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Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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hey everyone! i'm new here...i have a 6 month little guy and we have been using disposables. i would really like to switch to cloth but i have no idea where to start...there are so many kinds and brands! i'd really appreciate feedback on what you are using, and why you like it.

thanks!

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Amanda - posted on 06/02/2010

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I am using the one size Flip system. They work great as cloth diapers go they are one of the cheapest ways to go. You can find them at www.cottonbabies.com. They have alot of kinds as well

Megan - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hi Jennifer!

Im a cloth diaper addict! There are ZILLIONS of different brands. My first piece of advice is to not invest all in one kind of diaper, because it may not fit right or work best for you.

I really recommend getting a cloth diaper trial package. You can get them from Jillian's Drawers, or lots of other places (just google it!), and it's a great risk free way to see what kind of diapers you love, before buying them!

Majaliwa - posted on 06/01/2010

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Hi Jennifer,
The first thing I'll tell you is that what works for one mommy may not work for you. So before you jump straight to brands and styles, I recommend you first figure out what type of diaper you might like.

Here's a simple video that explains the different kinds out there.


Second, I recommend looking at diapers that would fit your baby best. What will work for one mommy and her baby may not work for you.

Here's a list of recommended brands by baby type. http://www.pootersdiapers.com/best-cloth...

Lastly, I recommend checking out this simple guide on cloth diapering buying tips before you make your first purchase. It tells you what mistakes to avoid and how to save the most money. http://www.pootersdiapers.com/buying-tip...

Good luck!

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Barbara - posted on 06/25/2010

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Great, thanks for responding, Jennifer! Living in San Diego county we're able to line dry without a problem most of the year round.

Jennifer - posted on 06/25/2010

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barbara : i also posted that question in a separate thread and a couple others said that they never put them in the dryer and they haven't had any issues with the PUL leaking. my plan is to line dry them and if i ever have an issue with leaking, i'll throw them in the dryer to see if that takes care of it.

Barbara - posted on 06/24/2010

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I was able to get my husband on board with cloth diapering by going with pocket diapers. We have bumgenius one size, Happy Heinys one size, bumgenius AIOs, and fitted kissaluvs with covers. My husband is not as big a fan of the kissaluvs but I think they're great for a newborn. Long story short, it's a good idea to take into account the other people that will be changing your kiddo's diapers. I'm fairly new to CDing and am interested in finding out the answer to your dryer question as well. I have been line drying primarily.
My friends have highly recommended hemp doublers in the past.

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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thank you everyone for all of your help! i ordered 6 bumgenius one size diapers and i think they will be the best fit for us. as an early birthday gift my mom ordered me 18 more! (btw, i have the greatest mother on the planet! lol).

my plan is dry the inserts in the dryer and hang the outer part on the clothesline to keep the integrity of the velcro...my question is how often should i put them in the dryer to make sure the PUL stays sealed?

also, i'm thinking i want to get some hemp or bamboo doublers for nighttime because my son usually sleep 11 or 12 hours at night...do i put the doublers above or below the stay dry insert that comes with the bumgenius?

thank you, again!

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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I have twin daughters who are 17 months old. we have been using Bum Genius cloth diapers, one size with inserts since they were born. They are a convertable diaper - they have snaps on the front to adjust to the childs growth, and velcro to adjust the tightness / fit. I love these diapers. They barely leak (they tend to leak overnight - if my kids have had a lot to drink before bedtime). They dont' get very much diaper rash. We use Pampers when we go out for errands or shopping and they dont tend to absorb as much as the cloth diapers, and thats when we tend to see more redness. These diapers have microfiber inserts that fit into the diaper - after using them they need to be washed every night preferable and the inserts and the diaper have to be seperated from one another. You pay alot in up front costs for the diapers, but over the span of using them you will realize how much money you have saved compared to buying disposables. A good amount of diapers to have is enough to cover about 3 days worth (in case of power outtages or for some reason you cant get to the wash one night). I hope this helps.

Meagan - posted on 06/15/2010

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I actually use a diaper service to get my cloth diapers. They pick up the dirties once a week, and drop of clean ones, so no washing or anything. Mine are prefolded cloths that are covered by a diaper cover. I dont know where you live, but for me, it's about $70 a month for the diapers, and totally worth it!

Jennifer Rain - posted on 06/15/2010

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We love cloth! I use the Happy Heinys one size with two flat diapers folded for stuffers. Now that babys poopys are solid I line the inside with liners, they look like a dry Wipey. Just flush the liner and no poo sticking to your diaper! Rockin Green has amazing detergent and lots of info too. Good luck!

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That's awesome that you're making the switch to CD. I have tried many diapers in the last 10 months and my absolute favorite is the BumGenius Flip diaper. We have had ZERO leaks, and that includes overnights (12+ hours). They dry fast, are customizable, economical. I LOVE them! GL!

