cloth diapers

Kim - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Anyone else happily using cloth diapers? Tips or hints? I am finding it simple and wishing more people would consider trying it.

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Kristy - posted on 09/15/2010

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I use cloth...no problems with it. Our baby is three months old. We're saving lots of money doing this too. We're buying a house soon and trying to save as much money as we can. We also started making our own laundry detergent. Baby hasn't came down with a rash, so it's working great.

Suzanne - posted on 09/14/2010

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i love fuzzi bunz! i think i more families knew how many options there were they might try. it is more work, though, like breastfeeding so maybe not

Kristen - posted on 09/13/2010

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I just want to say thanks for this post and all of the responses. I NEVER even thought about or considered cloth diapers and now I think I might give it a try!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/13/2010

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I use a combo of Gro Baby and GroVia, I LOVE THEM! They are much easier to use than they are made out to be! Plus I don't really consider it any more work than disposables. It's just two extra loads of laundry a week for me. My husband is deployed right now and I can honestly say that it's less work and less laundry for me to wash cloth diapers than it is to wash his clothes. So that's really nothing compared to the extra money I'd be spending picking up diapers from the store and the extra time that takes. I rarely have to go somewhere for a baby item because I breastfeed and cd. I love the convenience!!! I use cloth wipes too, so we really all around don't have to buy ANYTHING else even if we have another baby - we're stocked up for at least one more child. I love that. Yeah, so I went overboard - there was a sale!

Erin - posted on 09/13/2010

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I use the Kushie AIO system with my youngest. That's the one that was the most affordable that I liked when I was pregnant with my eldest. Also, we could get them through Walmart and save on shipping. I saved all of the infant diapers from my eldest and reused them with my youngest. I have also done that with the toddler diapers as well. The only time we used disposable is when we're going to be out for a long time during the day or we are visiting family. I love cloth. It really did help my eldest potty train faster. We tried pull-ups and that didn't work. We put him into regular underwear and he recognized the "wetness" and potty trained in about 6 days. Still have accidents occationally (less than once a month), but he's just turned 3. My youngest is 16 months and is already showing an interest in the potty and I think it's a combination of cloth and big brother worship. I would not change my decision to use cloth for anything. We have saved so much on diapers because of using mostly cloth. Add to that, I EBF for the first year so we never bought formula. I hope that I'm keeping our family's "carbon footprint" as small as possible during the baby years and that it will just teach our children to be gentle and reuse thing whenever possible. Ok... Getting off my soapbox now. LOL

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2010

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I love cloth diapers! Been using them since my son was 6 months old and I'm pregnant with #2. The thing about cloth is there are many options out there! For night, I like using a fitted with an extra liner and then a wool cover. Unfortunately, my son has been drinking a lot in the evenings and will sometimes soak his dipe and want changed at 2 am. But, then he's dry the rest of the night. It's so much better on the environment, on his bottom, and I have the diapers for my next baby!

Tammy - posted on 09/13/2010

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I very happily use cloth diapers, we have been using pockets since my son was three months old and wouldnt have it any other way. All it takes is a bit of trial and error, plus information to help you work it out the way you want. In response to some other posts, problems can be easily fixed;

Leaking at night - A fitted diaper + cover works best - do not use an all in one as they tend to leak - for a heavy wetter you can add a booster. Bamboo and Hemp are the most absorbent. Personally, I use the mother ease system at night which consists of fitted cotton diaper + snap in booster + stay dry liner + airflow cover. I have never had a leak with this system.

Dealing with no 2's: A disposable liner is great for this- I line all my nappies with a liner, if they are wet, I simply wash and re-use, but if my son has done a poop, I simply lift the liner out and pop it in a little nappy rubbish bag. This works really well as my husband doesnt mind doing this either.

Changing after every wee- Not technically correct. Most inserts are quite absorbent and can hold alot of liquid. Changing is recommended every two hours but that should also be done with disposables anyway.

Anyway, this is my two cents worth. There is a group on here called Cloth Diapered Munchkins if any of the ladies have any further questions.

Melanie - posted on 09/13/2010

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nope, I am too lazy!!! ( yep hard to admit, but honest)
and I found that with my eldest son (I used them for a few months, they really are uncomfy!! hot, thick and his buttocks were always damp and sweaty and then you have to change them after each wee.... With all respect.. NO THANK YOU!!!

Kimberly - posted on 09/12/2010

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Ive been using cloth Diapers since birth and my Little guy was 2 in July... I am using mother ease One size in The Bamboo, We only use cloth and Have never had a leak a blow out nothing.. I Iove them . We have a diaper sprayer that attaches to the toilet only took 3 min or so to hook up and is amazing for washing off poo... I love that they are one size so from birth to potty training in the same diaper is really nice. I use the mother ease Air flow covers and He was in the small from birth to 6 months and in the large size from 6 months and by the look of it I wont need to buy any more before he is fully potty trained,,, After 2 years of use the diapers are still in perfect shape and I just hang them in the sun to help get rid of stains and the diaper covers look New... I cant tell you how much I love these diapers and How good it feels to be saving so much money... I use purex Naturals Laundry soap wich is our usal brand and they wash up great I know they say to use a specific brand depending on who makes the diaper... I could go on but I wont I just have to say try Cloth and you will love them. I Give them out as baby shower gifts Moms are more likely to try them if they have them... And my Diaper sprayer Is a life saver for getting rid of the poop.. They have them on the mother ease web site..

