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Old 12-11-2012, 11:24 AM   #31
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I would not go lower than the 24 I have now for DS2, although I could go down to 4 overnight diapers for DS1. But it is nice to have the extra 2 for when he wets before going to bed, or wets so heavy that he needs to be changed. And as a backup for when washing cannot happen for whatever reason.

I also have 12 prefolds as backup for DS2, and as inserts for DS1, but I could see getting by with 1/2 that.

I work full-time, so it is really hard to do wash more frequently than I already do. I wash 2x per week.

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #32
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I could do 24 for two in diapers washing every other day - but I'd have to work on my time management skills to make sure that the dirties got washed in time.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #33
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I packed away all my diapers except for 28 and used just those on my two babies for months and months (until one outgrew those ones) and it was fine. So I would say 14. But it was easy for me because my washing machine wouldn't hold more than that anyway.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #34
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I am most comfortable with 24 changes. Sometimes diapers take longer to wash or dry and I like knowing I won't run out on wash day
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #35
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

The least number of diapers I've gotten by on was 6 Kissaluvs with two covers. I would wash them as soon as Squeakin' was changed and would immediately throw them out on the line outside. By wash I mean hand-wash, which I don't recommend for Kissaluvs as it seems to wear them out far quicker than machine washing. I lasted like that for about three weeks or a month when I finally bought another dozen to round it out. Were I in a position where I didn't have means to afford more than a very small stash and hand wash them, I think I could get away with 6 again, but I'd opt for flats. They line-dry faster and wear less from hand-washing. I would also opt for the longies and shorties I've made since instead of regular covers, mostly because I can make them myself and save some money. I really wouldn't want to do that few again. When we worked with that few diapers we also had disposables left over as a back-up just in case none of them were dry in time for the next change. Thankfully this wasn't a problem because it was summer in Texas. I think you'd probably need more in winter.

I think the least I could comfortably get away with (again, probably hand-washing) would be about 10-12 flats, two covers or soakers/longies/shorties, and one thickly stuffed pocket for overnights, though two would be better. That's what I did when Little Bear was a newborn before we got our washer and dryer and got the rest of our stash unpacked (we'd just moved). I really, really, really wouldn't recommend having so few that hand-washing is a requirement, but if you can manage the time to hand-wash, it can be done. With 10-12 flats I could probably make it last between machine washings, but I feel guilty running that small of a load due to the impact on the environment. Hand washing can actually be done more efficiently at that point if you're very careful about how much water you use.

Then again, maybe I'm just a little crazy for hand washing cloth diapers in the first place!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #36
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

The least number of diapers I've gotten by on was 6 Kissaluvs with two covers. I would wash them as soon as Squeakin' was changed and would immediately throw them out on the line outside. By wash I mean hand-wash, which I don't recommend for Kissaluvs as it seems to wear them out far quicker than machine washing. I lasted like that for about three weeks or a month when I finally bought another dozen to round it out. Were I in a position where I didn't have means to afford more than a very small stash and hand wash them, I think I could get away with 6 again, but I'd opt for flats. They line-dry faster and wear less from hand-washing. I would also opt for the longies and shorties I've made since instead of regular covers, mostly because I can make them myself and save some money. I really wouldn't want to do that few again. When we worked with that few diapers we also had disposables left over as a back-up just in case none of them were dry in time for the next change. Thankfully this wasn't a problem because it was summer in Texas. I think you'd probably need more in winter.

I think the least I could comfortably get away with (again, probably hand-washing) would be about 10-12 flats, two covers or soakers/longies/shorties, and one thickly stuffed pocket for overnights, though two would be better. That's what I did when Little Bear was a newborn before we got our washer and dryer and got the rest of our stash unpacked (we'd just moved). I really, really, really wouldn't recommend having so few that hand-washing is a requirement, but if you can manage the time to hand-wash, it can be done. With 10-12 flats I could probably make it last between machine washings, but I feel guilty running that small of a load due to the impact on the environment. Hand washing can actually be done more efficiently at that point if you're very careful about how much water you use.

Then again, maybe I'm just a little crazy for hand washing cloth diapers in the first place!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:10 PM   #37
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I managed with 10 pockets plus 6 flats and 3 covers for my 2 year old. That was washing every other day. I added 2-3 more pockets and was able to stretch to 3 days. DD was pooping in the toilet by that time though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:16 PM   #38
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I'd still want to wash every other day and would still get the organic cotton since I'd be buying fewer. So for DD who is 8m, I'd want 18 daytime and 3 night diapers.

I'd probably split the 18 into
6 LL flats + 2 flip covers
6 BGE
6 sized prefolds (gmd red organic) + 2 bsww + 2 dappi nylon pullon

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3 flip organics/3 hemp babies doublers/flip covers
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6 LL flats/1 wool disana cover (with 1 daytime flip as backup when wool is in the wash)

That is basically less of what I have in rotation now... hmmm, maybe I'll put some things away to relieve some of the clutter! Although I am usually needing a third full day to get laundry done/put away.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:22 PM   #39
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Re: Soo...whats the LEAST number of dipes you could get away with?

I wash every other day with my 5 month old, and there are 18-20 in the wash. So I'd say 18 minimum. 12 with a toddler.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #40
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What do you use that lasts 12-14 hours?!?[/QUOTE]

I'm not the person who posted about this originally, but we use a flour sack towel and a bamboo doubler inside a flip or a pocket diaper, and that easily holds my 8 month old for 12 hours.

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