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    I was thinking about going with cloth diapers instead of disposibles. I know cloth diapers have changed since my sister used them on her twins 18 years ago lol. Does anyone have any experience making them and can recommend a pattern?
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    Kathleen ~ Due Dec. 30th

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    I don't have the info, but know my neice has used cloth diapers with all four of her little ones. The are much better than when my kids were little. There are great covers, etc. Someone here will give you the links or else send me a private message and I will try to call my neice for the info.

    Kat

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    dont have a pattern but make sure you have a good diper pail with a lid that seals and put vinigar in with the water to keep oderes down. or try to toilet train them my freind had her daughter traned at 4months

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    I used cloth diapers on my kids but my baby will be 30 in August. Congratulations on your bun in the oven.

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    When my first grandbaby was born almost 3 years ago, my daughter wanted to use cloth diapers. Here is a pattern I used/adapted. I tried the sewn in liner, but they took too long tp dry so made "pocket" diapers instead.
    http://mayna.livejournal.com/198548.html

    I searched online and there is lots of info and free patterns. I practised first using cotton flannel blankets and towels from the thrift store. Then JoAnns had a 70%(!) off sale on suedecloth, so I bought several yards to use for the lining, and cute flannel prints for the outside. Then I made diaper covers(we used to call them rubber pants!) that are made of waterproof fabric called PUL that close with velcro.
    Here are two more sites with lots of info.
    http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth...patterns.shtml
    http://www.diaperjungle.com/sewing-cloth-diapers.html

    I used cloth diapers when my adult chuldren were babies, was so glad my daughter chose the same. But I never had such fun, cute cloth diapers as they have now.
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    Supposedly the best fabric to use for diapers is hemp fabric. Google hemp diapers and see if they're what you're looking for. It's pricey but worth it, so I hear.

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    get PUL for the outside fabric, automotive morcrofiber shop towels (sams club or home depot) for the absorbent core, and whatever you like for the liner fabric, flannel is soft, but cottons stain.

    HAVE FUN :D

    OOH! and get plastic snaps instead of velcro ;)

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    I'm using cloth diapers with my son now. I did make a lot of diapers using this: http://www.favoritethings.net/patter...en/the_nappies

    However, I really recommend just buying them. I shop mostly at cottonbabies.com. The purchased diapers just work so much better than anything you can make yourself for a reasonable price, in my experience. Cloth diapers have gone high-tech! I've tried several brands, and my favorite is Bum Genius one-size diapers with the snap closure. I've also had good luck with there all-in-ones, and with FuzziBunz diapers. If it sounds like I'm speaking a foreign language, just let me know. I LOVE cloth diapers, and would be happy to give you any information you want. I can talk about them all day long! I've also tried G diapers, Flip diapers, and the old-fashioned prefolds with a diaper cover. Bum Genius is best (IMO), followed by FuzziBunz, but if you poke around online, you'll find lots of different brands in different price ranges to try.

    Reply or send me a PM if you want to talk more or want more advice or info, and congrats on the baby!

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    Oohhhhhh I'm so OLLLLD!! :( I've never heard of ANY of those!

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    I tried them with my 2 and a half year old. She had skin sensitivities, so we just went with disposables. MUCH easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindy-2
    dont have a pattern but make sure you have a good diper pail with a lid that seals and put vinigar in with the water to keep oderes down. or try to toilet train them my freind had her daughter traned at 4months
    wow- I'd like to know how she managed that- seriously 4 months? :thumbdown:

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    My daughter has cloth diapered both of my grandsons. I found free patterns on line. I was shocked at the prices of new cloth diapers. It is very common to sell used cloth diapers. If you do a google search for cloth diapers you'll get tons of good information. Be sure to use poly thread because cotton thread will wick moisture. I was making so many of them I invested in a really good snap press.
    If you have an embroidery sewing machine you can get real fancy with designs. These are certainly are not the cloth diapers of years ago.
    Neither of my grandsons have had skin rashes or problems. My daughter always hung her diapers out on a clothes line.

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    fabric.com sells good quality diaper flannel at a good price- when i made my last diapers i used flannel from them-
    saved me tons of money going that route :)
    and enviromentally sound :)

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    Glad to know that so many new mothers are going to cloth diapers. I used cloth on my daughters and they in turn used cloth on there little ones. Use a little Clorax in wash cycle. This will keep diapers smelling fresh and sanitizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Oohhhhhh I'm so OLLLLD!! :( I've never heard of ANY of those!
    Me too!!! :lol:

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    If you use all cloth diapers, look into soakers also. It will help keep baby's bottom dry(er) until you can change it.

