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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

Cloth or disposable diapers? How do they compare as far as health and comfort, price, convenience and the environment?

Re: Cloth or disposable diapers? How do they compare as far as health and comfort, price, convenience and the environment?

The Bump Expert

These days, there’s not much difference. (Cloth diapers have come a long, long, way…) Here’s how they stack up:

Health and Comfort: No huge disparity, as long as you change baby’s diaper when it’s full (more often with cloth). Leaving on a soiled diaper increases risk of diaper rash, and isn’t too pleasant for baby. Your baby might prefer the softer feel of cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are more breathable, but their moisturizing, absorbent chemicals irritate some babies.

Convenience: Forget the complicated folds and scary pins your mom had to deal with. Cloth diapers now come with Velcro or snap closures, shapes fitted to baby, waterproof bands around the waist and legs, and removable linings, making the cloth change just as quick and easy as the disposable. Cloth diapers aren’t as absorbent, though, so you’ll have to change them more often.

Price: Disposables will set you back about the same amount as cloth diaper laundering services -- roughly $2,000 to $2,500 over three years. Wash the diapers yourself, and you’ll pay about $800 to $1,100. For future kids, laundering hand-me-down diapers will cost about $400.

Environment: Not as clear cut as you might think. Yes, disposables use resources like trees and plastics during manufacturing, then collect in landfills (most are 40% biodegradable). But, consider the process of washing cloth diapers -- clean water and energy are used up, and nothing but dirty water is produced.

**For daycare or travel, disposables are the clear winner. Studies show they reduce the risk of infection when used in a group setting -- in fact, many daycares don’t allow cloth. When traveling, cloth are simply too inconvenient… unless you’re into carting around soiled diapers and madly searching for laundry machines at every stop.

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

I think this is a very one-sided and not very well researched article. The bump didn't do their homework on this one. I'm 22 weeks pregnant and have done my homework on this and decided to at least try the cloth diaper service for numerous reasons. First and foremost: every mom I talked to loved it. Secondly, I think we owe it to our children to leave as little waste in landfills as possible. Yes, water is needed to wash the diapers but most diaper services use eco-friendly washing machines and the water "waste" versus the waste from disposable diapers is a lot less harmful to our environment. Thirdly, it is proven that kids who grow up in cloth diapers are potty trained earlier because they can actually feel when they are wet. I also heard a lot of moms saying that cloth diapers are a lot less irritating to baby's bum. Hope this helps other moms-to-be out there!

sonjaryan |

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I definitely agree with you!! My daughter is 16 months old now and we've been using cloth diapers since she was about 6 weeks old. I wash a few times a week, when my diaper pail is full, so I'm not doing laundry a whole lot. I also find that I change diapers just as often and sometimes less often than my friends who use disposables. I insist on using them because of the environmental impact. 40% biodegradable is simply not good enough for me. I don't even like using plastic bags for toting dirty diapers because they're going in the garbage instead of the recycling. I've also taught my babysitters how to properly change her diapers and most people don't have a problem with it. It's a little different, but people are usually willing to learn. I mean, if this was 50 or 75 years ago, there wouldn't even be an option, so why is it so difficult? I highly recommend going cloth for so many reasons and have even converted several people to cloth.

anniemacgregor |

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I LOVE cloth diapers I will NEVER go back to disposiable. I agree with sonjaryan, that the reply was very one sided. I started my daughter on cloth diapers at 8 months and I did the math, if I continued to buy the same exact disposable diapers at the same rate until she turned two than I saved myself $1100. That is AFTER I deducted the amount I paid for the cloth diapers. I have some left over disposables and I decided I should use them up and Maddyn leaked more often and I had to change her more often. It seemed those two days I went back to disposables I was ALWAYS changing her. You don't need to hire out a laundry service for the diapers, just put them in the wash every other day with some bakingsoda and a small amount of soap. Not to mention disposable diapers stay in the landfill for 125 years. Another pro for cloth is that I can NEVER find the matching bloomers to go under her dresses, you can buy the cutest cloth diapers. She has cow print, pink leopard, polkadot. I encourage anyone to at least TRY it. I think they are 10 time better in my opinion.

Miss_M |

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I'm feeling like this is a bit one-sided towards disposables. I've been using cloth diapers since my first baby was 6 months (over 2 years) and I highly recommend them! There are so many great options out there, that you're sure to find the perfect fit. My perfect fit was the BumGenius All-In-Ones. There's no stuffing so it's less work and my hubby didn't get to complain about having to put his hands inside a soiled diaper to pull the insert out. We're trying for our third baby now, and we'll never go back to disposables. My boys have each had one diaper rash, so no concerns there. And as far as the environment goes, I love knowing that I'm not contributing to the big diaper pile that takes 300 years to decompose!! I've got a HE laundry pair, so I'm estimating $200 for Baby #2 & #3 instead of $2,500!!! So worth the two extra loads a week! I also use cloth wipes as they work so much better, and I'm washing diapers anyway, so why not?!! I found a good resource: www.abbyslane.com for anyone trying to decide if cloth is right for you! ;o)

Jillian |

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What brands do you ladies use?

Jocelyn&Dan |

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I'm going with fuzzibunz I think. Unless any of you have any other brand suggestions?

Musicalniss |

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I use Blueberry pocket diapers. I also use Drybees gone natual and those are bamboo diapers that needs a cover over it. I use Thirties covers. My advice would be to buy just one or two of whatever you pick and try it out to make sure that is what you want. I used another brand (I bought 6 right off the bat) and they are sitting on my laudry room shelf. I also bought the ones that adjust size. I'm not really sure how those work for little babies, but Maddyn will be in the diapers until she's potty trained. I also have snap closures and velcro. I like the velcro the best, but that's just what your style is I guess.

Miss_M |

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Fuzzibunz is what I used at first and I really didn't like them. They seemed to leak more on Maddyn, but that's why I say to try just a couple out first to see how it works.

