Cloth Diapering

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mlle_carrie's picture
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Cloth Diapering

Have any of you tried cloth diapering and if so, what has been your experience? I have been very seriously thinking about it, as the thought of throwing all that plastic into a landfill is very difficult for me.

I was looking at these last night. They are pricey at the outset, but they are all in one, with no pins to use, and they adjust as your baby grows, so I wouldn't have to buy bigger sizes later. Any thoughts?

http://www.bumgenius.com/index.php

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You could check out the cloth diapering board. I strongly considered cloth as well... But now that I've had a baby for a year there is no way I want to add cleaning poopy diapers 3x a day to my to do list!

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We used cloth with our son, and love it. It was so easy. A lot of people are put off at it right away without even trying it because it's "too much work" or "gross." It honestly is no more work than using disposables. Cloth diapers have changed so much since our great-grandparents used them.

We mainly use BumGenius3.0's or 4.0's and Kawaii diapers (www.theluvyourbaby.com). Both are pocket diapers. I haven't used AIO's, but from what I've heard they take a long time to dry (because you can't take the inserts out) and you may be dealing with stink issues (again, since you can't take the inserts out when you wash). I also really love using prefolds and covers for the itty-bitty stage because they poop so often, you're constantly changing them.

BumGenius (made by Cotton Babies) stands behind all of their products for 1 year if you have the original receipt. Kawaii diapers are very inexpensive, but they don't stand behind their products like Cotton Babies do.

The one thing that I don't care for about cloth, is they are obviously more bulky than a disposable. Sizing up in clothes, and lots of one-pieces (rompers, overalls, dresses) work really well over cloth. Jeans, not so much. I didn't typically put our son in jeans as an infant because that's just not comfortable. Lots of knit-cotton pants and sweatpants.

Even if you didn't do cloth full time, every little bit helps! We always used disposable diapers at night, and in the diaper bag majority of the time. Also used them the first 3 weeks while we were getting situated being new parents, establishing breastfeeding, etc. Just because you're using cloth doesn't mean you can't ever use disposables. We keep them on hand all the time but do love our cloth.

And cloth diapers are so cute -- why wouldn't you use them!?!

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We went through a bag or two of infant-sized disposable diapers, but who wants to keep buying diapers for so many years? As soon as he was out of newborn size and into baby sizes, we CD'ed him. I remember my brothers had been CD'ed and I was pleased to see that CD'ing had evolved since I was last exposed to it.

I'd asked for a variety of diapers at my showers so that I could be exposed to different styles and brands at minimum expense. I never really liked the AIO's I tried-- they just weren't absorbent, were only good for one use before they had to wash, and never laundered as nicely as the others. Pocket diapers are nice--I liked Fuzzibunz and SmartiPants-- but again, they're only good for a single use. My personal favorites ended up being just the prefolds and the regular covers-- Thirsties are dependable; Bummis SuperWhisperWraps are adorable, durable, and my total favorites. With the covers, there's still a chance the cover can stay clean even when the prefold is dirty, so it helps stretch the time between launderings. re: prefolds, buy your prefolds from a cloth diaper specialty store or online. Don't get the Gerber prefolds from TRU or other chain stores. The Gerber prefolds are thin with polyester or something inside them as the soaker, rather than extra layers of cotton-- and they're pretty flimsy and don't absorb very well and get poor reviews.

http://www.weebunz.com/How_to_fold_diapers.php

is an excellent tutorial on how to avoid having to use diaper pins with your prefolds.

Laundering is easy. I found an old miscellaneous spoon that I designated my poop-scraper spoon. Smile You don't need to worry about fancy sprayers or scrapers or bottles of stuff-- just scrape the solids into the toilet and flush. I have a laundry basket for his diapers and another one for his clothes, just because he goes through diapers faster and it's nice to run a diaper load. You wash it on hot. I don't use anything special in terms of laundry detergent-- the cheap local Hispanic brand, "Rosa" or "Roma" or whatever it is works great. I always add it to the water to let it dissolve before I add laundry. If my laundry has a smell to it and doesn't seem to be coming out fresh, you can add a cup of baking soda to the washing water before the clothes, and then add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, and that always solves my problem.

Don't run your waterproof covers through the dryer. It will make the waterproof layer separate from the fabric layer and ruin your diapers with enough trips. Air-dry them. If your diapers are clean but discolored or stained, all they need is a couple of hours in the sunlight and they'll be sparkling white again.

I bought my CD's for Benjamin. I look forward to being able to reuse the same things for TaterTot, though if TaterTot's a girl, I might end up picking up some extra girly colors/patterns to supplement my stash. Biggrin Although it's not like girls can't wear red rockets or periwinkle blue. Blum 3

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Lots of great info here! I can see the disaster of my husband trying to clean out a cloth diaper....lmao. He is very poop sensitive and he almost threw up everytime he had to change our daughters diaper. So scooping the poop out would probably send him over the edge. I would like to try the cloth diapers. Maybe just buy a few and see how it goes? I like the cost effectiveness of using cloth vesus disposable. Did any of the previous posters have a child in daycare or such? Wonder if the use of cloth diapers would be a problem in that type of situation?

Also from what you guys have posted you don't change the whole diaper at once? I guess I am not sure as to the mechanics of how to even use the cloth diapers. LOL Do you just take out the inserts that you mentioned and then put a fresh one in after they soil it?

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Jessicah, if you're using a pocket diaper you need to change the entire diaper at each change. If you're using prefolds and covers, the cover can often times be re-used for days. I usually have 2-3 covers going at a time, and let them air out for a few hours between the changes before using it again.

