I'm thinking of switching to cloth diapers....

Ashley - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son keeps getting an irritated butt no matter what creams I use or how many times a day I change him. I am thinking of switching to cloth because I hear its better for their skin and wondered if there is anyone else out there that has had the same problem or uses cloth diapers who could give me the 411 on the best kind and if it it helped??

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Ashley - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have been using them sense the 5th now and I am in love! I have been using just plain flat folds w pins and they are great! His rash has cleared up and I have already saved money lol! I only put a cover on at night and when we are going out (so if he does leak it wont wick to his cloths) and just let him run around in the plain organic cotton FF's so he gets good airflow!!
I am so happy that I switched and already know that I wont be going back!
Thank you guys for all your input!

Sierra - posted on 03/12/2010

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Do you try barrier creams, like plain Vaseline? Kinds like that keep moisture away for longer periods than lotion that just gets absorbed through the skin. That's all I use and it works really well!

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I use cloth diapers & they are great. I use Fuzzi Bunz. They are expensive to buy, but considering they last forever, in the long run you save money. I bought 12 diapers for 215.00. One size. They adjust from 7lbs to 35 lbs. They are waterproof & work perfectly. I also make my own wipes. I cut up receiving blankets & sew the edges so they won't fray. That way you can just wash everything....wipe solution: 3/4 cup water..1 Tbl baby oil..1 Tbl baby soap. ♥

Leisel - posted on 03/06/2010

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My eldest had terrible eczema and appeared to react badly to disposable nappies so I switched to clothe nappies, and it was not nearly as much of a hardship as I imagined.



The key is to change them regularly. I also noticed that the plastic pants that usually go over the clothe nappies also irritated his skin so I simply used to leave them off, this also meant that I had to change him as soon as possible which also helped.



Probably the commonest cause of recuurent nappy rash is infrequent nappy changes. No matter how much bum cream you apply the salts and ammonia in urine cause irritation. Thrush is another frequent problem and most over the counter antifungals can clear this. Also look out for sensitivity to products. It is my belief that most products are unnesesary, so the less the better. Clean with water and cotton wool (much cheaper) and simply use plain petroleum jelly.



And as much as possible leave nappies off. For those of you reading this with boys, whose "sprinkler systems" like to wet everything in reach when bottom less, just put a clean facecloth lightly over them to divert any spray downwards!

Melissa - posted on 03/06/2010

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Try bag balm, like vassalene. from health food store in green can with strawberry leaves and cow on tin. 5 bucks, My daughter used to bleed. That helped alot. we did switch to cloth, but the plastic pants that go over, left her jst as bad. new problem. Let the DR. know as well they gave me a cream one time when it was real bad, it had a pain reliever in it as well. if it is nessesary for you at this time!

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If the cloth diapers don't take care of the problem, try using johnson & johnson medicated baby powder, it is a miracle worker. Also if you haven't already try aquaphor. Try giving him some diaper free time ( dangerous with a boy I know lol). I would cover a large area with blankets and let my kids "air out" for a while.

Dayna - posted on 03/05/2010

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I think it is great that you are considering cloth as an option!! I use cloth diapers on my younget and have used them on and off with all of my children (except one) I had, at one stage, 3 in cloth at once. Once you have a routine established in regards to laundering and folding, it will seem just as easy as disposable diapers!! Much cheaper, better for your baby, better for the environment, just an all round good option really. Good luck!!

Amy - posted on 03/05/2010

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I had the same problem, and that is the reason I switched to cloth. I was a little worried at first, then I started using them. Now I will never go back. They cost a lot to start off with, but they will save you a lot of money in the long run. The laundry isn't that bad, the only thing I think is a must is a diaper sprayer. It is so much better then dunking them into the toilet. If you need any help let me know!

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2010

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Thx for the input :) I am excited to start using them! Even if I am a little nervous about the laundry lol!!

Shirley - posted on 03/04/2010

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Good idea. Cloth (Gauze) Diapers are the best. I used it for my children while they were still small because disposable diapers really causes rashes and itchiness and swelling and it is really painful for the baby because their skin is still very sensitive. I only use disposable one's when we have to leave the house for some stroll or travel.
At home, I use two gauze diapers folded together, a diaper clip holding it, then an undergarment on top, and on top of that a plastic undergarments to prevent myself from getting wet. Besides, they are so easy to dry after wash. Try and consider it.

Ashley - posted on 03/03/2010

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Its happened for the last few weeks no matter what disposables I use or how often I change him. It does seem to get better when I let him go comando but I cant do it all the time lol! I think its an airflow problem and I have always heard the cloth ones breath better and are less harsh on babies skin!

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i had the same problem since my daughter was a few days old. The rashes happen as a reaction to acidity in urine and potty. cloth diapers usually does not solve the problem. You can try them though. A better option is to keep the butt open for long periods and wiping very gently. It helped me a lot; hope it works for you as well!

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