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Laura - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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What are the pros and cons of cloth diapers? What about cloth diapers with disposable inserts? Any good brands?

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Amy - posted on 08/17/2010

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Cloth diapers are awesome for our family. My daughter spent her first 9 months in disposables and had rashes all the time, our Dr said to try out cloth and she was so right! A year and a half later and we have only had one rash! They take a while to get used to, but we will never use a disposable again! It depends on how many diapers you get as to how often you need to wash, I have a lot and we only was every 3 days and don't really notice a diffrence on our utility bills. They cost a lot up front, but save a lot in the long run. Disposables will cost about $1600-2000 in your baby's life time, cloth can cost as little as $150(econobum) for a one size system that will fit your baby from birth to potty training(and you can use it on the next baby or resell). Ours cost much more because I was a fan of pocket diapers, we use Fuzzibunz, Happy Heinys, and Bumgenius. They are very daddy and sitter friendly and you can choose snaps or velcro. They are just like disposables, except I wash and reuse! Cloth is so cute and chemical free! The poop takes some getting used to, but you are also requiered to put the poop down the toilet with disposables, if you look at the package it is against the law to throw the poop away. When we are out and about we use planet wise wet bags, they zipper shut so there is no oder. We also use cloth wipes which also saves money. We have not used the disposable inserts, they are a little expensive if using full time. I have heard good things about them though.
Pros: cute, easy to wash, chemical free, very few blow outs and leaks,
Cons: cost a lot up front(but worth it), takes a while to get used to
Our favorite sites
http://www.kellyscloset.com
http://www.diaperjunction.com
http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/

Jonna - posted on 08/17/2010

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sorry... I didn't finish my thought, I machine dry my diapers, but I know quite a few people who line dry. Don't ever use fabric softener or dryer sheets for your diapers, because it will repel moisture instead of absorbing it and your diapers will leak. Also, in all the time I've been diapering my kids have virtually never had diaper rash. When we are traveling (airplanes, staying in hotels, road trips, etc...) I do use disposables, but that's very rarely. I also use cloth wipes which I just throw in the diaper pail with the diapers and launder them the same.

Jonna - posted on 08/17/2010

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I have used cloth diapers for 4 1/2 years and 3 children (I will use them for my 4th child as well). I LOVE cloth diapering. My favorite diaper is a prefold closed with a snappi or a fitted diaper, I use wool covers with both to keep baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter (even with a wet diaper). I have also used Gdiaper covers with prefolds as the liner and they are awesome as well (although the covers don't last as long as wool do). I use them even when on the go and it's no big deal, just toss it in a plastic bag in your diaper bag and put it in your pail when you get home.

Laundering is easy if you have a washing machine. All breast milk poo diapers and wet diapers go straight in the diaper pail and regular poo gets rinsed in the toilet first. (you can get an inexpensive toilet sprayer so you don't have much mess with it if you like) I wash about twice a week and here is my process. 1hr hot water soak in machine with tide detergent and a dash of white vinegar. Then drain and spin, full wash cycle with tide, then an extra rinse with white vinegar. Good Luck. Please ask if you have more questions.

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Amy - posted on 08/26/2010

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With a pocket diaper you stuff inserts into a pocket and take them out to wash. It's nice because you can adjust them to the needs of your baby. This is the only one we like.



They also make all in ones that do not requier stuffing, but you can not add to it if you have a heavy wetter and they take a long time to dry.



Then there are prefold diapers, which are like the ones your mom or grandmom used. They are the ones you need to pin, or use a snappi(no pins) to hold them on and use a cover to prevent leaks. This the cheapest option.



Then you have your hybred diapers like gdiaper, flip, and grovia that you just lay the insert in and reuse the cover if it is not dirty. These are nice because you can use a disposable or cloth insert.

Amy - posted on 08/26/2010

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I use small flannel wipes, and make my own solution. I use water olive oil, lavender oil, and baby wash. They work great expesially with cloth diapers you just wash everything. It makes it so much easier. Plus my daughter is very senesitive and this helped a lot.

Adrienne - posted on 08/17/2010

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I use the disposable diapers. But I use to help take care of a person who had cloth diapers. I use to help make them, wash them, I loved them but I hated that when we were out and they peed I would have it all over myself and had to rush home to change. I really wanted to use cloth diapers but my husband didn't want to.

Amy - posted on 08/17/2010

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The inserts are nice from what I heard (Your talking about the G diapers right?)

The biggest con about cloth diapers or gDiapers are it can be a pain in the butt when you are out and about, however some mom's I know use disposable when they plan to go out or have someone else watch there kid that isn't a fan of cloth diapers.

Also, I heard it's hard to get cloth diapers clean.

We never use them because we aren't home that often and it's hard enough for us to keep up on all the other house work. We buy generic brands and it's not too expensive.

Dara - posted on 08/17/2010

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I used cloth diapers for my oldest when we were at home and I was too broke to buy diapers. It definitely wasn't my favorite thing as I could never keep on top of washing them, and it kind of grossed me out. That's just me though! The ones I used were really great. There were Kooshies, with Velcro strips at the front and elastic fitted legs. They also had a cloth piece inside to add an extra layer and little covers to wear on top to prevent leakage. They were really nice, but quite bulky. My daughter didn't mind them though. Kudos to you if you do use cloth! Good choice for the environment.

Lyndsay - posted on 08/17/2010

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I never used them, mostly because I was out a lot and the last thing I wanted to do was carry around a smelly poopy diaper in the bottom of my stroller. In hindsight, I think they would've been better to use at home... they are more comfortable for baby, allow air to get in so their privates can breathe, and they are way cheaper.

Cherelle - posted on 08/17/2010

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pros= cheaper, hardly causes nappy rash and easy to use cons= needs washing and not good on the go not heard about the disposable inserts tho x

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