Cloth diapering pros & cons?
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Kim - posted on 03/15/2010
I usually suggest a fitted diaper like Kissaluvs for baby when they are new then switch to a one size once they outgrow the size 0. Once my son put on a few pounds the one sizes were just fine. Prefolds are OK but I found they had more blowouts in the leg area than I wanted to deal with due to no gussets. But they are cheap. And you can use the NB size as inserts/doublers and burp clothes to get more use out of them (Not to mention dusting clothes and rags in the garage after they grow up ;) )
As to what kind of system you go with that's personal preference. I have everything. I prefer natural fibers to synthetics and if they are organic all the better. I don't use my synthetics often at all. That is why I like the Grobaby system, the cotton is organic but the cover is PUL. I prefer knit wool covers for being at home over PUL covers to let the tushy breath. I do have PUL though and use that often at night to stop compression leaking that I get with wool covers. I also like PUL for when going out or visiting with people. People don't understand that a wool cover might "feel" wet but isn't leaking. I guess asking yourself what you prefer in terms of materials will help to direct you to what to get.
My personal preference is the Kissaluvs Marvels OS or the Goodmama OS. They are so so so soft inside and super absorbent. I also really like the Bamboozle and the sustainable babyish for night time.
Christy - posted on 03/14/2010
I started cloth diapering with my second as well after spending thousands of dollars on disposables for my daughter including pull ups till she was night trained. I am going to have to tell you that you will probably spend some money at first until you find what you like. Do not buy a ton of anything until you try it. Try some prefolds with the cover (cottonbabies.com has a try it package for about $37), but also try a few other things. Try a pocket and an aio. Happy Heinys and Bum Genius make really small good fitting diapers for newborns, but they will not stay in them long. I know their are several try it packages on the webpage above. Also read the reviews before buying, but don't go on them alone. Cloth diapering is personal opinion. What works for one baby may not work for yours. I hated prefolds and covers on my newborn. They swallowed him, but pockets and aios worked wonderful. The small Happy Heiny and small Bum Genius AIO worked just as well as my daughters disposables and were not any where near as bulky as the prefolds and a cover. However, now that he is 5 months and the size of a 10 month old : ) prefolds work fine with a fleece or wool cover at night. I still find them too bulky for the most part.
Tammy - posted on 03/10/2010
I prefer the one size pocket diapers with snaps which i really like.
Firstly, you dont have to worry about a cover to go over the diaper, as it already as a water proof outer layer-just put it on and its ready to go. The waterproof outer layer comes in heaps of different colours too. (I bought red, yellow, orange, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green and purple for my son.) I prefer snaps over velcro as velcro wears over time and can get caught on other items in the washing machine and some bubs learn to rip their nappy off with velcro. All you need to do with the pocket diapers is to stuff the insert into the nappy, and add extra inserts for night time. With the one size pocket diapers they fit from newborn until toddler as well, you dont have to worry about buying different sizes as they get bigger-just adjust the snaps accordingly.
I did use square flat nappies when my son was newborn but found them way too bulky for his jumpsuits to fit over, I would have to stretch his suit over it and didnt like it. His cloth nappies now are so much more slim fitting and people love them and comment on them, I have also converted several relatives to cloth nappies too! I bought the pocket nappies off ebay which were pretty cheap - about $10-20 each nappy, compared to some other brands which can be up to $40 per nappy.
Majaliwa - posted on 03/10/2010
I think most people covered off on the pros and cons of them so I'll just say this. If it's something you want to do - stay committed. Finding the right diaper for you and baby can be a little daunting at first with all the choices - and naysayers won't help!
Check out this doc and video to help you decide what type of diaper might work best for you and baby.
If you're concerned about having to buy multiple sizes - consider one size diapers. They come in Pocket, Fitted and All In One forms.
As an aside - my son was 5 lbs when he was born full term (long story) so I put him in disposables we got from the hospital for 2 weeks until he reached 7 lbs. From 7 to about 12 lbs, he wore prefolds with a diaper cover and from 12 lbs on for the past 8 months or so he's been in one-size Pocket diapers and they've worked great. I'm expecting another baby in July and plan on doing the same thing. Hope that helps.
