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Hi, I'm Jean. I have a 14mo daghter and am expecting in Feb04 (yay!). I've decided for financial, comfort and environmental reasons to make the switch to cloth diapers. Mothering.com was recommended to me as a **SUPER** CD web site.<br><br>
Here's some info about us:<br>
- We can't use pins because my MIL often watches DD and her right hand doesn't work well (polio as a child), my mother also has severe arthritis in her right hand, so she won't be able to use pins either.<br><br>
- DD is around 21 lbs and does not have huge thighs she's almost 30 inches tall.<br><br>
- Right now I want to experiment CD with DD, once I'm proficient I'll worry about getting a newborn stash.<br><br>
- I don't want to do laundry every day - every other day would be ok.<br><br>
- DD tends to be a heavy night-time wetter (which is one of the reasons I want to switch - I just don't like the look of the disposables when we get up in the morning, it CAN'T be comfortable - not to mention all of the chemicals!)<br><br>
- MIL and I can sew and we do have a surger - although to begin I think it would make sense to get ready-made -<br><br>
- we're also interested in cloth wipes<br><br>
- DD has had diaper rash once (thrush), so we don't have any special concerns in that respect<br><br>
- I don't understand any of the lingo relating to CDs, so any guidance would be appreciated<br><br>
- I'm happy to buy stuff used to test it out before I make a big investment (love EBAY!)<br><br>
- I stay at home with DD (and LOVE IT) and am really looking forward to #2 as well.<br><br>
- we're in northern virginia - and preparing for hurricane Isabel (my dd is Isobel - so every time she has a tantrum, we say that she's been upgraded to category 5!)<br><br><br>
Thank you very much for your input! This is an exciting new adventure<br><br>
Jean<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Welcome Jean! Glad to have you! I live in southern VA, near Roanoke! We've been cd since ds was 5.5 months and love every minute of it - even laundry!!!<br><br>
Prefolds are the cheapest way to go and you don't have to use pins, there are things called snappi's, you can see them here <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> under the diaper accessories area.<br><br>
If you aren't worried about price too much you can get all in one's, these are just like a disposable, they velcro or snap and are super easy. a few sites you might want to check out are <a href="http://www.mamaessentials.com" target="_blank">www.mamaessentials.com</a> she has free shipping. And <a href="http://www.happyheinys.com" target="_blank">www.happyheinys.com</a><br><br>
That'll get ya started and I'm sure other ladies will have lots more info for ya.
 

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Welcome to the wonderul world of cloth diapering! (cd-ing) You don't have to worry about using pins if you don't want to. You can use a snappi if you want to use prefold diapers (are you familiar with those?) Snappis are GREAT! They are shaped like a T and have little teeth that grab onto the diaper and hold it in place just like a pin would.<br><br>
If you want to skip prefolds alltogether (and snappis) you can buy diapers with velcro or snaps. I like snaps best, especially diapers with two rows of snaps. They seem to be the most adjustable and work best with my DS who has chubby thighs and a thin belly. My favorite diapers (right now) are cuddlebuns, growing greens, and Liz's cloth. All 3 are hemp diapers.<br><br>
For night time we use Fuzzi Bunz (FB's) they are a pocket diaper. You can stuff the pocket and customize your absorbancy. We stuff them with Joey bunz hemparoos. We use one hemparoo for day time and 2 for night time. I have tried SEVERAL combinations and this is the ONLY diaper that will keep my DS's bum dry all night and not leak.<br><br>
There is so much to learn about cd-ing. If you have any questions, just ask! There are so many great mamas here that have been cd-ing for years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You can also check out the other diapering sections on this site and the diapering archives. They are a wealth of information. If you just want to try out a certain diaper before buying it, check out the MDC trading post. That is where us mamas sell and trade diapers and covers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The cheapest way to go is prefolds and covers. You can get a snappi instead of using pins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> If you can sew, then maybe buy a few different brands of fitted diapers, and use them to make a pattern? You could use any materials you wanted, knit, terry, flannel, hemp etc. We've made diapers out of old receiving blankets and they turned out quite nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> For inexpensive covers I'd suggest Bummis, either the velcro wraps or pull ons(probably pull ons b/c toddlers can figure out the velcro FAST :LOL)<br><br>
I started out with preemie sized prefolds for dd as a newborn, then switched to fitted diapers and covers around 3-4 weeks when she outgrew the prefolds. For your toddler you'd probably want Premium sized prefolds, and probably some doublers as well. An easy system to start with is prefolds, and pocket diapers like Happy Heiney's or Fuzzi Bunz. These two are all in ones, you just stuff the pocket with a prefold and don't need a cover. They're very easy to use, the only draw back is unstuffing the wet prefold lol<br>
Cloth wipes are super easy to make, just cut 7x7 or 8x8 squares and serge the edges to keep them from fraying. You can use any materials flannel, hemp, velour, terry etc etc, just not fleece b/c it just smears the poo around lol You can even just buy a few packs of baby wash cloths and use those.<br>
Making fitted diapers is super easy, and fun. The only suggestion I have is to not sew the soaker into the diaper, make it separately, serge the edges, and then sew down each end in the diaper to help the diaper dry quicker in the dryer.
 

