Using Cloth Diapers

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We are expecting our 3 child. We want to use cloth diapers. Wondering if any others Moms do and what brand works best. All the pros and cons about cloth diapers. Thank you..

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Chelsea - posted on 09/13/2009

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I used cloth with my dd from the time she was 7months old until about 2 years old. Then I used cloth with my son from a few months old. He's 2 now and in cloth. I do use sposies at night and sometimes when we are out and I don't feel like carrying around cloth. I love my bumgenius diapers. I also love prefolds and bummi super whisper wrap covers.
I do have a diaper sprayer on our toilet, so that makes rinsing toddler poo out of the diapers really easy. We have never had an issue with rashes with either child. We've never had an issue with fecal matter in the washer like a previous poster mentioned.
If you want to try out different types of diapers, getting them somewhere like diaperswappers.com is a good option, as long as you don't mind used. I've bought from people there before and had good luck. There's also a wealth of information on that site regarding different types of diapers, washing systems, etc. Also, mothering.com has a great forum on cloth diapering.

Good luck and congratulations!

Tricia - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Ilena: I agree, if you do your homework you may find, depending on how you clean cloth diapers, the impact on the environment is worse or equal to the impact of disaposable. The amount of water (overtaxed resource -- washing your cloth diapers multiple times as someone noted is a huge negative impact on our water source) and the use of clorox/bleach is terrible for the environment. Neither choice is a good one, really. Both are taxing on the environment -- so choosing cloth for environmental reasons may not meet the need to be environmentally respectful. Note, there is no reason you can't flush fecal matter down the toilet with disposable diapers.



Quoting Kim:

It depends on why you're considering it. The effect on the environment is actually greater with clothe and you must be VERY careful when washing at home. The fecal matter can stay in your washer and spread to other clothing. It can make you and your kids very sick. We looked into clothe with our first one and my in-laws actually tried it with their first. It does cost a lot of money to start and there is the extra laundry, etc. It really is a personal preferance. Children don't potty train faster but people complain that clote leak more. I have used disposables on all four of mine and they leak too. Especially at night. It helped to go to a larger size for sleeping. you just reall have to think about wat you guys want. There is no right or wrong answer. I know Parents Mag ran an article on it last year were a writer tried several types of diapers and wrote about them all. You might find that helpful.. I don't recall what the person decided to use but i know they covered the different types of clothe as well. Good diapering!





Actually Kim, the effect on the evnronment is definately reduced when using cloth diapers. You MUSt rinse the poo into the toilet prior to washing the diapers then there will be no fecal matter in the washer to spread onto anything. There are VERY inexpensive and great diapers out there to choose from. You just have to shop around. I found some at BayaBestBuy.com. My daughter just had her baby 3 months ago and she has spent around $150. We anticipate another $150. By far, much cheaper than disposable. Please don't rule out cloth.





 

Aiden - posted on 09/06/2009

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I have a newborn and a one year old in clothe diapers and I love them. We use Bum Genius 3.0 pocket diapers and they don''t leak. I have tried several other brands that all leaked for us. We found that the investment is big at first but you basically pay them off after you use them for about 6 months. Its really good for the environment as well since paper (plastic) diapers take several hundred years to fully biodegrade.

Anita - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have a 2 1/2 year old. I now use cloth diapers. I started with disposable and changed right after her first b'day. I love them. I use mostly Bum Genius with the cotton liners (and use an extra liner in it for nightime). The only drawback is that the elastic in the legs does wear out, but it can be fixed. I do not have poop explosions (up the back and out) like I did with disposables. I have also use prefolds sometimes and use snappies to hold them together. Snappies are like the metal clasps that you used to use (maybe still do???) on ace bandages (but snappies are plastic and they do not go through the diaper to 'poke' the child. I have also used the Haute brand with the cotton inserts. They have snaps instead of velcro like the BumGenius. Love them! They both grow with the child (infant on up). I have heard great things about fuzzybunz but haven't tried them YET. These CDs do wisk the wetness away from the tushy so they are not constantly wet.



