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I have used:
Only cloth diapers 0% [0/43]
Only disposable diapers 63% [27/43]
Some of both 37% [16/43]

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JoyInTheJourney
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 01:34 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I'm just wondering how many of you used cloth or disposable or both. I'm also wondering what benefits you saw from either one.

Eager to hear!

Edited to add questions (and may add more later )--

1) How much would you spend per diaper? I KNOW my dh would not permit me to even think of sewing any because of time issues.
2) Do you use cloth wipes?
3) How do you deal with poopy ones--rinse it in the toilet, or what?
4) Would you buy the "one-size" kind, or separate sizes?
5) How many cloth diapers do you need for baby?
6) Would you use AIO or some other variation?


(Edited by JoyInTheJourney)
(Edited by JoyInTheJourney)

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eldmon2008
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 02:07 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have used both and definitely prefer cloth .
My opinion only:
Cloth pros:
-CHEAPER(even if you buy nice ones that cost $12-$15 apiece they pay off quickly)
-Green, no stinky trash for us to deal with
-I've had much less diaper rashes with cloth
-So,so cute
-Babies can't take them off so it's not necessary to wear onesies or pants for that reason
-The wonderful feeling of a line full of diapers
Cons:
-They can be gross until you're used to it, or if your pregnant but no worse then pampers for me.
-A little more hassle when you're out and about cause you haul your dirty diapers back home but I don't like to leave pampers at a friends house unless I know they have a dumpster.
-Dumping them in the washer stinks (literally) because they've been sitting for 2 days but thats the only time I think about it.

Disposable pros:
-No washing, just buy more!
-Very handy when away, pitch the trash right away.
-Don't take up much room in the diaper bag
-DH is more likely to change diapers!
Cons:
-Expensive
-They fill your cart up to fast when shopping!
-All the trash it makes, and it STINKS. I always thought my whole house reeked when I used them.
-Babies can easily take them off and they get loose an slide around unless they wear onesies or pants
-More diaper rashes(my experience)
-I hate the chemical smell that lingers on my children from pampers!

So,there's my list. Yeah, I'm pretty much set on cloth
. I do use pampers when we travel but thats it.
(Edited by eldmon2008)

~Monica, wife to Eldon and mama to Makayla and Michael and Emily
   
lainasmommy
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 02:12 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I never thought I would be one to actually enjoy using cloth diapers, but I do. (As much as you can enjoy something that involves poop!) I used disposables with my first and then decided to use cloth at least part time with my second. I didn't start until he was several months old so I haven't cloth diapered a newborn yet. This time I am planning on using disposables for at least the first 2 weeks and then switch to all cloth. With Connor, once I got into it I used cloth pretty much all the time except when we traveled and that is what I am planning on this time. When you first start looking at cloth diapering it can feel pretty overwhelming since there are so many different kinds/styles and brands. It can also look pretty expensive but when you figure up the totals of what you would spend on disposables versus a diaper that you wash over and over it is (usually) cheaper to use cloth. The cheapest option is to use prefolds or flat diapers with a cover. I didn't think I would like this option, but was amazed to discover that I actually liked it better than pocket diapers. (where you stuff the insert inside the diaper) I also liked All in 2 (AI2) diapers where the insert snaps into the diaper. We very seldom had problems with diaper rash which can be a problem with disposables.
Jairia, mommy to
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Connor Stephen ~ May 10, 2009
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Goodgirl
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 03:52 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I use only disposable diapers.

Let me defend my position...

Warning. I have never used cloth, so perhaps my comments refuting the cloth diaper arguments are uneducated. Please correct me, you cloth advocates.

~My husband is the number one reason why I do it. He wants my time. I help him with school/teaching/marking/planning/etc. He says that the time I would spend in washing diapers would be time taken away from him. I'm totally good with that.

