(Closed) cloth diapers?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.Moser: No cloth diapering for us (although Mother-In-Law is trying to push while my mom is anti-cloth diapering). I know you can save a lot of money, but honestly it is easier in the middle of the night to just throw the crappy diaper away (pun intended) than mess with a cloth diaper when I am half asleep and in zombie mode. And honestly, we are set enough financially where providing diapers won’t be a problem, so the extra money we can save isn’t worth it to us in the end.

Plus the thought of doing all that and washing diapers that much doesn’t appeal to me. I hate doing clothes as it is, and when the baby comes I would rather spend my time napping and having my husband entertain guests or helping feeding and being with baby than washing all the time.

If cloth diapering works for others, more power to you. Just another personal preference that has no right or wrong answer.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@megz06:  I’m with you 100%. No cloth diapers for me either

Post # 19
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Busy bee

I will definitely cloth diaper. Hoping to use hemp prefolds if I can (still need to do more research) as those tend to be more absorbent. Disposable diapers can irritate baby’s skin quite a bit, so you’re not just saving money by cloth diapering, you’re also helping your baby out. But I’m in the *everything natural and preferably homemade* camp anyway.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not pregnant or even TTC yet, but I have a question for the cloth diapering moms. Do most of you stay home with your kids? I’m interested in the idea of cloth, but I don’t know that I could make it work if I didn’t stay home. For one thing, I’ve heard that daycares don’t tend to like them. And another thing, finding time to do the extra laundry on top of everything else.

Plus, there’s the whole husband issue…

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m hoping to! I just have to convince H… (he is a little grossed out.) The best part is my B and SIL are going to give us their old cloth diapers, so we can try it out without the huge investment! yay!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Krispi:  I think the reason I loved them so much was because I was home with my Dear Daughter for her first year (Canadian Mat-leave).

By the time Dear Daughter was in daycare and I was back at work full time, I was 100% using disposibles. I just wouldn’t have the time to do daiper laundry.

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Mrs.Moser:  I’m planning on using them, I’m due April 2nd. We’re about to start buying our stash and I am SO excited!!! I did a lot of research before settling on brands. I know it can be a pain in the butt sometimes but I really believe in it 🙂

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Mrs.Moser:  I’m choosing to buy one size diapers that will fit from birth to potty trained so we only have to buy one stash and not a newborn and an older baby stash. HOWEVER, there are not many brands of one size diaper that actually fit a newborn and don’t hurt the umbilical stump, so I’m going with Fuzzibunz Elite and Kawaii square tab. I’m also getting a couple Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter for night time use. We’ll see how they do, I’ve heard really good reviews on them.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@MrsPanda99:  Technically, it’s a biohazard to throw poop into the garbage with the diaper. It says right on a disposable package that you need to scrape the poo into the toilet. SO if you do that anyway like you’re supposed to, it’s not that different to cloth diapering.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

We used cloth diapers for several months before switching to disposable. I honestly found them to be nothing but a nuisance. My daughter was CONSTANTLY leaking through them, they were bulky and made her look ridiculous with clothes on. I hated them and will be using disposables with my new baby as well. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

By and large, cloth diapers tend to be something that more affluent parents (or, at least, parents with a higher level of education, which correlates with greater affluence) are more likely to use than lower-income parents. Even though they involve a big cost savings over time, “extremely broke” parents are probably not putting their kids in cloth diapers. And I would guess that most cloth-diapering parents would say that money is the secondary motivation for doing it; the bigger reasons are that it’s better for most babies skin’ and for the environment.

@Mrs.Moser:  It is really confusing to get started! From everything I’ve heard, there really is no one “best brand,” because it depends on the size and shape of your baby, and it might change over time as they grow, as their diet changes, etc. Our local cloth diaper supply store offers a “diaper trial” that lets you basically rent out a starter pack and try stuff out to see what works for you (if you decide to stick with them, they offer some kind of purchase discount/incentive, I don’t remember the details). I’ve also heard suggestions that if you can buy one or two of a few different kinds and experiment (try craigslist, etc.) that will give you an idea about what works for your family and your baby.

A few other useful tips:

– it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For some families, it works well to cloth-diaper at home but keep disposables around for babysitters/daycare/traveling.

– you also don’t have to start off cloth diapering from day one, if you want to give yourself some time to experiment. For one thing, the first few days of newborn poops are meconium, which is really sticky and tarry and hard to clean. Many cloth-diapering families wait until Mom’s breast milk comes in and baby starts passing water-soluble stool before they start using cloth. It might also make sense to wait for the umbilical stump to fall off. Also, depending on what kind of diapers you get and how large your newborn is, waiting a bit might be in your favor: one-size diapers like @quierajen mentioned are a great option, but at their smallest they fit a baby that’s about 8-9 pounds (depending on which brand) and a fair number of newborns are smaller than that. So, you might want to check out newborn diapers, but you might also just give yourself a little time to catch on to the process while your baby is really small.

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@quierajen:  Yeah, I don’t know anyone who does that and I’m not about to start. 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@MrsPanda99:  sad that so many people are careless about what they put in our environment. Just thinking of all those poo diapers in landfills makes me want to cry.

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