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View Poll Results: Why do you CD
Enviromental Reasons 80 100.00%
Cost Reasons 73 100.00%
I like em' cute ol' diapes!!!! 67 100.00%
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#31 of 43 Old 08-07-2003, 05:37 PM
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I am in the process of switching to cloth diapers because :

A. They are so [email protected] cute....
B. I wouldn't want to wear disposable underwear (crinkly and uncomfortable, plus ugly), so don't want to put it on my daughter either.
C. I like being a rebel I love the looks I get from my mainstream friends when I tell them that I make my own organic baby food, I am cloth diapering, I wouldn't circumsize, etc.
D. The gel stuff freaks me out on Eliza's cute little butt.
E. I hate throwing away all those dipes every day...
F. I am loving the interaction with the WAHMs. I love supporting that - I would love to be a WAHM (instead of a WOHM ) and love supporting other mom's dreams anyway I can!
G. I wish I could say for the money, but I am a in training - it will never be more cost effective for me to CD than to use 'sposies .

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#32 of 43 Old 08-07-2003, 07:42 PM
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I started out CDing under the misguided impression it would save me money. And it might have if a friend of mine hadn't shown me the Cloud 9 Softies site with a beautiful butterfly print that was just waiting for my DDs bottom (although my friend had mentioned prefolds, I quickly bypassed that idea, being of the "flat diapers I would have to pin" notion). So I started off with fitteds and Airflows and while it wasn't saving (much) money, I did have two in diapers shortly thereafter and I felt like I at least wasn't throwing it away!

I actually was at the store today considering buying a pack of sposies, which I do every so often (like twice a year LOL) to take a CDing break when I have just gotten overwhelmed with everything else I have to do. In the past, I have been able to do this guilt free... for some reason I just couldn't today. Wasn't a cost issue or anything, I just thought "I can't put paper diapers on him anymore". Slowly but surely it has become a bit more of an environmental issue than it used to be... well, that and the fact that my inner hyena says "What are you, nuts? You could buy a really cute fitted for what those cost!" :LOL
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A pg friend of mine said she was going to use cloth w/ her newborn. I wandered around MDC's pg forums, and saw this bizzare "diapering" forum here.

I said to her, well, go to MDC, there's some kinda diapering forum, and what the heck, I'm sure it's not to tell you how to put on a Pampers. I told her to make sure her hubby washed them since it was his idea, and that my playgroup friend quit cloth at 14 months........

One day I thought I'd better glance at the diapering forum, since I'm recommending it to people!!! There was a thread about NOT dunking...

...this caught my super-'sposie eye, and I read it, and was delighted that dunking DIDN'T have to happen.

And there was this intellegent, hilarious post by someone with 'punkinbutt.com' in her sig line, so I clicked the link....

AND THE REST IS HISTORY, Heather's snappy little articles & the Diaper Drama spoke to me and convinced me that cloth is the way to go.

As an educated person, how could I NOT use cloth, now that oops, I had read the information that proves it is the better eco-choice (and I am not even that crunchy!)

So we switched to cloth w/ dd at 19 months. She potty trained 3 months later, and we still saved $$ on dipes overall.

$$ isn't the main reason I cd, but I do LOVE the fact that I will guaranteed spend less on cloth for my children even when I buy some of the 'fancier' stuff (nothing HYENA caliber, but a few custom covers, FB, stuff like that....no auctions for me, but not just cpfs and ProRaps either.)

And I too LOVE supporting the cottage industry of cloth dipes...even if it's some WAHM selling 'corporate' dipes like FB or Kissaluvs. It's still a WAHM.

I like making thoughtful choices, too, and I think cloth diapering is very thoughtful--thought is given about the environment, my baby, the suppliers of the dipes, etc.

It also makes diaper changes less of a 'chore', and more of an oppertunity to interact w/ the baby, because it does take a little longer, and because it's less 'chorelike' when you've got CUTE stuff to use!
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tinyshoes that was a great answer.... im actually stunned right now....well put mama!!

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Mamuluvs3girls, its really interesting that that was your reason for choosing cloth.

Im breastfeeding Eliza (5 months) and she's not on solids yet. As you do, I've totally lost the sensation of being full of milk, breastfeeding is now an efficient and waste free process. But as she is such a cranky and difficult baby who is not sleeping well at night, I've often lacked confidence that I have enough milk.

