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post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post

 

Do remember that the idea isn't to have a potty trained infant or young child, but to communicate with them, gently and peacefully.  It's all about respect. 


Thanks, that was my general impression. Though admittedly I've been thinking of it as "one more poop I don't have to touch." I've read a lot of kids give it up and go back to diapers for a bit when they start walking / getting more independent, but it sounds like when they are indeed ready to start using the toilet (around the same "normal" potty training age) it's often less of a production because they already know the drill (even if they've been opting out for a few months).

 

post #22 of 41

We're considering it in conjunction with cloth diapers. DH isn't sure how he feels about it though. One of our friends did it with their daughter and had amazing success, but with their son, they didn't really try, and it's now taking them forever to potty train him. 

I'm in the same boat as thinking that it's one less poop for me to have to deal with. :P

post #23 of 41
Thread Starter 

That sounds amazing, and logical. I have actually heard parents say "Just go in your diaper," to a LO telling them they have to go. That is cray-cray. We wouldn't want to, given the choice. Is there anywhere with more info and tips on this?

post #24 of 41

There's a ton of info online, but I read the Kindle version of The Diaper Free Baby and thought it was really pragmatic and not at all preachy. It offered suggestions for how to do elimination communication regardless of whether you're with your baby 24/7 or work full time. You can probably find it at your local library if you'd rather not spend the $.

post #25 of 41

I couldn't remember the title, but that's the book I read, too.

post #26 of 41

We've been CDing my DS since birth.  My DH was also skeptical at first, but willing to follow my lead because of the green factor. 

 

When out and about, I have 2 wet bags that I use - one PUL and one wool.  They each hold 3-4 dipes, which is enough for a day out.  They're drawstring, so when I get home, I just open the string, grab the bottom corner and shake them into the bin.  For overnights, I have a recycled PET shopping bag that I use as a wet bag - hang it from the doorknob and go.  Since it's entirely plastic (and washable), no worries about leaking. 

 

We have 2 pails at this point, one for wets and one for dirties, which get washed separately (my washing machine sucks for CDs).  But until he started solids, we just used a laundry basket - the smell was pretty much non-existent on BF dipes.  I got my diaper sprayer when he was about a year old, and I will never go back.  I was constantly having to clean out the drum of my machine of all the little bits of undigested food left behind, and the sprayer took care of that.  There is definitely a learning curve to the sprayer, though.  The one I have has a very touchy faucet handle, and it has to be in exactly the right place to be strong enough but not too strong.  You also have to have the angle right so you're not spattering everywhere, but that doesn't take very long to figure out.  You don't have to start thinking about that until they start eating solids though (actual solids, and not purees).  Scraping was too gross for me, and dunking in our low-flow toilet didn't do a thing except clog the toilet. 

 

I highly suggest you think about your washing set up.  I wasn't worried about it because we had new-ish machines, but that newish machine doesn't use enough water to really get them clean, it's extremely rough on them (putting holes in many of them), and I have to do about 3 hours of washing plus minimum an hour of drying for a dozen clean dipes.  Unfortunately, this isn't something you can really know until you're doing it.  But if I had it to do over, I'd stick with flats and pfs and the like.  As much as I like my pockets, after just a year they stink, and they are seriously beat up.  I bought 2 dozen infant pfs for this new little one, and we'll have to see what happens beyond that. 

post #27 of 41

I have done cloth with all 3 of my girls and will with baby #4 too. I usually start with prefolds and covers because I make very skinny, tiny scrawny children :) I have BG's that we use when they are finally big enough to fit them, usually around 6 months or so. You sort of have to wait and see on the build of your kid to know what works best for you. I love my prefolds and covers because I can always get a good fit and don't have to worry about leaks. They wash clean and dry nicely on the clothes line. Have so much fun shopping for you fuzzy bottoms!!

 

post #28 of 41
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

I highly suggest you think about your washing set up.  I wasn't worried about it because we had new-ish machines, but that newish machine doesn't use enough water to really get them clean, it's extremely rough on them (putting holes in many of them), and I have to do about 3 hours of washing plus minimum an hour of drying for a dozen clean dipes.  Unfortunately, this isn't something you can really know until you're doing it.  But if I had it to do over, I'd stick with flats and pfs and the like.  As much as I like my pockets, after just a year they stink, and they are seriously beat up.  I bought 2 dozen infant pfs for this new little one, and we'll have to see what happens beyond that. 


Do you have front-loader machines? My SIL has front loader, energy efficient (read: low water) machines and the only way she can get her diapers clean is to add a couple of BIG buckets of water to it. It adds the water based on weight, so the water she's adding makes it heavier so the machine adds more water on top of that. Until she figured this out she was running the load 2-3 times to get them clean.

 

post #29 of 41

Does anyone else here use All in ones? DH and I found kushies packs of 5s on sale for $10 a pack at Walmart. They were on clearance, so we bought 4 packs back when I was 6 weeks pregnant... LOL That was fun at our wedding because we hadn't told anyone yet and got married at the house. We were trying to find some where to stick them that no one would accidentally see.

 

I really liked flats and covers, but he's afraid of not getting them "right", so AIOs it is for now. 

 

Where do you all get your wet bags?

post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by Astraia View Post


Do you have front-loader machines? My SIL has front loader, energy efficient (read: low water) machines and the only way she can get her diapers clean is to add a couple of BIG buckets of water to it. It adds the water based on weight, so the water she's adding makes it heavier so the machine adds more water on top of that. Until she figured this out she was running the load 2-3 times to get them clean.

