The great diaper debate

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What will it be?
    Disposable all the way : (138 votes)
    52 %
    The new and improved Cloth Diaper : (84 votes)
    32 %
    Mix of each : (40 votes)
    15 %
    What ever I get for my baby shower : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Cloth.

    The things used in sposies are scary! And they add alot of unneeded waste to our already overflowing landfills. There are a handful of brands that try to minimize these things but they still can’t completely get away from them as thats what makes sposies absorbant and what they are.

    And with a proper fitting cloth diaper we’ve NEVER had a blow out with my 15 mth old breastfed (exclusively until 9.5 months) baby!

    Post # 4
    mswallabyBee
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    We’re planning to go with cloth diapers… Disposable diapers take 450 years to decompose! 

    Post # 5
    Member
    904 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    @Miss. RubyLove:  We had planned on doing cloth exclusively, but people kept sending us disposable diapers for our daughter. Whenever we ran out of gifted disposables we switched back to cloth. We didn’t get the expensive cloth ones– we invested about $60 total using ebay and slightly less convenient models. Our daughter didn’t seem to mind them, but it was hard for us to take wet diaper off her skin– it just felt wrong even though I know she was fine! DH prefers disposable, I don’t have a preference. We are mainly disposable now, because daycares in our area won’t work with cloth diapers. We do plan on using cloth diapers on our next child (due in December) and cloth diapering our daughter at the same time to help facilitate potty training (she’ll be 16 months) since I’ll be a stay at home mom at that time.

    Are you going to stay at home or have you found a daycare that will let you use them?

    Post # 6
    Member
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I want to do washables with flushable liners. I think that’s the best of both worlds, particularly when you start on solids. It’s absurd to me that 1 baby’s pooping can result in so much additional waste with disposables. I don’t mind doing laundry every other day. Kids are messy!

    Post # 7
    Member
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MrsRugbee:  I didn’t know those exsisted!

    I’m nowhere near ready to TTC, but I’ve been curious about this debate.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I haven’t done the research yet as we just found out, but I have heard more and more good things about cloth diapers. I am leaning heavily in that direction based on what I have heard, but of course, that might change after I research.

    Post # 9
    Member
    5745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I should add we totally use dispoable liners in our cloth diapers! flush those suckers & that poo down (ebf poo does not need to be rinsed & can be put directly in the washer). AND it should be dually noted that ALL poop is supposed to go flushed into the toilet & NOT in our landfills as that is just one way that disease gets spread & into our drinking water. It says this right on the box of most sposies.

    Post # 10
    Member
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Cloth mainly because of the blowout factor. Supposedly, cloth diapers help prevent blowouts, as @runsyellowlites:  mentioned. My sister’s 8 month old wears disposables and has a blowout just about every day. So you don’t really save yourself any poop-covered laundry, haha — it’s just her adorable onesies and expensive clothes that get shat on instead of the diaper that’s made for it!

    Post # 11
    Member
    2056 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m not PG but planning to use cloth.  My parents used cloth with my brother and I, 31 years ago!  Things were way less convenient back then so I figure if they can make it work, so can I with newer, better technology.  The chemicals in disposables that make them absorbent really creep me out.

     

    I kind of thought that FI would be weirded out by the idea of cloth diapers, but I mentioned it one time and he loves the idea too.  Cloth all the way!  Plus they come in such cute colors/patterns now.  Wink

    Post # 12
    Member
    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We use disposable, don’t flame me! I HATED CLOTH. They were not worth the effort for me.  I tried them and my son leaked through them ALL THE TIME, even with changing more often.  They were just not for me

    Post # 13
    Member
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We wanted to use cloth diapers, but were gifted over 300 disposables.  DD is almost 3 months old and I only purchased disposables twice- once because we went swimming and I needed a swimmie diaper, and once because I was visiting my grandma and ran out of the ones packed in our diaper bag.

    We may still switch over to cloth, but there is a significant upfront investment.  I would also have to check with our child care provider since many don’t do cloth (though I think more and more do agree to work with parents on this).

    So, for us, for now, we are using disposables.  No blowouts yet either, but she’s still kind of small so I don’t know what we might have in store for later!

    Post # 14
    Member
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Wow… I applaud you ladies who think of the environment. I can’t imagine having all the work/hassle of a new baby AND dealing with cloth diapers. There is just no way I would do that.

    Post # 16
    Member
    904 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    @Miss. RubyLove:  When our little one came, she was even smaller than expected (6.5lbs, but petite), so the one-size cloth diapers we had purchased didn’t even fit. We thought about buying some more newborn-only cloth diapers, but she grew so fast that it wouldn’t have been worth it for the cost during the first month-month and a half! I definitely advocate doing disposables initially (Pampers Swaddlers were amazing) and switching over. It’s great that you are able to have family watch your little one and that they’re willing to cloth!

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