Cloth diapers?

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Please tell me the pros and cons of cloth diapers, whether or not you have tried them, for how long, and what brand. Thanks!

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@Nikki, I have a total of 12 diapers...3 for my oldest daughter and 9 for my youngest. My oldest only wears them for nap and night. I wash once a day. 30 will be plenty. =)

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Sal - posted on 10/07/2011

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also i forgot getting clothes that fit over a cloth nappy can be a prob, i know a few outfits my daughter had you just couldn;t fit the nappy in the pants but the top was swimming on her..

Sal - posted on 10/07/2011

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my older son is 16 (nearly) and i did use cloth for him, i never really found it much of a prob on him as a young baby as he was a pretty healthy size, but he did get horrid nappy rash and i was told it was from the nappies getting too wet over night so from pretty young he was in disposable over night, washing them was not much of an issue i only had 1 baby a automatic washer and a dryer so they just got done, when he was older and crawling and walking (he walked at 10 months) they were a pain as they fell off and always looked untidy and dirty...

when my daughter was born i intended to use a mix again but it never really happened, she was a very tiny bub and they were HUGE and as it was extreamly hot when she was born being in the massive nappies and then a plastic pant over the top was just stupid when she could of been in a tiny new born disposable, and i guess that was just the way it went, we went on holidays when she was young so i took disposable, and i never got around to putting cloth on her.... and as side note not her or my other daughter got nappy rash any where near as bad as my son...

as for the cost it is going to be cheaper to use cloth even with the washing and drying but as for the environment i'm not so sure all the extra chemicals and here in aus water shortage is a major issue so that was also a contirbuting factor for me and the extra power if using a dryer

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Pros: They cost less in the long term and they're better for the environment.

Cons: You have more work to do. They're less practical when out and about. You also have to get new sizes if you go for the fancy fitted ones.

Slight con: you might find yourself changing the baby more frequently, but I prefer frequent changes anyway.

I prefer cloth nappies at home, but opt for disposable when out and about.

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Yeah Vicki I know what you mean - my son's size 2 shorts lasted until he was 5! But he's 9 now and still wearing some size 6 shorts, so something weird might be going on!

Vicki - posted on 10/07/2011

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On how clothes fit... we're just coming into summer here and my son is about 85% toilet trained. His shorts from last summer are way too big without nappies, they probably won't fit until next summer! I'm going to have to sew some smaller ones.

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When my 10 year old was a baby there were still a few others around using cloth nappies but by the time I had my 3rd baby (now 6 yrs old) no one seemed to be using them at all.

But I liked them! It felt so natural and good, and I saved so much $$. I started to use a disposable insert which I chucked out if there was a poo on it, so there wasn't any scraping to do. that saved a lot of effort. The insert could be washed and reused if it was just wee.

Oh - I had to use cloth nappies with my first because we lived in the country where there was no garbage collection.

Nikki - posted on 05/29/2011

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Thank you Cathy and Sarah! I tend to overkill supplies, oh well I better have some more babies so I can get some use out of them!

Nikki - posted on 05/29/2011

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Deanna, I have worked at daycare centres that will use cloth. They just won't rinse them, they just bag them up and send them home.

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disposables=quicker, easier, able to throw away, daycares insist on them.

cloth diapers = MUCH better for the environment, easier on the pocket book, and just as easy as the disposable ones once you get the hang of it.

Desiree - posted on 05/25/2011

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I know of a family who didn't have a choice and had to use Cloth nappies on both children as they were both allergic to the disposable kind all brands.

Minnie - posted on 05/25/2011

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Elfrieda, longies are knitted wool soaker pants and shorties are knitted wool soaker shorts. Wool is truly amazing! It absorbs 30% of its weight in moisture without whicking. It contains lanolin, that makes a soap when it combines with urine, and so if the soaker gets wet you just have to hang it to dry. The lanolin also repels the moisture. Once the lanolin is used up you wash the soaker with some lanolin to replace it. Wool is also antifungal and keeps the kid cool when it's hot and warm when it's cold. Miracle fiber!



And unprocessed merino wool is the softest stuff ever- not itchy at all.

Nikki - posted on 05/25/2011

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I am about to switch to cloth nappies, I am over spending a fortune on disposable, plus at 18 months old my daughter is not showing any early signs of wanting to toilet train as I had hoped so we are going to go cloth. It's not just the cost of the nappies that bother me but the cost of the rubbish, they create so much extra garbage and we only have an tiny allowable amount of garbage each week, and I am always over and have to pay. I am going to use the modern cloth nappies with the press studs, just waiting for them to arrive.

A quick question to add for all you mums who have used cloth, How many do you need? I have bought 30, but wondering if I need another 30?

Joanna - posted on 05/24/2011

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I do a mixture of both disposables and cloth. My daughter doesn't seem to sleep well in the cloth for some reason, so that's when she gets disposables, and when she has a sitter (so they don't have to deal with the cloth). The cloth diapers we use are Best Bottom and Bum Genius. I have 2 different kinds of BG, the AIO and the inserts. And the Best Bottom are inserts. I like the inserts better, they seem to dry more quickly.

