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Hey Ladies! I have been been wanting to look into cloth diapering my little one, but whenever I try to research it online, I just get confused and give up. Does anybody have a good place to go to learn the in's and out's so I can decide if I want to go that route? Does anybody here use cloth diapers and what has been your experience?

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I used cloth on Sawyer and Elliot and will for Finn, too! It can seem VERY overwhelming when you start googling it!! I found that the best thing for me was to talk to other people who did it ad get their opinions. There are so many different options that, for me, I just pickd one and went with it! We use bumgenius, fuzzibunz, and sun baby diapers. I like ones you don't need a cover for and that are one size so they can grow with the baby. All the diapers we use can be used from newborn until potty training without having to buy different sizes.

My husband was a little leary about doing it at first just because it was new to him. Once we got in a washing routine though, he was on board! Just like anything else new, it takes some time to get the hang of. Once you do it for a while though, it seems like second nature and it just works right into your routine.

If you have any soecific questions, I'd be more than happy to help if I can Smile

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We cloth diaper in a very similar way as Heidi described. We love it! No running the the store in the middle of the night because you run out of diapers. You always have enough diapers available.- Unless you forget to wash, which did happen to us a few times. Smile Once you get on a routine though it really is very easy. We also used the one size diapers that fit our babies as newborns all the way through potty training. A few websites I think are helpful are:

http://www.kellyscloset.com/Cloth-Diaper-Information_ep_34-1.html
http://www.diaperpin.com/howto.asp

There is also a cloth diapering board on here that was very helpful to have available when I had questions!

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/forumdisplay.php?f=106

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i love cloth diapering! i was super overwhelmed, too, when i first started looking into it while pregnant with DS1. i ended up buying a variety of types to try with him, and eventually sold most of them on diaperswappers.com because i found one kind i liked and wanted to simplify my life by just using that one kind. so, we exclusively use Bum Genius "Elemental." i bought them on cottonbabies.com and also some used on diaperswappers. they are all-in-one diapers, meaning there are no inserts, covers, pins, or anything else. just a diaper with organic cotton inside and waterproof layer outside, all one piece, closes in the front with snaps (which i discovered i much preferred to velcro). just as easy as disposables to take on and off. it is also a one-size diaper, meaning that you can adjust the size as baby grows rather than needing to buy bigger diapers every few months. and when it's dirty, you just toss the whole thing in the pail or bag (we use a Planet Wise hanging wetbag, zip the top closed and there's no smell). then you toss the diapers and the bag in the wash together (i do diaper laundry every 2-3 days), toss 'em all in the dryer, and you're ready to go again! other than the extra load of laundry every 2-3 days, it's no more difficult than disposables. especially early on when baby's poo is basically liquid and soaks into the diaper. once they start solid foods, things get a little more interesting and you have to scrape (or spray with a diaper sprayer) their poo off the diaper and into the toilet before putting the diaper in the pail/bag. this isn't a big deal for us 'cause DS1 only poos once a day and it's easy to plop into the toilet and flush away. we do use disposables at night now because once he started sleeping 11-12 hours straight i couldn't find a cloth diaper that could contain that much wetness and not leave redness on his bum, but still that means we use 1 disposable diaper per day instead of 5-8. one big box of Huggies from Costco lasts us 6 months. also, we didn't start using cloth right away. the "one-size" diapers don't really fit a newborn, in my opinion. most of them say they fit starting at 8 pounds, but i'd say it's more like 10 or 11. DS1 was only 7 pounds at birth, so he was about 2 months old when the Bum Genius started fitting him well. we used size NB or 1 disposables until the cloth started fitting him, and i think that was good for us because it gave me time to adjust to being a mom/breastfeeding/etc. before i took on the cloth diapering thing. plus they go through way more diapers in those first few weeks and then they can start going a little longer between diaper changes, so that means less laundry and less need for a giant stash of cloth diapers. right now i only have 12 diapers total, and that's enough to last us 2 days with a couple to spare. i'm planning to get my stash up to about 18 or 20 now that i'm preparing to have two in diapers. and i might have to do laundry a little more frequently, but it's worth it to me to not spend too much money on lots and lots of diapers. plus it's not good for the diapers to sit in the bag dirty for more than a couple days at a time anyway.

the cloth diapering board here on preg.org is great whenever you have questions about a specific diaper or a laundry question or whatever. the ladies over there are really nice and knowledgeable. and diaperpin.com is good for reading reviews on specific brands of diapers you are considering buying. if you have an actual store in your area that sells cloth diapers, that can be helpful, too 'cause you can look at the diapers, and feel them, and see how they work and also talk to the people who work there and get some questions answered. it's just hard to know how it all works until you start doing it, but i promise it's easy! Smile

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I had a friend that used gdiapers and she raved about them, thought about giving them a try. I like the idea of being able to use the disposable liners--not sure if there are any other diapers out there with that option as well.

