Took the plunge......to cloth diapers

United States
July 23, 2007 3:39pm CST
Yesterday I bought some cloth diapers and some covers. So far they work really good. This afternoon I knew she would poop (because she is super regular) I put her in a disposable. But she is in cloth again now. She wore one overnight last night and no leaks! I am actually liking them. I will be washing them tonight so we will see how all that goes. I hope I can keep it up. So far I can see it happening! I just wish I would have tried it sooner. It always sounds like so much mroe work then it really is.
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@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
23 Jul 07
That's great. What made you do the switch? I know they're very eco-friendly and I've heard money saving too.
• United States
24 Jul 07
It actually was the money. My daughter can only wear Huggies for one reason or another. It was less expensive to buy a pack of cloth diapers and the covers then for a pack of Huggies so I decided to go for it. So far so good.
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• United States
24 Jul 07
That's a pretty cool idea. I'm glad it's working out for you!
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
24 Jul 07
That's awesome that you are liking them. I have been really thinking of switching my daughter to cloth. I didn't realize how good they were and how much they have improved. I know it's a little late now since she is 21 months old. But I would like to use them just to get her through potty training. Since I've been buying pull ups I've realized how expensive they are. Cloth would save me a ton of money and be better for my daughters skin.
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• United States
24 Jul 07
Yes, my daughter is 16 months so I thought it was a little late but the cost is what made me do it. I wish I would have done it sooner. You could always try it. Though with potty training pull ups are probably easier. I spent $15 total to get started. Not alot really. I wash a load of laundry everyday anyway. My daughter is alergic to a lot of diapers or they leave lint, I don't know why. We have beenfaithfully using cloth for 2 days now (negative 2 diapers) and she doesn't seem to have a problem with them.
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@syndibee (799)
• United States
29 Jul 07
cloth is much easier for potty learning than pull ups. they make cloth training pants and the child feels when they wet so they can associate that with learning to use the potty. i would consider switching even at 21 months if i were you :)
@anij34 (317)
• United States
24 Jul 07
YIPPEE!!!! Good for you!! Really, no sarcasm! I am thrilled to hear that your cloth diapering. Its a huge step to make and its so much better for the environment. I wish that more people would do it. Honestly, I actually wish that disposable stuff was outlawed. Our society has become too lazy and everything is throw away. Its so much better to just throw a few diapers in the washing machine every other day. Congrats on taking the big step and I hope that you feel comfortable sticking with it.....its a wonderful thing!!
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• United States
24 Jul 07
Thank you so much. So far my husband said it was easier for him and he likes it. I was sure he would say disposables were easier. I think that makes it so much easier too for the idea to keep it up. We are planning to have a #3 and I am thinking about getting some of the fitted ones. I am so happy that it is going so well. I am so happy to share too! Thank you for the support. So all the people who are debating...Give it a try! You might be surprised! I have just been keeping them in a plastic bag int he hamper. Thinking of getting some kind of waterproof bag that I can dumpe the diapers into the washer and stick the bag in too.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
I loved cloth nappies, although i was opposite to you, i used them all day with 1 disposable over night! You can also keep using cloth nappies when you know there will be a poop because all you have to do is buy some liners :) The liners will line the nappy, then when she has finished pooping, you just lift the liner out & throw it away! They're definitely more eco-friendly but they have discovered the costs are about the same between cloth & disposable - only because of the initial cloth costs are pretty high, plus you use soakers, washing powder, water & stuff like that but they are great to use. You can also get the fitted cloth nappies, they go on like a disposable (the side flaps attaching at the front, no pins needed) yet you can was & re-use them & many don't need the pilchers (plastic covers) coz they're already made waterproof! Those ones are VERY handy & super easy to use!
• United States
24 Jul 07
I have been washing them with the regular detergent. They look and smell clean when they come out. When we have #3 I will look into getting the fitted ones. I didn't want to spend the money to try those to find out I didn't like them. Everyone who has them that I have talked to loves them. I haven't even been using pins. I just wrap the cloth up and put the cover on. It seems to be working fine so far.
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@Calais (10899)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
Cloth nappies are great, I used them and they are not hard work, I think that they are brilliant and not expensive at all..
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• United States
24 Jul 07
Yes, it only cost me $15 to get started and so far I haven't needed to get anything else. I was really surprised by how easy they are to use. I don't even use pins just the diapers and covers and so far so good.
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@Calais (10899)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
Oh, thats wonderful, because those disposable ones are very expensive..
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
24 Jul 07
How old is your baby? Does she sit up by herself? If she can sit up by herself why not put her on a potty chair and save an extra diaper. You could be one step up for when she gets ready to be potty trained if She is this regular your job is half done. Take advantage of it girl.
• United States
24 Jul 07
She is 16 months. We have tried the potty but she stand up instead of staying seated. I think she won't sit down long enough because she is on the go. Cloth is working good so far. I am sure she will decide when she is ready.
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I hope cloth works out for you. I've heard it ends up being much cheaper. I hope to try it some when I have kids.:)
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• United States
24 Jul 07
I am liking it a lot more than I thought I would have. That's why it has taken me so long to try them. We are planning to have 1 more and I might still use disposables in the beginning because they poop almost every diaper but then I am planning to switch to cloth.
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@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
25 Jul 07
My mom used cloth diapers on my little brother for a while when he was born. I remember having to help her wash out the nasty diapers. Since the, I dont think I have seen another kid in cloth-- or maybe I didn't pay any attention. I wouldn't use them for my son, only because I deal with enough already with his medical issues. I really dont think I can handle anymore stress or work.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
29 Jul 07
i was so glad to see your post. i'm a strong advocate for cloth diapering. i make the AIO (all in one) diapers that someone else mentioned that are the fitted ones with the waterproof layer attached. they truely do work just like a disposable diaper. i'm under the impression that you bought prefold diapers which are the ones you fold up and can use pins, a snappi, or just fold into the cover. did you get your diapers online or at a place like walmart? the diapers at walmart are not as absorbent as the ones you can get online so if you ever get into a situation where you feel your diapers just aren't working as well as they used to then please message me and i will help you through the rough spot :)