Concerning the washing. With poop, I flush the majority of it down the toilet and sometimes have to do a little swishing in the toilet to get the rest off. No big deal. There are sprayers that you can hook to your toilet and use to rinse off the diaper right over the toilet. It's like a miniature shower wand. Back to washing. I wash them 3 times. It sounds like a lot, but it's really not. The first time, I wash them in warm water with detergent (I use arm-n-hammer) and a scoop of oxy-clean (I use the Sun brand from Dollar General) and let it do a second rinse to ensure that all the poop and pee are out of the diapers. Then I wash them the next time in hot water with detergent and oxy-clean. Then I turn the washer on a short cycle in cold water with no detergent or anything to ensure that all the detergent is washed out. To get the dipaer from the pail to the washer, I never touch them. I pick the diaper pail up and dump it in a little bit at a time so they don't get themselves bunched and stuck b/f going into the washer. Then I put something like Mr. Clean into the diaper pail, add water, swish around in the diaper pail really well, poor it out and let it dry. Do not rinse. That way the disinfectant part can work and not be rinsed away. I got my pail from Lowes and have a waterproof (sort of-but no big deal) liner in it that washes with the diapers. The diapers do have to dry on low so sometimes it takes a second drying cycle. www.cottonbabies.com is a good web-site. I agree with washing every other day so as not to run out, but I do keep some disposables around just in case or we just go naked for a little while (which she absolutely loves). Happy shopping.

Johnny - posted on 09/05/2009

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I absolutely love my cloth diapers. I use Mother-ease cotton fitted diapers, with Mother-ease liners. I've never had a leak or poo-splosion and my daughter is 13 months. The only time we've had either of these problems was when she was in disposables on holidays. We also tried pre-folds for a while and had a couple of leaks with them. Cloth diapers have come a long way in the last 10 years. When I was a teenager, I babysat for two families that used them, and they were definitely much leakier then. But the cotton is so absorbent, she wears her diaper all night with just an one extra cotton liner, and is just fine in the morning. She doesn't get much diaper rash, just when she eats tomatoes, LOL. We dump off the poop into the toilet when we change her, and I've never had any problems with fecal matter in the washer (never even heard of this problem from any of the other cloth diapering moms I know). If you are serious about they different types of cloth diapers to try, ask about it on one of the Cloth Diapering communities here on COM. There are lots of knowledgeable women who have used many different types of diapers. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 09/05/2009

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hi tamara-i have 4 children;tried cloth after the second;found that when they are wet-they are real wet-the disposables that are out today are so great you cannot even tell the baby has wet- also the mess- i don't think its worth it-the disposables are so much nicer!

Tina - posted on 09/05/2009

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I kind of got into this Circle of Moms by mistake because I thought was for moms of all ages (my only child is now 28!)... but on the subject of cloth diapers, I have this to say.

When my daughter was an infant, I could have gone either way. I chose cloth for the sake of saving money. But in my experience it was better for other reasons. She never had diaper rash and I believe that is because the dampness for short periods against her butt was a good thing as opposed to a disposable which sucked the moisture right up, thus leaving a bare raw bottom subject to rashes etc.. (I had a nephew same age at the time whose mother swore by disposables, no matter what the cost - diaper rash was rampant and a continual problem. As for the issues of fecal matter... if diapers are white (as they always USED to be), chlorine bleach can be used in wash with hot water and that problem would be eliminated. Naturally each diaper should have solid matter removed by washing in toilet upon removal. (suggest rubber gloves for this process for the sake of super cleanliness). Make sure you use a mild, non-scented laundry soap (we used to use Ivory Snow... not sure if still available).. that will prevent any irriation resulting from chemicals in soap. As for color coordinated diapers -- how much more do those cost??

