaking at the leg,<br>
two wahm pocket dipes i got off e-bay were sold as medium and fit great!<br>
small covers are getting too small now but still do in a pinch<br>
medium covers fit great with room to grow<br>
best fit in a cover is bummis super whisper wrap but i've got two wahm wraps that i got off e-bay that were sold as mediums that also fit well<br>
we are completely outgrown some snap-ease small size covers that we had<br><br>
Something to hold up and won't leak:<br>
Kissaluvs fitteds are great for holding in thjat bf poop!!! Also they are thick and absorbent, and despite 5 months of wash and wear still look great.<br><br>
Do all dipes need a doubler? Even aois?<br>
I almost never use a doubler but when i do its during his longest sleeping period. no experience with aois.<br><br>
To wash every 2 days?<br>
I'd get at least 8 so that you have a few extra in the event of one of those days (or nights actually) where they seem to go every hour or so. But you probably could get by with 6 like a pp suggested.<br><br>
Best for night?<br>
I like my wahm pockets for night. I've got a wahm prefold with a pul middle layer that works well too. regular pfs will hold a lot too. kissaluvs (fitted or contour) are my next nightime choice. fuzzibunz tend to leak for me during extended sleep times.<br><br>
Brands?<br>
Any Chinese or Indian pfs are good. Igot mine from green mountain diapers.<br>
Kissaluvs fitteds really hold poop in well and they are very adjustable to get a good fit.<br>
Fuzzibunz are good daytime dipes b/c they are trim so they fit well under clothes and they are really easy to deal with especially if you pre stuff them right out of the laundry. (i don't bother though) They are very adjustable also.<br>
I love my bummis super whisper wraps!!!<br><br>
Aois? Fitteds? Pockets?<br>
Kissaluvs makes fitteds as well as a less expensive contour. Fuzzibunz makes pockets. Those are the only brand-name dipes i hove any experience with.<br><br>
How to decide?<br>
Try, try, try some of everything! You can resell what you don't like. Each type has pros and cons.<br><br>
Reccomendations?<br>
BUY USED as much as possible! I know nyou say you don't mind spending. So buy brand name if you like but get em used. kissaluvs are worth every penny though wether you get em new or used. Don't be afraid to try wahm stuff either. my fave covers are wahm made! And i got em super cheap on e-bay.<br><br>
Which is better fitted or pockets?<br>
It depends. As far as I can tell fitteds are better for poop, pockets are better for pee. But since you don't always know whats coming out when I think it boils down to what you like handling better. With the pockets, you can skip messing around with a cover but you can really leave a cover off w/ a fitted too at least while babe is awake at home. I think fitteds are 'cuter' but that's me.<br><br>
Covers for a mobile baby?<br>
Something that snaps is good. But velcro is do-able. Velcro is faster to change (important for an impatient baby) Snaps are hard for baby to undo (easier for mom when baby gets curious).
 

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We used prefolds and covers when DS was in smalls. I really loved them, and they are the most economical option.<br><br>
Like the PPs, I haven't found an AIO that didn't leak, so I wouldn't recommend those, certainly not at night.<br><br>
For mediums, we switched to pocket-style diapers for the following reasons:<br><br>
1)Once DS was sitting in diapers a bit longer (ie. not having the hourly BF poo diaper that needed to be changed) he started getting rashy in PFs unless I put in a microfleece liner. Microfleece wicks away the moisture and leaves a relatively dry surface. The interior of pocket diapers is completely lined with microfleece. If your child is rashy, I would definitely recommend something lined in fleece (although some babes have a reaction to THAT) or microchamois or microsuede (the last two you'd have to get from a smaller diaper maker like a WAHM (work at home mom)). Some fitteds come with snap-in liners made of microfleece, but I hate how long it takes them to dry after washing. That said, if DD is a super heavy wetter, down the road, you may want to switch to fitteds in a larger size for nighttime. Some people find these plus a wool cover to be their best bet at night. But DS is 10 months old and 20 pounds and pees quite a lot and we have never had a leak with pockets.<br><br>
2)Versatility. By design, pocket diapers can be "stuffed" with whatever level of absorbency you need. During the day, we just use a hemp liner (Joeybunz). At night, I add a thick microfleece liner (like the automotive towel described, or one sold by Tree City Diapers, which I also recommend for dipes).<br><br>
3)Consistency. I did a LOT of experimenting when DS was in smalls to help me with my decision. Pockets just did the best job. Furthermore, although I have a few WAHM dipes and used to have Swaddlebees, Fuzzibunz just worked best for us. I found that I liked having a "boring" stash of all the same diaper so that I wouldn't have to think very hard when sorting through the laundry and stuffing the diapers. If you can at all swing it, cost-wise, I'd recommend getting 6 or 12 diapers as most people offer package discounts including free inserts when you order in bulk.<br><br>
In terms of washing, I have a pretty basic routine and have never had problems with stinky diapers. I do a whole cycle on cold without any detergent but with a few shakes of baking soda. Then, I wash with TideFree and a few drops of tea tree and lavender oil (I used to use Allen's Naturally, but it didn't wash out stains as well and I did get some stink with that) on hot.<br><br>
Have fun with your diaper research! We really love CDing!
 

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alright, I've tried to figure it out but can't.....what's AIO?
 

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Yep, me too. I'm getting ready to sell mine because they leaked for us. But most people love them!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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all in one (doesn't need a cover)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep, me too. I'm getting ready to sell mine because they leaked for us. But most people love them!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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I'm going to join this with a big YES! I thought maybe I got a couple of defective ones or something. Guess not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 
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