(Closed) The great diaper debate

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What will it be?

    Disposable all the way

    The new and improved Cloth Diaper

    Mix of each

    What ever I get for my baby shower

  • Post # 62
    1577 posts
    Bumble bee

    More power to you ladies using cloth, but I am all for disposables. My baby likes to soil her new diapers right as I put them on her oftentimes, and I can’t imagine the frustration that would cause if I were using cloth and had to launder them all the time. I hate laundry! Currently, I only do laundry about 2 days a week, so I can’t imagine doing it everyday or every other day for diapers. If there were a cloth diaper service near me, I’d definitely consider it, but there are none near me.

    Post # 63
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee

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    @Sassygrn:  +1 we tried cloth and I’d never do it again, they ALL leaked! Plus we only spend $20 a month on diapers so its not like they really break the bank..

    Post # 64
    2285 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    Disposable. They hold more liquid and thus keep the baby’s skin dry longer. Daycares won’t allow cloth diapers anyways, so you’d need them regardless. The cloth/disposable hybrids don’t really make sense to me. With the extra washer/dryer requirements (separate load, 2-3 times a week, at least 2 rinse cycles per load) negates a lot of the cost difference between disposable and cloth diapers. Diapers ARE biodegradable, they just take a while, but they only make-up about 2% of landfills anyways. I’ll be using disposable. Cloth diapers are cute but they’re a lot of work and they’re so bulky (because they’re less absorbant you need more material) that it can be hard to find age appropriate clothing that fits, you’ll sometimes need to go a size up.

    Source: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/msw_2010_data_tables.pdf

    Post # 65
    413 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Would like to give cloth diapers a go — particularly before the babe is on solids. Lots of my friends have had okay luck with it. And we won’t be putting our kid in daycare so that’s not an issue. But we’ll see how it goes when we’re there.


    Post # 66
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We did disposables until we weren’t doing 27 poops a day. When we got down to 1-2 a day, we switched to cloth. We are on vacation now, so in disposables, but when we get back home, we will go back to cloth. I’ve enjoyed using a mixture. 

    ETA: We’ve had way more leaks with disposables than cloth.

    ETA (again): Cloth diapers add 1-2 loads a week, and with a HE washer, i haven’t noticed a change in the water bill.

    Post # 67
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Cloth.  Its all in the numbers.

    500 years for a disposable diaper to disappear in a landfill

    $500 on cloth diapers versus $3000 on disposables.  

    $0 spent if you have additional children after the first.


    Plus there are a ton of chemicals that make disposables icky for your baby.  The additional $100 or so bucks to wash them a year is well worth it in the fact that those chemicals will not be touching my baby.

    And for those who think its gross.  Poop is poop.  Especially when its your own it doesn’t bother you nearly as much.

    Post # 70
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Not sure what we’re going to do. We may try cloth diapering.. but more realistically we’ll probably do the disposable or a combo of cloth and disposable. We shall see. I will not pass judgement on what anyone else does.. because, well, it’s not my place or my life. 🙂

    Post # 71
    1396 posts
    Bumble bee

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    @StaceyA:  Will you please post on how you like them once you give them a try? That bamboo charcoal liner has me rather curious. I don’t think I’ve seen that in any of the other brands I’ve looked at!

    Post # 72
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    I’m going disposables and bare bum. What could be more eco-friendly than letting bub roll round on a blanket in the great outdoors with his bum out? Free fertiliser! Not using extra water to wash dirty nappies! I guess it’s just convenient that baby Colston will be born at the start of an Aussie Summer 🙂

    Post # 73
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @artichokey:  Absolutely! I have read a number of reviews on their charcoal liners and apparently they are quite good. I have heard from the owners of the company that they are actually coming out with an overnight insert (my friend was given one as a “tester” so that could be something I order down the line too). I’m looking forward to trying them out and seeing what works, although I have to admit I don’t fully understand how they work yet… may need a few more youtube video’s for instructions  lol. 🙂

    Post # 74
    257 posts
    Helper bee

    CLOTH. Primary reason is financial, secondary reason is environmental.

    Post # 75
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I really want to cloth but I need to get DH on board.  However, I have time to convince him since I’m not even PG yet but we are TTC.  My main reasons are:

    1. Cost/financial
    2. Environment
    3. Chemicals & baby bottoms
    4. Blow out factor (my 1 year old niece has a disposable blow out almost every day)

    Also, for those ladies that sew and are interested in making their own, I know JoAnn Fabric stores sell material for cloth diapers and covers.  

    Post # 76
    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Not pregnant or TTC but just had a talk with S/O about this tonight. I’m pro-cloth diapers mostly for financial reasons, but he said that he heard somewhere that cloth diapers cause more chaffing for the baby than disposables? Maybe because they are less absordant? Has anyone else heard this?

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