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If you have more than one child, your diapers can continue to be reused and the money savings just continues to grow!
From fewer chemicals used in manufacturing to less diapers in landfills, this will make both you and the environment smile. Fewer chemicals on baby's bottom means less worries for you!
By reducing chemicals on their sensitive skin and helping quickly absorb moisture to keep baby feeling dry, cloth diapers can help keep those perfect baby bottoms rash free.Many families start to save money and fall in love with all of the cute options along the way.
We had to find something better for them. Change cover and insert at each diaper change. Generally pockets are sold with microfiber inserts, there are a couple options that offer a natural fiber insert. Soiled insert is changed out and cover can be reused over multiple changes. Inserts and covers are generally sold separately, good rule of thumb is to have 3 inserts for every 1 cover.
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Different closure options available; snaps, hook and loop or snap less which will require a fastener. Generally fitted diapers are made from natural fibers, a couple brands offer stay dry options. Can be trifolded and laid into a cover or folded and closed with a fastener. Can be pad-folded and laid into a cover or folded and closed with a fastener. Available in cotton, bamboo and hemp depending on brand.
I had heard about cloth diapers in a “back in the old days” kind of way. Disposables weren’t really an option, and he talked about how it was surprisingly easy. She was on her second round of cloth diapering with the same diapers!
I sat in on the class, learned about the many different types of cloth diapers, and chatted with other parents. So naturally, cloth diapering piqued my interest. My biggest barrier with taking the leap was the upfront investment. So, starting with a few really helped me test the water. The interesting thing about cloth diapering is that the cheaper methods aren’t necessarily worse, and the more expensive methods aren’t necessarily better. Instead, it’s all about which system works best for you. With this style, you tend to have less diapers and wash more often. This is a fairly minimal stash of cloth diapers, but it works for us.
You would definitely have more flexibility with when you wash.
I run my diapers through two cycles, one cold and one hot. This next year, when we won’t have to actually pay anything for diapers. Also, the cloth diapers are so durable, that we could use them again if we extend our family. Imagine if you were just now starting your family , and you were deciding between cloth and disposables.
You could be looking at a 48% savings to potty train three kids. That’s a 48% savings for a family with 3 kids!
I love cloth diapering more for reasons other than the savings.
I take my recycling and composting seriously!
There’s no question that cloth diapering isn’t completely waste free and perfect for the environment.
You are increasing your water use, using electricity, and buying manufactured goods. But, it still doesn’t compare to the waste produced from disposables. That alone might make cloth diapering worth it.
I can’t vouch for all cloth diapers, but these ones have been 100%. American babies wore cloth diapers, and only seven percent experienced diaper rash. Dress, diaper, no pants- cute as a button. The saved money is great, but the real value has come in other ways. Sure, there are days when washing diapers is on the bottom of my list. Sure, there have been times when a disposable diaper saved the day.
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But, overall it’s definitely been worth it. No more life-threatening smells from the diaper genie.
I did use disposable when we would be out for a very long time. Cloth diapers never even entered into our thought process.
We have a 15 month old, and cleaning from blowouts is a chore in itself. Whatever mess is left over will come out in the cold wash cycle. If not, they have sprayers you can attached to your toilet to help with serious messes. The hardwork, for me, is keeping up with laundry.
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I literally dump the dirty diapers from the wet bag into the washer, wash two cycles, and dry. The oils on the dryer sheets get on the diapers and prevent the cloth diaper from absorbing liquid. Every time she had a bowel movement it was a horrific blow-out, and this was happening several times a day.
I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite thing to do but it takes very little time. They only need 1 (long) cycle through our washer. Tough stains can be removed by laying/hanging them in the sun for a few hours.
We probably do a load of diapers every 2 days on average. The best part is that some close friends also have cloth diapered their 3 kids who are slightly staggered in age from ours, so we’ve traded different-sized diapers back and forth (replacing as necessary – they do wear out eventually!). These diapers last quite a while so if someone has only used them for 1 kid, they’re generally still good for diapering at least one more kid. Additional savings note: when your kid borrows a cloth diaper to go on the teddy bear/doll/flamingo (yes, all the stuffed animals get their turn!) it’s not a complete waste of a diaper!
Which brand of cloth diapers do you like?Not too much difference in diapering toddlers vs. Nice thing w/ cloth for toddlers is that you get some extra padding!
I have loved my personal experience with cloth diapers and advocate the use of them whenever possible!
Also, the whole point of disposables is the convenience, what do you do with that wonderful used cloth diaper while on a road trip, spending a day at grandma’s or doing an entire day of shopping?
I agree re the diaper genies and have never used one myself.
I factored the costs of water, energy, and detergent into my numbers.
