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papoosecaboose 12-03-2012 08:49 AM

$100 Cloth for charity WWYB? Updated w/ picture and shout outs
 
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I was so excited to find a tag specifically requesting cloth diapers on the Birthright Angel Tree at church yesterday. I'm giving myself a $100 budget (hope it's okay w hubby), since that's what I typically spend on angel tree gifts.
Soooo, what should I get??? The gift can be new or used. I know a lot of you will recommend prefolds and covers. I know that's most economical and maybe that's just what I should get. But I personally do not care for prefolds and don't know what type of Mama might get these diapers. There is a bit of a learning curve with prefolds and they do seem old fashioned. I would love to give some pockets just to show how easy they are, not to mention cute and user friendly. I would prefer not to buy china made cheapies, even though I know I could get a lot of bang for my buck.
So what do you guys think? I'll go with whatever the majority says!

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Just thought I would update with a fun picture and inventory what we came up with for the angel tree donation. :) I'm dropping everything off tomorrow.
A sweet Mama on here sent a big package with gently used diapers and inserts. She included more than a doz hemp, MF and bamboo inserts as well as a BG 4.0 in the cute Albert print and a Fuzzi Bunz large aplix pocket. Another Mama from www.TheGreenBabyStore.com donated a Bumkins AIO, some detergent samples, a wet bag and a tube of CD safe rash cream. Her store is going out of business and is offering 20% off. Thanks, Mamas! The other items I bought new or had planned to sell from my own stash.
18 new Osocozy Flats
3 new snap Flip covers
1 Bumkins AIO, Cat in the Hat
2 Alva Pockets, Stars and Camo
6 BG 4.0's repaired with new aplix
1 Large wetbag, owl print
8 Alva bamboo inserts

So that's a total of 12 pockets/AIO's and at least another 12+ changes with the flip covers. :lostit:
I'm so excited to have pretty much a full stash to donate. I would have liked to get some wipes and bottom spray, and a large enough wetbag to hold all the dirties, but at least this will be a good start. Now to type up some simple instructions and hints. ;) Thanks again, ya'll!

2+2macht4 12-03-2012 08:57 AM

Re: $100 to spend on Cloth for charity WWYB?
 
What about workhorse fitteds and covers?

badmisterkitty 12-03-2012 10:41 AM

Re: $100 to spend on Cloth for charity WWYB?
 
Maybe BG 4.0's? They fit a lot of babies well and are relatively easy to maintain.

I would love to see a request like that on an Angel Tree. Surprised they will accept used things, though. Not that I have a problem with used, but you just see that so rarely.

Heather8183 12-03-2012 10:52 AM

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Check out www.thegreenbabystore.com she's closing her online store and has 20% everything in stock. That'll at least get you a discount so you can get a little more. Melissa is a SUPER sweet mama!

formerlybailey 12-03-2012 10:59 AM

What about Imagine pockets or AIO's?

P!nkPepper 12-03-2012 11:01 AM

Do you consider Kawaii "china cheapies"? The plain heavy duty kawaii with aplix held up nicely for us. We don't have any now because they irritate my baby (so does BG).

Good luck in your choice. This is very sweet of you. :goodvibes:

Jodie ~ mama to Big K, Medium K & Lil' k

DottieHarley 12-03-2012 11:02 AM

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Do you know what age you are buying for? That could make a difference. I would go with OS or 2-size dipes if possible bc they will get the most use out of them!
I agree that fitteds would be good, but I would definitely throw in some aplix AIO's. There is a good chance that ANY kid will be looked after by some kind of care provider, and it might help to have some daddy/daycare/grandma friendly dipes.
wipes and wetbags maybe?
How about a few packs of detergent? Another consumable that the family might have trouble buying (and buying ones that are specifically CD safe)

LRL 12-03-2012 11:11 AM

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What about some one-size Diaper Rite pockets?

MamaJules 12-03-2012 11:18 AM

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Most of the big programs that do the angel tree programs usually say no used items. So if this one does take used, I'm wondering if it is maybe a smaller, local program? Is there any way that you (or someone running the program) could contact the mom to get a better idea of what she is wanting? There are just so many options, and they all have pros and cons.

