I am thinking of using cloth diapers, anyone have advice on them?
March 16, 2008 1:58pm CST
I am about to have twins and was thinking of using cloth diapers to save money. Also it would be more echo friendly. I have done a little research and they have some nice ones now. I am thinking of getting the one that you can ajust to the babies size, up to like 30lbs. Has anyone used a certain kind that they have loved/hated? Thanks.
16 Mar 08
I have four children and used terry nappies with all of them. Mty eldest is 21 and my youngest is 12. nappies have come on a long way since then though. it saved e a fourtune, they got soaked in a bucket in the bathroom and i used to wsh them every 3 or 4 days. i used to wash the baby grows in the sae wash this helped keep them nice a =nd white. i uesd to hang them on the line or tumble them dry depending on the whether
19 Mar 08
frankly speaking, i have no experiences in this matter coz i have no baby. but soon i'll have it. i think it depends on the parents whether they will use cloth or terry. i think cloth is better and cheaper.besides that, cloth is more practical and economic coz we can wash it and use it again.
16 Feb 09
I'd suggest diaperswappers.com to anyone starting out with cloth diapering. There is so much information there and so many wonderful mamas to talk with and ask questions. Even the "gross" topics like how to clean out poops, lol. There are some really nice onesize diapers out there. Goodmamas are one, but they are a bit pricey, or at least they were... But you can find a lot of great onesized diapers made by work at home moms for decent prices that are just as good if not better than some of the "high production" brands out there. (not that there is anything wrong with those brands, I'm just a work at hom mom supporter, lol). Another place to check out is hyenacart.com its got a forum community that is great to ask questions and hang out, plus it is like an online mall for people who make and sell baby items as well as bath and body products and clothing that are mostly handmade!
• United States
27 Mar 08
Sorry I'll copy a bit of what I've answered for a friend before ;) I'm lazy like that! 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/diaperfacts.php There are many options available, check out the directories at http://diaperpin.com/directory/directory.asp and http://www.diaperjungle.com/directory/ 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://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm 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. My advice is to get only a few bum genius and see how well you like them before you buy a package, every baby is shaped different, so you may find that you can't get a good fit (despite the different sizing you can do on it) because their legs are too skinny or too fat. In the beginning, they go through so many diapers, and bum genius are probably going for around $18 a pop, so prefolds under covers are a good idea (you can get snappis or put them inside bummis covers without pins) for at home, then use the fancy ones for outings-that is if you ever get out of the house!
• United States
17 Mar 08
i never liked using cloth diapers because they were nasty to have to clean and also i was always scared i would poke my baby with the pins they give you to use. the bathroom thing was really my worst though cause when they poop in them you have to wash them out before you can put them in the washer. disgusted me so bad. LOL@ good luck to you though and God bless
• United States
16 Mar 08
When my kids were in diaper over 40 years You could get the ones that were p refolded and sown, then there were the Curity® brand diapers that were rectangle. We also had square diapers. We would keep them soaking in a diaper pail for a couple of days before washing. I hung mine on the line to dry because I didn't have a dryer back then. I don't think I remember how to fold the Curity diapers any more. I never thought about the disposable diapers until my youngest came along. Only used them when I was away from home. We have come a long way and full cycle since I see a lot of mothers on myLot looking at use clothe diapers again. Of course they are a lot cheaper than the disposable ones in the long run too.