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Old 10-10-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Dd is 11 months and huge just massively large and the brown edge large GMD won't fit her waist. The toddler ones are slightly wider but also much longer and I don't want to have a huge bump where I fold down the rise. So I was thinking of using flats and doing the diaper bag fold or the prefold fold. My thought was I could use the flats now when she is bigger and then use them later when she slims down(something I can't do with pf's). But my concern is will the flats be as absorbent as the pf's? Dd is a super soaker so I think I might have to double the flats ,but would two flats be too bulky? I am planning on using either MEAF or Dappi /Bummis pull on pants with them. I just I so tired of trying to find things that fit dd,and I am sure once I do she will gain or lose weight.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: Flats vs prefolds question

I got some flats in a FFS box and I love them. I just fold them and put them in a cover. Occasionally I snappi them when I'm feeling fancy but not usually. I'm not sure if that would work with your covers though. Sometimes i do two and they don't seem to bulky but usually if I need a little more I will add a hemp doubler or put a folded flat into a fitted prefold. I also really like stuffing them into pockets. I really didn't think I'd liek flats so I was surprised.
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Re: Flats vs prefolds question

Doubled flats really aren't bulky at all. As the PP said, you can also easily fold another flat to use as a doubler (or use a preemie prefold, if you have any). Also, the origami fold, while a bit tricky to get the hang of, has a built-in soaker pad and is very good.
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Two flats are very bulky imo, if they are both the same size. If you gave a small flat pad folded as a doubler in a large snappid flat its not as bad but still bulky imo.
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Doubled flats really aren't bulky at all. As the PP said, you can also easily fold another flat to use as a doubler (or use a preemie prefold, if you have any). Also, the origami fold, while a bit tricky to get the hang of, has a built-in soaker pad and is very good.
Do you use the origami fold for older babies? I have found mine always outgrow the rise by 6 months. I wonder if I got the big flour sacks from Sams if that would work for the origami fold on bigger babies. Dd is not only really chubby ,she is also very tall.
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Two flats are very bulky imo, if they are both the same size. If you gave a small flat pad folded as a doubler in a large snappid flat its not as bad but still bulky imo.

I would think the flat with a pad folded flat would be about the thickness of a pf,does that sound right?
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Re: Flats vs prefolds question

We used Green Mountain Diapers flats, size small (which are actually quite large), and loved them all the way up to 2 years old. Just one holds a lot, IME. We'd only need to add a doubler for night (and I do that for BGEs, Grovia AIOs, and others). I've never, never, never had to use 2 flats, and DS only pees 4 big ones a day right now.

It sounds like flats would be a good investment in your situation, possibly along with some hemp doublers (again I adore GMD's).
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We used Green Mountain Diapers flats, size small (which are actually quite large), and loved them all the way up to 2 years old. Just one holds a lot, IME. We'd only need to add a doubler for night (and I do that for BGEs, Grovia AIOs, and others). I've never, never, never had to use 2 flats, and DS only pees 4 big ones a day right now.

It sounds like flats would be a good investment in your situation, possibly along with some hemp doublers (again I adore GMD's).
I love my GMD pf's! The only reason I was considering the cheaper flats was because I could get more of them than the gmd's, but if I need less of the gmd's because they are more absorbent it may all equal out. What fold did you use on your two year old?
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Do you use the origami fold for older babies? I have found mine always outgrow the rise by 6 months. I wonder if I got the big flour sacks from Sams if that would work for the origami fold on bigger babies. Dd is not only really chubby ,she is also very tall.
I used the origami fold for dd until she was about 2, BUT I used receiving blankets instead of regular flats.
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I used the origami fold for dd until she was about 2, BUT I used receiving blankets instead of regular flats.
I like the receiving blankets but I find most of them won't snappi and pins and I don;t get along.
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