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I almost forgot - Congrats on your pregnancy!!! I hope you stay safe during hurricane Isabelle.
 

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Thanks for your speedy replies. I've seen the term CPF come up a lot. Those are chinese pre folds. How do they work? Do you fold them to be like the TV verison of a diaper and then use a cover to keep them on your child?<br><br>
Are all in ones build like disposables - but the're out of cloth. Do you ever add layers of CPF to all-in-ones to increase absorbency?<br><br>
Are pre-folds and all-in-ones the two basic styles of cloth diapering?<br><br><br>
Thanks,<br><br>
Jean
 

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Jean, I just started cloth diapering my 13 month old dd about 2 weeks ago, so I am still new to this too.... but here goes: you can look on <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> for folding directions for cpfs. Some all in ones (AIOs) are made like disposables, others have a snap in or lay in liner, it comes appart to wash, I have one of these and I sometimes lay a cpf in it, but that can make it really bulky. Aside from CPFs and AIOs there are also fitted diapers, like kissaluvs, these fit like a disposable but still need a cover to prevent leaks, there are also contoured diapers that lay inside a cover, but there is no folding and tucking involved. The contoured cost more than a CPF but are cheaper than the other optoins. Directions for diaper sewing can be found at <a href="http://www.diapersewing.com" target="_blank">www.diapersewing.com</a> , diaperpin.com also has a lot of cding info. OH, and there are also one-size diapers, like mother-ease or cuddle buns. These are fitted diapers that snap into size, they are supposed to fit from birth to potty training- you can look at the diaper reviews here at MDC for brand info.<br><br>
My best advice is get 1 of every basic type, if you can afford that, and test them. My personal favorite is fuzzibunz, but I only have 2 weeks of experience to back that up. I also highly recommend you read the articles at mothering about cloth diapers, they explain some of the basics very well.<br><br>
Congratulations on your pregnancy! And good luck with your shopping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi Jean,<br>
We just started cd'ing w/our third and I just converted my 2 yr. old ds to cloth about a month ago. One of my fav. sites is from a MDC mamma:<br><a href="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kfegelman/index.htm" target="_blank">http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kfegelman/index.htm</a><br><br>
For DS, my fav. (right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) are the Motherease Sandies. I sometimes throw in a hemp doubler in for extra absorbancy. At night, he wears a XL Nighty Newt (<a href="http://www.littlelounginglizards.com" target="_blank">www.littlelounginglizards.com</a>) with an Aristocrats Wool soaker. I'm really liking wool!<br><br>
He also wears trifolded toddler sized cpf's in a prowrap cover.<br><br>
HTH and congrats!
 

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WELCOME!!!!<br><br>
happy to have you!<br><br>
Also check out <a href="http://www.punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">www.punkinbutt.com</a> for great articles and info.<br><br>
gotta run... keep us posted on your progress.<br><br>
xoxo pam
 

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Congratulations. Ooo what fun you're gonna have playing with everything that's available.<br><br>
Don't forget fitteds; a fitted diaper with a good cover is sometimes more reliable than all in ones (AIOs), although if you get a good AIO (you can read reviews on <a href="http://www.diaperpin.com" target="_blank">www.diaperpin.com</a> and find the good ones) they are a charm.<br><br>
I know lots of mommas here don't care for velcro, but I think for your MIL and mom velcro/aplix might be less fiddly. I can't imagine a snappi is too easy without v. good dexterity! Personally I find snaps a pain, yeah they look cute but they can be fiddly to do without squishing your babe!<br><br>
Have fun doing your research and getting all that fluffy mail <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Welcome and have fun diapering. It really is fun once you get started. That's the biggest secret of cloth diapering!
 