Also from a practical standpoint, I did always have disposables on hand and particularly when traveling. but 90% of my usage was cloth during those years. I never calculated it but I'm certain that we saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars in those 2.5 years she was in diapers. just my thoughts... thanks for "listening"

Nicole - posted on 09/04/2009

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Hi, I had my first a year ago and went with cloth nappies. I first thought about trying out every other cloth nappy but there are too many... so I took the plunge and ordered a full timer Cushie Tushies. that's about 30 nappies, boosters, wash clothes, wool soakers and liners. I got them for $680, now they are a bit more expensive. they are all in ones and grow with the bub, so no other nappies required. no soaking required. I wash every second or third day. we use disposables when we go out, otherwise cloth. I find them really good at night. my son is a heavy wetter and drinks lots before he goes down. the nappies hold the 12 hours he sleeps, no leaking :) During the day we go through 8-10 nappies. Good luck nappy hunting! it's almost as much a science as trying to find the right pram!!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2009

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I would highly recommend CDs. My husband and I got the regular pre-folded gerber brand of CDs that you can find in any WalMart/Baby's R Us, etc. They're a bit more work because you have to get the plastic covers (looks like underwear and Baby's R Us is only place I've found that carries the smaller sizes) and pins to secure them, but they're a lot cheaper than the fancier, specially designed styles (the patterned ones with velcro and liners) that you can get elsewhere.



Pros: So much more cheaper than disposables. When you have a dirty disposable, you have to get rid of it... with CD, you just wash it and it's as good as new. We wash our CD about every other day. While waiting for a load, we soak the dirty ones in water with Borax powder (it's like powdered bleach without that strong chemical smell- you can find it in the laundry aisle). When we wash, we use more Borax, laundry detergent and a bit of bleach to give them that brand new bright white look. And as far as worrying about washing the diapers in poop (and and residue that could be in your washer machine afterwards), you can get rid of most of the poop by dumping it in the toilet. Afterwards, you just have a tiny little bit that has soaked into the cloth itself to wash out, but the majority has been flushed down the toilet.



Another pro- when using CDs, our daughter doesn't get diaper rashes- the very first time she got a rash was when we went on vacation and decided to use the disposables rather than trying to find a place to wash the diapers every other day.



And while we can't attest to this yet, we've heard that babies who wear CDs also potty train earlier because they don't like that "wet" feeling. Our daughter does let us know when she has a wet/dirty diaper as soon as it happens- that much is very true... even if it's just a tiny little bit. She doesn't like the feeling of anything wet near her and since CDs don't pull the liquid away, they feel it right away. I can see how it would make potty training easier.



CONS: You do change the diapers more often. In the beginning, we were changing our daughter's diapers sometimes 6-7 times an hour. Now that she's older, that's dramatically decreased, but it's still a lot more often than when we've used disposables (again, because I think she lets us know when she goes to the bathroom right away when she's in the CDs).



If you're worried about using CDs at night or when you're away from the house, you could supplement with disposables. Now that our daughter is sleeping longer at night, we've switched her to a disposable and then change her right back to a cloth when she wakes up in the morning- that way she's not waking up as often in the middle of the night because she has a wet diaper. If we know we're going to be away from the house longer than a few hours, we'll use disposables too. In those cases, I will admit, disposables are more convienent... but I have talked with other moms who use CDs regardless if they're at home or out and about.



Hope this helps! And good luck in whatever choice you make!

Ilena - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Kim:

It depends on why you're considering it. The effect on the environment is actually greater with clothe and you must be VERY careful when washing at home. The fecal matter can stay in your washer and spread to other clothing. It can make you and your kids very sick. We looked into clothe with our first one and my in-laws actually tried it with their first. It does cost a lot of money to start and there is the extra laundry, etc. It really is a personal preferance. Children don't potty train faster but people complain that clote leak more. I have used disposables on all four of mine and they leak too. Especially at night. It helped to go to a larger size for sleeping. you just reall have to think about wat you guys want. There is no right or wrong answer. I know Parents Mag ran an article on it last year were a writer tried several types of diapers and wrote about them all. You might find that helpful.. I don't recall what the person decided to use but i know they covered the different types of clothe as well. Good diapering!


