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As much as I would like to cloth diaper, it's just not in the cards for us. With DD, we used Pampers until they changed the formula (she kept getting dipe rash) and then switched to Huggies. Never had issues with leaking with either brand.

This time, one of my friends has turned me onto a company called "The Honest Company" - Jessica Alba is the main spokesperson. They tout their diapers to be enviromentally friendly, chemical free, and better all around. They offer a 7 day trial pack then a full months-supply of diapers for $79.95. Priced out, they price the same and they are SO MUCH cuter. Reviews seem pretty darn great as well so I've ordered the trial and see how they work. I've also bought a pack of Pampers Swaddlers for back-up.

What is everyone else planning??

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Huggies naturals for newborn and we'll switch to cloth (fuzzi bunz) after that. If this one leaks as bad as the last one at night, we'll use huggies overnights once we need them. If something happens and the cloth doesn't work out and for babysitters, I like the Seventh Generation diapers. We used pampers sensitive last time and I can't stand the smell.

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In Nick's family everyone was allergic to pampers so I've avoided those. I'm not sure of the brand name but I've been buying a few packs of hypoallergenic, and we've been given every kindof diaper under the sun from friends and family. It'll be trial and error here for a little while.

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I use pampers for newborns up to about 6 months and then I switch to whatever is on sale. Some times target some times sams club. I have to smell of huggies. They smell like pee to me even before I put them on the baby. I dont like pampers when they are bigger. They gave my girl a rash all the time.

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Ew I think Huggies smell funny, too! Actually, the worst stink offenders in my book are Luvs! Ugh! Someone bought a pack for us when DS was born (size 1, so I never used them), but when I opened them, holy cow! We CD, but I always had a pack of disposables around for traveling and the like (or if I got super behind on laundry!). We typically stuck with Target brand, since they were the cheapest and worked just fine. Thankfully he is PT now, so I don't have to worry about it!

As for this one, we'll use disposables until the cord falls off, and then we'll switch to our cloth (like we did with DS). I think I have 3 small packs of diapers in the nursery right now... two Pampers Swaddlers (the Swaddlers up to size 3 don't have the drymax in them, if I remember correctly) and a pack of the Huggies Pure & Natural. I've never tried the P&N ones, so we'll see how that goes!

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When my first DD was born, we used Pampers swaddlers for the first couple of months and then we started with cloth. We have always used disposables at night though. Now I use the Kroger brand of chlorine free and plant based diapers. I think they are called Nature's Touch Comfort for Baby? They are a little crunchy but my DD doesn't seem to mind. Plus, they work well and the price is very reasonable. This time we will do cloth from the start but I'll be trying the Kroger brand for when we use disposables.

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For you cloth mama's:

How did you even begin prepping for cloth? I've looked into the options and heavily contemplated but it's overwhelming looking at the different types/brands/etc.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

For you cloth mama's:

How did you even begin prepping for cloth? I've looked into the options and heavily contemplated but it's overwhelming looking at the different types/brands/etc.

In the beginning, just stick with something simple! We used prefolds with covers, and that was it. I had a few other newborn diapers (like some all-in-ones) for DH, but for the first 4 months, DS was in prefolds and covers. That is the cheapest, easiest way to get your feet wet with CDing.

As for what I did, I "sampled" around with the more well-known brands. I got a few of these, a few of those, etc. It's not a good idea to stock up on 30 of such and such diaper because, when it comes down to it, not all diapers fit babies the same. So sometimes it's trial and error with fit. If they don't work, you can always turn around and sell them on a website like diaperswappers.com or something. I only had to sell a few (hated my fuzzibunz one-size diapers, even though tons of mamas love them) once I figured out what worked for DS and us.

It can be overwhelming, I know! But it's super simple once you dive in! If you think CD might still be in the cards for you, you can always PM me! I'm happy to help!

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I love Huggies, it's the brand we liked best. I plan to keep using them. Although I'm interested to try out the Honest Company. Although, all diapers are biodegradable- they're all made out of paper. *shrug*

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

For you cloth mama's:

How did you even begin prepping for cloth? I've looked into the options and heavily contemplated but it's overwhelming looking at the different types/brands/etc.

I totally agree that it is overwhelming. Know that going into it, everyone feels that way. The more you read, the more questions you have. Have you been on the cloth diaper board here on preg.org? I got a lot of help there when I was just starting out. I'll try to find some helpful links for you too and I'll come back and post in a bit. No pressure, cloth is not for everyone but I'm happy to put the info out there if anyone is curious about looking into it. A lot of ladies were there to help me and I want to pass it on.

"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

In the beginning, just stick with something simple! We used prefolds with covers, and that was it. I had a few other newborn diapers (like some all-in-ones) for DH, but for the first 4 months, DS was in prefolds and covers. That is the cheapest, easiest way to get your feet wet with CDing.