Victoria - posted on 09/12/2010

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I use them sometimes and i would like to use them more. But they are expensive and hard for me to get them being recently laid off. And my son moves A LOT so if anyone had some recommendations id LOVE them. And i do use Diaper swappers.

Kayla - posted on 09/12/2010

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I used G-Diapers, and I love them. My son has really bad eczema, and the doctor said anything but 100% cotton will suck whatever moisture is left from his little behind... So hard to find cloth diapers that are 100% cotton or else I would definately use it.

Amanda - posted on 09/11/2010

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I have used cloth since my lo was big enough to fit in them. I love them he leaks alot least with cloth than disposables. I use pocket diapers and have a second set of liners that are smaller which I use to double him up at night. No leaks

Jodi - posted on 09/11/2010

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Misty, I used to hold the diapers while I flushed too to get poo off! Here's my warning, even though I always held them tightly and what not, I did accidently flush one down the toilet, it got stuck and we ha to fork over a large plumbing bill to remove it and had to use the neighbor's toilet until it was fixed! I stopped doing that from that moment, whatever didn't shake off, soaked! Just a warning, I hope it never happens to you, my mom warned me about it because she flushed one once too, I didn't heed her advice, but I have since learned!!!!!

Misty - posted on 09/11/2010

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Plus little ones that wear cloth diapers tend to potty train earlier because they can feel the urine on them more than disposables.

Misty - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and has NEVER worn a disposable. We have been using prefolds since she was born. Matter of fact, the nurse at the birthing center wanted to put a disposable on her because her diapers had been in my bag in the car and was cold to touch. She was born in January around midnight. I politely refused and left her bum naked until the diaper warmed up. I love it. We have only had to buy two sets of diapers since she was born. The first set lasted her from birth to about 5 months. This second set is big enough for up to 30lbs. Hopefully by then she will be potty training. We have had very few rashes, and those were in the beginning while her newborn skin was adjusting to have pee and poo on it. We wash them at home every other day. Since starting on solids, we do have to rinse poo diapers in the toilet, but it's no big deal to dunk them while you flush and then put them in the pail. As far as overnight goes, I don't have any leaking problems as long as her cover covers the entire diaper. She sleeps 10 1/2hrs. It is super soaked in the morning, but her jammies and bed are dry. I love them!

Jodi - posted on 09/11/2010

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I used cloth diapers on my daughter for just over a year. Her poops starting to change and become really nasty, and having a queasy tummy naturally, I was having a hard time with scraping poop off and with the diaper pail water. At that point, I switched to disposables. It's not a choice I really "like", but for me, it's what has worked best. I'm pregnant with #2 and I plan on doing cloth diapers for as long as I can find possible. It's great for their skin, we never had a single diaper rash until we switched to disposables with my daughter! It's cost efficient and for me, it's really relaxing to hang freshly washed diapers on the clothes line and see them swaying in the breeze!

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2010

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i LOVE cloth diapers. we switched when my son was 7 months old and i am so happy about it. i love that we aren't creating as much waste, i love that my son doesn't have chemicals against his bum, and i love how much money we are saving. i don't even mind the laundry...actually i find washing, drying, stuffing inserts, and folding my son's pocket diapers to be quite relaxing

as for overnight diapers, look into bamboo, or hemp. both are super super absorbant. i've heard a great nighttime combo is a bamboo fitted, with a wool cover.

Lauren - posted on 09/11/2010

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I am using cloth diapers with my son and we love them!!! He also looks super cute in his diapers haha. The only advice I have for a boy is to point his wee wee down haha, but I think that is in general for boys :-)

We use cloth at night and so far it has been going good, but my son is only two months at this point. I would suggest putting an extra liner in the diaper that should help with any leaking. The best thing to do is try it and see if he leaks or not.

Kim - posted on 09/11/2010

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I still use disposable overnight since he sleeps almost 12 hrs. I'm afraid cloth would leak. Any expierience with this?

Shana - posted on 09/10/2010

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We use cloth. I LOVE IT! She actually used to leak more when she had disposable diapers, but now it hardly ever leaks, except maybe her morning diaper, but that is a rare occasion.

Best tip I can give is, if what you try at first isn't to your liking, there are SO MANY different types of cloth diapers and so one bad experience shouldn't put you off from doing it. Try different ones!

And another perk, since she's been born, we haven't had to spend hardly anything on her (except random toys and clothes) between cloth diapers and breastfeeding. AND it's better for the environment.

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