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    I cloth diapered my third baby and plan to cd this one too. I didn't want to pay so much money for diapering my kid. Plus, when my first two were in diapers, we literally put twice the amount of trash out at the curb every week. It was super easy. If it wasn't, I wouldn't do it. I have too many other complications in my life. lol. Also, they didn't stink nearly as bad as disposables. So, anyone else planning to cd or have questions about it? I just got a delivery of a sampler package that has one size and all-in-one diapers. I have never tried AIO's before, so this will be a first for me. They are very cool.

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    yes!!! i never did with DS but I want to with this baby. So far i have about 6 diapers, I am trying a bunch out to see what i like best and then selling, and buying more of my favourites. I am only interested in AIO'S or pocket diapers and one size as well. So far I have two AIO bum genius's, 2 baby kangas, 1 happy heiney, and 1 fuzzibunz coming in the mail. I think I might try them out on DS soon once i get enough to prewash. I have been finding them on clearance or sale so none of them have been full price.
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    I will be cloth diapering again. We did with the first two, and I can't imagine paying for disposable diapers! For two kids I spent around $600 on diapers, and made back around $300 when I sold them, so it is really cost effective!
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    We use prefolds and covers, so easy! Some of the AIOs are so cute, I am tempted... cloth diapering is great.



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    so i guess my main concern is with leaking. I have been doing my research and talking to other CD mama's. some say that when their babies are younger fitted diapers are the only ones that don't leak as a nb i am expecting to probably put disposables on him for a little bit especially if he was as scrawny as ds as birth. I'm just concerned about taking him out somewhere and having leaks. How do you know when a diaper needs to be stripped before it happens. can you know? lol like will it just feel a little wet, or will it be a full on leak and is there someway to test it before you put the diaper on?
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    I plan to repeat what I did with DS which was CD from 3 months (are AIOs didn't really fit till then) on for at home and sometimes in public. (not long trips though)

    Our daycare doesn't do CD, so disposables are required for that part, but even doing it 50/50 it still saved a bunch of money!

    I'll be reusing his for DD (I have around 10-12) and maybe buying one - three more. I used Bum Genius and was very happy with them. I'm open to trying a new brand this time around too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayes View Post
    We use prefolds and covers, so easy! Some of the AIOs are so cute, I am tempted... cloth diapering is great.
    Any tips? I started with prefolds and covers, but found it difficult. They would leak through or I couldn't put the prefold on right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elleon17 View Post
    Any tips? I started with prefolds and covers, but found it difficult. They would leak through or I couldn't put the prefold on right.
    When Thomas was a newborn, all I used was prefolds and wraps. So, so easy. No pins, no clips. I just folded the diaper in thirds width wise and then when he got older folded it length wise. Wraps have a place to tuck the folded diaper into each end to hold it in place. Once the baby is old enough to fit the pocket diapers, the pre-folds can be used as an insert. (Add a hemp doubler for heavy wetting.) For the newborn stage, I think we used Super Whisper Wraps. They had a cut out for the umbilical cord. The down side to SWW is that they do not dry quickly, so you have to have several. With newborns pooping frequently, you may have to change several wraps per day. When he was older, we used Bumkins wraps, and I loved them. They are thin, nylon wraps, so they can be rinsed out in the sink and hung up and are dry by the time you get around to your next diaper change, so if you go with those, you only need 2-3 of each size.

    Regarding leaks, I had at least as many leaks if not more from the disposables than I did from the pre-folds.

    I personally would not buy fitted diapers for the newborn stage because it only lasts about 3 months, and you go through at least a dozen diapers a day. You'd have to buy like 20 of them. Of course, if you buy them used or sell them afterward, it might not be so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janijanis View Post
    so i guess my main concern is with leaking. I have been doing my research and talking to other CD mama's. some say that when their babies are younger fitted diapers are the only ones that don't leak as a nb i am expecting to probably put disposables on him for a little bit especially if he was as scrawny as ds as birth. I'm just concerned about taking him out somewhere and having leaks. How do you know when a diaper needs to be stripped before it happens. can you know? lol like will it just feel a little wet, or will it be a full on leak and is there someway to test it before you put the diaper on?

    I used pre-folds and wraps (no pins or clips, just stuff the wrap and put it on like you would a disposable) with Thomas as a newborn. He was scrawny too. He was only 5 1/2 pounds and very skinny. The one-size (e.g. Bum Genius) did not work at this stage, but the pre-folds and newborn wraps worked perfectly well. I found that disposables leaked at least as much if not more.

    Regarding stripping, I think if you get them wet and smell them and they have an odor to them, then they need to be stripped. It would not hurt your diapers to go ahead and strip them anyway just so you know you are getting a fresh start with them. If you want to know if they leak, I would just pour a glass of water on the inside and fold it up as if it were on a baby and feel the outside. I am not sure if stripping will cure a leaky diaper. I've never really had that problem. The only problem I had with leaks was when I bought used pocket diapers and the elastic was stretched out.

    Deb ................. DH Norm
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    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayes View Post
    We use prefolds and covers, so easy! Some of the AIOs are so cute, I am tempted... cloth diapering is great.
    I have never used AIO's before. I did have some BG one-size diapers and some pocket diapers. We used them for convenience once he was on solid food, because I hated having to get the poop out of pre-folds, and I could never get liners to work right. Plus, once he started running around, it was harder to keep the prefolds and wraps on. The pocket dipes were so much more convenient. That said, there are some really cute wraps out there, too.

    Deb ................. DH Norm
    DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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