Have you bought cloth diapers on eBay?

June 26, 2011 11:30pm CST
I have just started cloth diapering - currently I have a few Fuzzibuns and am borrowing some cloth diapers from a friend (she has a very large stash) while we try it out. Now that we're sure we're going to do it, I think we need more. Our son is a toddler, so we're only looking at diapers for another year, and I don't think I want to spend a lot more money. I am going to try buying one diaper off of eBay and seeing how it works. i figure for $5, it's worth trying, at least. Has anyone else tried this?
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• Philippines
16 Jan 12
I've been using cloth on my daughter for quite some time now and we've been using Fuzzibunz as well as cloth bought off eBay and I must say, there's not a lot of difference when it comes to performance. Just make sure the seller you're buying from is reputable :)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
It's worked out okay for me. We ended up with half fuzzibunz and half cheap ones, and you're right, there isn't a lot of difference in performance. A friend of mine finished cloth diapering and gave me some of hers - she was using flats that you fold and some prefolds with covers. These are working out okay _ I never did buy a lot of diapers as we are economizing - so this means I can go a lot longer without doing diaper laundry. The only problem is that my husband "can't do the flatfolds", so he just used the pocket diapers.
• Philippines
21 Jan 12
I love flats with covers, we use them usually on rainy days when it's harder to get the pocket diapers dry. Besides, the flats and covers are way easier to wash and getting the stains out are a breeze. The only thing I don't like about them is that they don't have that stay-dry feeling that pockets with microfleece inner lining has.
• Canada
24 Jan 12
I'm finding the stains more of an issue now with the pocket diapers. I'm still not sure what to do. I do find the flats are easier to wash and it's nice that you can throw them in the dryer and the covers dry pretty quickly even when hung inside. I would never have tried it if my friend hadn't given them to me and showed me how to do it, so I'm feeling pretty grateful.
@Eskimo (2317)
31 Jan 12
Even though the UK and Canada share a common heritage (or at least some parts), parts of the language are totally different. Cloth diapers?, Fuzzibuns? flatfolds?, pocket totally meaningless on this side of the pond. I assume cloth diapers are similar to our terrilyene nappies, which we used when our children were babies (now grown up and left home), but the rest I've never heard of. ps as you started this discussion, I assume you won't really need them for much longer. Unless, of course you and some more penguin chicks to your family. . Two legs (and fins) are good but four legs are better.
• Canada
4 Feb 12
Fuzzibunz, Bumgenius, and a bunch of other brands only started, in the 1990s, I think, so if you're kids are grown up and out, you wouldn't have encountered them even if you lived in North America. Pocket diapers are a lot like disposable diapers in shape. They can have velcro closures like disposables or they have snaps. They have an outer layer that is waterproof and an innerlayer that is microfleece. There is a slit in the inner layer so you can put an insert (of some absorbent material) into them, so that is why they are called pockets. flats are just flat pieces of fabric that you fold up and pin to the baby. I assume that is what you'd be familiar with because that is what most people think of when they think of cloth diapers (or nappies). I know my cousin's husband refused to use cloth diapers because that was what he thought they were. When he found out about my son's pocket diapers he said he would have done cloth if he'd known about them. ('course, he's not the one doing the laundry ;) ). My parents and aunts and uncles all assumed that is what we were using because that is what they used for my older cousins. (My dad is scared that we'll leave our toddler at his house with only him home to change diapers).
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
30 Jun 11
Unfortunately when my children were small I didn't know anything at all about cloth diapering so my children both wore disposable diapers. Now, my sister-in-law is going to be having her third daughter any day now and I suggested cloth diapering to her (she has had at least one in diapers for five years in December and will have at least another two years with the new baby). She said that she wouldn't do it even though I offered to buy her some cloth diapers from Ebay. Many of my friends cloth diapered their little ones and they said that Ebay is a great way to get them and to try a variety of different types.
• Canada
30 Jun 11
I guess once you're used to disposables, it's hard to think about switching. It is an extra load of laundry, I guess with 3 kids, you just don't want more. I know with my one child, I end up with 2 loads of laundry each day between diapers, clothes, and linens. I'm just waiting on my diapers. I'm also going to end up buying a few more of the more expensive ones form the store, based on what's available on eBay. The expensive name brands, with shipping, end up costing more than they do in the store or from the brand's website, plus my husband likes the colours better. He likes solid bright colours as opposed to the pastels.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
9 Jul 11
That is great cutepenquin,cloth diapers are all I have ever used and e-bay is a good place as any to buy some cheap. I have followed my fathers way of buying a bolt of flannel and making my own. I no longer babysit,and have used most of the diapers as window cleaners now,but I still have a pretty large amount of plastic panties that I used over the diapers. Great colors very handy for all ages and stages of potty training and to save the carpets and car seats. I also like them much better on the girls that go out with dresses and skirts on. Better for the environment as well. Good luck.