Diapers: save the world, or add to the pile?

Ashley - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I use disposable diapers...anyone against them?

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Krista - posted on 12/12/2009

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Quoting Meghan:



Quoting Sharon:

Nope. not against them.

I don't use paper plates, paper/foam cups, very few napkins (washcloths instead) , half a dryer sheet, etc etc etc etc etc

i figure the space I saved in the landfill was mine to use as I pleased. I used disposable diapers.





i reuse my dryer sheets lol...I keep the same on in the dryer for atleat 3 loads...





OT, but another use for dryer sheets: if you have a bunch of gunk stuck on a metal pan after cooking, put a dryer sheet in the bottom of the pan and cover it with hot, hot water. Leave it for 15 minutes. Anything stuck on there will peel off beautifully. 

Amy - posted on 02/15/2010

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Katie Cubitt - Just saw you intend to use a diva cup or luna pads, I STRONGLY suggest the diva cup, I've been using it for years and I refuse to use anything other (Well sometimes you need a pad like right after childbirth but that's different). For me it took about 2-3 cycles to get it to the point where it's "leak proof". Once you get it in right, and can tell when it needs to be emptied, it's so easy and much less of a mess on clothing. I've got a heavy cycle, and on the heavy days I can keep it in while I sleep, then change it twice (maybe 3 times if its REALLY bad) during the day. On light days I chance it every 12 hours.

I got SO excited when I saw that, I really wish they promoted the DivaCup in America more, I only heard about it on a online message board many years ago. I think it's the most amazing menstrual gift ever! I save SO much money on not buying pads/tampons and stane remover. I've bought two cups, one many years before I had my first child, then I bought the bigger size once I had my son. I wish I had just bought the big one to start with!

Anyway, I LOVE my diva cup! --End rant. lol.

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Aw shoot:( Oh well. I think it's great that you at least wanted to give it a go. Some people don't even think twice about disposables.

Heather - posted on 02/15/2010

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Katie, I looked into it, my mom used a diaper service with both me and my brother and she loved it. Unfortunately, we live in an area with no diaper services available. I do love cloth diapers and I was going to register for them before my son was born, but when I found out we had no services in this area, that kinda ruined that idea.

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Heather, don;t let having shared laundry stop you from using cloth. If you actually wanted to try cloth you could look into a diaper service. I use one because we have shared laundry too and it costs an arm and a leg to do a load. I actually wish I could do my own diaper laundry, but the service is pretty great.

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I use disposables and I'm not against them. At the end of the day disposables may add to the pile but reuseable ones use lots of electricity being washed and dried adding to energy use and ultimately global warming. So it's doing damage either way.

Heather - posted on 02/15/2010

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I live in a apartment with shared laundry facilities...I dont think my neighbors would like it if I were washing poopy diapers in the washers...especially since I am the only one in the building with a child....so I am filling up the landfills im afraid :(

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Kati- Traditional cloth nappies 20+ years ago were made from standard cotton. I tried traditional terry cotton squares on my eldest 6 years ago and they were pretty crap. Design of cloth diapers have improved in style and fabric and provide a snugger fit around legs and back than ever before. New fabric such as bamboo are ten times more absorbant than standard cotton. I use bamboo to boost all my nappies and they last about 4 hours longer than the standard insert alone . I use fitted bamboo nappies at night, and they go 12+ hours without leaking and no nasty crystal residue left on his butt!

Rosie - posted on 02/13/2010

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i've never heard of reusable feminine products, what are they and how are they used?

i use disposable diapers. my mother used cloth diapers on us and i remember rinsing my little brothers diapers out in the toilet, and how much i hated doing it. plus all the pails of nasty stinky diapers to clean-no thanks. i'm pretty sure that has something to do with why i don't use them for my kids. i havn't looked into them since my brother (who is 24) but his didn't seem very absorbent. some of you are making it seem like they absorb better than disposables, how is that? what have they done to them that makes them much better. my boys have a disorder that makes them drink and pee like mad men. there is so much pee in my life, i don't know what to do with it all. maybe i could swing over to the cloth side if they were more absorbent than disposables.

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Personally I hate disposables just from a performance point of view. I do use them while on holiday but find myself cursing at them a lot. The leaks and the explosions out the sides and up the back, I spend more time washing clothes than I would nappies!
I also like to think that I'm doing my bit to reduce my own environmental impact.

