L.C. asks from Naperville, IL on November 21, 2010
Cloth Diapers - Naperville,IL
What do you think of cloth diapers and do you have a brand you recommend?
K.T. answers from Chicago on November 22, 2010
S.K. answers from Chicago on November 22, 2010
I am currently cloth diapering my fourth baby. I am using the same diapers I bought when my first was born, so the savings are huge by now. I have 2 sizes of chinese prefolds (the smallerm size has dark green stitching on the ends and the bigger size has blue), I have 24 of each size. I have used several different brands of covers, I like thirties, proraps, and mother-ease. For my 4 month old I have about 6 covers that I rotate through. I am exclusively breastfeeding, so laundry really isn't that bad. I keep the wet and soiled diapers in my DiaperChamp and wash them about two (occasionally three) times per week. I don't dunk or rinse ahead of time, just dump them in the washer and run a cold rinse cycle. Then I wash on hot with baking soda and a touch of a free & clear detergent, and add a little white vinegar to the rinse. I love to hang them in the sun to remove stains, but that is harder to do in the winter. To avoid using pins, I have these Snappi closure things. Pretty cheap and work great, I have had the same two snappis since I bought my cloth diapers. I also bought 6 hemp inserts (typically used with pocket diapers) to use as doublers at night, along with strips of fleece to keep the moisture off his skin. I love cloth diapering and encourage you to give it a try.
A.G. answers from Chicago on November 22, 2010
I used disposables with my first, and switched to cloth with my second baby at about 5 months old. It has been much easier than I anticipated, the poops aren't always fun, but they aren't with disposables either! I use fuzzibunz, after trying a few other brands. I do use a disposable at night....since my son sleeps 12 hours and I have not heard of a solution for that, and admit I am chicken to mess up night time sleep! Good luck, I recommend it for sure. My husband even prefers the cloth! Now that I switched, the disposables seem papery and uncomfortable to me, I much rather but his little tushy in the cozy cloth ones!
A.J. answers from Chicago on November 21, 2010
In my experience, cloth diapers were a lot of work, but very cute. I felt good using them, but after a few months I couldn't keep up with the laundry. I recommend using diaper liners that you can throw away or flush. They really do take a lot of the mess out of the diaper, it's kind of amazing how well they work. I also liked g-diapers. When I ran out of g-diaper liners, I used regular cloth diapers inside of them and it worked fine. I liked using the cloth diapers that look like burp cloths inside plastic pants with velcro in the front. Good luck to you! Some of my friends are really dedicated cloth diaper users and can keep up with the laundry too! ; )
J.Y. answers from Chicago on November 22, 2010
I used cloth diapers on my youngest son. It was a lot easier than I anticipated. Washing and drying the diapers wasn't a big deal. I used a dry pail with a cloth liner and washed it all every other day. My biggest problem was the fit of the diaper under his clothes, especially in jeans. My favorite brand was Thirsties and Bum Genius was a close second. Thirties was a slimmer diaper and you could stuff it with extra inserts when needed. I really preferred the Bum Genius Organic AIO over the other Bum Genius diapers. A big bonus of cloth diapering for me was my son was completely potty trained in 2 days at 21 months old.
S.D. answers from Grand Rapids on November 22, 2010
i LOVE my cloth diapers. it's a bit of extra laundry, but it's the laundry that NEVER needs to be folded. I make my own cloth diapers. I am working now on a new pattern for side snaps. messge me and i can answer what ever questions you have about them.