Post # 1
I’m 22 weeks with our first, a little boy. I’m getting ready to start our registry and we’re debating cloth vs disposable diapers.
I’ve always thought we’d do cloth, for no other reason than its supposedly cheaper. I don’t really have any environmental/organic reasons. I believe the initial diapers are but what about upkeep? Multiple washes would add up fast, especially since we’re all electric appliances.
I’ll be switching from full-time in office to part-time split between mostly home and some office when baby comes. My concern would be the time to keep up with everything and not be completely stressed out. We also travel quite a bit and it’s frequent overnights.
If you use cloth diapers, what type do you use? How do you handle the washing and drying and what was your initial cost for getting everything? Why did you choose cloth in the first place? How does it work when you’re traveling?
If you use disposable, how much do you spend a month on diapers? Do you have any regrets?
Post # 2
We use disposable. We use maybe one big box a month which is usually around $30 or less, depending on coupons on amazon.
If you’re planning on using a daycare at all, most will not use cloth.
Personally the idea of spraying out poop in the toilet is gag worthy, so cloth are not for us lol.
Post # 3
I use disposable because I couldn’t even imagine keeping up the cloth and keeping it clean. But I admire people who do cloth diapers because it is a lot wasteful.
Post # 4
We use disposable. I considered cloth for the environmental impact. But then I realized you use SO much water to wash the cloth diapers. So it kind of seemed like a wash environmentally.
We probably spend about $30-40/month on disposables.
Post # 5
My husband’s mom used cloth but only because there was a cloth diaper cleaning service in her area. No idea how much it cost and that was 27 years ago but if you really want to use cloth it’s something you could look into.
Post # 6
We do disposable, my son went to full time daycare at 16 weeks so cloth wasn’t really an option plus I just didn’t want to deal with the inconvenience. We spend like $30 a month on diapers. No regrets other than the fact that some cloth diapers are cute as hell.
Post # 7
hogoboom2012 : We plan ond doing cloth. I would say the big thing is get a diaper sprayer attachment for your toilet then you can just rinse any solids into the toilet and flush. My mom used to keep a bucket in the bathroom with cleaner and water in it and she’d put the diapers in there and then at the end of the day wash them. There are many different types of cloth diapers some seem easier to keep up with than others. I plan on getting this style
Post # 8
I do cloth and I love it (best thing to avoid blow outs) but I’d only do it after the newborn phase (until they’re 8 lb-10 lb depending on the diapers) as newborn diapers have a short span (or if you really want it get 5). Personally I use pockets and all in ones because they are more convenient but they also cost more. If you don’t mind getting second hand the market is great for second hand cloth with organic aio going between 10-20 per for brand names. In terms of time it’s not bad at all it depends on how many you get though. I have a pretty large stash so I laundry every two-three days and fold them at night over a show. As for cost that’s the downside of cloth as the initial cost can be high depending on what you go for but with 15 diapers you should be pretty good. Additionally you can then resell your cloth or if you have a second then they really pay for themselves. Brand new cloth brand organic aio goes between 20-30 each but if you wait for Black Friday you can get some good deals.
Post # 9
We use cloth and also love it. I second that it does contain blowouts so much bettter. I typically use pockets and aio, and those can be more expensive, but agree with pp that you can get pretty great deals on Black Friday. Personally we didnt start using cloth until about 3 months in, I wanted to get the hang of having a baby before adding cloth into it. Since then we have had no problems, and I wash every 3 days. Daycares in our area seem agreeable to cloth, and wasnt really an issue for us. I also work full time outside of the home, and havent had a problem keeping up with the cleaning.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We’ve been cloth diapering since the day LO was born (10+ months ago). We do laundry every 3rd day, which works out to 10 extra loads of laundry per month. Our electric bill did increase, but that’s because there is now someone at home 24-7 (I work 3 days a week from home, and our nanny is here with the baby on the days that I go into the office). Honestly, the cost of 10 extra loads per month is negligible in comparison to the cost of disposables.
