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Old 02-06-2012, 12:04 AM   #11
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My last go-round, we used a diaper service (just prefolds, snappis, and covers), and with baby #2 I'm going to make the switch to buying and washing the diapers on my own. Our budget is pretty low, though fortunately, I've been the recipient of a gift of some pre-used diapers and covers to get us started (see list below.)

- For all of you experienced cloth-diapering mamas out there, my first question is, what is missing?
- Should I buy some prefolds (a dozen, maybe?) and snappis to round out the list?
- Also, I'm a bit hazy about sizes. If I have a baby in the 7-8lb range (like my firstborn), will the size smalls get me through the first 6 months or should I pick up a few mediums or one-size's?

SMALL All-in-One Cloth Diapers:
6 Bum Genius (aplix)
6 Thirsties (aplix)
2 Dream-Eze (snaps)

SMALL fitted Cloth Diapers (require a waterproof cover):
2 Bamboozle bamboo (snaps)
2 Kissaluvs organic hemp/cotton (snaps)
2 Dream-Eze cotton (snaps)

Waterproof covers:
2 XS Thirsties
3 S Thirsties
3 S Bummis

So, what's missing? We're trying not to spend much money at this time, and want to have a simple, practical stash to get us through the first 6 months. Looking forward to your feedback!
Thanks for all of the great feedback. Based upon what I'm hearing, I think I'm going to need to do some shopping!

Thinking back about my little girl, she did chunk up pretty fast (up around the 95th percentile just from bf), so my next baby will probably also grow quickly out of the size smalls. I'm a little worried about this, since I don't have that much room left in my suitcase and online shopping in Chile isn't quite the same as in the US (to say the least!) I guess I'll need to take the cute baby clothes out of my suitcase and replace them with diapers, since I'm not planning another trip to the US until baby is 6 months old or so.

I'm trying to figure out the cheapest and smallest-volume approach, so am thinking that I should buy - help me out here mamas -
- 1 more xs diaper cover
- 18 prefolds, so I can use them for nb through at least the 1st yr.
- 3 Medium or os all in one's
- 3 Medium or os fitteds
- 6 Medium or os covers
- 2 hanging diaper bags (one Planet Wise hanging large wet/dry, one Rumparooz)
- 24 wipes (thanks for the LittleBoppers tip, the wipes are adorable!)
- a bottle of solution for use with the wipes (CA Baby or Dr. Bronners?)

Looking forward to your thoughts. If there is anything on this list I don't need, please let me know!

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Old 02-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #12
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What about some small flats instead of prefolds? They should pack smaller and will give you a better fit on any size baby. You can double for an older one if you need more absorbency.

I agree with considering a Thirsties Duo Wrap size one instead of a newborn cover. It will fit tiny to about 15 lbs.
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What about some small flats instead of prefolds? They should pack smaller and will give you a better fit on any size baby. You can double for an older one if you need more absorbency.

I agree with considering a Thirsties Duo Wrap size one instead of a newborn cover. It will fit tiny to about 15 lbs.
Good point about the Thirsties Duo Wrap - I'll get that instead of one more XS diaper cover, since it will tide me over through the XS and S size as well.

I'm not really experienced with flats - wouldn't baby grow out of small flats around 3-6 months of age when he/she is ready to move into medium size diapers? Or do small flats generally last up through 6-9 months? I was thinking that prefolds would offer more flexibility than flats in terms of fitting all sizes. Is this right?
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It depends on the fold. There are lots of ways to use them so that they fit different sized babies.

If you get smalls, 27x27 or so, you can use an origami fold when they are smaller, or fold in the corners so that your flat is half sized and do a kite fold that way.

When they are bigger, you can use a regular kite fold. You can padfold a second one into the middle as a doubler for more absorbency. Or just do your fold with two together.

You can padfold and lay into the cover, similar to trifolding.

You can fold into a rectangle and then use like a prefold.

There are way more folding options than I have mentioned.

So I would say they are much more versatile and adjustable than prefolds!

Plus they wash and dry awesomely and double as blankies, burp cloths, changing pads, and nursing covers.
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mamaspice, wow, this is all news to me! You're right, flats sound much more versatile, though the thought of learning the new folds is more than I'm up for right now! It's good info to have captured here, though, for other mamas who are perhaps more ready to rise to the challenge
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:52 PM   #16
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I would say you don't even need the diff fitteds, etc. For a simple, cost effective stash I'd get 24 small flats and prob 3 each of Thirsties duo size 1 and 2. I think that alone (with the wet bags and wipes) would be all you need. The diapers you were gifted will supplement what you would buy otherwise.
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Alikhlas, yes, once I started to see how much everything would cost, I headed in that direction!

My final diaper stash list:

Gifted to me
- Small AIOs: 14
- Small fitteds: 6
- XS Wraps: 2
- Small Wraps: 6

Purchased:
- Infant prefolds: 6
- Wraps for up to 18 lbs: 1
- Premium prefolds: 18
- Wraps 15-30/18-40 lbs: 4
- AIO for up to 35/40 lbs: 2
- large hanging wet/dry diaper bags: 2
- cloth wipes: 24
- bottle of baby soap for use with the wipes
- cloth-diaper friendly diaper rash cream

It's such a relief to be done with the shopping, and the best news of all is that after I'd made the purchases, my parents offered to pay for half as a welcome baby gift - yay!
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