*Peanut* 12-03-2012 11:27 AM

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Grovia aio's or ai2s. Some babies can't use certain pockets, like kawaiis. My DS had what looked like a sunburn in the shape of a kawaii diaper after having it on for an hour. My sister had the same issue.

bigmamakelsey 12-03-2012 11:34 AM

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Maybe thirsties aios or pockets? They're on the cheaper side and are USA made.

juliasmom 12-03-2012 12:33 PM

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That is awesome! I think I would stick with new because it is diapers for and from a stranger and I just think that new would last longer for someone who needs them. I don't care for pockets, but I think I would try to use my budget to get enough to be practical to CD a baby if the mom has no other CDs. I think I would get either Flips or Econobum system...about 4 covers and as many inserts as your budget can handle. Accessories are nice, but it is easy enough to use rags for wipes or grocery bags as wetbags if you are truly needy.

m&m&m 12-03-2012 12:39 PM

I have a customer that has done this the past few years and she does thirsties. The new aios are a great price too.

papoosecaboose 12-03-2012 12:51 PM

These are all such great ideas! I totally forgot about Flips. Some friends and I once outfitted a missionary mama of two babes in cloth with a good sized supply of flip covers and inserts. They're pretty versatile and I could even buy a doz prefolds as extra inserts. If the Mama wanted to use prefolds, then she would have some. And maybe I could still get a couple of pockets or AIO's.
Of course I just missed the great B1G1 sale at CB's! I'll never find them that cheap in a million years. LoL

mms1972 12-03-2012 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by formerlybailey (Post 15999630)
What about Imagine pockets or AIO's?

Yes! I would get as many of the stay dry aios as u could....they are awesome..and cheap! Plus code FIVR gives 5 percent off... And so easy to use!

papoosecaboose 12-03-2012 01:01 PM

Are the Imagine ones only available at Nicki's? Do I have to name right? I've never bought them before.

rumblepurr 12-03-2012 01:18 PM

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What an awesome angel tree gift! I would do a little of each if possible! Like a few fitteds, prefolds, covers, a few pockets and a few AIO's. That way you have your bases covered and they have a selection to try from.

gem898 12-03-2012 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by papoosecaboose (Post 16000131)
These are all such great ideas! I totally forgot about Flips. Some friends and I once outfitted a missionary mama of two babes in cloth with a good sized supply of flip covers and inserts. They're pretty versatile and I could even buy a doz prefolds as extra inserts. If the Mama wanted to use prefolds, then she would have some. And maybe I could still get a couple of pockets or AIO's.
Of course I just missed the great B1G1 sale at CB's! I'll never find them that cheap in a million years. LoL

I would email CB and tell them what you're doing... they might be interested in spreading some Christmas cheer.

I think thirstie's would be a great option too.

ARogers 12-03-2012 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by badmisterkitty (Post 15999540)
Maybe BG 4.0's? They fit a lot of babies well and are relatively easy to maintain.

I would love to see a request like that on an Angel Tree. Surprised they will accept used things, though. Not that I have a problem with used, but you just see that so rarely.

My vote as well.

qhorses8 12-03-2012 02:45 PM

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What about Diaper Rite covers, They are similar to Flip and cheaper depending on the sale on Flip. I would do a few covers, some prefolds, and pockets, and some AIOs if there is a little extra $. I would also make sure to buy at least 2 different brands in case one isn't a good fit. Then if you wanted to go the extra mile you could give cheat sheets to using flour sack towels, t-shirt diapers, washing and diaper cream, ect

Servant4Christ 12-03-2012 03:13 PM

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USA made diapers DOES narrow your choices considerably...... what about nana bottoms? She custom makes them however you want :thumbsup:

raymark 12-03-2012 03:31 PM

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I would do flips or best bottoms with inserts .

TrennaII 12-03-2012 07:10 PM

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Since the Mama is likely not able to spend a ton of money on detergents and utilities and might not even have her own washer and dryer, I'd go with flats.

Our charity cloth gifts are always flats, so that the baby never really outgrows them, and they never give the Mama a headache with the laundry.

Flats really, really, really, really don't have that much of a learning curve. My son's caregivers have had an easier time with flats than with AIOs ... it's just a matter of what you're familiar with.

You also don't know what size/shape the baby is, and what it might be sensitive to.

