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playing with the idea..

and COMPLETELY overwhelmed! I tried reading the sticky about new to cloth diapering...but it just made me go cross eyed! :shock: I've wanted to try cd'ing since dd#1 and now I'm on #3 and still haven't figured it all out so I REALLY want to try this time. It's just all so confusing to me.... longies? no clue what those are...fold this way and that, wash it with this then that!!! YIKES! I had a lady at church buy me some of the kind that you would use as burp clothes, the plain white ones like from walmart. I wanted something like fuzzi bunzs (sp?) but I'm very thankful she got me these too, just don't know what to do with them?! I see a lot of familiar faces and names so I hope you ladies can help me out.... I would like to try while I'm at home and maybe use disposables at night and for outings. thanks! Smile

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Gerber flats and prefolds make great burp cloths. Just not great diapers. They'll work in a pinch, but that's about it. I keep a bunch in the living room and use it for a lot of things. Those used to be the only cloth diapering options, so that's probably all she knows!
Since it sounds like folding is overwhelming to you and you like fuzzibunz, ignore anything that isn't pocket or AIO (all in ones). Fuzzibunz are pockets. There are a lot of pocket brands, but they all work pretty much exactly the same. You have a diaper shell that has a pocket in it between the outside water proof layer and the inside fuzzy layer. In that pocket you stuff an insert (bamboo, hemp, microfiber, etc). Most pocket diapers come with inserts already, so just use what they come with. You use it like you would a disposable diaper in that you put it on and when wet you take the whole diaper off. Instead of throwing away, you wash! AIOs are similar only no pockets to stuff (just takes a lot longer to dry and you can't change the absorbency).
With pockets and AIOs you don't have to worry about covers, longies, etc. The diaper is it's own cover! Smile
HTHs some. Ask away and I know the ladies on here will be super helpful. They've helped me out a lot. Smile

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We were all there at one point. I was determined to CD even before I got my BFP. Then I started researching it and all the options (and the pregnancy hormones) made me cry. Turns out it's not that complicated after all.

First thing you need to get a grasp of is that all cloth diapers are are something to catch pee and poo. That's it! OK, so they're super cute and environmentally friendly and all that. But seriously, they are just pee catchers.

Next thing you need to think about is how much you want/can afford to spend. You can CD on pretty much any budget. Wool (those longies) covers are just about the priciest item (unless you knit). Pockets are probably the most expensive diaper. AIOs fall in line next. Prefolds and covers are the cheap route. ANY of these options will catch pee. Lovers of cloth use all kinds of diapers.

Finally, worry about all that cleaning/storing business later. It's not a big thing at all. Again... just pee catchers.

The best thing to do is to get a couple things and try them out. Whatever you do, don't go crazy and buy a ton of one kind until you know you like them. You might find they don't fit your baby well or that you HATE them for some other reason.

Ask us anything! We love to talk about pee catchers Wink

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I wrote this entry for a local blog.
http://morethanmothers.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/cloth-diapering/

I included two links that I think do a really good job of explaining the types of diapers. Just keep reading and asking questions and you will start to get it, I promise! I remember being SO confused at first.

Once you know a little more about them then you will find you have a whole new set of questions so feel free to ask here!

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Oh my gosh Kayla! Yay for writing about cloth diapers. Saved it and I'm going to share it with friends because it already links to some of my favorite places to send people to. Smile

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I'm new to this too. I found what really helped me was going to an actual cloth diaper store and talking to the owner as well as looking around. I'd had lots of "coaching" from friends and read all the FAQ and more online, but until I really held the different diapers.... Of course, not every area has a cloth diaper store, but if it is an option, I'd tell you to start there.

I don't have a little one to try them on yet but I did decide to go with the pockets mostly. I have a Fuzzibunz but ended up with mostly Bumgenious (partly for cost reasons, can buy 6 new from store for about $70). I received some of the prefolds as well for my shower, so I went to the store and bought two covers for them. The lady at the store even gave me a demonstration on how to use them, they seem easy enough and seem faster to wash and care for. So anyway, do you have a store near you?

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"mommys" wrote:

I'm new to this too. I found what really helped me was going to an actual cloth diaper store and talking to the owner as well as looking around. I'd had lots of "coaching" from friends and read all the FAQ and more online, but until I really held the different diapers.... Of course, not every area has a cloth diaper store, but if it is an option, I'd tell you to start there.

