Cloth Diapering

Has anyone done it or is considering it? 

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:26 am
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We are considering it! DH is much more skeptical than me :-) I think if we end up going that route, it will be some sort of combination of cloth and disposable. For instance, cloth at home and disposables when we go out or when someone babysits, etc. I love the idea for environmental and pocketbook reasons, though :-) 

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:46 am
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we're doing the same thing, just to ease our way into.  So I registered for both cloth and disposables.  I've been lurking on the BC cloth diapering board and now I'm obsessed and determined to make this work! 

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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We are going to try cloth diapers. I was going to purchase various kinds but then saw in a youtube video that you can rent multiple kinds for a small fee to see which ones you like before purchasing. 


I was only able to get get DH to agree if we used the flush-able liners. I don't think we'll use the liners the whole time were CDing, just long enough to get comfortable with it. 

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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We cloth diaper Megan :) My DH wasn't really into it when I first brought it up to him but he's totally fine with it now (she's 6 months old.) We cloth diaper at home, and use disposables when we go out for more than a couple of hours. We use Bum Genius one size, and I totally recommend buying only a couple of a few different brands before committing to buying a lot. I didn't, and bought a LOT of 3 different kinds -she was fine with them all when she was little (we started her in cloth at about 4 weeks old when her thighs got chubby enough to fill out the leg holes) but then they started leaking out 2 of the kinds pretty badly so now she's only in the Bum Genius. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask :)


Steph :)

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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So I was doing some youtube research on cloth diapers last night & I always knew there was more work involved, but other than that, it sounded wonderful & so great for the baby. However, after watching a few videos, I am not sure I will have the patience... Here is why: One video I watched, it was all about washing the cloth diapers. You would think its as simple as spraying them off & tossing them in the laundry... NO. The one girl I watched, did 3 separate rinse cycles, and then a full 'heavy soil' cycle, and then hung dry half of them & tumbled-dryed the other half of diapers. As of right now, I will be trying out The Honest Company (https://www.honest.com/) disposable diapers. My group of friends swear by them, so I will be trying those out initially.

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 4:34 am
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@cheekymar, you are so right. Cloth diapering is def not a convenient route for many.  But there are other benefits such as less diaper rash, less waste in the landfills, etc.  I will not say that it's a cheaper option though.  Buying cloth diapers can be as addictive as buying shoes and there is the water/electricity costs. 


I started my stash already with some flats and fitteds from Green Mountain Diapers and Nicki's Imaginge Diapers.  I'm afraid to buy covers and pockets though since the real challenge is find one that fits LO. 

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:51 am
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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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We used cloth diapers for my son, who is now almost 4. We used cloth as soon as he got home. Gage was a preemie and they sent home almost 2 packs of preemie sposies. After seeing that we had gone through those diapers in just 2 days, I knew we made the right decision.


We saved so much money!


It was easy. I worked outside the home. I washed diapers every 2-3 days. We didn't use a diaper sprayer (I bought one, but never used it). Wash cycle was rinse on cold (to get all the yuckies out), hot wash with detergent, follow with a cold rinse (to make sure there in no soap left).

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 1:22 am
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mistya- Did you throw your diapers in the dryer or hang dry? 

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 6:21 am
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I cloth diapered for most of Ash's first year. I used a combo of fuzzibunz and Bumgenius and towards the end we used Prefolds with thirsties covers. I liked it but when we moved we got a HE washer and dryer and I could never get it to get the diapers clean enough without a huge process so we stopped. I intended to get back into it once I could devote more time to problem solving but never did because disposables are so so easy lol. With number two I thought for ten seconds about doing it again but decided not to since I know I will already be exhausted with two and I don't need anything else on my plate.
Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:12 am
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Honestly, I know myself and I know that this will be such a HUGE transition, that I don't think we will start off with them.  DH is not 100% on board, and he needs to be for this to work.  I am interested in it and not ruling it out, but as of the present, I think I'm going to pass.

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 10:48 am
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Dh was cloth diapered so he is aware of the cost savings.  But I do have one box of pampers swaddles NB and one of 1s so we can ease our way into it.  And so far, I have only invested in newborn prefolds, flats and only 3 covers.  Avoiding the one size dipes until I know I can handle it.  If it doesn't work out, at least I have the flats and prefolds for burp cloths. 

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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Kristin- do you know why the HE washer was so different? We have an HE washer and I'm wondering what to expect. 

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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milkgal- we did a little of both. We live in Ohio, so sun and nice weather isn't always an option. I tried to line dry, when we could (mostly in spring and summer), but tossed in the dryer on occasion, especially if I needed a diaper right away.


Line drying does help them stay nice longer.


 


And most DHs jump on board when they hear about the cost savings and when they realize how easy they are.

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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Milkgal- HE washers don't use as much water so they just don't have the ability to do as good of a wash. Ours has a sanitize cycle which got them looking amazing but if my DD had the smallest wet diaper I could smell it a mile away- super gross. I was able to program it to do a presoak and hot wash and cold rinse and all of that but I was still stripping like every third wash at least which is a lot of work. I know some moms who CD with HE washers and it's totally fine but I've heard lots of stories like mine too. It didn't start happening for like a month either- so I thought we totally had it covered and I loved my new washer but then slowly we started getting the smell and also some repelling no matter what I did.
Posted on January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm
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I absolutely love the concept of cloth diapers for environmental and cost reasons, but we're still pretty skeptical about it. I am willing to give it a try though so I'll probably do that trial run with Jillian's Drawers and see how it does for us!

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:17 am
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We're considering it and possibly going the 50/50 route but I'm still looking into all of it. So much research!

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:31 am
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On a side note, I love reading throught the BC Cloth diapering forums.  All the other birth month forums are such full of drama. 

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 8:41 am
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Agreed. The CD board is very helpful and the mamas are very supportive.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 3:47 am

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