Hi there! I am pregnant and due in August. I have three older children, but used disposables for all three of them. I would really like to try cloth this time around, and I have DH's buy-in, so I've been researching and reading, etc.
I've read the "New to Cloth Diapering" thread here, which was SUPER helpful!! But honestly, just starting out, it's all very daunting. I'm pretty sure that I want to go the AIO, AI2, or Pocket diaper route. I've looked at G-Daipers, and fallen in love with the look of the Bitti Tutto diapers, but honestly, I have no clue how well they work.
What I really need is for someone to tell me, "start by trying out these two or three brands - they're easy and I love them". Without that, I'm just too overwhelmed. So, anyone willing to go there for me?? LOL
The other route is to start out with a couple weeks of my local diaper service, but there are no choices or brands, so I am afraid that I will not like them and it will turn me off of CDing right away.
Advice? I'd appreciate anything I can get, here!!
I know, it really does seem daunting at first, but it is SO EASY once you get going.
What will work best for you depends on your personal considerations. Will lots of people need to be able to change the baby vs. mostly just you? Is cost a concern? About how often are you able/willing to do laundry?
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Well, my mom is going to be doing daycare for us once I go back to work - so it'll be mainly me and DH for the first 2-3 months, and then my mom will be involved... so really only about three of us, typically.
Cost is def a concern - the potential long-run cost savings is what really sold DH in the first place. So I guess fancy shmancy expensive diapers won't really address that one... lol
Ideally, I would love to only do laundry every 3 days or so, but I fully expect that I will do at least a load a day for the first while once the baby is born. I remember that well from my older three. Currently, we only do laundry once a week, but once the baby is here, especially since we are CDing, that will def change. Also, we have a HE washer, so I'm slightly concerned about how well that will wash CDs...
If cost is a concern, you definitely do not want to go with AIOs--they are the easiest, but are very expensive.
Prefolds with covers are very affordable and really easy to learn if all three caregivers are just willing to give it a shot. My DH and mom both learned very quickly how to fold and snappi a PF, and after a day or two it was just normal to us. I had two dozen PFs with 4 covers and was washing about every 2-3 days with a newborn and 3-4 days after a couple of months. Every baby is different, but just as a rough guide, that would run you around $50 for the PFs and another say $60-$70 for the covers (I got nice OS covers so that I wouldn't have to replace them as the baby grew) I got my PFs from Green Mountain Diapers and my covers were Flips. I liked both a lot.
You can also try pockets. They can be expensive, but there are some great cheap ones out there now too--both Sunbabies and Kawaiis work very well and are quite inexpensive. I bought 12 OS Sunbabies for $60, which is pretty comparable to the cost of PFs with covers, and there's no folding involved. They worked really well for daytime, although I did need something a bit more absorbent at night (Kawaii Good Night Heavy Wetter worked well for that--I had 4) This was all after my baby was bigger, though--you might find them to be a bit large for a newborn just starting out.
Good luck! I promise it really is no big deal once you just dive in and get going.
I second everything Leigh said. There must be something about the FAQ page on this forum that makes all the newbies want AIOs right off the bat. However, it's just not financially feasible for most people and most OS AIOs won't even fit until baby is several months old. Having a diaper service at first is a GREAT idea. We did it and it was soooo nice to wake up to clean diapers on our front porch every week. Another thing to consider is whether or not this will be the last baby using the diapers. A big part of the CD savings comes from re-using/re-selling the diapers and a lot of pockets & AIOs are unlikely to make it through more than 1 kid. Prefolds will make it through a dozen! We used prefolds pretty much exclusively until DD was a year old and then switched to a combination of pockets and prefolds. I suspect most of our pockets will make it through her PTing and perhaps through similar usage with #2.
Hahaha...yeah, finding GMD was a major turning point in my overwhelmed pre-baby researching too. They also send you a really helpful packet with the diapers that basically walks you through everything you need to know.
Glad we could help! I promise prefolds really are super easy. Another selling point: they have many uses once baby outgrows them--as I'm sure you know, you can never have too many absorbent cloths at hand when it comes to babies
We also purchased all our prefolds from GMD and are most pleased. Prefolds are so easy, adaptable, and crazy absorbent. Check out youtube for folding videos too!
I just thot i would add my two cents.
I never did get the hang of prefolds and covers, and and lord knows my Dh would never have changed a single one.
so I used disposables the first 2 1/2 months, and switched to the pockets, it was too hard in the beginning as i had a difficult recovery, and so Dh and my mom did many of the first diaper changes. Lilly was about 10 lbs and fit the One size pockets well.
But I loved the pockets once we changed to them. I personally like to do my diaper load every night, but I started out that way since i only had enough diapers for a day and a few spare.
The bulk of my diapers are Kawaii original one size, and some bammbo minky.
I hated the velcro closures, but love the snaps.
In doing the math with the pockets, they pay for them self the first month of use, because i would spend that in disposables in a month.
I have a top loader He, i use mountian green and rockn green for soap, do a single rinse cycle before the wash then bulky load wash on hot with extra rinse. u basically want to use the most water setting for your He machine.
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Kawaii diaper web site.
I had some prefolds in the beginning but never really got the hang of them, and I don't think my DH would have been too into it. I also tried fitteds and they were okay. However pockets are my favourites!! They are as easy to put on as a disposable (I prefer the ones with snaps) and I have had a lot of success with bamboo inserts for good absorption. I have some pricy ones that I bought while I was pregnant (AMP pockets with bamboo insert). They work extremely well, but the Kawaiis (bamboo minky) that I got for less than half the price work just as well so far. I also have some Sunbabies coming in the mail to try too.
I was really overwhelmed at first too. I found that I like one size diapers for cost efficiency, but they don't fit a newborn too well. I was recovering from a very difficult birth, so honestly we just did mostly disposables for the first month and a half or so. I was not up for extra laundry of any kind. We did cloth a little but our OS diapers weren't fitting too well. They say 8+ pounds but I think 10+ is more realistic. My advice (and it was advice I didn't want to take myself while pregnant, I wanted to go on a shopping spree lol) is to just buy a couple and see what you like, then decide. If I had done that, I wouldn't have bought six fitteds and a ton of covers that never saw much use and six super pricy pockets from a store in town before I researched more online. I could have saved myself a lot of money...but at least I'm not buying disposables now, I suppose!