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I currently have a one year old and am pregnant. I used cloth diapers with little beetle wool diaper covers on my son the first three months, then I had to return to work full-time, 10-12 hours a day and just couldn't continue.

I know it is so much better for the baby as well as your budget, with my #2 on the way and trying figure out a way to not return to work after #2 comes I would like to give it another try.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-03-2009, 06:29 PM

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Keen Bambino is going out of business and has a few things left (keenbambino.com) like Tiny Tush contours for $3.50 ea. I like kellyscloset.com where I have bought many pocket diapers, and they haev been pretty reasonable (I've been using one sized, and although they were a tiny bit big at first, they fit great now (on both my 4 mo old and occassionally my 2 1/2 y.o.). I like Happy Heiny's, but many people I've talked to like BumGenius pockets for one size. I like the one sized because they last a long time without buying each size. If you have a super small kiddo, they might fit weird at first and some people like prefolds for this purpose... HTH
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I like GADs and BumGenius for pockets, but I used fitteds and fleece/wool most of the time. I like SOS fitteds and Muttaqin Baby. I didn't start using cloth until DD was 15mo though, so no advice on newborns. I used them for 15 months until DD was potty trained, and I loved it! I will definitely do it again for the next one. I am about to sell of my stash though since I'm not pregnant yet. I've also heard My Precious Baby By April fitteds are good too, but since I haven't bought new dipes in so long I'm kind of out of the loop. There are a couple of good forums though, pm if interested. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention them on here or not.
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I like pocket diapers the best, one size ones are even better especially if you have 2, or will have 2 in them at the same time. I really love the fit of Debs Diapers (Made By Mama) and she is wonderful to work with. I just had the cutest customs made for my new baby, she does awesome embroidery work. She can put on just about anything you like!

Have you been to the diaper jungle? (Cloth Diaper Resources, WAHM Directory, Reviews and Information) its full of information and links of all kinds Hope this helps!
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I'm old, I used cloth diapers. we had just cloth diapers you folded. I don't know about buying the new ones like the other people. My suggestion is I would wash them and hang them out on a clothes line. whether it be summer or winter. The sun would help kill the amonia and make them look so white.
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We use CD's. Diaperswappers.com is a GREAT resource for diapering advice and they have a huge FS forum where you can get excellent deals on used CD's.

Personally, I preferred to buy them new. Afterall, I wouldn't wear used underwear, so why should my baby? (snotty, I know)

We use BumGenius 1 size and SnuggleBottoms (BabyBunz.com) fitteds with Thirsties covers. i started out using Prefolds with covers and I hated them. They were too bulky for my taste and the pocket dipes are so much easier, imo.

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I've used cloth since my first was born 4 years ago. I use the Snap to Fit diapers. They look like disposibles but have a row of snap at the top. They claim to fit 8 - 30 lbs. I think they fit up to 35, but my oldest was slim. They even have a way to snap the front down for newborns (so they don't rub on the cord). Since I have boys, I bought the ones that came with an attached doubler, very useful for nighttime. I used Whisper Bummis diaper covers with them. Though at about 18 months of age I used Happy Heinys for nighttime. They absorbed better.
From a savings point, I spent under $600 total for diapers, doublers and covers, and I am still using the orginal 48 I bought for my oldest. They are getting worn, but I hope they hold out until my youngest is potty trained.
I agree with "slow going". Hang out your diapers as much as you can. Don't use anything but detergent on them. They will last longer. Also, I use a dry pail. Which is actually a diaper genie without a bag. It contains odors and a quick wipe with a clorox wipe after emptying keeps it clean.
I understand your want of saving money. It was one of the factors I used when deciding to use cloth. I didn't want to go back to work, and had to find ways to trim the budget.

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I'm not old and still use prefolds with a cover for around the house. I like Indian Prefolds with a Proraps cover. Economical and easy.

For out and about I have BumGenius AIO One Size, these are really easy, but I didn't want to spend a couple hundred bucks buying enough of them to use full time (What like 2 dozen?).

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We use CD's. Diaperswappers.com is a GREAT resource for diapering advice and they have a huge FS forum where you can get excellent deals on used CD's.

Personally, I preferred to buy them new. Afterall, I wouldn't wear used underwear, so why should my baby? (snotty, I know)
I'm the same way about used dipes! That said, be CAREFUL on DS and only use paypal because I have heard sooo many horror stories about people getting scammed.. People either love it or hate it.
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I'm a diaperswapper fan. Very informative and helpful!
I use a mixture of chinese unbleached prefolds with covers and pockets. I have a bunch of Fuzzibunz and some BumGenius. BumGenius are my favorite pockets, I LOVE that the one size dipes!
I totally prefer my prefolds though. They are super cheap and once you learn how to fold them, they are super simple. (I learned to fold via YouTube... totally not lying! haha) My favorite fold is the Diva fold, although I have a son who has a very manly man father, so we call it the "GQ" fold.
My favorite covers were actually made for me by my friend, they are fleece. She made me a pair of fleece longies as well, and they are awesome for days where we just chill around the house.
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I stay away from DS because of all of the people catching viruses on their computers. There is another forum called clothdiapernation that is virus/sensorship free. It's really starting to pick up, and they have a FSOT board too. I'm actually about to list my whole stash on there.
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We are expecting to get(adopting) a baby boy soon and we are planning on putting him in cloth diapers but I need to know if I can use the homemade laundry soap to wash them in? I make the one that Mrs. Duggar uses and can't find anything about it Still trying to get use to this new design With our first one we used pampers since he was 2 when we got him, so this is all new to me.
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I love prefolds for the early days. They are super cheap and can be used to stuff pockets or as doublers when the baby gets older.

I made a lot of my own fitteds from t-shirts and fleece. It's also a great way to use up old baby blankets. You can find lots of good free patterns here.

I use wool covers. As far as I'm concerned, wool covers are basically like clothes. You can make them from used wool sweaters. I think they have to be at least 70% wool, but 100% is best. I hand sewed my first few but now they sew up in no time on the machine. Here is a link with lots of great patterns. You do have to hand wash them, but wool wash is pretty affordable or you can use baby shampoo and Lansinoh.

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We are expecting to get(adopting) a baby boy soon and we are planning on putting him in cloth diapers but I need to know if I can use the homemade laundry soap to wash them in? I make the one that Mrs. Duggar uses and can't find anything about it Still trying to get use to this new design With our first one we used pampers since he was 2 when we got him, so this is all new to me.
I know several cd moms that use that very recipe for their laundry soap and have good results with their diapers.
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I stay away from DS because of all of the people catching viruses on their computers. There is another forum called clothdiapernation that is virus/sensorship free. It's really starting to pick up, and they have a FSOT board too. I'm actually about to list my whole stash on there.

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Most of my stash is from DS FSOT forums... mostly fuzzibunz.

I found pockets were a super easy way for me to be able to easily show daycare how to change the dipes - they were all stuffed and all they had to do was know what snap setting she was on. Totally easy. They just tuck them all into a wetbag throughout the day and I drop off new dipes and a new bag each day and take the dirties home to launder. I have a stash of 14 now and I wash every other night.
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