Ann - posted on 06/10/2010

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www.superduperdiapers.com I've been using these diapers since my boy was 2wks old he's now just over 11 months. They go from 8lbs-32lbs and come in different colours. They're made of bamboo fabric so are very soft and super absorbant. I wash them with a very small amount of natural detergent in warm water. They are REALLY easy to use!! You can buy kits that come with a dirty diaper bag and bucket to keep them in between washes plus biodegradable liners, inserts for nighttime, etc. Totally worth checking out!! The woman running the site is very helpful and trust worthy and sends the gear you need super quick! I have absolutely NO complaints about these diapers and sing their praises to everyone! :)
Hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 06/06/2010

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We use the bumgenius aio diapers and they are fantastic! we also have some thirsties aio pocket diapers but they leak a lot, and I wouldn't recommend that at all. It will be cheaper if you buy one size diapers, since you use them from birth-potty training using the same exact diaper.

Mary - posted on 06/06/2010

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I agree with those recommending to try a few before deciding on the brand--you will find everyone has their favorites. I tried the Gro Baby diapers, and while it has some good points, I really didn't like them. I switched to the Bum Genius all in one and I haven't looked back! They are built just like disposables--you just slide them under baby, velcro, and you are done. They also have a pocket if you need more absorbency for nighttime. I found that using a disposable overnight was best for us--he is a heavy night wetter and we kept dealing with leaks. It's just a diaper or two a day so I don't feel so bad. Jillian's Diapers has a great deal you can take advantage of with their sampler pack--I really recommend that so you can figure out what you prefer.

Good luck!

Aicha - posted on 06/05/2010

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check on craigslist or diaper swappers and try several different kinds before you buy a bunch of one brand

Chelsie - posted on 06/04/2010

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I have some used ones that were rarely used because i diddnt switch from disposables til my child was 19 months I will sell them cheap!

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Here is another site to help you http://www.etsyclothdiapers.com/.
I would do your research and then purchase a couple of different styles/brands to see what you like. My stash and I think a lot of others would agree with me is made up of all different kinds. Maybe check out Diaperswappers for some used dipes to save you some money.

Tammy - posted on 06/02/2010

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We started out using the terry flat squares and plastic pilchers, which we didnt like as they were very bulky and the pilchers werent breathable. After a bit of research we decided on aio one size Pocket nappies with snaps because:

-They are very simple, anyone that might change my son, can.

-They already have a cover built in so you dont have to worry about putting a cover on after you have put the nappy on.

-Aio's come in many different colours-my son wears dark blue, light blue, yellow, orange, green, purple and red!

-All in ones are great because they are from birth until potty training, although I have heard they are a little big on newborns (I started when my son was 3mths and since your son is 6mths you'll have no problems)

-I prefer snaps over velcro as velcro can snag in the washing machine and wear out quicker than snaps



At night I use the Motherease System- One Size Bamboo Nappy with Snap In Booster and Stay Dry Liner with Airflow Cover, as I found that the aio's leaked constantly (and discovered that aio's werent that great for overnight use, and that you are better to use a fitted nappy + cover for overnight) With the motherease system I have not had one leak and my son is in them for 11hours.



You can have a look on ebay and just buy a few aio's for as little as $5 each, and last just as well as some of the name brand nappies.

Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2010

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I started cloth diapering my son when he was 6 months old (he's now 15 months old). I started out slow and just bought a variety of options to try out. I bought a gdiaper, I bought pockets, AIO's, covers and prefolds. I now also have some wool and fitteds. I like variety in my routine. At daycare, my son wears AIOs or pockets. At home, it depends on my mood whether he wears covers & prefolds or wool & fitteds. There's a gdiaper tucked in my diaper bag for emergencies since it's pretty small to tote around.



Research brands and start out slowly. Find what works for you!

Jeanette - posted on 06/02/2010

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i am a cloth diapering mom of 3 month old twins and its the best way to save money and make less of an impact on the planet. shop around before making a decision because usually they are a big purchase to start but it the long run its so worth it. good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2010

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thank you all for the responses, i really appreciate your input. and majaliwa, thank you for the awesome resources!

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I've only used pocket diapers- the brands I've used are bumgenius, happy heiny's, mother's touch, haute pocket & KCK. All of the ones that I have are 'one size' so I've used them since my LO was a few months old and now she's 18 mos. old.
I decided to use these b/c I wanted something that worked like a disposable, so family members would be able to change her too and wouldn't have to mess with pins, snaps, or more than one piece.
After I wash mine and they're dry, I stuff them with the inserts and they're ready for my 7 yr old daughter, husband or teenage babysitter to use.
Altogether, I have about $500 in my diapers (including the 15 'small' sized ones that I bought at first before I knew there were one size options). That's alot, but I know some people put alot more into it or alot less. I have 20 one size covers, for a total of 35 covers. I use all microfiber inserts.
I have several friends who swear by wool covers. They work well, but IMO I think they're alot bulkier. They use white cotton prefolds, pinned underneath.
Good luck. I felt so overwhelmed at first, and I still am overwhelmed by all the options available. If you're planning on having more children, then pocket diapers are a good way to go. As long as you launder them properly, then they'll last a long time.
One of the friends that uses the wool covers, used the cheap plain white plastic covers on her first 2 children and she had to replace them regularly b/c they cracked and/or tore and leaked.

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