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I want to start cloth diapering and have looked over reviews and read some of the Mothering articles...but I still don't know where to start! I don't know anyone who cloth diapers, so that doesn't help, either. What do I need to buy to get started, what is comfortable for baby/affordable, what isn't going to leak?<br><br>
feeling overwhelmed,<br>
Brandi<br><br>
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I think happy heinys are great dipes!! They are really soft and cute! Best of all they don't leak. These are pocket dipes so you can stuff them with whatever you want! Most people recommend stuffing them with chinese prefolds. Also, if you want to use pf, most people I know use chinese pfs cause they are really soft and absorbant. Hope that helps a little!!!<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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You could start with chinese prefolds (bleached or unbleached- another choice LOL) and wraps- this is a less expensive system than many. If you use a snappi to secure the diaper you can use almost any cover over the diaper.<br><br>
How old is your baby? One-size diapers are also an economical choice. I used Mother-ease one size dipes on my first for almost 2 1/2 years- the same 2 dozen dipes. They are not absorbent enough for a heavy wetter, though.<br><br>
There are also pocket dipes- a lot people love these. There are so many choices. You might want to try a few and see what works and fits well. Good luck!
 

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These HH are kinda pricey, but they are worth it in my opinion. You are getting the dipe and cover in one. I just bought 6 and 2 inserts and it cost me about $95, but with free shipping! I know it is sort of high but you don't really have to change your child right away unless they poo of course!! So I don't think you need that many to start. I would just buy a few different types and see what you like. You can figure out if pfs are what you like or if you prefer AIOs or fitted with a cover, or pocket dipes. I agree, there are a lot of choices but that's also a good thing!!
 

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My baby is 6 1/2 months.<br><br>
So you only have six diapers, or did i read wrong? Do you wash every day then? We live in an apartment, which means every load costs $1.00, so I don't know how economical daily washing will be. Would it be better to buy more so i only have to wash every other day, or do you have to wash CDs every day?
 

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Well, let me tell you what I have done. I use chinese prefolds and and mostly pull up covers. I do pin my diapers. I find that a pinned diaper is much better for me, it makes me feel like its more secure and that the poo is less likely to get on the cover.<br><br>
I am currently in the process of getting rid of the disposables I have been using at night, and going over to happy heinys for night time. They work great for us for outings and nighttime.<br><br>
Ok, so I would say it depends on why you are deciding to cloth diaper. If you are concerned with cost, which you sounded like you were, then I would strongly suggest prefolds and covers.<br><br>
I think this is a pretty frugal route, and it works wonderfully for me:<br><br>
24 to 30 premium unbleached (or bleached if you prefer, but I have found unbleached to be more absorbant) chinese prefolds<br><br>
8 to 10 pull up covers from babiesrus (by especially for baby) I have heard that bummi pull ups work great and dappi and alexis pull ups too, but the babiesrus brand have worked wonderfully for us. I have found that they run true to size, they have held up in the wash and dryer, soft bindings, are cheaper, and NEVER had a leak.<br><br>
6 to 8 Happy heinys for nighttime use and going out and about<br><br>
6 to 8 hemp stuffers and 6 to 8 infant chinese prefolds (I stuff one chinese prefold and one hemp stuffer into each)<br><br>
1 or 2 pair of dritz pins<br><br>
24 gerber washclothes for wipes (or whatever kind of washclothes you like)<br><br>
A garbage can with a lid for a diaper pail (mine is a rubbermaid one that I got from meijer for like $6)<br><br><br><br>
With all this I only have to wash twice a week. I could probably go a little longer, but my diaper pail gets full.<br>
This has worked for me. And I have tried A LOT of different systems, blowing a LOT of moneY<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It was fun, but I wish I had found this system a little sooner! (my son is 18 months old!)<br><br>
The chinese prefolds are pretty economical, being only 1 to 2 dollars a piece depending on size. Plus you can get deals from different WAHMs who will often have package deals. I ordered mine from naturalbabies.com<br><br>
The babiesrus pull up pants are only $4 for a pack of 2. This is really inexpensive. I have tried a lot of covers and this has been the best for me. IF you want to use wraps though cause you don't care to pin or snappi, then you could always go with prowraps. You can order these as seconds from the1-800 number for $3 a piece.<br><br>
These are obviously just the things that have worked for me in my situation. Every baby is different. I hope that you are able to find what works best for you and your little one without too much of a hassle<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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One more thing! I recently splurged and purchased a mini shower. GET THE MINI SHOWER!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I find that it is so worth the money. That way you don't have to try and rinse off the diaper in the toilet with your hands by dunking or anything like that.<br><br>
Plus, since you don't have your own washer, it might be easier to have a lot of the poo and stuff off the dipes before you have to lug them around.<br><br>
I love my mini shower!<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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We also didn't know where to start when it came to CDing and my husband really didn't want to wash diapers so we decided that we wouldn't spend a fortune on diapering accessories and that way we could have a diaper service. That way we didn't have to buy all the diapers, considering we have a 12 months old and she goes through almost 50 diapers a week. We ordered our covers and snappi's (I definitely recommend these) from <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> she has flat rate shipping and I think she I very reasonable. We really like the Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and they are very cheap and don't leak, also I would recommend an Aristocrat wool soaker they are expensive but well worth it. I also really like Fuzzi Bunz but they are a little more pricey. Well, I hope this helps if you have any other questions feel free to ask.<br>
Good luck,<br>
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You guys are awesome--thanks for all the advice.<br><br>
Mini shower? You mean the ones that attach to a kitchen sink?
 

