Cloth Diapers

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I'm considering switching to cloth diapers and am leaning towards the bumGenius All in Ones. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons before I spend so much money on diapers? Thanks!

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Erin - posted on 01/02/2010

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The same company that makes BumGenius just came out with a new diaper that is much more affordable, and its one size so you dont have to keep buying larger diapers as your baby grows. Its called Econobum and I buy mine through either Kellyscloset.com or NickisDiapers.com. its fifty dollars for a "day pack". I havent used them yet, mine are being shipped but they have gotten great reviews! They also make flushable liners to catch the 'solids' so you dont have to be dunking the diapers in the toilet, just lift the liner out and flush it down. no mess no fuss. :-)

Robin - posted on 01/01/2010

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Loved cloth diapers with my daughters. They were so much less expensive, fewer diaper rashes, made a lot easier to potty train because the girls did not like being wet. I checked on all the speciality and branded cloth diapers, even bought a few, but decided that the "old-fashion" cloth diapers were the way to go. I used the white cloth diapers that can be found anywhere and little rubber britches that cover the cloth diapers. Rarely had leaks. I did not used them with my son because it is hard to keep us with the laundry. Now that he isolder, I wish I had.....so much less expensive. If you opt for cloth diapers try using a frang./dye free laundry detergent and BORAX (a natural antiseptic found in laundry isle)



Cons: Hard to find the smaller (0-3m to 2T) rubber britches need to accompany the white cloth diapers (Babies R Us carries them)

LAUNDRY!

Having to wash out nasty diapers - they make a neat attachment for your toliet

pin sticks - if you use the old fashion diapers,

and less people offering to change baby's diapers ;)

Callinda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Rikki:

one more thing to look at depending on where you live,as i live in australia and most of the country is still going through a 13 year drought, water is the most important thing to us and there is neva enuff to go around so for most australians it is far better to use disposable even with the environmental concerns, but you can also now get eco friendly disposable nappies, they may also be an option for you :))



A water wise home using cloth nappies can actually still consume less of our precious water than a regular household using disposable nappies, so this is not neccessary the case.



Water is also used in the production of disposable nappies, a fact which is often not taken into account when people think about the impact on the environment of nappy use.



This is of course due to the fact that the main two studies which have reached the conclusion that there is little difference between using cloth or disposable were carried out by Procter & Gamble in 1989 & 1990 - funny that they happen to be the makers of Pampers disposable nappies, LOL!!



It is really a personally choice (and everyone has conflicting veiews) but just wanted to let you know about some alternative veiws about the environmental impact.



But back to your initial question Monica, the main pros of cloth are the financial savings ($5000 for two children) and also the environmental advantages, the main cons are the extra time each day to do a load of washing (10 minutes a day really, but it is something that has to be done EVERY day).



Also there is no need to buy All in Ones, just give some cloth squares with covers a try, so much cheaper and work just as well!



 

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I tried using Motherease one size cloth diapers with my oldest... I bought those flushable liners, they never stayed in place, poop always got on the nappy. I couldn't handle the smell in between the washes. I had a diaper bucket with a lid, but still the smell was pretty bad. It would be every other day that I would do a wash, it took that long to get enough diapers to fill the machine. I gave up and thought when it was time to toilet train then I would give it another go, I've been told that it is easier to toilet train them as they aren't as absorbent as the disposables, so the child is more inclined to go to the toilet.
I would definitely only get a couple and try it out first. I made the mistake of getting a whole bunch and now they are just sitting there, most have not even been used. I had good intentions, environment and all, but it just got to be easier and more convenient to use disposables.

Rikki - posted on 12/31/2009

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one more thing to look at depending on where you live,as i live in australia and most of the country is still going through a 13 year drought, water is the most important thing to us and there is neva enuff to go around so for most australians it is far better to use disposable even with the environmental concerns, but you can also now get eco friendly disposable nappies, they may also be an option for you :))

Anna - posted on 12/31/2009

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You can try a few different kinds to see what you like. I prefer the one-size fuzzibunz - you save money since you don't have to buy a whole set for each size. Shop around, including on-line stores and e-bay - there are other brands available exactly the same as fuzzibunz, without the designer label for about 1/3 of the price.
The reason I like the fuzzibunz style is they are trim fitting, they dry quickly, they don't need pins or velcro, you can use anything inside them as a liner, eg you can just fold up a plain flat diaper to go inside them, which are really cheap. If you use something like that inside them, you can often get away with just changing the inner and re-using the cover several times to save on washing.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/31/2009

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I haven't tried the BumGenious ( I personally use FuzzieBunz one size) but my cousin used the BG's and she loves them.
As for general pros and cons of cloth diapering:
Cons: more laundry, you may need to get a different soap for your diapers depending on what you are using now (fragrances break down the material faster) not so convenient when running errands (but I just use a disposable when I'm on the run), daycare's generally won't use cloth diapers, they make clothes fit differently (their bottoms will be a size bigger than their tops lol) more expensive at first
Pros: better for the environment, you still don't have to handle poop directly (paper liners or diaper sprayer), super cute lol, better for then environment, cloth doesn't cause diaper rash (as frequently), cheaper in the long run, you never run out (no midnight diaper runs!) many more different styles of choose from (which means that you can find a diaper to fit any body type perfectly) oh and did i mention better for the environment? lol
I also have used kushies and grobaby diapers (along with the fuzziebunz) if you have any questions about those specific brands feel free to pm me.
Oh, and many stores offer a trial pack, in which you can try a bunch of different brands for a couple weeks before any major purchases.

Mary - posted on 12/31/2009

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after having 3 childern in cloth nappeies all my grandchildren were in as you call them diapers diapers are so much better and it works out about the same money wise all the best mary from ozzie land

Sabrina - posted on 12/31/2009

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I'd personally buy only one or two and just try them out inbetween regular diapers first.

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