The part I'm finding difficult is searching for a daycare that is cloth diaper friendly--I found lots of sites that talk about how more and more daycares are getting on board, but none in my area seem to be (central NJ). Also, I don't think I want to settle for a daycare just because they allow cloth diapers. Decisions decisions!

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I'm excited to see this topic come up--I cloth diapered DD and will do so with this one as well. I feel your pain on being overwhelmed by the information. When I started I was utterly bewildered.

I ended up going the same route as Heidi too--one-size pocket diapers. I loved the Bum Genius brand. There are just SO many choices out there. I feel like as a newbie you can just kind of ignore all the chatter about wool, hemp, homemade, custom, bla bla bla. Just pick a well-known, high-quality brand, like Fuzzi Buns or Bum Genius, and start from there. Maybe a good idea would be to buy one of those starter packs of Bum Genius, that come with like 12 diapers, and start with those, and then branch out as you start to get the hang of things and learn more.

I did also use prefolds with Thirsties covers when DD was really tiny (as I found the BGs were too bulky) and those worked pretty well.

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Jess, Russ & I thought about CD'ing Savanna, but it just wasn't feasible for us since I was going back to work......also, Mom & Kate were VERY discouraging when I tried to talk to them about it, so I wouldn't recommend that lol you can talk to me about it and I won't discourage you :). I didn't do too much research, but I definitely thought about it A LOT

are you going back to work after baby, or staying home?

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i agree with PP that it seems tough for working moms to cloth diaper. i'm sure it's totally possible, i just don't know any who do! throwing in an extra load of laundry while you're home anyway playing with your baby is no big deal. but toting cloth diapers back and forth to daycare, etc., seems complicated! i would have huge respect for any mom working full time AND using cloth! Smile

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Thanks for all the info! It makes it seem less daunting when there are quite a few others who have done it and loved it.

I like the idea of having some NB disposables on hand in case I don't get the hang of it or LO's little bum is too small to fit in the all-in-ones at the beginning. The all-in-ones seem to be the easiest overall but is laundering them difficult? I think I read somewhere that certain diapers take 3-4 washes each time. I think I hate laundry too much to go with whatever diapers they were talking about!

Les, I will be staying home. I probably wouldn't go with CDing if I were working full-time either. And thanks for not discouraging me!

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3-4 washes is crazy! we use all-in-ones and my washing routine is a rinse and spin with no detergent (to get most of the yuckies out so they aren't being washed in dirty water), then a normal wash cycle with hot water and detergent, then an extra rinse at the end (my washer has an "extra rinse" button that i can just push and it will automatically rinse them twice). it takes 60 min. total to wash them. maybe they meant 3-4 cycles in the dryer? some all-in-ones can take a long time to dry because all those absorbent layers are all sewn together (instead of in a form where you take it apart, like a pocket diaper). but our bum genius elementals just take one 60 min. cycle in our dryer on medium heat. or if it's sunny, i dry them outside for a couple hours 'cause the sun naturally eliminates smells and stains, and then i finish them off in the dryer for about 10 minutes. hope that helps!

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My DH is grossed out by the concept of putting "yuckies" in the washing machine. Even with the extra rinse cycles, I do have concerns about it too I guess. I know when I wash blanket we protect the couch with from the dog, my washer seems to retain a "wet dog" smell afterwards. I wonder if I would get a dirty diaper smell in it?

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"StarGazer78" wrote:

My DH is grossed out by the concept of putting "yuckies" in the washing machine. Even with the extra rinse cycles, I do have concerns about it too I guess. I know when I wash blanket we protect the couch with from the dog, my washer seems to retain a "wet dog" smell afterwards. I wonder if I would get a dirty diaper smell in it?

Nah, it's fine. I never had a problem like that. I suppose if you did you could always run an empty cycle with bleach, or wash a load of towels twice or something like that.

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yeah, the yuckies all get washed away and everything is sanitized by the hot water, but i know my DH was grossed out by the idea, too, at first. i explained to him that whether we cloth diaper or not, there will still be baby poop in our washing machine more than once! newborns have blowouts all the time, and are you really gonna hand wash the poo-covered pj's/crib sheet/carseat cover, or just toss it in the machine? Smile and, actually, we have never had poo leak from a cloth diaper...only disposables.