I'm thinking of using cloth diapers. Has anyone used them? Do you have a preference on type?

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Nadia - posted on 01/21/2011

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my sister-in-law used them... i'm not sure what brand but she really liked them and they were sooooooo soft! however, she did say they were expensive so you REALLY have to be committed to it for it to save you money, and also she was ALWAYS doing laundry. she had enough for about 2-3 days and then had to wash them all. and i hate laundry so i opted for the disposables. oh hers were a really soft fleecy type on one side and a vynil-type shell on the other. and the soft (inner) side had a pocket for the absorbant pad thingy that you removed before washing. and they came in a variety of colours/patterns.

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If you want to save a shitload of money, make your own and just buy diaper covers. :)
I have some fuzzibuns, i like them, and i made some. I love those because i got to pick the patterns, and im proud of them. 30$ compared to the cost of material, saves a bundle.

Joanna - posted on 03/19/2009

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both my daughters were cloth diapered.. we used fuzzibunz (loved them!!!!), bummi whisper wraps, chinese prefolds and some cute soakers i knitted.  we rarely had diaper rash (when we did, a little weleda cream works wonders..one tube last us 2 years)

Beth - posted on 03/19/2009

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My kids are in college now but I used cloth diapers with them for environmental reasons and budget reasons. They were so much easier to potty train than my friends kids!

Peta-Maree - posted on 03/19/2009

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There is a product on the market called Baby Behinds. I use them on my 7 week old and they are fantastic. They go on similar to disposables. That is: No folding nappies and they clip up with press studs. It is a one-size-fits all affair - with different press studs. You just rinse them off with a hose that attaches on the back of your loo, and then into the washing machine when you have enough. No soaking and no detergent. Line dry for best results. They are made from bamboo so are nice and breathable.

Lyndsay - posted on 03/19/2009

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We used Fuzzi Bunz. They are super cute and very easy to use cloth diapers. They now make a one size fits all adjustable one. They can be rinsed off easily over the toilet (I would recommend getting a sprayer that hooks to the toilet water line). I'm sure there are other great cloth diapers too!

Timmi - posted on 03/19/2009

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Thanks for all the advice I have been wanting to go to cloth diapers too, I am still having trouble getting the husband on board. I like the idea of using both cloth and disposable.

Louise - posted on 03/19/2009

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my daughter is now 15 months old and bum genius are fantastic i have used them since she was a month old to give me a break from washing when i first got home.  the only thing that you have to make sure with any cloth nappys that you use to give your child more nappy off time.  Also the hemp liners are great for when they get older and are sleeping through the night

Rebecca - posted on 03/18/2009

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We have used cloth nappies on our 5 month old since she was born. We use a brand called Baby Beehinds and find they are working really well for us. We purchased 24 of the bamboo nappies...This is the blurb from the website "One-Size-Fits-Most, these nappies are designed to fit most little ones from birth through to toddlerhood (approx 4-15kg). Made from 10% polyester, 30% certified organic cotton and 60% bamboo fleece, these nappies offer flexibility in fit and absorbency, enabling you to adjust the nappies to suit your baby's own needs".
We do use disposable if we go away on holiday or are going to be out and about all day. We love using cloth and will do again for any future children.

Christina - posted on 03/18/2009

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I used cloth for my three children from birth on, even took my own cloth diapers to the hospital when they were born.  I would not have done it any other way, yes they were a bit more work but I did not have problems with diaper rash.  I was lucky I was able to make my own diapers that were shaped like the disposalable ones.  I had found covers that were water proof nylon breathable (sorry its been so long I cant remember where I found them).  I had 3 dozen in each of the sizes that I made, and washed every other day, I hung them outside on the clothes line as long as the weather was nice. good luck I loved my cloth diapers.

User - posted on 03/18/2009

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I used mother-ease cloth diapers and thought they were great. I used them from the time she was a few months old- she was a preemie and had to grow into them- until she was a year old and started daycare. The mother-ease is very adjustable in size, so I never had to buy another size. They are held together with velcro and snaps and are just as easy to put on as disposable. I had dozens of baby washcloths and would wet them with very diluted baby wash. I put them in a diaper wipe warmer and they made great wipes. I did worry about how much water I used to wash them. First I would rinse them, then soak them overnight in Biz, then wash them again. 

