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Old 12-05-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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How many NB covers/diapers do I need?

I am going to try out cloth diapering a NB. How many covers do I need if I am going to do all prefolds? How many diapers do I need total? TIA
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I used prefolds with my DS as a newborn and I would recommend a minimum of 24 prefolds but 36 is much better and gives you extra for laundry day. I had 36 and it was perfect for us, I don't like feeling like I might run out if I don't get the laundry done. The extra 12 gave a perfect buffer for that. I recommend at least 3 covers per dozen prefolds. If you plan on trifolding in the cover at all (which is what I did) you might want one or two more.

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I had 4 covers and wish I'd had more! Like 8 total.
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Re: How many NB covers/diapers do I need?

I have 8 covers and 30 prefolds. I trifold in a few covers and snappi mostly. My newbie is 1 month old and it has been working well. I do laundry every other day, but could make it to the 3rd morning if needed.
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What size prefolds did you ladies start with? Preemie or NB
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:46 PM   #6
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What size prefolds did you ladies start with? Preemie or NB
Newborn. We started when DS was 2 weeks old because I didn't want to invest in specials ones for the cord. I used GMD brand with Thirsties Duo size 1 cover, it is definitely my favorite cover for that stage.

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #7
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I had 2 for my 15 prefolds (not my whole stash lol that would be crazy) and I needed at least one more. So I'd say the 3 to every dozen that someone else said, sounds pretty spot on.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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Re: How many NB covers/diapers do I need?

We just finished the newborn stage; we were using:
1 dozen fitteds (workhorse and small osocozy)
1 dozen flats
10 infant prefolds

We also had some aios but pretty much just used those for going out. We had 4 covers and that was enough, but we almost always used the fitteds first. If we had been using all flats/prefolds I would have wanted a minimum of 6 covers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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Re: How many NB covers/diapers do I need?

24-36 prefolds. 6-8 covers. I thought 36 prefolds were too many, but some love that many. 6 covers weren't quite enough, 8 meant I never worried about running out. I guess my ideal would be 30 prefolds and 8 covers!
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #10
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Re: How many NB covers/diapers do I need?

Oh, but you can get by with 18 prefolds and 4 covers. I know a few moms that have gotten by with that little. That would have been so hard for me, but they make it work! I always imagine their fold is much better than mine so there are less leaks onto the cover.
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