Has anyone tried cloth diapers?

Saundra - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I'm having my third baby, and I wanted to try cloth diapers this time. I'm a little worried about all the poop washing and leaking. Has anyone else tried cloth diapers lately?

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I use cloth and I'm crazy about it! I use a service but only because I have pay laundry where I live and it would seriously cost me an arm and a leg to do my own diaper laundry. It's tough to keep up with my regular laundry:( But if I had my very own washing machine I would definitely wash my own diapers! I know a lot of moms who do it. If you can change a poopy diaper then you can launder poopy diapers. It's no big deal. And when the poop actually gets gross and stinky (once solids hav become a part of your baby's diet) the poop can pretty much be peeled off the diaper with some toilet paper and plunked in the toilet where it belongs anyways. So easy! I say go for it. I think it's pretty rare for someone to go the cloth diaper route and then decide they don't like it. It's usually the opposite. I think most moms who CD are pretty addicted to it and are gung ho when it comes to trying to encourage other moms to join in:)

Jocelyn - posted on 01/12/2010

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I used them for both my kids. I currently use kushies (not my fave, a few leaks there, but I got 30 of them for a present, so I might as well use them) but I really like my one size fuzzie bunz. I also have tried grobaby and I am waiting to receive a new order of kookabums. I love cloth diapers. I use the dry pail technique, where you just put the dirty diapers into a pail (after shaking off the poop into the toilet, or you can get paper liners or a sprayer that attaches directly to the toilet) and I put some baking soda in the pail to control the smell. I started out using a soaker pail, but didn't like the extra weight and mess that the water added to it. As for laundry, I end up doing a load of diapers about every second day, which isn't bad at all. It's really simple to do, I don't do any extra soaks or rinses, I just run a normal cycle. You do need a detergent that doesn't contain fragrances, but with all the all natural "green" detergents being available it's not hard to find a brand that you like. And as an added note, I've had way more poop blowouts from disposables than cloth!

Nicole - posted on 01/12/2010

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I am a full time cloth diaperer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I wouldn't have it any other way! I use bum genius 3.0s and I have NEVER had a leak! They are great! If your child is breastfed you do not need to get the poop off the diaper until they are eating solids. If they are eating solids you can just knock it down the toilet or you can purchase a diaper sprayer to spray the poo into the toilet. Honestly, it's not bad AT ALL! It's so much better for your baby and your environment, you will never want to use a disposable again! I recommend www.bananapeelsdiapers.com, they sell combo packs too, if you buy 12 you get one free!

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Angela - posted on 01/18/2010

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i can't say much more than what everyone else has said...but cloth diapers are fantastic. i was hesitant at first, but once i tried them, i never went back. (i've cloth diapered both my children) i started with prefolds (at newborn stage) and then as the kids got older i invested more money and bought some fitteds (thirsties, kissaluvs and some really really nice cotton snug-to-fits-i LOVE those) i used the thirsties covers because i love all the bright colors. www.kellyscloset.com is a GREAT website to get everything from. good luck!! way to go!

TAmmy - posted on 01/18/2010

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Cloth diapers are great if you have a washer. It is refreshing to see someone that wants to use them again I hope you start a trend!!!

April - posted on 01/16/2010

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there's this thing you can hook to your toilet so you can wash them out right there. Also, Babies R Us caries "Bumkins" state of the art bum covers lol.

Cindy - posted on 01/16/2010

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I used cloth diapers with my first 3 children. It went well until my third. She had a sensitivity to something that kept her broken out all the time. My last six I had the funds for disposable diapers. I loved the throw-a-ways. My youngest is 20 so it has been a long time.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/16/2010

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Yes, I've used them with 3 of my kids, they are more likely to leak and need to be changed more often, but they work fine. Just do a prewash and add a second rinse cycle when you wash them. Shake off solids in the toilet and you should be fine. I use fuzzibunz, but you can get prefolds cheap at target and use them with some version of rubber pants. Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have not tried them.. but before you buy anything go on line to onestepahead.com they have a system that looks great!