Maureen - posted on 03/18/2009

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I used cloth diapers for both of my children.  They worked much better as far as absorbancy, especially for breast feeding liquidy stools.  Other than dipping in the toilet to get solids out, you just throw them in the diaper bucket that full of water.  I put a little bleach in my bucket water to keep them whiter.  Then when it's time to wash, throw the contents of the bucket into the washer, water and all.  You want to rinse them twice also.  Be sure to buy the ones that are double thick down the middle.  They cost a little more but are worth it.  If you buy the thinner ones, you end up using 2 or three at a time.  I bought 4 dozen, then never had to buy diapers again.  I used the cheapo rubber pants, with elastic,  from discount stores and threw them in the wash too, when needed.  NOT ONCE did either of my children get stuck with a diaper pin.  Saving the landfills from millions of disposable diapers is so important, not to mention the hundreds of dollars you save by not buying disposables.  Go for it!

Marlie - posted on 03/18/2009

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I use Bum Genius 3.0 because they are one size fits all. Well not in the first few weeks but I used 7th generation disposables in the begining. I love them, the Bum Genius. They hold more than disposables and so easy. The trash doesn't fill up as quick and I do a load ever two to three days. I have a sanitary cycle on my washer. I am using disposable wipes but thinking of changing to washables as it is dif. to separate the diaper and the wipe after changing. It really is a great thing to do. Especially if your home with them. Check out www.clothdiaperoutlet.com they have all the brands!

Linda - posted on 03/18/2009

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I used cloth diapers for both of my kids. Their skin could breathe better and I didn't have to worry about diaper rash.

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i have been using cloth for 2 months.  the websites.  diaperpin.com and diaperswappers.com are helpful.  I use prefolds with a snappi (so much better than pins), kissaluvs, and kushie AIO.  I have tried some others from a friend.  the best is getting to try lots of kinds.  what we have works for us but i would love to try others.  we have about 30 in rotation and wash about every 3 days



 

Roslyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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i've used cloth nappies through all of my children, i bought my last lot from Big W White and coloured and i find them to be lovely and soft and thick i've never used such good cloth before but these ones are great..

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I used cloth diapers for 2 of my 3 children.  The system that I came up with was a bit of a compromise between cloth and disposable.  I used disposable for about the first 3 months but switched over when they weren't filling thier diaper every time they ate.   I also used disposable at night.  I think the trick is to try a few different kinds, there is a lot to choose from, and figure out what works better for you.  Also getting into a routine helped too.  In the end, I loved the cloth diapers but realized with how hectic life can be having disposable on hand helped me when I was feeling overwhelmed. 

Nazreen - posted on 03/17/2009

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Cloth diapers are good actually. It reduces the chances of getting nappy rash. Just remember to get the lining for the cloth diaper.  I am not sure if they have it at your place but it will be good if you have it. The lining actually protects the bump and absorp most of the moisture from the soiled diaper.

Ellen - posted on 03/17/2009

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Katie, I used cloth diapers 30 years ago when I had my first child.  There are advantages to both of course.  I read the comment about  leaving off the rubber pants to let her bottom air out and that's a good idea.  Of course, with the cloth diapers, there would be less waste as far as throwing the diapers into the garbage.  You can always take disposable when you go to the store or church, etc.  I loved using them for him.  I will admit though when #2 and #3 child came along, I did use the disposables because that was one less load of clothes that I had to wash.  Good luck and congratulations on your little!!!!

Janell - posted on 03/17/2009

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I used cloth exclusively with my oldest daughter. On nice thing about cloth is that if your little one gets a rash you can use the cloth and no rubber cover. That way the air circulates and the rash dissapears shortly where a disposable doesn't let the air in and it can take a long time to clear up a rash. You have to change them more frequently for obvious reasons but it's worth it. I used disposable for my youngest three because we got them free by participating in a survey group but we also had to keep detailed notes which was a hassel. I think overall i would use some of each. I remember pinning on three diapers for overnight wear and my little one would have this big wedgie, Not so good!

Marie-Suzanne - posted on 03/17/2009

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My son is now almost 14 yrs old and when he was a baby I used cloth diapers also.I did not have enough money to buy them so I decided to make them myself.I had sewn before  so I new how to do them.I also had inside liners and everything was great.It was not hard at all.All you must remember is to always bring extras when you go out.



Hope this helps you...

Terisa - posted on 03/17/2009

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I am just about to start using them. My cousin makes some really cute ones that are really affordable. Her website is dirtydevildiapers.com Check it out she offers a "new to cloth" set to see if you like before you buy. She also customizes to what you may like.

