(Closed) Cloth or Disposable Diapers?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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hogoboom2012 :  I honestly don’t know how much I spent because I spread out the cost and bought them over time, and I never added up the total cost.  I also have never bought disposables, so I don’t even know how much I spent.  I think there is a lot of information if you Google it about the cost savings on one child, but I don’t know if it accounts getting sales and using coupons on disposibles.  

In regards to AIO, I liked the Bum Genius AIO (the Freetime) and the Blueberry AIO (the Simplex).  It was easier to add an extra insert if needed to both of those as he got older.  I just liked the pockets better because they seemed more bulky on my son than the pockets did.  

Post # 32
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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hogoboom2012 : I hate AIOs, so I can’t help there. My kid has the skinniest of skinny legs, and AIOs just don’t fit well.  And they take forever to dry, which annoys me. I will say that Tots Bots fitteds are one of my favorites, and Tots Bots makes an AIO that gets rave reviews. The house brands from Nickis and Diaper Junction also get good reviews. I would not buy anything from Blueberry right now. The company is having huge quality control issues. Thirsties natural AIOs are also pretty popular. I would buy a few AIOs, a few pockets (get the china cheapies and skip the microfiber or charcoal bamboo insterts and buy some cotton or bamboo prefolds from green mountain diapers or imagine to stuff with. note that you can also just fold a prefold into a pad shape and lay it in a cover, which ends up working the same way as an aio or pocket), a few fitteds, and a few covers so that you can try out different styles and see what you actually like in practice. You may think that you like AIOs, and come to discover otherwise once you are using them. Buying used is smart. Diaper Junction offers a trial deal that’s pretty sweet. Try 1 of each in the program, keep what you like after using it for a month, and return the rest for a refund.  

For a one size stash (not newborn) you need 6-8 diapers per day. Take that amount, multiply it by the number of days that you want to go between washing, and then multiply that by $20.  Add another $25 for wetbags, and that’s your initial investment. Assuming that your LO fits into one size diapers by 3 months old, and assuming that your child PLs at the typical age of 32 months, you’ve got 29 months that you will not be buying disposables. 29 months x $35/month = $1,015. If your stash amount is less than $1,015, then you will save over the long run.

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I use cloth diapers with my first. I actually use disposables as well but just for my overnight diaper and then if we went out of town for multiple days. I also used them the first month or so after birth. I did it for both cost and environmental reasons, just hate throwing away so many diapers into the landfill. 

I have bumgenius diapers so a little higher cost. Probably spent $400 – $500? 30 diapers. I’ve probably spent another  $100 now since I bought new bamboo and hemp inserts to replace my microfiber.  Probably didn’t save any money but with baby #2 I really didn’t need anything. Plus you can sell the afterwards, huge market for it. So I could probabuy get back $150 at least. If not more depending on diapers and quality. I did buy some prefolds and covers in newborn size but I really don’t like how wet baby gets (bumgenius have stay dry liners) so you would want fleece liners IMO with prefolds.  I have used prefolds, BG 4.0s and BG free times. hands down my favorite are pockets- the bumgenius 4.0s. They have 5.0s now.

Laundry isn’t hard once have a good routine with your machine. I mean it takes like 15min 2x a week to do laundry. I do a load of diapers on quick wash and then bulk it with baby and kid clothes or hand/dish towels for a heavy duty wash. So I’m getting other laundry done with them. You do need to read up on how to properly wash. No homemade detergents or “cloth safe ” detergents. Some diapers wash easier than others. Cotton flats or prefoldsomething wash easily. Microfiber likes to hold onto things (which is why people love it for cleaning).

I talked to 20 day cares, they all take them. I used biodegradable liners once mine was over 6mo. So I just threw out the poop part. If you exclusively breastfeed that poop is water soluble so diapers go straight into the wash.

Post # 34
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

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hogoboom2012 :  We use cloth diapers during the day and disposables at night. Our LO pees a lot and often. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with him. We go through a box of disposables every 4 months. Luckily, they were all gifted to us. We use the Buzzie Bee ones and like them so far. They use inserts and can be adjusted as baby grows. My son uses 5 to 6 of them daily. We do laundry twice a week. We air dry them. With cloth diapers, I found that they have to be changed more frequently as they don’t seem to hold as much. Even though it’s more work, I think it helps ensure that LO doesn’t get bad rashes. Our care provider is fine with us using cloth diapers. I do like that they are an alternative to a cleaner environment and plan to use them for future kid(s).

Post # 35
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

A side note, it’s really not realistic to work from home once you have a toddler IMO. They are going a mile a minute pretty much all day. Nap time would be the only way I could get anything done at all.

Our work makes you sign a contract saying you have child care if you’re working from home for any extended amount of time.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

After seeing what my daughters bum can produce, the idea of cloth diapers goes through me- i imagine it like washing pots in the sink and feeling random pieces of food *shudder*

I admire anybody that does it, stronger stomach than me! 