I don't have a little one to try them on yet but I did decide to go with the pockets mostly. I have a Fuzzibunz but ended up with mostly Bumgenious (partly for cost reasons, can buy 6 new from store for about $70). I received some of the prefolds as well for my shower, so I went to the store and bought two covers for them. The lady at the store even gave me a demonstration on how to use them, they seem easy enough and seem faster to wash and care for. So anyway, do you have a store near you?

I'm from a pretty rural area, and haven't ever seen anything like that around here. But it's TOTALLY what I need. I learn from hands on! DH and I have date night tonight so we'll be going to the "city" and I'm gonna look around for a store!

Thank you ladies for all the info and help!

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Some on-line diaper stores will send you a box of samples. There's a woman here in Tucson that will do that. Her website is http://tentinypiggies.com/. I'm not sure if she'll send her samples out of state but it's worth a try. She just had a baby so she might not be that fast at answering emails.

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Another thing you could do is look at yahoo groups for some playgroups in your area and see if you have a natural parenting/cloth diapering group close to you. Even if you don't join, I'm sure a local cloth diapering mom would have no problem helping you.
Once you get started it's really not as hard as it seems starting out. I personally went with a few different types of diapers and am happy that I did because I found that I prefer some more than others and some of the ones I thought I'd love (Rocky Mountain diapers) aren't my favorite whereas some that I wasn't sure about at first (Smartipants) are the first ones I reach for when I need something dependable. I like our Fuzzi Bunz but they have never fit my kids as well as some of the other diapers we have, but I have chubby babies with chunky thighs. There are quite a few very inexpensive brands out there now too that you can look into trying like the Kawaii diapers and Sunbaby diapers. Even if you only buy some of them. 4 Sunbaby diapers are about what you'd pay for 1 'name brand' pocket diaper, so they can cut down on your cost and increase the amount you have while still leaving room for other brands.
I always loved diaperpin.com for reviews when I was researching diapers to buy. It can take a while to really look at all the options and in the past few years there are SO many new brands that not all of them are reviewed on diaperpin anymore but it's a good place to go when you find a brand you like at a price you like to check and see how other people like it.

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I just wanted to agree that we were ALL there at one point, and it is SO NOT overwhelming once you get started.

Personally, I found this site helpful in figuring out how to get started:
http://www.diaperpin.com/howto.asp

But you can be sure that once you get started, you will feel comfortable in no time. And we're always here to help with any questions that come up along the way! Everybody has 'em Smile

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thanks ladies you are all a wealth of information! Smile I did go to BabiesR'US last night and they had the gdiapers? they were pretty neat, but 30 bucks for two diapers and then another 30 for 6 liners.... And they were pretty small, so I was worried how long baby would actually fit in them. I'm gonna keep on researching and am hoping to score some used one somewhere. That away I can get a few different brands and find something that works for us, and even see if it's something I'm gonna stick with. I really want too!!!! Thanks again!

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hmmm I'm thinking the Kawaii diapers are a good start, and VERY price friendly! I'm starting to get some of it I think....and so is dh which is pretty funny! LOL

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Kawaiis are great, and a VERY good price. We have four that we've been using for overnight diapers for months now, and we love love love them.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Kawaiis are great, and a VERY good price. We have four that we've been using for overnight diapers for months now, and we love love love them.

awesome!!! thank you for the review, I've been looking and couldn't really find anything online. Hopefully I get the all clear from dh to place an order tonight! Wink

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You might not be able to find many Kawaiis unless it's through a retailer right now, but I do think they are good diapers...so good for the price that they are having a hard time keeping them stocked Lol
Another good, inexpensive option that has been talked about on this board are the Sunbaby diapers
http://sunbabydiapers.com/cms.php?id_cms=7
Can't beat the price and everyone who has tried them on this board so far has liked them.

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We have Sunbabies too, and do like them. IMO Kawaiis are better, but Sunbabies are cheaper! I really like the adjustability of the Sunbabies too--the inserts are just a bit wimpy (probably fine for a small baby, but with a nearly one year old, I'm looking to upgrade the inserts or else I have to change really frequently)

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I got my Fuzzi Bunz on CraigsList and they were about 1/2 price. I got the one size so that I do not have to keep buying new ones. Baby is due in August but I think I made the right choice based on my research.

Good luck.