The most cost efficient diapering option is flats with covers. When the baby is little you fold the flat around the babe. Once the constant runny poop slows down around 3 or 4 months, you can switch to pad folding the flat and laying it in the diaper cover, then snap/velcro the cover on the babe. 36 size large cotton flats from green mountain diapers, 8 thirsties size 1 covers from the thirsties outlet (or catch them on sale at any of the regular cd sellers like Nickis or Diaper Junction), 2 wetbags, and a pack of snappis will get you started and keep you covered for the first 6 months of life for a grand total of $210. After your baby hits 18 pounds, you buy 8 more covers in size 2 for another $80 and you have what you need to get through until potty learning. So for less than $300 you have all of the diapers that you will need. If you want to do cloth overnight (highly recommend!), then you would need to add 6 hemp doublers from thirsties or geffen to your stash to increase the absorbancy overnight. This set-up easily gets you 2.5 days between washes in the newbprn stage, and 3-4 days between washes once the poop flow slows. You can spend more if you want to, but flats and covers are all that you need and they are a GREAT system. As a bonus , flats are the easiest to get really clean and the fastest to dry. You could even line dry them to save more money.
Post # 11
I cloth during the the day and use disposables at night or when we go out. For two wet bags, pins, 30 prefolds and 4 covers, it was roughly 175. I do approximately 4 extra loads a month. It’s super easy, and the breastfed poops don’t smell and easily dissolve in water
Post # 12
The first daycare I worked at did allow cloth, but the other daycares ive worked for only did disposable. Personally I hated changing cloth diapers (but maybe its different when you only have 1 baby verses 10 to change in 20 minutes). Cloth diapers just took longer to deal with and the babies who used them tended to get nappy rash more frequently. I prefer disposables. But I do think its just personal choice, some people swear by cloth nappies and I can see how they would be cheaper and better for the environment.
Post # 13
I think cloth are great for women who can do them- they are cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and probably better for your baby as there are no chemicals. However, I’m pregnant now and I know we will be doing disposable. As much as I think cloth diapers seem great, I just can’t imagine myself trying to clean them, and the added laundry (I hate laundry), on top of being a first time mom, working part time out of the home. Plus, I know due do my medical history that unfortunately breastfeeding won’t be a safe option for my child, and bottle fed babies are supposed to have way more disgusting poops. Maybe once my baby is out of the newborn stage and I’m more used to being a mom I will reevaluate that decision, but for right now, it seems too stressful for my life.
I’m just sharing my situation to say 2 things- you don’t HAVE to make a clear decision now, you can try both out and see what works better for you. Also, you don’t have to use just one or the other. Many moms use cloth when they can but switch to disposable during the night or when they are particularly busy. In the end, whichever makes for a less stressful mom and baby is what is best.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
herrera2016 : If I may be so bold, don’t buy those. You get yourself stuck with 1 brand, and only 1 brand, of liner that you can use. And that’s not even a good quality brand. You are better served to buy prefolds and covers with flaps for padfolding. Prefolds will hold up better over time, and there’s no microfiber to hold smells or give you compression leaks. And the “soft fleece” lining the shell will get wet with each diaper, so there will be minimal reusing as claimed. You would likely go through 6 or 7 shells a day. An unlined cover is better because you can simply wipe out urine, air dry and reuse. Then you only need to use 2 covers all day long. Also, the likelihood that you will be able to use them on a newborn is very, very low. Those styles generally don’t fit well until 12 pounds or so. So you will still need actual newborn diapers (cloth or sposies).
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Kate127 : If they got rashes more frequently, it was from people not knowing how to get the diapers clean. lots of people think that you have to use “cloth safe” detergents, which lead to a whole host of problems. Now that people understand that using a strong mainstream detergent (e.g. tide, wisk, persil… and not the free & clear versions of them either) is essential, there shouldn’t be any rashes.