Good luck!

Emilee - posted on 01/16/2010

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Yes, I used cloth for both of my children. You can buy a cover that the diaper fit in one company the comes into my mind is Fuzzi Bunz( I think that is how they spelled) I would google either diaper wrap or cover. As for the poop matter, USe a sprayer to get it all off into the toilet or check into a diaper service. I didn't mind it and it never became a problem. It is the best thing. Good luck !

Bethany - posted on 01/15/2010

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Oh my God, if you could see the size of the piles each of the disposable babies' parents have made in the nappy-life of their kids, you would honestly vomit.

They are not "disposable" they are "single-use" and I hold them with the same regard as cigarettes and motor sports for absolute absolute waste.



I use flat terry squares folded, and Fluffies covers, and poly-fleece rectangles for liners, have been for nearly a year now, since Charlotte's birth. I have never had a wee leak, not even after 15 hrs overnight. As for poo leaks, you'd have to keep her in a zip lock bag to prevent them, no matter what you use, when they're little.

I've recently bought some Pea Pods pocket nappies, but prefer to use folded flannelette nappies inside them as they dry super fast, as opposed to the bamboo pads that come with them. I also use them with out the lining for nappy covers sometimes. I bought them primarily for their fit under clothes. The terry squares are a bit bulky and the clothing manufacturers have embraced the Single-use nappy's size, as it saves them the extra material, while still charging the same price. It's quite hard to find pants that will fit, that's why I bought my sewing machine.



I wash about 10 to 12 nappies every 2 days, with cold water if they're going in the sun, and hot if it's night or it's overcast and rainy. I use a 1/4 cup of Bicarb Soda in the wash. If anyone in the house is sick, I put some drops of Tea Tree oil into a hot wash. I dry pail into a little flip top garbage bin until it's full, and that takes the 2 days. I rinced the little baby runny poo down the laundry sink, and now she's on solids, I just flush the toilet over the nappy liner and squeeze it out and put it in with the nappies.



SO easy, and if you're worried about getting it on you, that's what soap and hand sanitiser is for.

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2010

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We cloth diaper our kids and I'm very happy with it. I make mine own but there are lots and lots of great diapers out there. When we first started cloth diaper I bought from this WAHM...great quality and price!
http://www.monkeybunsdiapers.com/com/ind...
You can also by a very thin, almost cloth like, liner that lays inside of the diaper and catches the poop if you don't want to swish and rinse them after BMs.

Judy - posted on 01/15/2010

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don't need to fold anymore! Most come looking pretty much like a disposable -- just snap or velcro closed!

Deepkiran - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yeah I use cloth diapers. There is particular way to fold which absorbs as much as possible.. Maybe u can find it on the net.

Judy - posted on 01/15/2010

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I've used cloth diapers for all 3 of my kids - for 5 years basically. I am just NOW getting to where I need to replace them. And that's only b/c the velcro has finally had it. I use BumGenius and they are GREAT. I started b/c my oldest had allergic rashes from the silicone used in the disposables. I do use disposables on my youngest if we are travelling for an extended period of time (a week or so), but would never trade! Cloth is expensive at first, but saves $$$ in the long run. I wash them all myself -- doesn't really add that much to the amount of laundry I already do.

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Hi, I'm using modern cloth nappies, there is no soaking etc required, I just wash it in the washing mashine with cold water. just think about future of your kids, would you like to be a grandma one day?

Emma - posted on 01/15/2010

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Forgot to say - do buy some disposables for hospital and the first week or so!! Plus I use disposables if I'm going out and about, as otherwise you need to take a huge bag full of cloth ones, they are more bulky. And remember to buy your clothes in a size bigger for bottoms and babygros etc, as they are all made for disposables and are too tight over a cloth nappy. Not a problem, you just need to remember it and tell anyone who might be buying stuff for you!

