I am throwing around the idea of cloth diapering. We need to try and cut costs however possible and I thought I could register for all my cloth diapering supplies and hopefully save some $$$. I will be able to stay home with my baby for the first 3 months but then I will be back to work full time. Will cloth diapering be too much work? Will daycares do cloth diapers? Is it easiest to wait until the baby is a little older and then switch to cloth diapers?
I was raised on cloth diapers, because I was a twin, and my parents couldn't afford store-bought diapers! The only thing I ever heard her talk about is the fact that she couldn't just throw a poo-poo diaper in the washer, so she would have to rinse it out in the toilet before she could put in the washer. Kinda ew....but I guess it did the job and saved her money! So that is an aspect you'll want to consider!
Married into the Marine Corps on Sept. 6, 2008
Angel Baby- July 13, 2009
Currently Expecting a Depoyment Baby:
Maria Ruth or Luke Douglas
With an exclusively breastfed baby you do not have to rinse the diaper before putting it in the wash, but once they start solids you do have to rinse. I am not sure about formula, as I've never done it. They sell 'diaper sprayers' now, it attaches right next to your toilet and you spray the diaper off into the toilet. I HIGHLY reccomend it You can get them for around $30, but it's totally worth it.
There are so many options with cloth diapers now. Prefolds and covers tend to be thought of as the cheapest option, those are the old fashioned diapers. That said, a lot of people lately on the Cloth Diaper board have been loving Kawaii pocket diapers and they are very inexpensive plus they are one size so they last. I would bet a stash of Kawaii diapers would be cheaper than buying prefolds and covers in every size. Pocket diapers have a waterproof shell that you stuff with an absorband insert (I do this after I get them out of the dryer so they are ready to just put right on baby like a disposable when changing time comes), very easy. There's also fitted diapers that you put on like a disposable but they need a cover. I haven't found any inexpensive options for fitteds though, they seem to cost almost as much or more than pocket diapers and then you need to buy covers too. Then there are all-in-one diapers, which is what it sounds like. No stuffing but they take a LONG time to dry and tend to have smell issues. Plus, with pocket diapers you can add more absorbancy since you can add as many or few inserts as you need but with all in ones you are stuck with whatever they sewed into the diaper.
This website sells the Kawaii diapers - www.theluvyourbaby.com
I also like Smartipants, they are fairly inexpensive and made in the US if that's important to you- www.smartipants.com
I *love* www.diaperpin.com for reviews on cloth diapers. If I see a new diaper I tend to look for reviews on it before making up my mind.
The thing about one size diapers is they don't tend to fit newborns, most start at 8-ish lbs but some people say they don't think they fit well until 10lbs (I found depending on the brand they did fit at 8-9lbs. I sewed my own newborn fitteds and then bought a few covers to get us by until our one size diapers fit. You can find newborn fitted patterns for free online and you can use inexpensive flannel from the fabric store to sew them. Covers are about $10/each. I personally found it worth it to invest in a newborn stash since you save so much money using cloth in the long term anyways, plus you can reuse them with future children and when you are done you can sell them. The only thing easier about using cloth on an older baby is the fact that they don't go through as many diapers and they'd fit into the one size diapers. I do not find laundry to be a big deal, running a washer doesn't require you to stand there and watch them wash and they don't require folding which is my least favorite part of doing laundry. I find stuffing them to be almost fun cloth diapers are cute! I know day cares around me will take cloth and we don't live in an area where cloth is widely used. What I've been told is that they can change the diapers just like they would a disposable and put them in a wet bag you'd bring but they cannot remove poop from them. It is a big initial investment but you could spend $300 and have a complete stash along with the extras you need (wet bag, diaper sprayer) but $300 is WAY less than you'll spend on disposables and you can't reuse disposables with future kids or resell them
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I can tell you most daycares will only allow cloth diapers if the baby can't handle sposies b/c of allergies. In home daycares may be more open to the idea.
I was going to do cloth with dd, but I couldn't bring myself to make the switch. I'm hoping to do it with this one, i have a lot more local support now.
Again, sorry I'm late to this discussion, but I just have to weigh in because I cloth diaper and I love it!
For the newborn stage, I would HIGHLY recommend prefolds and diapers. You do so much washing at this stage, they wear the best and they are so easy. Don't be intimidated, cloth diapering is not nearly as time-consuming as people think. Like Mandi said, the upfront cost is higher that sposies, but over the diapering life of your child, you will save so much $$$!
Once they hit about 6 months and are more mobile, you can look at investing in other types of dipes - fitteds, pockets, or AIOs. Most websites that sell cloth diapers will have a "how-to get started" section with lots of information. I recommend pockets because they tend to be a bit less expensive than the other types, and they're easier in the wash because the inserts come out on their own.
Definitely check out www.diaperpin.com - they have product reviews, and lots of other useful information. They also have a laundry section.
We are a CDing family too. H was in disposables for the first week to ten days, and then its been cloth ever since (unless we are travelling). We have recently switched her to a green disposable at night as she is a heavy drinker, and heavy wetter, and we were having issues. Otherwise she is in cloth all day.
We went with AppleCheeks, which is a Canadian company. They are a 2 size pocket system. First size fits 7-20lbs, the second from 18-35 lbs. I think H went into the second size at around 7 months cause her thighs were so chunky,. even though she wasn't 20 lbs. Now that she's scuh a skinny toddler, we actually use a smaller setting than we did when she first went into the size!
Here is the website if you're interested www.applecheeks.com
I also love this store www.peekaboobottoms.com its where I buy most of my supplies. A lot of CD stores or websites do a trial program, where you get a few different kinds to try for 2 weeks and then you send them back and make a decision. Nice way to try out different brands without spending a lot of money.
You've already been given some wonderful advice! I've used cloth with all 6 of my babies (although some of the later ones it wans't full time but a mix) and plan on doing cloth with this baby too. I don't save money doing it through b/c I'm a bit addicted to cute diapers BUT you can easily save money by using cloth by sticking to the basics & it's fun.
I've been using cloth on my little guy for about 6 months. I had him in seventh generation disposables for about 3 weeks until I could handle it, and then started him out in cloth. I LOVE it. The only time he goes in disposables is if we're out of town for a few days or sometimes when MIL is watching him, but he hasn't been in one for 3 months!!
I'd be happy to answer questions. I use a variety of pockets.
We CD. DH and I wanted something simple and cost effective so we chose the one-size pocket and AIO diapers. Of course, we used sposies until DD was about 10 pounds.
Cloth diapers can be a big investment up front but over time they pay off. We CD'd full time (night and day) and only ever had 1 small package of sposies on hand (I usually ended up putting some of each size away).
The cloth diapering board always has a lot of great advice including a topic on getting started.
The ladies also rant and rave about Kawaii diapers (http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/) For a pocket diaper, you cannot beat the price and I have heard nothing about great things! See the reviews on the CD forum! I will be ordering some for this next LO!
Good for you for thinking about it now. It is really not a big deal.
I do highly recommend a GOOD quality diaper sprayer (i.e. Bum Genius). We use it for CD but everything else as well!