Johnny - posted on 05/24/2011

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The best part of having pants a size too big is that when they potty train, the pants will still last a while. I haven't had to buy new bottoms in a long time.

Elfrieda - posted on 05/24/2011

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What are longies and shorties? Are they woolen covers?

Yeah, my boy is pretty stocky with a long body and short legs, so the cloth diaper on top of that sure doesn't help! :)

Minnie - posted on 05/24/2011

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Ahhh, see I used knitted longies and shorties...but my daughter's rear is so small that she had no prob fitting into regular pants with a prefold AND a knitted shortie LOL. I always have to take in the waist of pants for her. And then she's left with bulbous swaths of fabric in her seat.

Elfrieda - posted on 05/24/2011

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Oh, another con: cute little pants don't fit properly when you've got a bulky bum to put in them. My son always has rolled-up pantlegs because I have to put him in a size too big just to accomodate the bulk of the diaper.

Elfrieda - posted on 05/24/2011

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I started using cloth diapers when my son was 8 months old. He's 17 months now, and I'm still happy with them. I use disposable diapers for overnight and when he's going to take a long 3 hour nap. I also take disposables when I go out, but I'm considering not doing that, since it's really not much trouble to wrap a cloth diaper and take it home with me.

I use a variety of diaper covers, and Kissaluv fitted diapers underneath. I like them because they have snaps, which my little guy can't undo! (the velcro-closing covers have no chance... he started peeling them off at 9 months) Inside the diaper, I use fleece liners. I just cut a lot of rectangles of fleece from a blanket and put them between the baby and the diaper. The poops don't stick to them, and just fall right into the toilet, unless he's sick. Also the fleece gives him a layer of protection against the wet diaper after he pees, which is important because he has sensitive skin and gets a rash easily.
To sum up: first baby, then fleece liner, then kissaluv fitted diaper, then diaper cover! I have 18 diapers and 4 covers. It lasts me for 2 days. It would be better to have one or two more covers, though.

Pros:
-less guilt for trashing the environment
-fewer chemicals on my babe's bum
-I feel kind of competent and self-sufficient: no emergency trips to the store to buy diapers! I feel smug (and rich!) when I walk by the baby section without buying any formula or diapers.

Cons:
-have to change the babe more often, like once every hour or two instead of waiting 3 hours, or else he gets a rash from sitting in the wet
-scraping sticky poops into the toilet
-figuring out the best way to wash the diapers (now that I've got a system, it's really easy, but figuring it out took a bit of trial and error)

I'll definitely start cloth from the start with any future children. I think that if you just look at it from the cost aspect, I'll pretty much break even with this child. (because I use disposables sometimes) But with future children, I'll use the same cloth diapers, so it's like it's free with them. If that makes any sense.

Johnny - posted on 05/24/2011

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I cloth diapered with my daughter. It was good. In the beginning, I used a diaper service. I knew as a new mom I'd be too overwhelmed to add washing diapers to the list. Our diapers were also too big for a newborn. But she's now nearing 3 and they would still fit her if she wasn't potty trained. I found it easier than I'd expected. They washed easily and really kept the messes in. Better than the disposables in my experience. I never had a poop explosion in my cloth diapers, but several times while traveling it happened in the disposables. That alone makes it worthwhile. We used pre-fitted organic cotton diapers (Mother-ease), Bummi's liners when we knew she'd be having a poop, and Mother-ease covers. If we are able to have another child, I will happily use them again.

Kathleen - posted on 05/24/2011

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I started cloth diapering late with my first and will be diapering my second. Pros are that you do not have the constant expense as with the disposables, other than water when washing. As Lisa said if you must use a laundromat it may become difficult. I have a stash I have been working on for awhile. My preference is a diaper that is no longer being made ATD fitted diapers with covers. I do not like pockets. AIO's are great and are in between cloth and disposable but they take longer to dry. Fitteds are awesome so you do not need to fold. Prefolds are the cheapest and both fitteds and prefolds need covers. Check out diapering forums such as www.diaperswappers.com many mama's will give their opinon on the brands as well as able to buy some used but in good to excellent condition for cheaper than you would buy them in a store. This is how I have built up my stash, plus you get to meet many WAHM 's who make diapers. Cloth diapers were awesome, we have cloth trainers now for the three year old, and am buying my newborn stash for my newest. Also please remember not to wash cloth diapers or trainers with clothes and always use a diaper safe detergent or free and clear detergent and NEVER any fabric softeners including dryer sheets it will cause the absorbency to go down.
I love them which is why I'm about to spend the money for small diapers for the newest addition.

not too many cons, mostly pros but it is a little work as you do need to wash them. I wash everyday but most mama's I've talked to wash every 2-3 days depending on your diaper pail method.

Minnie - posted on 05/24/2011

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I used only disposables with my first. I used a combination of EC and cloth prefolds when out and about with my second.

I honestly can't think of a con with the prefolds. Perhaps if you only had coin laundry? I guess that would be really annoying, and you couldn't tailor the cycles to your needs.

But for us there weren't any cons. She's been out of diapers completely since 20 months. And we only used them part time at home, we used Gerber trainer pants mostly there.

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