Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cloth Diapering For Me?

I said that I would never do cloth diapers. I like the ease of disposable diapers and it's just what I'm used to.

WELL, I've been reading more about it and am no longer opposed. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking about doing cloth diapers with this baby.

I keep a 4 month old little boy occasionally and he has cloth diapers. Of course, I only change the diaper and put them in a wetbag for his mommy, but it doesn't seem that bad!

But, as I start doing a little research on it, there are tons of different kinds. AND the initial cost is pretty high!

Have you had experience with cloth diapers?

Do you/will you do cloth diapers?

What brand do you use?

Any advice? Pin It!

29 comments:

MOMMY-MOMO said...

i havent made the leap either? hmmm.... if you try it please let us know how it is. good luck :)

Kelli said...

I haven't done a lot of research on cloth diapering, so I don't really have any info. I just know that it not for me!! I had a hard enough time dealing with dirty undies when I was potty training my two older boys!! Good luck! I hope you find some good info. and a kind that you like!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

We use cloth. We've used the plain jane gerber diapers with vinyl covers for ultimate low cost which is fine. Those diapers aren't very absorbent though and the viny covers aren't breathable which was bad during the summer. We primarily use Kushies all in ones {AIO}. The first 5 pack got us through daily use/washes until almost 9 months. Then we switched to the toddler size. You can order a 5 pack through Walmart.com for less than $45, free shipping with site to store. When we're out and about we use disposables, that's just a personal preference...I don't like lugging around bulky dirty diapers with me.

Initially the cost can be high, but again that depends on what you buy. If you do go with gerber diapers and covers, I suggest buying Snappis as well, no more pins.

There's also a lot of WAHMoms out there that make diapers and sell them on Etsy, etc.

Here's a few links:
Snappis: http://www.softclothbunz.com/Snappi-Diaper-Fastener_p_0-9.html
Kushies: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4601012
Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=tag_title&search_query=cloth+diaper+not+burp+not+blanket+not+onesie+not+bloomers+not+cover+not+bag+
Little Lions:
http://www.little-lions.com/index.html

And you have to be careful what soaps you use if you go with washing them yourself instead of using a diaper service. Soap nuts is great, I've heard. Here's a few more links {lol sorry}
Detergent chart:
http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html
How to strip your cloth diapers:
http://www.zany-zebra.com/stripping-cloth-diapers.shtml

Anyway, I love cloth diapering {clearly} and so does my husband. It's really not as complicated or more work than people make it out to be. :)

Sweet Mommy Dreams said...

I love cloth diapering and there is so many fun choices out there. I started with a diapers service and realized that I could do it myself. It's just a few extra loads a week. I use prefolds and pocket diapers. My absolute favorite right now is Happy Heiny's pocket diapers. You only need on size and it unsaps to grow with your baby.
Diapers.com gives you $10 a $50 purchase free shipping if you are going to make the plunge.

Christina said...

I've been considering cloth diapering with my next child, and I never thought I'd say that! The initial cost IS high, but really, it saves a ton of money in the long run!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I have been cloth diapering Monkey since she was a month old (we were going to from birth but she was too small to fit in her cloth diapers for about the first month.)

We have always used Bum Genius all in one's. The little girl that I watch also uses this same brand and style. I LOVE them. They are so so so easy to use. I love that they are one sized so we only had to buy diapers once.

One of my good friends owns business selling cloth diapers and other reusable goods for babies and toddlers I would recommend looking through her site. www.littlefoxdiapers.com

If you have any questions I would be happy to help out or get you in touch with my friend since she sells and has used all different types of diapers she is a great resource.

Stam House said...

LOVE cloth, prefolded are hte cheepest and I think they are easy to use! and they will last all trought until potty trainning! (1 size fit all)

If you need to talk more about it email me and I could help you out!

Renee

EllyBean said...

I made the jump about two months ago and I'm not going to go back! I bought my diapers from a lady on Etsy. Her AIO's are alot cheaper than your name brands and I love them! The patterns are to die for too. The link to her shop is: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6090376

If you like them enough to buy them, let her know Erin Lowmaster sent you.

Not So Average Mama said...

Cloth Diapering is addictive. It totally does NOT have to be expensive though! I actually mainly use good prefolds and wool covers. I make my wool covers (stitchblade Grow with me longies and shorties). Check out the Dinker and Giggles blog for an informative post I made there about wool. This is one in a series.

