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GrandmaNewt
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Date: 3/10/12 6:37 PM

My daughter is pregnant with her third child. This time around she is thinking about using cloth diapers instead of disposables. I am more than happy to make these for her, but there are so many styles and options out there that we are not sure where to begin. Thought I would pick your brains for preferences from those that have used cloth diapers.

I now understand the differnece between the AIO, a pocket diaper, AI2 etc. Which is best and easiest to use? Her hubby would prefer something that is as easy to use as the disposables they used with the other two boys.

She doesnt mind doing the extra laundry that comes with cloth diapers, but she asked me if it really does save money. Not sure how to answer that one. I would more than likely pay for the cost of making my new grandson's diapers, but would the cost of laundering add up to the cost of disposables?

Is there a preference out there in pattern styles? There are so many patterns out there both free and for sale. Which are good and which aren;t? Is there a preference towards using snaps or velcro/aplix? Also is there a preference in using a one sized diaper and making new and bigger ones as the baby grows or making the kind with a whole bunch of snaps on them that "grow" with the baby.

For those that have made or used cloth diapers....is there a preference in fabrics? Cotton, Hemp, Bamboo...good ol' fashioned polyester? I have noticed online that the premade natural ones like bamboo and hemp seem to sell for a whole lot more money than those that are a poly cotton blend. Is this just the "green" thing going on with society these days or is the bamboo or hemp really that much better for diapers?

I would appreciate any and all oppinions before I buy (or download free) a pattern and all the fabric etc. and start making some sample diapers for my daughter to think about.

Thanks in advance!
Laura

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Date: 3/10/12 8:53 PM

I use cloth diapers with my son and I think it saved us lots of money. I have cotton inserts and waterproof covers with velcro closures. With disposbles costing up to 50c EACH here, in Aus, the savings are huge. I didn't sew these diapers, I bought a set with 4-5 different sizes of diapers and covers annd they are still going strong.

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Date: 3/10/12 11:13 PM

I mainly used cotton prefolds with diaper wraps (preferred the Velcro kind). I only used 2 sizes, small and medium as my children were small for their age. I know I saved money, as I used them for 3 kids. I had a couple all-in-ones as well, especially good to use when baby is being watched by somebody unfamiliar with cloth diapers. I bought one hemp diaper to see what it was like, but found it too rough and stiff for my liking.

Wool diaper covers are supposed to be nice, but I never tried them. Some of my friends really enjoyed trying out new kinds of cloth diapers, but I just stuck to what worked for me.

The last year my third was in cloth diapers, we switched from a regular top loading washer to a high efficiency front loader. The front loader did not get them as clean, I thought, so I would have to run extra cycles sometimes.

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Date: 3/10/12 11:22 PM

Here's a review I did for covers and fitted diapers for dgd. For baby #2 she asked for pockets, so I've made a bunch of those.
I did end up buying a snap press. I use it for fitteds and pockets. I also use it for crafts and apparel, it's so easy to use. Feel free to PM me.diaper pattern review

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Date: 3/11/12 10:23 AM

If you can line dry the diapers it will cost considerably less to use cloth diapers.

Our third (the last) child was in cloth, I did not notice a significant increase on our electric bill. Certainly nothing like the cost of buying diapers. I like the velcro diapers with pull on pants.

I now work near a newborn/pregnancy shop. They have a huge variety of cloth diapers and covers. I asked about the all in one diapers and drying them. I was told they take much longer to dry as they can only dry from one side.

A couple years ago there was a post here with a link to a blog that compared cloth diaper patterns over time as her baby grew.

My daughter wanted to be changed as soon as she peed. This meant changing her more often than a baby in disposable diapers. But she also was fully potty trained before she was 2 all on her own.

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Date: 3/11/12 12:05 PM

Do they still sell the birdseye diapers where you fold the diaper yourself? They are fairly thin, so the fabric washes and dries easily. They last a long time too and can be refolded to match the size of the baby.

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Date: 3/11/12 12:21 PM

Just checked on the birdseye cloth diapers online. Gerber makes them. Wal-mart and Amazon both carry the Gerber brand; however, the reviews on Amazon gave the diapers poor marks for falling apart. There is also an OsoCozy brand at Amazon. The OC brand pre-folded received good reviews.

Fabric.com sells the fabric @ $3.98/yard.




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Date: 3/11/12 12:49 PM

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The last year my third was in cloth diapers, we switched from a regular top loading washer to a high efficiency front loader. The front loader did not get them as clean, I thought, so I would have to run extra cycles sometimes.

I haven't used cloth diapers since I babysat in the 70's, but I just wanted to pipe in that my Bosch front load washing machine has an extra-long, extra-hot cycle that's intended for diapers. I use it for my "kitchen whites" and they come out brilliant white without any bleach. I think it would be great for diapers.

As far as the cost, I can't imagine a load of diaper wash being anywhere near the cost of a box of disposables.

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Date: 3/11/12 12:52 PM

Timely post! I have all the diaper making supplies/patterns etc., I have bought over the last few months pulled out for a diaper sewing project today. My first DGS was born three weeks ago. So far, they have been using all the newborn disposable diapers they were given as gifts but will soon switch to cloth. I've googled the G diapers and there are several tutorials out there for those. I have the book from Cloth World as well. Honestly, some of the patterns call for so much stuff its almost easier/cheaper to buy the cover and make all the inserts. I also have some Zorb I ordered from Wazoodle to use for the inserts. Any comments on how many layers and of what for the inserts????

My youngest is the father of this baby so it has been a long time since I was a diaper expert.

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Date: 3/11/12 1:19 PM

I will be following this thread with great interest as DH and I are starting to try for our first child this year. I remember seeing previous cloth diaper threads here on PR, maybe searching through those will help answering diaper related questions too.

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