Disposable vs. Reusable

Victoria - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 142 moms have responded )

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Lately, though I'm only thirteen weeks in, I've been looking into baby needs and I have seen many women review reusable diapers with great responses, saying they save money. I've seen the rare opposite review, saying the product was weak or they had an unpleasant experience, but the majority said they were great. I'd like other mom's opinions on this! Pros and Cons to both would be delightful!





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Brand names of what you use would be lovely, along with websites or the store you bought them from! Prices are always a lovely addition too!

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Amy - posted on 07/23/2010

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Alyssa with the modern style cloth diapers it is not recomened that you put the dirty ones in a bucket of water, it will actually cause them not to work as well. You put them in a can just like disposables, and use a cloth liner so you just dump the whole thing into the wash. You don't use plastic pants either. Check out http://www.kellyscloset.com. As for another pro for cloth there are no harmful chemicals coming in contact with your babies skin. They still put chemical that are not allowed in tampons because the cause toxic shock syndrome in to the diapers, I don't want that on my babies skin. As far of taking the poop of of the diapers you also are required to do that with disposables to, read the packageing.

Barbara - posted on 07/22/2010

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If you have cloth diapers that smell, try this:
-Rinse them out, even if they are just peed in.
-Keep them in a bucket with water, a little vinegar, and some tea tree oil between washes.
-If possible, dry them in the sun. Kills germs, and bleaches out stains.

Voila! No more smelly diapers.
Also, you can get a little spray apparatus at pretty much any hardware store that hooks on to your shower, and can hose out dipes into the potty as easy as pie. That is, if you have a bathroom that accommodates the reach of the hose to the potty.
Just thought that might be helpful to someone. Took me a while to figure out.

Celeste - posted on 07/21/2010

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Crystal, I assure you, mine do not smell. Many of my mom friends also use cloth and theirs don't smell either. Please don't generalize all mothers who use cloth because of your experience. What kind were you using? Just curious. I'm sorry you had a hard time with them.

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Either way diapers are a drain to the earth. Disposable fill landfills whereas cloth use water and power.

I used both with my kids (cloth at home and disposable while away from home). Found that cloth made it easier to potty train because wet cloth really are wet. However my third child would get horrible horrible diaper rash from cloth so he had to use disposable.

Angie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I like them both for different reasons.
Disposibles: Are quick and easy.
Reusables: Are sufficient and green and I love the classic look of a cloth diaper.

Things I've experienced:
Pampers Swaddlers: I love the wetness indicator, how soft they are and their overall fit.
Pampers Cruisers: Can seep gel-like pebbles on to baby when saturated (like thru the night!). This irritates baby's skin and grosses me out. I still use them, but usually a bigger size during the night for extra protection OR night time diapers.
Huggies: smells like pee as soon as baby wets. closure tabs rip off easily (big problem for me - wasted diaper; and baby - she rips them off too).
Luvs: holds a TON of pee; quick to start smelling bad and you can see the pee thru the diaper. Not ideal for skinny or chubby babies - more of a generalized average fit.

Mothering Grace (motheringgrace.com) cloth diapers: awesome. everything you need for cloth diapering.

In general, cloth diapers require more frequent changing and have liners for ease of use.

You can launder them yourself or go through a cloth diapering company who will sell you your diaper needs in a package as well as set up how frequently to come by to pick up. Awesome.

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Diane - posted on 05/16/2012

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Wow a lot of great info. I personally like the DryMama reusable nursing pads. Best I know of on the market.

Kirsten Veronica - posted on 08/04/2010

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I've been using cloth diapers since my daughter was born. I've primarily used unbleached Indian cotton prefold style diapers, with an inexpensive waterproof cover over the diaper. I also use gDiapers which are a cotton pant with waterproof liner and washable cloth insert, and bumGenius 3.0 one size pocket diapers. And I use ImseVimse brand rice paper "liners" which if they are pooped on go into the trash, and if they are peed on, get washed, yes, washed, and flattened out and air dried and used again and again.

First of all, cloth diapers DO NOT STINK if they are washed correctly and you aren't developing detergent or urine buildup. Washing correctly is quite easy. I've used both a top loader washing machine and a front loading HE machine. A prewash with or without a tiny dabble of (diaper friend) detergent (I use Seventh Generation or Ecos FREE & CLEAR formulas), and a hot wash with small amount of detergent (diapers take very little) and an extra rinse. Then either hang them in the sun to dry, or dry them in the dryer. If you put them in the sun, any stains will sun bleach out. They might get stiff, but a quick tumble in the dryer will soften them, or they will soften while worn.

There are a lot of issues with disposable diapers, not the least of which is the non biodegradable nature of the plastics and the scary chemicals used to increase their absorbency. Smell a box of diapers... Smells like chemicals doesn't it? I can't imagine putting them next to my daughter's most delicate tissues.

