Cloth Diapers

Brooke - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am due with twins in March and I was just curious how many of you use cloth diapers and your reasoning of why. I have a four year old daughter and we always did disposable, but now with twins I am looking into cloth diapers. Any feedback is welcome... Pro's and Con's to both would be appreciated as well! Thanks!

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/26/2011

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I use cloth diapers. I am saving soooo much money and I don't have to worry about getting to the store if my disposables start to run low.

I found that the cloth diapers take only seconds more to put on than disposables. I use the econobum covers which have snaps to adjust both length and width. I have the diapers which come with them, but they are bulky for a newborn, so at first I just bought Gerber cloth diapers from Walmart. I have been using them for about 6 1/2 months and have shown them off to everyone that I can. I fold the diapers while I'm on CoM reading posts. lol

Serena - posted on 09/22/2011

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I buy disposable diapers in bulk (Cosco is where I get them), they really aren't too expenseive that way, and one box lasts me a month. I have other children to keep up with, and the idea of having to wash the cloth diapers, dumping in the toilet, rinsing out, then washing, is just more trouble than the amount of money that would be saved. But that's just for me! There are lots of pro's to it as well, I just take the easy way out (even if it is bad for the environment).

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Ive used cloth on 2 of my 4 children and Ive found it to be great, it saves me money, doesnt make too much more laundry for me either i wash a bucketful of diapers every 3 days.

Kyla - posted on 09/29/2011

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I recently switched from disposable to cloth because we now have 2 in diapers and were spending $100 a month on diapers because of sensitive skin we could only use pampers swaddlers and cruisers. I am very happy with the change it does take a bit of getting used to rinsing the poopy ones for my toddler but the babies arent bad at all. I am still trying to find a cloth that can last all night on my toddler but he leaked with the disposable at night as well so the leaks are nothing Im not used to.

Tinker1987 - posted on 09/28/2011

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my suggestion would be to just try it and see how it works for you.but with having twins you have more work ahead of you,and keeping up to scrubbing cloth diapers might not be convenient.thats just my thoughts.i stock up on diapers when walmart has a anniversary sale and i collect as many coupons for baby products.and use them when the product is on sale so i get a good deal.

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Vicki - posted on 10/17/2011

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I used cloth with my boy. I find on forums that people who talked about scrubbing, soaking etc are those who haven't used them! There's no need to soak, if you get something like a little squirt (google it) there's no need to scrub.

I used disposables when were on holidays and always happy to get back home to using cloth. He only ever had a 'poo-explosion' once and that was when wearing a disposable. An extra load every couple of days was no trouble at all and folding modern cloth nappies is easy. I washed every second day because I didn't want them hanging around but the load usually only half filled the machine, so you wouldn't need to do any extra loads with twins unless you have a very small machine. I never used any special stain soaps, stains just came out from hanging in the sun.

Totally doable with twins, a friend of mine had her older two kids in cloth, one recently toilet trained except for at night. She is due to have her twins in the next few weeks so will have three in cloth.

Paula - posted on 10/17/2011

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I cloth diaper and I LOVE IT. I do it only because of cost. though I guess the environmental stuff is just an added bonus. from what I have read online you end up saving something like $1500 per child using cloth instead of disposeable. that inlcudes the about $500 start up fee for cloth diapers which will get you enough of the really good ones wher eyou will be washing every two days. I use the "bum genius" pocket diapers and I love everything about them. I use the ones with snaps, and really they are very simple. (my husband even does them with no complaints and he had never changed a single diaper until we had our son).
I am actually using disposealbles on my 1 year old for the first time this week (except for when he was newborn) and it really is no easier than using cloth. I'm still dumping the poo in the toilet cause it's just gross throwing it away... The only "hard" thing about cloth is the washing/folding, but that is not hard, it is just 10/15 minutes every 2 or 3 days, and to say $12 or so during that time, I will do it! (it's like being paid $12 to fold them!)

I have used cloth on vacation, and I use them even when we go out, and have had zero problems. I am a stay at home mom, so its not hard to throw them in the washer and then dryer and then fold them up. does not take much time.

I would suggest using the site www.cottonbabies.com and watching their sales. About twice a year they have a huge sale on diapers that they can't sell full price because of little imperfections. (small threads sticking out etc.) things that are only cosmetic issues but don't mess with how the diaper works. I got mine that way because you get a HUGE discount. if you "like" them on FB they are always posting when they have sales and such.
this is a blog post I did about doing cloth diapers.. you can message me on here or through my blog and I can tell you mroe about how to do it/how to get started if you are interested, and if you have any questions! :)
http://hopefulfuture.blogspot.com/search...

Elizabeth - posted on 09/26/2011

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I found that if after you rinse out the dirty diapers you rub them with a bar of ivory soap and put them in a bucket with just a little water, the stains come out. By the way this works great with blood or grass stains too.

Kelina - posted on 09/26/2011

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I use cloth on my daughter. tried with my son but it was simply too much work for me to adjust to being a mom and deal with cloth diapers as well. That being said, the cloth diapers I had were terrible! I got new ones for my daughter and despite the initial cost they're amazing! They're an all-in-two where you stuff them. Supposedly you're supposed to take the inserts out before you wash them but i don't and they come just as clean. You're also supposed to store them in a pail with water and some form of deodorizer, but i dry pail mine. I find it creates less smell than the wet pail. And if you get the biodegradable paper liners it helps with removing waste from the diaper. Makes it quick and easy, you pull that out, toss it in the toilet, them toss the diaper in the bin beside the toilet and you're done. However I do recommend you stick with disposables for the first few weeks if you're worried about staining as your diapers will all wind up yellow! It's way better for the environment, and will save you money in the long run. Congratulations!

Brianna - posted on 09/24/2011

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i agree with serena and if u dont end up using cloth diapers maybe you should look into getting a costco card and getting some great deals there (or you can just go to costco with a friend that has a card )

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