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widdlelou 04-23-2006 02:46 PM

my first few days cding
 
So again, I'm working on a low amout of CD just to try it all out. And its going alright. I'm having a few issues and I'm really glad this is up and running again so I can get some help!!

1) prefold pinning- I'm getting the hang of it, but it always seems really really loose around the legs -- is this the norm? Is there a trick I'm missing??

2) fit/red marks - I've gotten medium in aobut all things and large in stacinators (sp?) but everything seems small! Her legs are really chunky but from what I've read on websites they seem to be the correct size for her. I just don't know

3) reddness - Its really really really hot here! like 90's already (central FL) and her but has seemed red and she has been pulling at her diaps. I'm worried that CD are not really helping issues but hindering them. I mean, I'm happy to be chemical free for her, but I jsut dont' know.

I'm starting to get frusterated. Maybe I had too high of expectations. I'm washing in SG/WS.

vick 04-23-2006 03:14 PM

Re: my first few days cding
 
I've never used prefolds, so I can't help ya with much. The redness you're talking about - do you use mostly PUL covers? I use only fitteds with fleece or wool (or coverless) unless we're going out and I want the trimness and ease of a pocket. After we've been out for awhile in pockets, she's usually little red, but it fades pretty quickly once we're home. In her fitteds, she sometimes has a red tushie, but that's usually when I've been kinda slack on diaper changes and she's been in a wet dipey for a while (the kid doesn't complain about wet dipes) - how often do you change diapers? Have you ever tried using a fleece liner to help her bum feel drier?

4girls4me 04-23-2006 05:08 PM

Re: my first few days cding
 
I have just started as well...started on Weds and am doing okay as well. I too am having the same issue with the PFs looking loose around the legs. I use some pockets as well and a kissaluv. I love the ease of use of the pockets as well as the kissaluv and I always use a fleece liner when I use either of these two types. I have started with a really small stash (5 PFs, 2 happy heineys, 2 kissaluvs - 1 too big, and 1 prowrap) and I was told to use the fleece liners to keep my little one's bum drier as well. We had a really bad diaper rash prior to starting the CDs due to really loose bowls and that has cleared up tremendously! I would suggest trying the fleece liners too...I was told to go and buy some thin fleece from Joann's or Wally world and cut them up (1yd makes approx 25 liners) and that is what I did. If you find out how to get the PFs tighter around the legs I would definitely like to know how also. I will be checking this thread for more info on that. Good luck and I hope your little one's bum gets better soon!

widdlelou 04-23-2006 05:37 PM

Re: my first few days cding
 
I did get some fleece for liners and it is amazing how much dryer she does seem to be. I mean, witha prefold the liner shifts. I have one fuzzybunz and one AIO by reb dyes and I love the ease of those, but DH is all about the bottom line and so I dont' see making up a stash of these. So I'll be back to check on any pf ideas or even a website that has good instruction. Pictures would be great!!

bfoster2000 04-23-2006 06:36 PM

Re: my first few days cding
 
I'm relatively new too...only been at this for a couple of months, but I will tell you that once you get over the initial learning curve it gets much better fast!

1) prefold pinning- I'm getting the hang of it, but it always seems really really loose around the legs -- is this the norm? Is there a trick I'm missing??

I don't do pins so I can't help a whole lot with that but I will refer you to this site for some different folds that may help you: http://diaperpages.com/pf_folds.php

I don't have any prefolds that fit my toddler well so when I use them at all, I just lay them in a cover. Polar Bummis are not my favorite covers but they are great for just laying a prefold in. Bummis Super Whisper Wraps are supposed to be good as well. Any good snug fitting cover should work. Proraps are cheap and generally snug fitting...I just haven't had a reason to try it out too often.

You might also check out www.tinkletraps.com. She converts prefolds into fitted diapers so that they have elastic around the thighs and waist and you can have snaps or velcro if you want. You can also add fleece as a stay-dry liner. The pricing is based on how many you want and what options but they come out cheaper than most fitteds and seem to work well. If you're at all crafty, you may be able to look at them and figure out how to do your own.


2) fit/red marks - I've gotten medium in aobut all things and large in stacinators (sp?) but everything seems small! Her legs are really chunky but from what I've read on websites they seem to be the correct size for her. I just don't know

Sizing is tough...seems to be a lot of trial and error even when they give you measurements and weights. Side snaps are supposed to be good for kids with chunky thighs...they're a little harder for moms to get used to but they make it easy to fasten the thighs looser than the waist. I know this sounds silly but it never even occured to me to do it that way...I thought if I used the third snap on the waist, I should use the third snap on the thighs and I never even thought to adjust them differently so that it fit around the thighs and the waist.

3) reddness - Its really really really hot here! like 90's already (central FL) and her but has seemed red and she has been pulling at her diaps. I'm worried that CD are not really helping issues but hindering them. I mean, I'm happy to be chemical free for her, but I jsut dont' know.

I'm in middle GA so I feel your pain. I will tell you that DJ still wears sposies during the day while I'm working and wears cloth at home. He picks and pulls at the sposies just as much as the cloth...diapers are hot...not much way around that! I haven't noticed much redness when I change him, but I'm totally anal about changing him as soon as he wets and I have been very careful to try and keep him as cool as possible. Whenever possible, we use fitteds with no cover. I crocheted him some wool shorts last week and he's worn them a good bit this weekend but other than that, he wears fleece covers whenever he needs a cover. Fleece isn't as breathable as wool but it's better than plastic (PUL). I also try to let him go naked whenever possible to get some air to his booty. Fleece liners really do have a stay-dry effect...I was a skeptic at first but they really do work. I've also been trying to use fitteds that have a little bit of a soaker sewn in and skipping the doublers during the day. It means more frequent changes but I figure it's got to be cooler to just have a thin diaper whenever possible.

I'm starting to get frusterated. Maybe I had too high of expectations. I'm washing in SG/WS.

I know it can be frustrating in the beginning. I was so close to giving up the first couple of weeks but eventually I got into a groove and it really is better now. I can't imagine going back now. Just try to hang in there and be patient, and the ladies on here are awesome at answering questions and offering advice.

Good luck!
Barb


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