It is only the ability to measure how wet she is, because she's in cloth, that gives me the knowledge that yes, she is getting enough.
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I voted other, Daniel is horribly allergic to disposables, all kinds. We tried everything and finally tried cloth out of desperation. Now I love it for the cute factor, but the real reason is for his bum!!!
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I picked them ALL!
We switched at 9 months because I was tired of dd's little bum getting exposed to unknown chemicals.
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Originally posted by steelmagnolia4

I actually was at the store today considering buying a pack of sposies, which I do every so often (like twice a year LOL) to take a CDing break when I have just gotten overwhelmed with everything else I have to do. "What are you, nuts? You could buy a really cute fitted for what those cost!" :LOL [/B]
Oh I SO know what you mean about that! We went camping last week and so I bought sposies and it really irritated me to be paying that much for stuff I would throw away!!! I thought the exact same thing...I could buy a really cute diaper for what those cost!


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The reason I switched to cloth:
EVERY NIGHT ds would wake up drenched, no matter what sposie we put on him, no matter how often we changed him. I think it was just the way he slept. At the time he was sleeping with me, and I would wake up wet too. NOT FUN. Around the same time, I got a catalog in the mail selling natural kid gear including cloth diapers. That got the ball rolling. I started to think that with cloth, I could bundle him up in all the right places therefore insuring a dry night. It took a few tries to find the perfect night time system, but since then we haven't had a single leak!

My decision to CD fulltime was because after feeling the soft cozy cloth, I just could not put another piece of plastic on my ds's tush. I want him to be as comfortable and happy as possible, so I would do anything!
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I starting cloth diapering to save money because I have twins!!! I seriously think I've saved thousands of dollars!!!! When I got my hands on a sewing machine, I just made diapers out of receiving blankets and whatnot. It became an addiction after that!!! LOL

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i looked into using cloth when i was pregnant with my first for environmental reasons.
i went with the store brand gerber :x and gave up after a month or so....then when she was 7 mths i learned there were other better types.
i went on ebay and began exploring a bit...buying WAHM's and stuff.
i ended up really liking fuzzibunz.
i do it for thier health firstmost. and then environmental and then cost.
honestly, i could probably buy cheap disposables and the cost would be around the same, but i would have nothing to make back in return. i can probably make a few bucks when my diapering days are all over.
now i feel so bad when i have to use a sposie.
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#42 of 43 Old 08-08-2003, 06:29 PM
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I started using cloth for environmental reasons.

I had no idea cloth diapering was anything other than the prefolds, pins, and rubber pants of the olden days. (My mom used cloth on my brothers and sisters and I so I wasn't completely turned off, but disposables seemed the norm, so...) I was browsing around the internet looking for nursing tops, and some crunchy shop in Canada sold something called the "fuzzi bunz diaper system". I took a look, and e-mailed the link to my mom who is a nurse and the owner of a pediatric group home for medically fragile children. I thought this might be a way to reduce all the waste from the literally hundreds of diapers we throw away every week. She ordered a few FB's for me as a X-mas gift, and we've loved them ever since!
Now DH and I have also fallen in love with hemp fitteds and fleece covers, and we mix those in with our AIO's and pockets to spice things up... Luckily DH jumped right in when I, um, TOLD him we were going to use CD's from now on. He loves the idea of fleece against his baby's bottom! We have 3 kids in diapers- I have an 8 mo old DS, as well as a 5 mo old foster DD and a 7 yr old foster DD with medical ailments- so we have definitely saved money on cloth! I'm addicted to buying new diaps, doublers, covers, etc, etc, etc... So the cuteness factor is a big reason we CD now!
And I do agree that changing a CD is so much better for bonding than changing a disposable... You have to snap or velcro to the precise measurement, tuck in extra fabric, put on a cover, check the fit, tickle the baby- it's so much fun! And, come on, who doesn't love putting their diapers together fresh from the wash- stuffing the pockets, laying the doublers in the nights diaps, folding everything up right! Hey, at least it's a (fairly) safe addiction, right?!?

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My reasons:

Healthier for baby
More comfy than crunchy 'fake' diapers.
Sposies just gross me out
So cute, I love em and I don't really understand why, but I do
Supports WAHMs instead of large coorporations
I love the 'handmade' aspect of it. Many probably learn skills like sewing and knitting just to make their own or sale diapers.
I cannot imagine spending that much money on something you use once and throw away

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