Post # 1
Have you decided which route you’re going with diapers, or what route you went with?
I love the idea of cloth diapers, specially now days. And one diaper can fit all the way from newborn until their potty trained. You don’t have to have the plastic covers and there are multiple options for inserts. BUT you do need to do extra laundry; possibly extra rinse cycles, with special soap, and make a conscious effort to get the poo in the toilet prior to washing …
Disposables are EASY, yet spendy & that adds up, not to mention you are contributing to the land fills, but not using so much water, there’s a million options of sizes cuts and what not……
I have friends who swear by both, ones who started with cloth and switched to disposable and vice versa. I know day care providers who prefer one over the other, and I know mom’s who would never go back…..SO what are your thought and why?
Post # 3
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
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
We’re planning to go with cloth diapers… Disposable diapers take 450 years to decompose!
Post # 5
@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
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
@MrsRugbee: I didn’t know those exsisted!
I’m nowhere near ready to TTC, but I’ve been curious about this debate.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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.
Post # 12
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
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
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 # 15
@newlynesting: I’ll be home for 6 weeks, then back to work for 2-3 days a week and my MIL does in home day care and she’s ok with it…and my mom will also be watching her one day a week and swears by cloth. I already do laundry daily so thats not really an issue, I guess Im more worried about the first couple weeks. I might use disposables then, while Im getting the hang of everything and recovering, and while she’s so little…..
Post # 16
@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!