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Calling all Cloth Diaperers!

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Calling all Cloth Diaperers!

Any other cloth diapering families out there? What brands and types of diapers work best for your little one(s)? We’ve tried just about everything from all-in-ones and pockets to fitteds and covers with prefolds. I’ve liked just about everything we’ve tried but for different ages, stages, and sizes. So what works for you???

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  1. We do not cloth diaper but I am definitely considering it if we have another one, so I too would like to know the good and the bad!

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  2. We used cloth diapers with our son who is now in big boy underwear. I LOVED cloth diapering to the point of obsession. I am aware of how silly that sounds, but i am not alone. I know and have read about other mothers who share my obsession. My son potty trained early, and I was sad. How many times have you heard that one:)! There is something so rewarding about taking something so dirty and making it so fresh; doing good for your child and the environment. I have read one article that suggest the washing and water use does the same damage to the environment as using disposables, but I can’t see how that is true now that I have cloth diapered a child. I used a variety of diapers, and agree that different types worked best at different ages. I used g diapers for newborn that worked great. For mom day out they needed all in ones, so I used bum genius elementals. I mostly used prefolds with flip brand covers at home. I prefer natural fibers to synthetic ones. For some reason, I was scared to try wool covers for the longest. I finally did, and they became my most favorite. I will probably attempt to exclusively use wool with my next baby.
    There is a lot of reading that needs to be done in order to be successful and happy cloth diapering, but it is well worth the time in my opinion. I would love to help anyone who has questions or would like opinions! Happy cloth diapering!

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    1. What makes the wool so much better?

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    2. So much (helpful) information! Any books you recommend?

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    3. I have tried fitteds and wool, but I’m not in love with them like a lot of cloth diapering mamas. Fitteds and wool are, of course, natural fibers and are generally more breathable than PUL (waterproof) covers and synthetic fibers (microfiber inserts). They’re also more absorbent. So they’re great for around the house, naps, and night time. They’re also good for kids with skin issues and sensitivities.

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    4. Also, I completely understand your obsession! I’m kind of obsessed myself… So much so that I bought a set of newborn diapers the other day just because they were a good deal (and cute!)…my son is almost 16 months old, and we are nowhere near adding another one to the family anytime soon! Haha!

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  3. We used cloth diapers for the first 7 months, and I loved them! We used Indian Prefold unbleached cotton diapers with Thirsties covers when she was a newborn, and eventually moved to Fuzzibunz and Bum Genius pocket diapers. I moved to disposables, but am sort of regretting it. The primary reason for the switch was that my daughter began getting terrible rashes with the cloth diapers. I am sure I need to strip them, but haven’t figured out the best way to do that, and am nervous to try them again, even after being stripped, in case they still cause a rash. Any suggestions for the best way to strip cloth diapers??

    Also – My daughter (now 10 months) has recently begun wetting through her clothes at night, so I’m looking to try something different for nighttime — would love any suggestions for cloth diapering at night!

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  4. We’re cloth diapering two right now and I also love it. My 2 year old is in Fuzzi Bunz one size and an assortment of other diapers that I bought to try out, but that I never liked as much as the Fuzzi Bunz. My 3 month old just grew out of her size 0 Kissaluvs. (There’s a rental program in my area which made using these a great deal. I loved it!) We have a variety of covers because we took whatever we could get as hand-me-downs. Our favorite, by far, are the Thirsties Duos. Now she’s in organic cotton pre-folds until my oldest is potty trained so he can pass down his diapers. I never did pre-folds with my first because I was too intimidated by them.. but now that I’ve tried them, I LOVE them!

    As for stripping, it’s a process… We do (1) cold rinse, (2) regular hot wash, (3) hot wash with 1 tsp Dawn dishwashing soap and an extra rinse, (4) hot wash no soap. Then, if possible, we sun dry. Luckily, we haven’t had to do this very many times; but it seems to work when we do it.

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    1. I love the fit of the one Thirsties Duo all-in-one we have (size 2)! And it’s a super cute print! I’m hoping they have a great Black Friday sale so I can pick up some more! 🙂

      I had a bunch of Fuzzi Bunz in the beginning, but I found the size adjustments to be too much. My bumGenius 4.0s ended up fitting my son when he was right around 2-3 weeks old, so we just always went for those with the ease. I really wanted to love my FBs though!

      We also used covers and prefolds for a long time. I really liked them for newborn and small sized prefolds. But when our smalls were too small to trifold, I bought the next size, and they were just huge. They didn’t fit well inside the covers, so I gave up on them. I loved Thirsties sized covers at first and then once the Flips one-size started fitting better, I loved those!

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  5. Dr. Lincoln, I did most of my research online, so i never referenced any books. This is a great website for info.
    http://www.diaperpin.com/home.asp

    Stephanie and Alex V. , wool is the best! Alex I would recommend wool for nights. It is very intimidating at first, it took me a while to even try it, but once i did I was hooked. There are so many reasons why they are great. For one, they are a natural fiber that is highly absorbent and breathable (no diaper rash). Lanolizing (which is easy) makes them waterproof. I never once had a leak with wool. You only have to wash them about every 1.5 to 2 weeks. I know that sounds crazy, but it really is true. I thought this sounded terrible before I used wool, but it is great. the lanolin is naturally antibacterial and reacts with urine to neutralize the odor. I promise, they smell great and are clean. The wool naturally regulates baby’s temperature, so they are great for summer and winter. I really could go on and on, but I will just add a link to a great site.

    http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/real-diaper-news/quarterly_article_sanders_diaper-covers-why-wools-cool.htm

    ohh, and the wool shorties and longies are the absolute most adorable things!!

    As far as stripping, I am no expert because I never had to do it. Make sure you are not using detergent with chemical brightners or using too much detergent, as I have read these things can cause a rash. I also tried to use all natural fibers against baby’s skin, which I think contributed to no rashes.
    Gwynne, I know you must have been in Zuka Baby being in New Orleans. I love that store!! I think they have an online store for those of you not in the area.

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    1. SO helpful, Leah! Will check out these sites when I get around to having my next baby. 🙂

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    2. Thanks for the link about wool! I will have to check it out and give my wool another shot. I’m just so intimidated about doing it wrong or messing up the wool!

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  6. Check out this new diaper company. They have the most adorable diapers with variety of sizes to fit just right and the insert speakers are so absorbant. Amazing! http://www.debonairederriere.com/

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