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Cloth vs. Disposable WrightsWife Due June 26 (boy); Florida 431 posts
20th Mar '13

I would love to try cloth diapering, but disposable seems more and more easier as I look into cloth diapering, and also just seems like disposable offers better coverage. What do you prefer and why? Which do you consider cheaper? -Sorry for the post overload lately- I'm having some obsession of preparing/researching here lately!



I also read that "studies show" cloth diaper babies are potty trained around 13-15 months, as opposed to 2-3 years for disposable diaper babies..? Anyone believe this?
tia

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
20th Mar '13

I've done both and cloth is wayyy better. Once I switched to cloth he never had a blow out again! Also when he pees it doesn't stink.




Its really just extra laundry

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
20th Mar '13

Oh and my son is 16 months and started holding it all night and during nap....Im gonna buy a potty soon :)

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
20th Mar '13

I have done both I find cloth way easier. I mean it can take a while to find what works best for you and as your child grows you might find different styles do better. All I do is an extra load of laundry every 2-3 days. I dont have smelly diapers in my trash. My daughter has had a diaper rash maybe twice. Never had a poop explosion in cloth. Cloth can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. If you go with the china cheap pockets you could do a full stash for $200 or less.

WrightsWife Due June 26 (boy); Florida 431 posts
20th Mar '13

So, if we do not have a washer/dryer in our home would you recommend disposable? With a newborn especially, and DH away with military, I don't see myself making it to the laundry mat every 2 days. We are looking for a house but unsure if we will be buying a washer/dryer because we move soooo much. :/ Thats my only inconvenience..

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting WrightsWife:</b>" So, if we do not have a washer/dryer in our home would you recommend disposable? With a newborn especially, ... [snip!] ... for a house but unsure if we will be buying a washer/dryer because we move soooo much. :/ Thats my only inconvenience.. "</blockquote>




You could get a bunket and plunger and handwash....and hang dry .....but its alt of arm work



Personally I would get chlorine free disposable diapers through the nb stage

user banned Colorado 21030 posts
20th Mar '13

I don't think cloth is really that much harder. I'm already doing laundry all the time anyway! And really, what's a few extra loads a week?



I enjoy cloth. I'm majorly addicted to it. It can be much more affordable, depending on what you buy. If you were to buy a bunch of Good Mama diapers, then it probably wouldn't be much cheaper than using disposables. However, if you went with something like pocket diapers, it could be a hell of a lot cheaper. You could buy 2 dozen pocket diapers for maybe $150 to $200 and be set on diapering for your baby's life - and your next baby's lives if you have more of them and take good care of them.



With something like prefolds, you could diaper your babies for less than $100 for their lives.



Disposables are between $3k and $4k for the duration of your baby's life x however many kids you have, plus they take close to 500 years to degrade.



Yes, a lot of CD'd kids potty-train faster because cloth is more uncomfortable on older kids and encourages them to want to get rid of them.. another thought is that they resemble underwear so much that it makes transitioning from diaper to underwear easier.

Devil Duckie 3 kids; New York 48700 posts
21st Mar '13

I'm in the same boat. it looks like so much trouble. SO to find out if it is or not, I bought 4 NB size alva baby diapers. For about 50.00 I'll have 4 diapers and 10 inserts. I'll be buying some disposable liners to make it more appealing to my husband who isn't so keen on the topic.

mrs.bedell 2 kids; Grand Forks, North Dakota 747 posts
21st Mar '13

I have cloth diapers and believe they were worth the money but I no longer have a washer and dryer since I moved so it makes it harder to do it full time I have spent times 10 on disp. on what I have spent on my cloth.

WrightsWife Due June 26 (boy); Florida 431 posts
21st Mar '13

Is there any brand of cloth diapers you would recommend to try out first (for newborns)? I could always just get a few and see how I like them.

KeriM Due September 28 (twins); 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Ontario 1129 posts
22nd Mar '13

I am seriously considering cloth diapering... the cost of buying 2x the amt of disposable diapers will be insane this time around. What's everyone's preference? What have you had good luck with? What just didn't work? Are AIOs really AIOs? Will they actually fit from birth to potty training age? Or does that depend on the brand?

KeriM Due September 28 (twins); 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Ontario 1129 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting B r i t t a n y !:" I'm not sure about AIO's but I love the one size FuzziBunz which are pocket diapers. DD is 14 months ... [snip!] ... and they still fit her perfectly. Only complaint is that it's a PITA to adjust the elastics on 30+ diapers as she grows lol. "


Do you only use fuzzi bunz? Are they more like a pocket diaper? in your experience, which ones were best for small newborns?



sifting through all the information on the internet is mind boggling. I'm thinking my best bet is to go to a store that sells them and just talk with them about all the different brands and see and feel which ones I like best. :S
I love the idea of not supplying so much crap into the landfill and saving so much time and money on disposables. I really think that THIS will be the easiest way for me to save money.

lady face 3 kids; Baltimore, Maryland 992 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting Devil Duckie:" I'm in the same boat. it looks like so much trouble. SO to find out if it is or not, I bought 4 NB size ... [snip!] ... I'll be buying some disposable liners to make it more appealing to my husband who isn't so keen on the topic. "


that is kind of expensive for alvas... I got 20 Nb alvas for 80$. I am currently selling 26 for 60$. Each come with an insert. Where did you buy them? I bought new.