Thoughts on cloth diapers . . . .

Becky - posted on 10/01/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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Ok, not really a debate, but I was wondering if anyone has used or made cloth diapers. I'd like to get some feed back. I want to try these all in one diapers that don't necessarily need the plastic pants over them, but they are pricey! I've had 2 attempts now at making some myself with tips from the web & my mother who's a seamstress, but they have both failed my absorbency test (1/3 bottle of water).



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Jakki - posted on 10/07/2011

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I used cloth nappies when my babies were babies but I suspected that I was one of a tiny minority.. When my first was born, we lived outside town beyond the limit of garbage collection, so it was the only option really. I found the only thing that didn't leak was the plastic outer thingie, but they're not very... well... appealing.

Celeste - posted on 10/05/2011

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Oh and the same reasons that Sara listed, was why I used them. Were a bit pricey at first, but it was nice not having to buy disposables!

Celeste - posted on 10/05/2011

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I loved my cloth diapers! I think many people still think of the Gerber prefolds, pins and plastic pins when they think of cloth diapers. SO not the case anymore (unless you want to). Many more options now.

Anyway, when my twin boys were in cloth, I loved my one size pockets. Used some prefolds with a PUL cover (Bummis Whisper Wraps, Thirsties).

Never made my own, though I did want to try. Just never got around to it ..

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For a newborn, you'll likely need at least 24 if you don't want to wash every single day. However, that time goes by so quickly that I'd just use the 15 you already have (if I were you).

Becky - posted on 10/04/2011

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I have only dabbled in cloth diapering so far. Never used them with Cole, use them occassionally with Zach, and plan to use them exclusively with this next one. The majority of my diapers are the Mother-Ease one size fitteds, and I do love them. I also really like the Sandy's, they're so soft, but they're sized, so I only have a couple of them. I do love the one BumGenius AIO I have too, but they are really expensive, so I don't think we'll probably go that route. Most likely stick to the Mother-Ease and some pre-folds with covers. I'm thinking I'll make the prefolds myself. After all, I got a sewing machine last Christmas and have yet to use it!
Question, if I plan to exclusively cd this one, starting from newborn, how many diapers would you recommend so that I don't have to do laundry daily? I currently have about 15, I think, of various brands. Some I like better than others.

Chelsea - posted on 10/04/2011

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I don't remember ever having a problem with leakage with cloth. It seems that I have more issues with plastic actually. Especially pull ups!!

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I like the one size pockets. A bit more pricey than some other options, but overall still much cheaper than disposables.

I chose one size because my oldest still needs a diaper for sleeping. My three year old and my 6 month old can wear the same diaper with just a few adjustments of a few snaps. I won't have to buy new ones when my baby grows.

I chose pockets because they seem more sanitary than all in ones. You can separate the layers and wash it all separately. The sanitary thing may be in my head though. :)

I have 12 diapers total. I generally wash once a day. I can stretch it to every other day, but I don't do that too often. I like to be sure to have plenty of diapers on hand. The 12 diapers and all the accessories (wipes, wipe solution, wet bag, diaper pail, extra inserts, non-zinc based cream, detergent) cost less than $400. I calculated how much I spent on my oldest being in disposables for 3 years...well over $2,000...and that's me shopping sales and using coupons.

I'll be perfectly honest...the cost was the biggest factor for me. Being environmentally friendly and good to my baby's booty are nice extras.

Chelsea - posted on 10/04/2011

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I used cloth for my first child. it was very convenient because I had them delivered to me, and I never ran out! The cost overall was great, because you only had to pay once a month, and they would come and pick up your dirty diapers weekly. The only thing I can say about them is that they make the baby's butt bigger, so sometimes clothing can be an issue. I had a hard time finding jeans to fit him. The other thing, was going out, and having to drag the diapers along with you. Other than that, I thought they were great, and they are a much better choice if you are environmental friendly.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/03/2011

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Same as Nikki, I find that they start to smell in the winter, and I think it's lack of sun, too.

