So I won the Go Baby Go diaper contest and finally got around to ordering a couple more covers. On investigation, I learn that Go Baby Go will let you make a little money on the side in two ways: you can host a party or be an independent consultant. This seems pretty cool and something that I could do in the future once the baby is a little older. I have a friend who sells pampered chef, but I'm not into cooking and you have to spend a lot of money to haul around a lot of gadgets. I've had several friend sell Avon which has a low upfront cost, but everyone sells Avon and it makes it difficult. I also don't like the fact that it's geared toward women which leaves out half the population of men (unless they buy for the wives/girlfriends). I have an abundant amount of male friends.
Now selling cloth diapers is a very select market too, but most people aren't aware that cloth diapers have changed. Everyone envisions that cloth diapers are so labor intensive both for washing and for folding. They really have no idea just how easy and cost affective it is.
For those of you who haven't seen my break down click here. I talk about different types of cloth diapers and how it's financially beneficial. But I don't talk about washing them or folding the prefolds.
Because my baby is breastfed, hubby and I just simply change the prefold part and throw it into a dry pail. I wash the diapers every other day. We only have four covers (I recommend 6-8) and we end up wiping them with water or hydrogen peroxide and using a "fresh" cover when changing him. Snappies are awesome. I bought four of them, but I only use two which I switch out.
I know in the future washing will be a little different as he gets into solid foods. We'll probably have to switch to using a soaking method. Our washing machine in our condo doesn't have a rinse or soaking cycle. I don't understand why, but it is an industrial one instead of a home use one.
There are several ways to fold a prefold, I researched them a lot before our son was born. Your main ones are newspaper, bikini twist, and angel wing. I've seen a few others like jelly roll. Bikini twist is for girls mostly so we've never bothered using that one. I tried the newspaper, but it doesn't catch his runny breast fed poos. That's why snappis are awesome. We use angel wing and sort of a modified version where we splay the front part. You could call it a double angel wing. It seems we're not the only ones who do this. I've seen a few youtube videos showing people doing the same thing.
Anyway...it's really very easy. I changed thousands of disposable diapers at the day care and changing my son takes the same amount of time. Less so because he's breast fed and the other children were potty training toddlers.