 


Great tip!  Thanks!  We bought a top loader last year, but it is also HE.  And, low water.  I have found that I have to be sure things aren't wadded up (like, a washcloth that has been wrung out), and the diapers (like a flat) are unfolded.  It's kind of a pain, and sometimes a little gross in the diaper department (another reason for my anti wet bag methods.  Ugh.).  Mine also has a button to add a "clean boost", and I always do a presoak, and extra rinse, so I think that helps. 
 

 

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Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post

Does anyone else here use All in ones? DH and I found kushies packs of 5s on sale for $10 a pack at Walmart. They were on clearance, so we bought 4 packs back when I was 6 weeks pregnant... LOL That was fun at our wedding because we hadn't told anyone yet and got married at the house. We were trying to find some where to stick them that no one would accidentally see.

 

I really liked flats and covers, but he's afraid of not getting them "right", so AIOs it is for now. 

 

Where do you all get your wet bags?


I have 2 AIOs.  They are great for going out.  I sometimes feel like they don't get as clean as they could though.  Too much bulk.  Mine are bum genius, and they have multiple layers on the outside of the actual diaper, so it's a bit better, but still.  (Okay, that's confusing.  The AIO part is just layers of diaper fabric sewn to the inside at each end, and loose on the sides.  Does that make sense)
 

 

post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by Astraia View Post


Do you have front-loader machines? My SIL has front loader, energy efficient (read: low water) machines and the only way she can get her diapers clean is to add a couple of BIG buckets of water to it. It adds the water based on weight, so the water she's adding makes it heavier so the machine adds more water on top of that. Until she figured this out she was running the load 2-3 times to get them clean.

 



That's clever!  :)  I'll have to remember that if we ever get a front loader.



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Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post

Does anyone else here use All in ones? DH and I found kushies packs of 5s on sale for $10 a pack at Walmart. They were on clearance, so we bought 4 packs back when I was 6 weeks pregnant... LOL That was fun at our wedding because we hadn't told anyone yet and got married at the house. We were trying to find some where to stick them that no one would accidentally see.

 

I really liked flats and covers, but he's afraid of not getting them "right", so AIOs it is for now. 

 

Where do you all get your wet bags?


I started out with Kushies too, but quickly moved on.  They weren't my favorite.  I used a lot of pocket diapers, which are just as convenient as AIOs, but you can customize them a little more.  I loved Happy Heiny's and FuzziBunz.  That was a long time ago...I'm not sure if the quality has changed over the years.  You can use a combo of things, most people do.

 

And I got my wet bag at Wal-Mart, in the laundry section.  It was just a nylon drawstring thing.  Nothing fancy, but it worked.  I also bought a pretty zippered one online somewhere, but I can't remember where.

 

post #32 of 41

I bought my wetbags off of Etsy- a shop called Country Cloth creations. I got 2 zippered wetbags, about 12  x 12 square with a PUL liner (leak resistant). I then custom ordered a huge wetbag (12 x 25 inches) with a double zipper. We often do weeks away at my parents or other places and having a portable, foldable, leak-proof diaper bin is what i was looking for, and it works perfectly.

 

 

post #33 of 41

I'm planning on cloth diapering, but am pretty overwhelmed at this point!  Especially now that I've learned that the HE washing machines aren't great for CDs.  However, I like the idea about adding extra water to the machine...hopefully DH doesn't freak out about that. 

 

I found some patterns to sew "longies" and the shorter bum covers out of recycled wool sweaters.  They look easy to do for a beginner, such as myself, and I think maybe that will help me feel better about the whole experience.  I thought about trying to sew my own CDs, but we'll see about that.  It might be better to buy a few different kinds and then sew some after I've actually used them. 

 

It is all a little overwhelming...whew.

post #34 of 41

At that price Jynx, you got a steal. I liked Kushies for my  kids, I got 6 used and thought they were great!

 

I could never find them, now I see they are a canadian company.

 

post #35 of 41

I got my wet bags various places - one was tossed in with a purchase of used CDs from diaperswappers, one was a pre-baby gift, and one I got from Green Mountain Diapers. 

 

As for AIOs - I don't use them for exactly the reason stated above - I already have enough trouble with washing.  My pockets are difficult enough. 

 

I will say that I totally agree with Gretchen - you gotta see what kind of kid you've got.  My DS had "chicken legs" - almost no CDs would fit around his scrawny legs, they'd be gaping on the tightest settings.  Gaping is bad - it means leakage.  I bought so many different brands of dipes (all used) until I found the few that worked for us.  Around 9 mos he started filling out, and at a year I was able to put him in pockets.  This time I'm prepared - if all else fails, I have PFs to fall back on, but I also kept all the dipes that worked for DS. 

post #36 of 41

... you feeling ok, onemoreontheway?

post #37 of 41

Hahahaha

post #38 of 41

  LOL - That would be my daughters input to the cloth diapering discusion. Don't leave MDC thread open on pc and give permission for 7 year old to play "Smilie Game" (I thought she was talking about Tux paint) This morning she asked again and I figured I better go check. LOL LOL

 

 

Any one know how I can take a screenshot of it?

post #39 of 41

That actually had me giggling for about five minutes straight. :D

post #40 of 41

screenshot: press "print screen" and right click "paste" into an image editor (paint, gimp (it is free), etc.).

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