~Convenience. Obviously. It is SO easy to throw dirty diapers in the trash. If you change the trash can bag often, it won't stink (too badly
). No cleaning messy diapers, washing diapers, drying diapers, folding diapers, or fiddling with liners, pins, etc. when changing. No lugging dirty diapers around in your diaper bag. No changing umpteen times a day.

I will give a caution, though. Buy GOOD quality disposables. No cheap, cheap Walmart brands. I only buy Pampers diapers. I find that if I use the good quality diapers, I can very often get through a day with only three or four diapers in 24 hours. They soak up the liquid and leave baby's skin dry. Of course, if there is a poopy diaper, you change it right away. But it's unnecessary to change a wet disposable diaper until it's fully wet. This does NOT work for cheap diapers, though. At least not in my experience. You will end up with terrible diaper rashes.

~Cost. I have done the math over and over. And I truly believe that disposable diapers were NO MORE MONEY for my FIRST BABY. The savings would come if I would have any following children and would re-use my cloth supply.

Let me clarify, though. If I would set up a cloth diaper supply, I know myself well enough to know that I would not go the cheapest route. I could not stand the thought of buying second-hand cloth diapers - putting my baby into something that another baby had already made good use of.
I would buy everything new, and I would buy everything good quality. I know I would spend several hundred dollars just setting up.

I also am very, very careful when I shop for diapers. I only buy Pampers diapers, and I always know what they cost per diaper. That's important. Just because they are "on sale" does not mean they are a good price. Figure out what they cost per diaper. Generally the bigger the box, the better the price. I watch Walmart prices. A couple times a year they put on a super special sale - where the biggest Pampers box (250ish diapers) go on sale. That's when I stock up a good supply for the next few months. I try to never buy diapers for more than 15 cents a diaper. Smaller size diapers I often bought for 11 or 12 cents each. Bigger size diapers are always more expensive (there are less in a box), and the last time I bought diapers I was in a pinch, so they were 17.7 cents each. =)

I live in Canada, so these figures are in Canadian dollars - the numbers will be higher than for American dollars, but it should give you a general idea. I think that the absolute maximum I will spend on diapering Aliyah will be $600. Probably the actual cost will be less. Depends on when she gets trained. I know from talking to my cloth diaper friends that they spend at least that amount in setting up (the average friend does). Plus then you have to figure the cost of all that laundry.

Having said all that, I know that if I have a second baby I will spend all that money again diapering him/her, whereas my cloth diaper friends will save.

Just about everything in motherhood has pros and cons. You have to decide what's right for you. Happy deciding!

Juliann

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eldmon2008
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 04:55 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I was wondering if a disposable user would ever comment

In answer to your questions Judi:
1.I used pre-folds and rubber pants until Makayla was 18 months then we upgraded! I paid $280(shipped to my door) for 24 SmartiPants, which comes out to aprox $11.50 apiece. I have used these for 11 months with Makayla and 10 for Michael and they show no sign of wearing out.Three liners started separating right away and the company sent me new ones-no questions asked (an advantage of buying straight from the company, you get customer service). There are so many options out there anymore and I know you can get cheaper brands. That being said, I'd be ok with paying at least $15-$17 apiece because I know I'd pay it off.
2.I do use cloth wipes at home and I love it. Old t-shirts are the best. Cut them into squares, make them wet (warm water when you're a new mom) then you can just toss them in the bucket with the diapers. Otherwise you have a poopy wipe to deal with. When we're away I still just use wipes then run them threw the washer and throw them in the trash when they're clean. Hey, it works!
3. Poop-now that Michael is on formula I can normally just roll it out into the toilet. When it was more soft I cut up an old sheet and laid it into the diaper. If he just peed, it went into the bucket but when he pooped I put it in a garbage bag and took it out to the barrel right away.
4. I have the one size and I like them but I always used disposable for the first month. One sized generally say 8-whatever lbs and they are just to bulky for a NB. Makayla wore these until 30 months and Michael started at one month. So I'm sold on one size.
5. Like I said, I have 24. I wash about every 3 days. Every now and then it will have to be done every other, esp when they are younger but this works for me. The beauty of most "modern day" cloth is that they are made with material that wick the moisture away from the skin but I still don't like my babies marinating in pee so I change at least every 2 hours (but I do that with pampers too.)
(Edited by eldmon2008)

