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I tried cloth diapers with my first daughter. It didn't work. I flat out didn't care for it. I felt that Pampers (favorite brand) fit properly - not too tight around the thigh, not too loose so no leaks, and she would stay dry (where cloth diapers don't pull away moisture.)
 

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cloth diapers.....YES!<br><br>
i used cloth for about 99% of the time with elwynn. i did use disposables once in a while, for travel and when i didnt have any night time diapers that would work.. but the fact that they are being thrown into a landfill haunts me, so i stick with what my heart feels good with. cloth can be more work, but i'd rather have an earth for my son and his childrens children than ease at dealing with poop.. i think its a fair exchange.. plus.. if you find diapers that work, it really isn't that much work.
 

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I'm a cloth diaper user and for me, I wouldn't do it any other way. I have a few reasons:<br>
--living in NYC, it is actually more economical to use a diaper service, as I do not have access to warehouse clubs where I can buy disposables in bulk<br>
--also because we line in NYC, we do not have drought issues, so I don't feel guilty about the extra water use in washing<br>
--DS never had diaper rash in his life. we'll see what happens with #2<br>
--DS was fully out of diapers soon after he turned 2, which I think has a great deal to do with the fact that he wanted out of bulky cloth diapers<br>
--while we had some leak issues, we never had explosive poops up the back of the onesie that a lot of my friends had with disposables. Granted, that could have just been luck, but it sure was nice!<br>
--I don't like the chemicals that are used to make disposables absorbent. They freak me out. I wouldn't want them down near my crotch.<br>
I think that, as with all parenting decisions, people need to do what is right for them, but those are my reasons for choosing cloth and why we will choose it again. To be honest, while the chemical argument was the one that made me consider it in the first place, in the end it is the economic argument that keeps me with it.
 

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No issue with rash? I found cloth diapers for my Emma would only make her rash issues worse (not dry enough.)
 

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I switched to cloth after DS was 15 months old. Before that, he always had a red rash around hiis bum. And as a newborn, we were constantly dealing with up the back blow outs, even with Pampers, which we liked the best.<br><br>
After swicthing to cloth, the persistant rash was gone. I always thought it was yeast or something. Guess it was the chemicals in sposies.<br><br>
I make my own dipes and find that they really arent too much excess trouble. 2 extra loads of laundry a week, and they dont need to be folded. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So - Cloth Diapers - YES <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wash.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wash"><br><br>
Looking forward to using newborn fluff this time.
 

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Sorry, butting in... were you using fleece liners or fleece-lined diapers? Fleece pulls moisture away and stays dry to the touch. It is also breathable, so does cut down on rashes.<br><br>
With disposables, you are exposing your child to chemicals that can exacerbate eczema and asthma, as well as contact dermatitis. The main absorbent ingredient, sodium polyacrylate (the gel inside disposables), has been banned from use in women's menstrual products because it was deemed unsafe.<br><br>
Not to mention all the dioxide, petroleum, chemical fragrances, etc. My son had far fewer rashes in cloth.
 

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No, didn't use fleece. Never even heard of fleece diapers. Cotton ones with those plastic pants over (which was not good, plastic pants were roo tight aroudn the thigh... but without them she would leak peee and poo all over the place...)
 

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I say yes, yes, yes to cloth diapers! I love buying diapers for the new baby and I don't know anyone else who is pregnant who gets nearly as excited about getting another jumbo package of newborn Huggies.<br><br>
I started out using disposables with my first daughter. I can't remember when I switched (she was definitely over a year), but I never considered going back. I'm really looking forward to using them from the very beginning with this baby.<br><br>
I feel that it's healthier for the child and for the environment and cloth is just so cute. I also like the fact that I'm spending my money on something that's not just going to be thrown away after a short use (we don't use paper towels, napkins or plates for the same reason).
 

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Definitely cloth for me, and this is my first babe on the way. The chemical issue is probably the main reason (sposies are also being linked to adult male infertility), but I also like that I'm not adding to the landfills (and we don't live in a draught area either). I wouldn't want to wear plastic undies, so why would my child? It does require more frequent changes than if you were to use sposies, but again, would you want to sit in a soiled diaper? I just think if you are going to put something on your babies bum, cloth is the kindest choice.
 

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I used PUL, fleece and wool covers. All more breathable than plastic, adjustable at the legs and waist and did not leak.<br><br>
Not sure what you used, but if you bought your diapers and covers from a store, they were probably not the best quality and could explain your leaks and wetness issues.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=270287" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=270287</a><br><br>
The above is a good link at the diapering forum. That will give you an idea of the types of dipes and materials that most of us use. The diapering forum is a great place to get info (and pick up a diaper addiction, too, so beware.)
 

