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Cloth Diapers (OT)

So I know that this is TOTALLY off topic and Im not sure if any of you use cloth diapers but I figured I would ask anyways. I was starting to look into it and have been over the past couple months and I am thinking that CDing is the way I am going to go (at the begining of my pregnancy i was on the sposies side of things) But I wanted to know if anyone could give me some advice on which diapers are good and which are bad ones. If there are certian diapers for boys as apposed to girls. and I also was wondering about how much I am going to be spending up front. How many would be a good number to start out with and all that kinda stuff. lol Hope someone can help me!!

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We decided to go with a service for this little one, all and all they do the cleaning and we get unlimited diapers for thousands LESS a year than disposable! (I was all shock and awe) I know a couple of friends use CD and they really like Fuzzibuns and GroVia but I myself haven't tried either.

Honestly if your going to do it, see what services are available in your area, the simple idea that you don't have to clean them yourself (they have great environmentally efficient systems) and they drop off/pick up which is super easy! Its all the best of disposable with all the best of CD! Our service starts just before baby's due date,they drop of a variety pack of sizes about a month before the due date so you can find the right fit for your LO and every week do a drop-off/pick-up. Our's costs $100/month (average disposable cost $150-200/month depending on brands and butts) and we have unlimited diapers the only thing we have to do is use the flushable inserts for quick clean and pop them in a special bag to be left out for pickup!

I did all disposable with my other three, and the eco-friendly part of me nearly died of shame but it was easy and quick and I was thinking lazy over landfills... this time around I'm trying to be more ecologically aware, I'm not hand washing poop but I am doing something!

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There is a really great CDing board on here. I got loads of info from the ladies who frequent over there.

We do simple prefolds and covers. Our prefolds are from Green Mountain and we have a bunch of different covers. I like my Thirsties covers the most. I think we've spent about $500 on diapers and we have a stash that should more or less last until potty training.

We had a diaper service for the first month just to make our lives easier. Diaper services are great and you definitely still save money over sposies. If you plan to CD more than 1 kiddo, buying your own diapers is ultimately the cheapest option.

As for how many to start out with ... If you do prefolds (cheapest option) you'll want 3 dozen at the least. We had 30 and I was washing almost every day. You'll need 4 or 5 covers.

A great way to start (in my opinion) is the diaper service. You don't have to worry about washing them and there's little commitment. You can try out a few different covers (different brands fit different babies better than others) and buy more of what works for you. You can buy a few different style of diapers (AIOs, pockets, etc.) and by the time you need to size up you'll have a good idea of what will work well for you. Oh, and used diapers have a ridiculously high resale value. So, you can always sell what doesn't work!

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We CD and love it, surprisingly. I'm the laziest housekeeper I know Smile I despise laundry, but I'm already doing laundry for 5 people so what's an extra load every other day, right.

I don't go the cheapest route, I go the easiest route (and I'm still saving a boatload of money). I started CD'ing DS when he was about 15 months old. I used Thirsties Duo Wraps with the Thirsties inserts for him. I liked it because you could use the wrap several times and just replace the insert every diaper change. I also used Flip covers with inserts and I liked those too. He was too big for the one size diapers.

With DD2, I'm using Fuzzi Bunz all in one (AIO), one size (OS) mostly. I have some Bum Genius (BG) diapers, but I hate the velcro. I've only been using them since DD2 was a week old and just can't stand the velcro on them. I had some wraps with velcro for DS and they were fine, but for some reason I'm not in love with the BG velcro. I like the AIO OS dipes. They are so easy that it makes CD'ing a newborn really, really easy! Right now, I don't even wash the poo out of her diapers, it's mostly liquid with some curd looking things in it because she's bf'd so I just throw it in the pail. I have a sprayer hooked up to my toilet to spray out the diapers when she gets older and I couldn't CD without it!

I use Rockin Green detergent and it has helped keep the stinkies out and it really keeps them clean. I try not to dry my dipes as much as possible just so they will last longer. I wash about every other day otherwise I run out. I have 6 BG's, 10 Fuzzi Bunz and 3 of another brand that I can't remember off the top of my head. I don't remember how many I have of the wraps from DS.

These dipes are supposed to be really good. I've never tried them as I already had quite a stash before I found this site. I would probably try them out though because they look a lot like Fuzzi Bunz, but with half the price.

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I am also planning on CD-ing. A good friend of mine told me about www.kellyscloset.com which is AWESOME. We have a whole diaper registry on that site. We're going with the Bummis brand b/c they have 2 sets (1 for baby 1 for infant) that have enough prefolds, liners, and covers to get you through each stage. Here's what they look like...

https://www.kellyscloset.com/Bummis-Certified-Organic-Cotton-Diaper-Kit_p_3637.html

We'll get some extra stuff, like fleece liners, a couple more covers, and snappis for the prefolds, but for the most part you don't need anything else.