Miss_M |

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Prefolds and covers are so cheap and easy! And they are really easy to get clean too.

crozette |

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There is also something called gdiapers- they're kinda a hybrid. Don't know how well they work- just thought they might be worth checking it out.

loveshockey53 |

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I have a one year old who has used cloth diapers since birth. We use chinese prefolds with Bummis Whisper Pants when he was a newborn up until about 5 months old, then we started to use Fuzzy Bunz with an extra hemp insert. He has never had diaper rash. Our water bill does not seem any different than before the diapers were being washed. We have a sprayer on the toilet so no stool gets in the washer. We also use BAC-OUT to rid the diapers of any residual stains, naturally. When we travel we use either G diapers (flushable) or Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers. We have even gone to Jamaica and had no problems using the G diapers. My son also uses cloth wipes. When we travel we end up using Seventh Generation wipes and there is clearly a difference between using cloth wipes and disposables. I make up wipe solution with aloe juice, water, lavender and tea tree oil. I am pregnant with the second child and the cloth diapers are ready to go come January. We plan on using cloth training pants on my son when he is ready as well. I love cloth, I have had nothing but a good experience. It is totally worth the up front cost, especially if you have more than one child. Plus, my husband who was harboring memories of having to wring out stool filled cloth diapers in a bucket is even a convert and complains when we have to use something else. gDiapers work well, loveshockey53. Just have to make sure that you get the right fit. After a couple of times flushing the inserts you will be an expert.

charms |

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I started out using Prefolds with covers and found out quickly that I do not like them very much. I am currently in the process of making my son all in one diapers.. I LOVE the two I have made already. Its not very hard to do once you get started and I have never sewn very much before either. I'm still using the prefolds for now and still havn't grown to love them, but I'm saving money and helping the environment by not using as many disposables!!

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Like most of you, I was VERY disappointed in this article! I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant and have done extensive research on CD vs Disposables. The choice is clear when it comes down to it: cloth is more economical and who wants to put toxic absorbent gels next to their baby's skin? I for one do not! These sites help you truly break everything down (just search 'cloth diapers'): thedailygreen.com, jilliansdrawers.com and zany-zebra.com. Hope this helps.

whitrn |

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I am curious about using cloth diapers while working full time, which this article does not address. Do any of you who use cloth work full time? I have little time to do laundry and was wondering how much work is really involved with cloth diapers.

jeramehrdad |

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Wow, what a grossly misinformed/unresearched article. "Disposable diapers are more breathable," and "Cloth diapers aren’t as absorbent," are simply untrue. Just like with disposables, no two cloth brands are alike. There are many options in cloth diapering as far as fabrics go, most of which are MORE breathable than disposables and at least as absorbent.

emeraldsarah |

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Cloth diapers are not difficult to wash. It doesn't take any more time than washing a load of clothing. When the diaper pail is full I just toss them in the laundry. In the summer I line dry them, but the dryer works just as well. I do not work full time, but even if you just used cloth while you were home it would save on some money and pollution. We use cloth at home and disposables when we travel and that works pretty well for us.

aeb123 |

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I want to put cloth diapers on my baby registry and I was wodnering what are the best cloth diapers to add? and how many should i register for?

maple669 |

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I'm 31 weeks and have chosen to use BumGenius after tons of personal research. We've found their site very helpful and they are available at most online retailers including Target.com (not in stores and limited color selections there, if that's important to you). They do seem bulky compared to the freebie disposables we're getting when starting our registry, but I trust it will be only a small disadvantage for our daughter considering the huge benefit it will be to her and the planet we'll leave in her hands some day.

HeidiWho |

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Has anyone tried the Bambino Gio - or any other comparable brand - cloth diaper with disposable liner?

parkie13 |

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I work full time. My son, now 2 1/2 and fully potty trained, went to daycare with cloth diapers. It maybe takes 5-10 extra minutes after work to take the diapers sent home from daycare, rinse them if they need it and throw them in a pail. We wash every other day, just throw em in then hang them out to dry, no different than a regular load of hot water laundry. We are expecting another baby in October and already have all the diapers he will need! I think that is AWESOME!

brandi-n-TX |

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Thanks for all the posts, I really want to do cloth diapers - you've all provided some helpful information, unlike the original bump post. Thanks!

mlongo1012 |

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I have just hit my second trimester, and am starting to look at the cloth vs. disposable issue. My husband and I live in an apartment complex with no laundry facility, and I don't know if cloth diapers are doable in our situation. I love the idea of not having to spend money on package after package of disposable diapers, as well as putting something more natural on baby's bottom, however, how do you launder diapers without a washing machine? Any thoughts?

j,ogwin |

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I also believe this article didn't give cloth diapers enough credit. After reading and researching, I can't wait to try cloth (I am 34 weeks pregnant) and have a stash of diapers already. It's annoying that more people don't use cloth diapers. I don't think it's popular enough yet. People think of the old-fashioned kind and don't even think of it as an option. We need to spread the word more! Some of the most useful sites I've found: http://simplemom.net/features/cloth-diapering/ She compares different brands, and even has a video showing how to diapers using different ones and how to wash and dry and fold them! Very useful site!!! http://www.stretcher.com/stories/09/09jun15f.cfm A guide for saving money by using cloth. http://www.newandgreen.com/index.php This site has a lot of useful information as you click around. http://www.sweetcheeksdiapers.com/clothdiapering101US.html more useful information http://www.bummis.com/en/Products/covers/Kit.html I have started buying Bummis prefolds and covers. You can see their cloth diapering kit and download the user guide-- very useful for washing and folding instructions. I registered on amazon.com and they have a lot of cloth diapering supplies for a universal registry.

leelersinc |

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I'm 19 weeks with number 4 and we use both. (#3 is 11 months old) We sue cloth diapers at home and I wash them myself. Poop goes in the toilet, then the diapers go into the pail until washday. (Usually every 2-3 days) I am a little "old school" as far as my diapering choices tho. I use the traditional 2-3-2 cotton diapers with home made soakers, pins and vinyl pants. My son does really well in them. In the beginning, I had purchased diaper covers with velcro closures but I hated them. They were leaky and the material always folded down above the velcro, causing a painful rash on my little guy's tummy. Since the switch to traditional "rubber" pants, we've had no problem with leaks (even over night) and no rashes. babybestbuy.com carries the diapers I purchased and the vinyl pants. diapersetc.com carries the pins. These sites had the best prices I could find-including the shipping charges. One site I went to wanted 12.95 for regular shipping for $4 worth of diaper pins...beware the shipping charge!!