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OK ladies, after spending most of the last day on the internet, I am completely overwhelmed. But, I didn't let that stop me. I just bought 2 kissaluvs on ebay. So it begins!!!<br><br>
I guess right now, I have to find covers for the kissaluvs - and I might have to get inserts/doublers/liners, too, right?<br><br>
I also plan to get CPFs, some AIOs - and I'm sure there are others I should try out. I'm interested in the wool wraps (sic?_ - or are they called soakers?<br><br>
I have a bunch more questions - and I'll try and compose a comprehensive email during Isobel's nap.<br><br>
Thanks for your support!!<br><br>
Jean<br><br>
P.S. I've been forwarding CD urls to my MIL - and I think she might be getting into it. I'm very excited!! Her support is critical to the process. AND DH said we might be able to get a new front-loading washing machine for christmas! Low water/high energy efficiency/better cleaning! I'm so excited!
 

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Just added 3 Fuzzi Bunz and 4 hemparoos to the stash.<br><br>
Ok, need to take a break from buying for a little while. I'll also be good about not posting too much!<br><br>
This is pretty exciting!!!<br><br>
Jean
 

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Jean,<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
Hi, it's Patty from the "other" site!<br><br>
Just wanted to welcome you here and am glad to see that you got all the help I thought you would on here, great bunch of ladies, with lots of CD knowledge to share!<br><br>
Welcome!
 

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You sure came to the right place, man are we ever chompin at the bit to tell all our secrets!!<br><br>
I love wool, but after they get to mediums. the investment lasts longer and their are way less blowouts. for newbies i second (and 3rd, and 4th....) cpf's and wraps. alot of wraps don't need a fastened dipe underneath, that is what i did when mine were teeny.<br><br>
once they are a bit bigger a would start trying out wool and fitteds. i love wool! if you are on a budget just get one or two for at night and stick with snappies cpfs, if you have the money to play a bit then try out a few different fitteds and wool covers and see waht you like!<br><br>
Trust me, no matter what we all tell you, you will find your own "system" and it won't be exactly what any of us say, and it may change as your kiddos grow. Just go with the flow!<br><br>
Sorry for all the typos! nak.<br><br><a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> is my fave for cps and such, she has a low flat rate on shipping (3.95 I think) which really helps when buying heavy stuff like cpfs. And she has very good prices in general.<br><br>
HTH!<br>
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HI! Congrats on your decision, upcoming baby and all that good stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I just started cd-ing my 6 month old 2 months ago and soooo glad I did! I am loving the cd's and even the laundry - somehow it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I bought all my cpf's from colleen at naturalbabies and was a pleasure to work with. I found another site while browsing around here with someone who does sampler packages for not a bad price. <a href="http://babiesinthesun.com/samples.html" target="_blank">http://babiesinthesun.com/samples.html</a> - I've ordered a sample of the diapers to see what kind of fitteds I want to use.<br><br>
I started out with all premium cpf's (unbleached) and snappis with just your basic bummi's cover and prowrap covers. Natural babies has a good deal on those packages. Now I am venturing out into a few other styles.... although won't allow myself to go hog wild buying dipes as I can only think that these things are made for pee and poop not so much for a fashion statement!<br><br>
I also like <a href="http://www.littlelily.com" target="_blank">www.littlelily.com</a> for her bags... you have to check these out! As a good diapering bag for cd's is very important <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> (my excuse to buy a new one!)<br><br>
Have fun shopping and enjoy your new addiction....<br><br>
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Pixie (Sarah),<br><br>
thanks for the link to the sample packs - I got a sample wrap pack and a sample fitted pack. Now I feel like I have a pretty good stash -<br><br>
2 Kissaluvs (already purchased)<br>
2 Fuzzi Bunz (already purchased)<br>
4 Hemparoos (already purchased)<br><br>
2CPFs<br>
1 DSQ PF<br>
Kushies Basic Fitted<br>
Kissaluvs fitted<br>
kissaluvs contour<br>
Fleece himp fitted<br><br>
Bumpkins<br>
Bummis Super Whisper Wrap<br>
Bummis Snap Wrap<br>
Kushies<br>
Prowrap<br><br>
I still don't undestand all of the wraps - when I get them, I guess I'll figure out which ones work with fitted and which ones work with CPFs.<br><br>
Am I crazy or am I doing OK?<br><br>
I wish I'd found these samplers before I bought the stuff on ebay - but that's ok - I guess I can resell on ebay, right?<br><br><br>
Thanks!<br>
Jean
 
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