Cloth diapering?

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brady_bunch_plus_one's picture
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Cloth diapering?

Anyone here going to use cloth diapers? I am going to give them a try.I love the cute fabrics and that fact that they arent just being bought to throw in the trash! Not looking forward to the laundry but still think they are going to be worth it.

ashamom27's picture
Joined: 07/06/06
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I seriously considered it for similar reasons as you, but I chickened out when I looked around my laundry room... Our local superstore even carries cloth diapers at a reasonable price.
I don't think I will be doing it with the next baby either...

Joined: 05/17/06
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I am too lazy to go with cloth diapers, but if I end up with a girl I plan to try Gdiapers. (Tried them with DS2 but it seemed like the pee kept kind of leaking over the top part).

Nikerz20's picture
Joined: 04/18/09
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I cloth diaper during the day while ds is at home Smile He wears disposables over night and while he is at daycare.

I've become a little slack since I started at uni and falling pregnant but i'm starting to get back into the swing of things.

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I did cloth for a while. We could never find anything that worked over night. Evan wound up soaked through constantly which I found annoying and I tried a TON of cloth ideas and they all left him soaked at night. He pees A LOT at night. When I went back to work 3 days a week it got too much the laundry etc and I went back to disposables. I know some people love CDs for me it was a lot of laundry and a lot of trying to find what works and since he has no irritation etc from disposables and not having 2 extra super long loads of laundry to do a week was nice I stopped

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I generally use cloth during the day, with the following exception(s):
1. When we are away from home for a long period of time or travelling.
2. When I know he's going to have a poo (first diaper of the day after he gets up).
3. When he has a tummy bug or has been on antibiotics...can't deal with the runs and cloth.

I like it for the most part. I find I wash a load every other day or so, and it really isn't *that* much more for me, but I am home with Jack. I don't really like G-diapers for the same reason, his pee leaks all over. I actually really like Econobums prefolds and covers. I also like some bamboo fitteds I have found. Also, I wash with *ACK* Arm and Hammer free and clear and haven't had trouble with stinkies or build up.

I think the laundering part-figuring out what detergent I could use-was the main reason why I didn't start using them sooner with Jack. I have seen a difference in our diaper bills, but mainly because I have traded tie dyes for the bamboo fitteds and bought stuff on sale/ebay, I didn't have a huge expense up front.

A friend of mine posted a link on FB the other day about the GroVia system, and you could get a set up that could reasonably take your baby from birth to 2 (with washing about every 2 days) for less than $400. I am going to look into it for this baby.

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You girls are tougher than me! I'm already stocking up on Pampers! lol

MelanieP's picture
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I have considered it but have not really thought it through. I have a couple of friends that do cloth and they love it and do not find it hard. I would have to look into it before I make a decision

lil96's picture
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We do it occassionally, but not so often. The CD selection over here isn't great, so I mainly use the ones I brought from USA. We more often do EC, no diapers at all!

lily0624's picture
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yeah, no.

i love my disposable diapers! use 'em and chuck 'em.

i liked the pampers swaddlers for the beginning but huggies in the bigger sizes.

sweetsriracha's picture
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At the beginning of pregnancy (when we were almost definitely moving into a bigger apartment with a washing machine and dryer in unit), I was 100% pro-cloth.

Now we're probably not moving and I'm not so sure. Dealing with bundling up a newborn and lugging dirty cloth diapers/soap/quarters several hundred yards to the complex laundry room in the winter sounds genuinely awful.

However, we are definitely doing cloth diaper delivery service for the first few months. Its about 20 bucks/week here. For a newborn, how many cloth diapers a week would you BTDT Moms recommend? 100? 70?

annestacy's picture
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I didn't start when Jack was a newborn, he was probably close to a year old when I took the plunge and decided to really try it. I have heard 24-36 diapers for about a 2-3 day supply for a newborn. You could try prefolds and covers-have a bunch of prefolds and a few covers.

lily0624's picture
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i don't know how many cloth diapers you'd need but maybe there's a conversion or something between disposable and cloth? in the beginning, you'll need 10-12 diapers a day! that won't last forever though and as they get older they need less and less changes per day. but the beginning? shoo! diaper changing city! figure they eat every 2 hours if bf'ing and 3 hours if ff'ing and you'll change them each time they eat.

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We didn't start cloth until Taine was around 2-3 months, his dirty/wet nappies had slowed down just that little bit! But yeah 10-12 disposable nappies a day for a newborn sounds about right, I felt like I was changing nappies all the time. Taine had a knack for pooping just after I'd changed a wet nappy!

sweetsriracha's picture
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wow, haha. Newborns are so productive. Thanks for the feedback - sounds like ordering 100 diapers per week for the first few months will be a good plan.

Starryblue702's picture
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I couldn't handle cloth diapers... too much work. It would be nice to save the money, but babies are hard enough, I don't need any extra pressure (or laundry lol, I already have a housefull of five people!)...

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"sweetsriracha" wrote:

wow, haha. Newborns are so productive. Thanks for the feedback - sounds like ordering 100 diapers per week for the first few months will be a good plan.

Make sure you don't buy too many diapers of one size because newborns grow really fast!

mellen's picture
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No, with 2 kids, the laundry load is high enough as it is. With 2 more on the way, I have no illusions of being super mom. My main goal is just to shower daily. LOL

mellen's picture
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For newborn diapers, you usually change every time you feed and when they poop. No fewer than 8 and as many as 15 a day. It was not uncommon to change a diaper, have them poop, change it again, poop again, and change... Yes 3 diapers in one shot was a regular occurrence with both my boys. I would say average was 10-12 a day.

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**lurker from Dec 2011**

I'm due early dec so maybe not a lurker but a straddler.

Anyway. we are in cloth all day but one disposable diaper at night. We couldnt find a night time solution. I dont find it difficult to CD. I actually, in a weird way, enjoy it. I think they are cute and i already do laundry for 5 people so what's 2 more loads a week. We save a ton of money, even though i buy a pack of sposies a month.

There is a CD board here if you have questions or concerns etc. The ladies there are really helpful.