Mothering Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
841 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I'm going to take the CD plunge! I'll be in an intense nursing program next year with NO extra $$ for sposies, (no time to wash CD either but...I'll figure that out later!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) DH is pretty resisitant, but I think I'm just going to start using them, and hope he hops on board! I've looked and looked, I think I'm going to get a sampler pack of AIO's to try some out and then get prefolds with covers. (DD is 9 months and 20lbs FYI) are thirsties prefolds really that much better? Or are DSQ just as good? You have to use 2 right? One as a dipe, and one as an insert with the cover? I was also thinking about getting the super whisper covers, anyone with experience with those? I have to have covers that are put on like sposies NOT pull ons since I hate putting pants on DD, and she lives in one piece outfits I figured I would not handle pull ons for long! I want to make sure the dipes are pretty trim too if possible, I just tried a mother-ease one size and it seemed awfully bulky on her. Does this sound like a good plan? I want to find that magic balance of plenty of pocket/AIO's for convience and then plenty of prefold work horses!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,010 Posts
I love love LOVE my DSQ's. I have six small Fuzzi Bunz for nighttime, but during the day I use the prefolds for my 6mo. My 18mo is in BumGenius during the day and FB's at night as well ( I think FB's are perfect for nighttime ) I have a Prorap cover, which I love. I also got a Bummis Polarfleece, but that thing wicks like crazy and I hate it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Believe it or not, I use the pull-on Gerber covers the most often.<br><br>
It is amazing but you will find time to wash your diapers. If you stick with mainly prefolds, washing will be easier, imo. Pockets and AIO's can have buildup issues and things like that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,015 Posts
You may or may not need a second pf (one as a doubler) it all depends on how much your child pees. DSQ is very good, but quality, softness and absorbabilty will vary somewhat from brand to brand. I have unbleached Thirsties and they are good, but not as good as my Chinese DSQ pfs from GreenMountainDiapers. BUT I prefer the *stretchability* of the Thirsties over the the GMD pfs. GMD are softer though. See what I mean. They all have their plusses and minuses. Anyway, I think you need to go here and read:<br><a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/prefolds.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/prefolds.htm</a><br>
There is a ton of info no matter if you buy from them or someone else.<br><br>
I do agree that pfs will be the most hasle free diapering system that you can get. With pockets and aios you have to be so careful with rash creams, wash routines, etc. Stripping is a dirty word to me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,238 Posts
I like my thirsties prefolds .. but i am also waiting on a sampler of Indian pf to test those out.. we are mostly using pockets now and have a mixture of those .. haute pockets os , bg 2.0 , mommy's touch , fb pt , momma made like fuzzi bunz , pocket change ... we like all of them but i prefer snaps as ds discovered the velcro the other day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have not had issue with the pockets yet and i wash in apt laundry room where we have people who over use the fab softener <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: we also use diaper rash cream and no issue with that so far ( knock on wood) ... I would have a mix of things and have heard that pockets dry faster and are easier than AIO as you remove the pocket insert to wash seperately and it gets cleaner .. but i have never used an AIO so I do not really know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: For my pf covers I use BSWW and prefer those to all the ones I have tried .. I have tried prorap , thirsties , bumkins , green earth .... I like BSWW first ,thirsties 2nd<br>
HTH
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
735 Posts
I have a varied supply of dipes. We used Gerber birdseye on ds until about 2 months, I have some WAHM made hemp snap ons with insert that i love, also the same mom made some pockets that I just lay in a pf and use as a cover or at night I will asctually stuff them. We used prefolds for a long time, I really like them but they are a bit on the bulky side and I am intrested in starting a collection of flat folds. I have some kissaluvs they are nice and asorb lots for night time and when running around, um and some loveybuns that are ubber asorbant. Ia m getting some Bamboozles to try them out and that will probably make my decision on the kind of terry flats I want to get. We also have the wisper wraps, they are fine and work great.<br><br>
I use to be really careful about how I washed the dipes but I have gotten lazy and discovered no problems. I actually use a tablespoon of softener in the wash and plain ol' washing powder. We have terrible hard water and the hemp dipes and the prefolds were getting close to sand paper, now they are so super soft and the asorbancy hasnt been effected. Though of course I will rethink this process when we have a girl since more sensitive skin is exposed. But I find that drying that the prefolds are the best and if your going to be busy and distracted I would go with those, they wash up faster, are studier, and dry faster than all the dipes excpt maybe for flat folds but you need to have a minor degree in orgami for those.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,964 Posts
Like a PP said, go to Green Mountain Diapers and read! I LOVE their prefolds. They are the best I've found. I also really like Bummis Super Whisper Wraps for covers. Fuzzi Bunz are great pocket diapers - we used those at night for a long time (now we use fleece at night).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,278 Posts
Good for you for going cloth! They really are great. DSQ prefolds work very well. You just fold one in thirds or fourths and lay it into a Bummis Super Whisper Wrap or similar cover. Easy, effective, convenient, and cheap! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
841 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
okay to show how clueless I am on CD'ing what is stripping?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,015 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>TxMominCT</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7353117"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">okay to show how clueless I am on CD'ing what is stripping?</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<br>
Stripping is the long, tedious process of getting all of the detergent and mineral buildup off of your diapers. You don't see the stuff, you just know it is there if the dipe smells of horrid, eye stinging urine when it has been just peed on, or when your fleece or suade cloth lined pockets repell (that is when the pee rolls right out of the diaper onto your lap!!)<br><br>
Prefolds and flats almost never need to be stripped because they wash so clean to begin with. Fitteds are so thick that things just get trapped in there. Pockets lined with synthetics grab onto the detergent and minerals with all of their might.<br><br>
Stripping involves standing in front of your washer to see if your diapers will release bubbles even though you have no detergent in there. If there are bubbles then you must wash on super hot time and again till there are no bubbles. Depending on your water (and this is trial and error) you may need to add softner like Calgon or other stuff to get the detergent to release. For me to get my FB where they wouldn't repell, I had to spray each one with Simple Green, scrub with a tooth brush, then wash wash wash. I sold them!! Nuff said!! A new method of stripping is using Dawn in the wash, and another new method is to wash the dipes in the dish washer where the water shoots through the diaper. Oh it can get complicated!! because you have to find out what will work with your water. But then there are those fortunate souls that never need to strip their dipes. Their water must be from heaven. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top