Cloth Diapers?

Kate - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Currently using disposable but wondering if cloth really saves money, upsides and downs to cloth?

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Tessa - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have used cloth diapers on my daughter since she was born. We ordered a dozen BumGenius 3.0 All-in-One pocket diapers from cottonbabies.com. We absolutely love them! They have elastic around the legs and velcro closures. I don't usually stuff the insert into the pocket because I can reuse the cover if it doesn't get wet or dirty. I just fold a prefold diaper in thirds, cover it with a soft 1/2 paper towel and lay it all on top of the cover. The paper towel catches most of the poop and can can be thrown away. Also, by using regular prefold diapers as the insert, I am able to throw them in with my regular white clothes and bleach them so they don't get stained or stink. But, I always give them an extra rinse to make sure that all the bleach comes out.

Cloth diapers are more bulky to wear and pack in the diaper bag. I have found that my daughter sometimes has to move to the size larger in some clothes, such as pants, to accomodate for the extra bulk of the diapers. But, I love the cloth diapers because my daughter has never had diaper rash and the trash is minimal.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2009

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I've used clothe diapers now with 2 kids and we love them. Definitely an expense up front but cheaper in the long run...especially if you use them with more than one child. Once you get into the hang of washing them its not that big a deal. We use disposable only when we travel. They do leak more so you have to really change them regularly. As far as poop goes, its gross no matter what kind of diaper you use and you're diaper pail won't smell as bad because the poop gets flushed down. They say potty training is easier although we have yet to see it with our 2 yr old. Our biggest downside right now is our daycare won't accept them so they're using disposables at daycare.

Marialena - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Carley:

Hey Kate....It totally saves money. Although the cost of Disposables are getting pretty cheap nowadays, the upside to cloth is that they are cheap & they do no damage to the environment, the downside is that baby has to changed alot more regularly because they don't absorb alot the baby feels wet constantly, and they are not really convenient if you are out and about (you would use disposables) oh and cleaning the poo's off of them is not exactly fun either.....I used cloth with my second child but only for day time at home and at night I would use disposables and if i was out i'd use disposables, I also breastfed so for the first 6 months i pretty much spent no money on him whatsoever, i had a boy previously so i already had all the clothes etc. Cloth does save money however i have just had baby number 3 and i am not using cloth....only as spit rags, disposables are far more convenient.



as for gettting the poop off, i use flushable diaper liners, i end up just tossing them in the trash since the toilet is inconvinent.

Marialena - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Marialena:

Cloth saves us a ton of money! We still use disposable when we go out for the convenience but we go through a box in about a month or more. You have to wash the daipers every other day at least, I'd say that is the only major downside. My little girl hasn't gotten any rashes from the diapers like many babies can get, you just have to make sure you are getting the diapers really clean.






What kind do you use?






I started out with prefolds and still use them when I run out of Mother-ease diapers.  I really like them because they are adjustable one-size and they keep the poopy in better than the prefolds.  For covers, so far i just like the simple plastic covers.

Carley - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hey Kate....It totally saves money. Although the cost of Disposables are getting pretty cheap nowadays, the upside to cloth is that they are cheap & they do no damage to the environment, the downside is that baby has to changed alot more regularly because they don't absorb alot the baby feels wet constantly, and they are not really convenient if you are out and about (you would use disposables) oh and cleaning the poo's off of them is not exactly fun either.....I used cloth with my second child but only for day time at home and at night I would use disposables and if i was out i'd use disposables, I also breastfed so for the first 6 months i pretty much spent no money on him whatsoever, i had a boy previously so i already had all the clothes etc. Cloth does save money however i have just had baby number 3 and i am not using cloth....only as spit rags, disposables are far more convenient.

Erynne - posted on 09/02/2009

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We do cloth during the day and disposable at night... and I REALLY notice a difference when he's in mostly cloth versus disposables. Sposies tend to break him out, which really isn't surprising considering all the awful chemicals in them.

We use FuzziBunz. Yes, the initial expenditure is pretty big... but there are places like DiaperSwappers.com where you can buy used diapers in very good condition. I've gotten several dipes from there, and from eBay.

DiaperSwappers.com is also a great place to go for cloth diaper information, whether you're going to go with pocket diapers (which is what FuzziBunz are), or All-in-Ones, or All-in-Twos, or fitteds, or prefolds, or flats.... the variety is endless!

And apparently, doing a load of cloth diapers every couple of days is equivalent to flushing a toilet 5x. So the cost of water versus buying a jumbo pack of sposies every couple of days is REALLY worth it, imo. :)

- E

Kate - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting Marialena:

Cloth saves us a ton of money! We still use disposable when we go out for the convenience but we go through a box in about a month or more. You have to wash the daipers every other day at least, I'd say that is the only major downside. My little girl hasn't gotten any rashes from the diapers like many babies can get, you just have to make sure you are getting the diapers really clean.



What kind do you use?

Marialena - posted on 09/02/2009

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Cloth saves us a ton of money! We still use disposable when we go out for the convenience but we go through a box in about a month or more. You have to wash the daipers every other day at least, I'd say that is the only major downside. My little girl hasn't gotten any rashes from the diapers like many babies can get, you just have to make sure you are getting the diapers really clean.

Charlette - posted on 09/02/2009

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I am using disposable also. I have heard that cloth saves money, but it is a big investment to begin with. You also have to consider the extra time to do more laundry.

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