~Monica, wife to Eldon and mama to Makayla and Michael and Emily
   
antrosari
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 04:57 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I used some cloth for my first, 10 years ago. It was ok, but at the time I knew nothing about these "convenient" cloth diapers that are around today. I did not care for cloth. More time, for one. Rinsing poopy diapers in the pot is soo gross, another. They make the child's seat look soooo wide and large. I hated that. And they are not nice when going away.

I have used disposables for the rest of the children. I hate to think of all that money we spent. Especially since this time I have my whole stash waiting through all my coupon finds. Couponing is my hobby, so I also had lots of fun finding those good pamper deals. And no more having to buy walmart brand pampers when you can get good name pampers for very cheap. So this time, there is definitely nooo question that I am going the cheaper route.

I agree with what Juliann said, you have to decide what's right for you.

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Jarby
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 04:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Disposable only. Not even the least bit tempted to try cloth. My husband has changed alot of diapers for me, and I am pretty sure he'd be less willing if they (the poopy ones) were cloth....
I'd say convenience would be my top reason for disposable. We all need to decide whats more important to us in these kinds of things - whether it be the money we save or the time, or what have you. All that to say - I am glad for you who love cloth diapering. I am happy to stay a disposable diapering mom! I used White Cloud until Walmart stopped carrying them. Now I use Luvs. Except for at night now with my nearing 2 year old girl - I use Huggies Overnites.
Judy, guess you could always buy just a few cloth and try both ways for awhile to see what you think.

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In reply to the earlier poster, about cloth taking extra time. honestly, i really don't see how a person has to spend alot of extra time to use cloth diapers. Personally, it's just a matter of tossing it in a wet bag, dumping the wet bag in the washer every few days, and pushing start. and then hanging them out, which is also not a big deal. I usually just lay them unfolded in a basket, I don't really bother stuffing/folding.

It's no more time that a person who coupons would spend researching the good deals on disposable. I think I would actually have to spend MORE time look for deals and discounts and coupons then I do washing cloth diapers.

Also I have rarely ever had to submerge a cloth diaper into the toilet water. With the microfiber insides, the poop really does mostly roll off (granted I had a constipated kid most of the time:-))
But when I did have a messy one, I used the garden hose outside in the grass over dunking it in the toilet. Sorry if that grosses you out.

Not that I'm a die-hard cloth diaperer or anything, but I am happy to think that with this upcoming baby, I have my stash established plus two other people are lending me theirs cuz they don't use them as much as they thot. Since I won't be working near as much now with two children I am happy to think that I won't have to shell as much cash out for disposable. I prly will use them some, but for sure cloth with help stretch the $$$'s further.

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janedi
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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 05:52 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Here's why I choose cloth:
-Cloth is cheaper than disposable
-Cloth is better for the environment
-Cloth is healthier for your baby. Do a little research about how disposables are made and the chemicals in them. I prefer not to have those nasty things on my baby's skin. And if you do any research about how our skin is like a sponge and soaks up everything...you'll realize that you might not want those chemicals against your baby's skin either.

Yes, I agree. Disposables are more convenient. We're actually using them right now because we were having some issues with our water and the diapers were not getting clean...resulting in bad diaper rash. The repair guy was just out yesterday...so I'm hoping we can get back into using cloth soon!
But, I don't really see/understand why everyone thinks that cloth is so much work. Two or so extra loads of laundry a week doesn't bother me....and I bet I touch the same amount of poop whether I'm using disposables or cloth! I also don't fold and stuff my diapers after every washing. Sometimes I just have the clean ones in a washbasket or whatever and stuff them right before I put them on. It doesn't really take long.
I actually like cloth better for my husband. Seems like he's always getting the disposables on wrong...he does much better with cloth!

