diapers

with this baby i really want to use cloth diapers. i was wondering what all you need and any tips lol. tia!!!

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8kellyBerea, Kentucky
    4Sabrina
    I am cloth diapering for the first time right now!

    If you want to start right away with a newborn, you will need prefolds, covers, and Snappies. Another option is to do a hybrid diaper like gDiapers. I use prefolds and homemade bamboo inserts inside gDiaper covers for my baby. They're fashioned in such a way that you don't need the Snappies, which is nice. However, many people find them a pain in the butt because they're velcro. gDiapers can also be used with special disposable or biodegradable inserts that they sell.

    For a larger baby (about 10lbs up to potty training) you can use a variety of different kinds. I am going to use what's called a "pocket diaper". There's the outside of the diaper, and then inserts you stuff into a "pocket" in the crotch of the diaper to absorb moisture. There are other kinds too. A really easy one is "All In One" (AIO for short). It is the same as a disposable diaper in that it is all one piece. You don't do anything special to it to put it on the baby.

    Because I don't have access to a washer and dryer at home, I have to handwash my diapers. AIOs take a very long time to dry on a line, so they're not great for my purposes.

    Either way, you will want enough diapers to last through at least two days worth of changes. Most babies are going through at least 8 diapers per day, just to give you an estimate. I have a lot more diapers than that in the larger size, but I can't use them yet.

    You will also want some kind of a pail with a lid. I use a small kitchen garbage can with a pop-up lid. I lined it with a Thirsties brand laundry bag because it is waterproof but washable. You will also want a "wet bag" to take with you when you are out of the house and need to change the baby. You don't want a wet or poopy cloth diaper floating around in your bag! I am too cheap, so I just use a gallon sized Ziploc bag.

    I like to spray the poopy diapers before putting them in the pail, I don't like the idea of leftover bits of feces sitting on the diapers until washing day. I got a bidet sprayer online, it's just a generic one. I attached it to the toilet myself, it was easy. Usually you just dump the poop off into the toilet, but I just don't like anything left behind.

    There are tons of sites that you can get diapers on. I got most of my pocket diapers on Kawaii. They are inexpensive and seem to be good quality. I got most of my gDiapers from ebay, and a few from Amazon. There are often good deals on Zulily too. Check your local craigslist as well.

    For washing diapers, there are a ton of suggestions. You may want to Google around about it, because there are too many theories for me to explain here. Some people say you need special detergent. I have not found that to be true yet. Other people have special routines they use. That is reserved for people who are washing in a machine. I wash by hand every 2-3 days. When I handwash I use the "stomp" method in the bathtub. I clean it well before and after. I soak the diapers in very hot water with soap and Oxyclean. I then drain the tub and fill it a second time, using the soap again. I get in and stomp on the diapers for 15ish minutes to imitate the agitation from a washer. I then let them soak again. Sometimes I will add lemon juice if they have a urine smell (this happened when my baby got sick). If there is a stain, lemon juice or vinegar works well to get it out. I rinse each item by hand in hot water, wring them out, and hang to dry. I can't wait for nicer weather so I can hang them outside!
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    03/20/14
    8kelly
    thanks, i appreciate it. you were a lot of help!!!!!! i will def take your advice :-)
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    03/20/14
    8kelly
    i see disposable liners, cloth liners, disposable inserts, cloth inserts lol do i need liners and inserts?
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    4Sabrina
    The cloth ones come with the pocket diapers usually, as a set. The ones I am using with the gDiapers I bought in Walmart, they're Gerber prefolds. They're with the burp rags. gDiaper brand makes disposable inserts that you can buy special if you want them.
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      I have been cloth diapering my son since he was 2 months old due to sensitive skin and a very bad rash not to mention how sad I felt chucking bags and bags of diapers out.

      I have tried several different brands and for a year now we have been stuck on one specific brand because of the amazing quality and fit of the diapers.

      We use AppleCheeks which has a two size system which means there are size 1s that fit newborn(7pounds) to 20+ pounds depending on the babies body. So much longer than new born only diapers that get out grown quick. The size 2s fit 18-40 pounds which my son 30lbs wears and has room to grow he's almost 2.

      You can lay the insert in the diaper or put it in the pocket. The insert is what will absorb everything these are not disposable. I love the Applecheeks bamboo 2ply inserts for day and 3ply for night with a bamboo booster. A booster adds ever absorbency for a heavy wetter like my kiddo at night.

      I didn't use liners until my monkey was starting solids because breast milk poop is water soluble. But if baby were on formula or having any solid foods you will want to get liners they make cleaning diapers a million times easier. The liners lay inside against babies skin and make like a barrier so the solids don't get all in the fabric which makes for easy clean up they are biodegradable so you just plop them in the toilet.

      I the dirty diapers in the bathroom in a bin with a lid wash every 2-3 days. I tried a bunch of cloth diaper only detergents that a paid a arm and a leg for but ended up having stink issues or stains and went back to using free and gentle powder tide. Which is safe for cloth and we use on all our clothes for a much more cost effective price.

      I always hang our diapers to dry and if it's sunny you can lay them in the sun to get any stains out of the fabric also inserts to iv also used lemon and water on tuff stains in the sun and they come out amazing. Who knew the sun was so awesome at getting stains out!

      Sorry I wrote you a small novel but I am super passionate about cloth diapering and sharing the love like lots of other cloth mamas.

      We also use cloth wipes and swim diapers but not sure if your interest in that too.

      Feel free to ask me any questions I will happily answer and could talk all night long about them.
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        03/20/14
        8kelly
        ok thanks, there is just so many different things i dont know where to start lol. it is confusing!!
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          03/20/14
          8kelly
          thank you samantha, the applecheeks sound like an easy brand to deal with. are the expensive to get started with?
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            03/20/14
            8kelly
            it is very overwhelming, i almost decided against it but i know it will save us a lotof money in the long run. i also plan to breastfeed, i am all about saving money. we are having it really rough right now
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              03/20/14
              They are a bit pricey they are Canadian made you can buy them used for a cheaper price if money is an issue on Facebook there is a swap page. My first 10 I got I bought used to try them out then fell and love and frantically sold all my diapers I had to buy AppleCheeks it took me awhile but it did it. Currently I am building my stash for baby number two iv been buying 2 diapers a month.

              If you want to use the diapers where you just lay the insert inside you could buy like 15- covers and more inserts and just change the insert if the diaper(cover water proof part) isn't soiled might be a cheaper option. The bamboo inserts are about $10 each they also have microterry for $4 each but I much prefer the absorbency and trim fitting of the bamboo.

              I agree it is super pricey to start out. But I have almost bought all this babies diapers and to think I won't need to buy diapers again and once bubs is potty learning I can sell them and make close to what I bought them for back and sometimes more because there are AppleCheeks crazed moms yes I am one that buy discontinued colours for crazy pricey you could even make more back then what you paid! So it's kind of like an investment that's also saving the planet. :)
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                03/20/14
                I used a diaper service with mine... They wash the diapers for you! It was a great service! Google diaper service and you should get some hits for your area! They have several options available
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                  03/20/14
                  8kelly
                  Thanks ladies, you have been very helpful. I now at least know where to start
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