Actually Kim, the effect on the evnronment is definately reduced when using cloth diapers. You MUSt rinse the poo into the toilet prior to washing the diapers then there will be no fecal matter in the washer to spread onto anything. There are VERY inexpensive and great diapers out there to choose from. You just have to shop around. I found some at BayaBestBuy.com. My daughter just had her baby 3 months ago and she has spent around $150. We anticipate another $150. By far, much cheaper than disposable. Please don't rule out cloth.

Heather - posted on 09/01/2009

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I'm currently using cloth diapers with my son and love them. I use Motherease, which are super easy to use and wash really well (I've never had any problems with poop in my washer...poop gets dumped in the toilet as soon as the diaper is changed, and I always do a rinse cycle and then a regular cycle when I wash them). Plus, they grow with your baby, so once you buy them, you're done. If you're worried about night time leaking (which I was) you can get snap in liners that make night-time leaks very, very rare. My son has no problems moving in them, and loves to help fold them after we've washed them. If you do get cloth, no matter what you use, I would strongly suggest ones that are prefolded so you don't have to worry about folding them while holding down a squirming toddler. While my son is not yet at the stage to potty-train, I've heard that cloth makes things easier when the time comes. Just prepare yourself for the upfront cost if you do decide to go cloth, because it can be up to $500 or so, but after that, you just have to worry about laundry costs. Disposables (when we used them on vacation) cost us approx. $20 a week, which adds up fast. Cloth diapers a're super easy to take with you on day trips, and you can always buy a pack of disposables for longer times away from home. Oh, and we used disposables until our son's cord fell off (a week or two) which made the adjustment of getting him home much easier before I had to worry about washing diapers on top of all his sleepers, although there are companies that wash your diapers for you, which I know some people find really helpful and not too, too expensive. If you have any other questions, feel free to send me a message.

Ilena - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

We started using cloth because of the rashes they went away after we got rid of the disposables.

as far as poo in the washer, we haven't had that issue ever and used cloth diapers for 2 years, Your suppose to rinse any loose poo off the diapers after the change if not it will cause stink.

As Kim Mentioned its a good idea to sit and think about why you want to use them then go from there.



There is a great little gadget you can buy which, when installed, creates a sprayer hose (just like the one on your kitchen sink) right beside the toilet so you can spray off the poo before you drop the diaper in the pail. It is about $15 and well worth it. Your hands stay nice and clean.

Ilena - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Tanya:

Do some research to find out if there is a cloth diaper service in your area. For around $30 a month they supply the diapers and will pick up dirty ones and drop off clean ones every so often(depends on the drop off/pick up schedule). You can always try it out that way to see if cloth is for you without the initial investment.



I really would not waste my money on a diaper service when you can do it at home with no muss and no fuss. Save yourself a bang load of money and wash at home. It is not as "icky" as some might think.

Ilena - posted on 09/01/2009

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Chinese pre-folds are the best. They are wonderful. Disposable diapers always smell but cloth do not. You need to follow a strict washing schedule and style. We soak our cloth diapers in the washer overnight with 1 small box of baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar and in the morning we add the baby detergent and start the load. No stains or smells are to be found after the washing. Cloth is better on the environment as well as your wallet. We have saved over $8000 diapering 4 kids with cloth. Remember, when you buy the Chinese pre-folds, you do not have to spend a lot of money, so don't fall for those expensive diapers and you will also have to boil them before the first use as they are covered with thin waxy film. They get softer after every wash. I say "go for it" You can never go wrong with cloth!

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Do some research to find out if there is a cloth diaper service in your area. For around $30 a month they supply the diapers and will pick up dirty ones and drop off clean ones every so often(depends on the drop off/pick up schedule). You can always try it out that way to see if cloth is for you without the initial investment.