Like someone else mentioned, prefolds and covers are the most economical way to cloth diaper. I know some moms have found this to be the least troublesome route too....less leaks, etc. And when I say covers, I'm not talking about rubber pants! I bought someThirsties Duo Wraps for my newborn that I can't wait to try out.
Oh, and I also love cloth wipes if I'm doing cloth diapers. You just throw them in the wash with the diapers....no stinky wipes sitting around a trash can.
I think the best advice, if you're serious about trying to cloth diaper, is to do tons of research online and then try out several different systems/types of cloth. Don't put all your eggs in one basket!

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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 06:17 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Cloth for babies 1-4
Disposables for babies 5-7

We started out cloth and it was ok. saved us some money. It wasnt my favorite thing in the world but I tried to remember the cost savings.

Then we had #5 and my husband said I just need to concentrate getting the family laundry done every week and not worry about cloth. Plus we were homeschooling by that time and I just couldn't tend to everything. So here we are, 3 1/2 yrs later and fixing to do disposables for #7 again-and I rarely coupon.

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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 07:22 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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janedi wrote:
But, I don't really see/understand why everyone thinks that cloth is so much work. Two or so extra loads of laundry a week doesn't bother me....and I bet I touch the same amount of poop whether I'm using disposables or cloth!



I found this to be my experience as well. I only had to do diaper laundry @ 2 times a week so really no big deal and definitely didn't take that much time.

My husband made me a diaper sprayer that is hooked to the toilet so I didn't have to dunk poopy diapers. But to tell you the truth I really didn't use it all that much. Most of the time I could easily just dump it into the toilet and toss in the wet bag.

As to how much to spend per diaper I kind of feel you get what you pay for. You can get diapers on Ebay that come from China for $5 or $6 each but they may not hold up as long as say Bumgenius or Fuzzibunz that cost more. I did buy a few of the China diapers but I don't think I would have my whole stash be those.
I also use cloth wipes at home or away. I make a wipe solution and keep it in a spray bottle. When I need a wipe I spray the solution onto it. For away from home I used a huggies travel wipe container and kept the wipes in there and just had a small bottle of spray in my bag.
Personally I like sized diaper until the baby gets a little bigger, because like was mentioned the one size are pretty bulky on a small baby.
I also would recommend trying several types and brands before buying all of one kind. What one person likes may not end up being what you like and different brands also fit different babies differently. Cloth diapering has definitely come a long way from rubber pants and diaper pins. I never used either of those and if I had too I really doubt I would be cloth diapering. When I use prefolds with covers I just fold the diaper in thirds and lay it in the cover and then fasten the cover onto the baby. With pockets or AIO's you just put it on you baby like you would a disposable and you are done.
(Edited by lainasmommy)

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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 07:30 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Disposables only for me. I never had a real desire to try cloth. I think a big part of it was because all the different kinds confuse me. And it seems like it's really the "thing" to do right now and that makes me NOT want to do it. Yeah, I'm weird.
I second what Juliann said about using a good brand...I pretty much only like Huggies. I never had trouble with those leaking or with diaper rashes. I tried Luvs and hated the smell and they get full and squishy and "hangy" way quicker than Huggies. (and Parents Choice are pretty much the same way).

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 Posted May 22nd, 2012 08:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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janedi wrote:
But, I don't really see/understand why everyone thinks that cloth is so much work. Two or so extra loads of laundry a week doesn't bother me....



Wait until you have a few more children and then see if two extra loads is a lot. I hung out most of my laundry on a clothes line for the first few years we were married, and it is a lot more work than throwing things in the dryer. If I understand it right, you can't throw cloth diapers in the dryer.

