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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 00:27 AM   11
WackyMumof2
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Hopefully you can see it. Stupid Photobucket wants me to pay for my account so I can share photos. Is there another way I can put it in otherwise??



 
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 09:32 AM   12
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We did cloth diapers for my daughter and it worked out amazingly well! We very rarely bought disposables, I even took her on plane rides in cloth! She was fully potty trained before 2 years old and only had a few wet nights (like maybe 3-5).

For the new born stage, I sewed my own out of flannel that you can buy at any craft store. I just did "Flat Fold" diapers for the new born stage as you need to make them TINY! I can't remember the exact measurements but I think I got 2 out of a yard. Anyway the way to fold it is pretty easy. Here is an excellent blog post with picture tutorials http://themonarchmommy.com/2016/08/2...-origami-fold/

Then I just put a diaper wrap/cover over the top and had no problem. I think I made about 12 or so of these. Then I made fitted diapers just like what you can buy online.

I don't like the All-In-Ones as much because they are a bit harder to launder and dry properly. I like pocket diapers, or fitted diapers with a cover. A lot of times if you change frequently you can reuse a cover, especially in the beginning, but it is nice to have a good supply of those too.

Remember not to use fabric softener with your diapers. Vinegar is excellent as a natural fabric conditioner and it also kills germs. Just put it in where you normally would fabric softener (the Downy Ball thing worked excellent for us). Bleach occasionally if necessary, and every so often if you can, let them air dry in the sun and then put in the dryer on air/fluff to soften.

I also agree that you actually don't want to get too many unless you are trying to set up daycare etc with their own supply- washing a load every day or two is much more preferable than having a big rancid pile of diapers to do.

My set last time has some wicking liners that were awesome but this time I got flushable bamboo liners- it helps with the poops but seriously I never had too much issue especially with my homemade ones because they wicked away the moisture and the poop just kind of rolled off the fabric into the toilet. I never had to rinse or scrub mine- just made sure they were well washed.

One last piece of advice- make sure they wash with lots of water- don't pack them in (again with doing a load every day or so helps with this problem!) as you really want the water to do it's job. My ex put some in with a large load of laundry and we ended up having to rewash that load as two separate loads and it wasn't fun.

Good Luck!! It sounds more over whelming than it is. Once you get started you will love it.



 
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 11:44 AM   13
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That's another bonus that PPs have mentioned- potty training is a breeze with CD'd kids! My son did a potty training "boot camp" at daycare and was out of diapers sooner than the other kids, plus dry at night. It only took about 5 days, he was 2 1/2 (fairly typical for boys).



 
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Old Aug 4th, 2017, 14:51 PM   14
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I cloth diapered DS (til potty training) and DD (til 4 months) and I loved it. I wish it would have worked to continue with DD and I'd hoped to CD LO but both my girls had tummy issues that made it impossible. I am going to try clothies with this baby though and I'm FX I can stick with it this time.

I used bumgenius AIOs for going to town/church/traveling or when I had a babysitter who didn't know how to change a pre-fold/diaper cover combo and I loved them. I had 12 of those but I'll be replacing them for this baby as my old ones are almost 8 years old. But for home use, I really like cotton pre-folds with a diaper cover and a snappy fastener. I have 3 generic diaper covers that my SIL gave me when she got rid of her clothie stash that I've used and like but I bought 6 rumparooz diaper covers before LO was born that I'm dying to *finally* use. (It's one of my biggest regrets that I wasn't able to cloth diaper my daughters but oh well...)

I have a couple dozen cotton pre-folds that I've inherited from other people but I'll be getting rid of all the ones that need replacing before baby arrives. I have 6 large organic cotton pre-folds that I used for DS when he was older that I really liked and I plan to get a few more of those too as they were great for overnights. All told, I had 12 bumgenius AIOs, 2.5 doz cotton prefolds, 6 organic cotton pre-folds, and 3 diaper covers that I used on regular basis with my DS. I had too many pre-folds but I washed diapers every other day anyway because that's what my diaper pail held.

But my biggest tip is to get a big stack of microfiber wipes and use them as not only baby wipes. Mine are roughly 12in x 12in and I cut them in half to make for a more manageable wipe size. I have a small plastic bucket (a gallon ice cream pail works good) with a lid and I just put the wipes in there, pour over my homemade wipes solution, and cover. The wipes get rinsed and tossed in the wash same as the diapers.

I've also used a full size microfiber wipe as an extra liner in a pinch. Just fold in half and voila-it's the same size as my bumGenius liners.



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2017, 16:25 PM   15
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Thanks for all the great advice about the diapers and washing ladies! The pictures and links have been a big help
@dairymomma: what's the homemade wipes solution you're talking about



 
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Old Aug 7th, 2017, 14:13 PM   16
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I just found one online. I think it was 1-2 cups water, 1/4 cup baby oil, 1/4 cup baby shampoo. I did find I had to adjust the amounts depending on the brand of shampoo I used as some seemed to be more concentrated.



 
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