Cloth Nappies vs Disposable

Australia
October 5, 2007 9:03pm CST
Hi there! Im due to have our first child early Dec and have decided that not only will i try and breastfeed but i am also going to use Cloth nappies for the majority of the time. I assume i will use disposables for going out as an easier option but being at home i dont see why i shouldnt use cloth. What i cant understand is why do so many women feel the need to tell me that i wont cope with cloth nappies and that its much easier for disposable blah blah blah!! Surely in this day and age where we are concerned with the enviroment that many ppl would choose to do as i am doing? Seeings how this is my first child, i dont see that its going to make a difference to me. I havent known any different and i am a firm believer in you cant say NO until you try it! What are your thoughts on either argument??
5 responses
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
6 Oct 07
before i gave birth i have prepared 2 dozens of cloth nappy.. but after giving birth i didnt used that much often because my son always do wee and within half day we dont have nappy cloth already... so i used disposable.. i only used the cloth when its too hot... to avoid rashes :)
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• Australia
6 Oct 07
Thanks for your comments. I think that you need to do whats best in your situation! Hope all is well for u
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@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
6 Oct 07
my son is 11 months old now and i am using disposable nappies..:)
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@Calais (10898)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
You do what you feel like doing its no one elses business, People get lazy and its often just easier to use disposables, whats and extra load to wash really ??? ,, Cloth nappies are brilliant, I used them for mine, except when we went out...There was no extra work at all really, and just look at the money you will save and the environment..
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@missytia (387)
• Australia
6 Oct 07
Each person has to do what is right for them. I myself used cloth nappies for the majority of the time and disposables when I was out. A lot of people would say that it's a lot of hard work using cloth nappies because of all the washing etc..... But I had a 'chucky' baby and I was washing all the time anyway, so a load of cloth nappies a day is NOT hard work. I also like the look of clean white nappies hanging out on the line to dry. My daughter never got nappy rash from cloth nappies because as soon as it was wet, I would change her but with disposables, parents tend to leave them on longer because they absorb more. It's an individual thing and you might decide later that disposables are just easier, but personally I think that cloth nappies are just as easy and also easier on the environment.
@Daelin (683)
• Brazil
8 Oct 07
Lots of moms used cloth diapers in the past. It is an annoyance but it is not an impossible thing. I really donĀ“t know if the impact on the environment is smaller though. You see, you will have to wash the diapers and use more water than you usually use. I remember when my brother and sister were babies that my mother would clean a little the diapers and put them in a bucket with soap. When they were enough to be put in the wash machine she would do that. She never mixed the diapers with other clothes. So she used a lot of water. The first time to clean a little, the second time to fill the bucket and the third time to wash all of them. This would be done at last twice a day. You should try for a while and see if you adapt and how much water you are using. Congrats about your baby!
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
It does not make a lot of difference for the enviromnent, as with cloth nappies you need to wash them, hang them on the line, etc. Kochie (David Koch) from the Seven Network Program (in Australia) 'Sunrise' said that he had done the research and it makes no difference at all to the environment. We used cloth nappies for our eldest for a while, and then realised that we were changing her a lot more often due to the fact that cloth does not absorb the 'moisture'. Disposables do, and so they are much better in so far as you don't need to change as often. The other thing I did with our eldest was to use the "Home Brand" from "Woolworths" for the day time nappies, as they were nice & cheap, but still lasted relatively well. For the night time use, I used the "Baby Love" brand, as they seemed to hold up better for the night time use. It is my opinion, and I hope you have fun with your first one.