I am not grossed out by cloth diapers. One of my friends has a sprayer thing attached to her toilet and the poop sprays right off. There are certain aspects of it that attract me such as saving money (now that I don't coupon) and it's better for the environment.

I have used disposable for all three of mine and I am now a devoted Huggies fan...forever and always!! I will use Pampers Snug and Dry if I have too. But NOTHING ELSE! The lower price tag of the other brands doesn't even attract me anymore. They are a pain!! My opinion of course.

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Disposable diapers here. I have never tried cloth and never will. It doesn't even tempt me. I would rather pinch pennies in other areas of my life.

I do coupon so I can get diapers fairly cheap. I use to be able to pick them up for around $.08 a diaper but the deals aren't as good as they used to be and I'm paying more like $.15 a diaper. I only buy Huggies or Pampers. I have seen too many little kids running around wearing an off brand diaper that is about hanging to their knees cuz it's so squishy and saturated. Gross! I also agree with another poster that you don't have to change their diapers nearly as often if you use Huggies or Pampers versus an off brand diaper.

I think it's great if someone wants to cloth diaper but don't try to convince me to give it a try.

Michelle
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^Actually you can put most of them in the dryer and I did if I was in a pinch, but I liked hanging them out because they smelled better if they were line dried versus put in the dryer. In the winter if I can't hang them outside I hang them on a clothes rack to dry.

With a family of 4 I didn't think 2 more loads a week really added much but maybe thats just me. Now if I had 6 or 8 children maybe I would feel differently but if I had that many I would guess that the older ones would be old enough to help with chores like laundry so they could help out.

I also use Huggies if I use disposables. I cannot stand most of the store brands. To me you end up spending just as much for the cheaper brands as you do when you use Huggies or Pampers brand because you end up changing them so much oftener.

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Quote:
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With a family of 4 I didn't think 2 more loads a week really added much but maybe thats just me. Now if I had 6 or 8 children maybe I would feel differently but if I had that many I would guess that the older ones would be old enough to help with chores like laundry so they could help out.

Exactly. Makayla is only 3 and I'm convinced if I had a low line she could hang my diapers out. I've put mine in the dryer too, just NEVER, EVER, EVER use a dryer sheet cause it will coat the fibers and they won't absorb. Not a problem for me because I don't even have dryer sheets but I have a friend that ruined cloth diapers.

Commenting on the bunny trail; Funny stuff, I prefer parents choice or target brand to any other brand. Or Dollar General Brand. I had such leak issues with Huggies it wasn't even right. I think it makes a huge difference on both disposable and cloth on how fat your baby is and how they fit. What works for one child just may not work for another.

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I have seen too many little kids running around wearing an off brand diaper that is about hanging to their knees cuz it's so squishy and saturated. Gross!


LOL!! I totally agree! There are some people I know, who seem to think that you don't ever change diapers until they get to the knees. I think they're so used to it, they think it's normal. So nasty! And the poor children!

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I love reading through all the opinions and preferences! You are getting a lot of good info, now to figure out what will work for you!

For our first child my aunt had given me some birds eye cloth diapers, I think those would be considered flat folds. I wore one on my baby and said never again! Even buying the cheapest diapers were way better to me than dealing with the smell of cloth. However, I didn't stick with cheap disposables, I always preferred Huggies and I that's what I used for #1, 2 & 3.

When #4 came along there were a few reasons I chose to cloth diaper:
-I really hated the thought of polluting Mongolia with more trash by using disposables
-I was also looking for a cheaper option
-Disposables in the size I want are not always available
-We walked all our groceries home, cloth diapers would be one less thing I'd have to haul home from the store
-This is what really helped me decide . . . I got almost $400 of brand new diapers given to us from Cotton Babies, as overseas workers, we qualified for their diaper grant!

I'm now using them for #5, so they've definitely been worth it. I didn't choose what kinds to use, they just sent me a package of various one. I was actually happy with this, I had been overwhelmed with all the chooses, so to have someone choose for me was good.

