Cloth Diapering?

Nettie - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Well, I've been contemplating cloth diapering since my last pregnancy & here I am again, contemplating it again. Except this time I'll actually do it. I'm starting with my 19 month old to see how I like it. I'm going with some thirsties diaper covers & prefolds. It seems to be the most economical way to go. I'll save about $1000 after a year, even with electricity, water & gas added in. It adds up to about $20 + per month when doing laundry!
I haven't started yet, I'm waiting on my covers to come in the mail. My one concern that I'm most concerned with is keeping up with the laundry, I'll need to do a load a night.
Anyway, just was wondering if anyone else was considering it, or what you think.

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Nettie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Kelly- I meant you have to buy each size seperately. With the Thirsties duos, you get 3 sizes in one.

Aimee - posted on 01/24/2010

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Awesome, Amanda! I'll tell you what my MIL does; she's made quite a few varieties for us. For AIOs, she usually uses the less expensive white PUL and layers it inside the diapers-- waterproof side in-- and puts either flannel or fleece in for the inner and outer layers (usually one type on the inside and the other on the outside). She has also bought some pretty colored PUL to use to make covers for my fitteds and prefolds. In that case, she puts the soft side of the PUL on the outside, and still lines the covers with flannel. I can take some pictures for you if you're interested!!

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2010

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aimee- you've inspired me, i am actually going to attempt to make some cloth diapers! i think i am going to try to make a few all in ones, my mom also found a bunch of different patterns and is going to make some for me. did you happen to make your own? if so what materials did you use? i've been contemplating the PUL fabric all day today for the outside

Nettie - posted on 01/23/2010

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Thanks for all the help! 3rd day of cloth diapering is going well, and I'm still enthusiastic. I'm considering making some fitted diapers (because they're stinking expensive online), and maybe buying a snappi to help the poop just stay on the prefold, not the cover. Thanks for the website too. I have 24 prefolds & 4 covers, so I may buy more covers.
I checked out the bummis super, but they're only one size. Where as the thirsties duo are several. So I think I may just stick with them.

Kelly - posted on 01/21/2010

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I cloth diaper my daughter and plan to cloth diaper this baby also. We use prefolds because they are the most economical and easiest to clean. Get a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet to get the poops off and then you just throw a load in the washer. My favorite covers are Bummis Super. The gussets around the legs fit really well and are soft so they don't leave marks on your babies legs. Cloth diapers are a big investment initially but they pay for themselves supper fast. I have three dozen prefolds and 6 covers so I usually only do a load of diapers every 2-3 days. I will definitely be doing a load every day when the new one arrives. And I agree with Aimee, www.greenmountaindiapers.com is a great site to buy from. Their prefolds are the softest and fit the best.

Aimee - posted on 01/21/2010

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www.greenmountaindiapers.com is a great site to get inexpensive cloth diapers of all types-- prefolds, covers, AIOs (all in ones), pockets, etc. If anyone likes to sew, there are also many patterns available out there to make your own, and I'd be happy to share the patterns I have, just message me! :-)

Amber - posted on 01/20/2010

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im scared to death of the thought of using cloth diapers, even considering the money saved! the idea of the mess and extra work of laundering them is overwhelming. i think i will start out with just disposable diapers, then maybe try out the cloth diapers when the changes go down some as she gets a little older.

Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2010

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I debated it with my daughter (she's now 2 and cloooose to potty trained) and am thinking about it this time too. I had looked into BumGenius also. The laundry just like most of the moms seems to be my biggest deterent (mostly b/c I know I will have a c-section and my hubby will be doing the laundry for awhile at first-he is NOT for cloth because of that...lol) So I am thinking about doing disposable while I recover and then switching to cloth for whenever we are at home.

Nettie - posted on 01/19/2010

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Yay, I'm so glad to see some other moms doing it, or at least considering it.
My covers just came in today! I'm so excited and will start them on it tomorrow. I'm kind of nervous, but excited too.
Yes, like I said, I agree with the laundry thing. But I figure I'll put in the load at night before I go to bed, and switch it to dryer in the morning and it won't interfere with my daily laundering cycle. Plus, you don't really need to fold the diapers!
Good luck to you all!

Ute - posted on 01/19/2010

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Yeah I will do cloth diapering. I bought a bunch of Bumgenius diapers (on sale at cottonbabies at the moment) and I even got washable wipes.

I like doing laundry so I hope I will be alright haha

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2010

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i totally want to!!!! i also have been contemplating it since my last one (he'll be 18 months when this one is born). i've been looking into the bumgenius 3.0s, and while costly to start with they are adjustable, so u use the same ones throughout the child's life in diapers. the only thing (and it is a HUGE thing to me) that is preventing me from going for it is the laundry, i am horrible at keeping up with the laundry, throw in a daily or every other day extra load of diapers and i am just not sure i will be able to keep up?!

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