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cloth diapers?

Is anyone thinking of cloth diapering their LOs? (I apologize if I missed a previous convo about his subject).
I used cloth on DS1 until he was 3 and started potty training, now he uses disp pullups.
Then with DS2 I used them for about the 1st year then gave up because my diapers were leaking all time. So I have been buying pullups and diapers for over a year now and I am sick of spending soooo much money!!!
My cloth-diaper expert friend just told me that the answer is hemp inserts. She used to make cloth diapers to sell and she has 4 sons who all used cloth. She has a 5yrold and a 7yrold who still arent night trained. She has had the same the same inserts(3 layers of hemp fleece and 2 layers of cotton fleece) for 6 years and they are still leak proof everynight! She says they weigh like 5 pounds every morning. So I am thinking of giving it a shot again with the older boys and the new LO too.
If you havent thought about cloth before you might want to consider it. I know it seems like a huge investment at first but if you look at the cost of diapers and pullups for the next 3-5 years it really pays off in the end. There is a great cloth diapering board on P.Org too if you want to check it out or ask any questions!

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I'm a cloth diapering momma! Biggrin I LOVE IT!

I started with DD when she was about 4 weeks old. I had planned on CD her prior to birth & had everything ready but I ended up with a Csect and just needed a bit of time to heal & figure everything out. With DS, I'm hoping to start as soon as we get home from the hospital since I've BTDT now.

There are so many options with CD now. I love how cute they are. I can't stand the smell of disposable diapers... even the unscented ones seem to smell to me. I love summer with DD... she wears dresses & her CDs underneath & it looks so cute when I match them to her outfit. Ok... that's not so much the practical side of CDing but a perk for a fashion momma! Biggrin

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We are planning to cloth diaper as well. I ordered and fluffed up some Sunbaby diapers and they are SO cute! I'm glad to know there are some ladies on this board who might be a good resource for a newbie like me. Smile

What kind of diapers do you use for different situations? Which do you like the best for a newborn?

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"BabyBuff" wrote:

We are planning to cloth diaper as well. I ordered and fluffed up some Sunbaby diapers and they are SO cute! I'm glad to know there are some ladies on this board who might be a good resource for a newbie like me. Smile

What kind of diapers do you use for different situations? Which do you like the best for a newborn?

For a newborn, I prefer prefolds & covers with double gussets on the legs (it helps contain runny BF poo). I prefer these at first because you go through so many at first. I use a snappi with the prefolds & then put the cover on. Let me know if anyone wants me to post links to folds for prefolds.

For out & about (after DD got a bit larger), I love my bumGenius pocket diapers. They are great for overnights too although after we got into toddler pee volumes I had to tweak my nighttime routine.

With DD (she's 21 months), I save my bumGenius dipes for Grandma's and out & about. When we are just at home, I tend to use prefolds/flats & covers (wool longies, econobum, flip)

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ya know i had never even considered it before. i always thought 'ewwww why would i put dirty poopy diapers into my washing machine!?' but now dd is potty training and guess what... i'm putting dirty poopy undies into my washing machine, so i'm beginning to think 'i'm putting nastiness in my washer ANYWAY, would it really be that difficult to do cloth diapers along with the undies?' i'm thinking about looking into it.

if i decide to do cloth, i am going to need all the info in dummy language cause i have no earthly idea about anything to do with cloth diapers :eek:

what's the initial investment?

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I'm going to post a link to a site that was huge for me. It was written awhile ago but it explained everything so well & made it seem so easy... not overwhelming... especially when I was a newbie. It's called Karen's Cloth Diapering Site... here's the link...

http://diaperpages.com/

I spent so much time on that site while I was pg with DD. Figuring out what to buy & then what to do with it... not to mention the lingo & abbreviations.

I personally recommend cloth diapering to anyone but especially if they are going to BF. BF poo can explode out of disposables... at least DD's did... it was awful. But, once I switched... the double gussets & soft elastic of diaper covers just kept everything in. Plus, if you are BFing, there's no rinsing poo. It's water soluble so in the pail/washer it goes.

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I'm a CDer too!! so nice to see there's a group of us here!
DS2 is in sposies b/c I was having such a hard time figuring out the different water, and detergents here that I just couldn't get my diapers stripped and he kept getting rashes.
I'm debating whether I should try again with my stash or sell it off and buy new... I would definitely put the caveat that they need to be stripped...

I also do prefolds and wraps for nb and a variety of pockets as they get older.

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These diaper sprayers connect to most toilets(where the water comes in) and lets you spray the poo off into the toilet before you put them into the washer. Would work equally as well with underware I am sure. Besides, you really dont want to put poo into your washing machine!
https://www.fuzzibunzstore.com/Diaper_Sprayers_55_cat.html
I second the BumGenius onesize for smaller kids, those are my favs and I will probably use them even with the newborn. I have FuzziBunz Large for my bigger boys and I just bought some hemp insertsand doublers to try with them at night. I am sooo tired of them leaking through their disposable diapers and pullups at night and having to change all their clothes and bedding!
As far as the investment goes it is different for everyone. I think when my boys were tiny they had like a dozen dirty diapers a day(or more) but now my 2 yrold needs about 5 or 6. It depends on how often you are willing to do laundry and how wet you let them get before changing them. Some people only CD part-time so that changes it too. My preference has always been for the once-size adjustable diapers. They just seemed to make more sense than buying sm, med, Lg and XLg sizes.
What I am finding is that the investment is sooo worth it! Diapers are just sooo expensive over time especially if you have more than one child. And once you get into pullups they are even more. And like I said my friend has a 5 and 7yrold who still arent night trained so we are likely to be needing pullups for a long long time to come!

