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Anyone planning on using cloth diapers?

post #1 of 67
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I have cloth diapered my kids from the start and will be with this new one as well. I believe that using cloth has really helped with potty learning as my first hated being wet and ended up dry day and night by the age of 26 mos. DS2 is using the potty regularly at 19mos as well.

Anyway, I have certain dipes that I love and others that I really don't like.

I don't need much in the way of cloth for newborn/small but I know I'll be needing some medium when the time comes.

Anybody planning on cloth diapering? Do you use cloth already? Do you have any faves?
post #2 of 67
I didn't start cloth diapering until a few months before my son potty trained, but i think that might have helped quite a bit. I have used several different systems of cloth diapers though because I work in childcare and have had several cloth diaperd bottoms in my infant classroom. I will be cloth diapering this time around and i plan to use fuzzibuns one size diapers, I cant buy them until after the babe is born though because we arent finding out what we are having and i want to be able to buy some gender specific colors, I have tiny babies anyway so we will probably use some newborn size diapers for a few weeks or more anyway so I will have some time to get our new diapers ordered and washed for baby.
post #3 of 67
I've cloth diapered all of mine from birth and will with this one as well. I'm hoping my stash will hold up through one more kid!
post #4 of 67
I cloth diapered my son from the beginning and will be doing the same with this one. I use prefolds and fitteds that I make myself along with some pul covers, recycled wool, and knitted wool. I still have quite a stash but gave away my least favorites after ds potty learned at 17 months. I'll be making some new fitteds to fill out my stash but just haven't been in the mood to sew yet. Hopefully I get bitten by the sewing bug soon.
post #5 of 67
I am currently in research mode, and getting some really good ideas about what to use. I part-time clothed my DD, but I didn't really get any good nappies, and so I gave up, but this time I am determined to get it right.
post #6 of 67
With my daughter, we used a diaper service - prefolds and whisperbrite bummies, if I remember correctly. When she got a bit over a year, we switched to Happy Heinies pocket diapers. They worked well until she was a bit past two and then they just didn't cut it anymore (I don't know whether they were breaking down or whether they just couldn't contain quantity anymore). With the next one, we are thinking that we would like to buy prefolds and launder them ourselves. I am a bit nervous about it - the diaper service was awfully easy but they don't deliver to our town so once a week, my husband had to drive a bag of stinky diapers to the company.
post #7 of 67
We had DS1 in cloth from about 4mo old when I discovered Fuzzi Bunz. Then when he was about 18mo we found BumGenious 1size and fell in love . DS2 was in cloth from the beginning (minus about 2 days for meconium). I plan to start this LO off in cloth from day 1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE BumGenious 1size, but still figguring out what to use on a newborn. Mine needed about 2 months of growth to really fit in them, so for DS2 we used newborn prefolds/covers for a while.
post #8 of 67
i used cloth with my daughter. mostly prefolds. however, i started putting her on an infant potty around 8 months and she was completely out of diapers/cloth pull ups by 2 years.
so, planning on cloth again with this one. but also planning on busting out the infant potty a lot sooner. (one can dream that this child will take to going on the toliet as easily, too, right?)
post #9 of 67
I don't think cloth helped with potty learning for us at all, but it did help with skin issues.. so yes, we will be using cloth from the start for our new babe.

For newborns I LOVE nanipoos. They have a little dip in the front for the umbilical cord and fit my babes PERFECTLY (all were right around 7 lbs). They are fitteds that need covers..

