Thoughts On Cloth Diapers

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Andrea - October 17

Just wondering how everyone feels about cloth diapers, my hubby wants us to use when we have a baby. But I am not too sure about it. My mother remembers when her youngest sister was born and having to change her with only cloth diapers and she hated it, she vowed that she would never again use them. Any thought?

 

Lisa - October 17

I would like to try it, but I don't know about washing the c___p out of them. I like cloth because they are more environmentally friendly, but diapers are more convienent. I don't know what I am going to do yet.

 

Alycia - October 17

I'd really like to use them also, but most people are overwhelmingly negative about it (none of them have even tried them, I might add). There's a lot of really good information on the web... here's one of the sites that has pretty much convinced me. You save a TON of money using them, which is another incentive for me. http://www.diaperaps.com/home/dp1/index_main.html

 

Alycia - October 17

Remove the dashes in the link!

 

kr - October 17

I'm looking into it too. Cloth diapers have changed a lot in the past 20 years.They are now made out of numerous materials, cuts, styles and with velcro and snaps fasteners. They even have inserts for extra absorbency. Also, gone are the days of those plastic covers. Is there a cloth diaper service in your town? The one I have been looking into provides a container for used diapers and only requires you rinse used one in the toilet. I've heard that they are less expensive (including water) than disposable. They do take extra work, but with you guy behind youthings should be easier. Just pack a few disposable when baby goes to grandma's.

 

A - October 17

Do NOT waste your time on cloth diapers! It's a huge mistake! Me = never again. Being thrifty, the idea of "saving money" with them was appealing, but I found out that saving my sanity was more important. Besides it being utterly disgusting to wash those suckers (even sending them through a service is just nasty) you run through them way too quickly, they are prone to giving rashes and the babies themselves don't enjoy them. Oh, and my WORD your baby's bottom stinks in those suckers. Bad mistake! Never EVER again!

 

A - October 17

Also wanted to add that they are a pain with traveling. If you go to the mall and have to change the baby, guess what? You get to carry a poopy diaper around the rest of evening! It was pointless, because everytime we went out, we'd have to bring disposables...so why use them at all? Unless you're a hermit that only changes diapers at home, they're a major pain in the b___t. If you want cheaper disposables though, I've found that buying bulk or off places like Amazon works well. It's absolutely your decision, but be warned! Attack of the poopy cloth!

 

Rachel.R - October 18

Im going to use cloth nappies with my baby.. my mum used them with me.. and she used nappy liners.. if baby does a big poo, you just get the nappy liner fold it up and flush it.. were gonna use disposables when we go out and things like that... im also taking in my baby bag little nappy bags, for if you have to change baby when your at the shopping center of anything.

 

ally - October 18

A's response was interesting, i think almost everyone knows to take disposables when u go out, isnt it just common sense as opposed to carrying around a cloth dirty nappy, i thought so anyhow. I bought the cloth nappies, pants, pins and they are still sitting unopened, no time . too busy and i dont know how i thought i'd be soaking and washing nappies on top of caring for a newborn. Have the baby then decide rather than go out and waste money like i did. Buy ur disposables and go from there, maybe later on down the track i may use them but if i did i think i'd know not to use them at bed time and when going out.

 

Erin - October 18

You need to decide for yourself what works best for you. We started with disposables and are getting ready to move into cloth diapers. They are MUCH easier these days than they were "back in the day". It is a bit of an investment initially, if you want to get the easiest cloth diapers (they make some with snaps so they're just as easy as disposables), but the price pans out. Also, the biggest difference between disposables and cloth is that disposables are made to hold hours worth of wee and poo and cloth diapers are usually made to just hold one wee and poo. But if you think about it, why would you want your darling baby to sit in their own wee for hours anyway? Yes, you'll still need disposables for certain occasions, but cloth diapers certainly have their benefit. Also, if you're considering cloth diapering, you might want to look into "Elimination Communication". It's becoming more of a "norm" in the states and has been the norm in many Eastern countries. We just started with my 6 month old (b-day today!) and he used the potty last week! you can go to www.diaperfreebaby.com (or dot-org... I don't remember... and remove any dashes) for more information. Basically, you can easily learn your babies signals for when they need to "eliminate" just like you can learn their signals for when they're hungry or sleepy. The first six months are the easiest time to do this and they could be diaper free pretty quickly. It sounds insane and ridiculous when you first hear it (or at least it did to me), but when you look into it and read the research, it really makes a lot of sense. Good luck to you!