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We use cloth diapers here. We have a ton of different stuff. We've got Organic Caboose prefolds and covers, assorted regular prefolds and covers (mostly OS covers, so we only have to buy them once....but some nice wool sized, too), 20 OS (one size) pocket diapers in a variety of brands (WAHMIES hooks which are excellent on newborns and even preemies but also fit toddlers, WAHMIES snaps, Rocky Mountain, a couple BG organics, Happy Heineys, etc), 20 gDiapers in a variety of sizes (we use cloth inserts in these, not the flushables), as well as lots of stuffing material. Most of the pocket diapers come with stuffing material and then we bought additional so we could stuff them well as baby gets older.

Will was and is a verrrrry skinny kiddo. Healthy, but skinny. He's in the 10th percentile on the growth charts and for a long time he was so skinny he wasn't on them. The BG's did not fit him at all and so that's why we don't have many. The leg holes could never get skinny enough for his little legs. The WAHMIES hooks are our favorite for that reason. They are highly adjustable for anything from a teeeny tiny skinny baby to a cute chubby baby with rolls on the thighs and they really do fit from birth until potty training. The down side to those are that hooks take longer to fasten than velcro or snaps, so diaper changes do take slightly longer. That's a compromise we'll gladly accept if it means little or no leaking, a comfy fit and a durable diaper.

For diaper stuffing, our favorite materials are organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and jeans. For the jeans, my husband just cut up a bunch of pairs of old jeans and we fold them to fit in the pocket of the diaper (you do have to prep them before use the first time, though...10 washes and dries on hot). It is highly, highly absorbent as kiddos get older, and budget friendly, too, which is great.

Budget-friendly is important for us, so we've found creative ways to finance diapers. Half of our gDiaper stash was given to us by a friend for free because they didn't work for her kiddo. The other half we got on sale and spent maybe $100 for them. The pocket diapers came from a WAHM friend of mine who sells them for a living and she gave us a deep discount. Prefolds came from a variety of places. Some were hand-me-downs from friends, some we got on clearance, some were gifts, etc. I estimate we've spent about $500 total -- but keep in mind that was over three years, not all at once.

For a newborn, if you go the prefold route, I agree with the PP who said you'd want about 3 doz and then a handful of covers. That is the most economical way to go, just make sure you get good quality prefolds, not the ones sold at big box stores. Check out cottonbabies or diaperswappers or something for high quality prefolds.

If you go with pocket diapers or all-in-ones (AIO's), I'd say you'd be okay with about 20 diapers.

Lots of people start with prefolds and covers for budgetary reasons and then slowly add in the fancier AIO or pocket diapers. You don't have to do it all at once.

With Will, we started with gDiapers pants and prefolds. Then, we bought additional stuffing for the gDiapers and cut up the jeans. Then, we started adding WAHMIES hooks and everything. So, really, we only spent maybe $125 upfront and then spent the rest of the money as we went along.

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One more thing....watch which detergent you use. Stay away from anything with brighteners, fabric softeners, etc. Here is a good chart to help you pick: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

We have very hard water, so we use Calgon water softener (not the stuff for the bathtub Lol ), along with liquid Charlie's Soap. For stains, we use hydrogen peroxide in the wash from time to time and also sun diapers outside in nice weather. The detergent that will work best for you depends highly on whether your water is hard or soft, what the ph level is, etc. Lots of people find it takes a bit of experimenting to find just the right one.

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We also do prefolds and covers and we use a diaper service since we don't own a washer/dryer and there isn't one in our building. Our service only supplies the prefolds (I think we get 180 total, for the first 2 weeks we got 90/wk and then it's based on what we use) but they will wash our stuff as well. We are going to be looking into getting some fitteds and maybe some pockets.

DD was pretty small when she was born and is still long and skinny - the Bummis NB covers were great for us until she was able to fit into the Thirsties Duo Wraps - which I love - they both did a great job of containing the yucky, explosive BF poops - we have only had two blowouts on her clothes and both were because we put the cover on sort of funky, leaving a leg gusset tucked in or not making sure the cover was completely over the diaper in the back. We have currently have 9 covers - 2 always live in the diaper bag and we just rotate at each change. We could definitely get away with less though.

We went through a lot of PFs when she was a NB and I would rather have more than you think you need than just enough - there are some days that laundry just won't get done and you will be out of diapers (or at least that's how it is in our house and if we had to do the diapers we would have to fill in with 'sposies). Besides if you use the PFs they are great for burp cloths later on and other diapers have a great resale value!

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We did prefolds with covers too--they're the most reliable AND the cheapest. I was so overwhelmed by all the options until I found a great web site with very simple, easy to read help on figuring out the basics like how many I needed: http://www.diaperpin.com/howto.asp

Now we do fitteds with covers, but only because I got 27 handed down to me, which is a 3+ day stash at this age. We do AIOs at night for the feel-dry factor, with extra stuffing for enough absorbency. Key is to make sure they're big enough--mine leaked like crazy until I went up a size. Who knew?

I also second Erin's recommendation for the cloth diapering board on here. It's very helpful!

And I just wanted to say, good choice! It's SO much easier than everyone thinks it will be before they've actually done it (me included!) and the benefits go on and on.

