What are the pros and cons of cloth diapering ?

Cecilia - posted on 09/23/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm wanting to use cloth diapers for this baby and I need to know what are the best brands out there to buy what works best for your babies?



Also is it really that gross to clean?



I know the cost is a huge pro but what else?

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I used cloth nappies for my 3 kids until they were at least a year old and didn't have a "gross out" problem. For the 3rd kid I used an insert which I re-used if it was just a wee, but if it was a poo I'd drop the poo in the toilet and put the insert in the bin.



It wasn't a big hassle - but obviously it was more work doing all those loads of washing.



I don't know what the brand was, they were just good quality squares of terry towelling - and there are those great plastic stretchy hook things. so no need for the old-fashioned pins.



When my firsty child was born we were living out in the country where there was no garbage collection, so it would have been very inconvinient to have been using disposables.



I feel like it is doing the environment a big favour using cloth nappies, (so long as you can dry them out in the sun of course - not in a tumble dryer).

Lady Heather - posted on 09/26/2012

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Yes, breastfed poos are great because you don't have to even rinse or anything...until they eat solids. Then it's just all kinds of gross. But disposable poops are gross too so meh. I love cloth. Love love love.



And it does make a big difference economically. The impact on our electricity to run the washer and dryer has been not even noticeable. The only other cost is the soap. I buy some of the most expensive stuff and still it's just a blip. When you have to buy disposables, you notice that cost. You can get a fancy cloth diaper for the cost of two small packs of diapers, a great one for the cost of one small pack and cheap ones for half the cost.



So consider this - I have this 7 dollar pocket. The disposables that I keep around "just in case" have 52 in a pack and cost 12 dollars. If I use that diaper half as many times as there are diapers in that pack, it has already more than paid for itself. She wears it every two days. So in less than two months it's more than paid for. She's had it for a good six months now. All my diapers are like this. They have all paid for themselves many times over. I have diapered two kids and only spent $600. There's no way laundering costs make up the difference.



The important thing if you are in it for cost savings is that you can't become an addict!!! I know people who have spent multiple thousands on their stashes. They will bid insanely high prices to get the most sought after diaper. FOR REAL. If you want to save, this is not the way. Ha.



With my first baby we were on a very fixed budget and I didn't know much about anything. I had her exclusively in prefolds and bummis covers. They work really well but they are SUPER bulky. With the second we had more money so I bought a few more different things. That's how you really find what you like. I enjoy cheap pockets (I get comfy rumps, imported by some moms in Vancouver). I don't care much for fuzzibunz (can't get a good fit on my kids). I love my Grovia AIOs right now. My night time solution is a cheap pocket with a hemp/microfleece booster and a wool cover over top. The more common thing is a fitted under your wool, but even with my extra cash I am one cheap lady so I haven't bought any. They tend to be much pricier. But the wool is fantastic. FANTASTIC. Easy to clean and provides a nice leak free solution. You can put longies on them (basically wool pants) with a shirt for winter jammies. You only have to wash them every 1-2 weeks unless they get poop on them so you can get away with only a couple covers. And do not buy those fancy 50 dollar jobs you see on the store sites. Get yourself on etsy or hyenacart or whatever and find a mom who recycles out of wool sweaters. Much cheaper and waaaaay cuter too!

Vicki - posted on 09/23/2012

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I like Apple cheeks diapers. Cloth diaper are not only stylish but there are great for the enviornment, saves on money and less diaper rash

Katherine - posted on 09/23/2012

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No, there are inserts. So it's not that gross. It's better for the environment, better for your child in case they have an allergy to regular diapers, it's better all around.



Bumgenius are the ones I've heard are the best, but here are some more: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/best-cl...

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Cecilia - posted on 09/26/2012

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I heard that breastfed babies poop differently than ones who are on formula,

Ella - posted on 09/25/2012

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In this day and age I really don't see what econamoical difference using cloth dippers will make,yes they may be cheaper but after all that prattling around with extra washing and more regular doper changes I think it's worth the extra cost.......just my opinion good luck

Katherine - posted on 09/25/2012

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Usually 6. I would use the sensitive baby wipes. It's worth the money to buy 6, the inserts are separate. But in the long run it pays. What did you hear about breast feeding making a difference?

Cecilia - posted on 09/25/2012

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I really want to use cloth diapers for all of the reasons you ladies stated.



How many do I need to get started when my newborn gets here?



Will I need regular baby wipes also I plan on breastfeeding so I hear that makes a difference.

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