Emma - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hi there - I used cloth nappies (sorry, can't say diapers, we are not in America!!) for my second and third child, and I love them. They are much better than disposables, and really really easy to use. They do not leak - much less so, in fact, than the disposables which really don't hold baby poo very well at all. I recommend the bamboo ones, personally, I found them great, and teamed them up with a fleece liner. I don't really recommend the flushable liners you can buy, these are not as good. The fleece ones are fantastic for keeping baby dry as a bone plus being very soft against their skin. I had far less nappy rash and similar with cloth ones. Washing is easy - no need to soak or anything, just stick them into a bucket with a lid, and then put them in the wash. You will need quite a few nappies, especially when they are little, but I thoroughly recommend buying second-hand ones, there are usually quite a few available on e-bay or at the NCT nearly new sales. I am a total convert - I initially thought they would be a huge faff and were only for crazy "mother-earth" types, but I now realise how wrong that was. Remember to get your money off from York City Council - I think it's about £30 now that you can claim back if you keep your receipt when you buy them. Saves you loads of money, great for the waste-fill sites, and better for baby - go for it!

Maria - posted on 01/15/2010

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Six or so Bummis wraps and about 30 "pre-folded" cloth diapers are all you need. Don't bother with the expensive all-in-ones, unless you get some handed to you for free. You'll want to keep the used diapers in an airtight pail or can on the porch or in the basement until you can wash them (however, rinse the poop off first). Or use a diaper service. If you wrap the baby's bum up right, you'll never have any leaks.



I did not have a porch, a yard, or basement to which I could banish the stinky diapers, and could never get the wrapping right so it wouldn't leak, so I switched to disposables after six months of feeling *really* stressed out about all the washing and the stench buildup in my house.



However, my neuroses aside, nearly all of my friends and some of my family have successfully used cloth diapers. If you can do it, do it!!

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2010

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I had WAY more blow-outs in disposables than my cloths (modern). I use pocket/all-in-ones and bamboo with covers. I only have 12, which is enough for 2 days normally. I preferred disposables for the first month because of the black poo and being so tired and not with it enough to do more than feed, change and sleep. Good luck!

Leanne - posted on 01/14/2010

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I'm using them now - and I really like them. They are not as absorbent as the disposable diapers and sometimes they do leak. I use Kushies and just throw them in the washer - its nice knowing you can just wash them and don't have to buy more. I have supply of disposable diapers on hand for trips out of the house

Stefie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I think bum genius or any pocket one size is easier than disposables. We use a poo sprayer to get all the solid into the toilet. I love it.
You can make them, but that can get a little intense. I am going to try some fo fro the baby due in May. Please check out cottonbabies.com.

Shaina - posted on 01/14/2010

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I've been cloth diapering for 2 1/2 years, through 3 babies. I've used all the new AIOs (those are the ones that are set up like disposables, only you wash them), prefolds, and fitteds. I actually make my own now and I love them. On the rare occasions when my kids have to wear a disposable, my son calls them itchy diapers. The cloth ones are the nice ones. :-)

Crystal - posted on 01/14/2010

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i use the gerber cloth diapers (kinda old fashioned but WAY cheaper) i love them because it helps avoid diaper rash that disposables can cause. i use disposables when we travel and go on vacation but have saved hundreds of dollars and saved space in a landfill somewhere just using them at home. they leak far less than disposables and once you figure out how to use them you don't have to touch poo!! :) don't be scared by all the different kinds out there. just find one that works for you and buy a one day supply to start out with!!

Nicole - posted on 01/13/2010

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I use the dry pail as well. Make sure you use a rinse cycle first or you will be stripping diapers left and right! You also need to use a good detergent, not just any fragrance free detergent. I used Country Save and now I use Charlies, you need something that is gonna clean it REALLY good and not leave any residue or buildup. I used the Fuzzi Bunz one size and when my son reached 22 pounds it no longer fit him and was cutting into his thighs just so you know! :) Goodmamas are great too!

