Cloth or Disposable? How did you decide?

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Cloth or Disposable? How did you decide?
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 3:26pm

How did you decide between using cloth diapers or disposable diapers?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-14-2011 - 11:53am
We chose for a number of reasons, but mostly because they were easier on the budget (altho the startup costs seem daunting!) and they're easier on Mother Earth. We found we simply loved them in general, they allowed fewer blow-outs and we just LOVED fluff-bum!

I especially like the comments about how cloth is unsanitary. As if they know who's grubby hands were on their precious paper diapers before they were put in packaging. I know EXACTLY who's hands were on my cloth as I took them out of the washer to hang to dry. Unfortunately, DD insists on paper these days and since she's outgrown most of her stash, what can we do? But I still hate it! LOL


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Registered: 08-23-1999
Thu, 04-14-2011 - 12:57pm

Hello Kristy,When I started babysitting,the disposable diapers of those days were not cumfortable nor very good at all,you still had to use the rubber pants over them if you where going to be away for any length of time.

As I had accumulated a fairly large supply of Curity cloth diapers and many sizes and styles of rubber and plastic pants,I never seen the reason to change over.

As I learned of the extreme damage being done to the earth by the disposables,I started rewarding thos that used cloth with discounts on my services.

This,I still continue today.

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Registered: 10-05-2003
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 10:40am

We used sposies for the first 6 months, mainly because I had to convince DH to go cloth and we had to have the $$ to purchase the cloth! I ultimately chose cloth for money reasons, never having to buy a diaper again still sounds awesome!! Of course the side benefits of saving the earth and being eco-friendly helps too! ;) I love my decision to go cloth and even DH does too!!

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Registered: 08-16-2004
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 6:01pm
I chose cloth because I didn't want my baby wearing plastic (we don't use PUL either) or any of the chemicals in disposable diapers. Throwing out bags and bags of poop filled diapers leaking human waste into the landfill as opposed to being disposed of in a sewer/septic system was another reason. Thirdly, we couldn't afford disposable diapers. I made my own cloth diapers out of upcycled thrifted shirts.

It's typical of the comments, people still believe old myths about cloth diapers such as they leak, they have to be washed a bunch of times, they're too messy and take a ton of time to wash. Cloth diapering has really caught on since I started a decade ago and I'm thrilled. I don't think we need a zillion different brands all made with synthetic materials though which seems to be the way things are going.
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Registered: 06-16-2008
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 7:13am

We chose cloth because I firmly believe that it is the best choice for DD. She gets horrible rashes from sposies, and let's face it, you don't REALLY know what you are putting against you baby's precious skin when you put a sposie on them. With cloth, I KNOW that all is against her skin is pure cotton or bamboo. Plus, I wash them and dry them myself so I know exactly how much detergent has been used etc.

I also like the fact that we are not adding thousands of sposies to landfill. The fact that it's also cheaper is a huge plus too!

As PP has mentioned, I am also constantly surprised by the common misconceptions about cloth. Some people think that it's still all pins, plastic pants, soaking and boiling! Others tell me that washing your own diapers is unsanitary or 'gross'. Yeah, and putting human poop in your garbage day in day out isn't gross at all!