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I am going to be cloth diapering but I am a first time mom so am new to it. I have a bunch of prefolds and few pocket diapers so far that I bought used. I have a friend who says she likes to use prefolds and covers. But she doesn't use snappi's. She just folds the prefold over baby and snaps the cover in place over it. So that's what I was planning to try first. And then get the pocket diapers/all-in-ones for when she's in daycare. I'm nervous about figuring out what I'm doing but everyone I know who does it likes it so I'm confident I will like it to once I figure out what works best for us.

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

ya know i had never even considered it before. i always thought 'ewwww why would i put dirty poopy diapers into my washing machine!?' but now dd is potty training and guess what... i'm putting dirty poopy undies into my washing machine, so i'm beginning to think 'i'm putting nastiness in my washer ANYWAY, would it really be that difficult to do cloth diapers along with the undies?' i'm thinking about looking into it.

if i decide to do cloth, i am going to need all the info in dummy language cause i have no earthly idea about anything to do with cloth diapers :eek:

what's the initial investment?

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Becca, totally do it!! I wanted to CD DD, but DH nixed it from the get go and I stupidly didn't put up a big enough fight. This time, though, I told him he didn't have a choice and I have been stocking up since early on. I have bought mostly used and seconds and have spent somewhere around $250 and I have MORE than enough to get us started. I will need to get about a dozen or two more premium sized prefolds later on, but otherwise, I have plenty. We are doing a mix of prefolds/covers and pockets. After a year and a half of DD being PT'ed and not having to buy diapers, I just couldn't imagine buying diapers again. So I have spread out buying CD's over the course of my pregnancy and at 11 weeks from EDD, we are set with dipes. I have, however, found an addiction to the cuteness so I do occasionally buy a few extra seconds that come up on Cotton Babies even though we don't necessarily NEED them. Spares are good, right? Wink

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well it wasn't an option for me with DD. I worked in childcare and Abby came with me, so I had to follow the center policy - no cloth diapers. I may spend some time on that site posted. I think I'm going with disposable to start b/c getting the hang of breast feeding is my #1 priority. I had a very hard time with Abby and pumped for about 4 months. We'll see, but love reading what everyone has to say.

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This was my plan from the get go but now with 2 on the way I'm scared that I'll already be overwhelmed. Boo!

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OMG Mira, I wouldnt even attempt it if I were you! Simple simple simple has to be your mantra right now! 2 in diapers with one a year old and one 2 yrsold was more than I could take, besides the leaking that was the other reason I quit!

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"sunflwrlvr" wrote:

**Lurker here!**

Becca, totally do it!! I wanted to CD DD, but DH nixed it from the get go and I stupidly didn't put up a big enough fight. This time, though, I told him he didn't have a choice and I have been stocking up since early on. I have bought mostly used and seconds and have spent somewhere around $250 and I have MORE than enough to get us started. I will need to get about a dozen or two more premium sized prefolds later on, but otherwise, I have plenty. We are doing a mix of prefolds/covers and pockets. After a year and a half of DD being PT'ed and not having to buy diapers, I just couldn't imagine buying diapers again. So I have spread out buying CD's over the course of my pregnancy and at 11 weeks from EDD, we are set with dipes. I have, however, found an addiction to the cuteness so I do occasionally buy a few extra seconds that come up on Cotton Babies even though we don't necessarily NEED them. Spares are good, right? Wink

hi Biggrin i'll catch you on fb one day, we'll chat about this. not sure if c will be on board or not lol

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I cloth diapered both of my kids. I started when DS was 3 or 4 months old and continued until he potty trained right at 2. I started with DD as soon as she fit in the one size BGs. So around 1 month. Then I continued until a few months ago when our washer broke. I tried washing them in the laundry room of our apartments but they didn't get clean so I stopped. I used cloth most of the time but always kept disposables on hand too. Sometimes they're just more practical. I mainly used BGs, we had PFs and covers too but I really preferred the BGs. Once DS got bigger we had leaking issues too, but I just added one of those microfiber towels on top of the insert and never had to worry about it again. I got a big pack of them in the auto section at walmart.

Another thing to consider about using cloth is that cloth diapered kids feel themselves wet more than kids who wear sposies. They're more aware of whats going on and they potty train easier! I don't know if its true for all kids, but it was for mine. DS was totally day time potty trained a month or 2 after he turned 2 (night time trained at 2.5) and DD is not even 2 yet and is 100% trained, even at night. Plus she did it herself... That was a bonus lol. We're hoping to move soon after Caleb is born, so I'm hoping we can start using cloth then, assuming it has a washer lol.

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I LOVE cloth diapering! They are so adorable and so cost effective!!! They are extremely addictive, though!

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I wish I could but we can't with daycare and it's a big investment for just a couple months and weekends. I tried G diapers with DS#1 and loved them, but during the week with daycare it didn't seem worth it because they weren't great overnight and somenights I would change him until he went to bed. And weekends I just got out of the habit. I am using the Nature Baby diapers that are partially biodegradable so I at least feel better about using disposables.