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I was thinking CD'ing this time around, but we live in an apartment and from reading the diapering forum here and talking to people who CD IRL, it doesn't seem possible or economical or environmentally friendly unless you have your own washer and dryer. I would have to basically pay for about 3 loads to wash them properly and the washing machines here are terrible and use tons of water and leak half the time. And, I'm just way too OCD with bodily fluids to do EC so that is not an option either.<br><br>
For Ds I used the pampers brand. I really liked them for newborns especially. The swaddlers seemed to fit really good and we never had an issue with any burning skin or diaper rashes. The only time we ever had an issue with that was once when the only pull-ups available were a brand that changed colors when wet. The chemicals in them to get them to do that burned Ds's skin so we never used pull-ups that did anything fancy again and never had a problem. But now I am seeing all this stuff about something going on with Pampers diapers and I'm wondering if there is a better brand to use?<br><br>
I don't think I can afford the bio-degradable or non-chlorine type (if I could I would just get a cloth diaper service instead). Also, we are going to join Costco soon, so I don't know if they have a generic brand there? But, of the more common brands or generic brands, what is the best to use? We'll probably switch to cloth when baby is about 8 or 9 months old because we might be moving to our own home at that point.
 

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I don't know anything about Costco brands, but we go to Sam's Club (like Costco) and get their brand of diaper. It's actually the best one we've found, though we didn't start using it until DD was 6 months or so. That's all just to say that generic doesn't at all mean inferior, and they are much less expensive. My second favorite, I think, is Luvs. I think Huggies are my least favorite. Or maybe it's the other way around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
A lot of it seems to depend on your baby's body type. Some disposables are better for long skinny babies and some are better for short chunky ones. Our DD is of the long and lean type.
 

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I think it depends on the baby. With DSD we used Pampers, and everything else leaked. But I have friends with the opposite experience.<br><br>
Also, at least at my grocery store, the 7th Generation non-chlorine diapers are very similar in cost to the Pampers. I was surprised. I think, here at least, they were the same cost and Pampers you got maybe 26 in a pack and 7th Gen you got maybe 25. I forget exactly, but it was very close.<br><br>
We used Sam's store brand before and they leaked, but again, this probably depends on the baby. I do remember we always went to Sam's to get the best price (on Pampers), though sometimes it was frustrating as she'd go up a size before we finished the Sam's mega-packs you have to buy.
 

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we used pampers as well with dd before all this "dry max" crap (no pun intended) started occuring.<br>
I would suggest looking at diapers.com for the seventh generation diapers, good prices. That being said I have friends who belong to costco and claim that the costco brand diapers are super affordable and are the BEST diapers they have EVER used...like literally they still talk about it even though they haven't used them in 1.5 yrs...lol.
 

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I was a die hard Pampers mom. No leaks, no rash, ever. Luvs being second, but not that great. We never used any Pull-Ups, dd potty learned early and easily. Huggies=the worst. Tried some generics and did not like any.
 

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We use Pampers Baby-Dry for DS. (NOT the Dry-Max)<br><br>
I did 97% CD with him until about January this year when we moved. We also are in an apartment with a laundry room and the washers just didn't do a very good job with his diaps. We're going to try a service for this one since the cost of the service would be about the same as disposables.
 

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I'm going to try Seventh Generation and Huggies Little Snugglers. I've found both pretty cheap on diapers.com and they have a lot of coupon codes. And free shipping.
 

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Are you in the Twin Cities? Would a diaper service be an option? <a href="http://www.dogooddiapers.com/pricing" target="_blank">http://www.dogooddiapers.com/pricing</a><br><br>
I've always dreamed of living in a city where clean diapers arrive on my doorstep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I loved pampers with my first...I can't stand the smell now, same goes for LUVS. Costco and Target brand sposies are great IMO. Both are basically a huggie's diaper. Never any rash or leaks with them. (Except ds3 who rashes with literally any chlorine exposure) 7gen worked good for him when we needed a sposie.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are you in the Twin Cities? Would a diaper service be an option? <a href="http://www.dogooddiapers.com/pricing" target="_blank">http://www.dogooddiapers.com/pricing</a><br><br>
I've always dreamed of living in a city where clean diapers arrive on my doorstep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I would love to do that, but $20.00 a week seems pretty steep. I think that is twice what I would pay on disposables.
 

