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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. <span><b>Do all diapers need a doubler? even the AIOs?</b></span><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, 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. <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. <span><b>Which is easiest?</b></span><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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I don't know what SOS means either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> but I'll try to help with your other questions.<br><br>
We love fitted diapers! I have no experience with AIOs or pockets, but I'll tell you why I decided not to use them myself: Because AIOs have the waterproof layer attached, they tend to take a long time to dry. Pockets, at least all the brands I saw, the layer that touches baby is synthetic, and I wanted natural fiber against my baby's delicate parts.<br><br>
With fitteds, rather than get the sizes, at this age I recommend the one-size-fits-all, which have lots of snaps so you can adjust them to fit from now until toilet training. (EnviroBaby wore newborn size until about 4 months, one-size since then; he's 15 months and still has plenty of snap settings to go.) We like Mother-Ease. They are very soft even when line-dried and are holding up well.<br><br>
Not all diapers need a doubler. We use one if we expect changing will be inconvenient for >3 hours. Generally we only use them at night. Since he stopped pooping at night (around 5 months) we've been able to use the same diaper all night with 3 regular doublers or a Zippidy tri-fold doubler.<br><br>
I'm not sure I understand your question #4. If you're changing twice a night, that's 3 diapers, so for 3 days you'd need 9. I'd buy 12 though because most sites sell them cheaper by the dozen.<br><br>
Of the brands you listed, the only ones I've used are Kissaluvs and Mother-Ease. Kissaluvs were fine but no better than the cheaper newborn diapers (Dri-Line). Mother-Ease are great. We also like Dri-Line Snug-to-Fit one-size which are less expensive; they're flannel, which can be a bit stiff, but they're cute and absorbent and holding up well.<br><br>
You do need a separate cover for fitteds, but I don't think it's a big deal, and neither does my partner or babysitter. We tried a whole bunch of different covers, and the ONLY ones we liked were the cheapest<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">: Dappi nylon pull-on covers, which look just like the old-fashioned rubber pants but are made of nylon (like umbrella fabric) with spandex bands at waist and legs. They're easy to wash w/liquid hand soap, squeeze in a towel, and they're dry in time for the next change. Get 4: one to wear, one to wash, one spare for the diaper bag, one spare in the cupboard.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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i apreciate your help!! if it hadnt been for this website i would have been completely lost when it came to CD my child.<br><br><br>
thank you for your help and support<br><br>
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Ok, so my dd is 6 mos. old and I've been CD'ing her since she was 6 weeks old. She too has sensitive skin. I'm no expert, but I'll let you know my own experience and anything else I can add. I have a friend who CD's and she lives down the street from me. A more experienced ear is always reassuring, as you often do feel like an oddball w/CD'ing.<br>
1)I do not know what SOS means, either...sorry about that.<br>
2) My smalls lasted a bit, and even when she hit 15 lbs, I could still fit into smalls for a while. It really depends on how your baby is built. Often skinnier babies can wear smaller sizes longer. Weight is just a guide. My dd is currently almost 17 lbs and just now in Mediums full time, although I could swing them when she was 15 lbs. I do feel like Mediums are a better investment b/c they often go to 25-30 lbs.<br>
3) I mainly use CPF (Chinese Pre-Folds) and only use a doubler at night(sometimes 2), but I find the AIO could use doublers. My dd is a heavy wetter, though. I only have a couple of AIO's, and the cover is not (Polyurethane Lining-I think)PUL, so that is probably why they leak. I have some fitted (Kissaluvs) and they are convenient, but absorbancy is not better than CPF, I don't think. Hemp is the BEST I think for absorbtion. I use a Hemp Babies Flat w/a doubler and a wool cover. It's so trim, you almost feel like it will do nothing. That is her nighttime diapie(8-10 hrs...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
4) I started out w/2 dozen CPF's, 6 doublers and 3 fitted Kissaluvs(heard they were good for night due to ease of use).I have built on to that and have had my Hemp Babies for a while now, and I only have 2 of those, b/c I use them at night and rotate. I started w/6 wraps and rotated them washing only if they smelled after they dried unless there was an 'explosion'. I built on w/2 AIO's and added the wool covers one at a time (I have 2) after using CD's for a couple of months. We do laundry every third day.<br>
5)The best cover for every day is the Pro Wrap, I think. Reasonably priced, easy to use and holds things in well. (Make sure to practice w/folding if you use CPF, as I had a couple of blow outs w/ the covers, but found out I was folding wrong!). I'm a BIG fan of Wool covers for nighttime, b/c they don't leak. I got both off of Ebay, one used and one new. Babyology makes a good wool wrap half the price of Aristocrat and in cute colors/stripes. Especially since we have stopped changing her in the middle of the night. I also love the Bummi's Super Whisper Wrap for lots of reasons! I'll probably get another one in print. I invested in the Bummis Polar Wrap- soft and breathable, but not very good at holding liquid in...save your money on that one. I've heard good things about Fuzzibunz, but haven't broken down and bought one yet. Kissaluvs I like, but we really don't use them b/c my DH & me don't mind using the CPF's. We use them for sitters, b/c they are easier, or when we are out and about and don't want to mess w/the CPF's. I have ordered Little Lambs AIO's off of Ebay, but still haven't received them....wary about them. My AIO's that I do have are Hemp/Organic Cotton Rumpsters. They do leak if I don't change after 2 hrs, but they also are the ones w/o the PUL, so that is to be expected.<br>
6) I mainly use CPF's due to price and I dont' mind using them. AIO's are good, but I have heard they don't last as long, and of course you have to use more and they are expensive, so I haven't bought too many of these unless I see a super good deal. I like a couple on hand for when we are out and about, but they are bulkier than the CPF's for travel. I see that Kooshies are pretty reasonable. If I were you, I'd try to get the fitted and I love Kissaluvs for that, if you aren't using CPF's. (tip-you can put Kissaluvs in the sun while wet and the stains come right out!). I haven't used any pocket, but heard good things. For me, it's the same as an AIO, in that the cover and soaker are all one so when it's wet, it's done. I like the covers being separate, b/c you can use them again. but w/the pocket, you can stuff anything in there and as much as you want to adjust the absorbancy. They are usually very clean looking, too. I think it's personal preference.<br>
7) I think I covered this.<br>
8) I think fitteds would be easier, but having never used pockets, I'm not a good judge.<br>
9) Fitted- Kissaluvs<br>
10) Pocket - Fuzzibunz<br>
11) Too bad you don't want wool...I love them. I only use at night and especially if my DD looks kind of red, as it helps them breathe better than any other type of cover. Washing was easier than I first thought, as you only do it every 2 weeks. Realize w/fitted diapers you need covers and the ProWraps are good for that, as well as Super Bummis Whisper Wrap, as mentioned earlier. -Beware of some on ebay and see if they have PUL or not. If it is not wool, you should make sure the cover is PUL- I dont' really care for the Bumkins wrap, as it is waterproof, but very plastic-y feeling. Cute prints, though. I only have one of those.<br><br>
Ok, I'm still learning too, and one thing I've learned is a lot of it is preference and trying new things to see what works for your life and style. I am actually having a ton of fun with it, and you will probably find the same. Good luck!
 
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