What is everyone's oppenions on cloth diapers?
Nikki - posted on 07/30/2009
I've been using them since my daughter was born, and I love them! They're great! I only use the disposables for traveling. They're so much cheaper than the disposables, even with washing them every day :) We spent less than $100 to get all the stuff to start, with shipping and everything
I used cloth nappies with our daughter until toilet training then tried them with our son. His skin ended up having endless rashes and he kept itching his legs so I gave up with him despite trying to use sensitive washes (one example; white vinegar & tea tree oil). I was using them with both kids at the same time as my daughter wasn't quite toilet trained when I had our son. I was just sick of having a whole rubbish bag full of disposables alone, each week.
So, you will need to think about testing a few before commiting to buying a bulk of cloth nappies!
Vicki - posted on 07/29/2009
I use a cloth diaper service and I LOVE THEM. I wouldn't be able to wash the diapers myself, as I only have access to coin laundry. So the service works nicely. My son lets me know when he is wet because he can FEEL it. He's 7 months, and he's using the potty now. I only changed one diaper today.
Carly - posted on 07/29/2009
I love them!! I started researching all the different kinds of modern cloth nappies almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant. We use a bamboo/cotton blend, one size fitted nappy with a PUL cover, from an Australian company called Baby Beehinds. Bamboo is insanely absorbent and apparently also has some natural antibacterial qualities. They last all night with no leaks and even when my son was exclusively breastfed, we never suffered from the "back-splosions" some of our friends did ... you know, when they poo and it goes all up their back ... eewwww!!!
For cleaning, I also bought a Little Squirt ... this is a hose with squirt gun that fits to your toilet cistern. All the poo gets sprayed into the toilet, so it can be properly treated in the sewage system. I wash a load every second day and in between just dry-pail the nappies ... no soaking necessary. The majority of the time, I hang them out to dry, but it is a wet winter here at the moment and sometimes we do have to finish them off in the evil tumble dryer!
I HATE using disposables! I have used them when we've been away for a couple of days, or when I haven't timed the drying properly and we have no cloth nappies left. Disposables feel so papery/plasticy fake and temporary. They remind me of when I've had surgery and had to wear paper knickers. How uncomfortable! I saw a baby t-shirt once with "too precious for plastic" written on it and that's how I feel about my bub :-)
It was an expensive initial outlay ... about $900AUS all up, including the Little Squirt and waterproof bags to carry the used ones when we're out ... but that should last us through to toilet training. Plus, I was still working when I bought them. Compared to the $2500-$3000 I have heard disposables cost over the 2-ish years you need them, I think that's an economic no-brainer!
Jodie - posted on 07/29/2009
They aren't for everyone. If I were in your position Lyndsay I dont think I would use them either. I wash every 2nd day or everyday, depends on how many she uses. We don't have a dryer though so if its overcast or rainy I will be using disposables anyways. I like using the cloth as its cheaper for us if disposables were cheaper to buy I would use them more I think. I for now would prefer to spend that money on our house and so I can take longer off work
Lyndsay - posted on 07/29/2009
I think that they're great, but not for me. I like them because they're eco-friendly, but I live in an apartment building with shared laundry services so I do all my loads of laundry at once, once a week. I really don't think I could handle the dirty diaper smell building up for all of that time.
Rebecca - posted on 07/29/2009
I am using cloth diapers with my third child and always wished I used them with the first 2. They are so easy and I feel like I am doing a better thing for Mother Earth. I use the Mother-Ease diapers one size, so I spent around 300 on 36 diapers and I only need to replace the covers as my little one grows. I think that is money well spent and I save thousands in the long run.
Kate CP - posted on 07/29/2009
Well, cloth diapers can be used for more than just diapers. A lot of moms use them as burp clothes, lap pads, and so on. So they have more than just one purpose.
Personally I have a high efficiency washer and dryer and I use a natural detergent that's safe for the environment. But I guess I can see how washing diapers would be just as bad for the environment as disposables? Maybe?
Disposables take 500 years to breakdown (for eaxmple at the dump), and with cloth nappies, the time it takes to wash them= soap powder, washing machine=power (unless you hand wash), water (becomes contamintated) and then more power if you put them in a clothes dryer.
I came across a thread like this a couple of months ago, i added in a website that I came across about the advantages and dissadvantages of both.
Jodie - posted on 07/26/2009
Brandi, the nappies aren't flushable just the liners. They look a little like a chux dish cloth. It eliminates the need to soaking the nappies but of course you still do if some leaks from the liner. There are great cloth nappies now that are the old style towling however have velcro so you dont have pins or snappi nappies. These are a little more expensive then the older style but not as dear as the modern cloth nappies. I found these on Ebay (brand new). The flushable liners work out to about 2cents a liner. and I bought all my nappies for approximately $150 AUD in total.
Jamie - posted on 07/25/2009
Personally I think its gross. My son is 3 and will poop in his underwear on occasion and its absolutely disgusting. I couldnt imagine a baby. plus I either have to put poo in my washer or keep them in my house until a service comes. I mean I know you can roll the poo in the toilet but my kids poos are way to soft for that, its more like chocolate pudding. Id rather just throw it in the trash. to each thier own.
Kate CP - posted on 07/25/2009
The diaper service I'm talking about comes out and picks up diapers however many times you request. They exchange the dirty ones you give them for clean, sanitized ones. They take the yucky ones back to their facility and clean and sanitize them. Repeat process.
I must look into this flushable liners thing...that is intriguing to say the least. ;)
Jodie - posted on 07/25/2009
What is a diaper service Kate? They actually have now flushable nappy liners. they are fantastic. almost every nappy change i think maybe 1 in 20 i've had left a little poo on the nappy, apart from that the liner and the poo go straight down the toilet.
Kate CP - posted on 07/25/2009
I used disposables because at the time there wasn't a diaper service in my area and I was really not keen on washing poop-filled diapers in my washing machine. However now there is a service in the area and I am SO curious about cloth diapers. My mother used them and loved them to pieces. Still don't know if I'll use them but I want to follow this thread and learn as much as I can! :)
Amanda - posted on 07/25/2009
I used disposables with my first baby and I am currently using cloth diapers with #2. I love the cloth diapers! We do use disposables sometimes, such as when we're on a car trip, and I find it very nice to have the backup in the case that I don't feel like doing more laundry. The upfront cost was a good bit, but when I did the math, it would take 4 months of exclusive use to make all the money back (we got the more expensive one-size diapers). Hannah, if your baby is still in diapers, you might look at buying some of the sized ones for when the little one grows into the next size!
Jessica - posted on 07/24/2009
I Like the All In One Cloth diapers they are just as easy as disposables i have started my stash of those but I also like the pre folds especially when we are at home! Stefanie is right is is expensive at first but you save a bunch in the long run! I like my decision to switch so far!
Stefanie - posted on 07/24/2009
We spent about $250 on our stash and it has lasted from birth to they are potty trained. I used our tax return to do it and it has saved us thousands. I figured a few hundred dollars wasn't much compared to my DH wanting one of those new LED Tv's LOL!
It really depends on what type you want to use. Prefold are the cheapest but most old fashioned and more cumbersome to use. While the pockets are the most expensive to buy.
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