I have quite a few newborn and small fitteds left over from my last (I had three in dipes at one point so I had quite a large stash).. but I have given away and sold off quite a few so I will need to stock up no fuzzibunz for the medium and petite sizes as I will be back at work in the fall and dp likes simplicity (ie all the same).
post #10 of 67
We cloth diapered our dd2 & plan on cloth diapering again. I need to get some newborn diapers. I'd like to make some too, when I can focus on the task.
post #11 of 67
I've been thinking about cloth diapers and love the idea of them but it seems like a lot of work - yes? What do you do with a dirty diaper when you're out? Do they really have to be put through two wash cycles?
I just saw that Seventh Generation is now making flushable diapers - I think they were inserts - couldn't really tell. Has anyone heard anything about these?
post #12 of 67
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Originally Posted by jannk View Post
I've been thinking about cloth diapers and love the idea of them but it seems like a lot of work - yes? What do you do with a dirty diaper when you're out? Do they really have to be put through two wash cycles?
I just saw that Seventh Generation is now making flushable diapers - I think they were inserts - couldn't really tell. Has anyone heard anything about these?
I didn't think they were a lot of work. I just threw them in a covered hamper until it was full and I was low on dipes (usually 2-3 days) then put them through a warm wash and either hung them to dry or put them through a dryer cycle. Some of my more thick diapers took two cycles to dry but I never had to soak or wash twice. I have small wetbags that I take out or even just old plastic grocery sacks put them in there and then toss them in the hamper when we get home.
post #13 of 67
We used prefolds at the newborn stage and then moved onto Motherease one size. I can't honestly say it helped potty learning.

this time around i plan on doing Elimination Communication in addition to cloth diapers. I would love to try some different brands but since I already have lots of ME I can't justify buying new diapers. I needed some new covers, we also used Motherease covers, and a friend just offered me all hers. So diaper shopping here at all!
post #14 of 67
My oldest ds just potty learned at 3 years, 3 months, so cloth didn't really help there.

But, I still love my cloth diapers! My fuzzi bunz need the elastic replaced on quite a few, so that's my big project this pregnancy.

I use prefolds with covers for the first 6ish months. Until they get really mobile. My oldest ds went straight into medium covers (he was 12 lbs at birth), but my second needed smalls, so I have both. Some of my prefolds are getting ratty, but I think they'll be fine through this baby.

I need something new to buy, though, so I'm sure I'll find something. LOL
post #15 of 67
I would really love to cloth diaper, but I don't think it's going to happen. We haven't with any of the other 3, and this is likely our last child, so building up a stash that I can only use for 1 baby is kind of silly. I know we'll end up paying more for disposables than we would for cloth, but it's somewhat more gradual with disposables. Also, my dh is probably going to be a SAHD this fall, if I can get a full time job to support us. Not that I don't trust he *could* do it, I just don't think he would. I doubt he would do laundry enough and would probably end up going out to get a pack of disposables "just to get through."
post #16 of 67
I made the switch to cloth with my fourth baby. I did fine that it helped with potty training. My older three were 2 and 3 yrs before they were PT and my last 3 were 20-21 months when PT. I still have G man in dipes and he is only 14 months but hoping he'll be pt by summer. Anyway, I still have all of Gman dipes so I'll be using those again. I prefer wahm fitted dipes but go through different stages where I like something more than the other. I do love cding though.
post #17 of 67
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Originally Posted by jannk View Post
I've been thinking about cloth diapers and love the idea of them but it seems like a lot of work - yes? What do you do with a dirty diaper when you're out? Do they really have to be put through two wash cycles?
I just saw that Seventh Generation is now making flushable diapers - I think they were inserts - couldn't really tell. Has anyone heard anything about these?
I don't have to do two loads of laundry for my diapers. I do one load of diapers every two days or so. That's it.

I think running to the store to stock up on sposies in the middle of the night is a lot of hard work, personally.

If I am out and we have a dirty diaper we stick it in a bag and take it home. If I remember my PUL wetbag it goes in there, but I have just stuck them in a plastic grocery bag in a pinch before..

