New to cloth

Alyssa - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We are expecting #2 and after shelling out WAY too much for disposable diapers for the first (and adding WAY to much to our local landfill) we really want to give cloth diapers a try. I've done some research and got some great tips but I can't seem to find any good information on various products that are available. Can anyone lay out all the products they use and what you may suggest to look for when searching for the right buy?

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Robyn - posted on 09/13/2010

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I started with gdiapers because they seemed easy to use. We started using them as soon as my son fit into the smalls. I liked them OK but when he started getting closer to the end of the weight range, they started leaving horrible red marks on his legs. I then made some of my own out of flannel and used PUL covers and they gave him such bad diaper rash that we had to switch to disposibles until it cleared up. I bought the next size gdiapers and the rash only got better... didn't go away. When I started using prefolds and flats with wool covers, the rash completely cleared up and now he doesn't even get any red marks on him. I like them because I'm only putting natural fibers on my baby's bum (100% cotton, unbleached prefolds and flats, and 100% wool diaper covers, made by me). I knit and can kind of sew so I've made some recycled covers for around the house out of sweaters and I have knit longies/shorties. I love it too because he only needs t-shirts and it cuts down on the amount of clothes we have to buy! Now the g's are only for when Grammie watches him :)

Jordan - posted on 09/13/2010

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I use diapers from www.theluvyourbaby.com They are the most inexpensive yet good quality diapers I have been able to find. In fact I would say they are just as good as Kanga, or Bum Genius. but a quarter of the price. They are all One size fits all with 2 micro fiber inserts for $6.99, and if you order $70 worth or more you get free shipping! And they have all kinds of cute colours :)

Sara - posted on 09/12/2010

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I started with prefolds because I wanted to save on cash, but I realized pocket diapers like Fuzzibunz is the way to go. Dad and caregivers cant complain because it is similar to using disposables.
Check out www.ju-jumonkey.com to get 20% your first order.

Tabitha - posted on 09/08/2010

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I used GDiapers with both of my children. They are absolutely amazing with leaking and I received TONS of compliments because they are SO very cute!!

RACHAEL - posted on 09/04/2010

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I like the videos posted! Here is pretty good website for information on the different cloth diapers available AND you can get pretty good deals on diapers from them too: http://www.nickisdiapers.com/.
Also, look for local businesses selling them and see if anyone offers a cloth diapering class. I live in Hawaii and one of our local boutiques for all things baby and eco/money-savvy offers a cloth diapering class 101 every month, which even seasoned cloth diapering moms like me will always learn something new in cloth diapering.
Personal recommendations are pocket one-size diapers or hybrids. I like BumGenius, Happy Heiny's, FuzziBunz, and GrowVia. You will need ~24 diapers to start out with, a free-detergent (Charlie's or Rockin Green), a diaper pail with liner and on-the-go wet bags (costing you ~$500 up front--approximately a $2000 savings to disposables).
I hope this helps! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 09/02/2010

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I love my xs BG's on my newborn and BGOS on my toddler. I also love Piddle Poddles, and GM's for fitteds under wool.

Bodine - posted on 09/01/2010

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I bought seconds from the tots bots website. They are n't second hand and don't seem to have any flaws other than different colours. They were less than half the price. I also bought some cotton pocket nappies off ebay but neither of them are particularly good and do leak. I use bamboo nappies at night because of their great absorbancy and then if I go away, I use cotton nappies for their quick drying.
a big net for the nappy bin so that you don-t have to get your hands dirty when transferring into the washing machine. for the first 6 months while I was only breast feeding, I used fleace nappy liners but once he started eating solids, I changed to the paper liners. I have a friend who has a special high pressure jet thing that attaches to the toilet piping. It is fabulous for getting rid of the nasty stuff and leaving you with a easy to handle nappy to wash.

Pam - posted on 09/01/2010

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My daughter and I bought diapers off of Ebay. At first, she ordered a set of 3 with 3 liners, and 1 with monkeys on it with a liner. We tried those, and they were pretty good.
Then, she saw an auction (buy it now) of 10 diapers with 20 liners. She got them. We use 1 liner during the day, and we can double them at night. We LOVE these diapers!!!
I wash them with hypo-allergenic soap and double rinse them, then hang them out on the line to dry. I wouldn't dry the outer part of the diaper, but I have dried the liners in the dryer. I don't use any fabric softener or dryer sheets.
I even ordered 10 more diapers. I think we have saved a couple hundred dollars on diapers.
We wouldn't buy the expensive ones (couldn't afford them anyway).
Good luck to you!

Majaliwa - posted on 08/31/2010

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here are 2 great videos i would recommend to help answer your questions

Lauren - posted on 08/31/2010

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I got softbums. They are amazing. My son has worn them since he was born and they are super nice. They are one size fits all and so far that is the truth. The legs have an adjustable drawstring legs and velcro waist, which fits babies as small as 5lbs and can fit a baby up to 4 years supposedly. I have been using them for almost two months now and I love them!! I have nothing else to compare them to, but as Katie suggested if you have the money get sample packs. I didn't have the luxury to spend all the money on sample packs and did months of research before deciding on what to buy and I do not regret it!! Plus they have an amazing support community that I love on facebook and their customer support is great! :-)

Katie - posted on 08/31/2010

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I started using cloth when my boys were 18months and 4ish months. I've heard that prefolds with a cover work well for newborns.
I currently really like using pockets or fitteds for my boys. I like aplix closure because it fits better than snaps. I only bought about 7 diapers before I realized I was spending more than I (personally) could afford. So I invested in a sewing machine and started making my own.

If you're not sure about what type of diaper to get, alot of websites have "sample" packages. It generally comes with several different brand/types of diapers so you can try out a bunch and not have to spend near as much money.

Good luck with your purchases. Let me know if you have more questions.

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