I'm not morally against the use of them. I can understand that people who have busy lifestyles, work full time etc find using disposables easier and they are a convienance product. As a stay at home mum I really don't have that excuse and they definatly don't work out any more convienant for me ... if I'm close to running out, I have to carry a bucket down the stairs, remove a bag and chuck it in the machine, and turn on... the hassle of getting a child in a pushchair and walking 15 minutes to the nearest shop doesn't seem worth it!

There was an environmental report a few years ago that said there was very little difference in the impact of producing and maintaining cloth nappies and the production and disposal of disposables. Things have changed a bit since then .... Most people cloth diapering no longer soak nappies. Dry pailing is much prefered and saves money, water and energy. Washing machines are much more energy efficient. Popularity of organic fibres such as hemp and bamboo, which require no chemical fertilisers or insecticides, have increased (these fabrics are also far more absorbant than traditional cotton). You have options how to dry, either on a washing line in the sun (if you are lucky enough to have sun) or in the dryer. Dryer time can be reduced by using the use of dryer balls. They work the same as dryer sheets to soften the washing but also contain no chemicals to affect the absorbancy of the nappies. They also significantly reduce drying time. You can also stick a dry towel in with your drying which also help to reduce drying time.

I don't use disposable sanitary products either!

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I used disposables on my oldest two boys but when i was expecting my third my then 8 year old son asked me to use cloth diapers for the enviroment. It takes a 100 years for every diaper to decompose so basically every one that has ever been used is still there rotting slowly. I used them on baby 3 and im pregnant again and plan to use the same nappies. It is hygenic im not up to my elbows in poop. I use flushable liners so the poop goes down the toilet the diaper gos in the washing machine then out on the line. I found potty training much more disgusting as every time my son pooped himself i had to wash his pants out before i could put them in the machine. Im not against disposables though they are very convenient when your out and about etc.

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Brandy, if/when your little ones gets poop or vomit on their clothes, do you throw them out too?

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I wouldn't say I'm, "against them". But I'm not for them. I use cloth and I love it. It's awesome and I wish more people would give it a shot but I think a lot of people are very intimidated.

Amber - posted on 02/12/2010

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I prefer to use cloth nappies for environmental as well as economical reasons. We use cloth about 80% of the time and save disposables for travelling and visiting. The less we as a family contribute to landfills, the better I feel. After deciding to make my own prefolds, I spent about $10 on flannel fabric and made about 40 nappies. It's a lot cheaper than disposables.

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I'm neither for or against them. I like cloth nappies because they save money and look cute, but disposables are easier to deal with.



We live in a warm climate for most of the year so we often allowed our little one to run around the house without a diaper of any sort. I don't know if it made him more aware of what he was doing, but we didn't have many accidents to clean up and he potty trained early.

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2010

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This may sound strange... I actually get gratification out of changing a poopy diaper. You can see the mess, you can clean it up... and then throw it away!!! Disposable for sure! I may not have a problem cleaning the mess off my baby, but I am not cleaning the mess off fabric, then throwing it in my wash machine where all our other clothes go!

C. - posted on 12/14/2009

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Add to the pile! Haha.. I use disposable diapers. I had contemplated using cloth, but I think disposable will work just fine for my kids.

Amy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I think it depends. We don't really have a good cleaning service around us, and we are out and about all the time (making cloth diapers harder to manage).

I know there better for the environment, but time, and money are two big factors in using disposable ones.

Also, I feel much better about using disposable diapers because I do not use disposable female products, so I guess I justify it that way. If I used disposable products and cloth diapers I would still be putting more "crap" into the environment that the way I'm doing it now.

My sister in law is doing these "G" Diapers for the environment, but when I asked what about female products (because those are Just as bad), she didn't use disposable stuff for herself. Personally I sort of see the both hand in hand, but use disposable diapers just because it's easier for us.

I have a hard enough time getting my husband to change the diaper pail to begin with (He's a stay at home dad), I couldn't imagine trying to get him to use cloth diapers.

Johnny - posted on 12/13/2009

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I would say that generally I'm against disposable diapers. But I can see plenty of reasons for using them. If you live somewhere without your own laundry facilities, if you have twins, etc. or quite a few young children, if you are working full-time when they are very young, and others such things make doing cloth really impractical. We use cloth 90% of the time, but disposables are good for traveling and weeks that I work full time.

