Making Cloth Diapers? OT

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Making Cloth Diapers? OT

I know there are some of you that make your own cloth diapers. How do you make them? Is there a specific pattern to follow? Do you use velcro, snaps, pins? What materials do you use?

Also for burp cloths what types of material do you use?

The reason I ask is that I know we will be using cloth diapers for our kids. I'd love to make our own so I thought while we are going through the adoption process I could start making my own to keep me occupied in down time.

The funny thing my mom cloth diapered my little brother. I was 9 at the time so I changed him. She just used the kind you can buy at BRU that are plain white and would pin them. She used the plastic type covering to keep the moisture in. But I don't think people do that anymore.

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Actually people DO do that still! There's a thing called a Snappi so you don't have to use pins anymore. And the covers these days are really nifty! Cute prints, velcro or snaps.

We use cloth, but I don't make our diapers. My grandma made a bunch of "mini diapers" when Miles was a few months old. I just layed them inside of a cover. I bought the material for her and she went to town. I bought Sherpa, Suedecloth, Zorb, and some knit and flannel prints for the outsides of them. She just layered the different materials. Also, you'll need elastic and either velcro or snaps obviously. You might want microfiber for you're inserts, as that's what many pocket diapers have for their inserts.

I'm not sure I'd make too many just yet, maybe a couple and when you're able to try them out you could make more of what you like. You could find some materials that others have leftover for cheap at www.diaperswappers.com

I have never made burp cloths, but love the ones that are like the gerber prefolds sold at Target. I think they are the best! Maybe you could buy a package of those and embellish them?

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diaperswappers is an awesome site.

I have a pattern I use for the diapers that I sew. it's great because you can sew all different sizes and types from it. http://www.darlingdiapers.com/

I need to sew some more as Jack's growing out of his fitteds that I made him. I just struggle with finding the time...

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Wow I totally forgot a lot of you ladies CD. Thanks for posting this question Kebrina!! Thanks for all the info as well ladies. I've been thinking about at least CDing at home as soon as I can start sewing some.

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I cloth diaper, but I just bought all of mine. I use Thirsties Duo Snap covers or Flip covers, with flip inserts, bumgenius inserts (with a stay dry sock) or prefolds in a stay dry sock (for nighttime).

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Gwen, Miles just outgrew almost all of our diapers (BG3.0) I am so sad, because that was atleast 15 - or more - of our diapers. I just ordered a few more covers to fall in love with the prefolds. Ugh. Why do they have to grow so fast?!?!

Michelle, I didn't know you were using cloth!

Ok, sorry Kebrina. Back to topic! Smile

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"AshnBill" wrote:

Gwen, Miles just outgrew almost all of our diapers (BG3.0) I am so sad, because that was atleast 15 - or more - of our diapers. I just ordered a few more covers to fall in love with the prefolds. Ugh. Why do they have to grow so fast?!?!

Jack is still wearing the BG3.0s but they're all leaking. I think the PUL is just shot. SUCKS!

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My kid must be SKINNY...he still fits in the BG's (one sizes) with the snaps not all the way undone. Though I think we will have to unsnap to make them their longest soon, and his velcro tabs are out pretty wide as he has gotten bigger.

Kebrina - I haven't made any before, but there is a good online soaker pattern that I downloaded before that you can use for fleece or wool covers. After some experience from sewing mama cloth and some Christmas stockings, I found that I hate sewing with fleece, so that is the one thing that has stopped me from making my own diapers. I do get a lot from diaper swappers.

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I guess I'll have to venture over to the cloth diaper board and check out some cloth diapers. Maybe I'm thinking too hard about the making of the diapers.

We did just buy a new front loader washing machine that has a sanitize cycle to use for cloth diapers.

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Miles outgrew them in the rise. I have to really pull to stretch to get a good fit, and even then don't get a good fit. I'm just wearing out the leg elastic by doing that. I want to be able to either a) sell them or b) use them for the next little one. I'm so undecided what I want to do with them yet! I am jealous your guys' boys still fit in them! Miles must be TALL!

Kebrina, you should look into buying them gently used. You can get some great prices for almost brand new diapers! I always thought that was kind of gross, but I started doing it and now I'm wondering why the heck I ever bought new!

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Nathan is pretty tall, but his rise must not be that long Lol he must be out of proportion haha!