Tamara - posted on 09/01/2009

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We started using cloth because of the rashes they went away after we got rid of the disposables.

as far as poo in the washer, we haven't had that issue ever and used cloth diapers for 2 years, Your suppose to rinse any loose poo off the diapers after the change if not it will cause stink.

As Kim Mentioned its a good idea to sit and think about why you want to use them then go from there.

Karen - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son feels the same way your husband does.

They are expecting their second child and with employment being targeted by cutbacks

he is looking for ways to save money.

Needless to say she won the arguement or discussion-however you look at it

Stina - posted on 09/01/2009

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We have cloth diapered 3 children and use disposables at night. I ordered my cotton chinese prefolds 5 years ago along with snappies and Super Bummies Whisper Wraps. Another cloth diapering mommy advised me to get two large buckets from the hardware store to keep dirties and wet diapers in. I wash them about every other day and this summer we have a clothes line out back wich I use to hang dry them. This leaves them kinda stiff, but it works.



My favorite Pro: using disposables at night, we only have to purchase diapers every couple weeks. And if we run out of disposables, it's never an emergency 'cause we can always put the baby to bed in cloth.



Pro: Five years ago we spent about $90 to get set up. With our second child I think we spent another $50 or so to get more diapers since we'd be CD two children at the same time. With this third child, I haven't had to spend any extra on Cloth diapers. We've saved a lot of money even if you consider our part time disposable use.



Con: Sometimes it's kind of a drag getting the diapers from the pail into the washer... particularily the poopies... But if you don't mind doing the extra laundry, it's not that big of a deal.



I find that my cloth diapers leak about as often as the disposables. The trick is folding them so that there is a pocket to catch the poop and keeping everything tucked into the cover helps a lot too. My third child is 4 mo and she hasn't had any rashes yet but I think she was blessed with less sensative skin than her brother and sister.

Mattee - posted on 09/01/2009

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We are ecpecting our first in the beginning of December. My husband is dead set on using cloth. He is convinced that they cause less diaper rash. I disagree. My aunt used cloth on one of her kids and it was about the same and can even be worse depending on how sensitive the baby's skin is. Although I want to suport my husband's imput and decision making when it comes to our children, I really do not want to put up with the mess of cloth diapers. I told him that whatever we get for our baby shower I will use. But when that supply runs out, I'm going to use disposables.

Kim - posted on 09/01/2009

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It depends on why you're considering it. The effect on the environment is actually greater with clothe and you must be VERY careful when washing at home. The fecal matter can stay in your washer and spread to other clothing. It can make you and your kids very sick. We looked into clothe with our first one and my in-laws actually tried it with their first. It does cost a lot of money to start and there is the extra laundry, etc. It really is a personal preferance. Children don't potty train faster but people complain that clote leak more. I have used disposables on all four of mine and they leak too. Especially at night. It helped to go to a larger size for sleeping. you just reall have to think about wat you guys want. There is no right or wrong answer. I know Parents Mag ran an article on it last year were a writer tried several types of diapers and wrote about them all. You might find that helpful.. I don't recall what the person decided to use but i know they covered the different types of clothe as well. Good diapering!

Christy - posted on 09/01/2009

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my daughter is 3 1/2... i should have used clothd iapers it would saved a lot of money.. diapers are getting more expensive with every other things going up in price. but i bought diapers instead and it kinda wasted my money.. i would go with cloth diapers... with my next kid if that ever happens im chosing cloth diapers. and i think it would be alot easier to potty train with cloth diapers cuz its soft and just like underwear.

Tamara - posted on 09/01/2009

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I used cloth with my youngest two and loved it, I preferred fuzzybunz. I also had a few of this and a few of that to try things out.



Pros no On no were out of diapers moments, just wash every other day and your set. you can color coordinate with the outfits, they are super soft on their tushies,



cons expensive to start a decent size stash, a dirty diaper after a day trip,



other tips the sun can remove stains, disposables for any over night trips, use diapers with inserts faster to dry and easier to make thicker for nights or what not.



Good Luck

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