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How do you feel about it??<br><br>
I began CDing my third child for $$$ reasons. Then I fell in love with the cutesness of it, how easy it all was and how healthy my baby's bum looks now.<br>
I then began reading more about the Pros and Cons of CD vs DD, and I am shocked!!!! The health and environmental cons of DD are so scary!!<br><br>
Now I am feeling so guilty and concerned about having exclusively DD my daughter(5) and first son(4)... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"> They wore diapers for 33 months each!!!<br><br>
There is so little they know about the health consequences of DD... The new gel-kind concerns me even more... I do hope nothing happens to my kids...<br><br>
Here are some article PIP sent me the other day.<br><br><a href="http://www.wen.org.uk/general_pages...tems/pr_asa.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wen.org.uk/general_pages...tems/pr_asa.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.theecologist.co.uk/archi...tml?article=128" target="_blank">http://www.theecologist.co.uk/archi...tml?article=128</a><br><a href="http://www.wen.org.uk/nappies/nappy_report.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wen.org.uk/nappies/nappy_report.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.diaperaps.com/myth.html" target="_blank">http://www.diaperaps.com/myth.html</a><br><a href="http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/case/michigan/mich-cs5.html" target="_blank">http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/case/michigan/mich-cs5.html</a><br><br><br>
P.S. Is it too late to begin CD a 1-year-old? My sister is interested but she says her baby is maybe too old. She lives in Brazil and does not own a dryer - is it enough to line-dry diapers?? (considering she lives so close to the Equator..)
 

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I started CDing my #3 at 3 1/2 months, but my #2 DS was 3 at the time and I started CDing him too! And ya know what? He potty trained in no time after that. Of course he was ready, but I did the switch, basically because I kept thinking "why I am buying DD's anymore?" Anyway it is never to late to switch, 1 yr old is not to late by a long shot, she still has probably 2 years of diapering time left! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I think it would be fine to line dry only, the sun gets out TONS of stains and germs, it would actually be as good if not better than line drying! GO FOR IT! Tell her I said so, since she has no clue who I am I am sure it would mean a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> But seriously, it is for sure doable! ~
 

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I think the one year old will love it. I have a friend who switched with a two year old and she refuses to put DD back on. Also line drying is better then dryer drying. The sun kills all of the germs. Makes them really white too!
 

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I just started cding my 1 year old, and she <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it! She really likes the colors and patterns of the cd's I bought, and we are both enjoying it. My favorites are the fuzzibunz we have, she only weighs 21 lbs, but I bought 6 large, and I figure they will work through potty training, though the med. also fit her now. They dry well on the line- much better than the fitted diaps I have, and I really like the fuzzi bunz brand inserts.<br>
I hope your sister tries it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I switched to cloth when Lu was about 13 mos old...she took about 4 days to get used to it. Now, she won't wear a DD at all!!! She loves it, I love it. And - we line dry exclusively. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I know what you mean about the guilt over DD...I feel terrible for exposing her to that... Live and Learn, though... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have always used cloth (except a few times with #1 I did DD)<br><br>
You can't put your self down for what you did in the past... Just know you learned from it and I am sure your kids are fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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Don't beat yourself up about it- there is more info out there now with the internet. We can only do our best. I grew up on a farm where my dad sprayed the barn for flies with toxic pesticides that kept getting banned the year after we used them. My body is no doubt full of very bad pesticides- probably far more than disposable dipes. The world is very toxic and we all just do our best with what we know at the time. Just keep them out of the diposable underwear when it comes out LOL<br><br>
(edited to say- I used disposables on both kids for the first two weeks- my cloth dipes/covers were too big- I would have needed premie/NB sizes. After reading those links, I regret not having used gotten the NB size cloth but am glad I CD'd after that)
 

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I used sposies on my dd until she was 14 months. Good thing I am too, because she's going on three and still not ready to potty learn. She's the type to learn something overnight... one day she just started counting to 10 after hearing me and Brainy Baby count all the time.<br><br>
I'm hoping she'll do the same thing when it comes to potty learning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: :LOL<br><br>
It's never to late to switch and don't feel bad for not switching sooner. Better late than never! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I agree with what a lot of the other mommas said. I just switched over to CD and DS is 8.5M. I don't feel guilty at all. I made a BAD choice to use DD, but it was a choice. (I want to CD when I was pregnant but unfortunately listened to the naysayers...another story for another day).<br><br>
Anyway, I firmly believe you can't live your live looking backwards. If I second guessed every decision I made...well let's just say I probably wouldn't have met DH and therefore no DS.<br><br>
You have to do the best you can everyday and try not to worry too much about what you did yesterday.<br><br>
That being said, I understand your guilt, but remember you are doing what is best now.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
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I switched when my twins were 21 months and my youngest was 4 months old. I'm glad I did. I can't live my life over though I do wish I had started from when the twins were born.
 

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I, too, was late to CDing. My son was 19 months old. I'm worried about the damage done, too. I hope I'm not too late to make a difference. I almost switched when he was one year old but I let myself be talked out of it by others. WHY, WHY, WHY did I listen to them? They weren't the ones who were going to do the work, it wasn't their child....why do other people even have an opinion about whether I cloth diaper or not? I also exclusively line dry. I think it's better for the diapers and will help them last longer. I bought a standing thing from Walmart that I use to dry them outside if it's pretty and inside if it's not nice out and then I toss them into the dryer for about 10 minutes to soften them up a bit. I LOVE cloth diapers. I only wish I had started sooner.<br><br>
I also have to resist the urge to be a CD zealot. When I see someone I love use disposables, it's difficult to not be preachy and say, "Do you know what's in those things?????" EGADS!!!!!<br><br>
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I don't feel one bit guilty actually...and we still use 'sposies at night. I just wish I had cd'd my other two b/c it's so fun and saves so much $$!!!!
 

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Don't feel guity! There is nothing you can do to change past decisions, and it is much easier to get info now through the internet as MamaMonica points out. Sorry if the links freaked you out, but you did ask <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I can't help it, I AM that cloth zealot! It's so nice here 'cos people want to know, it is so hard to keep my mouth shut in the real world, the last thing I want is to make any mama feel guilty!
 

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Don't worry PIP<br><br>
Because of your links I "converted" my sister to cloth (so escited to put a girl stash together!!!) and I also sent them to two environmental groups in Denmark who mistakenly believe that CD is as bad as DD. They say they would love cloth if only it was less harmful to the environment than DD - Well IT IS!!!!<br>
Thanks again for the links - I will try not to feel guilty about past decisions and hope everything turns out well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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