Where to begin????
New to this forum and thinking about trying cloth diapers. I never realized there was sooooo much to learn about them. Honestly it makes my head spin and then I feel like just going the easy route to disposables.
But I'd really like to save money and well, the environment. So, I'm hoping to give it a go.
I'm 26 weeks pg and due Dec. 31 with my first! I"m single too so will be doing everything on my own. I see lots of ladies chatting about making their own cloth diaper covers, etc. THat won't be me!
I've done some research but really end up more confused. Here's what I'd like:
Easy to use, no fuss, folding, or pinning.
Easy to clean, I don't want to be dipping anything into the toilet.
CHEAP! Or at least a good investment. But this will be my only baby so I won't be reusing anything.
I don't know whether it will be a boy/girl and Im not that picky about them being "cute". I"m quite practical.
It's ok if part of the diaper is disposable, like the inserts.
Any ideas of what brands to look for?? I'd like to possibly purchase some used to see if I like them. I'm also thinking of using both disposable and cloth in the beginning. How many cloth would I need and what sizes???
THanks for your help!
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Well since there's so many cloth diapers out there, there is no right or wrong answer to this post. :) But I can tell you my experience and preferences.
I use mostly Best Bottom diapers\hemp inserts. I love them and you can get the complete package (birth to potty training) for around $400 or buy them all used from different people. This will save you a few dollars, but it's not worth it to me when I discovered how much time I would be spending on the computer saving $1 here and $2 there.
I also have a few Swaddlebess Simplex OS AIOS ($26\each-as you can see, I'm not as practical as you, lol) which work great and are adorable!! But I love my Best Bottoms and generally reach for those first.
I recently bought some Diaper Safari pocket diapers for about $6 each. They're okay, and I would never consider pockets except the insert agitates out on it's own-very important to me!!
If you are interested in a 'very easy' diaper, I would definitely recommend an all-in-one. My favs, Best Bottoms are not all in one, but they're all-in-twos and very easy to use. And easy to get clean in the washing machine: also very important!
You might also be interested in a tongue style AIO (all in one). Swaddlebees Simplex are tongue style and resell value is really high ($22-$24). Kissaluv Marvel OS AIOS are similiar and I usually see those for around $14 each. Bumgenius Freetimes might be a good fit for you. They are $20 new but most diaper shops have a Buy 5 Get one free special right now. Their resell value is also good. (I'm mentioning resell value because you don't plan on using them on other babies. )
I might be confusing you so let me answer your other questions. :)
Easy to clean: If you plan on breastfeeding, and you exclusively breastfeed (ebf) you can throw you diapers right into a diaper pail. But when (if) your baby starts on formula or solid foods, you will have to do a diaper sprayer or some old fashioned dunking and flushing. You can buy disposable liners for that, but for me, if I'm going to spend 8 cents on a liner, I would spend the extra 10 cents on a disposable diaper and move on with my life. You can, however, buy or make (really easy, I promise!!) fleece liners to put in the diaper which might make the diaper spraying\dunking easier. My daughter is still ebf so I haven't had to do that yet.
Lastly, if you plan on buying them new, I recommend buying them all from the same cloth diaper website to collect some 'points' that can be used for further diapers. OR buying a few at a time and using coupon codes for more free ones.
I hope this has helped some and not completely confused you, but feel free to PM me for more info.
One more thing. When I first started, I went to nickisdiapers.com and clicked on the 'overwhelmed?' button. They really explain it\break it down to me where it was easy to understand. I think most diaper websites have something similar though.
And if you want me to give you some website that offer discounts\points\free diapers, ect let me know.
Good luck and congrats on the baby!!
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I think there can be so much info out there that it can be confusing for new moms to know where to start with cloth. Lots of diaper websites out there to help break it down for new moms though and those can be great. I think you shouldn't let the details and multitude of options worry you too much though. Just pick a basic style you like and then give it a try.
I also consider myself to be pretty practical, so I'm hardly the most experienced mom out there in regards to having tried all the diapers and having opinions on each (the poster above is much more helpful with that!). I limited myself on how many types of diapers I bought with my son (now 2 years old), but one thing I found really helpful was during the infant stage, I decided I wanted to use primarily prefolds and pockets, so my first set of diapers was several brands and types of diaper covers and pocket diapers. I decided which I liked best pretty quickly and then when he moved to the next size (which happens pretty quickly when they're small), I bought more in the brands I liked best. That might be a consideration for you when you decide what type of diapers you want to use.
Like the poster above said, all-in-ones are probably the simplest and probably the most like a disposable as far as ease of putting on. However, they took forever to dry in my dryer, so I decided to go for pocket diapers instead because I didn't mind stuffing the inserts in after washing and other than that, they are also really simple. However both will require at least a diaper sprayer when your kiddo starts eating more solids. That happened around 9 months for me (my son loved solid food though).
I have a couple of friends who hear I cloth diaper and tell me they couldn't do it because they don't like to touch poop and I always find that so silly. I don't mind that they use disposables at all, but assuming I touch a lot of poop with cloth diapering is just weird! With the diaper sprayer, the poop stays in the toilet and when I'm ready to wash diapers, I just upend the whole bag of diapers & the bag into the washer and go. No poop-touching required! ;D Spraying them off is pretty easy and quick, especially once you're used to it.
If the idea of the diaper spraying turns you off, the hybrid diapers might be a good consideration. gDiapers and Flips are two types I know of. I really liked the gDiapers when my son was tiny because they fit him better than any others, but the disposable inserts are rather pricey, I think, so the cost would add up over time. I'm expecting a daughter in a month though and I think we might try the flips with her (though with the reusable inserts).
Re. brands: as I said, I'm not the most experienced in all the different types, but I've loved bumGenius one size and FuzziBunz perfect size pocket diapers with my son. They have held up great. I tried a lot of diaper covers and Thirsties are my absolute faves, though it sounds like prefolds aren't for you since they have to be folded. Oh - but if you ever go on a plane ride and do disposables, having a Thirsties cover on hand to stick over the top totally controls blowout issues and keep you from having to do complete outfit changes 2 or 3 times :)
As far as how many, you don't have to go crazy at first. It kind of depends on how big your baby is, but especially if you'll be using disposable and cloth, you can get just a small amount to start because they move through the newborn stage pretty quickly. Someone who didn't use prefolds might be a better resource, but with disposables, you can probably get as few as 10 cloth diapers of your chosen type to start. Depending on how many disposables you're using, you'll probably use them pretty hard, especially if you have a small baby who doesn't move up to the next size for a while, but if you're not worried about reusing with another child that might not be a bad thing. Once you get to a place where you want to use more cloth and cut out most disposables, you'll need to buy more, but at least then you may have an idea of your favorite brands or types of diapers and can stock up on those.
Okay, I'm hardly the most experienced cloth diaperer out there and I'm sure other people have more/better advice, but I hope this is at least a little helpful! In any case, welcome and congratulations on the baby!!
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Flats & Flip covers are quite practical & cheap. Pop over to the Diaper Q&A and check it out. There are pocket diapers from China that are inexpensive as well.
Jodie ~ wife & mama
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