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This may be a stupid question but...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I'd like to CD but honestly, the whole thing intimidates me. I thought I'd found a good solution with gdiapers but then I apparently stirred a hornets' nest with that post. I've read all the stickys and threads and stuff about starting a cloth diapering system and washing and detergents and it's just so bloomin' overwelming!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I work all day and my DH is against CDing so I need something easy and practical and cheap and that I can leave without washing for a week (my laundry days are weekends only). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hang"><br><br>
Is this a stupid idea? I was thinking of using the covers and liners from the gdiapers I bought with some store bought gerber chinese prefolds (correct terminology?) that I got at walmart. Would that work? My baby is 6 months and around 20lbs. Is this a stupid idea? I actually have several different kinds of AIOs from FBs to some I bought second hand from ebay but every time I try to use them they're so thick I can't get her clothes on her or they leak like mad or DH is complaining about the smell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"><br><br>
I want to do the best thing for DD and the environment etc but sposies are just so freaking easy. Especially for a very tired working mom of a 2yo and 6 mo old.:yawning:<br><br>
Someone help!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">:
 

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It <i>is</i> overwhelming, isn't it? I was completely <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: when I first started researching CDs.<br><br>
I have seen several people on here say that they use prefolds in the g-diaper covers. But, I have also read that the store-bought gerber prefolds are not very absorbent unless you use two together. You may want to consider investing in some <a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/prefolds.htm" target="_blank">better-quality prefolds</a>.<br><br>
Also, to me, going a full week between washing seems a little much. I wash diapers twice a week, and they are quite stinky at the 3-4 day mark. Do you not have access to a washer/dryer at home, and that's why you can only do laundry on weekends? Or is it a time issue?<br><br>
As for the stink/leak issues with the AIOs and FBs that you have, it's possible that you have a build-up of detergent and need to <a href="http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/resources/thedetergentdebate.html" target="_blank">strip</a> them.<br><br>
Good luck finding a solution!
 

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The laundry thing is purely a time issue. I know a week does seem excessive doesn't it?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I've read about the stripping thing but my dishwasher doesn't work. (It currently serves as a storage place for things that won't fit in other cabnets!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">)<br>
I was wondering if anyone could share their stories of how you deal with work and a demanding husband and a 2 yo and a babe and be ecologically responsible and do what's best for your children too. Is it even possible?<br>
Maybe that's too big a request.<br>
Maybe if you could just tell me some stories about how you got started CDing. maybe that would make me feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The laundry thing is purely a time issue. I know a week does seem excessive doesn't it?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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If it's a time issue, could you buy enough diapers so you could wash twice a week? Then you could sneak a load into the washer one night during the week, and then put it in the dryer in the morning before work. Or, put a load in the washer in the morning and then put it in the dryer when you get home. Just a thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've read about the stripping thing but my dishwasher doesn't work.</div>
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You can strip with Dawn, hot water, and your washing machine. It doesn't have to be in your dishwasher <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can strip with Dawn, hot water, and your washing machine. It doesn't have to be in your dishwasher <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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If you can strip with dawn can't you just wash with dawn then? Why wouldn't that work?
 

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If you are diapering based upon your DH's happiness then I would go with prefolds trifolded in a cover. This is DH's favorite diapering system, he will only use Aplix covers. I am at home all day so he rarely changes a diaper but of all the diapers we have, and we have a ton, that is what he reaches for. You can get a gob of prefolds and covers for cheap, especially if you are only washing weekly you will need a LOT of diapers. Prefolds don't hold the stink and wash fairly easily.<br><br>
As far as stink goes the longer pee sits around the more it is going to smell. If you decide to do this get something that seals well, like a garbage can or something.
 

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If you're worried about the amount/frequency of laundry, have you considered checking into a diaper service?
 