As for what I did, I "sampled" around with the more well-known brands. I got a few of these, a few of those, etc. It's not a good idea to stock up on 30 of such and such diaper because, when it comes down to it, not all diapers fit babies the same. So sometimes it's trial and error with fit. If they don't work, you can always turn around and sell them on a website like diaperswappers.com or something. I only had to sell a few (hated my fuzzibunz one-size diapers, even though tons of mamas love them) once I figured out what worked for DS and us.

It can be overwhelming, I know! But it's super simple once you dive in! If you think CD might still be in the cards for you, you can always PM me! I'm happy to help!

I agree with the bolded 100%. I have had some that worked, some that didn't. What one person loves, another hates. I think starting out small and with some variety is a great piece of advice. You can always build your stash as you go. Having disposables on hand at first will allow you to do that.

I also wanted to add that you can buy/sell used diapers on spot's corner (on hyena cart, just do a search for "spot's corner hyena cart" and you will find it). I've also found numerous swap pages on facebook for selling cloth. Some are specifically for cloth, others for general baby items but people sell cloth there as well. If you want me to give you links, I can.

"jubileerose" wrote:

I love Huggies, it's the brand we liked best. I plan to keep using them. Although I'm interested to try out the Honest Company. Although, all diapers are biodegradable- they're all made out of paper. *shrug*

I just wanted to point out that they are not just made of paper. Please don't take this as an attack on you because I think many people believe that, and I just wanted to clarify. Most disposables are no more than 40% biodegradable. They are made from paper, wood pulp, plastics and polymers are used for absorbancy. Of course there are many types of disposables, but they are not all created equally. Also, from my personal experience, disposables make it very hard to put feces where it is supposed to go, which is into the toilet. I don't think anyone looks closely at disposable diaper packages, but they will say to put feces into the toilet before throwing away the diaper. (I had not heard this until I started looking into cloth for my DD. I've changed literally thousands of diapers in my life between babysitting and working in daycares.) I know with my daughter, her poop is not the "ploppable" kind. I have to use a diaper sprayer to poop off of her cloth. Unfortunately, using a sprayer on a disposable is a disaster!

**Disclaimer Wink - While I like using cloth, I know there are many people who are just not interested. I love sharing info on cloth but want to say that I don't want anyone to take my passion for cloth personally. Overall, it's worked great for us and I think many people would be surprised that they might actually like it!**

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$80 a month for diapers and wipes is a rip off. I ordered Huggies Pure & Natural through Amazon Mom. They offer $2 off coupons now and then, and I earn free $5 amazon codes through various means. So I spend A HECK of a lot less than $80 a month. The discount they offer now is not as good as it was with my daughter, but I still wouldn't except to spend more than $50 a month ever. Closer to $35 for smaller sized diapers. (And yes wipes).

ETA: I'd cloth diaper before spending $80 a month lol.

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I find videos very helpful so you can actually see the types of diapers. There are quite a few videos out there but this one pretty thorough. -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQDyF9ObuYQ&feature=youtube_gdata

If you want to read -

http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/new-to-cloth-diapers/cloth-diaper-systems/

http://www.the-cloth-diaper-connection.com/

I actually posted a thread on diaperswappers asking how to help those starting with cloth. Here is the link. -

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1321334

If you want to do a trial pack, Jillian's Drawer does them. I bet there are some others out there if you do a little looking. There are SO MANY places to buy cloth online!

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I have a pack of newborn Earth's Best (can't find 7th Gen in my area anymore, which I find really disappointing!) that we'll use until Kong loses his/her cord stump. After that we do cloth. We also used prefolds and covers for the newborn phase- and believe it or not, my DH preferred prefolds/covers to disposables. Smile We have a whole stash of other diapers too that we use for DD, and will eventually use for this baby, but I am seriously looking forward to the prefold/cover phase. They are just so easy in every aspect (putting on, washing, etc).

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I think cloth is so cute and great for those that want to do it. For me I have thrown my dd undies away when she poops in them because I cannot even imagine washing them so I know for sure cloth is not for me!

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We do cloth. Prefolds and covers at first and then pockets once baby is a little older.

I highly recommend doing a diaper trial before buying. It let me try out at least 20 types (styles and brands) of diapers for 2 weeks! They provided the laundering instructions, soap, wet bags, liners, wipes... Everything you might possibly need. Invaluable, imo.

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"kristie_b1" wrote:

$80 a month for diapers and wipes is a rip off. I ordered Huggies Pure & Natural through Amazon Mom. They offer $2 off coupons now and then, and I earn free $5 amazon codes through various means. So I spend A HECK of a lot less than $80 a month. The discount they offer now is not as good as it was with my daughter, but I still wouldn't except to spend more than $50 a month ever. Closer to $35 for smaller sized diapers. (And yes wipes).

ETA: I'd cloth diaper before spending $80 a month lol.