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We like Happy Heiney's, and I have some for my son, but I wouldn't recommend that as an economical choice. And yes, you do need more than six diapers whatever system you decide to buy!!!<br><br>
Really, what I think everyone should do first, if finances allow, is to get a sampler package from one of the shops -- either <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> or <a href="http://www.diaperware.com" target="_blank">www.diaperware.com</a> -- and try out a few different styles to see what you are most comfortable using.<br><br>
To help answer your later questions, a minishower attaches to the tank of the toilet, so you can spray off your poopy diapers before putting them in the diaper pail. It works just like the one at your kitchen sink, but it's hooked to the toilet.<br><br>
A fitted diaper requires a cover to be waterproof. An all-in-one has the cover built in.<br><br>
Hope this helps,
 

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I started out totally cofused about a year and a half ago ...<br><br>
I bought 2 dozen premium sized prefolds ... 4 bumpy day covers and 2 night covers. I suppose it was a good place to start because it wasn't as expensive as many of the other options ... but after awhile I REALLy hated my prefolds. I didn't have access to all these wonderful cloth diapering support boards that I have since found online ... and no one I knew IRL could tell me how to properly use a snappi to prevent bf poopy leaks (in fact everyone thought I was CRAZY for cd'ing at the time). So I took my prefolds and cut them up into shaped diapers ... still couldn't get them to not leak ... so I added elastics to the legs and backs ... and lo-and-behold I had my first fitted diapers (and I thought I was doing something original LMAO!!!!!). My lesson for you from this ... just start with the fitted diapers (or if you're willing to spend more $ ... AIO's are SO convenient especially with squirmy toddlers) ... once you get the hang of cd-ing then you can start trying out the fancier twists and folds of prefolds and other fun stuff.<br><br>
Overall I prefer fitted diapers (even though my dd makes putting them on into a wrestling match and we wind up using AIO's most of the time) ... they clean more thoroughly and dry faster ... and most of the time they're less expensive. I don't know the names of people that I can recommend you buy from ... though I won't recommend any of the mass produced ones that I know of ... they're not as absorbant or well made as the ones you can get from wahms. What I can tell you is to pay attention to the materials that they're made with. Hemp is the most absorbant fabric out there (hemp fleece, or hemp knit terry), next come the heavier weights of BKT (otherwise known as burley knit terry) , and getting less and less absorbant we have the different weights of cotton fleece, knit terry's and sherpa.<br><br>
As far as covers for your fitted diapers go ...there are LOTS of options ... I really LOVED my Bumpy covers made by Imse Vimse (bought them from <a href="http://www.earthbaby.com" target="_blank">www.earthbaby.com</a> just out of Seattle) ... and was REALLY sad when my dd grew out of them. Covers also come in a variety of material ...including PUL ( usually a plastic coating over a polyester fabric), fleece (comes in sevveral weights ...the BEST is made by Malden Mills ... and my personal favorite is lightweight WP ...trim AND breathable and as water resistant as the thicker Windpros), and of course there's wool ... which I LOVE LOVE LOVE (as I type my dd is even now sleeping in a honeyboy side closing wool cover with only two joeybunz and a fleece topped hemparoo in it ... it's my favorite nighttime combo for her). Wool covers are popping up all over the place lately ... and some of them are SO beautiful (and pricey) ... but I think they're worth every penny ... especially seeing as they don't have to be washed as often as PUL or fleece covers and they don't hold odours either. So you'll need fewer covers if they're wool.<br><br>
Anyways ...I hope I have helped you out some small bit here. Feel free to email or pm me if you have any questions.<br><br>
Blessings<br><br>
Jes<br><br>
oh ...and I forgot to mention that I lived in an apartment till two months ago ... laundry cost me $3.75 per load for wash and dry ... so I only did diapers every 3-4 days (or I tried to anyways). To save up on drying I bought a portable drying rack that I used in the living room ... or balcony in the summer ... and while the diapers took longer to dry I sure felt better about the cost.
 

