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Old 06-01-2010, 03:59 PM   #11
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<< I have 12 and was thinking I would get 2 more 12packs. Thanks !! >>

You may want to get more as the baby gets older.

We used to double-diaper for nighttime and change often during the day to prevent the ever-lovin' diaper rash! Washing diapers was no big deal...just part of the daily routine.

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Old 06-01-2010, 05:42 PM   #12
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Washing diapers was no big deal...just part of the daily routine.
Same here. When we were diapering the diapers were just the old fashioned rectangle type that had to be folded. We'd sit with a pile of diapers between us and pre-fold while we chatted and watched TV. If the baby was awake one of us would fold while the other played.

BTW... those old fashioned rectangle ones...they can fit any size baby so no having to buy a larger size and are great for burp cloths, cleaning a face or wiping spit up and when the kids were toilet trained they were great for dusting. Always handy to have a dozen or so of those around. If you sew you can do decorative borders to signify which ones are which if you prefer.

ETA: I have no clue what type mine were, but they lasted forever...I may still have a few.. lol They looked like this. I imagine those shaped ones would be easier though and faster since they don't require anything other than washing.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #13
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I used cloth diapers for my last child and wish I had done it with the other three. I got a ton of Gerber diapers from my sister that she had left over from her daughter, and my in-laws bought me a ton more. I got plastic pants at the shower.

Back then I did it because it was cheap and I was working several jobs at home to keep our heads above water. I'd just walked out of my lab job a few months before, then got deathly ill with diabetes. I took my sister's advice, used cloth diapers, washed them with the special diaper soap, then hung them on the clothes line to dry. I used disposable diapers at night and when we went somewhere, for the convenience. Yes, I was washing diapers daily, but we never had the house smell due to dirty diapers.

My oldest daughter would help me fold the diapers and put them on the changing table.

Wow, 16 years ago. I do remember finally throwing away the last diaper a couple of years back and it was too torn up for me to use for dusting anymore.

I still use my clothes line. Free drying that doesn't heat up my house. I'm all for that.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:34 PM   #14
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Ok, you asked for it-my abbreviated not-cheap diaper recommendations!

Pocket diapers are great. Bumgenius is an example; hyenacart and etsy both have lots and lots of WAHM varieties. You don't have to worry about a cover, they snap shut, the sizes are adjustable from small baby to toddler, and they dry faster than all-in-ones. If you sew, you can make some fitteds yourself. They're so fun to make!

Two in ones, like grobaby, are also great. You don't have to change the outer layer unless it gets soiled, so a good option for traveling.

Drybees are a good nighttime choice. We tried to use wool covers for nighttime, but he's a heavy wetter so it didn't work well.

If I could afford them, we'd do fitteds or prefolds with wool covers. I've knitted a few soakers, but it takes so much time for the number we need! Wool interlock covers are the cadillac of covers, and a great choice if you want a 100% natural system, since the all in ones and pockets use PUL.

for cloth diapers! We only used one or two packages of sposies in the beginning, and we won't use any at all for the next babies. Good luck and congratulations!
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:59 PM   #15
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We did cloth diapers with our kids (3 and 18 mo) and love them! G diapers are awesome, but pricey. Insted of doing the dispoable inserts (which are more expensive than disposables) I bought some washable soaker inserts and used those. We swiched to Kushies when the kids got a little bigger because the type I have are all-in-ones but I can add an insert if I need. I have a friend with a little boy that swears by fuzzi bunz. The grow diapers seem like an awesome idea, but I have never tried them. I found some of the 'older' style that need the plastic "topper" and I use those the most. They seem to work the best for the price.
The G diapers were the coolest, but at $26 a cover I couldn't bring myself to buy many. I love the knit soakers, but if I get one of those on my daughter with the absorbant soaker pad (or cloth diaper) I can't usually get anything over the top. So, my knit soakers have been confined to home use only.
diapers.com has some great starter packs for the name brand styles and sometimes you can find a deal on ebay.
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Oh, I forgot to mention: Check out craigslist for used diapers! A lot of people get some, decide they don't like it, and unload for cheap.
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I do not have my own child but I remember seeing photos of me as a baby with terrible diaper rash. My mother said one of her sisters put a disposable diaper on me at some family function and my skin "hell no!" so I was a cloth-butt baby 99% of the time. That was mid-70s.

I would use cloth diapers as I do not use disposable feminine hygiene products, even. I have cloth pads and I also have two Diva cups.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
ETA: I have no clue what type mine were, but they lasted forever...I may still have a few.. lol They looked like this. I imagine those shaped ones would be easier though and faster since they don't require anything other than washing.
The brand names that come to mind are Curity and Birds Eye...I believe they were the most popular brands in the '60's.

We have photos of the diaper pile (mountain) on the couch...husband rocking the baby and me folding while we watch the evening news. Ah, the good old days!

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Old 06-02-2010, 11:31 AM   #19
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I used cloth exclusively with my kids who are in their 30's now. I also used them initally with my granddaughter (providing daycare for her). I bought diapers on ebay along with Dappi diaper covers, an awesome invention since they cover all the bases - outer layer of terry cover, then plastic/rubber inside and mesh inside and then you place the diaper and close with velcro. I bought 3 doz diapers and 6 covers and that was plenty; I wouldn't begin to think about doing cloth with less than 2 doz.
Its so much better for the baby and for the environment.
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Oh Honey, you've opened up a loooong thread here by THAT question! Lol! My girls are 34 and 36 and both were allergic to Pampers,which was the only type of disposable in the early to mid 70s. So I did what my mom did and used cloth. Yes, I did diapers every day like everyone else says, and yes, I'd sit and watch TV and fold them, and yes, they are AWESOME for everything - spit-up, wiping faces and hands after eating, etc. And afterwards they make great dustcloths and even better cloths for cleaning glasses!!

I would DEFINITELY go cloth again in a heartbeat! Good luck with your wee one!
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