If I had to do it all over again

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If I had to do it all over again

Postby lousli » Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:20 pm

I've been thinking about this a lot, and I can see how easy it is to get into all the cute fluff that is out there. I even have been sewing some of my own diapers (which turned out to take a lot longer than I thought it would and hasn't saved me any money, because I really don't buy expensive fitteds.)

I think if I had to do it all over again from the beginning, I would have bought all prefolds and flats, a few cute covers (and knit more soakers in different sizes!!), and then a stash of 12 Sunbaby diapers for daycare. I wasted a lot of time and money trying lots of different things, but when we're at home, I reach for prefolds every single time. I wish I would have bought one of the package deals from Nicki's diapers or Diaper Junction.

Oh well, you live and learn!
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Postby Tracylee » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:38 pm

Thank you for this post. As someone looking into purchasing cloth diapers THIS is the kind of post/advice that I want to see.
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Postby stuckunderhere » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:05 am

I switched to using ONLY prefolds and flats the last few months before Sam PTed earlier this summer and it was awesome! We used the Kite Fold with Flats and pins and a nice/tight fitting cover.

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Postby BeccaM » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:41 am

We are totally happy with our PFs and Thirsties covers. Always use them, except at night! They're cheap and easy to wash.
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Postby Tracylee » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:49 am

since I'm new to this I'm confused just a tad. What's the difference between a prefold and a flat. I googled them and they look the same, the flat just doesn't seem to have the prefold lines. Is that it or is there something else?
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Postby lousli » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:18 am

A prefold is a rectangular diaper that is smaller (like a newborn size would be around 10x12 inches) and has layers of fabric, with the most layers in the middle third of the diaper. It still has to be folded in some way to use on the baby, but just to fit around the baby.

A flat is just one layer of fabric, that is much larger, like 27x27 or 32x32 inches. It has to be folded many times to be absorbent enough and to fit on the baby. But it washes easily and dries very quickly.

You can see the difference here. http://www.diaperjunction.com/cotton-pr ... apers.html
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Postby Tracylee » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:47 am

aaahhh thank you-
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Postby Emmo » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:55 pm

OK, I bought a bunch of prefolds and fitteds and covers for my newborn and I haven't liked them much. They irritate her skin and the legs alwaya get marks on them. Not to mention how hard it has been to get her tiny little wiggly body in a pf, snappi, and then cover. ugg. Then I used a couple of lil joeys I have a liked it so much better. She didn't have irritation and they were so easy and trimmer.

So, I just bought a bunch of pockets and AIOs and was thinking about selling my pf/fitted/cover stash....

Was this a mistake? I don't understand why people like the pf/cover combo soo much. I mean, it was OK, not terrible, just kept frustrating me.
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Postby Tracylee » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:21 am

what covers did you buy? I'm just curious because I'm still in my looking/purchasing phase.
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Postby stefanielynn » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:33 am

I love our PFs. I put her in fitteds for just a little more absorbancy when we're out, but at home the hubby and I both reach for the PFs (and pockets at night).

Emmo: what PFs did you get? What covers? How long did you use them? It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but it's been a breeze since. I also prefer them since they're just straight up cotton; so easy to get clean and her little bum is very rarely irritated by it.
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Postby Emmo » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:10 am

I have Thirsties duo sz1, rumparoos newborn size, and bummis superbright.

And I am using GMD orange edge pf and workhorse fitteds and KL0s

I know, supposed to all be good choices, right? I dunno. :dunno:

She's 3.5 weeks old and I have used them off and on since she was about a week old.

I was thinking she needs something with fleece lining so her skin doesn't get irritated so fast. Sometimes I will literally change her diaper 20 minutes after putting it on and her entire diaper area is red from the pee. All the way up to her tummy. :?
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Postby stefanielynn » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:55 am

Wow, I'm surprised the PFs are irritating her and nothing else is. I've found putting a PF on DD is the best thing I can do when she's getting irritated--it clears it right up. Did you prep them? I'm totally at a loss. :?
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Postby Tracylee » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:13 am

maybe she's actually having an allergic reaction to the materials? No clue, just a thought.

I purchased a few Best bottoms and have a few thirsties given to me with prefolds. We'll see.
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Postby Emmo » Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:05 pm

stefanielynn wrote:Wow, I'm surprised the PFs are irritating her and nothing else is. I've found putting a PF on DD is the best thing I can do when she's getting irritated--it clears it right up. Did you prep them? I'm totally at a loss. :?


so weird. Now I'm scared that everything I try will irritate her (after buying 2 dozen pockets 8O ) BUT, I do know that the lil joeys I have are fine- no probs.
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Postby stefanielynn » Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:50 pm

I'm sure it's just one of those examples of our babies being different and complicated. If the Little Joeys are doing fine on her, it could just be something with the PFs. I'm sure the pockets will be fine, too. :)
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