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When I was CD'ing only part time after DS went to a non-CD'ing sitter in the morniings, I confess I did sometimes leave the dipes for a week. Lidded can, dry pail. I think the ammonia keeps anything else from growing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
As for DH - I can't help convince someone else's -- my DH was more gung-ho about CD'ing than I was, and was more ready to stick his hands in the toilet to wring things out (EW! I bought a diaper duck to do that, myself).<br><br>
If you want to go with prefolds, you really need real ones. The walmart ones generally have some kind of polyester fill in them that gets labelled "absorbent padding" but really doesn't work well. I like prefolds a lot (and they make great household cleanup cloths after babies are done with them). I had a few fitteds for outings, but honestly DH preferred to change a prefold (and we pinned!) because they are that much easier to deal with afterwards - no seams or ruffles to catch poop. We used the rice paper liners and most of the time it was a simple flip into the potty for poops.
 

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It is overwhelming at first. I completely understand where you are coming from!<br><br>
I think you have to try to communicate your commitment and then don't whine when you run into an issue (except here of course<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) They don't want to hear it cause they don't have an answer. Just say "I am not sure, but I'll figure it out" then when you do go back and tell him the answer. Take it off of his plate. Become the expert and then educate him. He is saying he can't handle it. If you want to CD and he is not on board, you have to take the lead. He'll come around. I won my DH over with a video. Now he even prefers prefolds! Go figure!<br><br>
There is always a learning curve in everything we do in life. I looked at it like sposies weren't an option so the only thing I could do was keep trying different things until I figured out what worked for us.<br><br>
For what it's worth here is my routine<br><br>
-<b>Take out bag from diaper pail</b> (with pretty dishwasher gloves used only for this purpose<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)<br><br>
-<b>Remove diapers and drop into washer.</b> (<i>indian prefolds, fitteds, and pockets and covers</i>) Again, use pretty dishwasher gloves. At this time I also remove pocket inserts and make sure velcro on covers are fastened)<br>
(<i>approx 5 minutes</i>)<br><br>
-<b>Place on Quick Rinse cycle</b><br><br>
-After rinse cycle, <b>add 1 scoop of Charlies on Hot Wash/Cold Rinse<br></b><br>
-<b>Hang covers and Move to Dryer</b> (<i>approx 5 minutes</i>)<br><br>
I second the idea of washing before bed and putting in dryer in the morning or put in when you get home put in dryer right before bed.<br><br>
Gerber prefolds---hmmI wouldn't recommend to do it or your DH will complain even more haha They are awesome as changing pads, burp cloths, and doublers, but I wouldn't use them alone unless I was in a severe pinch.<br><br>
I have honestly found Indian prefolds to be so incredibly absorbant, I prefer them overnight with a cover over a pocket any day. That's just me. Your hubby would love pockets. We use them when we are out and about. They are really really easy to put on like a sposie, but can be expensive. Some folks have trouble with laundry issues. I did too until Charlies. Since then it's been CD bliss. No stink at all!<br><br>
I've only used BG 2.0 and while they have some issues I love them.<br><br>
Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps in some way.
 