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Originally Posted by Tiffanoodle View Post
Also, my dh is probably going to be a SAHD this fall, if I can get a full time job to support us. Not that I don't trust he *could* do it, I just don't think he would. I doubt he would do laundry enough and would probably end up going out to get a pack of disposables "just to get through."
My Dp is the sahd. I will be going back to work at the end of August. As long as he has cloth dipes that are all the same he is fine.. to much variety though and he gets confused. He likes cloth a lot. He shows off "cute dipes" quite often. We had one with chili peppers on it that he would stuff in his coat pocket

At first he wasn't on board with cds.. but when he saw what a difference it made on our son's skin AND I reminded him that growing up in PI he was cloth diapered himself, he gave it a shot. Now he would never go back except for if the kids get sick with diarrhea or we have a long car ride then we use sposies..
post #18 of 67
We do partial cd-ing. We like BG 1 sizes, and Kissaluvs fitteds with Bummis covers. I also just discovered goodmamas, which are beautiful but expensive.

Since DD will only be 21 months, and still in diapers, we will end up using lots of disposables as well. We love the Nature Babycare ones.
post #19 of 67
I CD'd my first child and am definitely going to with this one. I started out using Fuzzibunz and always battled leaks around the legs. Lots of my friends had the same problems with theirs. Then I tried Bum Genius One Size and loved the trim fit, but had major, major problems getting the stink and the yeast out. Had to donate them and went with Motherease organic one size with a wool cover. They worked beautifully (no leaks ever!), but they were HUGE!!! DD was over 2yo when we got them for her. When we put them on her with clothes on we could not stop laughing and took all kinds of pictures of her rear end because of how ridiculous she looked. At the DD's diaper wearing experience we used Loveybums fitteds with their wool covers and together they worked beautifully. The only thing I didn't like about them was the fact that they weren't a one-size.

So, this time I'm determined to use a dipe with all natural fibers and since I really want a one-size I'm going with Tiny Tush One Size fitteds and Loveybums wool jersey covers. I didn't have issues at all with changing cd's while out and about. I got a couple of PUL wet bags for my diaper bag and put dirty dipes in there, then put them into the diaper pail when I got home. Those wet bags were also really handy for dirty clothes. I'd just dump the bag into the laundry basket and toss the bag in with it. No handling messy clothes. Same goes for the diapers. For wipes I used thin baby wash cloths (the ones without a border) and soaked each wipe with a small water bottle I kept in the diaper bag that was filled with water and a small bit of Dr. Bronner's soap. I got the water bottle in the travel section at Target for $1 and the washcloths were by Gerber and came in a pack of 12 I think for around $8.

Anyway, we love cloth diapers and I have to say that after having made the switch from disposable menstrual pads to cloth pads, I wouldn't put my DC in disposable unless I absolutely had to. Cloth is SOOO much more comfortable and, seems to work so much better too.
post #20 of 67
I cloth diapered with DS and I definitely plan on doing it again. We used a diaper service for the first 4 months with DS. It was expensive but totally worth it because he went through 20+ diapers a day! I did use my own covers though, Vimse Vimse Night are the B.E.S.T!

I hope to set up the service again for those first few months. Since I gave my small covers away, I already ordered a few for the new baby. This time I tried a couple Bumkins along with the Imse Vimse.

I'm pretty old school about diapering - I primarily used flats and a few prefolds, especially when DS was primarily breast fed. I rarely had leaks with a simple flat/prefold and a good cover. I loved the Bumkin covers and Imse Vimse night covers on DS when he was an older baby and toddler too. I hated Thirsties (which I know others rave about), because they all fell apart and just seemed cheap to me. While my bumkins and imse vimse covers are still going strong!

I did have a small stash of fuzi bunz pocket diapers that I absolutely loved too. I used those diaps when DS got a littler older and started full-time daycare (around 18 months) - he was also eating a fair amount of solids by that point. A friend talked me into a few Bumkins AIOs - they were nice, but I liked FB pockets better. I also purchased PUL fabric online and sewed some of my own pockets - to be honest, I think these were my favorite diapers , even though they didn't look all that pretty .

I splurged on some velor wipes for DS - these worked awesome and are still in great shape, I also had an assortment of baby washcloths. I made my own wipe solution. I purchased only Charlies Soap (http://www.charliesoap.com/) for diaper washing (and still use it on our clothes) and line dry everything.
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