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I am 37 weeks pregnant with baby #1. We plan on using disposable diapers. I can’t speak to average monthly cost yet, but I will say I downloaded an app in my phone that keeps track of all the sales in stores in my area, so I’ll always know where to find diapers the cheapest at any given time. YES I will go 10 minutes out of my way to save 20% on diapers and wipes!

I have nothing against cloth diapers, I just don’t see myself using them is all 🙂

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Both.  Cloth at home, except over night.  And disposables when we go out.  The work of cloth is really not work.  I use Bum Genius all in ones organics, and they are super easy to clean.

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We mostly use cloth but also sometimes disposable overnight. I love using cloth and our bills have maybe risen slightly but not a lot. Certainly it’s less than we would be spending on disposables all the time. We use birth to potty nappies during the day and sized nighttime ones.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a little late to the party here.  We use cloth during the day and disposables at night and while we are traveling.  I work full time, and I usually do two loads of diapers a week. I have a huge variety of diapers.  My favorites are BumGenious pockets and Grovia AIO’s so far.  I haven’t spent more than $16 on a diaper yet.  I’m pretty good at taking advantage of sales on the manufactors websites and other online stores.  I would also suggest joining the fluff love facebook groups if you are interested.  I wish I had before i started buying up, because my diaper stash now looks a lot different than it did when I started.   I didn’t start using cloth until L was a month old.  I didn’t see the point in spending the money for a newborn stash.  

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Westwood :  I agree with that.. when my son was 6months old I considered working from home part-time, and I’m so glad I didnt’ commit to that, because now that he’s a toddler there is absolutely no way I would manage to work. Although that said, I know one mom who works from home full-time and she basically sticks her child in front of the TV all day. I find that really sad.

Regarding diapers, we use disposable. I feel very guilty regarding the environment but I just couldn’t face washing poopy diapers.

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

I’ve been cloth diapering my 4.5 month old baby girl for about two months now & absolutely love it! We use bumgenius freetimes at daycare (only ONE of the daycares we contacted said they would not accept cloth and there is another kid in her class using cloth diapers too!) and bumgenius 4.0/5.0, Flips, GroVia & Thirsties at home.  I do diaper laundry every 2-3 days… cold cycle with line 1 of Tide powder, followed by a hot cycle with line 5 Tide powder and an extra rinse cycle at the end (do the first wash when I get home, then start the longer one at bed time), then dry everything on low heat. We still EBF, so no spraying necessary although I’m trying to get my husband to hook up the sprayer now that our pedi advised us to start feeding Nora solid foods to avoid food allergies. The prints and solids are so much cuter than regular diapers, she’s never once had a rash (we use coconut oil from the grocery store as a diaper cream), I’m able to get a better fit with them than the disposables we use at night, we’ve had one leak with a used diaper I bought that had loose elastics, no blowouts (I have them almost every week with her nighttime disposable diaper), no stains, no smells…  it sure how much money it’s saving since I *have* to buy all the cute prints, but it’s become sort of a hobby for me, as weird as that sounds, so I don’t mind that one bit. My family & friends think it’s awesome that we cloth diaper, my in-laws and co-workers think I’m a hippy freak and that cracks me up lol. I would suggest buying a few diapers & seeing if you like it… some people love it and some are going to hate it, but you won’t know until you try!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

Oh — also, I work full time out of home & exclusively pump… the extra time diaper laundry takes is NOTHING compared to exclusively pumping lol! Even with both of those things I still have plenty of free time, it’s not eating into my time with my husband and daughter at all.

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

We’re going with cloth, though we’ll be using green disposables the first few weeks while we get the hang of the whole having a baby thing. I have multiple friends whose used cloth and found it very easy. We actually got the bulk of our stash donated to us from a coworker of my husband’s, who used cloth for both of his kids and highly reccommended it over disposables. Most of our stash is pocket diapers, Sunbaby brand, which is a cheap off-brand that have held up super well through two kids my husband’s coworker. I’ve priced out new ones of this brand, and assuming we like them as much as he did, if we need/want more they’re only $5-6 each with insert. We have a few AIO’s in our stash and just from washing them I can tell you that they take much longer to dry than the pocket, as the inserts can come out of the pockets. Hybrids might be a good choice if you want the convenience of the AIO’s and pockets combined, we have a few and they seem to have the benefits of both types, though they are more expensive. As you know, we personally have no experience with any of this yet, but I’ve done loads of research, and I’d reccommend looking at the website Flufflove University if you have questions. There’s also a great board on Reddit for cloth diapering questions called ‘r/clothdiaps’ and some great YouTube videos explaining the differences pros/cons of the various types of cloth diapers too.

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