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OK, so I don't have a baby but we are TTC and I really want to be a cloth diapering momma! I didn't know there were all types of cloth diapers until I just read the Cloth Diaper Terminology post. I don't know what type I would get, what sizes for what ages, how many, or even how to put an "old-fashioned cloth diaper" on. HELP... PLEASE? I am so confused, but I really want to do this in the future.
That's a pretty involved question. Do you want the cheapest type or the easiest type?
Really, it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. There are a few basic types, and everything else is just the bells-n-whistles. The cheapest way to use cloth is to do the old fold-n-pin method with plastic pants like previous generations did. The easy way is with pockets or AIOs. They're just like disposables except that they have snaps or velcro. Others can give you a much better explaination than I can. There are much more modern (and comfortable!) variations of the plastic pants type and things like that.
I'm using FuzziBunz pockets. It's the only thing I ever tried and they work well, so I didn't bother to check anything else out. How many you need depends on how often you plan to wash. Newborns go through about twice as many diapers than older babies do, so you'll need more of those. I can't speak for all brands, but for me, FuzziBunz seems to line up with Pampers like this: Small = 0-1, Medium = 2-3, Large = 4-5. I bought 15 mediums and 15 larges when I was pg. Ben's huge for his age, so he was wearing mediums by 2 months and larges by 7 months. What sizes go with what ages really varies as much as babies themselves do!
Good luck in your search! I hope that helped just a little.
Bensmom, what did you do for the first two months? Everything I've read said that you need tons of diapers for them when they are small, but that they outgrow them quickly. Is it worth it to buy a bunch of small diapers when you are first starting out? I think it would be hard to know what size your baby will need until you deliver, but what if you want to start out in cloth from the get go?
Bensmom, what did you do for the first two months? Everything I've read said that you need tons of diapers for them when they are small, but that they outgrow them quickly. Is it worth it to buy a bunch of small diapers when you are first starting out? I think it would be hard to know what size your baby will need until you deliver, but what if you want to start out in cloth from the get go?[/b]
I actually ended up using disposables for the first two weeks because my DD was a scrawny girl and I couldn't get the cloth dipes to FIT her!
But yeah, it does depend on what size your baby is. Once my DD got into smalls, she stayed in them until around 9 months. The good thing about cloth diapers is that a lot of them hold their resale value fairly well (about 70% or better of original price) so you can resell and get larger ones.
Generally start with about a dozen size smalls and then build from their once you get an idea what size your baby fits and how quickly they are growing.
I used disposables at first. All of the babies in my family are big, and we knew from all of my u/s (I had g.d.) that Ben would be big. When I compared the cost, I was saving about $100 or so by using sposies. Besides, I had a HORRIBLE recovery from my c/s, so I didn't even change my first diaper until Ben was 2 weeks old. Dh did most of the work (and by most, I mean 90%) for the first 6 weeks or so. He didn't really want to learn cloth. Heck, he'd never even HELD a baby before!
I use Indian prefolds and prowrap covers. I find that these work very well and are also cheap. I started out with 24 small diapers, 6 covers, and 3 pairs of plastic pants. I have to wash diapers every other day.
I just ordered 20 medium diapers, 6 covers, and 2 snappies (never used these before, I hope I like them). This cost me $98. Carly is 3 1/2 months now and is still fitting into the smalls fine, but I'm going to use the bigger diapers and covers as one of her Christmas presents.
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