Anastasia - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Grace:



i personally havn't used them but iv been told that they can cause more nappy rash as they dont absorbe asmuch as disposiables





in my experience and everyone I know who has used both, rashes are worse with disposables, partly because of the tendency to let them stew so long, partly because of all the chemicals in them against baby's skin.

Anastasia - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Use Diapers there so mush better, i use white clouds, there the best diapers out of all of them! and plus with cloth diapers you have to wash them - thats such a pain.


I would agree - you should TOTALLY use diapers on your baby - it's much better than letting them run naked and pee all over the house :-)  Although, people will argue for Elimination Communication and early potty training, I work full time and don't have the energy left for that. And man, that monthly trip to the river to beat my diapers against rocks to clean them - it's just good exercise! Too much sarcasm?

Malinda - posted on 03/17/2009

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We use pre-folds and Thirsty's diaper covers. Works very well for us!!

http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/ Has some great information on cloth, and how to get started. They really aren't that difficult or messy once you get the hang of it, and do save a lot of money. We have a HE washer so that helps cut down on the water use, but other washers work just fine.

Emily - posted on 03/17/2009

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They don't absorb as much- and that is a good thing- who wants to leave their baby sitting in his own pee?



If you are interested in making the switch try BumGenius, they are economical because they grow with your baby and they fit like a disposable so the transition is almost seamless.



A hose sprayer that hooks up to the toilet (WeeBees is one brand name) really helps for knocking the poop into the toilet so you can easily flush it and don't have a mess in your washer!

Grace - posted on 03/17/2009

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i personally havn't used them but iv been told that they can cause more nappy rash as they dont absorbe asmuch as disposiables

Michelle - posted on 03/17/2009

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i loved using cloth nappies but that was 14 years ago. i only had plastic when we went out. nothing like a new born in cloth nappies and pilchers

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I don't know what they are called, but I used ones that had an attached liner that you folded in to fit where you needed it (front for boys, middle for girls) and had an attached plastic on  the outside so no need for plastic pants. They also had elastic legs so no leaks. I used them for my 2 months old and 2 year old so I guess they were a one-size type thing. I used them with disposable liners so that kept some of the wet away from their skin and also made for easy disposal of poo and less staining. I did all the washing by hand and hung them to dry and really it was not a big deal as long as you have a good soaking agent. I just washed them in my tub each morning. 

Julie - posted on 03/16/2009

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Yes I used cloth diapers on my eldest only cause I got 1 yr free of service through Diaper land from my baby shower and it was prouble the best thing ever...Unfortunatly when Josh was born my youngest I was to lazy to use cloth..But if I could go back yes definatly I would suggest you to use cloth..Who wants the feel of disposible diapers on your rear.......

Simone - posted on 03/16/2009

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We use cloth diapers and LOVE them! My son has been in them since he was 9 months old, he is 16 months now.  We started off with One-Size Happy Heiny's, but I picked up a lot of less expensive brands off Ebay. My favourite brand is the Baby Kangas.  The only problem we had was our detergent wasn't washing out well causing them to smell funny, but I now use soap nuts and that is no longer a problem. HTH

Natasha - posted on 03/16/2009

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I used cloth nappies with my son and daughter for the first year and then changed to disposables they were just easier when you go out but I would still recommmend to sue cloth nappies, I never used pins eithier as I was scared I was going to prick my baby so we used snappy nappies they are just palstic 3 way grips and makes it easy to change them

Karen - posted on 03/16/2009

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If you want a good compermise between cloth and disposables look at gdiapers. I love them! They have a cloth outter layer which is easily washed with a snap in liner which holds a flushable/compostable pad. Check them out at www.gdiaper.com. They allow you to be kind to the enviroment without the constant washing of cloth diapers. I highly reccommend them. The company is also great at getting back to you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Tammy - posted on 03/16/2009

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Use Diapers there so mush better, i use white clouds, there the best diapers out of all of them! and plus with cloth diapers you have to wash them - thats such a pain.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2009

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I LOVE my Perfect Fit Fuzzi Bunz. The new One Size do not work for us. They are complicated and difficult to get a good fit on.
We also use Bum Genius 3.0 One Size and have gotten a great fit on our 6 week old AND our three year old (for over night use.)

