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February 23rd, 2011, 06:31 AM
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Are you planning to use cloth or disposable diapers with your baby?
How many diapers have you already purchased?
How many are you planning to have before baby arrives?
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February 23rd, 2011, 12:04 PM
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We will be using cloth diapers with this baby. I have purchased about 12 diapers and 3 covers just for this baby to add to what I already had for DS.
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February 23rd, 2011, 12:45 PM
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Disposables for use. I have a huge pack of wipes from Sams Club. I have a big box of newborn Huggies and two big boxes of size 1/2 Huggies also. I don't think we'll buy anymore before the baby comes.
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February 23rd, 2011, 12:58 PM
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That's a good plan! My DH told me don't buy diapers, don't buy diapers before our first because his family always gives diapers at baby showers, so we didn't buy any. When it came time for the shower, we received one pack of size 4 diapers.
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February 23rd, 2011, 05:07 PM
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I'm on the fence.

I would like to try cloth diapers to be environmentally friendly, but DH has a terrible fear of baby poop. I tried explaining breast-milk helps with the smell but he remains skeptical.

For now, we may have to use disposables.
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February 24th, 2011, 01:21 PM
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A fear of baby poop? Ok - to be honest, baby poop is going to smell either way. Formula poo smells worse, but you know... it's all made the same way when it comes out and it doesn't smell like roses! But, with disposables unless you dump the poo out in the toilet (like you are supposed to, but no one does), then it's going to smell WAY worse than cloth. Also with cloth you can add baking soda to your pail and it really helps stop the smell. My DH said the same things, so I started using cloth one day while he was at work and put the pail in the bathroom closet which has a door that is always partially open. He didn't notice until he came home 2 days later and saw the diapers hanging on the line.
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February 24th, 2011, 02:33 PM
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I'm back and forth. I'm thinking with my life styal disposible will be better but I like the idea of cloth.

I've bought abunch of disposable already. I have 1 small packs of size 1, one big pack of size 1 (I think maybe it's size 2) then a box of size 1/2 and I just ordered a new big pack of 100, size 2.

I'm not banking on diapers, everyone told me that before with L and C, and I never got diapers, or if I did it was size 3.

I will wait for newborn size till the end though, because those you won't need too many of and if I get some I don't want to have to try and exchange.
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The same thing happened to me with diapers with DS, but DH refused to let me buy the diapers, so we had to rush out to get newborn diapers after the baby shower!
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March 2nd, 2011, 05:36 PM
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wow! call me a liar I'm getting a package of newborn diapers in the mail as a baby gift (thank you amazon for telling me ahead of time )
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Ro, I guess that means you'll have some!

I'm not really sure what Eliza was talking about when she said it's too much to re-use soiled fabric in cloth diapers... I'm assuming she meant too much work. Washing diapers isn't for everyone, but it's also not difficult - the washer does the work!
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I'll be using cloth I'm not quite sure how many I should have before the baby gets here, but I'm aiming for a couple dozen prefolds, a few covers, and then some number of sized pockets/AIOs. So far I have 2 prefolds, 2 covers, and 2 AIOs.. not much, but I'm getting there slowly x)

Hubby isn't 100% on board with the cloth diaper idea, but I told him the person who will be doing the majority of diaper changing gets to decide
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24-36 is a great range for prefolds Plus, you can use them as extra soakers later on! I have gone wild with covers this time, mostly because I forgot how many NB covers I had already.

DH was not on board with cloth diapers the first time, but this time it's the only option he wants to try Sometimes they do change their minds!
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I've got a stash of cloth from DS1 and I've also got sposies for those first 12 weeks of ten blowouts a day and can't keep up with laundry anyhow.
I've bought two cases each of size 1 and size 2 swaddlers. My kids tend to be bigger and don't fit nb sizes long
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I'm sure he'll be okay with cloth diapering once we actually get going and he sees that it's not as bad as he thinks it will be. Plus I think he's mostly afraid of the laundry aspect. He was like "Won't poop get all over the washer?" But he does think the diapers we have already are much cuter than disposables, so that's a start!
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March 9th, 2011, 09:33 AM
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I've been adding to my collection.... doesn't help they are on sale and I have coupons...
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This is going to sound like a stupid question but I know nothing about cloth and i am really consdering it this time around,
Do they leak more then disposable?
Do you rinse them out before soaking?
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In my experience, cloth diapers leak less than disposables because you are more able to fit them to your baby's actual shape, rather than a generic one-size fits all approach. Of course, that depends on what type of diapers you use - I use mostly prefolds and fitteds. The prefolds, if they are leaking one way you fold them another until you find one that works for you. Other diapers, like all-in-ones or pockets you are less able to fit to your baby, but you are always able to add in more layers like an extra liner or two if your baby is leaking. The one-size cloth diapers have a large assortment of snaps so you can generally find one that fits our baby. It also depends on if your baby is a heavy wetter - not all fabrics absorb a lot of fluid at once, so it may take you a few tries to find the perfect diaper for your baby. They also tend to be better for sensitive skin, although some babies can be sensitive to certain types of fabric too.

For EBF poo, nope I just put it in my dry pail. Once baby is eating solids, then you can either dump or spray poo into the toilet (diaper sprayers connect to the water lines to the toilet, it's pretty neat) and then toss it in the dry pail. You can soak the diapers before you wash them or just get the load going. Some of the washing preferences depend on what baby is eating and also on how your water is - mine is super hard so I never use vinegar!

The cloth diaper board here on JM is AWESOME for info!
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