K.H. asks from Keller, TX on July 15, 2007
Cloth Diapers - Keller,TX
i am considering changing to cloth diapers, i am doing this bc i think in the long run it will cost me less & is more environmentally friendly. what kind of cloth diapers did you use? did you like them? did you use pre-fitted cloth diapers or fold them yourself? which brand did you feel was most cost effective for the quality? i am really wanting to change to cloth diapers but the research i have done on the internet has shown me that they are a little more expensive, to get started than i thought, i know that the cost will be cut in the long run but i dont have much to invest right off the start.
C.P. answers from Dallas on July 28, 2007
I have been using cloth diapers for several years now. It is a different system, so it takes some getting used to, but I love it. I have pretty much used Mother Ease diapers with Nylon covers. I bought the Mother Ease diapers used on Ebay. Now, Ebay doesn't sell used diapers because they are considered used underwear which I think is completely rediculous, but anyway, I have been very satisfied with my Mother Ease one-size diapers. The covers I use are Nylon and the brand is Dappi. They are really inexpensive in the world of diaper covers. They are not super cute as some of the more expensive wool covers are, but I have never had a leak with them in my cloth diapering days. I could go on and on, but I will stop now and let you ask me if you have any more questions.
J. answers from Dallas on July 16, 2007
I used pocket cloth dipaers with my DD and I plan to use them for number 2 when it comes along. Not the cheapest way to do it, but the most convenient for my DH. There is a new kind now that are all one size, they adjust in size as the baby grows...meaning less diapers to buy over the life of the child. I used about 10-12 per day and washed every 2 days...so you can feasibly diaper a child for less than $250-300 for its lifetime. You can start with 10 and wash every day until you build up a stash too.
There is a store called Brees Bums and the owner is fantastic. She holds a FREE diaper class a few times a month and she goes over all the options and costs, pro/cons of each type. I highly recommend attending if you are considering using cloth at all. She is great. The site is www.breesbums.com, you sign up for the class there. She has lots of info on her site as well as trial packs of different kinds/brands so you can see what you like most.
And as for the response about not being very "green" because of the washing, you couldnt be more wrong. If you do it correctly, they use very little detergent, NEVER use bleach and cetainly are cost effective. ONE child who uses disposable diapers makes one TON of trash in a landfill....
Good luck! Feel free to contact me if you want more info :)
R.H. answers from Dallas on July 16, 2007
The initial investment far outweighs future cost of disposable diapers, as well as reduce the pollution in landfills from the absorbing gel in disposables (did you know that the same toxin found from decomposing disposable diapers is the same as found in the soil in Hiroshima, Japan after the Bomb?).
But... here is the kicker. It takes maybe a full minute to change a disposable, and that's if your baby isn't struggling (from birth to 3 months). With a cloth diaper, you could spend up to 5 minutes getting those safety pins situated. That's no bueno when it's 3 in the morning, not to mention dangerous with sleepy hands and sharp pins.
I'd suggest getting both: cloth for when you're sentient, disposables when you're not.
B.S. answers from Dallas on July 16, 2007
Yes, the initial investment is higher but you will save around $2500 in the long run, be environmentally friendly and in my opinion so much better than disposables for your baby. They are now just as convenient as disposables with the exception of washing vs throwing them into the landfill full of bacteria. I am a co-owner of a diaper service (the kind that picks up dirties and brings you clean ones weekly) and my partner is Bree's Bums who handles every imaginable cloth diaper out there. All-In-Ones, Fuzzi-Buns, Bummies, etc. Please give Bree a call at ###-###-####. She has a wealth of information, can give tutorials, has a place where you can touch and feel and experiment with and maybe a payment plan.
E.M. answers from Dallas on July 16, 2007
My daughter is potty training and I was about to sell my stash on eBay. I have many different kinds.
Let me know if you are interested! >Liz
V.B. answers from Dallas on July 16, 2007
I use cloth with my son and we didn't have a lot to start out with. . .20-30 prefold diapers, 2 snappies, 6-12 diaper covers. Maybe a total of 40 to 50 dollars. I went to clothdiaper.com and bought factory seconds prefolds (who cares if the seam is not straight, you don't see it anyway) and the snappies. I just picked up the covers at walmart sometimes you can get a 6 pack on the clearance section for just $2.00 since the change the prints. You can spend a lot if you choose to go with other types of cloth diapers, but really you have to wash them just the same. I have added doublers to help out at night or you can just double the diapers. The only thing I do recommend is to by a sprayer to attatch to the potty to help with the rinse. you can either by a kit around 30-40 or if your husband is handy by a vegetable sprayer at a home improvement store and have him put one together for less than 20. We spent wver $3,000 for diposable diapers for our daughter and with our son we have only spent around a 100. If not for the enviorment, for you check book!! Good Luck
H.L. answers from Dallas on July 15, 2007
I used all-in-one cloth diapers with both of my kids and LOVED them! I bought mine from www.clothdiaper.com and used the all-in-one deluxe style. They do seem expensive at first, but over the long haul, it does come out way cheaper. (not to mention better on the environment!....just to comment about the bleach & detergent....you actually shouldn't use bleach on them because it eats the cotton and deteriorates the fabric quicker. Also, most detergents that you buy no longer contain phosphates, which can be bad for the water supply)
I was able to continue to use the diapers for my second child, so they really did pay for themselves! I also used their flannel wipes....soooo soft! I kept my changing table in the bathroom, which made it much easier to wet the wipes with warm water and rinse the diapers in the potty. I found them to be very convenient & easy to use.
T.O. answers from Dallas on July 15, 2007
It was so long ago, but I did cloth with the first one and used a service that delivered clean ones and picked up the dirty ones. It is hard to keep up with the laundry otherwise.
They were fold yourself diapers, which was easy. But I felt really stupid after awhile when I called the service and asked them why the diapers were coming off and leaking all the time (they hadn't the first few months) and the service told me that I needed a bigger SIZE of diaper. Babies do grow. I didn't know diapers came in sizes.
Anyway, I don't think they're that much more environmentally friendly with all the soap, water and bleach needed to keep them clean. However, disposible aren't good for the landfill either. Maybe you could find a green disposible diaper?
L.G. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2007
About the squirmy baby and pins point that someone brought up... Hardly anybody uses pins anymore. ;) If we're using prefolds, we use a Snappi, which is basically like the clip that holds an Ace Bandage on.
We typically use pockets or All-in-Ones. My favorite pockets right now are Knickernappies Disposanots. You can get them at Bree's Bums (www.breesbums.com is her website). I love that they snap on the sides, so they aren't as easy for the kiddo to pull off. My favorite All-in-One is the BumGenius All-in-One diapers...again, get them at Bree's. I use fitteds, as well. They require a separate cover, but are great! Try the BumGenius Bamboo Fitted...it's a workhorse! There are also diapers that grow with your baby... They're called One-Size Diapers. BumGenius makes some, as does another brand called Haute Pockets. They're both pretty good! If you get the Haute Pockets, though, get the kind with the hook and loop closure, not the snaps.
Everything I really like I can get through Bree. I went to Babies Bottoms and More and wasn't impressed with some of what she had. I also really liked the idea of supporting a mother-owned business. Bree's Bums is the only mother-owned diaper store in the metroplex. Bree has tried all the diapers she has and has personally approved them for use.