I got a few bum genius, pre-folds, birds eye, and kiss a luvs. My favorite were and still are Kiss a luvs and then I use nylon pants with them. The bum genius Taleaked for me.

I'm not a die hard cloth diaperer! I do love disposables. For me I deal with diaper rashes A LOT more with cloth diapers. In fact, when my little one has a rash, I use disposables on her. She's had bad rashes! I don't know if it's the detergent I use or what, but I don't have much to experiment with here. When I started cloth with #4, his bottom would bleed, I discovered Charlie's Soap and that seemed to work. It's what I still use.

As for washing them, I throw the wet ones in the wash machine and let the messy ones soak in water. Then I rinse them out and add them to the wet ones. It's gross and not a favorite chore of mine! I always hang my diapers out. The sun also helps to bleach them white and give them a good smell.

I also use cloth wipes, those came with my diapers. I fold them in half and put them in a huggies wipe counter. Then I put 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo and 1 tablespoon of baby oil with 1 cup of water and pour it over the wipes. I like it better that way because my wipes are wet when I need them. The one thing I don't like is they can be cold. In the winter I keep them on the stove so they stay warm. But we don't have running hot water, so it's not like I could just run water over them.

So that's my method for cloth diapering.

Tonia
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 Posted May 23rd, 2012 08:23 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I guess I will add my 2 cents worth just for fun!
I use disposables. I think I would perhaps switch to cloth for environmental reasons, but it just doesn't seem worth it at this stage of the game as I imagine I had most of my babies already.
I used to buy name brands when I did more couponing. Now my husband picks up diapers when he is out and gets the cheap ones. Never had a problem with diaper rashes or saggy, saggy diapers!

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I used cloth for a while with my second child. The thing I hated was that they took forever to dry and they always smelled. I could never get that 'used' smell out of them. In the end, I went back to disposables and will prob. never go back to cloth again. I'd rather pinch and never buy snacks again, and use the money on Huggies. I'm another one who hated Luvs pampers. But I'm not die hard Huggies either. As long as they have the good elastic in the middle of the back, I'll use them. And we burn our trash, so I'm not worried about clogging up the landfill, either.

IMO, it's kinda like the breastfeeding vs. formula, homeschooling vs. church school, etc. thing. Everyone can choose what works for them. There are pros and cons on both sides.

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In reply to Thelma's comment about taking more time to coupon than to use cloth.....that is true. But I guess it all comes down to what one enjoys the most. And like Jairia said, cloth has come a long way from folding a bunch of cloth, diaper pins and rubber pants. That's the only way I knew cloth to be, so I guess my view on cloth may be a little distorted. But I still would rather have the thrill of finding a great deal on disposables than have to wash a bunch of cloth diapers.
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I guess I will add my 2 cents worth just for fun!
I use disposables. I think I would perhaps switch to cloth for environmental reasons, but it just doesn't seem worth it at this stage of the game as I imagine I had most of my babies already.
I used to buy name brands when I did more couponing. Now my husband picks up diapers when he is out and gets the cheap ones. Never had a problem with diaper rashes or saggy, saggy diapers!


This is me. I think the cloth diapers are cute and definitely not like they used to be. But not worth it for me. And I can't say that I really have a desire to use them. I use the cheapest disposables and they work fine. I can probably count on one hand how many times my babies had diaper rashes.

Isn't it interesting how we all have different opinions? Are you confused yet, Judi?

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Just for fun I'll add my 2 cents.
I love disposables. I tried cloth with my first two but they had so many diaper rashes (my children are fair skinned and sensitive). I finally decided that I was spending too much money on Desitin and my baby's discomfort was not worth it.
Then with baby # 3 I had 2 in diapers and 3 children under the age of 3 so I didn't feel like I had the time. Plus we lived at Faith Builders so there wasn't clothes lines readily available and the dryers were used by other families and took forever to dry things. I also had severe post partum depression and struggled just to simply get all the children cared for and the basics done.

