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I normally cloth diaper about 95% of the time. We are taking a week-long trip to Seattle & Portland (yea!), camping and staying at youth hostels. We decided to use disposables to save space (already bringing a duluth pack full of camping gear as check-in luggage, plus car seat and clothes) and to save hassles of washing the diapers.<br><br>
I want to use the best as-close-to-natural diapers and wipes I can find; also, I want them to not be too leaky where we have to wash dd's clothes all the time. I need to have them before Friday night (9/5/03)<br><br>
So far, I know of Tushies, Seventh (7th) Generation, and TenderCare diapers.<br><br>
Please help! Thanks!<br>
Amy<br><br>
SCALE OF 1 to 3<br>
0 - poor; I wouldn't buy again<br>
1 - satisfactory; I use once in a while<br>
2 - average; I use most of the time<br>
3 - very good; I highly recommend<br><br>
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Absorbency - self-explanatory<br>
Comfort - in wearing<br>
Coverage - stays in place<br>
Customer service - in ordering<br>
Ease-of-use - ease in preparing and applying<br>
Material - what product is made of/from<br>
Price - relative to other natural-product brands<br>
Quality - how product was made<br>
Overall score - total your scores and divide by 8<br>
Organic - made from organic materials? (or 'natural' would work too)<br>
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OK, I can't do your number rating system but I can give you my experience and what I've heard. We CD and EC at home but use a sposie at night and have used them on a couple of trips where CDs weren't practical.<br><br>
Tushies (aren't these the same as TenderCare?) - hate them. Bulky, not absorbant, don't fit my baby well, tapes aren't resealable. I wouldn't use these if you paid me.<br><br>
Nature Boy and Girl - haven't used them, but a friend did and hated them. Thin, leaked a lot.<br><br>
Seventh Generation - love these better than any other sposie ever! Unbleached materials, absorbant (they use the gel stuff but it's never come out of the diaper), non-fragranced, don't smell gross like mainstream dipes. This is our night-time dipe and we love it. They cost $10 a pack at our Whole Foods, a lot more online. They are on the bulky side, but they fit well and I like the tape/velcro closures, which can be opened and readjusted.<br><br>
My second choice would be Mother Nature diapers. We tried a pack of these on a trip where we couldn't CD recently. They are super-thin so for space-saving they would be great. Also not fragranced, and pretty absorbant although for a night time diaper I would choose Seventh Generation. They plant trees and supposedly use sustainably grown materials.<br><br>
HTH! You should try posting on the diapering board as well if you haven't already. I know some mamas there have had to use sposies at times and will give you their thoughts.
 

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Thanks Jane! Very helpful.<br><br>
My friend said this: My recommendation is the Swedish Boys and Girls...absorbs just as much as conventional ones. Seventh is pretty good too, but not as absorbent. Seventh for wipes, because they have an all natural formula, at least when I checked last. But they have changed in the past.<br><br>
The two stores near me sell only Seventh Generation, so that's what I'll be getting this time.
 

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have a fun trip! we also cloth diaper 95% of the time (well, now 0% of the time since dd is now using the potty)...even using cloth on camping trips.<br><br>
when we did need disposables (like when we were bad about getting the dipes in the wash in a timely manner! hee hee), we used tender care tushies...but i never liked them.<br><br>
we just bought a pack of those 7th generation dipes for when the new babe comes. no personal experience with them yet, but i've heard from a couple people that they work well.
 

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Whenever we have to use disposables we buy the Nature Girl and Boy. They have always worked fine for us, and several of my friends use them full-time. There was someone on the diapering board who actually buried a use Nature Girl and Boy diaper to see if it would really compost, and it did!<br><br>
I have used Seventh Generation wipes, and found them to be really, well, slimy!
 

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I second (third?) the recommendation for Seventh Generation. I bought our first pack last week and love them - they are just as absorbant and comfy/user-friendly as Pampers , Huggies, etc., which is saying a lot actually. We CD at home, but use sposies on the road and also at night about half the time.<br><br>
I hate hate hate Tushies/Tender Care - they feel like cardboard - sooo stiff, and the cheap tape fasteners are the worst. Mother Nature is better but pales in comparison to 7th Gen. - we've officially switched. Never tried Nature Boy/Girl.<br><br>
Note - I don't like the 7th Gen wipes, b/c I find the system of getting the wipes out to be difficult. We use Kirkland unscented (sold at Cosco for pennies compared to name brand) pop-up wipes.
 

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For night time I recoment the 7th generation diapers, for the day time I recomend Tushies. Tushies are better for the enviroment and have no mysterious "gel" product in them but will not last through the night.
 

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We use cloth, but I tried some of the natural disposables on my first when I was struggling with a nighttime system. We tried Tushies and she got a red sunburn-like rash in the shape of the diaper. It was an allergic reaction- so be sure to test them before you go on your trip in case any of them cause a problem.<br><br>
Have a fun trip!
 

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hey amy. i tried to pm you to send you a link to our backpacking pages...but your pm box is full. anyway, we came up with some diapers that work really well for backpacking...and might work for your trip (as long as you'll have access to a sink and a place for them to hang for a couple hours). maybe you could do a combination of both these and the 7th generations?<br><br><a href="http://www.mamarsupial.com/backpack.php#dipes" target="_blank">autumn's wacky cloth camping dipes</a>
 

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mamarsupial, great camping tips! We used cloth on most of our Duluth camping trip. The campgrounds had a washer and dryer which made it easy.<br><br>
Thanks everyone for your input.<br><br>
I ended up using Seventh Generation diapers on the west-coast trip and they worked well! I felt much better using those than the other commercial disposable diapers. I understand they still have the gel beads and they aren't very environmentally friendly. I'll have to try the others recommended in this thread.
 

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My dh calls the Seventh Generation ones "Whole Wheat Dipes" :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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I like Tushies. As far as I know, they are the only truly natural ones, that don't use gel. Regular Tushies are cotton/paper blend. Tushies Tendercare are paper.<br><br>
I also like the Tushies wipes.
 

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7th generation rocks! i sometimes use these for night. there is some gel but i have never gotten 'bead butt' even through using them for few weeks while the washer was on the fritz. the first few times i used nature boy & girl there was major gel bead action and i was so horrified i went back to whole foods and pitched a wobbly about how they shouldn't carry them. tushies were ok, the tender care were a distant last of the lot. i love the 7th gen wipes. the tushies wipes are too alcohol-ish smelling for me.
 
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