In the region I live in the district government sends out information about our waste to try to get us thinking about the stuff we throw out. It mentions that 30% of the mass of the wastes is disposable diapers that will take 300 years to decompose. Knowing that my great-great-great-great grandchildren will be looking down from the moon at a giant pile of diapers is enough to get me through the small inconvenience of washing diapers 3 times a week.



It's really not that much work anyway. 3 extra loads of laundry a week, and it doesn't even require folding or ironing. Given that my daughter always leaks in disposables, I'd probably be doing at least one extra load of her clothes each week anyway.

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2009

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I have used both. I used cloth nappies with my oldest daughter. Mainly because at the time I was on my own a lot and couldn't afford disposable nappies. When she was about 16 months old I caved in, as I couldn't cope with washing nappies anymore. Then luckily I was able to toilet train her fully by the time she was 2 years and 2 months. For my twins we did get cloth nappies as presents, and had the intention of seeing how we go with them. But as soon as they entered the world, any thought of wanting to use cloth went out the window. I was tired enough, let alone spending the time cleaning 2X the amount of nappies as I did with my oldest daughter. I think it is a two edged sword. Yes disposable nappies can be expensive and aren't environmentally friendly. But save on time and sanity, well for me anyway lol. And with washing cloth nappies it still uses more detergent, water and electricity. So there are two sides to the story. My philosophy is use what you feel comfortable with.

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Quoting Krista:



Quoting Meghan:




Quoting Sharon:

Nope. not against them.

I don't use paper plates, paper/foam cups, very few napkins (washcloths instead) , half a dryer sheet, etc etc etc etc etc

i figure the space I saved in the landfill was mine to use as I pleased. I used disposable diapers.







i reuse my dryer sheets lol...I keep the same on in the dryer for atleat 3 loads...









OT, but another use for dryer sheets: if you have a bunch of gunk stuck on a metal pan after cooking, put a dryer sheet in the bottom of the pan and cover it with hot, hot water. Leave it for 15 minutes. Anything stuck on there will peel off beautifully. 





I'm for sure trying that one sometime soon Im sure!!!!!

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Quoting Sharon:

Nope. not against them.

I don't use paper plates, paper/foam cups, very few napkins (washcloths instead) , half a dryer sheet, etc etc etc etc etc

i figure the space I saved in the landfill was mine to use as I pleased. I used disposable diapers.


i reuse my dryer sheets lol...I keep the same one in the dryer for at leat 3 loads...

Sharon - posted on 12/12/2009

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Nope. not against them.



I don't use paper plates, paper/foam cups, very few napkins (washcloths instead) , half a dryer sheet, etc etc etc etc etc



i figure the space I saved in the landfill was mine to use as I pleased. I used disposable diapers.

Krista - posted on 12/12/2009

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I don't really like myself for using disposable diapers, but sadly, they really are the most convenient option. If I lived in a city with a diaper service, I'd likely give it a try. But I'm out in the sticks. And I considered the gdiaper with the flushable insert, but they're not good for septic systems -- but, you can throw away the insert. Maybe after Christmas, if I get a little bit of money freed up, I'll give them a try for around home. I'll definitely continue to use disposables when we're out and about, though -- I'm not keen on dragging a dirty diaper all over town until we get home.

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we use disposable too...but we burn ours so im not really "adding to the pile" so to speak...I just cant wait untill she is fully potty trained we have been working on it since she was 2 (about 4 months ago...and she can go all day in her Elmo panties but not all night yet...

Brandy - posted on 12/12/2009

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I use them too. They way I look at it, if I were to ever have an "accident" in my underwear, I would definately throw them out, not wash them and wear them again and I would feel the same way about washing and reusing cloth diapers. I don't frown on people who do use them but personally, it would bother me knowing that my daughter was wearing something she pooped all over a couple days earlier. But I'm also somebody who has issues with bodily fluids. If I hear somebody spit, I almost vomit. If somebody wipes or blows their nose near enough to the kitchen while I am eating dinner, I can't eat anymore. When I see somebody use a kleenex then stuff it back into their pocket for later, I can actually taste vomit in the back of my throat. So maybe that is why it would bother me so much. Some days I'm surprised I can even change my daughter's diapers. lol.

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