To cloth diaper, or not to cloth diaper. That is the question.

Danielle - posted on 05/21/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hello ladies,
I am wondering if you have used cloth diapers, and if you feel they have saved you any money. Do you feel they are worth the extra work? Did you have a hard time adjusting to the extra laundry load? Is there a brand you'd reccomend? How long did they last before having to restock?

I'm looking for pros and cons of using both disposables and cloth diapers.

Any information, and experiences are appreciated.


Sarah - posted on 05/22/2012




I used disposable with my son. I went to cloth diapers when I had my daughter. We use a brand called Baby Kangas. I LOVE them and wish I had used them with my son. They are very easy to launder. I put the diaper and insert into an old pillowcase (no rinsing or anything). Then when I am getting low (I do them every 3 days), I take the pillowcase downstairs and dump it in the wash. I do a cold water rinse, a hot water wash, and another cold water rinse. I hang the shells overnight to dry and dry the inserts in the dryer. In total (for walking downstairs and turning the machine on, etc.) it's probably only about 5 minutes of my time. In the morning, I can stuff all the diapers within 5 minutes. In total, it's 10 minutes every 3 days! When I was using disposable, it would take me that much time every 5 days to empty the diaper pail, put the new bag in and take it out to the garbage. The time difference is not really a big issue for me.

I had far more blow outs with them when I used disposable compared to cloth.

I was spending about $100/month to use disposables. I spent about $300 total for my cloth supply. We're still using the same ones after almost 2 years. I calculate it to be at least a $1800 savings, if not more (as they go through less as they get older).

I love that I am doing something that is better for my planet, especially with buying a local product (for me, the brand we bought is made in BC where we live) and supporting our economy.

Sara - posted on 05/22/2012




Hello Danielle. My son is 11 weeks old and we have been using cloth diapers since he was 5 weeks old. We have only tried Fuzzi Bunz and are very satisfied. They are a little costly – up to $20 on Amazon. We use the one size fits all. These diapers use removable inserts that wick moisture completely away from the top layer leaving the baby’s bum dry. We do laundry every 2 days and have no qualms with it… my husband helps though, a lot. I am sure as DS gets older we will not use so many diapers but continue to frequently wash due to the soiled diapers. If we continued with disposables, we would have spent more than the average person since we purchase the chlorine free type. After reading about the chemicals in the diapers, I made the decisions to use cloth while I was pregnant. Also not contributing to the waste problem feels very good too. I recommend Grovia biodegradable liners.

I must add that my son’s diaper rash is gone. We used disposable for the first month and he developed diaper rash. We could not use the butt paste with the cloth diaper. It has been around 3-4 weeks and the rash is gone.

Oh and cloth diapers are so much more organic than the disposables. I do not feel right using disposables, although I do when I am on the go sometimes, they just are not natural.

Good luck!

Kelina - posted on 05/21/2012




I've cloth diapered almost exclusively with my second and about half and half with my first. Yes it definitely saved me money and it's really not that difficult for me to do an extra load of laundry a week. It's actually easier for me to haul the cloth diapers up and down the stairs than it is for me to haul my laundry lol. One thing I found helped was the cloth wipes as well. That took a bit of getting used to and grumbling from my husband but surprisingly cut down on the amount of work involved as it cut out the in between step of going to the garbage can. As for brands it really depends on what kind of money you're looking to spend. The one we ended up using was Kawaii Baby, although I definitely recommend going with the bamboo over the microfiber. I've got both and despite the awesome covers with the microfiber definitely wish I'd gone with more bamboo the second time around. It's a relatively cheap diaper costing about $10-$12 per diaper as opposed to upwards of $20 per diaper and they have both one size and sized diapers. The cloth diapers were a good choice for us. I've never had to worry about buying diapers if we couldn't afford them, and when we couldn't afford wipes I just switched to cloth and that made my life easier than it was before. They can be a bit tricky to care for occasionally, but really what could possibly be better for baby than a chemical free diaper? Disposables are full of them. Not to mention the smell in my house when I've had to use them drives me up the wall. i've never had that problem with my cloth diapers. They don't come accidentally unattached like disposables do, and are great for transitioning to potty training as you can just use the outsides in case bub does have an accident. Good luck!


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Elfrieda - posted on 05/25/2012




Okay, this is going to be long!

After I waded through all the confusing different kinds of diapers and just decided on some, it was not really that much extra work to do the laundry. (but I don't hate laundry, it's my least hated chore) I waited until my son was 8 months old because I didn't feel like I could cope with more new things - turning into a mom was a big shock for me; but with this one I've got in the oven I think I'll start right from a week old (after the meconium is gone...ew)

I have been using the Kissaluvs fitted diapers with various covers. They are nice. I use fleece liners to keep his skin off the wet diaper (I cut them out from a bunch of fleece I had lying around). I really like it, it's not hard. And you don't have to go ONLY cloth. If you want, you can do disposable for night and when you go out. You'll still save money, especially if you're having more than one child. And as for the landfill, each cloth diaper you use is one less piece of junk polluting our planet.

My husband did some rough math and decided that if we use mostly cloth, we would break about even by the time my son was potty-trained. But then we'd be home-free for the next one. But this math was based on being potty-trained by now (my son's 2.5) and also we didn't realize that as you go up in diaper sizes each individual diaper is more expensive.

The only equipment I have is a washer and dryer and clothesline, a dry pail with a washable liner, 18 fitted diapers and 5 covers, a basket to keep the clean diapers in, corn starch for shaking on a wet bum, and detergent that doesn't cause problems for diapers. (Shaklee brand) When I take the diaper off the kid, it goes into the pail, either with a stop-over at the toilet or with the cover, too, depending on the level of mess. Often I re-use the covers 4 or 5 times before washing them.

I think for this new baby I'll get one of those sprayers that attach to the toilet to make the poop easier to remove. (I've been shaking it into the toilet and dunking the fleece to get most of it off, but sometimes my finger gets in something and that's gross. The sprayer sounds nice.)

For the baby I'll need to buy more diapers because I have the 20-35 lbs size of kissaluvs. I think I'll do prefolds now that I see that it's not really that complicated.

As for how long they last before you wash, just count the number of diapers the baby uses now, and add one or two because with cloth you need to change a little more often, then double that number. That way you have enough for two days. I chose 18 when my son was 8 months old because I thought that way we'd have 9 per day and I would only have to wash every other day. It was plenty, and now that he's two I would only need to wash once a week, except that it would get smelly in the diaper bucket. :P

For washing, I do a cold rinse, then hot wash with detergent, then warm rinse, then cold rinse. (I have it written on a post-it stuck to the washer so my husband can do it without having to memorize the whole thing.) I dry them for one cycle, then hang them to dry the rest of the way. That way they're fluffy from the dryer but still get fresh air to dry. In the winter they get kind of stained, but when the sun comes out it takes care of all that and even though it's just spring here all the diapers are nice and white again.

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