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Hi mama's<br><br>
The reason I haven't posted here before is that I live in South Africa and cannot get any decent Cloth Diapers! I am getting really sad about this whole predicament b/c I hate spoisies so much! I have to change ds a lot more than most babes b/c he is so sentive.<br><br>
I have tried using pre-folds here but they are not that great. I just want to know what I can do to improve my situation....<br><br>
What does a decent CD starter pack consist of? Thanks mama's!
 

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I would consider getting some pocket diapers (like Fuzzi Bunz, or solid colored Happy Heiny's or Ella's Pocket Diaper),to put your prefolds into. They will keep your son's skin much drier and you already have the stuffers (prefolds).<br>
Another option that would be cheaper would be to get some microfleece-topped hemp doublers and lay them in the prefolds. They will boost the absorbancy and the microfleece will keep his skin dry.<br>
You could buy some premium chinese prefolds, but that would not take care of the wettness on the skin issue if he's truly wet-sensitive.<br>
I'm not sure how much it would cost you to start up as that depends a great deal on what kind of system you choose and how old your child is (how many diapers you need- newborns need more diapers than toddlers for instance).
 

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Thanks Kermit!<br><br>
Noah is 6 months but is quite big - Id say round about the size of an average 8 month old...<br><br>
Where would I get doublers and pocket diapers - Its so expensive online (exchange rate)<br><br>
Sorry for beng a pain!<br>
Thanks again
 

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I started off with a great sampler pack from <a href="http://www.lilbunz.com" target="_blank">Lil Bunz</a>. It gave me a little of everything and was just a bit over $100. You'll get a fuzzibunz, happy heiny, wonderoo, kissaluvs, snappi, some inserts, pf's, covers. It's a great pack! She gives free shipping although I'm not sure if that goes for shipping to South Africa. Maybe she'll split the cost with you though? Give it a try. You can send her an email regarding shipping and sizing. My ds was in between sizes and she customized the package according to the different brands.<br><br>
Although you'll eventually want some more diapers, I started with this and just did a lot of washes! If you get this pack you can just gradually add on as you go after you figure out what system you like the best.
 

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Raven, I'm afraid you'd have to eat some costs for shipping. I would just start shopping some sights and asking about shipping and make some comparisons. I'm not sure, for instance, if it'd be cheaper to by from some place like <a href="http://www.twinkleontheweb.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.twinkleontheweb.co.uk/</a> in the UK or if it would be cheaper to buy from someplace like <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> or if there is an online retailer in Africa. Can you do a search on Google or Yahoo for cloth diaper retailers in Africa and see what you come up with?<br>
I would not really recommend snappi fitteds, as they are not any more absorbant than an average prefold and would not keep the skin any drier. They are nice and simple, but I prefer them with a microfleece topped hemp doubler layed inside, which you can easily do with your prefolds.<br>
There are lots of American online diaper sellers you can look at besides the one I already mentioned. You can check out <a href="http://www.diaperpin.com" target="_blank">www.diaperpin.com</a> for reviews or ideas on what shops to look at.
 

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Thanks guys!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Raven,<br><br>
Can you sew? Maybe you could by some fabrics and stuff for fitted diapers locally, then you would only have to worry about buying covers online? It would save you tons of money....
 

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If you go to <a href="http://www.borntolove.com" target="_blank">www.borntolove.com</a> you can look up diapers by geography world wide. I am not sure what would show up for Africa, but it has got to save you on shipping... worth your time to look, I think.
 

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My sewing skills are AWFUL! :LOL<br><br>
I will check your link! Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I may just have to save up and buy online.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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do u know anyone else who can sew?<br>
pocket diapers are sooo easy<br>
layer of pul, layer of fleece or suedecloth, leave an opening for inserts and sew in elastic and aplix
 

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One more positive about pocket diapers is that they are very lighweight. Ordering prefolds or fitteds will be quite heavy. I would order a sample of a few different kinds, though, to try, if that's what you end up being interested in. Some don't work with certain body shapes super well.<br>
With all the special things I've heard that go into making pocket diapers that work well, I'd be a bit afraid to make my own. Special non-wicking thread, special needles/machines, special "thirsty" fleece that doesn't repell easily....<br>
I would think you could find someone with a serger that could make you some nice prefolds, though, with some wooly nylon thread. Perhaps one with stretchy BKT (snappi-friendly) and a layer of microfleece down the center??
 

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That's a really good idea. I post on another board with a woman from South Africa, and I guess she just must eat it on a lot of the shipping fees. I'm guessing someone could get 4 or 5 (maybe more, depending on size) pocket diapers into one of the Global Flat Rate envelopes (I think they cost $9 or $10 to mail). My very favorite pockets come from Randi at Dreamboat Diapers. She has awesome customer service.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T Hey, both my parents are from SA! Say hi to Table Mountain for me!!
 

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Well, I checked out borntolove, (hadn't been there in awhile) and unfortunately there are no longer any ACTIVE listings for Africa. I did go to the Asia link, though, and found a few there. Maybe shipping from Asia would be cheaper? Just a thought. (scroll down to the bottom of the page, and hit the button for geographical listings, Africa and Asia are lumped together). Some of the websites are in other languages, but the emails are listed, and they are in English, if that helps. I had similar problems here when I got started, and just started researching diapers world wide, and then when I found a friend traveling, I gave them some money, and they brought me back diapers. Sometimes I got a real deal, (hand embroidered covers from Thailand) and other times I got some different type stuff. Still, it was fun!
 

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Could you find a local seamstress to sew you some diapers?<br><br>
Contour diapers (hourglass shaped diapers that fit in wrap style covers) would be really easy and fast to make. Really, any absorbant fabric can be used to make a nice diaper. I like diapers made from cotton sweatshirts and T-shirts. I've also used flannel with great results.<br><br>
Just to give us a better idea of what to suggest...what is it about prefolds that isn't working for you? Absorbancy, ease of use, fit, wetness against skin, cost of shipping?
 
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