Post # 1
DH and I are hoping to stsrt TTC by the end of this year (yay) my baby fever is through the roof. I know it will be quite expensive but, just like everyone else, we will make it work.
My friend told me that she is going to be using cloth diapers. And it sounds lime it cane save you a lot of money but a baby can go through what 10? 12? Diapers a day? So we are no longer going to be doing lau dry once a week, it would be more lile 3 times a week. My concern is, I wonder if I will be saving money bc DH and I live in an apartment, so we go to the laundromat to do our wash. ($2 for the washing machine and $1 for the dryer)
My question is, how many cloth diapers come in a pack? How do you wash them if they have poop? Do you like cloth diapers better than throw aways? Whats your experience with cloth diapers?
Post # 3
@Daizy914: Your laundromat may also have restrictions about feces in their machines… (even if you precleaned the diapers). A friend of a friend, used cloth diapered at a laundro mat and had to take the diapers out mid cycle when the staff noticed what she was washing. Even though she had pre-rinsed the diapers in her sink at home. Just a point to keep in mind. I am all for cloth diapering. I think its safer for baby and cost effective.
Post # 4
@SparkleBee11: oh good point. The laundromat we use I am not worried about bc they stick to themselves. I have never seen them complain to a customer about what they were washing. But thank you for pointing that out. I will keep an eye out for that.
How does your friend pre clean them at home? In the tub or something?
My other question I came up with, we plan on having the baby in day care, so would I need to leave extra cloth diapers with the day care?
Post # 5
@Daizy914: She has a sprayer that she uses to blast “stuff” off into the toilet, then she has special bin she stores them in when their dirty. I think she sprays a solution on them so they dont smell or grow anything yucky. i dont know much about it, but they love and rave about it.
Definitely would need extra diapers for the day care and a bag to send the dirty diapers home in (you wouldnt want the daycare to throw away an expensive cloth diaper). I know cloth diapers have liners and other components as well. Many cloth diapers have a one size fits all and the diapers have multiple snaps.
Post # 6
We use cloth diapers (In NZ) but we wash at home. We got through about 20 diapers a day for maybe the first 3-4 weeks and then it’s gradually less. Definitely was cost effective for us and we have never had any cases of nappy rash that we have had on the occasions we used disposibles.
Some day cares don’t accomodate cloth diapers over here but a lot do but yes you need to send a LOT of extras, more than you think for ‘just in case’ moments but they will rinse them out and bag them for you if they’re a good day care.
A side note- me and a couple of mommas who cloth diaper have noticed our kids are ready to potty train around 18-20 months where their disposible friends are showing no interest (now at 24-26 months) probably because they become aware a lot earlier of when they’re wet.
There are a lot of good resources online about starting cloth diapering, if you start getting a few bits here and there when you get pregnant than it’s very cost effective. The Cloth Nappy Lady is an NZ website but she has come great info. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
Most folks I know who use cloth used disposables at first, when the baby was going 10-12 times a day and then swtched to cloth once they slowed down. This may be a better option for you.
Post # 8
@Aqualov: +1. I’d never do it but this sounds like a reasonable option.
Post # 9
@Aqualov: yea that makes sense. When do they start to “slow down” lol
Post # 10
@Aqualov: I did that. It was around 3-4 months for us. Now we use cloth almost exclusively (occasionally we have a diaper rash that won’t clear up in the cloth diapers).
I do 2-3 loads of diaper laundry a week, but I’d probably buy a few more diapers and cut down on the number of loads if I had to pay per load of laundry.
I will say I wouldn’t feel comfortable washing my diapers in someone else’s machine (like at a laundromat). I wouldn’t want someone else’s diapers washed right before my clothes, so I wouldn’t do it to someone else. I clean my machine regularly and know that it’s in good shape to use for our regular laundry.
Post # 11
@Daizy914: We are considering using a diaper service for the first few months and then laundering our own. If we didn’t have our own washer/dryer, I’d probably stick with the diaper service, the one in our area is surprisingly affordable.
Post # 12
Heads up–A LOT of daycares won’t take a cloth diapered baby.
But if you find one (I worked in one), you leave 15-20 diapers there, and they send you home with the wet/dirty ones each night. You need to keep a constant supply there.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
@Daizy914: A lot of people cloth diapering will also use disposables at night when the baby is newborn because it is easier to deal with in the first weeks. Also, some people will say that you don’t have to rinse/spray off diapers before the baby starts transfering to solid foods. Poopy diapers from breastfed babies can go into the wash soiled. It’s recommended to do a soak cycle, then wash with detergent, or a detergent wash with extra rinse.
You can buy a sprayer that attaches to your toilet to make rinsing cloth diapers easier, then put them in a diaper pail with reusable liner that just goes into your washer with the diapers. Washing takes place every 48 hours or more regularly– this is the added expense on your end, either timewiese at home, or with a diapering service. Do not send diapers to the laundromat or cleaners.
For more general information, look up “Cloth Diaper How-To.” We’re planning to cloth diaper using Bum Genius all-in-ones, a Diaper Decor (diaper pail that is a glorified trash bin that keeps odors in), and a reusable liner. We’ll probably also keep a hanging wet/dry diaper bag in our bathroom or laundry room once we figure out what works best.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I thought cloth diapers were so much more eco friendly…. but between the detergents and solutions and washing, it sounds like there are a lot of chemicals and toxins that could affect baby!
Post # 15
Do NOT cloth diaper if you have to take your laundry to the laundromat.
Post # 16
@lealorali: Actually, cloth diapers need to be washed in dye-free/perfume-free/enzyme- and brightener-free detergents with no fabric softeners (all those ingredients contribute to buildup that makes the diapers less absorbent.) You also use only a small amount of detergent per load (again, to avoid buildup that makes the dipes less effective.)