Post # 1
I’m planning on CD when baby comes in August. I figure we’ll use newborn disposables until his umbilical stump heals and/or he heals from circumcision (DH and I are still debating whether or not we’ll be getting him circumcised anyhow). Then we’ll start using the Charlie Banana one size diapers:
I’ve put a crap ton on my baby registry and we’re going to start buying some to build up a stash. How many diapers am I going to need to start with? I mean, the plan is for them to last through the diapering-stage. I’m sure it depends on how often we do laundry, too – but how many did you start with?
And laundry detergent. I’ve been reading websites about what type of detergent to use and it’s overwhelming. The Charlie Banana care page just says “eco friendly” detergent. So what do you guys use?
Post # 3
@Extension54: I’ve never tried it, but I know many women who have. I know this has nothing to do with what you asked…but from all of them I heard that it’s best to buy more than one brand of cloth diapers bc they are all made so differently (some different fabrics), and your baby may be sensitive/not like certain ones. Sorry I couldn’t help with anything else, just thought you might want to know that before putting all your eggs in one basket! Good luck, i hear cloth diapers are amazing!!!
Post # 4
Hm, that is a good point : I was planning to buy them from BabiesRUs. I wonder what their return policy is… I could try and buy some second hand ones of other brands in the meantime…
Thanks for the advice!! 😀
Post # 5
Also, if anyone has recommendation for diapers over Charlie Banana, I’d appreciate that, too :3
Post # 6
I don’t know too much about them, but be careful as pp’s said some babies have HORRIBLE reactions. Cloth diapers do not dry the same as disposable and can cause rashes. One of the babies at my daycare has had a rash for over a year- its so bad that he has open wounds CONSTANTLY and has scarring all over his genitals. The worst part is his parents refuse to change his diapers because they want to be eco friendly. So please make sure if you use them to monitor your baby, nothing is more imporant than their health!
Post # 7
Yup, thanks for the heads up.
Post # 8
I really like jillian’s drawers new to cloth tab.
We had 15 prefolds (some nb size & 10 infant size), 4 covers, 3 fuzzibunz perfect size xsm, 3 bumgenius nb aio, 2 wahm nb pockets, & 2 OS charlie banana during the newborn stage. Tbh we really didn’t like our charlie banana. They’re just a weird fit & I REALLY don’t like the “bra strap” kind of leg adjustment that they & the fuzzibunz OS have.
After P fit into her OS we moved to 12 sunbabies, the infant size pockets, 2 fuzzibunz perfect size sm, and 5 fitteds we use for night time. We recently started changing our stash to fitteds fulltime & I have 1 wahm Sassybunz hybrid fitted & it is not my FAVORITE diaper! I have another wahm fitted on the way & can’t wait!
As for being a new cloth diaper mom… I wouldn’t buy all one kind of diaper. More than how a child’s skin will react you may find you have fit issues. Some kids are heavy wetters (mine is, thus why we are moving to fitteds). I’ve heard of very few kids having rash issues in cloth as they are MUCH fewer chemicals than sposies… usually a synthetic vs. natural fibers will fix the issue.. also micro fleece will actually wick the wetness away from baby to keep them dryer than sposies. It sounds much more like the pp’s experience was a yeast rash which can be horrible regardless of diapering choice if it’s not properly medicated.
You can also check out the CD thread on here…. found on the parenting tab, stickied parenting tips thread. =)
Post # 9
As far as diaper rashes goes, my little one gets horrible rashes when in disposabes since they dont allow the skin on the little bum to “breathe” as much so his cloth diapers have been a lifesaver for his tushie.
Currently we have 24 prefolds with 6 covers by econobum and we LOVE them. We do laundry about every other day. For whatever reason he wets right through any pocket diapers we have tried so prefolds seem to work best for us. Definitely try different brands of diapers to find what works best for your little one.
Post # 10
@Extension54: If you want to concentrate on All-In-Ones, Bumgenius has some highly rated ones (the “freetimes” with both snaps and velcro. But I’ve heard the snap versions last much longer).
I’ve gotten about 7 BG Freetimes and about 9 Bumgenius 4.0s (they are pocket diapers), and am planning on getting a couple of Flip covers (not an all-in-one system) and maybe a couple of other brands of All-in-ones. Like, even Flip has some AIOs now.
Tip for managing costs: If you have a Buy Buy Baby in your area, they sell Bumgenius. You CAN use their coupons for cloth diapers, and you can get coupons easily by signing up for their emails on the website (I had my husband, my in laws, my mom, and my sisters all sign up and give me their coupons) and you get an immediate 20% coupon. You can also use your Bed Bath and Beyond coupond at Buy Buy baby. So I’ve gotten all my cloth diapers thus far for $14-$15 dollars, down from $19.99.
Hope that helps!
Post # 11
@Extension54: OH, and a lot of people suggest having a stash of at least 21-24, so you can go a couple of days between washing loads. BUT I’m also using disposables for the newborn stage, so I’m not worried about getting 21-24 all at once, before the baby gets here. I figure I’ll ease into the cloth diapers–like maybe just during the day for the first week…see how that goes, how I like the CDs I have, then buy more or different brands and then go full-time.
Post # 12
Have you read YHL’s post about cloth diapering? I do not have kids but their research and info seemed good to me! They also have a couple updates on how it went for them.
Post # 13
I love that article – thanks for sharing!
Awesome advice – thank you! I’ll check those out, too. What type of detergent do you use to wash your CD?
Thank you! I’m absolutely going to look into that!
Post # 14
I use Tide original. I’ve never had stink or build up issues & I strip probably every 6 months (use blue dawn, rinse until no suds left, & then do a full hot/cold cycle with a cup of vinegar in the wash cycle). We’re wanting to get some soap nuts as a more natural washing method!
Post # 15
@Extension54: I wanted to keep it simple so I bought BumGenius All-In-Ones (mostly Elemental, but also a few Freetimes) and also Swaddlebee Simplex All-In-Ones. I have about 15 diaper total… that is enough for me because my LO wears disposable diapers at daycare 3 days a week. She’s also been wearing disposables at night – I may look into adding a soaker + minky layer to a BG Freetime to use as a nighttime diaper, but I haven’t tried it yet. My LO started wearing them around 6 weeks. I used disposables in the beginning.
Babies R Us carriers BG Freetime diapers online – you can add them to your registry tht way.
I wash the diapers in either Country Save, Tide Free & Clear, or All Free & Clear. If they stain I put them in the sun and that fixes them. I haven’t had issues with them stinking or anything.
Post # 16
My little one is due in 4 weeks, but I have mostly glow bugs. I have about 30 diapers in total and I plan to wash every other day