Switching to Cloth Diapers...

Sarah - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Our 3rd daughter is 10 months old, I have never used cloth diapers before but I am very interested in switching. I have been reading about the benefits for the environment, my babies bottom, and our budget. I know its a little investment at first but we will save in the long run, especially since we plan on a fourth baby.



My question is where to start? What would you recommend I try first? Or what are brands you have tried that didn't work well for you?

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Noelle, if you find they really don't work for you, you should definitely join diaperswappers http://www.diaperswappers.com
You could sell them, or trade them. I saw a thread on there for 3 covers w/ 12 prefolds selling for $70 postage paid. :)

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Chelsea - posted on 07/15/2011

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I just made the switch myself and at first with all the types and bands and what not it was very overwhelming, my oldest daughter still in diapers is 2 and i have a nb 5 weeks old. we have been using cloth diapers for a total of 2 months and it has been goign great. I learned everything i know and was confindent enough to make the switch after reading all the blog posts from iloveclothdiapers.com I also tried and have only used one brand of diapers because once we tried them loved and have had no problems with them and we use gogreenpocketdiapers.com my 2 year old needs two inserts but the new baby only needs one and they wear the same diapers :) good luck

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Thanks. I'll give it one more try and then see. Just don't have time and money to test for a fit like many of these moms seem to do. There are SO MANY options its a bit overwhelming to say the least.

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2011

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Despite very mixed reviews on Gdiapers I decided to give it a try. I bought the diapers used, and then bought new cloth liners. So far I love them (knock on wood) My daughter is long and pretty lean, they fit well, the cloth liner is super absorbent. I just bought enough for us to try and see how it goes.

I like the idea and all the reviews on AIO diapers but for the $$ I like being able to just switch out liners with the Gdiapers.

I am sure I will be trying many kinds in the future! I

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anyone familiar with Bambino Mio? I tried them with my newborn and he got terribly wet. Unfortunately, we spent a lot to get set up and now I hate that we've just stuck with disposables. Any suggestions to maybe make them work for us--tricks I can try, etc? It's been a month and he's gained a bit more weight (now seven weeks old) so I thought I might give it another go.

Tania - posted on 06/22/2011

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Hey,
I have been doing cloth with my daughter, and i think it's definitly the way to go. there are some things you should keep in mind though.
bending over to rinse out the diapers can hurt your back, and don't leave the used diapers unrinsed as they will start to smell very soon. We have a spray bottle of tea tree oil and water in the washroom and rinse out the sink after we clean the diapers in it. My fiance has a back problem so bending down to rinse in the toilet doesn't work for him.

Also, your baby might not fit the diapers all the same, so try more then one kind. we tryed the G diapers but our daughter ends up wetting her clothes with them so we switched to Bummis.

Also having a waterproof tote bag is good for traveling when you can't always rinse them out right away, you can just do it when you get home.

Cloth is really only a good option when you have your own washer. If you live in a building, or have to go somewhere to do washing then you may find that you run out of diapers in between, so it's always good to have disposables just in case.

Also.. the cloth liners can be made much more cheaply then sold.. just go to a fabric store and buy some flannel and hit the sowing machine.

Best of luck.

Dana - posted on 06/20/2011

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I switched over recently and love them! Look up the website clothbytel she's great

Mazy - posted on 06/20/2011

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Hi, I switched my older son to cloth full time when he was 8 months old. That's also when we started practicing EC, but that's a different topic. My founder son has been in cloth since birth. Cloth DOES make it easier to toilet train! the older one was trained at 18 months & now even the 6 month old uses the potty (with help). I wash my own diapers twice a week & I don't do anything special. I rinse them in the washer first with baking soda & vinegar with the soon cycle off, then I wash them with regular detergent with the rest of the clothes. I did install a sprayer (like on your kitchen sink) to the tank of the toilet so I can spray out the poops. I use g pant diapers. They were great for my first kid, but not the best for the second. We only bought size medium. I'd say if you have two kids in them & plan to do the whole EC thing then they will be okay, otherwise, go with bum genius.

Mazy - posted on 06/20/2011

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Hi, I switched my older son to cloth full time when he was 8 months old. That's also when we started practicing EC, but that's a different topic. My founder son has been in cloth since birth. Cloth DOES make it easier to toilet train! the older one was trained at 18 months & now even the 6 month old uses the potty (with help). I wash my own diapers twice a week & I don't do anything special. I rinse them in the washer first with baking soda & vinegar with the soon cycle off, then I wash them with regular detergent with the rest of the clothes. I did install a sprayer (like on your kitchen sink) to the tank of the toilet so I can spray out the poops. I use g pant diapers. They were great for my first kid, but not the best for the second. We only bought size medium. I'd say if you have two kids in them & plan to do the whole EC thing then they will be okay, otherwise, go with bum genius.

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2011

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Thanks for the tips everyone! I have seriously been reading and looking at sooo many websites.... I have dreams about CD last night lol. I am very excited to start. My husband is not so much, but he hasnt seen how easy it can be. And I do 95% of the diaper changing anyway =)

Lisa - posted on 06/20/2011

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I personally love BumGenius diapers. I looked at the cloth diaper board on BabyCenter (http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a...) and read up on all the different types and brands of diapers. I bought a bunch to try, figured out my favorites, and sold the ones I didn't like. Looking back, I should have done a trial pack! I'm so glad I made the switch to cloth. I was a little hesitant at first, but it's been great! The only brand I have truly disliked are gDiapers.

Beth - posted on 06/19/2011

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Also consider a diaper service, if there's one in your area. Unfortunately, that wasn't an option for us living overseas, but I will definitely look into it for our next baby. I love our cloth diapers (we use bumGenius) and they've paid for themselves just in the 8 months since my DD's birth. Since you already have 3 kids, you may not notice the extra load of diapers in the laundry. But depending of which brand you go with, you will be doing a load of diapers every or every other day.

FYI, if you choose pre-folds, get a bunch of snappis!! :)

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Have cloth diapered 2 now & still love it. Dipe trail would be good. I absolutely love the community & resources of www.diaperswappers.com! Been on it since my first daughter was a few mos old. There are so many options it can be very overwhelming. Check out www.cottonbabies.com for some getting started info. If you join diaperswappers, look me up! "stompykitty" ;)

Spring - posted on 06/19/2011

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Check out a diaper trial program. Its the easiest and cheapest way to try several different types of diapers with little or no risk. Most do require that you put down a deposit, but you will get it back at the end of the trial. Then just get the diapers that work for you and your LO. Today....I LOVE flats and Rumparooz covers on my 9 mo and prefer pockets on my 2 yo. Tomorrow who knows.

My two favorite diaper companies are http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/...

and

http://itsybitsybums.blogspot.com/2010/0...

Switching to cloth is a decision I am thankful everytime I go to walmart and see the women with huge boxws of diapers and when I go the the spray park and hear people say OMG did you see that cute diaper?

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