(Closed) Cloth diaper questions

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

How many times a week were you doing laundry?  I do diaper laundry every 2 days (sometimes 3 days) so that makes around 4 times a week.

Did you save a substantial amount of money?  By the time we are done with diapers, yes, we’ll have saved a substantial amount of money.  In the beginning it doesn’t seem like it because you want to build your stash and there are lots of diapers you want to try but when it is all said and done, yes.

Did you find cloth diapers to be bulkier than disposables?  Absolutely.  But that is part of the charm of cloth.  You have to embrace the fluff.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

  • How many times a week were you doing laundry?  Every 2-3 days
  • Factoring in the actual CD cost, plus laundry did you save a substancial amount of money?  I searched for CD sales and got some diapers as baby shower gifts (including prefolds) so we really haven’t spent all that much on actual CD cost, we usually line dry the initial wetness out so we don’t have to stick them in the dryer that long and plan on having more than one or two kids so we can continue to use them, so for us it will be a substantial savings, though I haven’t calculated anything out.
  • Did you find cloth diapers to be bulkier than disposables?  Yup.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@bells:  We started with a combo and just did disposables at night at first.  Its a good way to see how it works.  For us we switched to all cloth once she grew out of her newborn disposables and I didnt feel like buying another box of disposables.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

How many times a week were you doing laundry?  Every 2-3 days and it takes a while (though I think I have imposed some of that myself with the detergent I use).

Did you save substancial amount of money?  I got a lot of my stash for free.  We are using prefolds which are much cheaper and we are using hemp gCloth as boosters.

Did you find cloth diapers to be bulkier than disposables?  Yes, but we haven’t had a blow out yet.  So I consider this a benefit.  We do prefer the trimmer diapers (grovia).  We have to go up a size a touch early but not too bad.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

  • How many times a week were you doing laundry?  I wash diapers every other day. But really I’m always doing someone’s laundry, so one more load isn’t a huge deal.
  • Factoring in the actual CD cost, plus laundry did you save a substancial amount of money?  My parents gifted us a lot of diapers so we didn’t have to buy that many. We got one size, so between her and if (hopefully when) we have another one, we’ll get lots of use out of them and we’ll def have saved a ton. Diapers are expensive! We get our detergent at costco in bulk so that also saves us some… especially b/c so far my parents have also been buying us that!
  • Did you find cloth diapers to be bulkier than disposables?  They’re very bulky. You just have to think about that when figuring out different sized clothes. They grow out of them a lot quicker with cloth diapers. I find dresses are a lot easier b/c there’s no issue with the bottom so they fit longer.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We started with 80 cloth prefolds and about 10 covers, and had a laundry service for the prefolds. The prefolds only needed washing once per week but we were washing covers at least 4x per week.

I haven’t done any calcs, but I believe we are saving money, even with the diaper service cost.

Yep. Cloth is so much bulier than disposables, but it hasn’t mattered. The bulky bum is cute.

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