We use disposables because they are easier, plain and simple. I've got a lot going on in my life and a DD with a SN and medical problems. It makes it easier when I take her out. An quite frankly, she's FTT and skeletal looking and a cloth diaper under her clothes just looks horrible, making her weight loss more noticeable. Yeah, silly reason I know. But I hate people staring and it's just a small way to help her blend in a bit.
Also, I can only wash 1-2 times a week because I don't have a W/D and I use my DBF's. So having huge amounts of diapers to wash is super annoying, especially when they won't fit in one load.
There ya go. Not the best reasons. I could certainly do cloth 100% of the time if I really wanted to. I don't feel like it...I'm lazy.
2. Giant baby. By the time I started really considering cloth DD was big enough for the largest sizes and we still had a year or more of diapers ahead of us. I did order one Fuzzi Bun aio and it fit, on the last snap. So not cost effective for the investment.
3. Didn't know about the liners that make clean up easier.
4.Didn't know anyone who used cloth, had never seen it modeled.
5.Cloth uses a lot of water--extra rinsing, stripping etc... A lot of water. I'm not sure I buy that they are so much lighter on the earth. EC is probably the best green option.
6.Most people end up using disposables too along with cloth, which I didn't find an endorsement of cloth. If cloth is so great, why do people need disposables at all?
I'm in the middle of writing a piece on cloth diapers and I wanted to address the other side. Real reasons/problems/etc against cloth. The more specific you could be that would be great. I'm aware of the biggies, like laundry, pins, plastic pants.
I would love to hear about your experiences if you tried cloth and then switched.
I am seriously conidering trying again for our second--if that ever happens. Our w/d set up is much more accessible now.
mama to 6 amazing children married to my main man for 21 years and finally home FULL time
I don't know anyone in real life who uses cloth so I didn't have much going on in the "trusted friend who had been there and done that" area to at least talk me through it. Everytime I mentioned it in front of older relatives who had used cloth (my mother, my grandmother, my aunts and great aunts) everyone acted disgusted, like I had just proposed washing them by hand on a rock in the river. I tried explaining that cloth had come a long way and why someone might want to use cloth but then I was so overwhelmed and swamped with info it's not like I put up a very convincing argument.
It was, in the end, less confusing to just go to Target and buy Pampers. My daughter came almost a month early and I still hadn't decided or ordered anything. I kept thinking that I would just keep researching and switch because she was going to spend a few years in diapers, I had time. Then we spent so much time going back and forth to the doctor (small health issues) and in the car and she never slept, puked constantly, and cried round the clock. Honestly, I was glad not to have one more thing to worry about.
Should we have another, I'll make another go at choosing cloth. I don't think I'd ever use cloth full time because of the bulky diapers and having to carry um, used ones around with me but at home it would be nice to use cloth. I'm still a little unsure as to whether the water useage with cloth doesn't outweigh the landfill issue with disposables but...I have plenty of time to think about it.
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Thank goodness also for cloth diaper service! Though we only used them for the first half year of ds' life, they really gave us a foot in the door.
I did do cloth, and actually *had* to do cloth for a while for financial reasons, but I never managed to do it 100% of the time. We always used disposables at night because:
1. With ds, he peed TONS at night...he was a frequent peer. We would have been up all night changing him to keep him dry and avoid leaks. The brand of disposables we tried to a fantastic job at both keeping him dry and preventing leaks. We decided sleep and thus sanity, in addition to our son's comfort had to weigh more heavily in that case.
2. With dfd, she got rashes using cloth overnight, even when she hadn't peed. I'm not sure what it was. We were at that time using a cloth system that had been given to us, and I didn't have the money to invest in other systems to see if something else would have stopped the rashes.
We also sometimes put disposables on the kids when we were going to be out of the house through more than a single change. I wasn't as attached to doing that, but dw felt that lugging around the cloth, etc. was among factors that discouraged her from going out...and she really *needed* to go out. Also, if you put the dirty diaper cloth in a plastic bag-- albeit a reused one-- you have to throw that bag away afterward, and that has its own environmental issues (plastic bags are a HUGE problem environmentally).
And finally, we sometimes took a month or two off here and there. Like when we were moving cross country. We had enough going on with the packing up our lives to add even a little extra laundry on top of that.
