cloth diapers vs disposable

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Vicki - posted on 12/15/2009

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Cloth for us, although we used disposables when we went on holiday. At home it's really not much work. If my grandmother could do it washing by hand I can certainly cope with my modern fancy washing machine! I'm sure we haven't gotten stupider two generations on.

My son got a bit of a nappy rash when we were on holiday. Two days back home in cloth and it was gone.

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2009

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I use cloth diapers. They save me a ton of money, I don't have to buy diapers every week, and since I pay to have my trash picked up, I'm buying less bags and have fewer pick ups! I have a system for mine, poopy diapers get swished in the toilet and put into a bucket of water/borax. Pee diapers get put into the laundry with all the other clothes, I know it sounds gross, but how many moms do you know that put peed on clothes or blankets in the laundry with the normal clothes? Anyways, I do use disposable diapers at night and occasionally if we will be out and about for a LONG time...like, more than 3 cloth diapers worth of time! Best of luck, I really hope you choose cloth, they're SO much better for the environment and much cheaper in most cases!

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Taneshia:

does anyone know a good affordable cloth diaper that does not stain really easy?



I use the prefold, birds-eye cloth diapers that you can get right at walmart! The down side is you need to buy pins and plastic pants, but it was well worth it for me! My daughter is 9 months old and we only have one stained diaper! If your diaper does get stained though you can lighten it by leaving it in the sun. :)

Taneshia - posted on 12/12/2009

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does anyone know a good affordable cloth diaper that does not stain really easy?

Taneshia - posted on 12/12/2009

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Ive tried both and cloth diapers was too much of a hassle for me and now I have even more children I just cant do it. But health wise they are best. If you have the time and the effort to get those stains out( i breast feed so they were lit up with yellow stains) then I encourage you to go right ahead. However I do buy all natural organic diapers they are expensive but they dont irritate my son's private area.

Jacinta - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am a cloth nappy mother. I couldn't wear disposables when I was a baby, I just got the worst nappy rashes and my daughter's father was also a cloth nappy baby so I didn't even try to use disposables. I do have like four dozen nappies that way I am not washing them everyday, I normally wash every second or third day along with her clothes. It can be a bit much for some people, it really comes down to your own personal choice. But I am and always will be using cloth nappies for my children as they should last you 2 or 3 kids, and I think it is cheaper in the long run. But that's just my opinion and I am not meaning any offence or disrespect to mothers who use disposables.

Lynlee - posted on 09/03/2009

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We are totally into cloth nappies but use disposables if we run out of dry cloth nappies. They have worked out hundreds of dollars cheaper than disposables as our son has been wearing them for 2.5 years and we will use the same ones on our next child. What a lot of people don't figure into the equation is the environmental cost of disposables - they use a lot of resources to make them, then they are biffed out and clog up landfills. Even with washing cloth nappies, in most circumstances they will work out way cheaper than disposables. They also tend to cause less nappy rash than disposables.

Kylie - posted on 09/03/2009

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I use mostly disposables...they are great for night time i also have 6 baby behindz cloth nappies and they are great! (no soaking required). If you disposable Mum's have compost you can recycle the absorbent crystals inside the nappies. you just cut open the wee nappies and add the crystals to your compost or potting soil and they act like water saving crystals you buy from the garden shop. you can compost the cloth lining too and just throw away the plastic liner part of the nappy. I only buy huggies but I'm assuming all brand use the crystals.

Minnie - posted on 09/03/2009

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I wanted to use cloth...but at 3.50 for a wash and a dry in our apartment cloth DIDN'T

end up being cheaper than disposables here. Funny.



So we do elimination communication.

Jennel - posted on 09/02/2009

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i use both Cloth at home and disposablse when we are out and about and at night i just find it easyer at night since with cloth she seems to wet through in a couple hours and she dose sleep 12 to 13 hours at night. Its just what works for us i will do it the same with the next one i do have to say though if dh is watching her she is in disposables he wont touch cloth lol funny guys.

Anreh - posted on 09/02/2009

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We use the G-Diaper system at home, which we totally love because you can just flush the insert and it's safe for the environment. We live in a condo, so we can't do cloth diaper service. You can buy them online or at babies r us. It's not as absorbent as disposables though, so for long trips, we put our daughter in disposables. Still, it cuts our trash in half and the baby is totally comfy!