People like to claim that washing diapers will use up the same amount or more of the resources used in making disposable diapers, well that argument doesn't hold water so to say. Not only do disposables use massive amounts of petroleum products and bleach, but they create so much pollution in both the development and then disposal of them that there is no way to justify using them if there is another option. Not in my world anyway.

There are all types of cloth diapers to suit your budget, style and interests. If you want a super trim fit, a gDiaper with cloth insert fits very close. If you want a super cheap option, an unbleached prefold and diaper cover by ProWraps or LiteWrap is very affordable. If you want super cute patterns and colors they are out there. If you want a "grow with me" option bumGenius is a good place to start but there are many one size diapers out there as well. And more and more day care providers are becoming cloth diaper friendly, as they should be.

As for accessories, I use large ziplock bags in my "diaper bag" (large back pack) to carry used diapers home. I have a diaper pail and three waterproof liners, and a few dozen cloth wipes. I don't use any wipe solution other than water and I never have to powder or lotion my daughter's tush. It's truly super easy.

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I used disposables with my first. When my husband lost his job in this economy, I switched to cloth for our second. We averaged about $60 a month on disposables, so I spent that much each month on cloth until we had enough to not buy any more. We bought the bum genius 3.0 one size pocket diaper. They are super easy to use, look great, don't leak and will fit the baby from birth through potty training. I have 20 diapers and typically wash 10 at a time every other day. I line dry to save energy- and they dry quickly. I only use a tiny bit of detergent (per manufacture's instructions) and the cost savings has been great. I highly recommend cloth diapers if you're a stay at home mom! Although we still use disposables while traveling. Plus I feel like we've made our carbon footprint so much smaller switching to cloth. (And our diapers never smell, aren't stained and we've been using them for 8 months already!) You just have to follow the washing instructions and buy a quality cloth diaper!

Angeline - posted on 08/02/2010

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I use washables 90% of the time. We bought 20 diapers which cost about $300 we use disposables when were gone for more than a day. As soon as Audires cord fell off we started using the washables and haven't stopped since. Audrie is now 15 months old. We bought the bumgenius 3-in-1 diaper from www.cottonbabies.com. they have others but this diaper has snaps to adjust the size and velcro to open and close. they come with a thick liner and thin. We use the thin while around the house and the thick at night. you just tuck the liner into the pocket and go. When she has an icky diaper I use the sprayer my husband attached to the toilet and spray it out like a dirty dish, lol! I do laundry about everyother day, the amonia is nasty but not unbarable and you only notice it when you get toward the bottom. I suppose if I washed out the pee diapers also it wouldn't be so bad. We use a trashcan with a lid for her diaper pail it works great. Audrie has learnt how to undo the velcro but if shes wearing a cute cover she doesn't mess with them. She'll be able to undo them though when we start potty training! The best part is they will be ready to go if we have any more kids. No further purches neccassary!

Shannon - posted on 07/31/2010

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I spent all of $200 on my whole system. I do diaper cleaning maybe every three days. I love them and would never go back to disposables. :)

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2010

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And definatley have enough so you only have to do wash every 3 ish days. Like I said before, I had to do mine every night, and that wore out pretty quick and i went bakc to disposables quick, then evened out to half and half. For new borns they say about 20 is a good start amount, so you wont have to do them every day

Alison - posted on 07/31/2010

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One additional comment is that the amount of energy needed to wash the diapers in dependent on how much energy and water your machines use to begin with. I have a high efficiency washer and dyer and even when I had two kids in diapers I still had low electric and water bills.

Alison - posted on 07/31/2010

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I use a combination of cloth and plastic (aka. disposables). With my oldest she had a horrible reaction to the chemicals in the plastic diapers and broke out in rashes whenever she wore them for prolonged periods of time.

What I found worked best for my family is using cloth at home, and plastic when we out and about so I wouldn't have to carry home dirties. There is a new product on the market called gDiapers that are supposed to be the best of both worlds. Since my son is starting to potty train I am not willing to invest in a new diapering system, but it might be something for you to look into.

Kristin - posted on 07/30/2010

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I was all about using the cloth diapers for my daughter. My sister in law gave me a ton of cloth diapers and I went for it. They save a ton of money, don't create a ton of trash and almost never leak. Also they are chemical free which is a huge plus. However, they are not always convenient and can get kind of gross especially once your little muffin starts eating solid foods. Unfortunately my sweet girl has super sensitive skin and constantly had pretty gnarly diaper rash when she was wearing cloth diapers because they don't keep the moisture off the skin, so we switched to disposable. They are way more convenient and I definitely don't have to do so much laundry. If I could choose I would have stuck with cloth diapers though.