KristiB711 |

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The babysitter we want to use does not do cloth diapers. Anyone use them part time, disposable at the sitter and cloth at home?

gatorao99 |

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Has anyone looked at how insanely expensive cloth diapers are? and who the heck calls the absorbent gel in disposable diapers "toxic" hahahaha so people have been putting disposables on their babies for decades and you think we're all poisoning our children? well EUREKA aren't you just superior. I am the full time mom or a little boy who will be two when baby number 2 arrives, I have a second on the way, my husband deploys to Afghanistan in 11 months when the baby on the way is going to be 2 months old, I have a full+ time job, I am a nursing student and life is hard enough without having to scrub poops out of my sons diapers. I'm sorry if we can't all be earth mothers . I don't appreciate (me being a mother who uses disposables) being assaulted for my choice. We all do the best that we can for our babies - but our choices don't make us any less loving or conscious - oh yea, and when you find ANY scientific article or proof that the material in disposable diapers is toxic let me know...because until then my little mans poops are GOING TO THE LAND FILL!!!!

stephanie_brewer |

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I don't feel anyone was saying anything bad about parents who use disposable. We are all on the same side here. Just trying to do the best for our children the best we can. I found this site which list the name of some chemicals in diapers and you can type those chemicals into ewg.org or their link at skin deep, to get more info regarding the studies on them. I have used Gdiapers and love love love them. I did also use cloth but could not continue the service as they were too expensive. We used Gdiaper covers with cloth for one year. Now we use the gdiaper with the flushable/tossable/compostable insert. This seems to be the perfect middle ground for us. Easy to travel with and I personally love that I can flush(no diaper pail necessary) them although tossing them is just as little effort as tossing a disposable. We use chlorine free disposables at night as the cholorine used to process regular disposables is emitted into the air and is a carcinogen(refer to ewg.org). Diapering is a personal choice, and we all want healthy happy kiddos. So I don't think we should tear each other down for our choices either way. On the same note, it doensn't hurt to try something out of our comfort zone. And what I've found most parents think anything but disposable will be a challenge so they don't even try. But again we are all just try to do our best. This is just some info I found helpful with my choice. Good luck to all on their diapering adventures! http://www.diaperjungle.com/disposable-diapers-exposed.html

ppuppy |

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This is a joke right? Because as numerous people have already pointed out whoever wrote this article was a clueless wonder for sure. I have a very nice, extensive and fabulous CS Stash and I spent maybe $1000 on it. This includes hand made, one of a kind pieces of wool covers. The resale value of my stash is very close to the $$ I paid for it. Cloth might be a little more money upfront but in the long run it's much less expensive. Here is a link to a decent breakdown of cloth costs: http://www.diaperdecisions.com/cost_of_cloth_diapers.htm As for the health benefits, does the writer by chance get a kick back from Pampers of Huggies? Because research has shown that the chemicals and gels used in disposable diapers are both gross and dangerous. And it's not just the commercial brands. Even some of the "Eco-Friendly" brands use ingredients that have been linked to serious health problems. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/04/63182 As for the cloth not being as absorbent. Do me a favor and try a few of thefabulous natural fiber diapers on the market and compare them to the craptastic blow-out inducing paper diapers. Then we can talk. Now...are all CDs leak proof? Nope. Just like paper diapers, different diapers work for different babies. But with cloth you can buy a few and try them out to see what works and sell them off if they don't work for you. I know cloth isn't for everyone...but please...next time you pretend to write an article at least use the Google Search function to get your basic facts. This article was a joke and a disappointment. Oh, and my last point. My husband decided to figure out how many diapers we have saved from the landfill. Between our 2 kids and the families we have helped convert to cloth our last count it was 25,000! That's a whole lot of stink and stench that are not sitting there to rot in the sun.

Hippinski |

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Stephanie, I do believe there have been some studies that show a link between disposables and lowered sperm count due to the higher temperatures kept in disposables because they arent breathable (sorry bump, you got it wrong). I dont think using cloth diapers makes anyone an "earth monster" it just makes you more aware and thoughtful about being environmentally aware. It seems that you have some pent up guilt going on. Because no one "called out" people using disposables. They simply stated research findings. I dont have a direct link, but google disposable diapers and lowered sperm counts and I am sure you will find what you are looking for.

FutureMrsLemon |

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Stephanie, cloth diapers were also used for decades, before our Earth became so polluted and before people began to demand convenience products. The creation of disposable diapers and food wrapped in plastic has been a hindrance to our environment, and if you don't see how it can be, then you are just delusional. If you don't feel that the gel in diapers is toxic, go ahead and eat some. Smear it on your face or your butt. I doubt that you will like it. How is it that babies who are cloth diapered hardly ever get rashes but babies who are in disposables get rashes far more often? Please explain this to me. The fact of the matter is that cloth does not contain chemicals and disposables do. There is no use trying to deny that. Just as you don't like to be attacked for your choice to use disposables, we don't like to be attacked for using cloth diapers. This was a seriously misinformed article. And as far as the cost concern goes, I have spent under $200 for my entire stash, whereas I would spend around $40 for disposables a MONTH.

kelbrian |

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My main reason for switching? Blow-outs!! With disposables, I was having to change my daughter's clothing constantly because of poo leaks. I was always replenshing the supply of clothing at daycare. I had a never-ending pail of water in my laundry sink full of clothing that was soaking to get stains out. It was driving me nuts. Then I started to research my alternatives and settled on using BG cloth diapers. I am SO happy with my decision. After receiving them, I can see that they're so much softer against her skin. They're not difficult to use at all. I work full time and I have not found CDing to be much more effort - all it is is one extra load of laundry every other day for me, not a big deal. If anything, I've cut down on how much I'm having to launder her clothing! I can get away with one load each week for her clothes instead of the 3 loads I was doing before.

aldyn |

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"Has anyone looked at how insanely expensive cloth diapers are? well EUREKA aren't you just superior....I'm sorry if we can't all be earth mothers . I don't appreciate (me being a mother who uses disposables) being assaulted for my choice. ...because until then my little mans poops are GOING TO THE LAND FILL!!!!" ~stephanie_brewer #1. I could buy enough diapers to CD a child through potty training for less than $100. #2. The only one being rude in this entire discussion is you. Every other poster has been kind and helpful. #3. Human waste is never supposed to go to the landfill. It's a public health hazard.

