With my first pregnancy (about 3 years ago), I was mega-enthousiastic about cloth diapers ....
At the hospital we HAD to use disposable diapers ... I was thinking that it was a waste, because there wasn't that much'stuff" in the diapers afterall ... When I got home I decided to use the cloth ones ...
After a few days I could not stop feeling guilty, since not with every change the whole diaper is changed, just the inserts and to me, (perhaps we are overly clean), well I could not imagine myself putting on the same "knickers" again either ...
Anyways, I continued ... I am a work at home mother, so I can put the dirty diapers immediately in a tub of water (which is absolutely necessary) - but still, all the washing and drying takes upto half an hour to three quarters of an hour a day - and that is a lot of time to loose if you already guggling in between sticking to your schedule, nursing a baby, keeping a garden with fresh bio vegetables to feed your family the whole year round, cooking fresh healthy meals and doing some sports ...
Then ... yes, then you have the moments that they go and stay half a day with the grand parents, or that you go on a trip or visit some friends. First of all, grand parents (or nannies for the matter), are usually not into the cloth diaper stuff .., then practically, if you are on the road, or at the restaurant, etc ... where to put all the dirty diapers (let aside the fact that they are infecting with all sorts of bacteria, brrr) - so you start taking disposable diapers for 'special occasions', which - AGAIN - introduces you to the fact that it is soo much easier and faster ... and ... you end up just using those ones ....
Add to this, that once they start getting over the age of 10-13 months, the diapers get rather (filled-up), I can tell you that it just isn't that romantic or easily manegeable anymore ....
OK, I am perhaps not motivated enough, but that's honestly how it went ... I am not saying you cannot manage - but it is more constraining then you might think at first instance and I admire those who stick to it ...
Then now with my 2nd child being 1 year old and the first 28 months (and being potty trained), I took out the cloth diapers again, but just for my 28 month old, in case of "a little accident" or when she is napping ... so now I am pregnant with my third one and think I will keep the cloth ones only for the potty training ... so I did not waste the money in the end ...
Ive101 has a great answer and I too used both for both of my daughters. What I discovered was there are pros and cons to both, as Ive points out.
For me, I found that the cloth diapers were kinder to my babies bum-less diaper rashes. They were more work since not only did I have to rinse them in cold water (via washing machine) then run them through a regular cycle and dry them (I live in an apartment so I couldn't dry them outside) and then fold them before putting them away. Lot's of work. With our hydro rates now varying with time of day use, I also had to co-ordinate to wash them in the evening or else our hydro bill would go through the roof.
I thought cloth diapers would be cheaper. That's what everyone told me, but the reality is after factoring in our hydro, it's not all that much cheaper and not nearly as convenient. We too took disposables when we went on trips, or went to the store.
Once my second daughter got a bit bigger (13 months or so) we just gave up on the cloth and switched to disposable. We are contemplating if we will use cloth for our son who will be born in November. I know that I prefer the disposable newborn diapers just because of the tar poo, but where we are moving the hydro should be a little less, so we shall see.
Disposable. I tried cloth diapers. They are expensive, both to purchase and launder. They need to be changed more often and can irritate sensitive skin.Don't forget the extra powder and diaper rash cream. The experience was time consuming. But, then again, I had twins.
by Mommy S 8 years ago
I have extensive experience and research in cloth diapering and I'd love to answer your questions! I think that not enough parents (and parents-to-be) out there know how much cloth diapering has changed and how easy it is! Therefore, I'm doing all I can to spread the word about it and help others...
by rwc4me 9 years ago
Where can you buy real nice looking Adult Cloth Diapers with The Nice Plastic Pants
by Susan Britton 4 years ago
Do you go the extra steps to recycle or up-cycle to help the state of the world?Do you use cloth diapers and cloth napkins? Maybe a small step to save the world but every little bit helps. Tell me how you changed your habits to love our planet.
by Heather Nickless 9 years ago
Is it time to potty train?My son is 16 months and he has shown an increased interest in daddy going to the restroom. He also is taking off his pants and diapers constantly. It seems a little early but in my family, we have all potty trained early. I was trained but 14 months. Should I start or just...
by ggenda 8 years ago
What are the best option for cloth diaper wipes?Make your own (and if so, how to), or purchase them? Suggestions, please!
by Trish89 6 years ago
My daughter keeps taking off her diaper and peeing in the bed, help!She's about 1 and a half and lately before I get into her room in morning or after naps she has taken off her diaper completely and pees in the bed, why is she doing this?
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