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I cd'ed for about a week when dd finally fit into her lovely fbs, but alas, the two jobs and lawn and dog and and and ......<br>
I caved and went sposies. The cost was about even when I considered the high end dipes I had and the laundry. I feel guilt about the trash, but I just didn't have anything left in the evening, and was barely keeping the house up.<br>
Some of us can do it all and then some, some have to pick the battles--if you want the go-ahead to go sposie, you've got it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I cd'ed for about a week when dd finally fit into her lovely fbs, but alas, the two jobs and lawn and dog and and and ......<br>
I caved and went sposies. The cost was about even when I considered the high end dipes I had and the laundry. I feel guilt about the trash, but I just didn't have anything left in the evening, and was barely keeping the house up.<br>
Some of us can do it all and then some, some have to pick the battles--if you want the go-ahead to go sposie, you've got it.</div>
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Thanks I appreciate that. I was just thinking last night when I was trying to do it all - literally - that I just can't keep doing this. Somethings gotta give. I want to be a great mom who CDs and grows my own food and lives with the smallest carbon footprint possible and my DDs are completely free of all environmental poisons but I'm finding the best I can do is buy organic when I can, keep my dishes and laundry done and worry about the rest of the house on weekends and breastfeed my babies and look longingly at those with the strength to CD too. Maybe this is the best I can do? Or maybe I'll get there one day...right now I'm drowning in what has to be done so sposies are what gets me thru a fraction of a second faster. I just hope that's good enough for now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">-After rinse cycle, <b>add 1 scoop of Charlies on Hot Wash/Cold Rinse<br></b><br>
-<b>Hang covers and Move to Dryer</b> (<i>approx 5 minutes</i>)<br><br>
I have honestly found Indian prefolds to be so incredibly absorbant, I prefer them overnight with a cover over a pocket any day. That's just me. Your hubby would love pockets. We use them when we are out and about. They are really really easy to put on like a sposie, but can be expensive. Some folks have trouble with laundry issues. I did too until Charlies. Since then it's been CD bliss. No stink at all!<br></div>
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If you please, what is Charlies and where would I get it?<br>
Also, where would I get Indian prefolds and whats the difference from what I've got?<br>
One more thing, can someone tell me why if you strip the diapers with Dawn why can't you just wash them in Dawn all the time? (Is that another stupid question?)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you can strip with dawn can't you just wash with dawn then? Why wouldn't that work?</div>
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I'm not really sure. I think maybe it's just hard on the diapers to be washed in Dawn all the time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks I appreciate that. I was just thinking last night when I was trying to do it all - literally - that I just can't keep doing this. Somethings gotta give. I want to be a great mom who CDs and grows my own food and lives with the smallest carbon footprint possible and my DDs are completely free of all environmental poisons but I'm finding the best I can do is buy organic when I can, keep my dishes and laundry done and worry about the rest of the house on weekends and breastfeed my babies and look longingly at those with the strength to CD too. Maybe this is the best I can do? Or maybe I'll get there one day...right now I'm drowning in what has to be done so sposies are what gets me thru a fraction of a second faster. I just hope that's good enough for now.</div>
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My sister worked full time and used a diaper service. She really liked it.
 

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For my hubby, the saving money point was what sold him on cloth, even with the slightly higher initial cost. We used fitteds and covers at home and sometimes pockets when we were out. A snappied prefold and a pull-on type cover is about as cheap and easy as you can get, is trim, and washes up nicely.<br><br>
Just shake a little baking soda into the pail and the washing can wait if you need it to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I always used Tide Free and hot water and never had any problems with residue.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
P.S. I live near Joshua - just south of ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Always nice to meet another MDC mom who lives nearby!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For my hubby, the saving money point was what sold him on cloth, even with the slightly higher initial cost. We used fitteds and covers at home and sometimes pockets when we were out. A snappied prefold and a pull-on type cover is about as cheap and easy as you can get, is trim, and washes up nicely.<br><br>
Just shake a little baking soda into the pail and the washing can wait if you need it to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I always used Tide Free and hot water and never had any problems with residue.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
P.S. I live near Joshua - just south of ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Always nice to meet another MDC mom who lives nearby!</div>
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Thanks it does help. Joshua isn't far at all! PM me if you like I'm always looking for mommy friends!
 

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i third the recommendation for a diaper service. do you know if there's one in your area? then someone else is responsible for washing them, you just have to remember to put them on your porch once a week. the expense is more than doing it yourself, but not any more expensive than sposies.<br><br>
and if you do end up doing sposies, maybe try something without the gel, like Tushies? less toxic for baby and environment.
 

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I have used AIO's since DS was born (he just turned 2), and I am against laundry doing on principle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I bought the bulk package deal at <a href="http://www.clothdiaper.com" target="_blank">www.clothdiaper.com</a>. They're easy to use, and pretty darned sturdy.<br><br>
Actually it hasn't been difficult for me.Throw them in the washer (double rinse setting) before starting work, dry them in the evening, every 2 days or so.<br><br>
I have never stripped or any of that, and never had any smell or absorbency problems though we don't have hard water where I live so I am lucky I guess.
 
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