Vinegar does the trick, but I was told that it's really bad for your PUL covers, so I pull them out after I've finished washing the load, and do an extra rinse with vinegar at the end.

Nikki - posted on 10/03/2011

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I like them, my washing machine is on it's way out at the moment so I have been using disposables lately. I only started using them a couple of months ago in my almost 2 year old because we moved to a rural area and unless I was well stocked with disposables it's a long two hour trip to the supermarket.

I was surprised with how easy they were and how cheap. I bought a couple of expensive pocket nappies and then I bought a bulk lot of cheap pocket nappies of ebay 30 for $77, including liners. The cheap ones work just as well as the more expensive ones. My liners are a towel like material, they hold a lot and I have never once had a leak.(I use 2 for night time) They have the PUL fabric on the outside and polyester on the inside and it feels dry even when she is wet. Plus poo doesn't really stick to it (thank god!) and it doesn't stain at all.

I did find they were starting to get a smell about them in winter probably because there was no sun to dry them, so I started adding vinegar to my first wash cycle and the smell is completely gone.

Johnny - posted on 10/02/2011

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I used them, loved them, and will use them again. I did cotton fitted and bamboo fitted with cotton covers. Mother-Ease. They were fantastic, took loads of shit, and still look brand-new. I bought many of mine at a going-out-of-business auction for a local baby store, at about $4 a diaper & $2 a cover. 20 diapers and 10 covers. I bought 10 more diapers from their website. And I had to buy the next size up covers. Overall, from infancy until she was trained, I probably spent about $250 on diapers. And I won't need to spend anything if I have another child. The hot water wash added some to our laundry bill, but not enough to add up to disposables being cheaper. I did a double wash, and double dry. And I also line dried them when it wasn't raining. We only used disposables when we traveled, I hated them, she always leaked out.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/02/2011

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I'm using Kissaluvs, which is the absorbant middle part (with snaps, no pins!) and have a variety of covers. I cut a bunch of fleece rectangles to stick between my son's tush and the diaper, just because they make a barrier between him and the wet and so avoid diaper rash.



I don't really have much to compare them with. I just did piles of research (which I now forgot, thanks to baby brain when I did it) and then just guessed. It's working out pretty well. I use disposables for night, naps, and sometimes for going out.



About the velcro - not babyproof after about 9 months old! I have two covers that close with velcro, and if I let my son run around in them with no pants, suddenly they're on the floor and my son is running away.

Brittany - posted on 10/02/2011

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Loathed them! I tried them with my first child and it was a big pain in the behind. I was changing him one day and the pin would not go through. I tried and tried and tried then BAM the pin wedged itself under my finger nail. That is why I said enough of this and bought Pampers.

But, hey if it works for you then by all means.

Becky - posted on 10/02/2011

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I did do all disposables with my daughter when she was an infant. I'd like to try a different route this time . . . better for the environment & for the budget (if I can figure out how to make them right lol!)

Sherri - posted on 10/02/2011

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I am with Teresa on this Never did, never would.

I have just stocked up on a ton of disposable diapers at a great cost at what avg's to be 10 cents a diaper.

Minnie - posted on 10/02/2011

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No, you definitely can't use it for the AIOs. Prefolds work best for the wool soakers.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/02/2011

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I love the idea of them, but to much work IMO. They are so much better for the environment and their little bottoms though. More power to all of you that have or are using them. Hell, my big thing was making all my own baby food,.....that was enough for me to be happy.

Minnie - posted on 10/02/2011

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In my opinion, wool is the best cover- but so many people shy away from it. It's full of lanolin, which acts as a soap when it comes in contact with urine- until the lanolin is used up, which is usually about three weeks, you just air out the cover and there is no urine smell. Then you hand wash it with some wool wash and lansinoh.



Wool is antimicrobial and antifungal, it initially repels water and then it absorbs 30% of its weight in water before whicking, it keeps your baby cool in the summer, warm in the winter and is superbly breathable.



Plus there's nothing cuter than than fuzzy shorties or longies in rainbow colors.



Wool rocks!