Chandice - posted on 03/09/2010
look into a diaper service in your area. Mine isn't any more expensive than disposable diapers. They give me a wetbag and x amount of diapers for the week. They pick up the dirty diapers in the wetbag and drop off new diapers. Its really awesome and it makes cloth much more enjoyable!
Roz - posted on 03/09/2010
The biggest pro for me is that I have to touch a lot less poo! My first daughter had the worst exploda-poos and it was daily that she would have poo up her back to her neck, not to mention pools of poo on me. This was with using huggies brand diapers too. With my second daughter I wanted to not only save money cloth diapering but really deal with a lot less poo, and I never touch it with Gro Baby diapers. If she has a poo I just put the whole diaper in the pail, I don't have to unsnap the insert. The girl who designed them really has a genious design I think. Def check them out :)
Jocelyn - posted on 03/08/2010
Hey Tenneil, see if you can find a local store (or there are some online stores that offer this as well) many stores offer a trial pack of cloth diapers; you get to try one size, pocket, fitted, 2 in 1's etc, and then after 2 week or so you pick your fave and send the rest back to trade in for the ones you liked. Here is one of my faves site, and they offer a great trial pack. I love the fuzzybunz, but the grow baby are pretty good too :) http://sewcraftybaby.com/store/Default.a...
Meagan - posted on 03/08/2010
I agree with most of the pros, but there's a con I didn't think of before I started using them. Cloth diapers are bulkier than disposables, especially if you use prefolds. That makes their clothes fit a bit snugly. My daughter is really skinny, so it's even more noticeable with her. Not a huge deal, but for me, it's my least favorite thing about cloth diapers.
Jan - posted on 03/08/2010
I use preemie prefolds with a snappi and cover until the small gdipes fits, then the preemie prefolds fit in the gdipes so you get more use out of them. I use infant prefolds in the medium/large gdipes. I have bought most of my gdiaper pants used online for about $5 each and using prefolds (most also bought used) is a cheap alternative. Not sure where you are in the world but the diaper service here (in BC Canada) sells beautiful bamboo fitteds for $3 each. they are a little pilled or stained but still have a lot of life left in them and you can't even make them for that price. tidytushees.com is the website, all in all even with my huge stash I think I've only spent about $400 and I have A LOT of diapers my newborn / small stash is 6 or 7 dozen and my medium stash is a little bigger then that. If you buy used you can save a lot of money. I wouldn't buy a bunch of pockets or AIO's until you have tried them on your child, my DD can't wear PUL covers all day long or she gets a rash from them and suedecloth and microfleece (the usual inside layer of pocket diapers) almost burns her skin, it ends up looking like a sun burn and is warm to the touch. luckily I only have 1 AIO like that and some doublers so it wasn't a whole bunch of money wasted.
Check around and see if there is a store near you that does a trial program, that way you can try out all the different types of diapers before you settle on one type, if there's no one local Jillians drawers does a trial program you can order off the website it's also a great site to get used prefolds. You will want at least 24 prefolds for your newborn and about 6 covers so you can wash every other day, more if you are like me and put off the laundry for as long as possible.
The start up costs can seem like a lot, I'm done buying diapers now, but when I was buying them regularily i would buy around $30 or $40 worth at a time the same cost as a large box of disposables, I know I went through about $70month worth of disposable diapers and wipes so as long as I spent that or less each month I was ahead of where I would have been in disposables plus now I can diaper from newborn to potty training (I have skinny kids who never need large diapers) and my only cost is laundry. Plus I should get some of my $ back when I'm done and sell off most of my stash.
Tenneil - posted on 03/08/2010
I think I will go with CDs! I just am still so confused as to wether I should go with a hybrid like gDiapers, or the traditional CD, or something like a AIO, or a one size pocket diaper. I am thinking that this baby is going to be small like my daughter...under 7 lbs...so I worry that I won't be able to get a CD that fits snuggly and that is not bulky. I like the idea of using the gDiapers, but I think it would be expensive buying several different sizes as the baby gets bigger. A FB friend of mine suggested using prefolds with covers to start out, then purchase something like the Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers with inserts. I don't know...I am just a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices! But I do want to say that I really appreciate all of the comments. It really is helping make this decision easier! So keep em coming!