 

Jenn - October 18

It's your decision, but here is my experience. My mom used cloth diapers for MANY years. I was the 2bd child, oldest girl so I got the "opportunity" to change plenty of them. I would never do it again. You have to rinse the poopie ones in the toilet and the smell lingers when doing laundry. Though I'm sure there might be services out there that would launder for them. Towards the end of her kids, my mom finally went to disposable and said she wished she would have switched long before. So my response towards them isn't very good, but I experienced them through many kids.

 

Alycia - October 18

Erin - I'm so glad you shared that website! What an amazing idea! I'm going to seriously consider it, although I probably will keep the baby in diapers most of the time. It would be really cool to do with poopies, at the very least.

 

Andie - October 18

That site Erin brought up made me laugh. No offense to you at all Erin, but we had study that site back when I was in school as a sort of project on insane theories. And I mean insane as literally insane. We were learning about how far people will go to step out of the norm to the point of ridiculous. The diaper free thing was a very hot topic; I think two people in the entire cla__s thought the whole mess was legit. lol As for cloth diapers, why use them when you have to use disposables whenever going out? That seems pointless, because most people have daily adventures outside of their home, therefore they would always be switching their baby into a disposable. To me that just seems tedious. I would think it would be wise to avoid the cloth all together, instead of having to play the switching game and/or the carry a poopy diaper or liner in a plastic bag game.

 

Andie - October 18

Sorry if that sounded rude. When I went back and read it, I realized I sounded hostile, but I wasn't meaning to. I was really just babbling off what was running through my mind. :)

 

Erin - October 18

I completely understand how crazy it sounds. Like I said, I thought so too... at first. And then I really started looking into it and realize this was THE method many years ago. Diapers haven't been used forever. Also, many countries are STILL using this method. And it is gaining popularity in the US as well. It was recently featured in Newsweek (http://tinyurl.com/c5sva), The New York Times (http://tinyurl.com/c7j3o), The Boston Globe (http://tinyurl.com/79lhm) and The Telegraph (http://tinyurl.com/8ynff). Again, remove any dashes that show up. There are also numerous buddy groups growing on the web. It may sound nutty, but it's working all across the world, so if you want to keep your baby in diapers, that's your choice. It's just not mine.

 

Alycia - October 18

Just because something sounds crazy doesn't mean it is. A lot of new things sound crazy - germ theory, for example, was considered nuts throughout much of the 19th century. And the doctor (can't remember his name) who first proposed in France that doctors should merely wash their hands before delivering babies to prevent puerperal (childbed) fever was laughed out of his profession and actually locked up in the looney bin. I'm not trying to be hostile either, but the negativity I'm encountering even when mentioning cloth diapers is really unnecessary and annoying. I'm encountering the exact same negativity when I say I don't want to have an epidural when I give birth. I don't even have the baby yet, and I'm already tired of the judgments everyone is so happy to make about my decisions. Okay, okay, this is mostly just a vent. I'm not really angry with Andie, just with all the negativity out there.

 

Andie - October 18

Well, Erin I will agree with you on one thing for sure: diapers pretty much stink! lol I don't know what to think about the diaper free method; I should probably go back and re-learn it as my exposure to it was to make fun of/attack it. It wasn't even presented to us as real, but instead as a sort of baby cult.lol...anyhow, I do think this society is a bit diaper obsessed. I am disgusted when I see three year olds still in the things! My mom had me fully potty-trained BY one year of age. There is no way my baby is going to be three years old before they finally learn what pottying is; I will be following in my mom's footsteps with the one-year method. If a baby can learn how to eat food, clap their hands, crawl, walk, etc, they can certainly learn how to go potty and express to their parents when they need to go.

 

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