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I don't post in this forum very often, but I'm gearing up to cloth diaper for the second time around (4th boy, woohoo!) and wanted your opinion.
I did AIO's for the newborn period mostly with my last son and this time around I wanted to try covers and prefolds/lay-in inserts but I'm getting worried I have too many lay-in type inserts (think FLIP) and not enough prefolds for the 7 covers.
What I have
20 lay-in Inserts
Also lots in the OS department, but since it I have babies on the small side I'm thinking those won't be useful for a while.
I'm considering purchasing another 18 or so prefolds/flats to help the covers last long with EBF poo.
In your experience does the EBF poo get on the covers with lay-in inserts every time?
I'm probably not the best person to answer your question as I used fitteds and AIO's with my newborn. I wouldn't think the EBF poop would get on the cover every time with just an insert. They go so often that a lot of the times I found he would have a smaller amount. But I would probably go ahead and buy another set of prefolds as well because a lot of the time the EBF poop does just go everywhere and there is probably a good chance it would get on the cover quite often.
I am sure you know about Murphy's Law of Newborn Poop. Every time you use an insert, big poop! Every time you take the time to fasten a prefold, just a pee. Not really of course, but it may feel that way some days! I had a super pooper and our entire stash was prefolds and PUL covers, always fastened the prefold with a snappi and jellyroll fold.
I started with 24 newborn prefolds and then ended up with another dozen just so I wouldn't be scrambling to get laundry done in time. We went through a LOT of prefolds though. She liked to pee and/or poop on a new one as we were putting it on her. We generally only needed 4-5 covers but always used a well folded fastened pf and sometimes needed our extra few that were less preferred. I have heard 6-8 is a good general number and 10-12 is best if you trifold or lay in inserts. Hth!