OC1246 has some great advice!! <span class="emoticon grin">grin</span>
I haven't started using them yet, still waiting to have bubs. I have a rather large stash of different brands of nappies, so I can decide what will work for us & what doesn't. Mostly second hand nappies to keep costs down. What I have spent would only be a fraction of the cost of using sposies from birth to TT. And I get to sell them on!!
Can you tell me approx how much your initial outlay was? About $500 so far, but I have a LOT of nappies
I have seen pics of them, do you put a liner or something inside or is it just as is? There are different types of MCN ~ Pockets have a pocket in them that you stuff with absorbent material (bamboo/hemp/terrycloth), Fitteds have absorbency, but require a waterproof cover like PUL as they have no waterproof layer inside them, AIO (all in ones) have built in absorbency & waterproof layer (you just put them on like a sposie), AI2's (all in twos) have liners in them (made of bamboo, hemp, microfleece, terry toweling) that lays in (or snaps into) the nappy for absorbency, and the outer shell has the waterproof layer, so no need for a cover, there are also prefolds (like terry flats, but made of cotton, bamboo or hemp), which are used with a waterproof cover. Very confusing if you know nothing about MCN!!
Do they wear out after washing heaps? They shouldn't if treated correctly. You should get many years out of your MCN.
How do you go about cleaning them? Wipe off any excess poos into toilet, and dry pale them in a bucket. You can either wash with your clothes or separetly, it's really up to you. You don't use much detergent though!! It builds up in the nappies and they start repelling liquid instead of holding it. Then you have to strip wash them. (see forums on how to do this)
Is it really annoying cleaning them? I don't know yet. But I already do washing so throwing in some nappies as well isn't going to kill me. Some say snapping them all back together is enjoyable!!
How many do you need? You will need approx 12 for a day (newborn) prob get away with a few less for an older child. So 24 would cover drying time as well. Use 12 in a day, wash next day & use other 12 in a rotation.
Do you use them 100% of the time or do you use disposables on certain occasions like at night? Some use night time MCN's which have more absorbency & made especially for night time use. Some still use sposies for night time. All up to you what you prefer to do.
Do they leak with non solid poos or excessive wees, or can they hold as much as a disposable? I haven't trialed this yet, but I'm guessing they would hold poos the same as a sposie.
There are also different size systems .... OSFM (one size fits most ~ they are adjustable in size) can be used from birth to TT(depending on size of your bubs, really small babies, would probably require a sized nappy) or there is sized nappies NB, S, M, L . I have a mixture of both systems + prefolds and covers to use from newborn.
Here is another nappy forum to help with your stash & any questions you may have. Nappy Addicts
There is LOTS of information out there & it can be overwhelming, but from what I have heard of MCN, they are definitely well worth the effort!! <span class="emoticon grin">grin</span>