(Closed) Cloth Diapers

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really want to try them, partly for cost and partly for the environment. Darling Husband is a little nervous about diapering in general so we will have about 150 disposables on hand along with a handfull of newborn and small (in case DS is a big baby as we’re both really tall) gDiaper covers, cloth inserts, and disposable inserts to see what works for us. Our total investment in cloth so far is about $15 since I found a package of disposable inserts and 2 covers at  consignment store for $5 each, so all we need is the package of cloth inserts and some newborn covers…probably about another $50.

I liked the snap-in feature of gDiapers so I can have the snappis ready and just put them in the cover if it’s not dirty, and the disposable inserts are nice for traveling. I also plan to have diaper liners for poo when DS is older if we’re still doing cloth because I know I’m just not the kind of person who will scrap/spray, nor do we have a decent setup for that in our tiny bathrooms.

One thing I found handy was to order a bunch of different cloth options from Amazon.com that had a free return policy so I could look at them and practice on a doll. The ones I didn’t like I just sent back.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m going to be following this. I really want to use cloth diapers to cut costs and because it’s a more natural approach.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’m going to follow this too!

Post # 21
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Right now we’re using Fuzzibunz & Bum Genius newborn rentals from Modern Cloth. We got some snaps & some Velcro; some pocket & some AIO – 24 total. We’re 90% decided to keep going with cloth after the rental ends. 

I like the snaps over the Velcro, because I’ve heard from many people that the snaps outlive the Velcro (and we always forget to put the tabs down befor we wash & they stick to everything). I like pockets over the AIO because they dry faster & the AIO are already starting to stain. I think the AIO are thicker & absorb more soap so they need more rinses to get clean.

our pediatrician uses cloth & she recommended Thirsties brand. she also said if LO is getting a rash, it’s probably because the diapers need more of a rinse/less soap/time in the sun (we have an he machine so the diapers don’t always get enough water). 

as for wetness, yes I think it’s harder to tell. I just change him often since it doesn’t matter if he’s pretty dry – it’s just part of the wash. DS is a bathroom machine so we’re washing daily for now. Lastly, yes our daycare (Montessori) does cloth diapers!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have been CDing for about 13 months now and I love it.  We use prefolds and covers.  Most of my covers are GroVia, but we have a few Flips and a couple others as well.  We even used BGs as covers for a while.  This article offers some good advice for first time CD users http://www.babyloveproducts.com/cloth-diapering-mistakes.html

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re not TTC yet, but as far as diaper rash, my mom used cloth on me because I was so prone to diaper rash with disposables.  I don’t know if my skin now has any relation to my infant skin, but I have pretty much take-anything, not remotely sensitive skin.

I’m all for being green, and I’m cheap so I do like the idea of cloth diapers.  But I know Darling Husband would find the idea gross.  When our dog had tummy troubles and I stepped in dog poop in our hallway, Darling Husband wanted my sock thrown away STAT, and the notion of washing it disgusted him.  What can I tell him that would make him feel better?

How do cloth diapers prevent waste from soaking through to the outside of the cloth?  Is there a certain age after which a baby pees so much that cloth is no longer an option?

How are cloth diapers better than disposable at handling poop blow outs?

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Lots of good info. I want to do cloth and when I told this to Darling Husband he looked at me like I had two heads. So I need to start gathering info to show him it will be good and not extra work or stinky.

For me I just like the idea of our LO wearing cloth, but I think if we went away then we could use disposables for that time.

I was talking to DH’s aunt about it and she tried cloth with her first one and he absolutely did not like them, so she had to use disposables.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m not pregnant yet, but Darling Husband and I are both interested in cloth diapering to save money.  I like the idea of the kind that has disposeable liners, but I realize those can be pretty pricey.  I’m a little concerned about all of this soaking and sunning I’ve heard about.  

We live in an apartment building and I’m wondering if it would be really gross of me to wash cloth diapers in the shared laundry room.  I’m also concerned about where I would stored the used diapers before washing.  Has anyone done cloth diapers when you don’t have your own washer/dryer?

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I cloth diapered my last two kids. My son had such a bad diaper rash we took him to his pediatrician and he made us a compound paste and suggested cloth diapers, it was so bad my son would bleed and scream so hard in pain it looked like he couldn’t breath, it put me in tears when I would have to change him, and in the end I was changing him every 30 minutes cause i was scared to death he would be wet and it would get worse. I think the worst part about disposibles is its hard to tell when they are wet, they feel dry to a quick touch but they arent.

We took the peds advice and cloth worked WONDERS and I never looked back, no more problems at all. Darling Husband was very nervous at first because he was imagining pins and folding lol, but once he saw its no big deal he was all for it. Plus it’s addicting and fun with all the patterns! My favorite was fuzzibuns with hemp inserts.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Macintosh:  I’m pregnant now, but plan on using prefolds and covers. I live in a 5th floor walkup, and there is no way I could handle dragging washing up and down the stairs every day, so we got a mini portable washing machine that hooks up to the sink, and I’ll dry them on a drying rack. I’m hoping this will work out well!

http://www.amazon.com/Haier-HLP21N-Pulsator-1-Cubic-Foot-Portable/dp/B002UYSHMM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350874544&sr=8-1&keywords=haier+portable+washer

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KitKatNYC:  Congrats on your pregnancy!  That’s a really cool idea.  

My apartment’s washing machine is only one floor down, but I can see how that would be a pain to do every day.  I’m sure it’s still cheaper to buy the washer than disposables, plus I wouldn’t have to pay per load. 

This reminds me of Darling Husband before we lived together.  He used to use a hand crank washing machine in his bathtub because he hated going to the laundromat.

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