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    check out some of the earlier posts in this thread for info on covers and folds. Nelle (moderator) has posted some great info, and if you click her name you'll find links to instructograms!
    night nappies, here we use a specialised MCN night nappy with a pair of woolen longies or a fleece cover. DS can out-wee 18 layers of super-absorbent bamboo, so a terry flat just isn't going to do the trick!! If your bub isn't a heavy wetter, you could try folding a microfibre, hamp or bamboo booster into the nappy for night time. Microfibre cloths can sometimes be found in the auto section of discount stores, Kmart etc, and it's quite possible that will work just as well as an expensive store-bought booster. Hemp or bamboo is more absorbent and naturally antibacterial, though. Most online MCN stores sell various boosters separately.
    The plastic pants and pilchers you get from Kmart, Big W, whatever, are just that - plastic! Not good for bub's bot. They don't "breathe". PVC is actually banned in children's products in some countries. Look for PUL covers, and good quality fleece like Malden Mills Windpro. And for woollens, check out Possum Pouches for hand-knitted soakers and shorties. They also have affordable night nappies and MCN that are AIOs. Fleece can be machine washed between uses (if using overnight) or aired and rotated between a few covers for daytime. Wool needs to be lanolised and handwashed maybe once a month, and just aired in between wears, unless it gets soiled. If you knit, or have a rellie that does, maybe ask them to make a soaker or a pair of longies. Patterns shouldn't be too hard to come by online. Just make sure it's 100% wool, and lanolise before using. HTH!


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    The only way i know how to fold is the kite fold or that good old triangle one!
    However the only thing driving me nuts about the TT Flats is that they get a bit out of shape and then are hard to fold! does anyone else have this prob?

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    Hi! I am new to world of nappies, but with only 10 weeks to go till my first bub I really need to get into this! I've been doing a bit of research but think I am now more confused than before I started!

    I am thinking bamboo flats from Bumboo and was just wondering what you all thought of this? Anyone using bamboo? How many would I need to buy to use flats 24/7? A friend suggested 25? Bumboo have newborn flats (50cm square) at $10.00 each, and a 60cm square for $12.50 each. I know its alot more than cotton and am wondering if it would be worth it. I'm debating whether cotton is better to use also. Any thoughts on this or any advice at all will be gratefully soaked up! Thanks

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    Hi - just saw your post and thought I'd say I bought 10 x Bumboo newborn bamboo prefolds. They are beautiful and very soft - much softer than a regular terry flat, and also very easy to put on. However my bub grew out of them quite fast (by about 5 or 6 weeks - but he's a very tall boy). Also they take ages to dry.

    A friend uses flannel flats from Big W for her bubs and says they are great....

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    Hi Numa,
    Thanks for your reply, Good to know that the bumboo nappies are soft and also that the prefolds take a bit to dry. I am planning on using the flats so hopefully that wont be a big problem.

    Its funny with prefolds; they look so good to me but all my mates who have used them havent liked them! They all like the trad flat better.

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    Some people swear by prefolds for NB stage, however you want something that's going to dry quickly if you don't have lots of them. Maybe a few of each kind? Bamboo and cotton. The bamboo ones would probably make great boosters for other flats later on. I personally just used flanny flats until bubs was a bit bigger, then moved to terries. I still use the flannies sometimes, like if it's only an hour or so before DS's bath. They are pretty multi-purpose, especially if bubs is a bit of a chucker like mine was!

    P.S. My nephew's name is Numa! Love it!

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    I like my cotton prefolds, I boost them with a hemp booster, and cover with the motherease rikki. Works like a treat!

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    I saw some flanny ones the other day. They are nice & thin, I'm thinking about getting some as a booster for the terry's overnight. ATM I'm using 2 terry's & they're very bulky, lol!
    I have got some hemp & bamboo boosters on the way as well.

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    I ended up buying 25 of the bamboo flats, and I'm also going to get some of the thin flannel ones for when bubs first arrives. I'm really excited and can't wait till the package arrives!