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My mother insisted that I should have a pack or 2 on hand, just in case. We used them when he had horrible diaper rash so we'd know immediately when he was wet. After awhile, we just let him run around naked. I used them extensively as washclothes for him, spit up rags, later on as dustrags.

Becky - posted on 10/02/2011

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@ Cathy, Thanks for the tips! I'll have to try some of these methods - I tried the ripstop over the PUL because it was about 1/2 the cost and my Mom thought it would work as an effective barrier to prevent complete soak though. I might have to check the other fabric store, maybe they'll have it on sale! lol.

The fleece interior I'm a little confused on. Fleece has never really struck me as an absorbent material - I thought it typically repelled moisture.

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There is also a website called DiaperSwappers where you can find used diapers. Plus, there are a lot of WAHMs that have them for sale online.

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I used cloth and love them. I use prefolds with a Snappi as a fastener. I use a variety of covers -- Blueberry, Wonderaps, Proraps, wool covers. Honestly, I wouldn't consider using anything else.
The AIO (all in ones) are really expensive, which is why we didn't go that way. Plus, they seem to all use microfiber (polyester), which gets stinky after a while. I'd rather stick to cotton because it doesn't smell like poly does.

Your best bet for a cover is PUL fabric (polyurethane laminate). The underlying fabric is either cotton or poly; cotton will wick, poly won't. I would try a PUL exterior and then cotton for the interior. Nicki's Diapers (online) carries TONS of AIO diapers -- you could also order one and then cut it apart for a pattern. It would probably be worth the $20 or so for a sample and a pattern.

Minnie - posted on 10/02/2011

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That's my thought Cathy- that a re-used towel probably will have build up from petroleum products.

Becky - posted on 10/01/2011

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@ Lisa, the Terry cloth I used was a re-purposed hand towel. That's why I was hoping for better absorbency . . .

Vicki - posted on 10/01/2011

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I used pocket nappies with my boy. There's a waterproof outer and absorbent inner. Because you separate these parts they don't take as long to dry as all-in-ones. They weren't too expensive and waaaay cheaper than full time disposables. The washing is easy, just an extra load eve couple of days. Some people seem to think that cloth nappies require boiling in a copper and wringing out by hand. Maybe in my grandmother's day lol.

The cheaper option is terry nappies and a cover, which I used a bit when he was little as well. Folding is really not hard and you don't need pins anymore, a well fitting covers or snappies hold it all together.

Doesn't have to be all or nothing either. We found once he was about 18 months his wee stank in the bamboo night nappies we were using, so now we use disposables at night. He's dry most nights now so considering saving the expense of disposables and going back to cloth!

Minnie - posted on 10/01/2011

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We used a combination of prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers and elimination communication. Every time I put a disposable on my daughter she broke out in a horrid red weepy itchy rash on her bum.

Prefolds are pretty cheap at around $2.00 each, and I knitted my own wool soakers, probably three of them at any one time, with the yarn running about $10 a soaker.

Cloth diapers aren't going to absorb anything until they've been washed and dried many many times, try 10 cycles or so. You have to get the layers of cloth to pill and quilt up.

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Never did it. Never would.

I watched a kid back in the day of pins and after the first day... the mom had to use disposables when I watched him. I just couldn't deal w/ it. When my son was an infant I watched another boy who had cloth diapers w/ the snaps. Those were easier to deal w/, but I still wouldn't do it for my own kid. I like simple w/ no laundry. ;)

Not an issue NOW though since I'll never again have a kid in diapers. :)

Becky - posted on 10/01/2011

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I've used a heavy water resistant cotton for the exterior, terry cloth (3 layers) for the pad & a cotton knit for the interior . . . water pooled & took a while to absorb though to the pad, and the exterior was wet with in minutes.



I've also tried a ripstop (water resistant nylon material) lining between flannel, and 2 layers of terry cloth, 1 layer of sweat shirt material & 2 layers of flannel for the pad . . . absorbed well immediately, but again soak completely though the exterior of the diaper nearly right away.



I tried finding a cloth all in one diaper to buy as a sample to work from, but it seems the stores here do not typically stock them . . .

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