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Any and all advice would be appreciated.  I'm pregnant (20 weeks) and definitely don't want to use disposables if I can help it (bad for the environment and they cost more money in the long run), BUT, there are like a million different options for reusable diapers and I have no idea where to start.  :o

my friends B and A use the bumg's  and really like them. i think they are the closest to "disposable easy" (insert baby, wrap, seal) of the diapers i've seen. at least A says this is the case

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Cute pics!! We used a diaper service for the first year and the diapers were just straight up cloths with a white plasic wrap/bottom.  The service was nice, and would pick up old diapers and drop off new ones once a week...the bin we had would stink like pee, so we kept it outside the backdoor, (would be hard if in an apartment or something.)  It was about 150/month and the service, sadly, went out of buisness which is why we had to end.  I ended up buying new wrap/covers, (bum genius,) because ones provided leaked a ton!!!! She started to wear disposables at night and when we would go out around 6 months old.  (But, I would spend an arm and a leg on Seventh Generation disposables!!!)

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I haven't had a kid in diapers for years... :'(. So, I am kind of out of the loop. However, I tried a million back in the day and my favorite were the FuzziBunz. They really keep the skin dry. When my babies were wearing them they never once had a rash. I used the heavy duty prefolds to stuff inside. My son was a heavy night wetter, so I ended up using TWO of the prefolds(he looked like a sumo wrestler) with a Snappi and a wool soaker cover. It was my pregan days so I did use a wool cover at night. It was the only thing that didn't leak on him. I wish they had a vegan equivalent to those...it was like magic...

Overall, I love the fit of the FuzziBunz and they were easy to put on. You can seriously stuff it in like 2 seconds, then it just snaps on like a normal diaper...

http://www.fuzzibunz.com/

Congratulations to everyone!

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Has anyone used the disposable diaper liners?  Like these:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zHXI1ozzL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

We're wondering how well they work and if they're worth buying.  We've decided to use some pre-folds and bum genius all in ones.  There's also a bamboo fitted diaper from bumkins I'm interested in checking out.

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I used diaper liners at first (with BG 3.0s) but quit because I didn't think they were necessary and extra work with exclusively breastfed poop. Now that she's eating some solids, her poop is starting to change and I may start using them again (I still have some left over from the beginning). I'll let you know how it goes.

Note that you can wash the ones that only get pee on them and reuse a couple of times.

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I used diaper liners at first (with BG 3.0s) but quit because I didn't think they were necessary and extra work with exclusively breastfed poop. Now that she's eating some solids, her poop is starting to change and I may start using them again (I still have some left over from the beginning). I'll let you know how it goes.

Note that you can wash the ones that only get pee on them and reuse a couple of times.

That makes sense. I heard that you could wash them and re-use them too.

Yes, do let me know how they work with the solids!  Thank you!

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We use them! Lyle poops like clockwork right after breakfast, so we just use one for that particular poop. It does make getting it into the pot much easier.
They are only about $8 per roll, so I think it's worth a try.

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As far as diaper liners, I've read about making reusable ones here: http://www.allaboutnappies.com/other_products.php (nappy=diaper in Australian/British English).  I haven't tried them personally since my kid isn't born yet, but if I do I'll let you know how it goes.

Just a thought about all-in-one diapers...IMO, having a separate cover seems like a better idea because it's easier and cheaper to replace if it leaks (I'm probably a bit biased though...I've decided to use Mother-Ease diapers and covers).  My SIL bought a mixed trial pack of diapers when her daughter was born and decided to go with a brand called Rumparooz.  3 months later, the waterproof lamination part is separating from the fabric, which means the whole diaper is useless.  I don't know which other brands she tried or why she chose Rumparooz, but they were expensive and now she has to buy all new diapers.  Of course if lots of people have used BumGenius (or FuzziBunz, etc) with no problems then that's probably a good sign that they're high-quality.  I looked for independent product reviews on Rumparooz and couldn't find any...so I guess just do your research.

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PG, you will LOVE the MOtherease!
We're still using them daily, with no problems at all. You do not need more than 5 covers. We barely wash the covers at all, and they do NOT hold the pee smell. I probably already said that in this thread.
We bought some ME cloth diapers like I posted above, plus we still use some prefolds with a snappi.
Let me know if you have any questions about them!

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L2A:  Thanks for all your diaper wisdom:)  We bought a couple rolls of the liners to try out

Also, I was given a bunch of handed down diaper covers and prefolds.  I want to wash them before Maia arrives (soon!) and am wondering about how you do your washing.  Any tips?  I want to keep these in good condition so I can pass them along or return them.

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My daughter was really sensitive to most detergents(and I only use the "hippie" ones). The Trader Joe's brand worked really well, and didn't give her any skin problems. We washed on hot, and either air-dryed outside or in the dryer, depending on the weather. Never had any problems.

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I make my own detergent
3 gallons of hot water
bar of glycerin soap melted down
cup of borax
cup of washing soda
essential oils for scent (optional)

works great!
also, when they are dirty, I soak them in the washer over night with a cup of vinegar added to the water. Rinse cycle in the morning. Then wash them regular cycle (with more clothes added in).
We dry them in the dryer because we have no sun in our yard, but line drying would be better for them.

