Cloth vs. disposable diapers?

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Cloth vs. disposable diapers?
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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 6:13pm

Will you be cloth diapering or using disposables? Any current moms here have experience with cloth diapers, or even experience with both?


I would love to cloth diaper because it is cheaper and obviously MUCH better for the environment, but it just seems like so much more work. Babies are work enough on their own! I couldn't imagine having to take the time every day to rinse and wash cloth diapers.


What are your thoughts?




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Registered: 12-30-2007
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 6:25pm

I will be disposable diapering. I wish I could cloth diaper, but I just don't have the time. I hate to make the Earth worse than it already is, but since I will not be a full time SAHM I can't expect a child care provider to be changing and taking care of cloth diapers. I know my parents tried the cloth diapering when I was born, but found it to be such a hassle that they stopped after about 2 weeks.

I truly admire those who are able to and do cloth diaper, but it's not something I can do for several reasons.

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 8:07pm

I also want to cloth diaper, but DH is not sure he will be able to change those :) and since I won't be a SAHM I am not sure if I will be able to take the time to do it.


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Registered: 01-29-2008
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 9:12pm
We will probably use disposable.




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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 9:27pm

We use cloth and it is really easy, you don't need to rinse diapers until they are eating solids which is nice and even then it is maybe 1 or 2 diapers a day (and you are supose to rinse disposables too, though no one does, because it isn't legal to deposit poop in the dump). We do laundry every other day and it is fairly easy, we put in the load before bed, DH starts the dryer before he leaves for work and I either bring up the diapers when we get up or run the dryer a second time if the diapers aren't dry, it doesn't take more then 10 extra minutes every other day (just like any load of laundry would).

We will use cloth for #2 as well we really like it for DS and how easy it is. Plus DS still goes through 10+ diapers a day, even if we use disposable diapers, and I just can't see throwing away that many diapers daily.












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Registered: 02-27-2008
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 9:53pm

We will be cloth diapering. Before I joined this board, I didn't know much about CDing, and I certainly didn't know how far they have come with them since I last used them with a baby I was a nanny for like 10 years ago. So I wasn't sure if we would be using them or disposables at first. But then, Sarah (Tabrizia) posted a very informative and thorough post she wrote about CDing - it was basically "Cloth Diapering 101"! And I've done a little research about the different types and whatnot... so I think we will definitely be using cloth; right now, I think I like the "Happy Heiny" brand, but I think I'll have to do more research and talk to more moms before I decide.

I was just thinking today about CDing and wondering if it will take some getting used to... but we're definitely going to do it - for the environmental and financial benefits. And we have a washer/dryer in our house, so that won't be a problem. My other thought today was wondering how many you need to buy? If a baby can go through like 10 diapers in a day (!), should you have like 20-30 diapers on hand if you figure doing laundry EOD?

Good question, always a fun topic!


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Registered: 02-27-2008
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 10:03pm

Just in case anyone is interested, here is the link to Sarah's post I was talking about above:

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-pswaiting/?msg=17187.1


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Registered: 04-07-2003
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 10:08pm
great! Thanks for posting that - I was about to go searching. :)



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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 10:56pm

I am actually looking into the G-diapers, which are sort of a hybrid, I guess. You have a reusable shell that you put disposable inserts in. The inserts can be flushed or composted-- and I plan to compost them. I've been working hard on my garden and am about to buy a home compost thing-- a friend has one, and it just seems great! It seems like the perfect balance for me.

Great post! I can't wait to see what others do!



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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 8:04am
Hey, those sound interesting, I'm going to check those out. I have a compost pile too; I don't have a bin, I've been looking into buying one though (probably a good idea if you're gonna put dirty diaper inserts in your compost pile - at least in the city :-).

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Registered: 02-17-2005
Mon, 05-05-2008 - 8:40am

I'm definitely planning on cloth, it's just a better choice all around- cheaper for us, better for baby's skin, better for the environment.


I was looking into all the kinds of diapers but I had to stop b/c I was on the verge of BUYING some! ACK!


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