Switching to Cloth Diapers?

Leah - posted on 06/30/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm pregnant with #2 due in February, my son is 15 month right now.

I'm thinking about switching to cloth diapers for money reasons, as well as environmental.

I'm looking for any experience any one has to share, brands to recommend, and just support in general.

My biggest issue right now is wondering how the daycare will feel about having a toddler in cloth diapers...

Any tips or advice would be great!

Thanks!

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CINDY - posted on 07/01/2010

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My sister is an avid modern cloth user! (I dabble a little) I love them because their are so many options..... ( I am addicted to All in ones as they have a built in cover so they dont have to wear those horrid pilchers!!!!) they are great, lots of different patterns etc (really cute!) at an abundance of different prices. I use disposables when my little man is teething (because teething poo's are usually overly messy and hard to rinse!!!) but otherwise love my MCNs! if you google modern cloth nappies their is an abundance of information to be found about different companies that sell them and also patterns so you can make them yourself!

Lisa - posted on 07/01/2010

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We use cloth and I'm a big fan. Luckily for me, we have a nanny who is willing to use whatever we use. For cloth at daycare, best thing is to make it as easy as possible to your daycare. I'd recommend AIOs or pockets that they can roll up and deposit in your wetbag. Provide a clean set and wetbag each day. Don't expect them to handle poop (my nanny doesn't either) - a good idea would be to use flushable liners that you've already placed in your diapers. It will make end-of-day cleanup a lot easier! Some states do have regulations against cloth and may require a doctor's note, so look into that as well! Good luck and I hope you enjoy your cloth journey!

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2010

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I switched to cloth when my son was 6 months old. I am also pregnant with #2, due in January. I'll only have to buy diapers for the first 6 months. I have all the ones from my son.

It is good on the environment, it saves money, it's easier on the baby's skin. And your daycare will probably be accepting to cloth once they realize how easy it is. I use either all-in-ones or pockets when I send my son to daycare. I've recently started using disposable liners on those so they can just throw the liner away or flush them. I send enough each day for him and a big wet bag for them to toss all the dirties in. A huge ziploc bag would also work for the dirties.

There are lots of types of cloth diapers out there. It's all a matter of preference. I tried a little of each to determine what I like best. Besides the AIO's and pockets I mentioned, there's also prefolds, flats, fitteds which need worn with a cover. There's PUL covers and wool. Gdiapers also makes a cover, liner, insert combination.

My preference is send my son to daycare with BumGenius AIOs, Thirsties AIOs, Swaddlebees pockets, FuzziBunz pockets, just to name a few I like. At home, I use BumGenius Flips or Econobum covers, or Thisties covers with different brands of fitteds or prefolds. At night, I use a fitted with an insert and a wool cover.

The initial cost is all dependent on what types/brands of diapers you buy. You can even get a good deal on used on diaperswappers.com. If you are turned off by the initial cost, realize you won't have to buy disposables every single month! You'll have cloth through potty training with your son and then with you second baby as well!

Ok, that was long, but I hope it was informative and helpful. If you need any other advice or recommendations, please feel free to ask! Just send me a message.

Alexandra - posted on 07/01/2010

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I used plain terry towels + covers (BabyBeehinds), and Pocket nappies (Coolababy, a cheapo nappy brand on ebay). By far I loved the pocket nappies -- they were cheap and worked like a DREAM. I think if you bought a set of 10, it was only $80 including postage. My fiance had no problems with them as well. They are one size, in that they have snaps that make them small or large (so really great if you're going to have two in nappies!!). Just type in cloth nappies in ebay and you'll see heaps of them (different "brands" but mostly the same -- all Chinese manufactured).

Atm, I'm eyeing off some Booroi covers -- it looks like a cross between terry towels + cover, and pocket nappies.

Ahhh, it can be an addiction.

Katherine - posted on 06/30/2010

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The heck with the daycare!!!! Thats my opinion anyways. They have inserts, super easy take them out and put them in a bag for you to wash at home. Poopy ones------->in the toilet. No biggie. It takes a minute to get used to them, get a starter pack and then buy about 10 diapers ans 20 inserts. It's going to be a bit expensive so don't do it all at once. In the long run you save loads of money trust me. And for the life of me I cannot remember the brand I used!!! I will think of it and post the link.


Good luck :)

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