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post #21 of 37

jannellody- i had the oldschool cloth diaper mentality so i didnt want to give it a try with my other children. i decided to do the cloth route this time. it is worth checking out. they make the cutest cloth diapers in all kinds of fun styles and patterns.

post #22 of 37

A stupid question perhaps, but wouldn't toilet paper work as a liner for catching solids? LOL

 

I know that sounds incredibly okie, but the concept of disposable liners was new when I was CD'ing my last and many people used cloth liners which...I never really understood myself. 

So...yeah...TP?

 

 

 

 

post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post

A stupid question perhaps, but wouldn't toilet paper work as a liner for catching solids? LOL

 

I know that sounds incredibly okie, but the concept of disposable liners was new when I was CD'ing my last and many people used cloth liners which...I never really understood myself. 

So...yeah...TP?

 

 

 

 


TP may be too fragile. I dunno.  I don't really get the paper liner thing.  I mean, I see the point but it doesn't seem very comfy for baby.  Of course, I've never seen/touched one so I don't really know what I'm talking about. lol

 

post #24 of 37
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TP may be too fragile. I dunno.  I don't really get the paper liner thing.  I mean, I see the point but it doesn't seem very comfy for baby.  Of course, I've never seen/touched one so I don't really know what I'm talking about. lol

 



we've used sections of fleece for liners, and the flushable ones are pretty soft and comfy, and they help keep baby feeling dry since the pee goes through it and it feels sort of dry and not soggy on the surface.  Plus if you change the diap and there is no poo, you can just throw the liner in the diaper pail and wash with the diapers, and reuse... so really you aren't flushing every single one, just when there is a BM... and they get softer when you wash them

 

I love the flushable liners!

post #25 of 37

I'm responding to the part about the diaper service.  The service we use only provides diapers, not covers.  So you're buying those anyway.

 

My experience has been that although in the first few months the cost is about the same as disposables, the price with our service doesn't go down much as you start dropping diapers.  For example, 80 diapers/week was about $80/month, but 40 diapers/week is $67/month.

 

18 months later and another baby on the way- and I kind of wish that we'd decided to wash our own.  The service is great, no rinsing, just dump in the bucket, and they do cloth wipes that we provided too.  It is expensive though...

post #26 of 37
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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post

A stupid question perhaps, but wouldn't toilet paper work as a liner for catching solids? LOL

 

I know that sounds incredibly okie, but the concept of disposable liners was new when I was CD'ing my last and many people used cloth liners which...I never really understood myself. 

So...yeah...TP?

 

 

 

 

 

I tried it once when we were out of the disposable liners, and it shredded and was a poopy mess by the time the diaper was changed.  I think it's that TP isn't sturdy or wide enough to stay in place and "catch" the poo.

It was worse than just having to rinse the diaper :(
 

 

post #27 of 37
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post #28 of 37

We were lucky enough to get a friends stash of Mother Ease diapers. They have been great. I think one snap has failed in 6 years of use. They are really good at containing blowouts. 

 

 

post #29 of 37

I really like the Flip diapers! They are pretty cheap and you can get a pack of 6 dipes and 2 covers for $50. We have used them 2 years with DD (she is potty trained now) and haven't had any issues.

 

We just use a diaper sprayer for poops....

 

We use cloth wipes too.

post #30 of 37

I definitely want to cloth diaper, primarily for environmental reasons. I just think about how many disposable diapers I'd have to go through otherwise, and imagine them all piled up together in a landfill - yuck! However, I've been a little freaked out by the initial cost of cloth diapers - I know that in the long run, they are likely cheaper than disposables, but the initial cost is a lot! I've decided I'm going to be brave and try to sew my own. For anyone else thinking about going this route, I found a great list of free diaper patterns here:

 

http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth-diaper-patterns.shtml

 

I'm going to try the first link (Cloth Revolution Pocket Diaper); the instructions look really easy to follow. If anyone has sewn their own diapers, and have any tips or suggestions on fabric/design/etc., I'd love for you to share them!

post #31 of 37
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Originally Posted by SaguaroMoon View Post

I definitely want to cloth diaper, primarily for environmental reasons. I just think about how many disposable diapers I'd have to go through otherwise, and imagine them all piled up together in a landfill - yuck! However, I've been a little freaked out by the initial cost of cloth diapers - I know that in the long run, they are likely cheaper than disposables, but the initial cost is a lot! I've decided I'm going to be brave and try to sew my own. For anyone else thinking about going this route, I found a great list of free diaper patterns here:

 

http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth-diaper-patterns.shtml

 

I'm going to try the first link (Cloth Revolution Pocket Diaper); the instructions look really easy to follow. If anyone has sewn their own diapers, and have any tips or suggestions on fabric/design/etc., I'd love for you to share them!


You could also start with a prefolds and bummis whisper wrap/PUL covers.  I've used all diapers and always come back to prefolds as my favorite diaper.  Also, check out the board Diaperswappers.com  there are a ton of used diaps for sale for super cheap and you can try out different options. 

 

:)  Have fun making these, too!  They look cool!

 

post #32 of 37

You can get REALLY cheap diapers. There are co-ops for sunababy and alvas right now on FB the alvas are $2.50 a peice plus $.80 for the insert! Let me know if you want the name and I will PM you.