On top of that I HATE messing with poop! I gag over it. So definitely not worth it for me! I have no desire to return to cloth diapers.

However, the kids I babysit use cloth diapers. This has been a whole new experience for me since they have come up with all these cute liners! They are definitely handy and not as much hassle as the rubber pants. But then I do not wash all the diapers. I only take the messy ones off and fold them and put them in a cute waterproof bag that zips shut and then i send them home for them to deal with. So since I don't have to wash them I would say that as far as changing goes they aren't any harder than the disposables.
They make their own fresh wipes out of a paper towel roll cut in half. So the wipes aren't filled with any chemicals either and I just simply throw them in the trash can and they don't smell at all. And till we burn trash they are dried out and burn just fine.

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 Posted May 23rd, 2012 09:59 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Nope--I'm not confused. Not really, anyway. Reuben and I are planning to go cloth. We talked about it last night. I don't have access to the coupon deals that some of you ladies do, so cloth is by far the cheapest route if I look at it in the long run. This baby we pay up front (although with a one-size diaper you only have to be one set and maybe use disposables for the first month or so). But the next baby we can diaper basically free. Adoption is quite expensive, and I am just thrilled to think of being able to help out the family budget in this way!

Having said all that, feel free to continue to weigh in your comments on cloth vs. disposable. It's possible that at some future date some other first-time mom will want the facts.

Now--for you cloth users--I have some questions:
1) How many diapers do you need? Do you like the one-size or individual sizes?
2) What care tips do you have (type of laundry soap, etc.)?
3) Where did you buy your diapers (unless you made them)?
4) How much did you pay per diaper?

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To those getting rashes with cloth diapers-

I once read a book on cloth diapering. It said that if your baby is getting rashes, then the bacteria from the diaper is not getting sanitized during washing and when the moisture connects with your baby's bottom, it causes an infection, or rash. I had a little trouble w/ rashes but when I started adding a sanitizer to the 2nd wash (I think it was) I never had trouble. Also they need to be really dry when putting away-whether by sun or by dryer. The sun and heat from the dryer do help to kill bacteria but it needs more than just that.

To those feeling like washing cloth diapers isn't any extra work-I think that makes a HUGE difference in a family's lifestyle. Whether you're home a lot or not, whether you have a couple children or a bunch of them, whether the children even help with laundry at all or not, (mine do very little during the school year), if you have a revolving front door (lots of company/friends stopping by), ect. I mean, everything in life takes time and each one of us has to choose how to spend it those 24 hrs a day, so while it may not take more time for one person, those precious minutes spent will eat at another person's schedule. Like for us, at one time I would have felt that cloth didnt take much more time, but now I just can't imagine trying to fit that in yet. I'm sure you're wondering how I can be on the mommy board writing then--I do this while I'm waiting on someone in school or giving spelling words, or at the Dr's office, or on hold on the phone-stuff like that. Oh, the beauty of multi tasking.

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^^^Yeh, I might be playing a different tune if I had a large family. But with one baby (or a couple more later on), it is probably quite different. I definitely do not blame you for not doing cloth!
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Cretora, I totally understand the time factor. You are right about needing to decide what is more important. It seems like the older I get and the older my children get and now with watching 2 kids 4 days a week I feel like my time is stretched so much thinner than back when they were all at home (with the exception of when I had 3 in 3 years).

Cretora I also like what you said about the bacteria and cloth diapers. I never thought of that. But those diapers were washed in water that had bacteria in it. The bacteria was so high that I kept getting bladder infections one right after the other until we switched to hauling our water from another source. I bet it was the water at that house.