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Just ddc'ing to say we cloth diapered without a washer & dryer for several months last year. We used the laundromat anyway, and only did a load about once a week no problem. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i do agree with pp about it being individual to the baby-- like a pair of jeans. We've tried:<br><br>
1. pampers swaddlers-- when ds was a newborn. leaked constantly. Thinking back we probaby could have used a preemie size diaper, or maybe werent changing enough? These would somehow leak through the front of the diaper, not he side.<br>
2. huggies-- smell made me sick post partum. Still does, and they are expensive.<br>
3. walmart-- great until they started making stretchy tabs<br>
4. target- great if you can find the correct sizes in the store. but the green and purple polka dots show through all of DS clothing.<br>
5. babies r us-- our current favs. Come in a big box, not expensive if you snag them during a sale, and are white except for the velcro strip.<br><br>
I would not go for the brand name diapers if I could at all help it. They are very costly, and they are used just for a short time and then go in the trash.
 

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DDC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We used the 7th gen diapers and I found the absolute cheepest route was to go to Amazon and do a subscribe and save shipment. Basically you sign up to receive a case every so often, and you get 15% off the price and free shipping. So it was really cheep. They carry most of the major brands, so no matter what you go with that might be an option for you. I think it depends quite a bit on the shape of your baby. DD was really skinny, which is why the 7th gen worked well for us since they are cut a bit narrower.<br><br>
We did both cloth and disposable for DD because she was in DC. Diaper service is wonderful if you can afford it, but I hear what you are saying about it being too expensive. Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would love to do that, but $20.00 a week seems pretty steep. I think that is twice what I would pay on disposables.</div>
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Actually, if you estimate you'll be going thru about 12 diapers a day (and that's probably a low estimate but roughly a diaper change every 2 hours) and you get Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive size 1 from diapers.com for $0.23 a diaper you'd be spending about $19.32 a week on disposables.<br><br>
That's what swayed us to find a service. We'll be paying $21.00 a week for 70 prefolds that get delivered to our door once a week.
 

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$20/weeks seems like it would be less than sposies, imo. I spent around $120 a month on sposies when DS1 was a newborn.
 

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(sorry if an environmental opinion isn't wanted...)<br><br>
If you absolutely have to use disposables, please use biodegradable diapers for all of our sakes. Using only disposables makes for an awful lot of garbage. Diapers.com or amazon.com are both cheaper ways to order bulk amounts of Seventh Generation diapers, which work great.
 

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I agree that I spent more than $20 a week on disposables. We did not have the biodegradable kind available at our commissary or PX so I used Huggies. It was the only one that didn't burn his skin or leak. I did end up switching to cloth later. If your baby is one that prefers the premium diapers I think you will surely spend more than $20 a week and in that case you may as well use the cloth service.
 

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I agree....I spent $80-100 on dipes EASILY every month...and thats not including wipes! I am really fussy though and would change dd for every little pee. I have a friend who would just let her dc pee and pee and pee in a diaper until it HAD to be changed (like not chaning her 1mth old but every 4/5 hours)...she is baffled as to why I think cloth diapers are cheaper...she used easily a 1/4 of the diapers I used. I try not to be judgemental but to each thier own I guess. If you get really good with coupons and finding sales you can at times really stock up from walgreens/cvs/target that really helps cut the costs!
 

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Okay folks... I sew my own cloth, but let's not try to make a momma feel badly about using sposies. We use sposies at night because DD is a super soaker and I don't like stuffing her diaper so much it gives her scoliosis. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I don't understand this. You are telling her that 12 sposies a day won't be enough (and they don't have to be changed nearly as often at cloth), but you are only getting 10 prefolds per day?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Not necessary to put that on this momma... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
You can use disposables for less then 20 a week for sure. You do not need 12 a day, and you can definitely get cheaper diapers then swaddlers (especially if you are a costco member). Plus, babies really only use a ton of diapers for the first 1-2 months. Once they get a little older, and don't leak poopy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">, you can go down to 4-5 changes during the day.<br><br>
I am not trying to knock any CD die-hards, but I just don't think that over estimating and environmental guilt are necessary for this concerned mom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks Landover!<br><br>
I was going to say, maybe I will spend $20.00 per week in the first two months, but we wont be moving to a house until baby is at least 8 months old. By that time we will probably be spending around $40.00 per month (what we spent with ds - and these are warehouse prices, remember we will be joining Costco soon).<br><br>
As for the environmental impact, that does worry me and I don't like using disposables. But, I have seen studies showing that if you don't have the right circumstances, CD'ing is actually no less of an impact on the environment. And, I don't have the right circumstances. The washing machines here don't wash well (meaning I would need to run at least two loads), and use tons of water - and leak half the time using even more water. The dryers don't dry very well just for normal clothes, and we don't have room to hang diapers up because I hear they take a long time to dry. I will look into the biodegradable type of diaper and compare prices and see what kind of deal I can get, but we have to budget very tightly so if they are significantly higher priced I can't really afford to do that. But, when baby is about 8 months and we move we plan to buy a high efficiency washer and dryer (we had one in our last home and loved it), and at that time we will CD. We will also have a basement or back yard to hang diapers to dry, so we can even save energy by not putting them in the dryer.
 
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