Katie said...

I have cloth diapered my second and third children and I love it. It has taken me a few years (really) to finally settle into cloth diapers that I LOVE. Because I have two in diapers, I prefer one size diapers pocket diapers. My favorites are Blueberry one size with snaps, swaddlebee econappi with snaps, and bum genius one size organic with snaps. From experience, do not buy diapers with velcro . . . they just do not last as long. Check out http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/ or www.diaperswappers.com for information.

kathy said...

I have never used cloth but I am curious what responses you get to this as I have a new grand baby and would be interested in knowing more about this route

Miss Em said...

I looked into cloth diapers when my little one was born and did a TON of research. I liked the idea of saving a lot of money over the years and I liked that it is so much better for my baby and the environment. I ended up buying one of serval brands (sample pack offered by several sites) to see which we preferred. Good thing I did because when she was 4 months old we were told that she is allergic to disposables. She was constantly having rashes and yeast infections. Since we switched her totally over to cloth she has not had one. They are a little more work but completely worth it. These are not your mama's diapers!!!! I decided to use Bum Genius 3.0 as you don't need to buy different sizes as they grow with your little one. We really dislike Kushies. They are made with very harsh material on the outside and my little one does not find them comfortable. One thing to remember is that cloth diapers are a little bulkier so tight clothes do not work well with them (ie. some jeans etc). I say go for it and definatly try out a few brands everyone has their preferences. You can even find some good used ones on Craigslist.

Abby said...

I am just getting in to using cloth! We can't use them all the time because G goes to daycare and they won't use them there. I use them at home some of the time. I would like to get some more so it can be an all the time at home thing. So far I like pocket dipes best. I will be interested to hear what you try and like if you do it!

Stephanie said...

Cloth is awesome, but it's addictive! I second diaperwappers, it's a forum but there is SO much info & it's well organized! I've been on DS for over a year now & I love it!

I use prefolds, fitteds w/ fleece covers, and AIOs. (allinones) My favorite newborn diaper is a Nanipoos newborn fitted. Google Nanipoos & her Hyenacart will come up. She's a sweetie & I'm working on a custom with her right now! Prefolds w/fleece, PUL (poly covered laminate) or WOOL are the covers you can use. Wool is expensive, fleece & PUL are cheaper. Good Luck & feel free to ask any questions.

Maggie said...

I'm due in 4 weeks and I'm going to be cloth diapering this one. I'm really really excited about it.

www.diaperpin.com has lots of really good advice and info as well as reviews of different kinds of diapers.

I'm getting one size diapers, so I can get a lot of use out of them. I'm drawn to soft bums all in 2's. They start out at a really small size so they'll fit a newborn.

Good luck!

Sarah said...

Dee,
You'll never regret it, especially if your kids have sensitive skin like mine do! Everything that Erin said, I 2nd it. I'm glad she did all that typing! Back to the babies...

Jessi said...

I love cloth Dee but i hate the velcro and how pilly it can get and how it can sometimes let go. I will have two babies in cloth so i wanted something i could use with both babies and not have to spend a small fortune on them. so i went with the Happy Heiny one size cloth diaper in snaps. I love the colors, i love the ease in use, and i love that i can use it with both babies and not have to worry about wether my DH is using the right size or not. If you want anymore info on the happy Heiny diaper you know where to pm me at :)

Jessi said...

oh i forgot to add that the happy heiny is a pocket diaper so they dry so much faster then the AIO diapers and other then stuffing a pocket in which takes me about 10 min to snap down and stuff 20 diapers when ia m tired there is no pins or snappis or extra covers needed like the fitteds/prefolds.

A Psych Mommy said...

I love cloth diapering--it actually kinda gets addicting! I have a pic of my "stash" and a short rundown of some different kinds of diapers here: http://www.apsychmommy.com/2009/02/beans-stash-is-famous.html

I have a variety of diapers for different purposes--All in Ones because they are trim and easy (for his "cool" jeans), Pockets for overnight or long naps, prefolds cuz their cheap, etc. For AIO, my favorites are from the Eli Monster on Etsy, Pockets--I love FuzziBunz and Rumparooz, Prefolds I like Green Mountain Diapers, and Fitteds I love Bu Bu Bebes on Hyena Cart!

Karen said...