GladToBeMrs.SRS |

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We have been cloth diapering for almost 4 months and I've been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. We use pocket diapers and a few all in ones. We travel frequently and I have even started bringing cloth diapers on trips if we have the space and I know I will have access to a washing machine. I work full time and go to school full time. I do three extra loads of laundry each week but it has been easy to work that into my routine and then fold and stuff diapers while watching TV after my LO goes to sleep. Yes, washing cloth diapers does take energy and creates water waste but how does that compare to the energy used to make so many disposable diapers? It would be interesting to see how that would compare for the average amount of time a child is in diapers. In addition to that, many cities treat and re-use their waste water, reducing the impact of the dirty water that is produced from washing cloth diapers and assuring that the waste is properly disposed of. Next time you are at the store, check out the packages of disposable diapers. They all have a note on them that says something to the effect of, "When disposing of soiled diaper, empty contents into toilet." When I realized that you are supposed to dump the poo from disposables, that helped sell me on trying cloth. I should also note that my LO has never had a diaper rash and we don't change any more frequently with cloth than we did with disposables. I'm definitely not trying to bash anyone that uses disposables, just saying that if you are interested in cloth, give it a try. I think you wil be pleasantly surprised.

lauramcc |

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Because I work from home and am now expecting baby number 2, I think I can handle the additional work that does go into cloth diapering. Changing from disposables to cloth has taken me some research, time, and a gradual investment of money, but since we are planning on having 3 kids, I think it is worth it. If I was only having one, I would have stuck with disposables. So far I love my Bum Genius, all in one, one size fits all diaper. At $25 a piece, there is sticker shock for sure! But I also use Smartipants one size, pocket diapers at just $14 a piece. Some days I use 6 cloth diapers and others I rotate with my remaining disposables. globalenfant.com and theclothdiaperwhisperer.com were big helps when i started research and buying. It is personal choice! No need to criticize anyone for cloth diapering or not cloth diapering. You just have to do what works for you and your family. It is hard enough being a mom as it is without extra pressure from other moms!

CiaoGirl |

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Thanks for trying Bump, but as the many pp say, this article was not well researched. Anyone looking for information on using cloth diapers should visit the eco friendly families board. There are MANY helpful people there happy to answer questions on cloth diapering, even if you are currently using disposables or can only do cloth part time! :)

mantle |

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Terrible article bump editors.

adyer0507 |

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Hi Jogwin, and everyone else. I think this is fantastic, we now have soooo many options! What works for everyone will be different but for your apartment situation look into the G diaper. We absolutly love, love, love them! After a couple time you'll be a pro. And the fact that I can flush them or toss them when I'm on the go makes them just as convienent as any disposable. After you get past the liquid poop the liners keep pretty clean. You wouldn't be washing anymore poop in the machine than if there was a little on the clothing. And we have not had a problem with leaks or blow outs. I just tried them at night and if you fold a diaper pad twice over and place it in the front it seems to work! We are thrilled about this also. They have the cutest colors too! Good luck!

ppuppy |

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I'm pregnant with our first child and have yet to decide, though I lean more towards cloth diapers due to the economic benefit. To add to the list of great suggestions when researching, I highly recommend looking into Charlie's Soap. www.charliesoap.com. It is a safe, non-toxic, biodegradable laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner that works wonders with regular laundry and is said to be amazing with cloth diapers. They also offer a slew of additional links to further educate you both on the product and on cloth diapering. I cannot say enough good things about this soap and will never go back to regular laundry detergent!

gee_kate |

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I also agree! Cloth is the way to go! I love the ones made of bamboo and they are so soft and my husband loves the fuzybuns. Even though we may be looking at more laundry...it is really only one more load a day. Way better for cost, health and environment. They even make special bags that allow you to put the cloth diapers in the bags and they don't smell or anything. Then when you get home, throw it in the pile to wash! They are awesome! I don't know why more people are not into this.

jessie_thorson@hotmail.com |

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If you are using a HE washer and haning them to dry your energy bill will not go up. It is an extra load every two days (we have 24 BG diapers), not a big deal. Our washer uses very little water and cleans them perfectly. The diapers paid for themselves within a year easy, and we can use them till potty training and for our next child. Thinking green and being economical. Also, if you do your research online, you can find Bum Genius diapers at 17 each for all in ones, including shipping. Less then 450.00 for 24 one-size diapers.

kelsytropico |

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I love the BumGenius 3.0 diapers! They're just awesome! I tried gDiapers first and had tons of trouble with them :they leaked, the velcro curled and didn't hold well, and some of the liner tabs frayed (and it's not just me, others have had the same problems). I just bought some prefolds and thirsties duo wrap covers b/c they're cheaper...not sure if i like them yet.

mickig22 |

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I have 2 girls (1 is 19 and one is 14) and I am 41 weeks pregnant right now. I used cloth for boh of my girls and both were potty trained by 16 months, their disposable counter parts were over 2 years old...for me I am a lazy mom that cares about her babies butts and how long I have to change diapers. I used a diaper service the first 2 times and am set up with another one again. Plastic/paper diapers DO NOT breathe as well I mean thats just common sense, put a plastic bag over your head and the put a cotton one over your head, which do you think you would live longer in? I know poor anology but I have gotten a hard time from dd users and honstly, cd users are more respectful of people, we do empty the poo out of a diaper and we NEVER leave a used diaper in someone's kitchen garbage, we ALWAYS take soiled diapers with us. DD users are supposed to dump the poo into the toilet where the waste is properly managed, into the landfills is unhealthy and there a million articles on it. So if you are lazy like me a iaper service does cost approx the same amount as disposables, BUT your child does tend to potty train earlier so ultimately you are saving a years worth of expense!