Kristy - posted on 07/30/2010

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I did reusable diapers with my son for about a week before i finally switched back to disposable. All I did all day long was wash and dry diapers. It really was a pain and I felt like I wasn't spending enough time with my son. I thought I was using the most environmentally sound solution, until I looked at my electric, water and gas bills. I was spending more on washing and drying six loads every day then a single box of Huggies in a month. After a long talk about it with my pediatrician I discovered that the disposable, even the cheep ones, were more environmentally friendly and a lot safer to use on your baby than the reusable ones. I now have two kids and I have raised both kids in disposable diapers and I haven't regretted it. I used the cheep brand from Target. Last time I did the math it came out to just about 13 cents a diaper vs. the $500 I paid in utilities for cleaning the cloth diapers.

Kellie - posted on 07/30/2010

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Cloth is the way to go!I used them on my 15 year old and am now using them on my 9 week old.I swear by them.They are easily soaked,washed and then dried.At least you know your child has a nice comfy clean bum and there is no cuter look than a bub with a big fat toshy 8-)

Samantha - posted on 07/30/2010

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I used disposable(huggies) until Roz was a year old, before I hadnt even thought about cloth. I got a pack of kushies for girls and I loved them, they were all in ones, so there was no confusion about how prefolds vs liner, and covers and everything else, and I beleive tey were the pefect thing to start with, you just put them on as if they were a disposable, and when you take it off, dump the doody in the toilet, rinse off the sticky in the bathtub, and throw in a tub of baking soda water(1gallon to 1 cup) until ready to wash.
Ionly used them part time, I only had 5 and couldnt keep up with washing them every single night.
I loved them because they did save on a lot of money, but esspecially because they were actually "to big" for her(I bought the toddler size, 22-40#, she was only 18) and they still didnt leak.
My only problem is that I onlyused them part time for 3 months and the velcro started comig unstitched from the diaper =[
But I love cloth soo much that I am currently in the process of making my own!

Heidi - posted on 07/29/2010

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I am using both cloth and disposable when we go out for long periods or out of town for the weekend. We use the Fuzzibunz one size diapers and so far they are great, we have been a couple leaks, but only when I have not put the liner in the right way. The extra laundry is not bad, I do have to put the liners back in after washing (Fuzzibunz recomends taking the liners out before putting them in the diaper bag) They do not stain or stink, I use Seventh Generation natural laundry detergent. I got my diapers from www.kellyscloset.com which has a huge selection and great prices. I started out with a bundled pack which was $350 and then bought three extra diapers so I ave 21 diapers that usually lasts me two days. I also find that my daughter does not have diaper rash with the cloth diapers like she does the disposable.

Andrea - posted on 07/29/2010

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Hi Victoria, I just want to say that I find it difficult to understand anyone who says they are great. When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent over £300 on a complete birth-to-potty set of reusable nappies with plastic over-pants. I did all my research (cotton vs bamboo etc.), I spoke to other parents who used them and I was absolutely determined that reusable nappies were the way forward. In reality, I was having to change my son's nappy EVERY HOUR because they got so sodden and heavy so quickly, and I found them so bulky that it was difficult to find trousers that would fit over them. I couldn't keep up with the amount of washing they involved, and they smelt so bad even when if I left them for a few hours in a lidded nappy bucket with the sanitising solution. I believe that in days gone by, mothers used to boil the nappies in a big pot to restore the whiteness, but (since I don't have a cauldron!) I washed them on the hottest wash, but this was not enough to prevent them from going grey and horrible-looking. I persevered like this for about 6 months, but the final straw came when I read an article that said reusables are no friendlier to the environment than disposables (because of the extra energy and detergent used in washing them), and not much cheaper in the long-run (because you still have to buy the Nappsan, nappy liners, etc). I honestly dont know why anyone would choose to use them, but that's just my opinion.
Hope it all works out well for you
Andrea xxx

Stacy - posted on 07/28/2010

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I used disposables with my first born, and was horrified when she pooped up her back EVERY DAY! Nobody warned me about that before she was born, why is that? Anyway, using cloth with my second, and love it. I never have to try to wash poop out of clothes anymore! I originally started using them because of money, but they are so great for his skin, and so cute! We keep a small pack of disposables around for emergencies, long weekend trips, or whatever. We hardly ever use them. I wash my diapers every two days or so, and don't even notice the extra laundry since I do at least a load a day anyway! I use bumgenius and happy heinys one size pocket diapers. The bumgenius have velcro, so they change as quickly as a disposable. The happy heinys are snaps, which we got when he figured out how to undo the velcro. Also I use Rockngreen detergent, so the diapers smell like nothing when they are clean. We don't have a place to hang dry outside, so my husband rigged me up a little clothesline above the washer and dryer. Buy three or so cloth, give them a try mixed in with the disposables, and see what works best for you. Don't let anyone bully you either way. You will know what is the right thing for you, your baby, and your life. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2010

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The bad thing about disposable is allergic reaction, disposal and cost. The bad side to cloth is every time they wet once you have to change them, storage of both dirty and clean, cleaning them, allergies, and the cost to clean. I always used Pampers with my 3. There is really nothing to say what will work best for you. My sister could only use huggies because everything leaked on her kids. I did the cloth diaper thing with my first for a while. It was a LOT of work. For a new mother I would say use disposable. It will give you more time to enjoy your new baby without constantly having to change a wet diaper. OH and seriously consider breastfeeding. Studies show they are smarter and healthier.