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I make my own detergent
3 gallons of hot water
bar of glycerin soap melted down
cup of borax
cup of washing soda
essential oils for scent (optional)

That is essentially what we are doing minus the glycerin - what is that for?

So for everyone going though loads of laundry each week this little washer is a lifesaver: http://www.haieramerica.com/en/product/HLP21E. Small, programmable, and really efficient. It does just about exactly one diaper pail load at a time, and it is more water and power efficient than all but the newest expensive full size washers out there.

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That detergent sounds easy enough and that little washer might be just what we need, evergreen!  Definitely looking into it.  Thanks!

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I make my own detergent
3 gallons of hot water
bar of glycerin soap melted down
cup of borax
cup of washing soda
essential oils for scent (optional)

That is essentially what we are doing minus the glycerin - what is that for?

So for everyone going though loads of laundry each week this little washer is a lifesaver: http://www.haieramerica.com/en/product/HLP21E. Small, programmable, and really efficient. It does just about exactly one diaper pail load at a time, and it is more water and power efficient than all but the newest expensive full size washers out there.

It makes it thick like liquid detergents we are used to? It's soap....helps clean? I don't know...that's just the recipe I've always used. :)

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I make my own detergent
3 gallons of hot water
bar of glycerin soap melted down
cup of borax
cup of washing soda
essential oils for scent (optional)

That is essentially what we are doing minus the glycerin - what is that for?

So for everyone going though loads of laundry each week this little washer is a lifesaver: http://www.haieramerica.com/en/product/HLP21E. Small, programmable, and really efficient. It does just about exactly one diaper pail load at a time, and it is more water and power efficient than all but the newest expensive full size washers out there.

It makes it thick like liquid detergents we are used to? It's soap....helps clean? I don't know...that's just the recipe I've always used. :)

Can you use this in front loaders?  Sorry if that's a dumb question:)

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I thought I would bump this thread to bring it to the attention of the new VW moms/moms-to-be. :)

So...update: I got the full-time pack of Mother Ease one-size diapers (24 diapers, 12 boosters, 4 covers), plus I've had to upsize covers (he's in the M/L ones now).  I LOVE them.  I used disposables for the first month because we were given a lot of newborn disposables, but conveniently, they ran out around the time he grew into the ME diapers, and I never looked back. :)

I wash them every other day.  Some people are horrified to hear that, but it's really not that much effort.  Load the diapers in, press a few buttons, walk away.  I put the diapers on for a short wash cycle on hot with no detergent, then add the covers and enough clothes/towels/whatever to make a full load and do a regular wash cycle on hot, using half the usual amount of detergent.  Then I hang them on the clothes line if weather permits, or use the dryer if it doesn't.  (Yes, we bought a dryer.  Winters here are very wet with very short days so we couldn't rely on just the clothes line).

I hope someone finds that helpful. :)

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I thought I would bump this thread to bring it to the attention of the new VW moms/moms-to-be. :)

So...update: I got the full-time pack of Mother Ease one-size diapers (24 diapers, 12 boosters, 4 covers), plus I've had to upsize covers (he's in the M/L ones now).  I LOVE them.  I used disposables for the first month because we were given a lot of newborn disposables, but conveniently, they ran out around the time he grew into the ME diapers, and I never looked back. :)

I wash them every other day.  Some people are horrified to hear that, but it's really not that much effort.  Load the diapers in, press a few buttons, walk away.  I put the diapers on for a short wash cycle on hot with no detergent, then add the covers and enough clothes/towels/whatever to make a full load and do a regular wash cycle on hot, using half the usual amount of detergent.  Then I hang them on the clothes line if weather permits, or use the dryer if it doesn't.  (Yes, we bought a dryer.  Winters here are very wet with very short days so we couldn't rely on just the clothes line).

I hope someone finds that helpful. :)

OH, I am so glad you like them! I would feel badly if you got them and they sucked for you.
I am about to sell mine. Lyle has super sensitive skin and keeps getting rashes when he wears cloth.
I hate that I will be using disposables, but we did go 2 years without. And soon he SHOULD be potty trained. :)

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Haha, good luck on the potty training L2A!  I'm so looking forward to the day when Vincent is potty trained...but not so excited about the training process, lol.  Of course I still have a while before I need to worry about that.  In the meantime, I'm happy to keep using my Mother Ease diapers.  I recommend them to everyone.  One of my friends' wives just found out she's pregnant.  I'm seeing them in a couple weeks, and I'll see if I can convince them to use cloth diapers.

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Thanks for the tips everyone.  Keep them coming.  ;)b
Berryraw, I didn't know you were pregnant.  I'm due in March too.

Cool! This is my first so it is a bit overwhelming for me.  Do you know if you're having a boy or a girl?  We just did the one ultrasound last week, no more after that.  My primary prenatal care is from my midwife - going for a homebirth!

This whole "stroller derby" section has been really enlightening so far.  I lurk around even though I'm still just a mama-to-be:) Glad you all share your experiences!

My EDD is March 11th.  We're planning a home birth as well.

Also, we have BumGenius 4.0 diapers.

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