My kids (who are eleven months apart, BTW), are 3 and 4 now, and out of diapers...dd as of earlier this summer. They each graduated directly out of cloth, not out of disposables or an in-between option such as plastic training pants. We briefly entertained the idea of doing EC back when the kids were babes, but it just didn't work out.
I am a true believer in diaper service for folks who can swing it (and it really isn't that much more expensive than disposables), as I think it gets folks past the barrier or the laundry.
I know some cloth advocates say, "it isn't that much more laundry than I already had with the baby," but when you are already overwhelmed by laundry, adding on diapers can truly push it over the edge.
My day care provider would not have been enthusiastic about cloth, and frankly, in her position, I don't blame her. It didn't make any sense to me to invest a wad in cloth diapers that I couldn't use half the time.
low flow water to said washer
needing multiple washes to remove most of the stink but never all of it
horrific bleeding diaper rash that changed baby's ability to sleep through the night
In the end sposies have been cheaper where I'm at because of my only washer option. I was spending $10+ a week on washing my diapers. That's as much as I spend on our normal laundry! DS2 slept through the night from day 1 until our landlord changed our washing machine and the diaper rash began. It hurt so bad he couldn't sleep. Everytime he pee'd he would wake up screaming. The day we switched to sposies, his diaper rash started to clear, and he slowly started to sleep all night again.
Sami , wife to , mama to Tate 10/14/05, Kaleb 12/17/07, Bram 3/13/10-11/17/12, Alden 2/1/12, October 2014
The start up was too expensive. I asked for them as baby shower gifts but no one bought any! People are still giving us disposables though. I tried to learn to sew just so I could make some cheap but I don't know anyone that sews either! I felt overwhelmed by that too, haha.
I don't mind doing tons of laundry for some reason, so that is not an issue.
Plain and simple I don't have the time, energy, or desire to use cloth.
I also have bought a bunch of diapers for pennies a piece due to my couponing and sales shopping, I seriously have nearly enough diapers for the baby's first year for way less than I would spend on cloth. I'm actually saving money. Plus I also practiced the 12 month window EC and she was out of diapers by 20 months, so I guess I am ok with it.
You know, I CD'd all three of my kids, but I have to agree with those who mentioned snobbery as a turn-off. When I had my first two in 1993 and 1995, there was no internet and I didn't know anyone who CD'd (though my mom and all her friends had of course used cloth), so I didn't know any different than to go out and buy a stack of pre-folds, some pins, and vinyl pants. Worked fabulous, no problems every. Yes, my kids looked weird when double (and then later triple) diapered for bedtime, but they didn't care, so I didn't either.
I do what works and when it stops working, then I do something else.
With DD2 we used Bummis wraps, Proraps, and prefolds. The prefolds worked great for a long time so when she got much bigger I decided to stick with them but use wool covers and longies. So I had ordered a bunch in toddler size to take us through to potty training.
Well...around 18 months when she started eating much more solid food, her bum became so irritated. Her pee burned her so bad and the prefolds just rubbed her raw, so we switched to sposies to give her hiney a break. And then I took most of the advice I read here in the diapering forums and tried troubleshooting (playing musical detergents, boiling, liners, etc) and after about a month of that I said to hell with it and we have used sposies ever since. I also didn't have a lump of money to drop on a new stash of Fuzzibuni or whatever. In July when money started to become really tight I tried switching her back to the cloth because I figured she was wearing underwear and potty training for the most part so the time that she would be in a diaper would be pretty limited, but the second I put them on her and she peed in them she got a raging diaper rash.
As she got bigger I was also annoyed with how I couldn't fit pants over her diapers, she was kind of chunky to begin with. I could only do the cloth with baby legs for so long because I could barely get the baby legs over her thighs by the time she was a year old.
So here we are.
Baby #2 - I had gone back to university. She was born between finishing a post-graduate degree and starting an internship, with no parental leave benefits (i.e. no money). I had a 3 y.o., a newborn, an intensely demanding and competitive job that required 60 to 80 hours per week. DH picked up the slack in a big way at home - luckily his job was more flexible, but he was still working a 40 hr. week. She wore disposables almost always. I can't say I felt hugely guilty about it either - you do what you have to do.
My mother has arthritis in her thumbs and found doing the snaps on Motherease diapers difficult. If my mom was watching DD I'd give her options depending on what kind of pain day Mom was having.
When we'd go camping or on long drives I'd use disposables. I didn't want to spend my vacation in a laundrymat.
