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I want to cloth diaper - Practical? Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
28th Feb '13

So I really want to cloth diaper. I always have and I really hate that I don't. I'm very environmentally conscious and hate how bad disposable diapers are for the earth.
However, I just don't know if it's practical. For one, the cost is pretty off-putting. With DH's rather recent pay cut we're on a pretty tight budget and even if it's cheaper in the long run, I'm worried we can't cover the initial cost.
The more important thing, though, is we don't have our own washer and dryer. We wash laundry once a week at my grandmothers. Maybe twice some weeks, but generally it's a once a week thing. We do have a washer and dryer here at the apartment but they're overpriced and the dryers suck ass. We'd be paying $7.00 per load if I didn't have to wash them a second time. Wouldn't we need a ton of diapers to get us through a week?
Any experts with advice?

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
28th Feb '13

You can start slow and slowly build a stash. You can wash and hang dry.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2533 posts
28th Feb '13

The washing once a week is off putting because you will have to accumulate more diapers than most to last that time period. You also will may have more staining and such from such long periods.



However, the startup cost isn't nearly as high as most think. You can get prefolds and covers, cheaper diapers like sumbabies or alvas, and my preference getting 2nd hand. Also, you can resell diapers when you are done, so you make back a lot of that money.

::1st:: Time Mommy 1 child; Sumner, Washington 255 posts
28th Feb '13

I am slowly bulding my stash and I LOVE flats with covers! also to try and buy them try some buy/sell/trade pages on FB thats how i started

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2533 posts
28th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ::1st:: Time Mommy:</b>" I am slowly bulding my stash and I LOVE flats with covers! also to try and buy them try some buy/sell/trade pages on FB thats how i started"</blockquote>




This. Plus there's a b/s/t on here and you can join diaperswappers also.

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
28th Feb '13

Do you think it's worth it, given the only washing once a week thing?

rhondae Due June 10 (boy); 18 kids; Maryland 174 posts
28th Feb '13

I started cloth diapering and absolutely LOVE it! U can make it as cheap or as expensive as u want. I am glad i made this choice, wish i would have when i had my first!

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2533 posts
28th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mom2William&Michael:</b>" Do you think it's worth it, given the only washing once a week thing?"</blockquote>




You can wash by hand, especially just pee diapers. I think if you really want to then its worth it. Just make sure you have enough to last you...which could be a lot, and seriously invest in some BioKleen spray to help break down the bacteria in dirty diapers while you wait o wash them.