Liandra - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have.  I had triplets a while back and thought it would be great to save money and be good for the environment, but as time went by, it just got out of hand.  Way too much water was being wasted and energy washing the diapers all the time.  Not to mention it was a pretty tedious task when it came to changing diapers.  A lot messier than disposable.  Also, seems to cause more diaper rash than disposable since there is no wicking of fluids as the disposable do.  It did not save much money.  And the girls were much more whiney, and uncomfortable.  Disposable was the way to go.  There are better for the environment diapers out there now.  But, I have triplets age 7 and a 5 yr old boy.   I only suggest using cloth diapers when you want to potty train.  It is very uncomfortable for the child when they wet themselves and they tend to want to go in the potty instead!!!  Atleast it worked for my 4!!

Kimberly - posted on 03/16/2009

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I also would highly recommend cloth. I started my son is disposable (Huggies) and switched him at 4 months because of all the diaper rashes (and the guilt I was feeling over so much non-biodegradable garbage.) I own about 30 diapers of various types (all-in-ones, pockets, prefolds with covers) and I only do laundry about every 3 days, so about twice a week. It's super easy for me. We even use cloth when we travel because we've figured out systems that work for us.



My recommendations are: bumGenius 3.0, FuzziBunz (either perfect fit sized or the new one size), and Knickernappies. I love pocket diapers and prefer them over either prefolds or all-in-ones.



And I also agree that you should check out the Cloth Diapered Munchkins group here in Circle of Moms. It's so fun! :)

Anastasia - posted on 03/16/2009

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I would add also - if you have sensitive skin, cloth is much better for baby's bottom. I also have more leaks with the disposable diapers (poop blowouts, not pee leaks) than with the cloth ones. That alone is worth it for me. I use a flushable liner to help with poop cleanup. The extra laundry isn't that significant for me, so it's not a big deal. Actual diapers will work better than wrapping a blanket around your baby's bottom, so don't worry about that :-) They're built to contain as well as allow some air flow. My 14 month old is in daycare that won't use cloth diapers 2 days a week, so I do have to use disposables part time.

Anastasia - posted on 03/16/2009

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I would add also - if you have sensitive skin, cloth is much better for baby's bottom. I also have more leaks with the disposable diapers (poop blowouts, not pee leaks) than with the cloth ones. That alone is worth it for me. I use a flushable liner to help with poop cleanup. The extra laundry isn't that significant for me, so it's not a big deal. Actual diapers will work better than wrapping a blanket around your baby's bottom, so don't worry about that :-) They're built to contain as well as allow some air flow. My 14 month old is in daycare that won't use cloth diapers 2 days a week, so I do have to use disposables part time.

Stevie - posted on 03/16/2009

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personally i dont use them i have them for spit rags but one time my son had a really bad diaper rash and i was just going to leave him in the air but then i didnt want to clean up any messes or worry about them so (really i made one out of a blanket cause i forgot i had them lol) and the blanket was like 10 times thicker than my cloth ones and they really didnt stop it from leaking but i think they might have helped with the rash and if you love to do laundry all the time then go ahead with them but if you decide to go with normal disposable diapers i would recomind huggies first then pampers seem to be the only kind that holds real good but im a huggies girl lol

Anastasia - posted on 03/16/2009

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There's a Circle called Cloth Diapered Munchkins - you could also check there. I use them and love the pocket diapers. I have Fuzzi Bunz, Hugga Buns and BumGenius 3.0. I tried a bunch of others initially, but ended up with them because I found good prices at the time I needed to get a bigger size. The BumGenius 3.0's are a one size that snaps down to fit smaller babies.



There are also the more traditional prefolds, more like what people think of as burp cloths now, and fitteds which are shaped but require a cover. All in ones are easy as well, a lot of people find them the easiest to transition if you're using disposables now. They're basically the same amount of work when diapering, just washing them when done. Happy to answer questions if you'd like, but you could probably get a ton of opinions on the other circle.

Diane - posted on 03/16/2009

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Hi!  I use bum genius almost exclusively, although I do have a couple kissaluvs.  The bum genius work great!  We've used them since she was around 3 weeks old.  She's now 6 weeks.  

Jackie - posted on 03/16/2009

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I use cloth diapers and have for almost 6 months.  I love it and really can't imagine not doing it.  It's so easy and works great for us.  We used Green Mountain Prefolds at first (first few weeks) but he grew pretty fast and quickly fit into BumGenius 3.0's, which we still use.  They're too too easy.  Even my husband doesn't mind.  I would say you would want 24 to get you by.  You could probably get by with less later, but if it's a newborn then you want that many.  I do a load of diapers every other day, cold wash, hot wash and extra rinse. We also use cloth wipes.  

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