Cloth diapers? Or disposable? How did you choose?

@wendee (359)
Canada
April 9, 2007 10:26pm CST
I use disposable diapers, I ahve on all my children. I guess for the convience factor. I find that I like the huggies brand the best although i usually buy which ever brand that I have a coupon for or is on sale. How do you choose your diapers?
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I use disposable diapers. I use them on both of my kids. I use them because it is so much easier then using cloth and all the work you have to go through when using them. I usually only use Luvs because they seem to fit the kids better then any other brand that I have tried and they usually are better priced.
@wendee (359)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
It si a lot easier isn't it! I have never tried Luvs. I am not even sure if I have seen them....I wonder if they are available here in Canada. Probably. I will keep my eye out! Thanks!
@mememama (3077)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Hey, if anyone wants to switch I'm here ;) I use cloth diapers on my son for many reasons, his health and the environment are at the top of the list. I've written about this before at another site, so I'll just copy and paste what I said, there's lots of links. Cloth is definatley move environmentally friendly. People always say "well you run so much water and detergent". If that statement was true-we should all wear paper clothes. I only use a few tablespoons of detergent in each load and the water used equals the amount that I'd have to flush the toilet if my son was using it. I don't use bleach either! Here's some facts on the environment and health http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/dia... I switched over a year ago. My mother was going to pay for diaper service (we're hippies lol) but it wasn't available where I lived. So I held my breath and used disposables. My son had bleeding nasty rashes-I changed him every hour and he'd still break out. that gel stuff can be toxic! Once I switched to cloth-no more rashes! He even had diarrhea this week-no rash! There are many options available, check out the directories at http://www.diaperpin.com/home.asp...... and http://www.diaperjungle.com/ I mostly have fuzzi bunz (pocket diapers), but I also have fitteds, prefolds, and covers. I like fuzzi bunz because I can stuff a few inserts or prefolds in there for overnight, travel, or naps. On wash day (I have enough to wash every other day), I run a cold cycle to lift stains, then a hot cycle with the few tablespoons of detergent (list of safe detergent here http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/de... If it's nice outside, I line dry to conserve energy. Otherwise I just throw them in the dryer or if it's evening, I put the covers and fuzzi bunz on a line inside the house to dry-they don't take that long! I even have travelled down the country with my son in cloth 3x this last year. I use "wet bags" to store the dirty ones in. At home I just use a regular dry pail which is a trash can with a good sealed lid. I also love the fact that I will be able to use these diapers on future children, I never have to run out in the middle of the night to buy a pack of disposables, and I really feel like I am making a healthy choice for my son and the earth. If you have any questions, send me a message.
@wendee (359)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
wow thanks for you response. You make very good points! I am sure that you will be getting some messages from people that would like more information. Thanks for posting!
@mememama (3077)
• United States
10 Apr 07
thanx! I just checked my links and they aren't working. So I'll try it again! Health:http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php directories:http://diaperpin.com/home.asp and http://diaperjungle.com/ list of safe detergents for cloth diapers: http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm
@syain1972 (1011)
• Singapore
10 Apr 07
I used to use diapers on my children but was advised that using cloth diapers not only is cost saving, your children tend to be toilet trained quicker. So, I am really deciding to switch to cloth diaper for my next baby....:
@wendee (359)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
really? Wow! Well, I guess it kinda makes sense. I never really thought of that. I think if I had fewer children then I would also thinkabout switching, but it seems that it would be an awful lot of laundry to to. I have 5 children and it seems like I am always doing laundry as it is! lol
@smartmom (827)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I also use disposable diapers, as I do not see the point in using the cloth ones. Although we will save on materials by using cloth diapers, we will also be doing a lot of washing, and most likely with bleach. If we also use a dryer, the environmental benefits of cloth diapers are not much better than by using disposable diapers. I also prefer Huggies, especially Huggies Ultratrim (I think this is the name), because of the elastic band in the bag. I recently purchsed the Kuddles brand (Winn-Dixe), and I have really been positively surprised. I do not like Pampers too much as they do not have the elastic back, and I also think Pampers diapers have a weird smell to them. I wish that there would be a competitive environmental and allergy friendly brand of diapers here in the U.S. I just moved here from Denmark, and there they had a great allergy friendly and environmetal concsious brand, and the prices were very competitive, especially when they were on sale.
@wendee (359)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
Ya I am not a huge pampers fan either. I have thought that they fit right on the kids, but didnt know exactly why. Didnt notice the smell of pampers LOL, except after they use them....yuck! I know some parents that use huggies on sensitive bums. Not sure if there are other brands that cater to sensitive babies. thanks for your response!