Vikki2 |

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Cloth diapers are great. But I plan on using both. I am already developing a disposable diaper stash so I will use them for when we have a sitter, if our baby goes to visit family

kcoffey88 |

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I am a first time mother. After researching cloth diapers, I have decided to go with some gdiapers and some fuzzibunz to start out with. However, I am unsure of how many to actually purchase to meet the needs of my baby seeing as I have never had to change diapers:) Can anyone comment on how many cloth diapers you would need to get started to not be washing them constantly?

angieandkevin |

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Kudos to all of you who cloth diaper; It's undoubtedly less wasteful. I couldn't deal with the hassle. I compromise by using the most ecofriendly disposables like seventh generation and Earth's best and trying to reduce waste in other ways. To angieandkevin, I know that some brands of cloth diapers offer a stater kit with everything you need to get going. I think Bummis is one of those brands. Pick up a copy of Mothering Magazine, they always have lots of adds for cloth diapers. Good luck!

titania9 |

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After researching both sides, my DH and I have decided to use cloth diapers while at home as they reduce waste and are cheaper in the end. However we will be using some disposables when traveling and going to daycare.

aborgra |

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Cloth diapers all the WAY!! No polyacrylaides like in the disposables.... causes Upper Respiratory disorders, ASTHMA, ECZEMA, etc. Year after year I don't have to run to the store for diapers!! Baby is potty trained before 2 years old!! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out CLOTH is better! 25 BILLION DISPOSABLES make it into the LANDFILL EVERY YEAR!! HELLO!! Isn't that enough!

ecomomof4 |

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For my 2 year olds occasional need (such as overnight or when I know playtime will distract her from using the potty) and for my newborn. I'll have 25 cloth diapers. I should be washing every other day - which really is super easy and not overwhelming at all. One load washed and then I usually just hang dry. We use Bum Genius, Fuzzi Bunz, Smartipants, and just added a Baby Kicks Bumboo Pocket diaper to our stash as well. I am interested in trying Gro Baby - but the disposable inserts are more expensive than regular disposables. I have calculated that cloth diapering one child for 18 months would put me at the break even point with disposables. After that, I start saving money. (detergent, water, price of diapers, etc. all taken into account)

CiaoGirl |

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i was a tester for the new Marvels AIO and i have to say it has become my ABSOLUTE favorite diaper. My previous favs were BG 3.0 and prefolds with Bummis covers. But definitely cloth all the way

kissmama |

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Disposable Nappies: A Case Study in Waste Prevention, Women's Environmental Network, 2003. "The Landbank study shows that disposables use 3.5 times as much energy, 8 times as much non-regenerable raw materials and 90 times as much renewable material as reusables. They produce 2.3 times as much waste water and 60 times as much solid waste, and require between 4 and 30 times as much land for growing natural materials as reusable nappies. Landbank also showed that both systems used similar amounts of fossil fuel energy." Washing your own diapers is FAR cheaper...and far more eco-friendly then disposables.

humynone |

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I love how the cost in this article is so close. I am using a diaper service out of las vegas and they only charge $20 a week. They drop off clean diapers and take the dirty ones out of the pail. Thats no where near what my girlfriend spends in disposable. Plus she has to change sizes so then she can't always use all of her diapers where as I can adjust the cloth to fit the baby.

DuckyBear |

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My only issue with the cloth ones is that when you are traveling....your going to have to swtich to disposable anyway, right? I mean, your not going to take along a plastic bag with poo-dirty cloth diapers.......o lord! I'm thinking that if you all of a sudden used it on your infant, he might just break out as he's not used to the disposable.

delaney7022 |

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I have super skin allergies and my parents had to use the cloth diapers. I think it is wonderful how far the cloth diapers have come. I was considering just using cloth diapers but now finding out that a lot of daycares not accepting baby's with cloth diapers. I am starting to rethink this....

strikinglyme |

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I'm doing disposables-easier in my opinion. Plus my babysitters do not want to be bothered with cloth ones.

babybenbow |

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I am 24 weeks and have done a lot of research on cloth diapers as well. I know many people who use them and wouldn't change their decision to do so. Not only are they economical, they are healthier for the environment and your baby. I am by no means an "earth mother" as someone had posted earlier, but just feel that it is important to make an informed decision, rather than doing what everyone else has been doing. I believe the same person above claimed that there is no harm with disposables. I have linked two articles below that explain otherwise. Happy reading and good luck to everyone going cloth! http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/269054/the_truth_about_disposable_diapers.html?cat=25 http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1139692/disposable_diapers_contain_dangerous.html?cat=5

MeghanTG636 |

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I'm going to have to look into whether or not any of the local daycares allow cloth diapers, but I don't think they do. And the only experience I have with cloth is with my younger brother (almost 17 years ago), when he ended up in the hospital with a UTI at 4 weeks old...that was the end of cloth diapering for him! As much as I would love to use cloth, and reduce the impact on the landfill, both my husband and I work full-time, and are still working on our degrees. I barely have time to do the 5-6 loads of laundry each weekend as it is, and that's just for 2 people!

AmbrosiaHino |

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I'll most ilkely do a combination. Try to use cloth @ home and disposable for travel and daycare. From what many friends have told me, I'm sure I'll have to experiment with what works best for our daughter...because every baby is different. I'm just taking it all in stride, realizing there is no perfect solution for everyone. It's ONLY a DIAPER...seriously, we aren't talking world peace here. : )

nrb4576 |

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I just wanted to share this website for those looking either for information on cloth diapers or trying to decide which brand to go with. This shop is located not too far from me, here in washington. But they will work with you over the phone or web and you can register with them.. I was VERY happy with how much they know and both my husband and I felt better about our choices after talking with them.. Hope this helps.. = ) http://www.simplecloth.com/Home_Page.html

JulietBair |

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We're using cloth diapers at home and disposables when we take the baby to church or daycare. Both sets of in-laws think we're crazy. My MIL thinks I'm crazy for using disposables at all, my parents say they won't change a cloth diaper. We'll see what they say in practice, since diapers are so different now!

Rach21 |

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I think that this answer is very biased and one sided. Please do your research on disposables vs cloth before giving "advice" on this topic. Cloth diapers are not only better for the environment but they are healthier for baby, more cost effective (even when you wash them on your own) and a whole heck of a lot cuter.