I bought the one size pocket diapers 2.0s when they were clearing them out for the 3.0s. They are the only ones I have used, but I love them. I haven't had any problem with the velcro (been using them on and off for 10 months with a small stash) but I did have a problem with rash. I was surprised because I've heard how great cloth is for rashes, but even changing her every 2-3 hours didn't work. Finally after exhausting other possibilities like detergent (I use Charlie's Soap, by far the cheapest and best thing ever! charliesoap.com is the cheapest place to buy it too!) I decided to try putting a disposable on her at night, then put a natural cream where she would get a rash, as a barrier. So far it has worked wonderfully. There are creams that are made for cloth diapers, but I just use a strip of microfiber I cut up from cloths I got in the automotive section at Target.
It can be a little annoying that some pants and jeans don't fit, but Old Navy and Gap tend to do better because a lot of their pants have adjustable waists.

Joelle said...

Every now and again I think of using a service as it is about the same as I'm dumping into disposables... but then it never progresses beyond that... so we're pamper snobs here!

Qtpies7 said...

How awesome that you get to try them out on someone else's kid!
I did the old fashioned route 19 years ago, and it wasn't fun, then I did disposables, again, not fun. I begged my husband to let me use cloth with my 6th baby but he refused. Finally he caved in with my 7th babe. We all love them! They are so easy and soooo much cheaper! I have been going strong for a little over 2 years and it is FUN to diaper now! FUN!!!
I do BumGenius, which you can now buy at Target. I just pick up a pair when I am in there. It spreads the cost out. I bought used diapers at first to keep the cost down and to not have as much of an investment if my husband was right and I wouldn't keep up with it. But I love it. I am now replacing the used diapers after 2 years. But they are still useable, I just want the cute colors and love the new materials.

I also buy fun dipes, too, from wahms. I love Mudpiebabies, they are amazing, and Tiffani will embroider what you want on them. She hunted down a Superman emblem for me that I just had to have.

Fun stuff! It makes me feel all mooshy inside to fold diapers and know I am doing something good for my baby. I didn't get that with disposables.
I am not at all doing it for the environement, I do it to be cheap.

Senior Family said...

I really love BG OS pockets :) !!

Rich, Brittani, and Nugs said...

I use BumGenius Diapers and I LOVE them! So fabulous, easy to use, and my day care even works well with them. It is great. Hopefully I'll get my two year old out of them so i can switch and have my newborn use them in a couple months when she is born!

Andrea said...

I'm not going to do cloth diapers. It doesn't sound bad, especially before the baby starts eating solids, but the amount of washing required is ridiculous to me. We pay for our water in the city and although cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable in the long run, it just bothers me to use that much water, especially hot water. lol I think environmentally it sort of evens out, disposable diapers clutter landfills to harm the environment, but wasting water is also harmful (and generating more electric waste using those washers, water heaters, and dryers more often!). But I completely get that most women are doing this for the health of their babies' skin. I would if skin irritability became a real problem in my child.

As They Grow Up said...

I cloth diapered my son and he actually liked them better and so did I. After trying all kinds, I did have my favorites. I had certain ones for night time that I prefered, for going out on trips that I preferred and at home I just let him wear fitted and prefolds without a cover. I would change him the minute he wet. Prefolds and fitteds are so easy to wash too.

My son started potty training himself at 20 months. He wanted to go use the potty and I was shocked. I often wonder if the cloth diapers are why he was ready so early. Since he knew when he was wet in them

Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

I really wanted to use cloth diapers and have a bunch.....I did use a few of them for a very short time. The reason I didn't continue is because of the living situation I'm in...otherwise I would have continued. It wasn't that hard, and I know it's better for the baby.

I have Kushies....In fact, I could probably give you a good deal on the 25-30 cloth diapers I have if you're interested. Most of them are unused, only washed.....I also have some nappy wash soap stuff for washing them.

Anyway, there are lots of cloth diapers out there, and I would recommend looking into it. Good luck!

David said...

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use, at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain.

Erica said...

I cloth diaper, but currently I don't do it exclusively. I did with my last baby for 2 years but my current Baby boy had a lot of leaky issues when I started him on them, he is formula fed and I wonder if gets more/pees more because of it. But as he's now a year he pees a bit less so I'm back to them! I make my own, that is the only way I can afford cute ones. I posted one a couple of days ago. Also diaperswappers is a great place to buy some used ones if you aren't into sewing. You could give it a try and if it doesn't work they have a pretty good resell value!

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