S.C. asks from Hersey, MI on November 14, 2008
Hi... I know, this is my 3rd question in like 24 hours... but I am curious...
We are going to be useing cloth diapers on our 4th babe. He is due in 3 months. I don't know what brand to buy. Do we get the ones at Meijer, which are pre-folded, but yet squareish and use pins but cost 10.99 for a pack of 12. Or do we get the good kind? (I just read the question on FuzziBunz) The FuzziBunz are awesome looking, and comfy looking too, but at 17.95 per diaper?? Is that worth it for my son to just grow out of them in a few months, get more, grow out, get more.... And if it is, how many do I get in each size, like are 6 not enough (107.7 dollars!) or is 12 more like it ($203.40!!!) or do I need more??
J.D. answers from Saginaw on November 16, 2008
I love pocket diapers like Bum Genius, Fuzzi Buns or Mommy's Touch, but I also use some WAHM diapers and other brands. I've cd my daughter since she was 2 months old.
I got started with cloth diapering through jilliansdrawers.com. They have a try it for $10 program. They send you a variety pack with a few pockets, all-in-ones, fitted, prefolds and a cover. You make the initial investment of $100 and anything that you don't want after 21 days, you can send back. They will refund all but $10. Its a great program. My husband hated a 2-part diapering system (diaper + cover), and so we went with the pockets for the most part.
Now that I'm a SAHM, I've gone back to using prefolds with fleece soakers around the house and pockets for when we are out. Pockets are just way easier out of the house, but prefolds are much more economical and it was time to re-stock. So, I went with prefolds, and made my own fleece soakers. But, I wouldn't have known what I liked had I not had experience with both.
I wouldn't buy the prefolds from Gerber. They aren't nearly as nice or absorbant as the Indian/Chinese prefolds that you can buy on-line. The covers on-line are MUCH better as well.
If you ever get to Grand Rapids, they have a cding store. It is named Hop Scotch. Its in SE GR on Cherry. They don't have a website that I can find, but I hear that they are EXTREMEMLY helpful. (I have a friend that just recommended the store to me yesterday, and I plan to go there my next trip to GR)
M.W. answers from Detroit on November 16, 2008
and "Thanks Mama" for Bummis wraps.
and this yahoo group to get mother-to-mother support and FAQs:
I'm a grandma-ma and all three grandchildren were babied with cloth diapers and wraps ... much better than pins and so easy to adjust to sizes. Plus they are made of cloth grown without toxins thus better when coming in contact with baby's skin. My daughter uses non-toxic laundry soap and white vinegar along with baking soda. Wish I had these diapers and wraps when my kids were little! :-D
Hope you find this helpful! ~M.
N.W. answers from Lansing on November 15, 2008
An old friend of mine just started a company that maybe a solution for you. She has cloth diaper in a varity of sizes and patterns. You can buy individual ones or bundle packs. You can find more information at
It's long but hope it puts you on the right track.
D.K. answers from Saginaw on November 15, 2008
Altho my children are now grown I used cloth diapers and swore by Curity streach diapers, they were not prefold but would streach a little for a snug fit, I still have them after 5 kids and they make great dust cloths.
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S.K. answers from Detroit on November 15, 2008
I use prefolds: unbleached Chinese or Indian ones rather than the cheapy ones from Meijer. Greenmountaindiaper.com sells excellent quality prefolds at a great price. I would recommend 2 dozen, but you should only need 3 size changes (infant, regular, then toddler)- that should be about $200 total ($30/dozen) for all prefolds until potty training. I use snappies instead of pins, they work great! As far as covers, there are a zillion options and it's mostly personal preference. I started w/ Bummis Whisper Wraps which worked very well and were about $11/each (you'll need 5-6) and again 3 sizes (small when using infant, medium w/ regular and large w/toddler). When we moved up a size, I decided to try wool covers and absolutely LOVE them. I love the fact that I do not have to wash them but 1x/month, that they are SO soft (you wouldn't think that w/ wool, but they are, never a red mark on my daughter's legs.). Wool is more pricey, but will last forever! If you are interested in trying Whisper Wraps, I have size mediums left that I'm willing to sell on the cheap since I know I'll only be using wool in the future. There is also a cloth diapering store in Ann Arbor, The Little Seedling (formerly Tree City Diaper) that may be worth checking out. They sell prefolds for what you can get online and you don't need to pay shipping. They have all merchandise on their website too, before you make the trek. PM me if you have other questions. I'm happy to help out. I felt a bit (a LOT) overwhelmed when I started cloth, but I'm pretty comfortable now and SO happy I made the commitment :o) Good luck!
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B.M. answers from Detroit on November 15, 2008
Hi S., I currently use CD's on my 12 month old son. I used prefolds (not Gerber) when he was a newborn. I bought 2 dozen and 2 covers. I think the unbleached indian prefolds really worked the best. I think I spent about $17 for a dozen. I agree that diaperswappers is an excellent website. There are lots of work-at-home moms out there who sell cloth dipes at very reasonable prices. I love supporting WAHM's! When my son got mobile, I found that fitted diapers worked great for us. I had a mom sew me some. She has a website called tinkletraps.com.
I never used bleach on my diapers because I don't like the chemicals touching my little one....however, if they get detergent build-up, you might find that you have to use a little bleach that one time. If you join the La Leche League's message board, they have a great forum about cloth diapers. You have to be a member for 2 weeks and have 15 posts to join. There are so many great moms who give excellent advice about CDing. Best of luck to you and your new baby!
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A.A. answers from Detroit on November 15, 2008
there is a cloth diaper store in Ann Arbor. I think the only way to find out which diapers are right for you is to look at them. This store might be a longer drive for you, but it is well worth it and they also have a FREE diaper work shop where you can learn everything about cloth diapers.
The store is called The Little Seedling and their next work shop is on Sat. Dec. 6 at 10 am.
J.F. answers from Grand Rapids on November 18, 2008
check out diaperswappers.com they are used dipes and sometimes new that other cloth diapering mamas are selling or trading. saves a TON of money! they are just too expensive to buy brand new in my opinion, so look at used, and sales! =) good luck. J.
E.A. answers from Detroit on November 15, 2008
My best friend went with cloth diapers with her daughter. She got a huge lot of them plus a lot of accessories on craigslist for $100 (so worth it!). Check it out! If you can't find a big lot of all different sizes, you will probably be able to find something that will work for you. My friend also swore by the heated wipes warmer for her cloth wipes-- she says nothing else worked as well!
Good luck and congratulations on using cloth diapers!
P.A. answers from Detroit on November 15, 2008
check out happy hienies (sp?) they go from newborn to pottytrained. that's the one i used on my dtr and they are great, expensive, but great. i would buy 3 at a time until i got 12, and i laundried them myself. check out diapertree.com they have diaper demonstrations and they helped me decided which ones to use. hope this helps...
H.N. answers from Detroit on November 16, 2008
There are a few companies on ebay that sell at great prices.