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Back to the Basics

There are dozens of different brands and types of cloth diapers on the market, from the relatively cheap (though often more complicated) to the much more expensive (but easier). Often, it’s the expensive all-in-ones that are a gateway into cloth diapering. Parents feel like they can “handle” all-in-ones…and then they feel like they can handle pockets…and then they decide to check out prefolds and covers. It is a rare parent who feels up to the challenge of prefolds and covers as their first cloth diapering experience—but the truth is, in many ways, prefolds and covers are the easiest method of cloth diapering. This week, I’ve gone back to the basics myself. Following a root canal, I’m on penicillin; and after a nasty experience with thrush when my third child was born, I’m well aware that if I’m on antibiotics, the odds that either the baby or I (or both) will end up with some yeast issues are fairly high. As a precautionary measure, I’ve been taking probiotics daily, bleaching every load of diaper laundry just to be safe…and using cotton prefolds and covers, which, according to a study I read back when I first started cloth diapering, won’t hold yeast through a wash cycle. I had forgotten how much I like this very basic approach to cloth diapering. I like that one cover can last me for the better portion …

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Simplify your life. Take a vacation. Thanks to Fabulous Flats and Prefolds

Why oh why didn’t I know about flats until I had been cloth diapering for almost a full year? Did I mention that I have a HE top loader? Did I mention the hard water? Did I mention I take long day trips with the squish? I stumbled upon flats when I started hearing some moms talk about how much they disliked microfiber. Still newish to CD’ing I decided natural fibers would be best after a little research. However, I was lacking the funds to go out and replace all of my microfiber. Then I discovered flats. Not only were they cheap but they wash easy and like a dream which is a must when your diapers may be sitting in a wet bag for a few days. They also are easily hand washed in the tub or sink. See this informative article for instructions. Flats also line dry quickly and are very absorbent. You can easily pad fold them. They are also a great and inexpensive diapering solution for newborns. The triangle fold is super easy and you can use a pin or a Snappi. So you have the option of using them as a diaper you pin on or using them in the pad fold and stuffing into a pocket or cover. This means when your on vacation and room is precious you can use a cover a …

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Prefolds and Covers at Daycare, OH MY!

When we first set out on our cloth diapering journey, my husband and I tried quite a few systems before we decided on prefolds. We knew our daycare was open to prefolds since another mother introduced us to them, but there were a few things we learned over time that have made things easier for both the daycare providers and us. #1) PREFOLD your prefolds Our providers occasionally have difficulty folding the correct way. For those of you who use prefolds, you know it’s not that difficult, but when you have four other toddlers screaming in the room it is SO much easier to simply throw it in the cover and go! #2) Stuffing prefolds? If you can provide extra covers each day, it works even better if you can prestuff your covers. It’s a little thing, but it helps the provider and ensures a better fit which helps prevent those little prefold corners from peeking out. #3) Covers, covers and more covers Part of the reason we chose prefolds was to save money on covers. We have learned over time that most of our daycare providers prefer a new cover each time. We started with sending three covers, now we use five, and it has made our provider much happier. #4) CD safe cream We orignally used a non-safe cream with liners but we found that often the provider …

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How Cloth Diapering Changed My Life

Two years ago when I made the decision to switch to cloth diapers, I had no idea how it would change other aspects of my life. I remember back to when I was pregnant with my second son and was asked on a pregnancy forum if I was going to use cloth or disposable diapers. I quickly replied disposable and went on with life without really thinking about it. At the time, I was completely unaware of today’s cloth diapers, as I’m sure many women are. When I thought of cloth diapers, the old school prefolds and flats with pins and plastic pants came to mind. I wasn’t going to deal with that – along with all the poop. Yuck! However, my mind changed quickly soon after Brendan was born and I began to see the cute cloth diapers that other babies from that forum where wearing. I followed a link to Kelly’s Closet and to the bumGenius pocket diaper. I was intrigued by how simple it looked, and liked the idea of a reusable diaper that would eliminate the weekly trips to the store to buy diapers for two children. Upon the arrival of my first fluffy mail from Kelly’s Closet, a bumGenius one-size sample pack, I was 100% on board with cloth diapering. Little did I know how this decision to purchase my first fluff would change my …

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From The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Archives: Why Prefolds Are Easier Than You Think

From The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Archives! This is a favorite blog post about how prefolds can be so easy to use. Originally posted on Jan.20th, 2011. I found a new favorite cloth diaper. It is very absorbent and I never have leaks. It is affordable and easy to use. No, it’s not the latest pocket or all-in-one diaper. It’s not fancy. There’s not even a whole lot of science behind it. In fact, it’s a little bit old fashioned. What is it, you may ask? It’s the prefold. Scary, yes, I know. When I first started cloth diapering my newborn four months ago, I scoffed at prefolds. Why use those ancient things when there are so many awesome new diapers on the market? But then I found out their dirty little secret: they are cheap and effective, and not nearly as difficult as I imagined them to be. I decided to try prefolds one day because my rapidly-growing son had hit a point where I was struggling to get his diapers to fit him properly. He changed so much day to day and I was getting frustrated. I was also getting lots of leaks. And, with so many great, convenient diapers on the market, there just had to be a reason that some parents still prefered to use prefolds and flats. What did I have to lose? If I didn’t …

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