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Is anyone planning on using them? I've been using them since my son was 4 weeks old and I LOVE them and am super addicted. We occasionally still use disposibles but it's very rare. I also started using cloth wipes about 2 months ago and feel like kicking myself for not using them earlier.
I use a lot of prefolds and covers. But I also have quite a few pockets that I got from a WAHM. I have a few BumGenius that good for overnight. Fuzzibunz are ok, but I always have leak issues with them. I have a friend on facebook (that I met on JM when we were pregnant together) who makes fitted diapers. If you search for "earthLINGZ" on there, it'll come up. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those!!!
We use them! Seriously, if you are even considering doing it then GO FOR IT! It's really not as daunting as it seems. There's a loooooooot of information out there which for me was a huge hurdle in the beginning because I got really overwhelmed. It's best to just dive in; there are benefits and drawbacks to every kind and it really depends on your preference and honestly, the size/shape of your baby. My best advice is to just get one of each kind, see which method you prefer, and build a stash from there. For DD we ended up liking pockets (and Fuzzibunz work GREAT for us!) but for a newborn stash with this baby I think I'll just get prefolds and covers since I already have a few and they're the best run for our money since this is probably our last baby and they won't get that much use. I really like the Thirsties duo diaper and their fab fitted, as well.
We started cloth with DD around 4 months and I really wish we'd done it sooner! It's a lot more fun and a lot easier than I ever thought it would be.
Eliza Rose, born 6/9/10 ...and getting a little brother for her birthday! Baby Henry Wilder, due 6/7/13
I am totally thinking of jumping on board with the CD thing. I didn't with my other two, but a lot of people are recommending it. I am super overwhelmed though in my beginning research. SO MANY BRANDS ETC. But I got the DH on board so I guess its a green light
Jocelyn Gabriel Grayson and due in September!
Diaperswappers.com and kellyscloset.com are two great sites with lots of info. You can buy, sell or trade on diaper swappers, which is how I got DD's stash started. It's a good way to test them out without spending a ton. There are also rental programs where you can get a bunch of different kinds to try them out.
AIO's (all-in-ones) work like disposables; they're the easiest kind. No stuffing, no folding, just put it on. However, they take a long time to dry and it's not as easy to customize absorbency.
Pocket diapers (our favorite) have a waterproof cover and a pocket you stuff with an insert. They usually come with their own inserts but you can use prefolds, or add extra layers for nighttime and naps. I like to add a hemp booster to overnight diapers. They're trim and super absorbent.
Fitted diapers are just an absorbent diaper without the waterproof layer, then you add a cover. I really like these also because its two pieces to protect against leaks, which is great for runny poop. I like fleece covers to go over them--you can get little shorts or actual pants that are really cozy. And they're machine washable as opposed to wool, which is awesome.
Wool is beautiful and amazing and I wanted to use it exclusively, but it's very expensive and I was too lazy to hand wash all the time. However, if they're properly lanolized (which is actually really easy to do) they only need to be washed when they get poop on them. Lanolin is anti-bacterial and anti-microbal and it actually neutralizes ammonia, so when it's just a pee diaper you just hang it to dry. You only need to wash and re-lanolize when they stop absorbing or start to smell.
Forgive the lecture. I just get really, really excited about fluff, lol.