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    Default Advice wanted: How to start out with cloth?

    Cloth is something I've been meaning to try out for a while. There's quite a good article for beginners in our articles section here but it doesn't cover all the things I'd like to know.

    I am most likely going to buy the flat squares that you fold (not entirely sure which material) and only one or two as it's just occasional use.
    The trouble I'm having is finding reliable sizing information. There's various sizes you can buy but nowhere can I find any sort of guide linking nappy dimensions to waist size. Obviously the fold you use is going to make a difference, but just some rough ranges with the more common folds would be useful. Sizing of waterproof covers (which will be needed) are also not very clear.

    Secondly does anyone have any recommendations of UK based suppliers you have had good experience with previously? Everything I've found so far mentioned on here is US based.

    EDIT: I have a 32" waist.
    Last edited by WoodlandWanderer; 24-Oct-2012 at 20:31.

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    Here is a link that might help you as I use this store to purchase nappies for my bABy that I care for. Cuddlz ABDL Adult Nappy Diaper Store I hope that helps...

    Ella

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    I bought a couple of big bath sheets for 5 each from a discount textiles shop, that were 36" wide. I cut them into a 36" square and use the extra bit folded up inside as a booster. I have a 32" waist and 35" hips, and this only just fits (kite fold) so if you're the same size as me or smaller, it might be an option for you. And at least its a cheap way of trying it out, before investing 15-20 each on purpose-made nappies.

    I wear size 38" plastic pants over cloth and they only just fit.

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    I bought a cloth diaper off of Cosy N Dry earlier this year, a pre-folded one with velcro rather than squares mind you but cloth nonetheless, and I got great service from them. Ordered Monday morning and was here by Wednesday and while having to go through Paypal was rather annoying I got a product and service I would happily recommend.

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    See you didnt give us much info here. WHat kind of cloth diapers are you interested in? Flat fold squares? If so than you'll want a 36 X36 diaper. IF you want a prefold your going to be medium.

    I'm the same waist size as you, well was but I"m not fat anymore so I'm like 28, but the above sizes fit when I was 32''.

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    pretty much the same advice as Downtide's, here: just nip down to Dunelm and get the 'hotel grade' terry towelling bath sheets and cut them in half. so far, Dunelm's 'hotel grade' is the best quality that i've found.
    i have noticed recently, though, that a couple of supermarkets have upped the quality of their towels.
    if you're buying from somewhere that states the weight (gsm) of the towelling, 600gsm and above is what you're after.
    you won't find any of the 'specialist' suppliers (ab/dl, inco, etc) who supply anything like that.

    kite folds are generally used for immobile babies; the two main issues being mobility and gravity (ie. young babies tend to spend more time on their back than upright).
    toddlers and older tend to use a simple folding of the length's edges to the middle (the ends of which then fan out to cover around the front and rear), or some variant thereof. of course, this then means that you lose double thickness across the whole and you can add 'boosters' as you wish. and boosters and variations on the folding theme also depend upon activity; the clearest example is that of the difference between day and night nappies, where you vary the amount of bulk depending upon how long the nappy is to be worn, and the positioning of the bulk for where fluid is most likely to gravitate.

    Incontinence pads, incontinence pants, terry nappies and diapers.
    i can recommend the 'bedwetting nappy', for night and day use, despite the quality of the material. a humble hand-towel or terry towelling bath mat (available from Dunelm), folded thrice, will do as a booster.
    the pull-up towelling briefs (or pull-nappy) are also pretty good worn over a single thickness normal nappy and add to the absorbancy, neatness and snugness.

    don't forget large size pins, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ade View Post
    pretty much the same advice as Downtide's, here: just nip down to Dunelm and get the 'hotel grade' terry towelling bath sheets and cut them in half. .
    Dunelm is exactly where I got mine. I raided the "bargain seconds" bin - the towels with marks on them or pulled threads that can't be sold at full price.

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    Default Advice wanted: How to start out with cloth?



    Quote Originally Posted by WoodlandWanderer View Post
    Cloth is something I've been meaning to try out for a while. There's quite a good article for beginners in our articles section here but it doesn't cover all the things I'd like to know.

    I am most likely going to buy the flat squares that you fold (not entirely sure which material) and only one or two as it's just occasional use.
    The trouble I'm having is finding reliable sizing information. There's various sizes you can buy but nowhere can I find any sort of guide linking nappy dimensions to waist size. Obviously the fold you use is going to make a difference, but just some rough ranges with the more common folds would be useful. Sizing of waterproof covers (which will be needed) are also not very clear.

    Secondly does anyone have any recommendations of UK based suppliers you have had good experience with previously? Everything I've found so far mentioned on here is US based.

    EDIT: I have a 32" waist.
    Have you tried Mummy Hazel's?

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    The big sizing question is whether you're using a kite fold or the other fold. A kite fold effectively needs more material to do the same thing. In my case, I have a 35" waist, and I use the larger squares from adultclothdiaper.com (it's a U.S. site, but the sizing info they offer might still be useful for you). I typically use a kite fold, though, so I find the extra material that the 50-some inch squares afford me to be useful. I find the size information on adultclothdiaper to be a bit optimistic, as the diaper will shrink a bit once you've washed it once or twice (which you should do before you wear it the first time).

    If you're using the more normal fold that ade was on about, though, you can get away with a much smaller square to start. Something advertised as 26 inches would probably be about the minimum you could do, as it'll shrink after a couple washes and you'll need enough material to pin it together (so a few extra inches). For me (again, 35" waist), I found the 26" prefolds on adultclothdiaper.com were just barely enough by the time they shrank and I worked to pin them together.

    Good luck!

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