I think that there was this atitude that if you can't do cloth 24/7 then why bother. It just wasn't that big of a deal for us. Ever nasty disposable that we kept out of a landfill was a small victory to me.
#1 I am lazy and didnt' want to bother with storing and washing used diapers. I felt guilty about it, but not guilty enough to switch.
#2 occasioanlly I would think about switching and research the internet and ther is SO MUCH INFORMATION, and SO MANY KINDS, it was too overwhelming and I didn't know where to even start.
#3 BM stool doens't bother me at all, but the nurse in me could not get over putting solid food poop, ecoli and all that bacteria into my washing machine on a regular basis, even thought I have a disinfection cycle on the washer.
-Another thing that a PP mentioned that drove me away - the bulk. I love buying cute kids' clothes, and when DS was past the age where onesies and babylegs were cute, sposies started to look a lot better. I couldn't fit cloth under jeans. I felt like I was restricting his movement and making him miserable.
Besides that, I WOH FT, and we spend a lot of time visiting our families two hours away. Most weekends in summer are spent at the lake, and I hated the thought of bringing along enough bulky diapers, storing dirties during the weekend and then hauling them home. Too much hassle.
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At first, like pps have mentioned, it was overwhelming. Now, I stick with simpler = better. Those pockets and AIOs - hate 'em. They don't last. They leak, at least for us. Constant buildup, constant stripping. The best thing I did was sell them to another sucker.
Now, we do both. I've gotten a more simplied system that I love : and have used it for my second kid, my third kid and now my fourth kid. So it's been a huge $$$ saver for us and all the dipes have held up perfectly.
My "rules" are:
We use sposies at night.
We use sposies when we're in a pinch and the diaper stash is out.
We use sposies when we really want a trim butt.
We use sposies once kiddo is eating solids (in my house right around one year old) and I get to the point where I can't take the gross poops anymore.
We use sposies when I'm pregnant and have morning sickness, then resume with cloth when the MS is gone.
We use sposies if there's any inkling of a rash and I want to use rash creams.
Every other time we use cloth.
Never had a problem with our cloth being too bulky for clothes, but I do buy only very trim fitted diapers and covers, and we dress the babes in onepiece rompers and stuff, so there isn't a "waist/butt" issue like in pants or jeans. And any girls wear dresses or onepieces anyway.
(And as for the bulky issue, I'd much prefer seeing a baby with a big cloth butt than seeing a baby with overloaded-sposie-sag any day. I know too many sposie users who literally let their kids max out on the sposie capacity and by the time a change comes, that thing is hanging to their knees! That's just gross.)
DD #1-started CD at 6 month until potty training. She did wear a pull-up at night since she wet the bed until 3-4.
DD#2-used from birth until she was almost 2. We remodeled our house and moved the washer/dryer. We were without W/D for about a week and our house was a mess due to the remodeling so she was in sposies from then until potty training.
DD#3-used from birth until about 20 months. We moved and I was pregnant and just couldn't keep up with the laundry. She used them from time to time since then but only wears a diaper at night and it is a sposie.
DD#4-used from birth until about 2 months(she is almost 5m) and off and on since then. If I get to far behind on laundry then I go to the sposies.
I hate using them and I hate the cost but I have a hard time keeping up on the laundry.
I love my girlsMadaline(9), Mary-Grace(7), Georgia(3), & Evelyn(1)
Despite the fact we sometimes use disposable dipes, we always use cloth wipes. We have a HUGE stash of these as they don't take up much room. Even our doctor (who is more mainstream) recommends cloth wipes over disposable ones. He says that cloth wipes are way better in preventing diaper rash. If you don't want to invest in them, he says just to get a few cheapy wash clothes.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
(And as for the bulky issue, I'd much prefer seeing a baby with a big cloth butt than seeing a baby with overloaded-sposie-sag any day.
|I know too many sposie users who literally let their kids max out on the sposie capacity and by the time a change comes, that thing is hanging to their knees! That's just gross.)|
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
Also, if for some reason we had a busy week and I didn't get to wash the diapers within 48 hours, several times I found MAGGOTS. I do not know how the heck they got into my diaper pail, the thing looked like it sealed rock tight to me... maybe occasionally it wasn't shut just right? but it was so disgusting... I would have thrown the diapers away if they didn't cost like $17 each!!!