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LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3187 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" Flats terrify me, they look suuuper complicated. I am willing to try prefolds as those look simple enough, ... [snip!] ... alvababy diapers I am getting, PLUS I have to pay for snappis and the prefolds, themselves. So it doesn't seem to be cheaper."


It's SOO much cheaper. And you can just padfold the flats. Super easy. You only need like 2-3 covers per day because you can re use them as long as no poop gets on them. Plus there are folds for every kind of baby/wetter out there. I started with pockets (used of course - I don't buy anything new really if I can help it) and now mainly use flats and covers. You can build an entire stash for like $100. Love them.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
6th May '13
Quoting LoveMyBubbaBoy:" It's SOO much cheaper. And you can just padfold the flats. Super easy. You only need like 2-3 covers ... [snip!] ... new really if I can help it) and now mainly use flats and covers. You can build an entire stash for like $100. Love them."

So if I want to wash every other day , I would need like 6 covers?? How much do the flats run?? Because all of the covers I have seen online run $5-6 each. I will look on youtube to see how to fold flats. I am still waiting on our tax money, so i'm still exploring my options.

LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3187 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" So if I want to wash every other day , I would need like 6 covers?? How much do the flats run?? Because ... [snip!] ... each. I will look on youtube to see how to fold flats. I am still waiting on our tax money, so i'm still exploring my options."

Yep. I only use like 2 a day so 6 would be a good start to have back up in case poop gets on one. :) If you want to try flats before buying the expensive kind (I don't have any expensive ones lol) Flour Sack towels and receiving blankets work great. I use mostly the flour sack towels and receiving blankets and only have like 6 actual "flats." If you look up dirty diaper laundry on youtube there are TONS of flats videos. I still use a few pockets (for grandparents or when we go somewhere just because it's usually easier) but mostly flats. My newborn stash is prefolds and covers. There are lots of swap sites where you can find used covers at very reasonable prices. I haven't gotten a bad item from a swap yet.

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
6th May '13

Lady asking about flats.



You can find covers very cheap on swaps and stuff. I'd say 6 is good to start, and if you need more or less you can go that way. Flats are incredibly cheap. If you have receiving blankets, you can use those. If you have old t-shirts, you can use those.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
6th May '13
Quoting LoveMyBubbaBoy:" Yep. I only use like 2 a day so 6 would be a good start to have back up in case poop gets on one. :) ... [snip!] ... are lots of swap sites where you can find used covers at very reasonable prices. I haven't gotten a bad item from a swap yet."

I know I can buy receiving blankets cheap from goodwill. What are Flour sack towels?? And if poop gets on the cover, can't they just be wiped down? And then when it dries use it later that same day if needed?? I think I will still need to get disposables because I told my MIL I was planning on CDing and she right away said I wouldn't like it, so I doubt if she babysits she will want to use flats or prefolds, lol. I will need sposies for those occasions.

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" I know I can buy receiving blankets cheap from goodwill. What are Flour sack towels?? And if poop gets ... [snip!] ... like it, so I doubt if she babysits she will want to use flats or prefolds, lol. I will need sposies for those occasions."

You might come to find that you don't want her using disposables on your baby. My mom insisted on using them for DD, and they give her a terrible rash. It's so bad that I won't let her put them on my baby, either she uses cloth or she doesn't get to babysit. It's your baby, not hers.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
6th May '13
Quoting drunk faith1:" You might come to find that you don't want her using disposables on your baby. My mom insisted on using ... [snip!] ... so bad that I won't let her put them on my baby, either she uses cloth or she doesn't get to babysit. It's your baby, not hers."


yeah and I figure if I prefold and "stuff" the diapers already and leave a wetbag, it won't be different from using a disposable. She won't have to wash them or anything!
I think I will use flats and use any extra money to still get some pockets.

LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3187 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" I know I can buy receiving blankets cheap from goodwill. What are Flour sack towels?? And if poop gets ... [snip!] ... like it, so I doubt if she babysits she will want to use flats or prefolds, lol. I will need sposies for those occasions."