I was a very broke Mama when I started out, and started with flats, less because of the cost of entry than the ease of care and the fact that he wouldn't outgrow them. Nobody ever had a problem with them. When I "upgraded" to BG pockets, BGEs, Grovia AIOs, Best Bottoms, Babykicks fitteds and pockets, gCloth inserts, and a few others I always had to quit because of the cost of washing & drying, and the difficulties getting other things clean. Flats wash in one cycle and hang dry in a few hours, if that's what's necessary.

I guess to put it briefly ... You may see that prefolds or flats have a big learning curve, but to a person with very limited means, washing AIOs or pockets and dealing with their fit and many other possible problems is a very very big learning curve.

I'd get this:

18 Green Mountain Diapers size small flats, unbleached ... $36 This will get through a day plus in the infant stage, and 2 days in toddler land.

And, since she might not have money in future for adding to her stash, a heavy duty One-Size cover, in snaps, that fits most babies ...

I recommend Flips they worked best for us pad folding with flats ... 3 for $42. Make sure 2 are light colors that don't show under light clothes (I tend to donate noodle, butternut, and clementine).

One Snappi ... $4.

And 7 inexpensive size small doublers.

Those things with shipping add up to $100.

When you wrap it, you can pad fold a flat in the covers, and add a doubler to one.

Then you could add a note ... "I'm not sure if you're familiar with flat diapers; they are a favorite of many mamas because they grow with your baby, they are easy to wash and dry, and they last forever. Maybe you already know what a Snappi is, and how to fold flats ... if not here are some references ..."

I just can't stress enough how sending AIOs or pockets could be a complete nightmare for the mama. When I diverged from flats I spent a ton of money on diapers that didn't end up working. And washed any diaper but flats, our utility bills went up $20 a month (and when I was super broke, that's 7 days of food for me).

I'd also ask for the "intro to cloth" pamphlet from Green Mountain Diapers, and include it with your gift. It's amazing and she can then call GMD with questions.

Good luck choosing and kudos for giving such a great gift.

rooster2012 12-03-2012 08:07 PM

I vote for swaddlebees simplex OS, made in the US :-). I loved my simplex sized and one size diapers so much!

MommaMal 12-03-2012 08:21 PM

Re: $100 to spend on Cloth for charity WWYB?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TrennaII (Post 16001696)
Since the Mama is likely not able to spend a ton of money on detergents and utilities and might not even have her own washer and dryer, I'd go with flats.

Our charity cloth gifts are always flats, so that the baby never really outgrows them, and they never give the Mama a headache with the laundry.

Flats really, really, really, really don't have that much of a learning curve. My son's caregivers have had an easier time with flats than with AIOs ... it's just a matter of what you're familiar with.

You also don't know what size/shape the baby is, and what it might be sensitive to.

I was a very broke Mama when I started out, and started with flats, less because of the cost of entry than the ease of care and the fact that he wouldn't outgrow them. Nobody ever had a problem with them. When I "upgraded" to BG pockets, BGEs, Grovia AIOs, Best Bottoms, Babykicks fitteds and pockets, gCloth inserts, and a few others I always had to quit because of the cost of washing & drying, and the difficulties getting other things clean. Flats wash in one cycle and hang dry in a few hours, if that's what's necessary.

I guess to put it briefly ... You may see that prefolds or flats have a big learning curve, but to a person with very limited means, washing AIOs or pockets and dealing with their fit and many other possible problems is a very very big learning curve.

I'd get this:

18 Green Mountain Diapers size small flats, unbleached ... $36 This will get through a day plus in the infant stage, and 2 days in toddler land.

And, since she might not have money in future for adding to her stash, a heavy duty One-Size cover, in snaps, that fits most babies ...

I recommend Flips they worked best for us pad folding with flats ... 3 for $42. Make sure 2 are light colors that don't show under light clothes (I tend to donate noodle, butternut, and clementine).

One Snappi ... $4.

And 7 inexpensive size small doublers.

Those things with shipping add up to $100.

When you wrap it, you can pad fold a flat in the covers, and add a doubler to one.

Then you could add a note ... "I'm not sure if you're familiar with flat diapers; they are a favorite of many mamas because they grow with your baby, they are easy to wash and dry, and they last forever. Maybe you already know what a Snappi is, and how to fold flats ... if not here are some references ..."

I just can't stress enough how sending AIOs or pockets could be a complete nightmare for the mama. When I diverged from flats I spent a ton of money on diapers that didn't end up working. And washed any diaper but flats, our utility bills went up $20 a month (and when I was super broke, that's 7 days of food for me).