Boizmom |

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I've traveled with cloth and found it very convenient! No needing to dispose of stinky diapers in my sister-in-law's trash (who has no children and certainly would not have enjoyed that!). I have a boat load of information on my blog about cloth diapering if anyone is interested in reading some more. http://www.theecofriendlyfamily.com/search/label/Cloth%20Diaper

Poonico |

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It would have been nice if the Bump had gotten someone who has actually used cloth diapers to write this article. It's pretty clear from the fact that the author claims disposable diapers breathe better than cloth that this is not the case.

roundtheworldgirl |

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A woman that I consider a 'second-mom' told me to put a layer of paper in the bottom of the cloth diaper. That way if the baby does #2 you can just lift it out and you have less mess to clean off of the diaper itself.

boobgenie409 |

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Of course this is one-sided. Disposable diaper companies are big advertisers on thebump.com

thomthom |

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@ jeramehrdad: You definitely need to ask whatever daycares you are looking into about their policy on cloth diapers. Some daycares allow only disposable! My husband is super grossed out by the thought of washing poopy diapers in the same washing machine as the rest of our clothing. Anyone else having this issue and if so, how have you gotten around this? I am really wanting to do cloth since we are planning on having more kids in the future and would appreciate the advice!

DeBosSweetpea |

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Thank you everyone for the insight here. I'm also looking into cloth diapers, but definately need to do my research on it more. I know that at the daycare we will have to go with non cloth options but I want to do cloth at home for sure.

denmaryb |

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If you want a quick explanation of most of the cloth diapers out there, read The Eco-nomical Baby Guide (I don't remember the author-but Barnes and Noble sells it for $13 or you can find it at your library). I chose cloth because environmental impact is incredibly important to me, as well as saving money. I chose an AI2 or All-In-Two system from nickisdiapers.com called Best Bottom Diapers. It is a Diaper cover (that can be used from birth to potty training-no buying different sizes) with a reusable snap-in insert. When baby soils the diaper, take it off, toss the insert in the diaper pail, snap a new one in and put it back on. Good to go! The whole system costs less than $300 and is super cute too. And most daycares around here have no problem using them since they are so easy.

midge307 |

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do you think the cost stays low even with electric heat? i'm concerned about running up my electric bill with hot water (also not great for the environment, for those who argue that cloth diapers are environmentally friendly). um, also, i know this sounds really stupid, but this is my first VERY shocking pregnancy...what the heck is a diaper pail, and does it keep the stink away while you're waiting to do a load of diapers in the wash?

timluvr1984 |

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A diaper pail is pretty much a garbage can just for dirty diapers. Our diaper service provided citrus scented "stick ups" but we stopped using them and noticed that as long as we kept the lid closed the pail didn't really stink. I did tons of reasearch like the other moms on this forum. It boils down to this...unfortunately there is an environmental impact no matter which diapers you use. If you use cloth, energy and very often chemicals are used for washing and drying them. And even more not-so-green stuff if you use a diaper service. If you use disposibles, they have chemicals in them and take forever to biodegrade. Honestly, I've done both and found that cloth is less work than you'd think. Not to mention the fact that it made my husband and I feel good that we were "doing out part". But you can't deny the convenience of disposibles. In the end, we used both, depending on the situation. There are disposible brands that are pretty eco-friendly, like Tushies. I never noticed a huge difference in utility bills. Whenever possible, I hung them out to dry, and I'm sure that helped offset some costs.

marlene820@yahoo.com |

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This is a terribbly biased article. I think Papmpers sponsered it!! Most cloth mommas do not use a service, and do not have a problem with 2-4 extra loads a week. Also, the cost of cloth does not have to be outrageous. My stash was under 400 bucks! The water can be recycled. The cloth only has to be produced once, but every single disposable diaper has to be produced. Add that to the waste and the 60% that will sit in a landfill until the baby has their own kids, and you can do the math.

starskristen79 |

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My husband and I have decided we are going to use cloth diapers. After watching his cousin's kids go thru so many disposables, he didn't want all that waste. So we started researching diapers. There was a great article at pregnsncy360.com, the woman did a "road test" on different brands. We are going to try Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers. Thank you to all the other moms on here for your advice on diapers. We re first time parents come November and all the advice we can get helps out so much!!!

jmacina |

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I just started using cloth diapers within the last week or so. My mother n law can make cloth diapers that are like the bumgenuis 2.0 diapers. She's making tons for me in different patterns and colors. I have a 20 month old and REALLY wish I would have started using them sooner. I use the disposable liners when I'm out running errands for most of the day. That way I don't have lots of diapers smelling up my wet bag and I can just throw them away. I use bumgenuis, flip, and tummy tush and the ones my mother n law make me. They're so easy too bad I didn't start using them sooner but I always have them for my next baby :)

TheVandewalkerWedding |

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I've used both cloth and disposable diapers and I have to say that I prefer disposables. As far as the impact on the earth, unless you're handwashing the diapers and hanging them on a line to dry and sewing quilts out of them when your kids are potty trained to keep them out of landfils, then I wouldn't feel to guilty about it. I find disposables to be more absorbent from my own personal experience, but I would agree that babies that wear cloth will probably potty train faster. As far as the ingredients in disposables being toxic, only if they ingest it and no more so than the plastic matress the baby sleeps on or the mercury in the vaccinations they recieve. The fact is that there are advantages and drawbacks to every choice you make as a parent and you should do what's right for you. If cost is an issue, I only spent about $20 a week on diapers which isn't much. If you use cloth, more power to you, but it's not the only way to go.

flamom92 |

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I have used both. I feel better using cloth for obvious reasons. We are having our sixth child very soon and just like everything else, washing a load of diapers just becomes a part of your routine and soon is a non issue. We really like our bumgenius diapers...they are the most like 'disposables' that I have found on the market - although they take a long time to dry. Motherease - may need a more frequent change, but using a soft fleece cover is fantastic and the diapers wash and dry quickly. But more importantly - I wanted to inform you all about flushable 'diaper liners'...they are simply paper product designed to line the inside of the diaper to catch messed. They are a blessing. It makes those messes so much easier to clean up and then you can toss the cloth diaper in the pail. Now - here's the thing. If your little one hasn't 'pooped' I simply toss the diaper and liner in the pail. Both get washed and the liner is actually reusable at least once. So I do wonder how 'flushable' the product really is if it can be washed once before really breaking down, however if the poop doesn't stick - I'll drop the waste in the toilet and the liner in the garbage. Doing things the old fashioned way may seem inconvenient. But let it become a part of your daily routine and it's no different than say, brushing your teeth. You and your baby will benefit. Tip number 2 - if cloth get to a point where you just can't get the stink out - periodically wash them with Tide (but double rinse for sure). For whatever reason - this really helps. Other times - use your natural detergents and vinegar rinses. Tip #3 - If your cloth is irritating baby's skin - it is the detergent you are using - and don't use fabric softener. Best to you all - and your baby.