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You will need more diapers for a younger baby versus an older baby. For a newborn I think they say to plan for at least 12 diapers a day. That is why most people will use prefolds with covers for newborns because you need more and its cheaper. It also depends on how often you want to do laundry. I don't like to let them sit for longer than 3 days and usually tried to wash every 2-3 days. Like I said earlier I prefer sized diapers for smaller babies simply because they are not as bulky, but I think the one size diapers usually start fitting by 10-12 lbs. (most say they will fit at 8 lbs, but in my opinion they are just too bulky for a newborn) I am planning on using newborn/small until he outgrows them and then switching to one size. I am hoping he will be able to wear the small size til at least 15 lbs. but it just depends on how your baby is shaped etc. as to how long they fit. As for price it all depends what you want. Like I said prefolds with covers are cheapest. You can get infant sized indian prefolds at www.cottonbabies.com for $1.50 each they also have free shipping. They have a nice variety of covers to choose from in varying prices. If you watch they will sometimes have Bumgenius pockets or flip covers as seconds for less and so far I have never been able to tell that the ones I bought as seconds had anything wrong with them. Another site that has free shipping is www.sweetbottomsbaby.com and http://www.clothdiapersinc.com also has free shipping and sometimes has Fuzzibunz seconds on clearance. If you go to the brand manufacturer's own website they will often have seconds for a better price. Something you may want to consider if you aren't sure what type of diapers you want to use is a diaper trial from www.nickisdiapers.com or www.jilliansdrawers.com you get a variety of styles and brands to try for a certain amount of time and I think it usually costs @ $10. Another site is www.kellyscloset.com and thats only a few websites that are out there. If you watch they will often run specials on these websites too.
On wash routines, I think it really depends on your water as to what will work the best for you and you may have to experiment a little to see what ends us working. When I started out I tried Charlie's soap because I heard so many people say they loved it, but it didn't work with our water. Next I tried Rockin Green another one that alot of people like. Again it didn't work for me. I ended up trying Tide powder and that is what has worked the best. You can't use alot of soap and no softener or dryer sheets. I do a cold rinse and then a hot heavy duty wash with an extra rinse. Occasionally I will do another short wash on warm with no detergent just to rinse them really good. Rinsing is very important to get all the detergent out and to prevent buildup.

(Edited by lainasmommy)

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To those getting rashes with cloth diapers-

I once read a book on cloth diapering. It said that if your baby is getting rashes, then the bacteria from the diaper is not getting sanitized during washing and when the moisture connects with your baby's bottom, it causes an infection, or rash. I had a little trouble w/ rashes but when I started adding a sanitizer to the 2nd wash (I think it was) I never had trouble. Also they need to be really dry when putting away-whether by sun or by dryer. The sun and heat from the dryer do help to kill bacteria but it needs more than just that.


What do you mean by adding a sanitizer? I'm very interested in knowing about this. I wash my diapers in cold water, so that could very well be the problem. In the winter they freeze dried, so they never got warm even from the sun.

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I finally decided that I was spending too much money on Desitin and my baby's discomfort was not worth it.


Here's another tip for you Judi! Not all diaper rash creams are cloth diaper safe! I'm pretty sure Desitin isn't. It can build up in diapers and cause repelling (non-absorbancy) and thus cause rashes. Look for a diaper cream that specifically says it's cloth diaper safe. I personally use CJ's BUTTer and love it. You'll probably have to buy something online as most stores don't carry cloth diaper safe creams.
I started using one-size diapers on my daughter when she was 4 months old. She was a slow grower...so even then the one-size were a bit bulky on her...but it wasn't bad.
I have a large wet back that fits in a trash can with a lid. I put the dirty diapers in there until wash day and then wash the bag with the diapers. I don't soak them in water. I've heard that doing that can harbor bacteria. I would definately recommend washing every 2-3 days. Otherwise the diapers start smelling really bad...even after you wash them.
If you're into eBay, you can sometimes find good deals on there. I bought some used Bumgenius there for around $3 apiece. It's good to know your prices though...because I've seen people pay more on eBay for a used diaper than they would for a new one! Guess they get caught up in the thrill of bidding!

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