 

I only spent $200 for 24 Flip dipes. That is soooooooo cheap compared to the $2,000 or so I would have spent in the 2 years of diapering we did with DD!

post #33 of 37

sosurreal and forestmushroom - you two are totally my helpful duo today! Thanks!love.gif

 

I'd like to look into used diapers as well - it will be fun to try to sew some, too, but I don't know how successful I'll be, and it might take too long to make enough. sosurreal, that sounds like a great deal for the alvas - if you could PM me the name, that would be great!

 

I do have a question about used diapers, though - how do you completely sterilize them? Is there a way to do so without toxic chemicals, or would it be necessary to go the total bleach route? DH is grossed out by the idea of used diapers, but I think I can convince him - I just need to be able to explain to him how I can make them really, really clean. What methods have you used?

 

 

post #34 of 37
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sosurreal and forestmushroom - you two are totally my helpful duo today! Thanks!love.gif

 

I'd like to look into used diapers as well - it will be fun to try to sew some, too, but I don't know how successful I'll be, and it might take too long to make enough. sosurreal, that sounds like a great deal for the alvas - if you could PM me the name, that would be great!

 

I do have a question about used diapers, though - how do you completely sterilize them? Is there a way to do so without toxic chemicals, or would it be necessary to go the total bleach route? DH is grossed out by the idea of used diapers, but I think I can convince him - I just need to be able to explain to him how I can make them really, really clean. What methods have you used?

 

 


Kawaii Baby diapers are also pretty cheap, and really cute. 

 

I'm not sure about the sterilization aspect.  I never sterilized used diapers with DD.  There are ways to wash them after a bout with thrush though, so maybe those methods would work?  I've never had to deal with that, but here's a blog post that sounds pretty good.  Maybe other mama's with more experience will have more suggestions.

 

http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/killing-the-dreaded-yeast-monster/

 

post #35 of 37

Sosu - I would love the name for the co ops!

post #36 of 37

For used dipes, I never "sterilized".  I toss them in with the poopy dipes and wash like I normally do - hot water, plenty of rinses, soap and vinegar.  Never had a problem with it, but I also trust that any mamas selling on diaperswappers would be honest if they were having yeast or rash issues with the dipes. 
 

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I'm going to try the first link (Cloth Revolution Pocket Diaper); the instructions look really easy to follow. If anyone has sewn their own diapers, and have any tips or suggestions on fabric/design/etc., I'd love for you to share them!


I can't access the pattern, but I will say that if that is a pocket diaper using a PUL outer, I would not suggest it for your first attempt at a diaper.  PUL is finicky and definitely something I would suggest putting off working with until you're comfortable making dipes. 

 

If it's a pocket fitted though (no PUL), then those are perfect.  I definitely prefer side closures to front closures.  And if you plan on making a lot of them, I suggest getting a pair of snap pliers.  I think I got mine off Ebay, along with an extra set of snaps, and I've barely made a dent in the snaps. 

 

Oh, and personally I wouldn't start sewing NB dipes.  I'd start with a small.  Once you're comfortable you can try NB sizes if you like.  They're just so tiny and frustrating. 

 

As for the cost - OS dipes will give you the best bang for your buck, as far as lasting the whole time.  They run somewhere around $20/dipe.  I think we have about 20 of them.  When he was 1, that was doing wash every other day.  Now that he's 2, that's doing wash 2x/week.  You can find package deals if you buy all one brand (Rumparooz does it, and I think BG does also), you buy something like 15 and get a price break.  However, if you're planning on using them for more than 1 child, you either need to buy more so you're not washing as often, or plan to replace them between kids.  Most OS dipes will not last through 2 kids in a small rotation. 

 

For (one of) the cheapest option, and something I would suggest for the NB period regardless is infant PFs and plain covers (if you're not going to go with OS).  2 dozen infant PFs don't cost all that much, and pick up half a dozen of the cheapest cover (I think it's either $4 or $6 for the ProWrap) in NB size.  They outgrow (and out-pee) NB fitteds so quickly, I felt like they were a waste of money (and I was having to do so much laundry because they were leaking).  The PFs do the job, will last a few months with size, and even once they outgrow them they're still useful for other things (we stuff pockets with them, wipe up messes, even use them as napkins when it's just us).  Once they're out of the NB size covers, I'd recommend a OS cover like Mommy's Touch.  I love our MT cover, and I'm going to get several more for this little one.  And then you can probably get by with 1 or maybe 2 more sizes of PFs.  We went from infant size to GMD Red Edge.  He's chunky enough now that they're not quite wide enough any more, but they're plenty long enough still, and they do the job. 

 

For the absolute cheapest option, that would be flats.  And basically, when you have your shower and you've received a PILE of receiving blankets, separate them into 2 piles, the all cotton ones (hemp and bamboo are okay, but no poly) and the synthetic/blend ones.  The all cotton ones can become flats, and all you need to add is a couple snappis/pins and a few covers.  If you don't have enough, any old towels/all cotton sheets that you want to cut down to a rough square, or diaper fabric you want to hem into a rough square, or even more receiving blankets.  You can buy flats, but most of us will receive way more blankets than we need and they're plenty big enough for the infant period.  There's a learning curve, on how to fold them/get them on baby.  But a few bonuses are that they wash really easily (really nice if you hand wash), they dry really quickly (especially nice if you line dry), and they are so cheap!!


Edited by cristeen - 1/10/12 at 5:09pm
post #37 of 37

I've used a ton of used diapers... and I just wash them on hot. Maybe put in a few drops of grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil to kill anything weird, but that is all I do. 

 

Tea tree oil will kill anything.  

 

 

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