I REALLY want to use cloth diapers, anyone else use them?? Someone who can give some advice??

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Tessa - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have used cloth diapers on my 7 month old daughter since she was born. I love them! And, I, honestly, don't think they are much more work than disposables. I do not have diaper rash problems with cloth diapers. The few times I have used disposables on trips, my baby gets diaper rash. I think she is allergic to the chemicals in the diapers.
I ordered the bumgenius 3.0 diapers from www.cottonbabies.com. The work much like a disposable, but they are washable. You get to choose the colors you want and they are so much cuter than disposable diapers. They cost more upfront, but are a good investment in the long run. I even plan on saving them for my next baby.
I ordered a dozen diapers. But, I only stuff the diaper at night because I have figured out that I can usually use only one diaper cover a day if I put a regular prefold diaper on top of the cover instead of tucked in. I then put a soft 1/2 size paper towel between my baby and the diaper and then throw the paper towel away when I change her. Most of the time it catches all of the poo so I don't have to scrub the soiled diapers. I use planet detergent to wash the diaper covers and I really like it. I ordered it online at amazon.com.
Also, I use regular prefold diapers as the insert for the pocket diaper so I can bleach them. It seems more sanitary to me. I keep them in a large trash can with a lid until it is time to wash them. In the bottom of the trash can, I put a fridge baking soda to minimize the smell and then line it with a white cloth trash can liner that I throw in the washing machine when I wash the diapers. When I take the prefolds out of the washer, I fold one, put a paper towel on top and place them in a basket so they are ready for diaper changes. I used the microfiber inserts at night because they absorb more and I tuck them into the diaper because it helps pull the moisture away from the baby.
I hope that you decided to cloth diaper and I wish you all the best.

Trudy - posted on 12/08/2009

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Mine are great! I bought the Bum Genius diapers from target and have used them for about a month now. They have never had a blow out and he was a regular blower outer in disposables. They are easy to clean. All we do is take them off, put them in a dry pale with the inserts out and throw them all in the washer about every other day. And if I'm out and about I just plastic bag them. Hope this helped.

Leah - posted on 12/08/2009

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I used cloth nappies for my son and loved it. Not only is it great for the environment but they look cute. I used peapods and baby beehinds magic alls. the peapods I found best as the outter layer dries very quickly and the inserts aren't very expensive. These nappies also do not need to be soaked, the sun bleaches most of the remaining poo stains. I also used "chux" cloths instead of store brought wipes, not only does this save money but you're reducing the chemicals you're wiping bub with. These I soaked in nappy-san and re-used a few times.

Jodi - posted on 12/07/2009

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I use cloth diapers on my 9 month old daughter. I use the old kind of cloth diapers that my mom used on me with pins and plastic pants...I love it! She has not had a diaper rash yet, I save tons of money not buying disposable diapers (although we use disposables at night to lessen the chance on leak-throughs). I have no problem with cloth diapers and I know that the modern cloth diapers are much easier than the kind I use. If you want really good advice on modern cloth diapers there is a group here on circle of moms just for moms who use cloth diapers. I would advise joining and asking other moms on there! Best of luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/07/2009

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I loved cloth diapers. When was my son was born 9 yrs ago I didn't know about all the new fangled things they have now. So with him it didnt last long



Now, they have covers with Velcro, so you don't have to use safety pins there are these things called snappis (they work kinda like an ace bandage clip). There are companies that make flushable liners to catch the poop. The diapers them selves come in a variety of sizes so the they aren't so bulky on newborns, and they have larger ones for older babies that absorb more. Less diaper rashes, faster to potty train.



When my youngest was born I stocked up on diapers. About 2 doz each in sizes XS / S (0 - 6 mos), M (6 -12 mos), and L (12 -18 mos) and 1 doz XL (18+ mos) also I had about 6 covers each of the XS, and S only b/c my daughter was prone to breast milk prone explosions. The covers caught it all but sometimes the didn't. I had 4 each of the M, L and XL covers. Less explosions b/c her poop was more solid by the time she got to those sizes. the covers are easy b/c you just rinse them off and let them hang dry throughout the day and just wash them with the diapers at the end of the day.



The initial cost runs about $200- $800, that depends on whether you buy the sizes all at once, or she grows. But that is still a lot less compared to the total amount spent on disposables (which comes to about $2200 over 3 years) . Plus if you have more kids down the road they will still be usable. And if they are still good condition a lot of places will you post them for sale second hand.



Even taking into the cost of laundry (about an extra $10 a month depending on where you live) it still costs less in total.

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Lindsay - posted on 12/08/2009

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We use Fuzzibunz cloth diaper system and we love it! Its an all-in-one diaper meaning it has the diaper and cover all in one. The one size ones adjust so that they can be used from birth to when they no longer need them. It was one of the recommended cloth diaper system in a Green Baby book. I will say that it is an investment since you will need enough diapers to last you at least a couple of days. Each diaper is around 20 dollars. But each payday I would buy a few and add them to my collection. I now have over thirty and it last a good two three days. Washing them isn't that hard at all. I will admit that shaking poopy ones over the toliet isn't always fun, but you can then flush it away and not worry about having a smelly diaper around.
The problem we have with them though is that I can not use them for overnight. My daughter easily pees right thru them even with extra inserts to absorb it. Seems the same at nap time too. I have research this and there are diapers out there that work for over night. But we have just starting using disposables at night.
Another issue with them is that they are bulky and not easy to travel with such as on an airplane, they would take up alot of room.
But all in all we are happy with the system. Plus they come in lots of fun colors and have useful accessories to go with them. My favorite is a bag to put dirty ones in. It has a zippered bottom so that when its time to wash you just unzip it right into the washer, plus the bag is washable as well.
www.fuzzibunz.com

Brandy - posted on 12/08/2009

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Wow, you ladies are GREAT! Thanks so much. I think i am slowing getting it! lol

Melanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I use the new kind of cloth nappy and i love it its one size fits all (it has heaps of press studs on it so you can adjust the siz - and they keep bubs butt dryer then disposable ones! when i change her the liner is soked but the nappy itself is still dry so no nappy rash! I got my nappies off ebay - 15 nappies and 30 liners for $100 (AD) you can get some really cool colours in them as well! I do have to change her more often but its soo worth it!

Tammy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have been using cloth diapers on my son since he was born, he is now 5 months old. I have been using the square flat cloth nappies with a snappi nappy (they are waaay better than pins!) with the plastic pilchers but you can get really modern nappies now that are waterproof, and last from newborn right up until they are a toddler, you just adjust the velcro or snaps accordingly. Although the initial cost is expensive, its worth it in the long run, you save heaps of money. I still use one disposable for night though. Generally my son goes through about 10 cloth nappies a day, it only adds about 5 minutes extra per day changing them. I am currently looking into the newer modern nappies, have a look at website cottonbabies.com it has some good info and a variety of different brands. I also have not had any problems with nappy rash or anything and we live in a hot, humid town. Perhaps if people ask you what you would like for bub, you could ask for help toward the purchase of cloth nappies, or ask them to buy one nappy of the brand you request. Generally you can buy them individually or its about $100 for 6 nappies of the modern variety.

Brandy - posted on 12/07/2009

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My mom used them with all 4 of use kids (5 yrs between all). I am looking at using the all in ones. Just seeing if anyone else has.

Brandi - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have never used them, but my mom did when I was a baby in an attempt to save money. That didn't last very long lol. She said she hated that you have to shake them and rinse them in the toilet before you can wash them and that it was a pain, but if you want to do it, go for it. It's cheaper, better for the environment and probably feels nice on the baby's bottom. Good luck. and more power to you :-))

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