Jan - posted on 03/08/2010
I love cloth diapers. In addition to what stacey listed, other pros include
- No allergies - Constant exposure to perfumes and chemicals in disposables can cause reactions and sensitivities in baby and parents.
- Cheap Cheap Cheap !!!! - If you buy used diapers and sell them when you are done you you can get most of your money back as long as they are still in good condition. If you buy new you can sell them after and make back part of your investment. I have an HE machine and we do not have metered water here, so my monthly costs to use cloth diapers is about $5-7 1/10 the monthly cost of disposables.
- No baby powder poop stink. I hate the smell of dirty disposables, there is so much perfume in them, but they still stink and no matter what kind of pail you use they always stink. I only wash once a week and you don't smell a thing until I actually open the pail to put a wet diaper in. I use a diaper sprayer for the poopy diapers so there is never any diaper stink in my house. (you only have to worry about cleaning the poop off after baby starts solids and gets firmer poop)
- cloth diapered babies tend to potty train earlier then babies who wear disposables since they are more aware of the sensation and realize they are wet.
- I live in a rural town, it's a 25min drive to the Walmart in the next town and even if I only need one or two things every trip into walmart ends up taking me 1-2 hrs and $200 so I know for sure it takes a heck of a lot less time for me to throw the dirapers in the washer and run 2 cycles then it does to drive to walmart and buy disposables, plus I'm not buying a bunch of other crap in the store while I'm there.
The only real con I have with cloth is training the babysitters (and Daddy) Both my mom and my MIL watch the kids while we work, and they used cloth back in the day so it's fine they know what to do, but if we go out for the night and have one of my cousins or someone younger babysit they are completely lost at first. I now have enough gdiapers that I can leave an entire days worth prestuffed and ready to go and I've told them if she poops just snap out the liner and roll the liner and insert up and leave it for me to deal with when I get home.
Schyla - posted on 03/07/2010
I switched to cloth with my second I use the pocket style diapers and the yucky shakes off into the toilet and pee soaks into the bamboo inserts and away from baby. There are TONS of choices I found some on ebay at a great price 60 for 288 they snap on and they contain leaks. If you have a heavy wetter you just add another insert. the price may seem steep but if you count how much you spend a month on diapers and times that by how many months and then the four years most little ones are in diapers you spend more then 2000 dollars. with cloth you buy once and you can reuse them if you buy the one size kind you will never have to buy diapers again. Good luck I love my cloth diapers there are patterns and websites were if your inclined you can make them yourself.
Stacey - posted on 03/07/2010
-They are cute
-all natural (I use bamboo fitteds and wool covers)
-My daughter only gets rashes when she has food reactions or diarhea
-just as easy to put on
-Easy to wash just dump the whole pail in the washer and turn it on with soap
-If you wash your pail out everytime and wash ever 2-3 days they don't smell
-better for the environment
-cheaper than disposibles
-If I need more diapers I don't have to get everybody dressed and run to the store
I just throw a load of laundry on still in my jammies
-no chemicals that can lead to infertility in my children
-the beads inside Pampers and Huggies can cause blindness
-less blowouts in cloth than disposibles (i've used both)
-too many choices to chose from
-it may delay potty training because mama loves those diapers to much! LOL
(not really because then you can buy cute trainers)
-I'll put cleaning poop off diapers even though it's really not that big of a deal.
I just swish them in the toilet and them wash my hands.
if it really bothers you you can get disposible liners that you just flush if they poop on them (they can be rinsed and dried if they pee on them so you can use them again
or you can cut polar fleece into liners and use them. They are reusable and poop just flops off.
they also sell diaper sprayers (looks like the sprayers on kitchen sinksyou just sprayer the poop off into the toilet.