There are many ladies on the cloth diapering board whose daycares accept cloth diapers. You'll want to ask your daycare, I'm sure they have their own policy on them. The girls that do send diapers to daycare, the ones that send pockets I know they stuff the pockets (with the inserts) before hand, so the diapers are ready to go. Daycare can't be taking care of the dirty diapers, they put them in the wetbag to send home each day. There's also a lady on the CD board who sends prefolds and covers to her daycare...really, you'll just have to ask your daycare if they'll do it. And if they are totally put off by the idea, maybe bring in the type of diaper you plan to use and show them how it would work. It's a lot easier than they might be thinking.

I would just buy a few of a different brand in the beginning and see what you like. If you don't like a certain brand, you'll have no problem selling it. Either here on pg.org on the cloth diapering board (there's a for sale or trade thread there), or there are other websites specifically for this.

I'm really looking forward to using cloth again. It's awesome that we have everything still from our son. If we have a girl, like Midori, I'll just be buying a few girly colors to add to our stash!

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Thanks Ashley! And BTW my hubby's name is Bill too Smile

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I'm considering cloth, too, but with the realistic expectation that I'll start with disposables while they're tiny and then give it a shot and hope it works well for us. There's no way I'm scraping poo and filling a washer with diapers though -- I'd use a service. Blum 3

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It would be nice to save the $40 a month on diapers, but I have WAY too much laundry as it is with five people in my house... I'm not about to add on poopy diapers to the mix! More power to you, Carrie, for having the courage to do that!

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BF babies actually have nice poop, lol. Biggrin The smell is kind of like playdoh and it's very water-soluble. It's not until they hit solids that you get "real" poop. Smile

Don't know how formula comes out...

I did a little part-time subbing this past semester and used their on-campus daycare. The ladies there were really flexible about CD'ing. I printed out the diagram on how to use it and kept it in the diaper bag, and demonstrated how simple it was, and they were awesome from then on. I just sent him with a wetbag for them to send back the dirties in, and that was good. If the wetbag was being laundered, I just sent in a plastic grocery bag instead.

I have enough diapers in my stash that I can do his laundry every third or fourth day. I could get away with longer in between, but who wants dirty diapers hanging around for so long? Smile It's frequent enough to keep it from being smelly, but not so frequent that I go crazy doing laundry every day. Smile

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I have to add, that every house I have ever been to that has a Diaper Genie in their baby's room -- the room REEKS like dirty diapers. It is really gross. Cloth doesn't stink like that. We keep our wetbag in the bathroom, and there's no dirty diaper stink at all. Obviously when we open the wetbag to toss the dirty diaper in, you're going to get a 2 second whiff of the dirty diapers that are in the bag, but it's not something that lingers like the diaper genies leave behind.

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I did cloth diapers with my two oldest (now 13 and 12). My grandma had actually paid for a years worth of diaper service for me, and it was great! It really got me used to using the cloth diapers for my first one. My second one, I cleaned them myself. If you can afford it, find a diaper service that may service your area. My last two (now 9 and 7) I used disposable as I was working full time. The difference between the two sets of kids, the oldest one was potty trained by 1, without trying, he just started to say, "Mommy I got to go potty/poopy." It was wonderful! My second one, we moved across country when she was 9 months, and at that point started with disposable. She was PT at 2. The last two were like 3 years with solely disposable.
This baby we are going back to the cloth. However, my husband has MS, so he has asked that for when I go back to work full time, that we have disposables for him to use, as it will be easier for him.
I hope this gives a little more suggestion for help in some areas. Smile

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I use cloth on Eli and started Ethan in them at 20 months. I love it! It sounds funny to say that but I really do. Sure poopy diapers suck once they eat solids but its nit that bad. Just flip it dunk and swish if needed.

I have about a doz bg. Baby won't fit them until about 10 lbs. But most babies reach that size around 1-2 months. I love using prefolds with cute covers. It gets tricky when they get squirmy for diaper changes but that's when I use the bg.

If you have service in your area I would try that out first to see if you like it. And they can get you thru the newborn sizes without buying all of it. Plus they'll wash it for you. Then when you are settled in with baby and ready to take on the laundry. You'll know better what you like.

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Thanks for all the info ladies, it was super helpful! I am definitely planning to try it out and see how it goes. Smile

It sounds like it would make a lot of sense to set up the changing table in the bathroom though, right? I will have room to do it in the new house we're buying.

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You don't have to do that just keep a wet bag in there if you want. I keep my diaper wet ag in the laundry room and another outside the baby's room(on second floor).

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Come check out the cloth diapering board! Like Ashley and others we love to talk about it! Lol
I didn't start CDing DS till he was just shy of 4 months. I really wish I had made the switch sooner. Smile

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Carrie, you wouldn't need to do it in the bathroom. It would be nice, but it might be kind of a pain because you'll also be dressing the baby multiple times a day, and going to and from the babies room to get clothes might be a pain?

(Hi Jackie!)

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Yes! I CD'd from about 6mos onwards with my daughter. I used Bum Genius.
Breastfed poop is so not bad at all. Toss em in the wet bag, and throw all in the wash at the end of the day (or every second day, if you have enough.) plus, so many cute colors and patterns available!

My reason was not just environmental, but because there are so many nasty chemicals in disposables. Not good for baby!

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Honestly? We've never used a changing table at all. We just spread a changing pad on the floor, or a towel, or whatever. But I'm comfier working on the floor. Smile

I really only use wetbags for travel, since the wetbags have to be washed and dried, too. Otherwise, a laundry basket does just fine-- I actually kind of like the fact that it will breathe and allow the diapers to dry, instead of staying damp until I can get them washed.