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Hate to butt in since I'm not due anytime. :LOL BUT, I wanted to chime in about the cloth diapering. It depends on what kind of system you are using. If you're using prefolds then you simply have to change them more often. You can generally go longer between changes if you use pocket diapers or things like that, but even then you should change as soon as they get wet.<br>
It also could've been the detergent you were using on the diapers. You should never use bleach, fabric softner, or scented/dyed detergents. You should only use a tiny bit (like 1/4 the normal amount) and you should try using vineger in the rinse cycle to get any leftover detergent out. A lot of different things can cause rashes. My daughter gets horrible bloody rashes if I use anything scented or dyed on her diapers or if I eat certain foods (like dairy products). Cloth diapers are rarely a cause for rashes. It's usally just a troubleshooting issue.<br><br>
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Yes to Cloth!!<br><br>
I love the cloth diaps I used with DD. I got the super fancy (and ultra expensive) Motherease. They can be used from totally cute little baby newborn to big kid size. The covers you get in more close sizes. It is not too bad, and you will be so glad you are doing it. Boycott those huge plastic diap companies!!<br><br>
I second all the opinions so far (have there been any no's??). I am so glad I will be able to use my precious diaps again with my next baby (my original investment was like $250...not taht bad really).<br><br>
My daughter also had bad rashes with plastic (no wonder when you look at what they are). Totally diappeared when she wore cloth. Anyway, what is cuter than a babe in those bulky cloth diaps (especially when the covers are hand made by a talented SAHM!).<br><br>
The first month is tough. We had lots of blow outs, so I used plastic some then but as soon as my babe got alittle bigger, she fit better. So sweet! Any suggestions for that first month?? My mothereases woul dnot work on such a mini babe (6lb-12oz.)<br><br>
Good luck.....do it!! You can get cheapies on ebay..also a good place to sell once you are done.<br><br>
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE cloth diapers!!! I switched from 'sposies to cloth when DD was 6 months old. Before that, DD would have serious poopy blow outs probably at least once a day (and I tried pretty much every 'sposie on the market w/ the same results). After switching to cloth, I NEVER had another blow out! So, even though I had the laundry of diapers, I didn't have all the laundry of dirty clothes (usually DD's but sometimes mine and/or DH's).<br><br>
Since moving to our new house last Nov, I have been using 'sposies w/ DD. It was easier during the hectic move and then I thought DD would acheive potty learning very quickly. I wish I'd stayed w/ cloth b/c we've since spent quite a bit on 'sposies. DD's capable of going to the potty but is currently requesting dipes...so there ya go (though once the last 'sposie is gone I'm NOT buying another!).<br><br>
W/ this baby, I plan to CD right from the beginning. I did use homemade fleece liners w/ DD and will use them again for this baby.<br><br>
I never had rash problems in cloth (but have had some rash problems in 'sposies). Whenver I did have a rash problem, I just treated it w/ a few squirts of BM and it was gone by the next day. I also made sure to use very little detergent when washing dipes and used vinegar during rinses at least every couple of loads. Every month or so, I'd strip the dipes by doing several washes in a row w/o any detergent.
 

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I used cloth the first time, and it was way easier than I thought it would be. Washing them was no big deal, I never had problems with leaking, and they were a lot cheaper than sposies (and now I get to save even more money by using them over again for my second baby.)<br><br>
Of course, part of what made things easy for me was that I was also doing Elimination Communication with my dd, so I almost never had poopy diapers, because I caught the poop in the toilet instead. And then I was able to stop using diapers entirely by the time she was 8 months old, and just start using training pants instead.<br><br>
I used several different types of diapers - prefolds, fitteds, and AIO's. I think my favorites were prefolds (very easy if you just fold them inside a wrap cover, and nice and cheap, too), and Motherease Sandy's fitteds.
 

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Never considered sposies as a full-time option- the money simply wasn't there. We used a few over the years, and they leaked and smelt dreadful. IMO, just not worth the hassle.
 

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I'm planning on using cloth on our baby. The materials in disposable diapers are chlorine bleached to make them look so white, which produces dioxin residues on the materials. Dioxin is a known carcinogen. Incidentally, the same is true of tampons and sanitary pads, which is the reason I stopped using them for myself, unless I get the non-chlorine bleached organic kind. Which gets expensive, whether you're talking menstrual products or diapers. I've gone over to cloth pads for myself since college, and I don't mind that and find that they leak less and are more comfortable than disposable pads, so I figure that the same is true of diapers.<br><br>
I've had lots of friends who've done cloth and liked it, so I'm not really worried, but I've also had lots of people warn me how awful it's going to be. (They are generally the same people who are horrified by the idea of cloth menstrual pads, so I can't really be suprised!) I usually tell them that DH and I used cloth doggy diaper garments on our 85 lb DOG for a year when he got old and incontinent, so if I can handle changing and washing wet and poopy diapers for a 18 year old Chow mix, then I'm sure that I can manage with a little teeny baby! DH used to joke that at least when we had a baby, we'd already have diapers, and I used to tell him that unless our baby was 85 lbs and had a tail, we'd still have to buy some new ones! (By the way, MrsMoe, that dog's name was Moe, so when I see your username I always smile and remember him and laugh a little bit, thinking maybe he had a wife somewhere and we didn't know it! :LOL )
 

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We're entirely too poor to even think about using disposables!<br><br>
Plus, I hear that CDed babies tend to potty train earlier because they can actually feel that they are wet, unlike with disposables.
 

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i think that is very true.. my son is 2 and a hlf and totally out of diapers ( i put one on at night for accidents but he rarely uses them) i know a LOT of people with kids that are 3 and even 4 who are still wearing diapers, but they are all diaposable kids.. none of the kiddos i know who are cloth diapered are still in diapers at 4..
 
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