Ginger - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Amanda-Lynn:

We use disposables, I considered using cloth with my youngest, but realized what will I do with a poopy diaper out in public. Also since I own my house and am in a city, I pay for all water used in my house (twice once for me using it and second for it leaving my house even if it doesnt), so after I did the cost of water a month, cost of ele to run the washer and dryer, and the laundry soap, I was not saving any money at all I was actually spending more on cloth, since I only ever buy diapers when they are on sale.

As for the ladies claiming children potty train faster in cloth, that isnt true at all. My first in disposibles was completely potty trained before the age of 2, my second was day trained by age 2, and my youngest at 12 months can tell us when shes wet or has pooped, shes fastly on her way to potty training now at 13 months.



Im sorry if u took it that way but.. I never said they train faster in cloth diapers.. It was more for the fact the cost less in the long run because they are out of diapers..and yes parents who use diposables can have their children potty trained fast as well.. but there are alot more moms(ones that  I know of) that dont have their children even start potty training till they are 3 or more and all of them use diposables..  so Im sorry that u took it as an attack of sorts but it really wasnt ment to be.. everyone does their own thing for their own reasons and I was just stating mine

Sarah - posted on 08/31/2009

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I think it is a personal choice. I used disposable with my kids, but babysat a couple of kids that used cloth. The cloth was easier to use than I had imagined they would be, but I did not do the wash. I do know that in some bigger cities they have a laundry service that will come and pick up your dirty cloth diapers and leave you clean ones. Not sure on cost though. The one down side for disposable is the smell. We had one trash can that was only for diapers and was out in the garage so it did not stink up the house. I have heard many people say how disposables fill the landfills. That I do agree with those things take forever to get rid of either in the landfil or by burning. On the other hand though the amount of laundry you do with the cloth is not so environmently friendly. So I think it is a toss-up on that end. I do agree with the person that said cloth does Not mean they will potty train early. The ones I watched took longer to train because they were used to the feel of being wet where as the others were not and did not like it when they stopped wearing the diaper and were able to feel wet or dirty. So I would say go with whatever one you wish to use. Try it out and see how it works for you.

Laura - posted on 08/31/2009

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I use cloth at home and disposable out of the house. The cloth are BumGenius, and so easy to use. Fast velcro closure. I bought 12 and just wash them every other day--easy. I prefer them to disposable. I used disp withmy first nd hated how much waste they were.

Amanda - posted on 08/31/2009

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We use disposables, I considered using cloth with my youngest, but realized what will I do with a poopy diaper out in public. Also since I own my house and am in a city, I pay for all water used in my house (twice once for me using it and second for it leaving my house even if it doesnt), so after I did the cost of water a month, cost of ele to run the washer and dryer, and the laundry soap, I was not saving any money at all I was actually spending more on cloth, since I only ever buy diapers when they are on sale.



As for the ladies claiming children potty train faster in cloth, that isnt true at all. My first in disposibles was completely potty trained before the age of 2, my second was day trained by age 2, and my youngest at 12 months can tell us when shes wet or has pooped, shes fastly on her way to potty training now at 13 months.

Erin - posted on 08/31/2009

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I use a combination with my boys. At home, we use an AIO cloth diaper. When we go out for a couple of hours or go to visit family out of town, I use disposable. My eldest has just turned 2 and with the wetness from the cloth diapers, he is getting really good at telling us he's wet. I figure in a couple of months he should be well on his way to being potty-trained.

Iysha - posted on 08/31/2009

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I read that cloth diapers are about $600 cheaper than disposable ones. I was seriously considering using them, but It just seems like a hassle to clean them all and they have to be cleaned often. i use disposable. its quick and easy to clean up and throw away. I can get them kinda cheap at Costco anyway.

Ginger - posted on 08/31/2009

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cloth diapers all the way!! I love them!!!!! they are a money saver..and soo much nicer on their skin!! I have put all 3 of my kids in them.. it doesnt take much more time to use a cloth diaper.. and whats another load of laundry u probably do a load or 2 a day anyway.. my son and daughter are potty traind completly already.. they are now 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 both were day trained by 18 months and my son was night trained before he was 2, with my daughter it has been 3 weeks since she needed a diaper at night.. my other daughter is ony 2 and 1/2 months old now so she is currently using the cloth diapers.. not saying Im completly against disposables, but why use them if u have a better alternative!?!

Michelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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We use disposable. It's more a personal choice! I didn't feel like washing diapers out everyday and we're on the go a lot so it's just easier for us. I have worked with children (I work in daycare) that have used cloth diapers and they worked well for that situation.

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