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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I love them. I was a nanny b4 I was a mom and I watched people spend hundreds of dollars on dreams, diapers and yes doctor visits. So I knew that I wanted cloth for my baby from the get go. I spent only $330 on 20 Bum Genius diapers. I LOVE them. I had the birth nurse put them on my son as his first diaper and he has been wearing them ever since! he now 18 months old. Plus cloth helps out with potty training they know when they are wet. I like the dry hamper best. I hope this helps message me if you have more questions

Cheryl - posted on 01/13/2010

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I tried cloth diapers b4 and found them to be messy. I love being able to just trash them and not have to clean them.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/13/2010

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Quoting Jodi:

Jocelyn, I just went to Fuzzi Bunz website and now I think I will have to buy some! Could tell me how you like them? Are they difficult to adjust? Do they wash as well as other cloth diapers? Just some general info on whether you would advise buying a whole bunch first time or are they more the kind that I should just buy one and see from there?



The fuzzy bunz one size are by far my favorite diaper I have tried.  The fit both my 16 lb 3 month old and my 34 lb 3 year old.  The elastic bands are easy to adjust (like the elastic waistbands in toddler pants) although if I were using them for more than one kid at a time, I would probably go with a diaper that has snaps to adjust the size, it would be easier.  But that's not the case for me, so I have no complaints there.  The pockets are easy to stuff, and you can fit a lot of liners in there for over night or longer car trips.  They wash really well (one cylce), the diapers themselves don't have any stains, althought the liners have a few stains, but you don't see those anyway.  The liners also dry quite quickly in the dryer.  They are fairly slim fitting, so pants fit normally without having to go up a size.  I've even used them as a swim diaper with no problems.   I would still recommend buying a few to try, some ppl hate the snap closures and prefer ones with velcro (like my hubby: "there's too many f-ing snaps!" to which I replied, "there are only 6 snaps you big wuss" lol)  I like the snaps because I don't have to worry about the velcro snagging on anything (especially in the wash).  If you want to try a few first, see if you can find a store near you (some online stores offer this too) that offer trial packs; where you get a few different brands to try, and then you return the ones that do don't want and exchange them for the brand you really liked.   Hope you like them!

Cori - posted on 01/12/2010

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i personally dont do cloth, but i know that a lot of areas have cloth diaper services where you just keep them sacked up and a service comes to your house, takes them and washes them and returns nice clean diapers to your house.. kind of a nice idea!

Danielle - posted on 01/12/2010

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No, I started to but I was thinking about the pooping.Don't won't to clean that up.

Jodi - posted on 01/12/2010

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Jocelyn, I just went to Fuzzi Bunz website and now I think I will have to buy some! Could tell me how you like them? Are they difficult to adjust? Do they wash as well as other cloth diapers? Just some general info on whether you would advise buying a whole bunch first time or are they more the kind that I should just buy one and see from there?



And Saundra, about the whole poop washing thing the general rule of thumb that I use, and that a lot of other moms I know use, is that if it can be shaken off into the toilet...GREAT! If not and it sticks, there really isn't much need to do the swirl technique to get the poop off unless it's massive amounts...I go by this and I have never had a problem with staining or smells or particals left over or anything. But be sure to do a presoak in the wash before running your cycle to really loosen any soiled diapers and help dissolve the poo before hand. This way, when it drains your soak water, a lot of the mess goes into the sewer straight away before anything even gets washed! Good luck!

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I've been using using Happy Heiny's since my son was a month old and they are fantastic! We have never had any problems with leaks, and cleaning them is really easy and tidy.

Amy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I love my cloth diapers, I started with disposables and swithced because of really bad diaper rash. The cloth has helped so much with rashes. It can be a little expensive up front, but in the long run they will save you money. The poop really isn't that bad. I have a sprayer, just spray it off, flush and put the dirty in the diaper pail. They even have cloth diapers with disposable liners if you want to go that way, there are so many choices. My favorite sites for buying cloth diapers are www.kellyscloset.com and www.diaperjunction.com.

Jodi - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter is in cloth diapers. I do not use modern cloth diapers so I do go against the norm there but if you have any questions please feel free to message me!

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