Carrying dirty diapers around can be inconvenient, but they make these zipper bags that seal away the moisture and smell. To me, it’s just like having a soiled outfit. Diapers go in a washable bag in the pail, then the whole things goes in the laundry. A minute to transfer, then maybe 5 minutes at the end to match everything back up. With 2 kids we’re doing 1-2 loads per day anyway, diaper laundry is really the least of our issues. For travel – we often use disposables if we’re going to be gone a long time – but the small washable zip bags work pretty well for keeping everything contained if we’re using cloth. If you use cloth at least 1/2 the time you’re still saving money.
I toss a couple of diapers ready to use inside my ring sling’s pocket.
I don’t need a separate change of clothes any longer. Just change, put inside wet bag and back to the sling pocket.
I ended up borrowing a bar soap and handwashing all his brand new clothes in the hotel – not fun. He even leaked in my uncle’s hand and the room was stinky all the time. Laundry is mandatory with every kind of diapers, it’s up to you to have the washer doing all the job or having to scrub nice and expensive baby clothes by hand to take stains out.Oh and that price is delivered to your door!
Yes, there’s the waste/landfill argument….which is the downside…but that’s about it. Proper care with disposables and the baby won’t get a rash. One cost saving factor you didn’t mention is how disposable diapers prolong diaper use. They are so comfortable, we tend to keep our little ones in them far too long. My ’50’s mom always maintained that a side benefit of cloth diapers was the uncomfortable consequence of being in them after an incident. It tended to reinforce the benefits of moving onto the next stage of life very effectively well before the age of 3. Milli always liked the comfort of peeing in her diaper verses the toilet which made night time potty training very difficult!
I think what you refer to is the fact that disposables wick the moisture away from the baby’s skin, therefore resulting in them being able to sit in the diaper longer. This isn’t really a “comfort” for the child, it’s a comfort for the parent because they can leave the child in the diaper longer, being exposed to the chemicals longer.
You can buy diapers that wick moisture away from the baby’s skin, just as a disposable would, without the chemicals. And as the baby ages, you can decide to use a diaper that allows them to feel the moisture after they have peed, which begins to make them aware of their bodily functions, and thus aids in the process of potty training. In addition to financial savings and being more eco conscious, cloth diapers aren’t exposing your baby to harmful chemicals. Look up the chemicals used in disposable diapers… some cause staph infections, cause babies to get 2nd and 3rd degree burns and general diaper rash. That can be avoided by not exposing your child to harmful chemicals for the benefit of “ease” or a perception of a more modern choice. One or two extra loads of laundry a week is nothing, even with a new baby. Anyone have experience with cloth diapering at daycare?
She does live in a community where cloth diapering is fairly commonplace.
I have heard that some states do not allow cloth diapers in daycare.
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Every thing you discovered was true for us–so easy to use, very cute, almost no diaper rash, and a great feeling of aiding the environment. Maybe we were in the minority in the country then, but it didn’t feel like it at the time. These wonderful women became my go-to moms and remain–to this day– dear friends.
We still–as families–get together once a year and marvel at our grown tribe of kids!
I always thought we were the norm, and that what we were doing would become typical for everyone!
I am curious how it is for all you new moms!?
I did have more laundry to do but, it was very much worth it because by using those my daughter was basically potty trained by around 2 years old and “studies” have shown that people who use cloth diapers then their child is more likely to potty train faster and sometimes earlier. It also makes it easier to potty train as well. It’s all about which method works best for your family.
You guys have me crossing my fingers on the early potty-training!
This will be my first time cloth diapering. We’re going to be using pre-folds and diaper covers.
We have enough so that we only have to do laundry every 3 days.
We do splurge on detergent specifically made for cloth diapers.
We knew we wanted to use them with any future children so we bought mostly neutral colors, there are only about 5 pinks/purples in the bunch. So now that we’re expecting a little boy we will be using the same stash for him (we may purchase 4-5 extra for him).
I will say that they do very easily go up in size from newborn to 2-3 years old. The only issue is that during the first month of life, they don’t fit so good. So we did use disposables (which were mostly free from the hospital) during her first month.
I imagine we’ll have to do the same with our little guy. But otherwise, its been cloth diapers all the way. And the cuteness factor is through the roof!
The consistency of newborn waste and frequency would have been difficult with cloth diapers. Peace and love to all those cloth and disposable clad bubs out there!
I don’t have kids but am keeping this on file in case that changes one day!
Sounds like the upside is you’re changing less frequently, but the laundry could be an issue (as well as getting refills, etc.Because of that, we have had some rash issues.
I wanted to learn about all the different methods.
We took a couple of disposables on a weekend trip recently & had two blowouts, ugh, don’t miss those at all. Yes, there is a cost to produce & time to breakdown no matter which product you use – but any product that you can use more than once is a definite saving for this planet where we are using materials faster than they can be replenished. Australia, and there are several fantastic buy & sell groups on facebook – even better than throwing your cloth diapers out when done, you can sell them on to someone else & they keep being used. It all depends on your needs and your goals (simplicity, cost savings, eco-matters, etc).