Becky - posted on 07/28/2010

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I did disposables with my first, but decided to try cloth with my second. We didn't start until he was almost a year old. If you can get the cloth diapers second hand, that saves a TON of money. There are plenty of places to get second hand, one is diaperswappers. I used Sammy's cotton sherpa and Blueberry covers. I love the separate covers and diapers more so than the all in ones. Prevents blowouts. I have 25 diapers and 6 covers and washed every 2-3 days. My son grew out of them just before age 2, and he is now ready to potty train. Good luck. There is a ton of info to wade through and that's what prevented me from starting #2 at birth.

Cara - posted on 07/27/2010

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The good side to disposable diapers is that they are more convenient. Pretty much everyone knows how to change a disposable diaper. They take less time in some ways due to the fact you don't have to find extra time to clean them or have them cleaned. On the other hand... Some infants have an allergy to the filling and fabric in disposable diapers that they wouldn't have if using cloth diapers. From what I've been told from mothers I know that have used both, they seem to run about the same price in the end. Both have pro's and cons. With my daughter I have to use name brand diapers since the off brand give her a rash. I've used anything from huggies, pampers, Luvs, etc. I never much cared for Luvs for my daughter. Pampers are good at first but tend to have some serious sagging issues when on an older child. Huggies is the brand i've stuck with for my daughter due to the fact that they seem to hold a lot (like through the night), they don't have bad sagging issues and they seems to fit her comfortably. I think it really just differs for each child though. Congrats on your pregnancy and I wish you and your baby the best!

Beth - posted on 07/27/2010

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I love my fluff! I did start out using disposables when my DS was newborn. I am full-time cloth diaper, except on Sundays it is easier not to have to worry about the nursery workers not knowing what to do with the wet/dirty dipes. I tried using disposables for night time, but had major leaks all the time, now I use a hemp doubler in his diaper, and no leaks.

As to the smell, there are certain diapers that cause my little one to smell-some of it has to do with leaving a wet diaper on him too long. I also found that the Planet Wise diaper pail liner (or wet bag) tends to make his room really smell of ammonia, where the GroVia wet bag doesn't (I use a dry diaper pail and use the bags as liners). My main diaper is BumGenius 3.0, and I got my stash from www.kellyscloset.com.

The extra 2 loads of diapers a week really isn't bad at all. I will dry my dipes outside on a nice day, otherwise they dry very easily.

Hope this helps your decision.

Charity - posted on 07/27/2010

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Love the new cloth diapers!!! I used disposable for my son's first month b/c I bought diapers that were too big and got very discouraged at first. Now I am a cloth diapering pro. First of all, there are so many choices, do a little research, pick a style and stick with it if it works. I use chinese prefold diapers from babyworks.com with Thirsties covers and Fuzzibunz for overnight. Also try Nickisdiapers.com and look into the best bottom system. Babyworks also has great tips on laundry. I do diapers every day bc I use less total numbers to save $. The prefold/cover system is cheapest, many disposable users prefer pocket diapers or all in ones. Or you can try the g diaper which is a hybrid. You reuse the cover, and the inner absorbant pad is flushable when soiled. There are so many things that make cloth so much better today!!! Also -- less diaper rash with cloth

Christine - posted on 07/27/2010

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I think it depends on you and ur own opinion...
if u go with Huggies or Pampers then u dont have to worry about the laundry...and they usually cost about 26-32$$ depending on the amount of diapers u get in a box... U can also join the website(s) and they'll send u coupons...

Corena - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have been using disposabales. Both my husband and I realized that we are far too busy to handle the extra work of cloth. However...now that we are fast approaching potty training I have ordered some cloth diaper to use at home. I believe that disposables make potty training harder because they are SOOOO absorbent that children do not experience the physical discomfort of being wet and therefore have no interest in not being in diapers. I think disposables are why potty training happens so much later now than it used to.
Just my opinion though.

Tanasha - posted on 07/27/2010

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My mom used to use resuables with me... until she ran out and there was no diaper service scheduled until next week. Then she decided to use disposables. tbh cloth diapers are not as absorbant as disposables, so you will be using -more- of them than disposables. They may save you money on buying a package of diapers every couple weeks, but I learned how to save money in -that- department is to buy the giant boxes (100+ count) they sell in Sam's Club or other warehouse store (or online if they dont have the size in stock). Then you only buy diapers once a month roughly or once every couple months depending on the size you choose. Then there is the water bill for laundry to factor in, the cost of detergent, the energy needed to dry them (If you put them in the dryer), assuming you decide to wash them themselves and/or the cost of a diaper service (where they take dirties and leave cleans, etc)... and you may find you really aren't saving as much as you thought you were. I, personally think the whole cloth vs disposable is really more of an ethical one almost... cloth is better for the environment, etc, etc. I did consider cloth when I became pregnant for my daughter, mostly on the environmental side... but after considering all the -additional- costs of having cloth diapers (and the fact that I don't have time, nor want to be scrubbing diapers all the time lol) I chose disposables but if you choose cloth I hope it works for you.