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    It's funny, I was thinking last week about bamboo flats! Just because I love using flats so much, but past about 8 months they weren't absorbent enough for longer sleeps, so I was wondering how bamboo flats would go. I'll be very interested to see how those of you with them go! May be I'll get some for our next bub, although I will probably have nappy service for at least a few months again.

    I have a dozen cotton prefolds, but I could never get used to them. Even boosted, DS weed through them within 30 minutes, so I gave up on them. I know lots of people love them though.

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    Hi guys
    Im really wanting to give cloth a go and I have afew MCN but DS needs to grow into them abit first!
    So meanwhile I was planning to put him in flats.....but I just cant get them to fit! I have a heap of terry and flanny and have tried the pad fold, newborn fold and kite!! So Im not sure whether my folding skills on a wriggly bub just suck big time or if Im doing something wrong here!
    Also, have you guys found even the flanny's make a newborn butt really huge??? My DS is reasonably long and skinny and all the folds I try seem leave nappy to his ankles or his butt sticks out so much I cant fit clothes over it!! LOL Poor kid least he is getting alot of nappy free time while Mummy plays with nappies!!

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    Helen - i couldnt get Bianca into a flat nappy until she was 1mth old - which ur bub nearly is - and even than they were massive on her - i did the kite fold and kinda folded the sides of the middle bit that goes between the legs in - bit hard to explain but that helped fit a bit better - however were massive on her for awhile - as for big but yep gave her a big butt too ( nan brought her an outfit saying does my butt look big in this hehehe) usually at home she is just in her nappy with a BBH cover and a singlet or t-shirt but now that its getting cooler i buy pants that are the next size up and they go over her nappy!

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    My bub was 5lbs1oz and was very skinny, yet we had him in flanny flats at one week. They actually worked better than sposies at that point! LOL. I think terry is too bulky for newborns, you definitely need flannies for when they're little.

    We have always used the pad fold, and a good cover (Motherease Rikki). I didn't use pins or anything with flannies, just folded it over and used the cover to hold it in place. I think the two important things with flats are to have a good cover, and to make sure you tuck it in around the legs. So you fold the middle bit up first, and then tuck it in all along the leg side before wrapping it around the tummy, if that makes sense. Wrap it around all nice and tight, and pop the cover on. Yes, it's bit bulky, but I do think that the more you do it the better you get. Practice makes perfect after all! I was so hopeless when we started, but I learnt quickly (you have to, to save on all the washing ). I now love flats, don't know what we'd do without them!

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    Cool thanks for the advice guys, I will keep trying to get the hang of it Meanwhile I have some prefolds Im gonna try using too.
    DH gave me shock last night, he went to change DS and asked why on earth he was still in sposies!!!! He said "I thought we were cloth-bumming in this house" lol Quite the turn around considering he said he would never use them!

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    Yep, I found that terry flats were too big for my newborns... so stuck with flannies. I didn't mind about the appearance... just whether they worked. I know it's frustrating with clothes fitting. Most modern clothes are made assuming that you will be using sposies You might have to consider some other clothing options... my newborn boys all wore "smock" type outfits over the nappy covers, especailly at night.

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    [QUOTE=Janie;1091156]What fold does everyone use? I'm still using the pad fold thingie LOL with the back pulled up, but I figure I can't do that forever, he'll get too big?[QUOTE]



    I fold mine twice (into a square) then pull one corner (so its a square with a triangle attached) flip it over and fold the square part over twice to make almost a triange but with a rectangledown the centre.

    Im not sure what its called lol but so far it has done a great job (21months)
    Last edited by damprye; August 6th, 2009 at 09:28 PM.

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    damprye - and does that still fit? sounds small!

    i use the kite fold and wondering what to use next when that get too small - any ideas anyone???

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    have you looked at the nappy lady website? it's a uk site, but has some diagrams and instructions for some handy folds to make a flat nappy bigger somehow!

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