Cloth Diapers

16 Replies
c - February 7

anybody use these? let me know what you think about them. thanks

 

lilmama - February 15

never used them but yuck, I wouldnt wanna deal with washing them. I think disposibles are the best, if you can get past the cost

 

natalie - February 26

i think that there are a great, they save you alot of money. my daughter is 3 months old and i have already spend about £179 on nappies. so i would?

 

aussiegal - February 26

i am having this exact same discussion/arguement with my mother! she wants me to use cloth nappies but i cant stand the thought of washing every day or so. i work in childcare and use disposables every day with the kids at work so its what know. i cant imagine the thought of putting a tiny newborn baby in a huge cloth nappy. i know they are cheaper but i think alot more ha__sle in washing them whereas disposables are more expensive but so much easier!!! maybe ill settle it and use both cloth for home disposables for going out!! who knows!!!!

 

Lisa - March 1

I use cloth nappies. Disposable nappies take years to break down and take a heavy toll on the environment. In general, you will save about $2000 per year using cloth nappies. Disposable nappies are a lot more convenient when it comes to extra washing and time, a lot of mums work and have other children to take care of, so i guess the convenience is probably a lot more practical for them. Personally, i prefer cloth nappies.

 

PP - March 2

Once you consider the cost of detergent and utilities to wash the diapers in hot water and properly clean them it really isn't much cheaper. You have to consider your time too. If you work also pay yourself and paper will definately win. As for the environment- we don't know if it takes forever or not. But let me guess you still throw stuff away that I'm sure takes longer. Do you use batteries?

 

Rachel - March 8

I hardly think that comparing batteries thrown away occasionally can compare to the trash a__sociated with disposable diapers every day? Its way too much waste and the gel in the very absorbent diapers are toxic to children. Cloth all the way.

 

BabyD's Mama - March 14

There are different type of cloth diapers. I have fitted ones that even snap down at the belly so the healing umbilical cord isn't rubbed. Furthermore, there are numerous sites out there that give the break down on cost, and even with washing them they are supposedly cheaper then disposable ones. I use a cotton liner in them as well and if I know I am due for a poopy load, then I add a paper liner that is flushable; it does make clean up easier.

 

D - March 15

I'm going to at least give cloth diapers an honest try. My sister-in-law calculated her total cost on cloth diapers, including washing etc, and figured that she saved well over $2000 that first year.

 

Jbear - April 3

How on earth could anyone spend $2000 on diapers in a year? Figure on a pack a week, at about $10. That's only $520 a year. If you have a strong belief in using cloth diapers, then do it. Otherwise, disposables are so much easier and more sanitary. Everyone can manage to afford them. I was so broke after my daugher was born that I didn't have underpants, but she ALWAYS had diapers.

 

melissa - April 9

I use cloth diapers with a diaper service. They drop off fresh, clean cloth diapers and I don't have to rinse them or anything. I just put them in a trash bin in the garage and then put them out on my porch once a week and the diaper service picks them up and leaves clean ones. For two children, I pay $60 a month! So, I save about $100 a month. Works for me.

 

Maureen - April 9

Hi Everybody, This is SO Interesting what you are all saying. I like the part of it being better for the baby as well, letting their bottoms breathe better perhaps? I'm going to SERIOUSLY consider doing it. Thanks for the good word! Cheers.

 

j - April 18

surely all you complaining about the environment dont use cloth sanitary towels...considering how much waste that is in your lifetime a couple of years of disposable nappies is nothing

 

Rachel - April 18

Surely those of you who compain about those of us who complain about the environment can't honestly say that its better to load the land with c___p than it is to try to conserve money and some small part of land. No, I dont use cloth sanitary towels, but I do plan to use cloth diapers. Whats the difference? Thats thousands of diapers that wont be going into the system. ANY little bit helps. Nobody can deny that.

 

kell - May 6

not to be silly but, do you just put the poop thats in the cloth in the toilet or is there a special thing that they have out there like the genie you can put it in??? do you have to wash them right away or is it okay to put them in the laundry basket untill laundry day???

 

D - May 6

I suppose there are different ways to do it, but the way I've seen it done is to put the poop in the toilet, then drop laundry time. You can use products like Odoban to help them smell fresher...

 

D - May 6

Totally messed up my post! It should have said: I suppose there are different ways to do it, but the way I've seen it done is to put the poop in the toilet, then drop the diaper into a bucket to soak until laundry time. You can use products like Odoban to help them smell fresher...

 

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