Candice - posted on 07/26/2010

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oo and also use cloth wipes..have a wipe warmer with warm water and cloth wipes next to it..just dip the wipe wipe the bun and throw in with diapers!!

Candice - posted on 07/26/2010

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oh ya and these go from birth to potty training..they are all snaps they are really great!! they grow with the baby so you only have to buy one time!!

Candice - posted on 07/26/2010

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i have been using cloth for 2 years now...my son has had diaper rash maybe one time and it was just actually an allergic reaction to tomatoes so not even from the diapers. I use mother ease they are a canadian based company. A dozen is about 180.00 ad that includes a dozen snap in liners that you can wash with the diapers, even with them snapped in..and 4 snap over covers. So you get 12 diapers 12 liners and 4 covers for 180.00. Its a great deal and the liners are great at night when they get bigger. My sons diapers almost never leak unless i wait too long in the car or out and about or whatever..but other than that they are absolutley amazing!!!! I would totally recommend them. To wash..you put them on heavy cycle on hot water with a little free and clear detergent and then do a second rinse with a cup of white vinegar...then dry on high heat or in the summer on the line...ive never had a problem with smells EVER..and when your out if u want to use cloth they sell a leakproof washable reusable bag to take along to throw it in when ur out...its great..and when or if i use disposables companies such as seventh generation and earths best sell non chlorinated disposibles that dont have all of the chemicals like pampers and huggies etc...so occasionally we use those...but usually just cloth..and they dont smell in the summer either...and you keep a pail next to the changing table with a liner in it and you can just dump the diapers into the wash and throw the bag in with it..its really as easy as 1..2..3.. if you want or need any more info u can fb me or email me!! cande1984@aol.com..i'd be happy to help!!

Sally - posted on 07/26/2010

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Re-usable all the way. They are healthier for the baby. They are really cute. They are actually very easy care. The up front cost is frightening, but over your baby's diaper wearing career you'll save 2-4 times the money. And you can use them for more than one kid making it even cheaper.
It would be wrong for me to tell you what to buy because every brand is slightly differently sized and shaped and you can't know what works for you until you see how your baby is shaped.
Your best option is to find a local dealer who will let you touch the diapers and will show you the pros and cons of each kind in person. Next best is to buy a 'variety pack' with 1-2 of more than one kind, then buy more when you know what you like.
We buy from www.zbeardiapers.com because she is local to us. I also like the clearance page at www.fuzzibunzstore.com. My older daughter wore prefolds with Bumkins covers for day and ProRap classic covers and a fleece liner at night. We gave away our covers between kids so my baby wears homemade wool soakers during the day and Fuzzibunz pocket diapers at night. If you are a crafty sort, the internet is full of patterns to make just about every kind of cloth diaper there is and many of them are free www.celticclothswholesalecom is a good place to buy the materials to sew your own.
Good luck

Maggie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I use a mixture of both, when we are out and about and nights I use disposables and cloth during the day....I started quite early but as a new born it can get VERY messy with all the explosions haha, Once we started him on solids it became alot easier to manage and clean, not to mention I don;t have to change him every hour any more.

Good luck

Veronique - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have both! I don't hate the reusables but it's so much easier and faster. I have to say that i use the disposable 95% of the time but the 5% of the time i use the reusables when i just let her in her diaper around the house because the diaper is so cute.
You can't go wrong on both!

Good luck

Sarah - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have three small children and one on the way, so at any given time I have at least one in diapers, and sometimes two. We use both cloth and disposables, cloth at home and short errands, and disposables on long errands. We got the bumgenius one size pocket diaper, so I just have to adjust the snaps to fit each child. Once the kids start sleeping through the night we throw an extra liner in at night, and we don't have any more problems with leakage than we do with disposables, as long as you change them quickly (and who wants to let their kid sit in a dirty diaper anyway?).