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I prefere to own our cloth. I use Bum Genius one size, and Fuzzi Bunz one size, I have also a couple Sustainablebabyish fitted diapers for when Riley's butt needs some air. I just let him crawl around in it without a cover. And I highly recommend Rockin' Green laundry detergent!

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"GoodEyeSniper" wrote:

I am also planning on CD-ing. A good friend of mine told me about www.kellyscloset.com which is AWESOME. We have a whole diaper registry on that site. We're going with the Bummis brand b/c they have 2 sets (1 for baby 1 for infant) that have enough prefolds, liners, and covers to get you through each stage. Here's what they look like...

https://www.kellyscloset.com/Bummis-Certified-Organic-Cotton-Diaper-Kit_p_3637.html

We'll get some extra stuff, like fleece liners, a couple more covers, and snappis for the prefolds, but for the most part you don't need anything else.

just be careful if your baby has skinny legs. I love the bummis because they dont have that extra gusset on the leg that thirsties have because my baby has the fattest thighs. I've heard alot of people complaining about them leaking for their skinny legged babies. just a heads up.

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for newborn we had 36 prefolds and 4 covers and with how much he poo'd i was doing laundry all the time because it'd get on the covers so i wish i had less prefolds and more covers. now that he doesn't poo 5 times a day i can get away with one cover for day and one for night and just switch out the prefolds. i had fuzzibunz perfect fit size one and wan't impressed. they were fine but really i just preferred the prefolds.

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I love cloth diapering. it's a slight addiction now I must admit lol. I use alot of different kinds, WAHM, prefolds, bum genius, fuzzi buns, and I even make my own. I found the BG was the best for night time, but as far as all day goes, anything was good? Smile there's alot of good advice on the CD board, check it out, and have fun. There's nothing cuter than a baby bummer covered in cloth Biggrin

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"Illiana" wrote:

just be careful if your baby has skinny legs. I love the bummis because they dont have that extra gusset on the leg that thirsties have because my baby has the fattest thighs. I've heard alot of people complaining about them leaking for their skinny legged babies. just a heads up.

Really? I like the Thirsties better than our Bummis and DD has super chunkster thighs!

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I'm another diaper service lover! Blum 3 I have no washer or dryer, so the service really makes sense for me, and even people who have a washer & dryer find the service more economical & it's definitely much more earth-friendly than washing diapers yourself because they recycle the water. They also offer composting service, so when I want to use disposables, I buy their compostable diapers & they take them to the municipal compost facility. Best of both worlds!

I get prefolds, and they have five different sizes that fit from preemie through toddler. I buy my own covers, Snappis, and diaper pail. No dumping or rinsing, just toss the diaper in the pail. Monday morning, I set them out & get a fresh batch delivered. The plastic bag they come in fits the diaper pail & serves as the liner. My cost is about $65/month and IMHO it's worth every penny!

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With DS1 we ordered a trial bundle from kellyscloset.com and tried out a few different types of diapers to see what worked and what didn't. Some were great with his chunky legs and some were horrible.

DS2 has DS1's hand me downs with a few new added things. DS2 is was less chunky and some of the covers don't works as well. Both boys do/did really well in the older Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers. I have some of the new 1 size ones but have yet to try them on since we have loads of small Fuzzi Bunz. We mainly use those for when we are going out of the house or DH is diapering. I also use a lot of prefolds which are cheap and easy. Anyway I'm just going to list what we use the most and like.

Fuzzi Bunz
Flip Cover & Inserts (yet to deal with poop on these so the jury is still out)
Prefolds
EconoBum Covers
ProWraps Covers (some problem with blowouts on skinny NB legs right now)
Bummies
Wool Shorty/Longy (night time cover)
Hemp Babies Soakers for extra stuffing and night time.

Not sure how much I've spent total over time but a few hundred I'm sure. Right now I have about 2 dozen prefolds, 6 covers, and a dozen pockets that I use for my 7 week old. He pees a ton so we go through them in about 2 days max. I buy most of my stuff from kellyscloset.com and cottonbabies.com though have gotten some from kid consigment shops.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Really? I like the Thirsties better than our Bummis and DD has super chunkster thighs!

I do like them both, but use the bummis before the thirsties. when he was smaller i preferred using the thirsties.

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ITA on the Kawaiis (MomW gave the link). I have a few and like them a lot. Very inexpensive for AIOs.
I also use gdiapers with cloth inserts. It can cut way down on the laundry becasue it's kind of like underwear with a snap in diaper part. They're a pretty trim fit and unless there's a leak (my boys are very heavy wetters) the outside can be reused. You can also get flushable inserts to go in them, but those are about as expensive as brand name sposies.

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I have Fuzzibunz, Babykicks, Bottombumpers (which sell like crazy), Happy Heiny's and Kushies in my shop now. Getting ready to add Thirsties and GroVia. I have an application in for Cotton babies now (Bum Genius, Flip, ecobum) and I hope I get it. If you pm me I will send you a discount code you can use. Yes that was my shameless plug. Wink (link in my siggy) If you fan my facebook page I am getting ready to do a giveaway of a $20 giftcard.