I'd also ask for the "intro to cloth" pamphlet from Green Mountain Diapers, and include it with your gift. It's amazing and she can then call GMD with questions.

Good luck choosing and kudos for giving such a great gift.


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lakemama 12-03-2012 08:54 PM

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Whatever you get her, include the "Changing Diapers Hip Mama's guide". It will explain everything for her. What a great gift! I'd vote for Flips and prefolds or flats, or OS pockets.

papoosecaboose 12-04-2012 10:16 AM

So you recommend small size flats from GMD? Not a large or average size?

Love the last few recs. going to do it!

sweetest 12-04-2012 02:18 PM

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I agree that the flats and flips are a great choice! You definitely want the small GMDs...I have the larges and I think they are much better for doing folds but they are too bulky for pad folding!

mamamarisa 12-04-2012 02:35 PM

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something with aplix, my first vote would be for bg 4.0s, and in prints too so that the mama likes them, second would be thirsties duo aios or the flip system

moonlightblonde 12-04-2012 09:34 PM

Yep small flats & flips are awesome :) my main system.

Katiebug_1976 12-05-2012 10:33 PM

Re: $100 to spend on Cloth for charity WWYB?
 
I just got an email from Nickis Diapers that said for every Imagine diaper that you buy, they will donate one diaper to a needy child (no limit). So, if you are interested in stretching your $$ and helping more than just your angel tree recipient, that might be something to look into. Just a thought...

papoosecaboose 12-05-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks to everyone! I got 18 flats, flip covers, and doublers. I have some BG 4.0's that just need the aplix replaced, and I'm going to give those too after my Mama fixes them up. Hopefully this can help a Mama get started. Thanks again for all the advice!

TrennaII 12-06-2012 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by papoosecaboose
Thanks to everyone! I got 18 flats, flip covers, and doublers. I have some BG 4.0's that just need the aplix replaced, and I'm going to give those too after my Mama fixes them up. Hopefully this can help a Mama get started. Thanks again for all the advice!

It's so thoughtful of you to do this. It might be all she needs to get through diapering. The BG 4.0 are a great addition, I do stuff those with flats for certain situations.

papoosecaboose 12-06-2012 04:38 PM

I have been stuffing ours with flats a lot lately, too. So incredibly absorbent and they wash up so nicely too. And thanks for the encouraging words. I love giving gifts, it's my love language. I can't stand to think of a Mama not being able to buy what her baby needs. Just wish I could do even more.

lakemama 12-06-2012 08:15 PM

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I have some assorted EUC hemp inserts from random brands that I'd be happy to send you to use with the BG 4.0s. They just need a good home and this certainly would be one! PM me your address and I can ship them to you on Monday if that's not too late.

breast4my3 12-06-2012 08:35 PM

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What an awesome thing you are doing. Kudos!

papoosecaboose 12-07-2012 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by lakemama
I have some assorted EUC hemp inserts from random brands that I'd be happy to send you to use with the BG 4.0s. They just need a good home and this certainly would be one! PM me your address and I can ship them to you on Monday if that's not too late.

Oh, that would be terrific! Thanks! I'll pm you now.

guntersvillebride 12-07-2012 01:55 PM

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Since this may be all she has for a stash, I would try to get as complete a stash as possible with the $100. That said, I would probably include at least a dozen prefolds/flats and a couple covers so she has more changes. Then I would include pockets/AIO's to round it out. I personally would probably get Alvas or Sunbabies just because I could get a larger number for the money.

papoosecaboose 12-07-2012 06:43 PM

Yep, that's sums up a lot of the good advice I received and that's just what I bought. So thankful for the helpful DS mamas!

ssand23 12-08-2012 02:51 PM

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I'd go with Flips. There is a sale on the covers now, too. 2 for $20! I'd get a couple covers, a set of the organic cotton inserts, a set of the stay dry inserts and a package of the Flip disposable inserts. So the mom could try it all out and see what she likes best.

My oldest dd has a son & that's been her favorite so far for her little guy. I know I really liked them when my son was smaller & still fit in 1 size diapers. Plus when it comes to one size diapers, I found they fit the longest. They fit ds when he was a newborn and they were the last one size diaper that he grew out of.

P.S. I saw your list & I think that sounds great. I also really loved our BG 4.0's when ds was smaller and still fit. That's so sweet of you :)


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