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August 12th, 2012, 07:46 AM
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Another "newbie" here to cloth. I have a daughter who just turned 2 in July and another daughter on the way in November. We plan to cloth diaper the new baby from day one and I'm switching my 2 year old over to cloth while working on potty training. She is going to be my guinea pig in getting used to this before the new baby comes.

So far, I have 12 newborn Bum Genius AIO's on order, along with 8 of the Bum Genius 4.0's to try out on Akadia. I also ordered some fleece liners and extra BG inserts.

I know I'm going to need a wet bag and I'm thinking of getting a sprayer (more for my use after delivery, but for use on poopy diapers too). Is there anything else that is essential that I will need? Also, how many newborn dipes should I have? I'm sure 12 isn't going to cut it.

What about for my toddler? I did the buy 5 get 1 free deal and then ended up getting another 1 free for spending over $75. When I went back and bought the newborn AOI's, I got another free BG 4.0 for spending over $75 again, so now I have 8 total. Should I buy more or maybe get some prefolds and covers too? I know 8 dipes isn't going to last a day with Akadia, so I'll need something else. Just not sure if I should get a variety until I know what I like or if the BG 4.0's are a pretty safe bet. Or is it good to have prefolds and covers around as back-up anyways?

Sorry for all the questions! Just wait until the new baby comes. I'm sure I'll be back with tons more!
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August 12th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Hi there!

As far as essentials, I think you can always make do, but 2 pail liners or wet bags (rotate when one is being washed) and a couple of on-the-go wet bags are nice. I like using cloth wipes too, just throw them in with the diapers, great for newborn poos! And a spray bottle or peri bottle of water to aid cleanup. I don't have a diaper sprayer but many consider them essential for any non EBF baby poo cleanup. Also, CD safe diaper cream is nice to have on hand, I just use coconut oil from the grocery store.

As far as number of newborn dipes, I had a super pooper who went through 18+ diapers a day (she would always go in a fresh one right as we were putting it on, sometimes a few times in a row!!) And I had 3 dozen prefolds in newborn and another 3 dozen in small and was very happy to have them!! But I am told many people require more like 2 dozen for washing every 2 days.

Toddlers need way less. I think 18-24 diapers is plenty for full time cloth for most toddlers. It depends on how much your washer holds and/or how often you want to wash them too.

Prefolds and covers are a great way to get a stash going for not much money and they work great. Since you are familiar with Cotton Babies I recommend you check out Econobum for a budget option, or Flips. I love Flip and Econobum covers on my big 14 month old walker. I used padfolded flats in them, but a trifolded prefold is an easier option, and the Flip inserts are easy too.

Hth and feel free to ask any questions that come up for you!!!
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August 12th, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Thank you for the information! I'm kind of liking the flip covers. Do you know if you can you use prefolds with them too or just the inserts that you buy for the system? I like the option of using disposable inserts if we're on the road.
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August 12th, 2012, 03:58 PM
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Thank you for the information! I'm kind of liking the flip covers. Do you know if you can you use prefolds with them too or just the inserts that you buy for the system? I like the option of using disposable inserts if we're on the road.
Oh yeah, you can use anything that fits!!! I think Infant or Small prefolds fit in the smaller/snapped-down Flip settings, and Standard or Medium prefolds in the unsnapped bigger settings, but there is a lot of wiggle room depending on how it fits on your LO. I have actually never used a Flip insert in mine Folding a prefold in thirds (trifolding) is a very economical All In 2 insert!
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