If your diapers smell, you're doing something wrong. It might take a bit to find the right washing technique for you and your diaper, so don't get discouraged. We put solids in the toilet, and we have a diaper sprayer attached to the toilet for tough spots (I got mine at kellyscloset.com, keep the water pressure low so you don't get backspray), then we put them in an airtight bucket until the bucket is full. It holds about half my supply (we have 24 total) so I still have plenty to use while the dirties are washing. We don't presoak in the bucket, but we do soak the bucket in water and vinegar while the dipes wash. Cold rinse first, then hot wash with a little detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda, if there are #2's in the load I will let them soak in the hot water for an hour or so before I run the wash cycle, then another cold rinse. Once every week or two I will add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle - it's antibacterial, so will also help with yucky smells if any, and it also helps strip any soap residue so the dipes will stay absorbant. Do not use bleach - it breaks down the fibers in the cloth and they will not last as long. Do not use softener - it coats the dipes with residue, holding stains and smells in, and locking moisture out. If it's nice out I dry in the sun, which bleaches out any stains and helps the dipes last longer, but if it's raining or really windy I will toss them in the dryer on low heat. They have made it through three kids and I see no reason why they won't make it through number four. I might have to replace the velcro on a couple, but it sure beats the thousands of dollars I would have spent by now on disposables.

We also use cloth wipes. I keep them in water in a wipe warmer, and I have a spray bottle of water, mild soap and oil to spray baby's bottom when wiping. You can use a lot of different oils, whatever suits you and baby. We just toss them into the bucket with the dipes.

Christy - posted on 07/26/2010

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I use both reusable and disposable. When we're at home or simply just going out for a few hours I use reusable. Oh and its not like when you go out you have this nasty diappy hanging over your shoulder, I use an old thermos to keep it in and no smell any where but in the bag and it's easy to disinfect after words,,.some people make things out to be so much worse then they are. When someone is babysitting or we're gone for the day or on vacation I use disposable. Honestly I don't think there's much difference. With one I have the extra trash with the other I have an extra load of laundry. One doesn't leak through more then the other it has to do with brand of choice. For disposable I find the the luvs no leak money back guarantee is FALSE!!!! And I did get a refund. I like Kirklands. However some of the inserts for my cloth covers I found leaked...so it depends. As for being smelly, you need to clean them right, if you leave a cloth diaper soaking in a tub in its amonia and poop its going to have a nice smell stuck in it...soak them! It doesn't take that much extra time to use cloth diapers. And when you actually sit down and add up the difference in water, electric, trash, cloth or throw away between even one child but add in if you have a few in diapers you will see a complete winner. But everyone is different with what they want so try it and if it doesn't work switch!
As for me I love Flip covers which are a one size fits all, but I DO NOT like there inserts so I use the old school cloth as my diaper. I also really like Bumgenius all in ones one size fits all, but there a little pricey, so worth it though!!!!!

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I am using reusable nappies and one disposable at night time (or if easier when out) i brought most of mine of ebay cost roughly $8AU each i brought extra inserts and liners (micro fiber) the poo rolls of into the toilet and you don't have to carry or wash of as much poo. So long as you wash them properly they do not smell!! and the have like push studs and look like a disposable nappy but much better. Here's a link of some examples http://baby-maternity.shop.ebay.com.au/?... Hope all of this help in you makeing your mind up. It's your choice after all, and mix it up i still have a pack of disposables on hand

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Just in case you are curious the diaper service I use (and in fact all that I have looked into) has the same washer-dryer and cleaning standards/procedures as hospital washer/dryers. The industrial washer is far more hygienic than any washer that is available on the market for home use.



I should also add even with a diaper service and using disposables at night and for longer outings, I am saving loads of money. Anyone with 2 children gets a very good discount for the second child's diapers (we are talking over 75% off!!! It only costs $7 every 2 weeks for double the diapers!)



And yes they sometimes stink by the end of the week. If I was cleaning them at home though, I would never let a week with of diapers accumulate.

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My son is 22 mon now and we used cloth diapers from the start. I LOVED them! They didn't smell, washing was not a big deal, it saved us a TON of money, and I really liked how cute they were! And he was potty trained at 18 mon! I credit it to the cloth diapers. I suggest you check out www.greenmountaindiapers.com they were the most informative website for sure, all your questions will be answered and if not, the owner will email you back your response super quick. Check it out! Good luck!

Nicolette - posted on 07/25/2010

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I use gDiapers and I LOVE them. They are the only earth friendly diapers (that I have found) that offer both the ease of disposable for when you're out and about AND the option of cloth inserts for at home. Either insert can be used with the Little G Pants and they come in convenient 6 pack of neutral colors or you can choose fun printed pants for a bit more of a price. When I use the cloth inserts I just put a flushable BambinoMio diaper liner (got a pack of 200 from Target.com) over the cloth and when the diaper is dirty you can flush the poop and put the soiled cloth in the diaper pail. I was all the diapers, liners and little pants on the Sanitize cycle of my front load washer with a little Tide Free & Clear. There's a ton of info and some great videos of how the diapers work at http://www.gdiapers.com/



Good luck making your decision and congrats on the new baby and wanting to be a green momma!

Jenna - posted on 07/25/2010

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Re-usable nappies are fantastic for saving money, but they are a bit more work. You've got to clean the solids off before you put them in the wash, then there's the washing, drying, and sorting/putting them away, etc. If you're willing the put in the extra time, they are very much worth it. As for price and website.. I made my own.. so I can't help you out there, lol.