Just look them up on walmart.com :) They are big really thin cotton pieces you get in the kitchen section. Prefolds are also inexpensive compared to all in ones and that stuff and are a little less work but not as customizable for your baby. :) I have prefolds in my newborn stash.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:</b>" Flats terrify me, they look suuuper complicated. I am willing to try prefolds as those look simple enough, ... [snip!] ... alvababy diapers I am getting, PLUS I have to pay for snappis and the prefolds, themselves. So it doesn't seem to be cheaper."</blockquote>



Just play around on YouTube and with a receiving blanket. I bought a ton o blankets at a yard sale and had 14 laying around te house. So I spent next to nothin on them. Then you can buy used covers or look for sales. The other week econobum had 2/$9 or something rediculus like that. I bought some tiny tush on clearance for $6.50. And you don't need many. And they can fit a nb. Or search for used wool or fleece covers. I use fleece longies with my flats a lot. And I'm making some right now and when I get the pattern down I'm making wool ones with some wool I got at Joann's for $10.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:</b>" Flats terrify me, they look suuuper complicated. I am willing to try prefolds as those look simple enough, ... [snip!] ... alvababy diapers I am getting, PLUS I have to pay for snappis and the prefolds, themselves. So it doesn't seem to be cheaper."</blockquote>




Oh and yes u could still get some alvas. Those would be much easier for grandma :) and its no diff than changing a disposible. We just use Walmart bags as wet bags on the go. We use cloth wipes too and I paid nothin for them. I cut up old shirts, socks, and use what baby wash cloths I have and some regular wash cloths. And more than likely if poop gets on your cover its cause it came spilling out the sides :wink: haha so there wouldn't be any "wiping it out" at that point :P

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" Reading over the last few pages...wow you mamas must have good money! I can't imagine paying more than ... [snip!] ... plus the diapers and inserts. Plus I know I need at least 20 diapers so that I always have some on hand in between washes. "


You can get the trash can for under $5. A small 5 gallon can will do :) And $200 can get you a decent stash! I would do maybe a newborn rental instead, it's typically $30ish for a month. Which, isn't bad. If you don't have the money to spend on a newborn stash, I'd do that. Alva newborns are ok, I have several myself, but they have their own set of issues and I don't see anyone being ok diapering the whole fist month or so with JUST those. You can also just skip pockets all together and do flats and covers, which is really easy in the newborn stage. If you watch spot's they have the thirstie's covers dirt cheap a lot. I just bought 2 EUC duo wraps for $12 shipped! And for detergent, Eco's is available at Wal Mart and is decently priced :)

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
6th May '13
Quoting I♡C+#2.:" Thank you. This helps. I wish Alva made Velcro diapers too."


I have several Alva velcro for sale.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
6th May '13

Oh and also my mom got some cotton cloths in the car section at the dollar store 5/$1. I bought 8 microfiber towels for $5 at Walmart and I wrap the microfiber in the cotton and voila insert!!! They work great. I sewed some together so it's easier. Or I use just the cotton piece. Or use the microfiber as extra in pockets.

LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3187 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" yeah and I figure if I prefold and "stuff" the diapers already and leave a wetbag, it won't be different ... [snip!] ... She won't have to wash them or anything! I think I will use flats and use any extra money to still get some pockets."


PS. Also right now a lot of diaper sights are doing things for the Flats and Handwashing challenge... So lots of coupon codes and such for flats too. :)

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
6th May '13

ok so I just looked in my closet because I know I have some extra blankets that I never used with my son, I found 13 receiving blankets of varying sizes, all cotton. argh now all I need is some snappis and covers and I can try them out on my son!! ugh I wish we had extra spending money!! I am actually excited to try them out. and for a girl would pad folding work fine? I looked into some of the other folds and the origami fold looks hard, but it looks like it would hold side leaks better than just plain pad folding. And what would the wash routine be for flats?