TaraFox6 |

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Has anyone tried Kawaii brand cloth diapers from theluvyourbaby.com i can't resist the cheap price!

lirpahugs |

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I am 5 months along with our first baby. This has been SO HELPFUL!!! Thank you all who contributed. I think we are going to try the Bumgenius. I hesitate to purchase a large amount until we know for sure whether this is going to be a good fit. How many would you recommend initially for us to get? I am thinking maybe enough to last 2 days before I have to do laundry. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

babyb2012 |

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so disposable diapers have only been around scince 1967! not that long ago ... Im sticking with cloth ...

cdorigatti |

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

after doing the math we bought nappies cloth diapers and spent 48$ or something like that (this included the diapers and the liners) 48$ is only enough for roughly 22 days worth of newborn disposable diapers AND we only have to do laundry 2-3 times a week during the first weeks so the laundry will slow as the baby gets older and they also grow so the price i spent COULD last until our son is out of diapers completely vs only 22 days now ever the only problem i see with cloth diapers is if we have a preemie or maybe the first week or two while hes still little im kinda afraid the diapers may swallow him =/ but we will cross that bridge when we get to it and even if we have to buy diapers for the first month or 2 or 3 it will still be cheaper, and healthier for the environment in the long run 29 weeks tomorrow and looking forward to using cloth diapers

Zahnory |

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I bought Bum Genius all-in-one, one size. $23 each, good for years. I barely use water and detergent to wash them. It's actually recommended to use LESS detergent.

reason00 |

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I am convinced on CD but i need to convince my other half so i got a few questions 1. fuzzybunz vs. bum genius?? 2. leakage? 3. Are one size truly "one-size" or will they not fit if baby is smaller or bigger than the norm? 4. How many is a good amount to start out with and how many will i need to have total? Thank so much!!!! first time mom here and sooo many questions

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watson012 |

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My mom used cloth diapers with me and now that I am 20 weeks expecting my first baby I didn't have any question but to use cloth diapers. I have looked at many different brands, and read quite a few reviews from moms and I cannot decide between bumgenious and fuzzibunz. Also how many is a good number to have? I am having three baby showers so if possible I would like to receive as many of the diapers I will eventually need from these showers. Any helpful suggestions would be much appriciated! Thank you!!

megvin21 |

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Some of the babies can develop allergy to disposable diapers as they are made of a synthetic material. This is why cloth diapers are recommended as they are more comfortable and don't produce any rash. I've recently went shopping for my newborn and I found some huge discounts on some products such as baby headbands and cloth diapers.

sparklingwedding |

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We went cloth when #4 was about 4 months old and never looked back! Now with #5, we don't even have to buy diapers AT ALL! Talk about economic.

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watson012 |

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I feel like this is extremely biased and inaccurate. Cloth diapering, if not using the MOST expensive diapers doesn't cost nearly the amount they claim. As for the environment, washing diapers does use some energy and clean water, but water is a renewable resource that renews itself at a MUCH faster speed than trees. The "dirty" water that is referred to here is treated in a water treatment plant and is made clean again. ALSO, this article neglects to mention the chemicals that go into making 'sposies. My dad works for a company that makes diapers. If people only knew what goes into diapers/wipes. Whew. As for daycares, I worked in a daycare. A LOT of daycares allow cloth, usually preferred All-In-Ones or Pocket diapers. Licensed daycares are required to change diapers every couple of hours or so. Cloth diapers can EASILY go that long without being changed and WITHOUT causing infection. As for traveling with cloth diapers. That's what wet bags are for! Wet bags are designed to hold the dirty diapers until you're able to wash them. Large wet bags can hold DAYS worth of diapers. You don't have to madly search for washing machines. Whether you use cloth or disposable diapers is a personal choice. It's what's best for each individual family. HOWEVER, if an article is going to be a true representative of BOTH sides of debate, then it should FAIRLY represent both sides equally. This article did no such thing, provided no resources, and was OBVIOUSLY in favor of disposables. Tsk. Tsk. thebump.com for publishing something written by someone who obviously didn't have his/her facts straight.

angandvance |

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I agree this article was bogus. I think they tried so hard to be unbiased that they did not share the real information. I am planning on using cloth diapers purely because of cost. While the whole protecting the environment thing is nice, I honestly care more about my time. I am a full time student and my husband and I both work. However, cloth diapers are so easy, we are already doing laundry, I don’t see how this is much more inconvenient than taking out a stinky load of trash out every other day. Cloth for me is going to cost nothing but an extra load of laundry every other day. My husband and I have done everything we can to find used furniture and clothes on craigslist and put cloth diapers on our registry for the baby shower. We now have almost everything we need until the baby is potty trained and didn’t spend a cent. It seems most people responding are leaning toward cloth and those who are not are pretty defensive about their decision not too. I just encourage everyone to do their own research based on what is important to THEM (do what is best for you and your baby, either way but do your research). For me it is money, there is no way my husband and I can afford $80+ a month on diapers!! Also, the added benefit of faster potty training and not exposing the baby to harmful chemicals is a great added bonus.

midwayallie |

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We are looking into Gdiapers with the option to use cloth & disposable linners. Very excited becuase of the % of the liners bio-degration (? not sure if this is a word) time process. So we will be doing our little part of looking towards our childrens & future grand childrens futures..

miniBW |

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I am in no way a earth mama or eco friendly...(don't shoot!) :) However I think that the landfill amount by diapers is insane, I am worried about disposable costs, any possible allergins from disposables and would prefer to register and not pay anything! Currently the best system to me is to get around 12 One Size Diaper Rite cloth diaper with 1 minky insert and 1 microfiber insert. (Microfiber will draw out too much moisture if placed next to baby's skin.) The CD covers we are getting run around 8 bucks. The whole system will cost approx 300-400 and hopefully will last for more kids afterwards. I am currently not wanting the FuzzyBuns or similar inserts as I cannot imagine spending hours inserting them, let alone getting them out of a sticky diaper. We also are going with the liners so we can reduce the amount of washing out poo at the toilet and simply flip and dump. *Swish and flick.* Other purchase things to consider are cloth wipes, wet/dry bags, dirty diaper bags. They also note that the diaper covers will last for a few changes as the inserts are removed and the DC can be air-dried or wiped down. So you really only need 4 a day. Thus lessening your costs even more. Hope this helps.