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I have tried MANY MANY things and this is what I have decided on using<br><br>
Lukes Drawers Candy Wrappers(AIOs) These are a bit pricey($16 each) HOWEVER you could get like 8 or so of these and then just buy a bunch of the snap in inserts ($4.50 each) then just use the outer like a cover and rotate them as you would a cover- just throwing the doubler in the pail. I have ONLY these diapers in my stash and have 28 of the AIOs and 6-8 of her fitteds. They fit a LONG time too! If you purchase a lot from her- she may even offer you a discount or something- it doesn't hurt to ask. And her shipping is only $4 no matter what you buy!<br><a href="http://www.lukesdrawers.com" target="_blank">www.lukesdrawers.com</a><br>
They have 2 sizes L and XL. Your babe will need the L (says 12-25#s but would fit smaller IMO) and when the babe hits about 20-25#s you need to jump to the XL. It is neat cause these diapers have 5 snaps for the waist and 5 for the legs to acheive perfect snugness.<br>
DS started wearing the XL size at 4 months and is still in it w/ plenty of room at 1 year. These are SUPER cute and EXTREMELY functional too- Never leak- and wash up GREAT! Day, night- Never had a problem w/ them- LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!No time wasted w/ a wiggly toddler trying to put diaper then cover on- it is AIO!!!<br>
I tried many things and didn't care for them- like prefolds and fuzzi buns<br>
When my baby was that small I also liked Sugar Peas size 1's(I only would get the print ones tho- for some reason I found them more absorbant than the plain ones) We also used Bummis SIWW covers(I started w/ the smalls- not newborn) They worked fine. If using fitteds you only need 3-4 covers- prefolds you need 6-8 covers- as you have more leaks w/ prefolds than fitteds w/ BF poo.<br><br>
I have bought most things used that I wanted to try- then if I liked them bought more used(If I could find them) or purchased them brand new. My Candy wrappers I only bought about 8 used- they are SO HARD to find used! Everyone LOVES them and hates to give them up.....So even if you try them and don't like them- you can EASILY EASILY sell them- they are nabbed up immediately! For full-near full price too!<br>
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Hi and welcome! I'm a fairly recent convert to cloth diapering but I'd like to offer a small bit of advice. It's really overwhelming all the choices you have at first so don't rush. Try to read as much as you can, I like the website <a href="http://www.borntolove.com" target="_blank">www.borntolove.com</a> for information on getting started.<br><br>
Next, I recommend rather than trying to get as many diapers as you "need" to get started cd'ing full time - first just buy 1 or 2 of each type of diaper. Buy a couple of prefolds, one or two fitted diapers, a pocket diaper, one AIO and a couple of decent covers. Then experiment with them all, decide which systems you like (or which combination of systems) and then start buying more of what you like. Also, don't start off with either really expensive or really cheap diapers or you might decide it's not worth. Good luck and have fun!
 

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I haven't started to cd anyone yet, although my dd has my first attempt at an AIO of mm wp and hemop lined with flannel for nighttime...<br><br>
but <a href="http://www.barefootbaby.com" target="_blank">barefoot baby</a> has a package too, seems to include lots of different types of diapers. Apparently has a great return policy too but only for 30 days, so I am waiting until 30 days from babies due date to order it (unless I find something better....<br><br>
been making my own covers for a while......they are fun and easy to make..... I need to get bak to the dipes though, otherwise she won't have anything to put into that cute cover........<br><br>
Good luck......
 

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I can't help, but I can commiserate... I knew before I even got pregnant that I would cloth diaper, for a bunch of reasons. My brother and I were cloth diapered, I figured my baby would have pretty much the same stuff we did... diapers, rubber pants, heavy water filled pail, and an emergency pack of pampers in the car. Easy, right? Then I started looking at what's available in the world of cloth diapers nowadays...<br><br>
I have found a package that has 36 infant prefolds, 24 premium prefolds, and 16 Bummis (4 ea. nb, s, m, l) and I am going to go with that and add some other types of covers and some fitteds. I think I will try some Bumkins covers and some of the SAHM fitteds. There is also a type of fitted on a website called <a href="http://www.kidalog.com" target="_blank">www.kidalog.com</a> that are priced very reasonably, I would like to give those a try. I had planned to try snug-to-fits, but I keep seeing bad reviews about them, so I might get one or two to try... but we'll see.<br><br>
The more I look at what fitteds I would like to try, and when, though, the more confused I get. I have been dreaming about diapers!!!
 

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There are so many options. It does get overwhelming! Here is what I would suggest :LOL My baby is 5 months old, and this is the bare bones minimum!<br><br>
12 CPFs ~ these run around $20 a dozen, and I got mine at <a href="http://www.boobearscorner.com" target="_blank">www.boobearscorner.com</a> w/ free shipping<br>
1-2 snappis<br>
1 HH ~ Check the trading post!<br>
1 FB<br>
Various used covers to see what works best w/ your baby's shape I'd suggest 4-5<br>
4 Joey Bunz, or other hemp stuffer.<br>
Kissaluv, or other fitted dipe, maybe a onesize?<br><br>
This will just get you thru the day, so you will have to wash every day. Check the trading post, and other swap boards to get stuff that's already been washed to full absorbency so that you don't have to do alot of prewashing. When you find out what you like: fitteds w/a cover, pockets, CPFs and wraps, ect. then buy more of that. This will just give you an idea of the different fabrics things are made of, and how easy they are to use, and how well they fit your baby.<br><br>
Good Luck!!!
 
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