What's the deal with cloth diapers?

Nellie - posted on 07/01/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I want to start using cloth diapers but know absolutely nothing about them. Do I just wash the poo and pee out? How much do they cost? How long do they last? Do they cause diaper rash?

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JuLeah - posted on 07/04/2010

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There are different kinds, made from different types of cotton.

There are services you can use too, that pick up the dirty and bring you a batch of clean.

If you wash them at home, get out what you can after removing it from the baby and then wash - on hot

It is an investment, but will save money in the long run.

My daughter had fewer rashes with cloth, as they allow for more air to move through. They can leak more too.

But, they allow the baby to feel wet or messy, where huggies don't, so kid who use cloth usually are trained faster - 9 months faster our kids doc said.

Faye - posted on 07/03/2010

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After the cloth diaper is soiled you deposit the poo in the toilet and flush, then place it in the diaper pail. If it is just pee then place the diaper in the pail with a mixture of water and bleach or vinegar. IF using bleach make it a very weak bleach water, 1/4 cup of bleach per 2 gallons of water.

I always washed mine about twice a week by themselves on hot water. In the summer, I placed them on the clothesline out back to dry. The sun helps to bleach them back to white.

Be aware that most of the US states have regulations that prohibit the daycare centers from using them. Even if it is a home daycare, they fall under this same regulation.

If I remember right they were between $5 and $7.50 a dozen at the store and my parents made sure I had 3 to 4 dozen.

Danielle - posted on 07/03/2010

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this may help alittle bit. my mom use cloth diapers on me and brothers. she used a diaper service that come picked up the dirty ones and dropped off clean ones. she has told me they cost 10 dollars but that was about 20 years ago, prices could have changed. she has also told me that my brothers and i never had diaper rash. i hope that helps.

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