Celeste - posted on 07/25/2010

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Someone asked "who uses 200 diapers a month?" I certainly did! In fact, I used MORE than 200 disposables a month. I used disposables with my twins for about 6 months. They went through 6-8 diapers *EACH*. Multiply that 30 days in a month, that's a ton of diapers we went through. So for us, they were a huge money saver.



Someone asked about brands, etc.

I used mainly pockets, and of those, mainly one size diapers. My favorite brands are Tiny Tush, Bum Genius, Blueberries Minkees, and Haute Pockets.

I usually got my cloth diapers from pinstripesandpolkadots.com, or nickisdiapers.com



And to reiterate the previous posters no soaking in a pail, and no pins and plastic pants to use anymore.

Heidi - posted on 07/25/2010

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We used Fuzzi Bunz and were always very happy with them. We used sized diapers (small and medium), but they now have a One Size diaper as well, which is nice and trim, even on the smaller settings.

Most of our diapers are pocket style diapers. The cover has a waterproof outer layer and an inner layer of fleece, which wicks the moisture away from babies skin into an absorbent insert (hemp or microfiber or a prefold diaper) which is stuffed in the pocket between the two layers.

There are many brands of pocket diapers, both sized and one size. Others we have tried and liked are Rocky Mountain One Size Pockets, Knickernappies Pockets (both sized and one size), Happy Heiney's One Size, and my all time fave (although spendy) Rumparooz One Size.

A great store to look at is Kelly's Closet. Mom's Milk Boutique is another great store. There are TONS of online stores that sell cloth and accessories. There are even stores that will put together a diaper TRIAL package so you can try out different styles and even send them back if you do not wish to purchase them.

You can also check out Diaperswappers to get new and used dipes from mamas who are selling or trading their stash.

In November, keep your eyes open for The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt, run by diaperdecisions.com. It's an online scavenger hunt and it was the way I learned SO much about all kinds of different cloth diapers and accessories. Even if you've already started building your stash, it's fun to buy one here and there to try something new and this is a great way to expose yourself to all that is available and to hook up with other mamas who use CDs. Plus there are discount codes!! And the potential to win some great CD prizes.

Right now I am converting my whole stash from pocket diapers to fitted diapers with wool and fleece covers, as my second girl seems to be sensitive to the PUL (waterproof outer layer) on our pockets. I purchased a pattern and am making them almost entirely out of upcycled fabrics: old wool sweaters, t shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, and flannel sheets and shirts from my own closet! So far, my out of pocket cost is about $40 for some new Microfleece to line the diapers with and some special elastic for the leg and back openings. The cost of the diaper patterns and the thread I purchased was covered by the sale of a few of my old pocket diapers, and I expect to sell the rest of my pockets and have more money in my pocket after the diaper making project is over than when I started!

If you are REALLY frugal, you could make a whole stash of cloth diapers (homemade fitted and prefolds) and covers (wool and/or fleece) for under $100. If you google Frugal Diaper Sewing, there is a great website on how to get started and what kind of materials are good to use. I have made a few fitteds from this site and they are easy and mega cheap.

Jessica Renee - posted on 07/24/2010

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and it always cracks me up when people can house train a puppy & clean up its poo, or walk it in a park & bag its poo, or people who live in small spaces like apartments can puppy pad train them, people with cats can scoop out cat litter, and those of us horse lovers can clean a stall but we freak out when our own children poo on us? got news for the preggos....there gonna have at least 50 blow outs on you AT LEAST before they potty train. Your going to be wiping their butt & they decide they werent done yet, or when there crawling they roll & get poop on your hand. Yet somehow, its not so nasty when its your child.

Jessica Renee - posted on 07/24/2010

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Okay, I use cloth diapers & I love them. We were very blessed since a woman from church gave us 18 of them. I like only having 18 because it forces me to do laundry! imagine that! lol, I have always been horrible about letting stuff sit in the washer & finding it soured 2 days later. This way the laundry is staying caught up. I have heard people say they cant deal with #2's, but when your kid is potty training you will deal with that too, so either way...its part of parenting. Also, when they are young & breastfed their poo is runny & easy to rinse out (I rinse it in the sink & keep a box of clorox wipes, just wipe the sink out after.) Remember its not like adult poo. Once they start solids it gets to where it will roll right into the toilet. Its REALLY not that bad. I dont store them any certain way because breastfed babies poo doesnt smell like formula poo so its not like some stinky mess sitting in a basket. hope this helps you.