I'm not a coupon person so that's great that you find those discounts! The Honest Company is roughtly $0.24 per diaper vs. Pampers at $0.18 per diaper so not that large of a difference IMO for a better diaper. But it's all personal opinion for sure!

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We do cloth. Prefolds and covers at first and then pockets once baby is a little older.

I highly recommend doing a diaper trial before buying. It let me try out at least 20 types (styles and brands) of diapers for 2 weeks! They provided the laundering instructions, soap, wet bags, liners, wipes... Everything you might possibly need. Invaluable, imo.

Is there a good site to go to for a diaper trial?

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We tried out two kinds. I don't have a lot of time and since our kids go to daycare, I had to have something easy to use so we didn't try the cheaper kinds. We tried AIO (bumkins and Kushies) and pockets (fuzzi bunz) before realizing the fuzzibunz are our favorite. We bought ours used off of diaperswappers.com and I have 27 medium, 20 small, and about 20 large too.I use disposable liners instead of a diaper sprayer. All for less than $200 and I'll be able to sell them when I'm done. The liners are about $8 for a pack of 100 and I wash them if they don't have poo (poo goes down the toilet with the liner). Breastfed poo is water soluble so while they are little you dont' need either; you just wash em.

I hang all of it (liners, the diaper, and the insert (absorbs the liquid and comes out of the diaper to make it faster to dry) up to dry on a folding wood clothesline. I wash three times a week- http://www.diaperjungle.com/washing-cloth-diapers.html . Real easy- rinse cycle, then a wash cycle with hot and very very little laundry soap. I think we used all free and clear last time with country save and Arm & Hammer Essentials Free occasionally. Whatever I use on my diapers is what I wash my clothes in too because the residue from other detergents can ruin them. You can't use dryer sheets at all if you want to dry your diapers in the dryer.

It took me a while to convince dh last time, but when I pointed out all the chemicals next to our kid's testicles and how much it would save us, he finally caved. I was 100% responsible for all the laundry associated with it though. It takes about an hour and a half added to my workload a week because after they dry (my fuzzi bunz) I have to stuff them. Plus hanging them up. But I had way way way fewer blowouts with the poo which saved me time with changing and laundry on his clothes and once I got the daycare to accept them it was easy peasy to get into a routine. They were very shocked at how much different cltoh is now.

http://jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10

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We are a pampers family here, worked well for the last two kiddos.

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With the way the Amazon Mom USED to be (it isnt as good as it used to be) I was paying .13 to .17 per diaper for Huggies Pure & Natural. Now it is more like .18-.20 since they changed things. But the savings really add up over the course of the year. It will be less now since they changed the discount from 30% to 20%. Sad

The big reason I don't do cloth is because our washer and dryer is down in the basement, and there is no working sink or toilet down there. And the stairway is narrow, old, decrepit, and the foundation leaks (has cracks) and there's bugs and spiders lol. (This house was built in 1928 ). So I go down there as little as possible, and even though my husband is gone all the time (as a trucker) he still does a lot of the laundry for me so I don't have to go down there. Biggrin

If our W&D were on the main level I would have gone all out on cloth diapering.

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CD can be great. They are not for everyone which is understandable. But I came across this just in case someone is interested and wants to know the difference. http://www.pregnancy.org/article/choosing-right-cloth-diaper

The ladies on the Cloth Diapering board are great too.

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This baby will use the same cloth diapers that his siblings have used-- we are getting great mileage out of our CPF's and Thirsties wraps....as they are in good shape for baby #5. I know that there are "cuter" options out there, but we use them for ease, durability and cost.

We do use disposables in the beginning and I think I will try out the Honest Company for the first few weeks. Even at 20 cents/diaper the costs add up over time-- which is why we used cloth to begin with (9 years ago!) I would guess most spend $60/month on diapers? Is that right? That is about 10 diapers/day.

While we do have added water/electric costs they are nowhere near that per month....and I'm lazy and just wash them and use bleach and do most things that the hardcore cloth diaper mommies tell you not to do. But I figure after 4 kids-- I got this--lol.

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I've actually moved over to the cloth side. We'll use the newborn diapers for the first little bit and then I am going to purchase the Sunbabies Cloth Diapers. They are cost efficient and have great reviews. I plan on buying a very small lot first, though, just to make sure we do like cloth. I spent the entire weekend looking at you tube videos of different diapers, reviews, pricing, etc. It's actually not as overwhelming as I first thought once you get the "in the know".

DH is a little concerned about the washing part but after I reminded him that we wash pee clothes from DD in there quite frequently - whats the difference?

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You'll love them! Cloth is great! I so wished I had used them on my first three kids.

My DH isn't too fond of the laundry aspect either, but to be honest, I do 99% of the laundry anyways so.... I got my way Smile

(and I just keep reminding him how much cheaper cloth is)