I chose to use prefolds and covers when I started out cloth diapering. I bought the preemie size from Mom's Milk Boutique, knowing that later on I could use these teeny tiny diapers (recommended for 4-10lbs) as doublers/soakers/whatever-you-wanna-call-'ems. They also make great burp cloths!
I ended up being able to use them until Katie was at least a couple months old. Even though she was born at 8lbs, 4 oz, she took forever gain weight at the beginning with our nursing problems, (another story!) and she wasn't 10 pounds for quite awhile. I think I used them a little beyond 10 pounds, too. I didn't want to buy anymore yet, because I knew that I was soon to receive a bunch of bamboo velour preflats. A dear friend of mine had access to the luxurious fabric and offered to sew it up for me into these oh-so-soft delights!
This is not the greatest picture, but it shows the bamboo preflat next to my teeny-tiny prefolds. Basically the preflat is two layers of bamboo velour with a layer of bamboo loop terry in between, invented by Amy over at Peanutbutter & Ellie.
The bamboo preflats have fit Katie for months. I can't remember exactly how old she was when I switched over to them, but I never used anything in between the preemie prefolds and these, so she was pretty little! And, still, at 18 months, we're using them!
As for covers, so far I have only used the Thirsties V 2.0 covers. With these covers, I haven't even had to use pins until Katie started walking recently! The preflats sometimes start sinking down in the cover and drooping after she runs around for awhile, so I've started using pins during the day.
The covers have been great...but I'm curious to try out covers with snaps. I've had to repair the velcro on the medium size, (the ones Katie has been in the longest,) several times now. Also, if Katie has a dress on that doesn't include panties...she can, (and will) free herself of her diaper. :-/ I suspect she'd have a more difficult time with undoing the snaps.
I just ordered 4 new covers, this time the Thirsties Duo Wraps, size 2. (In case you wanna know, Mom's Milk Boutique is having a rare Thirsties sale right now, plus their always-free shipping! And they didn't pay me to say that.) ;-)
Three of them I just got in more neutral colors, but I had to get one girlie one...
This print makes me happy. :-) I can't wait for my package to arrive!
I love getting to line-dry my diapers...I'm going to miss these summer days!
As for wipes, I just cut out a bajillion little rectangles of flannel and serged two layers together, rounding the corners to make it easier to grab 'em.
I rarely actually line-dry my wipes. I usually just stack them back into the wipe container and pour my wipe solution back over them, still damp from the washer. Or I toss them into the dryer along with another load.
Occasionally, though, I like to give them a good sunning to get out stains and bacteria.
My Wipe Solution
In a quart jar, add:
2 tablespoons baby shampoo
2 tablespoons baby oil
2-3 drops tea tree oil (to keep any mold away: yuck)
Fill to the top with boiled water.
I just pour the solution over a stack of clean wipes until they're all well-moistened and away I go!
A stack that big usually lasts me a week or more!
My diapering station...
I keep clean covers, pail liners (I have two, so I can use one and have one in the wash when needed,) and any clean dry wipes in this drawer nearby.
So, there you have it. That's how I do cloth diapers. Hopefully I didn't bore you to tears. ;-)
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