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August 23rd, 2012, 08:53 PM
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Hi my names Whitney, DH and I are TTC #3 & are going to CD. I'm new to the. Idea and the process, have no clue where to start and would love advice :-)
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August 24th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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What's your main reason for CD? Save money, cuteness, etc? What's your budget? Will you have them in daycare or is it important to have easy-to-use (i.e. goes in like a disposable) diapers? Does your family have a history of skin sensitivities or allergies, do you need to use special detergents etc? What kind of washing machine do you have and do you have hard water (mineral deposits build up on your sinks and tubs etc)?
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August 24th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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To save money beings over last 4 year I've spent close to 3700 in disposal ambles for two kids. I plan on two more. Cute would be awesome, but not a true need. Budget wise since my mil/gma and DH are all on board with it & wont to pitch in there isn't much of one, just not outrageous. A few easy to use would be okay, my DH said he wants to build his confidence. No known allergies or sensitive skin, I guess we are kinda lucky on that front, I'm a SAHM so no daycares, just an occasional sitter for date nights. My current washing machiene is a top loader with lots of different settings, but my SIL is moving an needs a smaller washer which mine is so we are going to give her mine and DH is getting me a new, I'm not sure what though yet. And my water isn't hard water.i hope that info helps.
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August 24th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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To save money beings over last 4 year I've spent close to 3700 in disposal ambles for two kids. I plan on two more. Cute would be awesome, but not a true need. Budget wise since my mil/gma and DH are all on board with it & wont to pitch in there isn't much of one, just not outrageous. A few easy to use would be okay, my DH said he wants to build his confidence. No known allergies or sensitive skin, I guess we are kinda lucky on that front, I'm a SAHM so no daycares, just an occasional sitter for date nights. My current washing machiene is a top loader with lots of different settings, but my SIL is moving an needs a smaller washer which mine is so we are going to give her mine and DH is getting me a new, I'm not sure what though yet. And my water isn't hard water.i hope that info helps.
Okay, cool!! You don't have any major constraints so it is more about finding what you like. Everyone has a favorite CD system. You may end up with a mix, like some easy pockets or AIOs for babysitters or when out and about, some fitteds and fleece covers for overnight and naps, and a bunch of prefolds and PUL covers for rounding out the stash at a cheap price.

Old top loaders that are NOT energy or water efficient are best for cleaning diapers, just FYI! Many of us CD with HE front loaders, but if we could go back in time would buy a cheap and/or used old school top loader just to have quicker wash routines. The heavy duty HE FLer cycles can be 2-3 hours long.

I think you will have to check out what is out there and figure out what you like. Check out the intro to CDs parts of
Paddedtushstats.com
Dirtydiaperlaundry.com

Retail sites tend to have lots of info too. Major ones include:
Greenmountaindiapers.com
Cottonbabies.com
Nickisdiapers.com

Also, diaperpin.com has lots of reviews!

You will likely get overwhelmed and/or confused by conflicting information and opinions, but we are here and happy to answer any questions that come up for you! You can check out our stickied threads too, esp CD 101
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August 24th, 2012, 04:10 PM
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There is a new sticky for this!
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August 24th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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See "The BTDT Cloth Diapered a Newborn... " thread. Also under Reviews and Recommendations!
I also posted a CD cost calculator a while back.
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August 24th, 2012, 08:04 PM
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Thank you so much :-)
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