Cloth Diapers??? Xpost

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MommyQCT's picture
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Cloth Diapers??? Xpost

I know some of you had cloth diapers your LO's...
Since we are going from 2 incomes to one soon - I am trying to save $$$$$... considering using cloth diapers for baby #2...

DH is hesitant for somereason - not sure why b/c he LOVES saving money - LOL Also we are not sure if this will be our last or we will be having one more baby so its harder to calculate our overall savings. I know i can try to resell them though when we are done.

So I have been doing some research (checked out the Cloth Diapers board on here)and it is very overwhelming... All in ones look pretty easy I think? I guess I am scared to jump right in and spend the $ on the dipes then relize its not for us and wasting the money... so I was only going to buy like 2 diapers of maybe 3 different types and if we like it then buy more...

Does anyone have any suggestions for first timers?
Any ways I can ease DH's mind about it? I think I would still use disposiable when leaving the house and stuff (at least till we get the hang of it. I will be a stay at home mom and plan to do at least 1 wash a day if not more. Do I need a special pail or would any old bucket or pail from Target work?
Also what type of diaper would you suggest for a first timer? All in 1? All in 2?
What type or brand most cost effective? I don't want to buy all cheapies if they don't last ya know?
Did anyone try cloth diapering and then stop? If so why?

Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions!

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I wanted to do cloth with Daniel, but DH was hesitant because of the initial cost. This time around I wanted to do it even more and had the ladies here to bounce info off of and I bought diaps from Amie (Alex's mommy) for really cheap. I am now propositioning DH to buy more from her. I started off like you are thinking of doing. Cloth at home, sposies while out of with sitter and sposies overnight. After a couple of times of forgetting to change her before heading out, I realized I could just bring the soiled diap back and it wasn't as big of an issue as I though. Now I'm trying to switch to sposies with sitter and overnight only.

I don't use a pail, I just have a wet bag hanging on the baby's door. I separate the daips before putting them in the bag, that way I can just dump the contents into the washer and toss the bag in.

It does take longer to wash and dry them then I was anticipating, but I do 2 wash cycles and 2 rinse cycles cause I still haven't perfected the amount of detergent to use. BUT, on the flip side, they are way easier to use than I thought and I'm using one size pocket diaps. Oh, and I didn't start til 4 months old cause her butt was too tiny before then.

GTG I've got more to share, though, so I'll be back. Smile

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I did cloth with Natalie from 3 months until she was potty training, I loved it! There wasn't much choice in Canada at the time so I went with Bum Genius one size system since they start at 8lbs and go up to 35lbs. For me they took 8 months to pay for themselves, well worth it since most kids are in diapers until about 2 years old.

The toughest thing is keeping up on the laundry, you have to do it regularly. I just used a pail in my laundry closet to hold the diapers nothing fancy, there are bags you can buy that you toss the separated, soiled diapers in that you can just empty into the wash and toss in with them, never used them but heard lots of good reviews of them.

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i suggest for most cost effectiveness that you choose some OS (one size) pocket diapers, like the BumGenius or FuzziBunz or whatever, and then get a dozen prefolds and maybe 3 covers. Personally i also like the Flip system and the Econobum system from the same makers as the BumGenius. If i had to start over knowing what i know now i'd probably get 8 BG's a flip package (2 flip covers and 6 inserts) and a Econobum package (12 PFs and 3 covers) ... keep in mind that the flip and econobum are totally interchangeable, just slightly different fabrics and folding. I have a $10 trash can from wal-mart that i put a clearance priced wetbag in and use for our dipes. I also have probably 3dozen... or way more... cloth wipes, some were storebought, some i made, some i just cut rectangles from an old receiving blanket..... so we didnt do disposable wipes with our washable diapers, seemed counter productive....

MommyQCT's picture
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Thanks for the advice ladies.

After doing some more research, I am not leaniing towrads ALL IN ONES any more - didn;t realize they were more expensive. Just thought it would be easier to get DH to use them.
Looks like a prefold with a cover system would be cheapest. I saw some viedos on You Tube and it looks pretty easy.
DH is VERY reluctant. I promised i would only by a 2-3 diapers to start then if I like them i will buy more. He is still hesitant b/c he thinks it will start many fights between us if he is unwilling to change a cloth diaper.. I still have about 4 months to convince him though.

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What I did is I started with two small bum genius (cause I could buy them individual in a store instead of online), once DH saw them and how easy (and cost effective) they were it wasn't hard to convince him to use cloth.