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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanie413 View Post
    I use a diaper service. I give them the used ones and they bring me clean ones. No washing necessary! It took me about a week to really get the hang of it but I LOVE them. Such a big money saver! And much better for the environment.
    We only use disposables when she stays with other people, since they have such a hard time figuring them out haha.
    I believe most major cities have a diaper delivery service. Worth looking into!
    That's something I hadn't considered. I'll do some pricing of services in my area.

    Sorry if this is a dumb question.....How long do the dirties sit around before pick-up? Do you keep a dirty diaper pail out in your garage or back deck?
    Mama to
    Desmond Sanders, born 7/2013
    and dog son, Lambeau

  2. #18
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    They come every week. For my neighborhood it's every Wednesday. I put the diaper bag outside (it's sealed tight) and they bring me a new bag with the fresh ones. It's set up so you get the same number that you put out. And you can just adjust the number by calling them like if you're going to be out of town and need an extra week's worth. And no extra cost!
    The diaper bag can get REALLY smelly by the end of the week, but I found some deodorizing disks on Amazon and they really help a lot. And it really only smells when you open it to throw another dirty one in.
    I use a plastic fastener as opposed to safety pins. SUPER EASY! And you can buy your own covers in whatever color or style you like.
    And as for the heavy wetters and overnight, I usually just double up and that is efficient enough.
    My daughter is the 4th generation to use this particular diaper service. My family has sworn by it and i'm really happy to carry on the tradition.
    Mama to ~Rowan Josephine 1/12~
    and ~Teagan Dahlia~ 5/13~

  3. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by flick View Post
    It really depends upon the person. The best advice is to try out one or two of the different styles you are interested in and go from there. There are places like Nicki's Diaper's that has packages that allows you to test out different systems.

    The most economical way to do it is with prefolds / flatfolds and covers, my son is out of diapers, but when we were potty training, even, we used prefolds overnight and it was great.

    I don't love the idea of pocket diapers, but I know that a lot of people do, I haven't had the opportunity to use them yet, but I do have several in my stash for next time so we shall see.

    I also love the idea of fleece or wool - I have experimented with fleece and I do like it! I have sewn a few of my own soakers (They look kind of like little fleece booty shorts) and you just put them over a flatfold/prefold. They allow a lot of airflow which you do not get with the PUL type diapers and covers. I like my PUL, but in warm weather and if you have a very rash prone baby, fleece is a good option.

    If you want to use cloth from birth, I would suggest ordering a newborn kit that you use and send back, I am pretty sure Nicki's Diapers and Cotton Babies has those - as others have stated, newborns go through a lot of diapers and cloth DOES require more frequent changes on top of that, so being able to basically just "borrow" will save you a lot of money unless you plan to buy and save them for the next child.

    As for prices, there are a lot of different options for all budgets - everything from buying a pack of pre-folds from walmart and making your own no-sew covers from fleece (I have made soakers and covers from a 5.00 fleece blanket from the dollar store) to spending 25.00+ each on custom made diapers. Amazon is a really good option for finding affordable options, and so is EBay. I also highly suggest going through the sale sections of Nicki's and Cotton Babies, Niki's has free shipping on a lot of items, which is nice. You can certainly get a stash of flatfolds / prefolds and covers for under 100.00 and it will last you quite a long time.
    Thanks! I was just doing some other online research, and it seems to confirm your thoughts on the pocket diapers. Most of the pocket brands got poor reviews from the moms. Prefolds/flatfolds with covers like Tuck n Go and Econobum got great reviews.

    Thanks for the shopping options, too!
    Mama to
    Desmond Sanders, born 7/2013
    and dog son, Lambeau

  4. #22
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    Thanks @cygnus and @flick. I may private message you with specific questions. I am definitely interested in first hand experience and reviews, particularly on issues of absorbency and ease of use. RE: the AI one's. Have you heard of or tried Motherease or Softbum Omni's? They got fantastic reviews and seem very easy to use.

    Thanks @stephanie413. I am going to look into services right now to see what they charge. Thanks for the deodorizing tips

    @ottillie I imagine I'll skip using cloth during the itsy bitsy NB stage too. Seems like I can wait a little while before jumping into it. I'll check out the link. Thanks.

    Thanks so much for the info, everyone. It seems like moms who use cloth diapers really, really like it. It's looking more and more like the direction I'd like to go.

    Sorry for all of the quoted responses above, but I wanted to address everyone that gave me suggestions.

    I'm going to look through the October cloth diapering thread now and see what pearls I can glean....
    Mama to
    Desmond Sanders, born 7/2013
    and dog son, Lambeau

  5. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by sdsurfmama View Post
    Thanks @cygnus and @flick. I may private message you with specific questions. I am definitely interested in first hand experience and reviews, particularly on issues of absorbency and ease of use. RE: the AI one's. Have you heard of or tried Motherease or Softbum Omni's? They got fantastic reviews and seem very easy to use.

    Thanks @stephanie413. I am going to look into services right now to see what they charge. Thanks for the deodorizing tips

    @ottillie I imagine I'll skip using cloth during the itsy bitsy NB stage too. Seems like I can wait a little while before jumping into it. I'll check out the link. Thanks.

    Thanks so much for the info, everyone. It seems like moms who use cloth diapers really, really like it. It's looking more and more like the direction I'd like to go.

    Sorry for all of the quoted responses above, but I wanted to address everyone that gave me suggestions.

    I'm going to look through the October cloth diapering thread now and see what pearls I can glean....

    A lot of people skip the newborn stage because of the black tar like poo that they tend to have at first - washing that out of a diaper you invested money in is not appealing, lol.

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