I love that you tracked so many statistics. Very helpful for new moms and those considering. Besides, the affordability and benefits – they’re just plain cute, too!
I was wondering what kind of savings (and other benefits) we’d be looking at.
I could get flannel in cute prints for hardly anything and sewed my own.
I could make a batch of larger ones as they grew.
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Disposables in these days were awful and caused terrible diaper rash.
I had fun with different patterns on them (real cuteness factor here)l.
I used the old-fashioned plastic pants and bleached everything. Very few diaper rashes and usually due to antibiotic use.
I don’t know how we could have afforded buying disposables all the time, especially when we lived on one income & we had twins!
We also use the biodegradable ones doubled up at night time.
I use a diaper bucket for the dirty/wet stuffers and pouches and do a load of laundry every 4 days.
I keep a small stack wet in an old wipes container…works great!
We dealt with it by changing her more often.
I think the anatomical difference may be what they were experiencing in much younger babies. They were fine fire the first 18 months, but our very chunky boy had rash and comfort problems.
We have a number of different styles and brands, but they all had issues.
We sadly had to switch back to disposable. Sister in law had a rash problem that they couldn’t keep away in cloth once he hit 2.
We used a diaper service for a couple months with dd and that was super great b/c we didn’t have to wash them, but it wasn’t a cost savings. A couple months in, we stopped the diaper service and we bought a batch of fuzzibunz and inserts and we’ve loved them. That is a huge savings on top of the cloth diapers, no pads/tampons every month for 8 years so far!
We’re hoping to potty train him sooner rather than later and be done with the dipes once and for all, but using cloth has been easier than the naysayers would have you believe. There are a lot of blogs dedicated to cloth diapering, mine included, and we are a tight knit community.
I have frequently noticed that no one ever sights the manufacturing impact of millions of babies using thousands of disposable diapers each.The thought of all my son’s excrement wrapped in plastic at the landfill fills me with regret and disgusts me.
I guess when something falls out of fashion it is hard to revive it!
That’s how long it took her to potty train. During my son’s newborn days we were washing daily but lately it’s about 3 days in between, and we’re putting them in a large plastic bag, but they get stinky. Then when you wash them, do a cold wash using baking soda instead of laundry powder/liquid first, then your regular wash – that’s all that we’ve needed to do to nix the smells.
I started out with prefolds from birth until he grew out of the infant size… then moved to flats until potty training.
We use what is called a pail liner that is washable with a covered kitchen trashcan.My mom taught me it is bad etiquette to throw a soiled diaper in someone else’s trash that does not have a currently diapered baby in the house.
I do use 1 disposable each night, but only because it seems to help baby sleep longer.
I used to use cloth nappies while out too, and also while on holiday, but this time round tend to use disposables in those situations. Not that detergent should be costing lots anyway, because you use so little when washing nappies (to avoid solvent lock). They are easier to use than disposables, don’t come unfastened (like disposables do), the fasteners don’t stick to baby’s clothing, they don’t have hard edges that cut into baby’s sensitive skin (like the fasteners on disposables do). And they’re no issue when out and about and you have to change them – they make a neat wee parcel and you stick it in a plastic bag and stick it in the changebag/carry bag.
When you get home and sort all your stuff out you just empty the plastic bag into the nappy bucket – job done. The only tricky bit about cloth nappies is finding a system that fits your baby, coz they’re all a bit different.
I read that it can be compared to flushing your toilet 5 more times a day.
I cloth diapered my baby from day old all the way to potty training at 3. Not all babies will train earlier with cloth diapers, but she was definitely aware enough to ask me if she could go potty at 15 months.
We used prefolds and covers as well as pretty much every other possible diapering configuration. With exceptions for only a handful of brands, she was always leak-free. With the right detergent and properly clean diapers, most parents find that their babies have far, far fewer rashes and leaks with cloth. Occasionally we use disposables when we travel by plane. Our second daughter is using the same diapers our first did. And we just sold the smallest size through craigslist. My mom says that anything that she put me in other than cloth would give me immediate irritation.
You can only learn so much from a website!
My 3 month old blows out our other one sizes all the time.
Cloth diapers are the absolute best thing to ask for as baby gifts. They are often cute and you can get super cheap used clothes yourself. My second needs more longer term pockets as he is getting dragged all over town homeschooling. Often we are outside and it is a bit cold to change him frequently too. There are major learning curves with cloth. Then you are hoping and praying to sell the ones that dont work to recoup some of the money spent, so you can then apply it to the system that does work. Then you have to hope and pray that your diapers hold up. Cloth diapered children get yeast rashes more so than disposable diapered babies. Yes, less diapers are put into landfills, but look at how many gallons of water you use.
I think most moms are not completely honest about the downside to cloth diapering because it is such an investment, they dont want to think they failed, or are failing. The diapers are so damn cute, you dont want to throw in the towel and go back to disposables.
I do not spend anywhere close to hours doing my laundry maybe 5 minutes.<