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post #21 of 24
I CD'd my oldest when I was a college student living in an apartment. I used all prefolds and Bummis wraps. I did 1 wash on cold w/ detergent and baking soda, followed by a wash on hot, no detergent, w/ vinegar in the wash cycle. That way, they got clean and they had the extra rinses and hot water. I never had any real problems doing it this way, except when I didn't have the money for laundry. I had enough diapers to do a full load, I think about 3 dozen, and they lasted about 4-5 days, IIRC (I could be WAY off on the # of dipes and how long they lasted. It was almost 9 years ago, after all. lol) For a newborn, it would probably be 4 dozen for a full load, 4 dozen would last 4-5 days as well. You can get away w/ fewer diapers for sure, but you wouldn't be washing a full load in the washer. Flat diapers are nice as well, easy to use in wraps, and dry REALLY fast if you are planning on air drying, PLUS they can be hand washed pretty easily in a pinch. I did have a laundry room downstairs in my building, though. Ds2 was also born while we were living in an apartment, but the laundry room was next door. lol. We're actually still renting (Dh is finishing his PhD this summer! YAY!), but we're in a townhouse w/ our own washer and dryer now. I prefer using wool covers as well. They make wrap style wool covers as well as longies and soakers. They have to be hand washed, which is fine by me, but a lot of people don't like. Proraps classics and Bummis wraps work great and are cheap. You don't need a Snappi or pins w/ those like you do wool covers (Snappis are REALLY easy to use, take a couple second.)

The "eco friendly" diapers, including G-Diapers, still use the sodium polyacrylate gel. I do NOT believe it is directly harmful to the baby to be in contact w/ the gel (most babies who are allergic to diapers are reacting to the plastic in the liner, etc, or the fragrance), however, this plastic salt is water soluble, and does not break down. EVER. Bacteria don't eat it, and it's pretty non-reactive. So yeah, it's not extremely harmful, it's probably in our drinking water b/c of how common disposies are. There are no tests currently to test for it in water, so just because they say they haven't seen it in our water doesn't mean it isn't there. THAT is what is most disturbing to me about this substance. And sure, it's ok now, but what's it going to do when it keeps building up in concentration? It's disturbing to me. (Dh and I are both chemists, so we get pretty weirded out by a lot of stuff most people don't even think about. lol)

As for using polyester fleece liners in disposable diapers, what exactly would be the reason for doing that? Polyester is plastic, so you'd still have plastic against the baby's skin. I have a few polyester inner diapers (like FuzzBunz), but I try to avoid them, and mostly keep them as emergency diapers in the car or diaper bag. (I'm pretty anti-polyester, but that probably has a lot to do w/ the fact that ds1 and I get rashes from it.)
post #22 of 24
If it is an option I know some moms that use coin laundry will go all prefolds or flats and covers. You could wash at the laundry and then hang dry b/c they dry quicker. Good luck. I am lucky enough to have all I need to have a huge stash and variety.
post #23 of 24
I love cloth. But I wouldn't do it if I had to launder by hand/at a laundromat.

Just my two cents--I have traveled using cloth and it was a PITA that I would not deal with on a day-to-day basis. I would pick the sposie that I found least environmentally taxing and go with that.

Of course if you are up to it, flats and covers are great diapers and would be the easiest to wash. Or flats and wool/fleece pants.
post #24 of 24
I'm big on using cloth diapers, but afraid of the laundry so my husband and I decided to try the G diapers. They are a hybrid: cotton shell, plastic liner(put the liners into) and then we use a combination of the flushable, compostable, or disposable(they only take 2 months to biodegrade) liners with cotton liners.

we will be using the cloth when at home and the flushables when we are out.

Just another idea to help keep laundry down and not add any disposables to the landfills.
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