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    Wow all these new cloth diapers sure beats the old ones I folded, pinned and used plastic pants over lol. They had disposables when my oldest was born but I was SOOOOOO poor at that time I used cloth diapers, and breast fed,then later made all my own baby food. Saved a ton of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Wow all these new cloth diapers sure beats the old ones I folded, pinned and used plastic pants over lol. They had disposables when my oldest was born but I was SOOOOOO poor at that time I used cloth diapers, and breast fed,then later made all my own baby food. Saved a ton of money.
    Sometimes I think that when we were poorer - we actually ate more nutritious food.

    We used cloth diapers, too - but that was when the dinosaurs still walked the earth.

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    I used cloth diapers on both of my little ones. I researched the cloth diapers for purchase and they are really expensive for my budget. I bought prefolded diapers at Walmart and then microfiber shop towels in the automotive section. I split about half of the microfiber towels (no need to hem cut edge, they don't ravel) and sewed them to the tri-fold on the long side next to the padded center, leaving the top and bottom open. For days I could get buy with just the one layer of microfiber, but at night I would fold another microfiber towel and slide in in the top and out the bottom to provide for 3 layers of microfiber for absorbency. I just used the plastic pants at walmart and loved doing it the least expensive way and it worked good.

    As for rashes, I know that anyone using cloth will need to change diapers a little more often, but I didn't mind since it wasn't costing me anything except an extra load of laundry.

    Vinegar in the diaper pail will cut down on odors and then also rinsing them in clean toilet water to get most of the yuckies off before putting them in the pail.

    Washing them is also a breeze. I would dump the diapers in and run a rinse and spin cycle and then run a regular cycle with a little detergent and about 1/2 cup baking soda. The baking soda neutralizes the ammonia in the diapers. Line drying also helps freshen them but a dryer will work also.

    It you want anymore hints, just P.M. and I will be happy to answer questions.

    Sheila

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    Each individual cloth diaper does look expensive, but you save tons of money over the life of your child. I priced making my own vs. buying them, and it was much cheaper and better quality to simply buy. Look for sales, and buy them in bundles. It's worth it.

    The pocket diapers like BumGenius and Fuzzibunz have inserts that go inside that wick moisture away from your baby's bottom. They're not made of just cotton or even hemp. They work great, and getting those materials, especially the snaps required for a one-size diaper (which means that fit babies approx. 7lb-35lb) make it cheaper to buy. You generally need just 24 one-size diapers for the entire time your child is in diapers. Compared to disposables or making your own sized diapers, that's incredibly cheap!

    The diapers you purchase come with very specific washing instructions. You use hot water to sanitize, and usually use Clorox approx. 1x/month to help prevent odors.

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    Thank you everyone for all the helpful information and thank you for all the congratulations! My sister thinks I'm crazy for wanting to go with cloth diapers! Lol The main reasons I want to go with cloth is the price of disposables and the fact of putting all of them in the landfill. Also, it better for the baby's bottom.
    I really need to start pinching pennies now because the price of day care is $10-$15 a hour. I don't make that at work so hubby and I decided that it would be best if I stayed home with the baby instead of returning back to work. Which is fine with me. Lol
    I have some time off this weekend so I plan to tinker with a few patterns. Pictures to follow soon.
    Thanks again everyone!
    Kathleen

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    Quote Originally Posted by crkathleen
    Thank you everyone for all the helpful information and thank you for all the congratulations! My sister thinks I'm crazy for wanting to go with cloth diapers! Lol The main reasons I want to go with cloth is the price of disposables and the fact of putting all of them in the landfill. Also, it better for the baby's bottom.
    I really need to start pinching pennies now because the price of day care is $10-$15 a hour. I don't make that at work so hubby and I decided that it would be best if I stayed home with the baby instead of returning back to work. Which is fine with me. Lol
    I have some time off this weekend so I plan to tinker with a few patterns. Pictures to follow soon.
    Thanks again everyone!
    Kathleen
    You will find that staying at home will be the greatest choice you have ever made. Every penny you pinch will feel much less like you are depriving your family when that little one smiles at you. This choice is not easy but so rewarding......Congratulations!

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    I think that the only skin sensitivity problem from using cloth diapers is from what kind of detergent you use and how many rinses you do to get the det OUT!

    GOOD LUCK :)

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    Also important to change diaper when needed!

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    With my first son, I had originally planned on using cloth diapers, but my dad entered a contest and won a year's worth of free disposable diapers. I couldn't turn THAT down.

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