(Closed) Cloth Diapers

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@KitKatNYC:  Let me know how that washer works for you!  I am considering this one, but it’s over $1000 more… Eeek!

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I”ve been CD-ing since my baby was 6 weeks, now she is 3.5 months. I’m addicted to CDs. We use a whole bunch of different diapers (bum genius, thirsties, rocky mountain diapers, rumperooz, flip, lotus bums) in all-in-one and pocket types. Thirsties are my favorite, though we now need to buy size 2s to replace our size 1s ina  few months. I bought some diapers new and some second hand. One of my favorite things is that we never run out and have to make emergency trips to the store. We always have clean diapers.

I agree that my baby’s bum has less rashes in cloth. We do use dispoables at night since we don’t change her for ~12 hours. Feel free to ask me any questions (via message).

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@EastMeetsBarn:  this is how I feel about the “gross” factor: The baby is going to throw up/pee/poop on their clothes (and your clothes and a bunch of other stuff, too). The likelihood of poop on clothes from blowouts is much higher with disposables, too. If he wants to throw out everything that gets a mess on it, things will get very expensive! Maybe that perspective will help him feel better about cloth diapers – although it might take him a while to come to terms overall with how “gross” babies are! 🙂

Also, I’m personally inked out by the idea of a big bag full of poop sitting around my house waiting for trash day. I feel much cleaner doing diaper laundry every other day & having the poop washed away. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@rubyred605:  Well ours is just a washer. I am strongly considering getting a ventless mini-dryer as well. It will be a pain to have 2 appliances instead of 1, but I would be too worried about spending $1000+ and having it break, then being out a washer and a dryer.

We haven’t used it for diapers yet, since the bun is still in the oven, but we have been using the machine A LOT since getting it and I am in love with it. My Darling Husband agrees we should have bought one years ago. The loads are pretty mini, but because it is so convenient we can do 2 loads a night and line dry them. So little effort, and no more lugging 5 loads of laundry up and down the stairs on a Saturday. Clothes come out totally clean and the machine is surprisingly quiet. We sit it on top of a folded up yoga mat to minimize vibrations to the downstairs neighbors.

PS – we got the washer on Craigslist used for $75. I think the machine has paid for itself already!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I plan to cloth diaper but that’s not for a few years, but I recently read a few posts on Young House Love blog (or their family blog, young house life, I don’t remember). They cover the entirety of cloth diapering their daughter, with a few recaps a few months and a year in. 

Cost and environmental damage tie as the number one reason for me. Going through 10+ disposable diapers a day for up to two years, that aren’t biodegradeable and just filling up landfills is a big downer for me, but how can you ignore the cost too?! If it is super expensive up front, that would be the number one item on my registry!

Also, the couple on YHL claim they only purchased 12 diapers and used those 12 diapers the entire time (their daughter is now almost 2 1/2). 

Also, for the cleanliness, as someone else mentioned, you can purchase an attachment for your toilet, rinse the diaper off over the toilet, and place in the ‘used’ bin to be washed cumulatively with the others. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Has anyone used all-in-twos?  I suspect that they are basically like fitted diapers and covers.  I do like the idea of having say 15 covers and 30 inserts and reusing covers until they are soiled.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For those of you currently using cloth, what is your washing regimen like? Do you make your own detergent or use store bought stuff? Do you wash them just once on hot, and then dry them for 1-2 cycles? Or do you do something else? Thanks In Advance for any input!

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Sugaree:  I think all-in-twos are more commonly referred to as fitted diapers. I chose not to use them because they were too bulky and make it hard to get clothes that fit over them.

 

@78h2o:  I use Country Save detergent on my diapers. I do a pre-wash cycle, then wash them on hot, then do a second rinse. Then I dry all the inserts and AIOs and hang dry the covers. Since my baby is still on breastmilk only I throw the diapers in as-is, poop and all. Then I try to sun them every 2 weeks or so to get ride of the yellow stains.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My son is 3 months old and have been cloth diapering since 2 weeks old.  At first we used the Bumgenius newborn diapers.  He is a big guy and outgrew those quickly.  Now our stash includes 12 bumgenius elementals (snap) and 17 bumgenius 3.0’s (velcro) with babykicks hemp inserts.  I purchased all of my cloth diapers lightly used on craigslist. My husband loves the cost savings and I love the fabrics.  I like having a variety.  WE both like different diapers for different reasons.  We like that we can get a better fit with velco  but we hear the snaps are great for when they are older.  We like the inserts for when we know he is going to poop and like the all in ones for when we know its usually a time with a pee diaper.  We both find cloth diapering very easy. We do keep disposables around and in the diaper bag for when we go out for more than a few hours.  Its just easier.  

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

What do you guys use for a diaper pail for cloth diapers?  

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m commenting to save this thread – we are planning on cloth diapering but are clueless 🙂

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BoiledPNut:  There are also washable bags that contain any odors, so when it’s time for laundry you just toss the whole bag in.

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