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Comment by Karyn Dunavant on June 20, 2012 at 12:50pm
Comment by Karyn Dunavant on June 20, 2012 at 11:24am

Jessica: I'll see if I can help you with a few abbreviations
AIOs=all-in-ones

AI2s=all-in-twos

PFs=prefolds

GMD=green mountain diapers

OS=one size (usually they have rise snaps so they fit from birth to potty training)

Comment by Jessica on June 20, 2012 at 11:10am

Karyn-Haha I figured out some of your abbrevations & the ones I've been seeing by doing some searching. It helps to know what they mean in reading these posts : ) lol

Comment by Jessica on June 20, 2012 at 11:04am

Oh & I know a lot of people talk about using BGs 7 I've seen otherbrands too, has anyone used the Charlie Bananas & if so what did you think?? Them seem nice. also what about Thirsties?? And I know there is a billion more out there haha. Just strating with a few & going from there lol.

Comment by Jessica on June 20, 2012 at 10:43am

Karyn-Thank you for your advice. I think I see a lot of people talk about "prefolds" and I don't really get all the abbrivations yet. Like you said there are so many differnt brands and variations of cloth diapers. it is overwhelming, but I can see how you are addicted to them lol.  That's why I'm going to keep talking to other moms who CD & keep researching. I have the time to do it for sure! I wish I could find a breakdown of the variations of CD & those abbreviations people use and then I could apply that to brand recomendations.  Oh well I'll just keep at it, but I'm excited to learn and prepare myself for when I can do it!! : )

Comment by Karyn Dunavant on June 20, 2012 at 8:17am

I agree with Mel about most everything. I almost bought an entire stash of GroVias before my girl was born!!! So glad I didn't. I have to say I do like the way they fit, but GroVias are so expensive! I ended up with 6 Flip covers from my MIL, and 24 small prefolds. I LOVE this system. At first (I started at 2 weeks) they were bulky on her, but they definitely will fit a tiny baby. I was worried they would inhibit movement...NOPE! My girl army crawled from 3months on, started trying to crawl at 4 months, and finally succeeded at 5 1/2. She also pulled up before 6 months! Obviously the bulk did not slow her down! :)

I tried a Thirsties cover and didn't like it at first, until I tri-folded my prefold inside it instead! It's a size 1 duo cover. 

I'm really not a fan of pockets. I have one, and I really would not enjoy doing the extra laundry and also removing wet/stinky inserts and also having to stuff every single one after washing. So, I never actually use the pocket. 

I go to diaper swaps and there always seems to be a lot of Gdiapers. It seems that at first glance, they're great! They're trim, they're cute, they're more easily available (like at BRU), and they are hybrids for convenience. I've noticed a lot of newbies pick those, but then realize how expensive they turn out (they are several sizes), and that the elastic on the inside wears out. The good thing is that they introduce moms to cloth, then the moms realize how big the community is and find other brands.

And although I do like GroVia AIOs for the trimness, I don't use them as much at home as I do when I'm out. I have 3 AI2s, and I do like them, but the inserts are really expensive! I found out recently that I could put a small prefold in a GroVia cover and it works as well as the Thirsties did! I'm really NOT a Snappi fan, if you couldn't tell! Probably because all I have are small PFs and they are too small for my baby girl.

It's just a lot easier for me to pull out the prefold, throw it in the pail, and put another prefold in rather than washing the whole business as you would for AIOs or pockets! I really love prefolds and covers. 

That said, I have a few inserts from Flip...the stay-dry with a hemp doubler underneath is great once your baby soaks through a regular diaper at night...which mine did pretty early on since she nurses a LOT at night.

HTH... :) Glad you're thinking about cloth! No regrets here! I think they are addicting xD

Comment by Jessica on June 20, 2012 at 7:24am

Mel-Yes it did help! Thank you : ) I like the idea of a trial pack to see what works best, so I will definitely look into that & check out the website you recommended !

Comment by Mel on June 19, 2012 at 9:38pm

Hi Jessica.

I part time CDed with my first and have full time CDed with my second. 
And I love it.

There are many many brands.  I think the best advise is to try a few different brands.  Many cloth diaper stores do a new  baby trial pack that has multiple brands and styles so you can figure out what will work best for you. 

I thought I would be all about pocket diapers, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE cotton prefolds and covers.  I have only had a handfull of leaks with them in the 11 months that I have been using them, and those were pee leaks.  I have never had a poopsplosion. lol

I also decided after trying different styles that I perfer snaps over velcro, it is harder for the baby to get undone once the get to that age and if the velcro comes undone int he wash it sticks to everything.

There are lots of good websites for CLoth, I like www.sweetbottomsbaby.com.  The have a diaper trial pack and they have free shipping.

I hope some of this was helpfull and best of luck.

Comment by Jessica on June 19, 2012 at 1:46pm

Oh my gosh ok. I was doing some more reaearch after I posted my questions, and there are a TON!! of different brands out there lol. So with my first question, how about which brand do you prefer overall & why? Thanks!

Comment by Jessica on June 19, 2012 at 12:52pm

I am interested in using cloth diapers whenever the time comes for baby #2 in the near future and I had a question: Which brand is the best?-gDiapers, Charlie Banana, or bumGenius?? I was interested in using them with my first child but shied away from it being a first time mom. In fact whenever I do get pregnant again I am taking a whole new approach, something that's closer to me & what I truly want-which is a healthy, natural pregnancy with a natural homebirth and a more eco-friendly mindset (even more then now!). So cloth diapers seem to be a great choice which will hopefully save money as well as the environment of course. Do cloth diapers save you a lot of money-if so how much would you estimate?? My sister-in-law has done cloth diapers for both of her children (her newest addition is currently in them) & for both pregnanices/births went the very natural, healthy way-she's a little hippie-dippie which is awesome!! So I know I will pick her brain on some things, but I wanted to ask others for advice on the cloth diapers.  I've been not only preparing my body lately with getting healthy & in shape for the future pregnancy, but I have been gathering researcch & knowledge in preperation for the future! Which I think is smart, with my first I really couldn't besides read What to Expect When Expecting lol & articles. Honeymoom, then BAM! pregnant!! lol We are truly blessed with our son (who will be 2 at the end of June-where does the time go), pregnancy & labor went great but I was a little more mainstream with him (being a new mom & not fully aware of more options). Next time it will be different, more natural outlook : ) So I look forward to peoples' answers to my questions & I will try and read some of the previous posts on this page for additional advice & knowledge. Thanks ladies!! : )

 

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