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I personally would rather be able to smell the pee/poop in my childs diaper right away so I can change her right away, so that she is not sitting in it and getting diaper rash, to whomever said that you not being able to smell the pee right away in a cloth diaper was a benefit. Disposible diapers are great! My daughter barely gives me a minute to myself to do the normal laundry, let alone stripping, soaking, spraying?, scrubbing, washing, drying, yuck! I don't mind the bodily fluids believe me I am covered in spit-up saliva all day every day. I just guess I don't care enough about the environment. Maybe you should just be like Gisele and hold your baby over the toilet until he goes, that will save all kinds of money. Oh well, Target diapers rock!

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Audrey- I haven't tried to potty train with the cloth yet, but I have heard from quite a few moms that potty training is easier with cloth. I would think it depends on the child in particular but what most moms say is that they "feel" wet in the cloth and know what the feeling is. Plus you can leave them without a cover (if youre using that kind of diaper) at home and see when they are wet right away. One friend of mine has had 3 in cloth and all 3 were potty trained by age 2. I also have heard a few moms say they put their kids in cloth just to speed up potty training!!! But like I said, it haven't tried myself yet.

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I'm not even reading all the other responses here, so if this has already been stated, I'm sorry! :) lol

We used disposables with my oldest, who is now 4, and with my baby for the first 10-ish months of her life. We switched to a cloth hybrid, gdiapers, when she had a terrible chemical burn-like reaction to the new Pamper's dry max. We LOVE g's! I would absolutely recommend trying them out if you are a little unsure about taking the leap! The wonderful thing about gDiapers is that there is the option of using disposable liners. It's so much easier than I ever imagined....and now I'm taking the plunge and trying out the all-cloth options!

Heidi - posted on 07/24/2010

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I can understand not using cloth diapers. They aren't for everyone. But throwing away clothing is incredibly wasteful. There is such a thing as soap and water. I was always able to get poo off of anything when diapers blew out (which they often did when using disposables). A bit of hot water and regular old bar soap was always enough to get poo out of clothing. And a trip through the washer, of course.

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Well I used disposable diapers with both my sons because i really dnt like keeping stuff that they have used the bathroom in. For example: A baby can use the bathroom up there back its not a garantee that its going to come off the clothes they have so i just through wateva that got dirty away. I have used Pampers the whole time with both my boys even i have used Pampers Easy Ups on my oldest son and at Kmart they have the case of Pampers diapers for $20 and at Target have them also and the case are $20...... and i also used Pampers wipes and they are like im gne say at the most $12 for a case

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We have used both but I much prefer cloth. We started with disposable because I really didn't know any different. My daughter is allergic to nearly every disposable. At 5 months we changed to cloth. We use bumgenius brand. cottonbabies.com. I also use their flip system when we go out. You can reuse the cover and just change the insert. They are very easy to wash. cold rinse, hot wash, cold rinse. very simple. I also line dry them outside when the weather is nice saves energy and your diapers will hold up longer. We use a one size diaper that fits from birth to potty training. This is my first child so I figure if I can use them through the next kid even more savings! And I do use cloth when we are out and about since shes allergic to disposables. I purchased a wet bag and throw the diapers in there. No stink and take care of them when I get home. Good luck in your decision. There is also a group on here called cloth diapered munchkins and the ladies there are very helpful

Audrey - posted on 07/24/2010

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wow, my son has been getting rashes constantly and i change his diapers alot, especially since he cries when he pees in it and it hurts him, never even thought about cloth diapers. so thank you all for bringing this up i'll have to definetly look into using them =) just out of curiosity for those of you who have used cloth diapers and now have older children does this make it easier on potty training? it seems like it would, seein as how it seems like itd be the same feel as "big boy pants". though i am nowhere near potty training, just wondering though.

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I have three small children ages 3, 2 and 4 months. My 3 year old is potty trained and I used disposible with her. I used luvs. They worked pretty good and were not as expensive as the big brands. With my 2 year old I was always intrested in CD, but just never made the leap. Then when I had my third baby I was thinking "this is going to be expensive with 2 kids in diapers" so we made the leap to cloth diapeing and I will never look back. There is a joy in CD I never knew you could have. You get this sence of sastisfaction putting on a clean warm cloth diaper on your child, than a stiff disposible that you just waste and throw away. There are so many different types of cloth diapeing it can get overwhelming. I suggest looking it up, looking at reviews on different ones like on (www.diaperpin.com) and just doing your research. They have bunddles out there so you can purchase everything you need. It may be up to 500 or a lil more depending on what type of cloth diapers your getting it cost me about 800 since I had two kids in cost, but in the long run your saving money. I think it costs about 2000 dollars to buy disposibles from brith to potty traning. here is a good website on the differences of both http://www.thenewparentsguide.com/diaper...

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reusable/cloth nappies work for us, they may be expensive straight up but you do save money in the long run. I use cushie Tushies but i'm in Australia so if you are anywhere else they may not deliver. Cons.... the main thing would be the washing but i go though 4-6 a day depending, and just put a load on at night then they dry so i don't find it a hassle. My daughter is 3 months so it might differ how many you go though with the age of your child.

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