(Closed) Cloth diapering, EC, and disposables… questions

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I’m pretty sure most childcare places won’t go for EC and some won’t even take cloth.  My whole thing with EC is that baby knows what the potty is for and is ready to use it. So far, for us, part time works out with no problems and is not confusing to baby.

You could CD for a couple hundred dollars and that would be worth it after a few months of use. You’d buy less CD b/c you are ECing and you alternate with disposables.  Buy a Costco-sized box of disposables just for the childcare if they won’t go for cloth.   My sitter wasn’t too keen on cloth until I ‘forgot’ to put her in a disposable. Once she saw them, she was like, oh yah, this is fine. I say CD, personally I think cloth is better for baby’s skin.

With that said, we did use a bunch of newborn disposables just for the when baby is teenytiny, and too small for her one-size CD. They burn through a ton of diapers in the first month, constantly changing them too..

Ok…my post was all over the place. Hope there is some helpfulness somewhere in there.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I think the most important thing in EC is keeping your child’s sense of self-awareness.  A newborn will instinctively cry before they wet themself.  They’ll also get squirmy.  My opinion is that disposables are fine if your baby is still self-aware.  Once they lose that feeling, cloth is better because they can feel the wetness.  I think if you’re both going to be working that EC full time can work if your care provider is willing.  If not, don’t freak out.  You can still be successful as a part-time EC family.

I can’t even count how many diapers we saved doing EC.  MB went through 16 diapers a day, so by doing EC we knocked it down to 5 diapers per day.  Once I came off maternity leave, we continued EC with disposables.  We didn’t even start using cloth full time until she was almost a year old.  I didn’t really see a difference between using cloth and not except that if we had a near miss and she only peed a little bit, I felt better that I could wash and reuse the cloth diaper.  I felt bad tossing a disposable that wasn’t really “that used.”

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

You’re welcome.  🙂

We were mixing for a while and doing cloth at home and disposables at daycare until we switched full time CD.  You have lots of options!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

What is EC?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We don’t have any babies yet (it’s a few years away for us!) but we have a few friends who CD, and I find EC to be one of the most fascinating concepts… not sure if it’s for us, but I think it’s such a neat idea!

Darling Husband and I talked a long time ago about whether to use cloth or disposable. We’re definitely going to give cloth a shot- we feel like it’s worth trying, especially with how much money you save. 

But we agreed that we would use disposable when taking the baby out into public or to a sitter/daycare- I get squeamish about the idea of carrying around a messy cloth diaper in public. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Thanks!!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I know a lot of people use disposables at the very beginning, and then switch to cloth after the baby gains a few pounds and fits the cloth diapers better.  Personally, we use disposables with Addie, and I’m fine with that.  Now that she’s in daycare, she has to be in disposables anyway.  We looked into a diaper service at one point, but decided that cloth is not a priority for us; since Addie seems to have retained awareness about her body, and since she’s responded so well to EC, we’ve stuck with disposables.

The other side on that, though, is that now I’m researching buying her some cloth training pants, which are basically like less-absorbent cloth diapers.  🙂  So we are moving away from disposables, just not as quickly as other people.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

@firsttimemom:  We CD almost all of the time (except night and once-a-week sitter) and yes, it’s worth it. Besides, I can pass them on to a new mom to encourage the cloth diapering system after I’m done. Today, with EC, we changed her diaper twice. I use 15-20 cloth diapers and wash twice a week. 

@tinylittlebird:  If we go out, we just bring a ziploc and the soiled diaper goes in it and then we hide it in my purse or the waterproof section of our diaper bag. We usually don’t stay out longer than an hour or two so we rarely change on-the-go anyway.

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