mrsadoleable |

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*Note to above... 1 minky + 1 microfiber per diaper change. So order a lot of these (or make your own).

mrsadoleable |

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This is the second article I've read by the bump over the years on cloth vs. disposable, and I must say, this one does give cloth a little more of a chance than the last one. I would really like it if the bump wrote an article strictly on cloth diapers. Not whether cloth or disposable is better, but all the ins and outs of cloth diapering. There is so much info out there that the bump has not even presented. Come on Bump! Get it together!

srsuggett |

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I agree that the article wasn't very helpful, but it was nice to see so many other moms picking cloth over disposable since I don't know many other moms making that choice and it is nice to hear the perspective of those making a similar decision to myself. I want to be able to stay at home until my kids are in school, and living on one salary is going to require some extra work on my part. I'm choosing cloth diapers mostly for financial reasons. While some brands are initially rather expensive I quickly found a bunch of options for second hand diapers and Chinese knock offs that were quite affordable. I have 10 diapers of a few different styles/brands, some second hand and some new that are washed and ready to try out when my little one arrives, but I'm waiting to get more until I decide what we like the best. I do have one friend who cloth diapers and she just had baby #3. She told me that they never got diaper rashes, her first 2 were potty trained by 26 months, and even though she initially bought rather expensive diapers they have still saved her family a considerable amount of money. Besides I love all the cute colors!!

Jeanneplusone |

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To Sonjaryan, all the points you hit on are the same as the points thebump experts hit on. Of course the decision between cloth vs disposable is going to end up as an opinion, but thebump has great facts, statisitcs, and research to back up their statements. Just because you do not agree with someone's statements does not mean they didn't do their research. Choose the method you like for the reasons you find important, but do not get upset when others do not agree. Again, cloth vs. disposable is an opinion; there is no right or wrong

mailecortese |

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I'm only 10 weeks pregnant with my first child, but I am definitely interested in using cloth diapers, but I'm unsure where to go for more information and a comprehensive comparison of some of the brands I've seen. Could anyone point me in a helpful direction (will definitely be checking out some of the sites already mentioned in people's posts). Not sure about the thermal oxidizer also.

doritori |

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Diapers may not be an important part of most peoples' lives, and even parents with young children deal with diapers for only a few years. The environmental impact of the vastly popular disposable diaper, however, affects us all and is a problem which won't go away for the hazardous waste removal capacity of the Earth. So we should think twice before buying something.

marcysmith2012 |

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What kind of answer is this "bump expert"!?!?!? Your bias is completely obvious, and very uneducated...I

Mrs.Timpano |

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How long has this ridiculous article been on the bump? Ever since my first daughter who is now two. Can you do some research/updating. 1. yes, uncomfortable to sit in a soiled diaper. but you shouldn't be sitting in a dirty diaper, whether disposable or cloth for long anyways. 2. i'm not sure where these cost figures are coming from. Estimates are that you spend $3K on regular disposable diapers until potty training. Buying the special organic brands, etc, and you're looking to pay a lot more. For cloth, i diapered my daughter for $600 and I spent $ on some of the more expensive brands and fancy accessories. 3. Environment - That study was flawed that they did on cloth vs disposable and paid for by the disposable diaper industry. They used terry cloth diapers (something they used in the 1950s, not now) and purposely wasted a lot of water cleaning them. 4. Daycare, I used them during daycare. What was the response from my provider when I asked if they would use them. "we want to make this as comfortable an environment for your child as it is at home and would not want to make a change." That's how it should be with everything. Oh, and let's not forget that kids who are cloth diapered potty train sooner. Why you ask? Because they know when they've gone in their diaper. Common sense.

cwhitloc |

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I wanted to possibly try cloth diapering, but my husband is pretty opposed to the idea of having to clean feces out of a piece of fabric and I'm a full time law student, so I'm going to have my mom and/or a nanny watching baby often, so I'm not sure how practical cloth diapering will be (I don't want to be the only one changing diapers when it's my husband and I home and don't want to make my mom/nanny do it if it's not something they're comfortable with) so I was wondering if anyone has used eco disposables? I know they're really pricey, but with the gel and what not in regular disposables I feel so guilty throwing them out...

blavine |

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It's just an article. Freedom of speech .... people! Calm down .... geesh! Hopefully, thebump will consider publishing comparable facts, opinions and or statements on both sides of aisle. Nevertheless, individuals should always do their own research before making a decision. I'm 29 weeks with my first baby. I just purchased everything I need for cloth diapering from birth to potty training for $100 bucks! My four main reasons for buying cloth diapers and all the accessories from a resale were #1. It's in my opinion/research it will be better for my baby's bum, #2. for my pocket book #3 the environment # 4 I remember wearing them as I baby and it's a fond memory for me that I want to share with my little one! My prayer is happy, healthy babies, mommies and families for you all. Be blessed everyone :)

PPedrosa |

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I use both! It doesn't have to be all or nothing from either side. I use disposables more in the morning when I know my LO is about to poop then use cloth with liners. If I need a break from washing, I just use the disposables. I'm still saving a lot by using mostly cloth. The first six months I only used cloth and I will say that it was super easy because it was all breast milk poo and soooo easy. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Just do what works!!

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I love all the responses on here. We switched to part time cloth diapers when my son was little. I hated paying for disposables and I really hated that they would sit in a landfill for 500 years I think it was...yuck. I still used disposables at night because he broke out in some major rashes when he was in cloth all night. Now that we're on to child number two, I'm learning more and more about cloth and while I still have a back stock of disposables for travel or emergency (times when I may not have the resources to wash cloth), I'm hoping to be able to use cloth more over all. Someone at Cotton Babies said that using a hemp diaper liner under the normal one at night will help wick away more moisture slowly so they don't end up with a rash. I'm all for it, they aren't that expensive and disposables really add up over 2-3 years of diapering. I'm all for cloth.

craftybeachmama |

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

yet another article that forgets that there are is a lot more environmental damage from disposable diapers then is presented. The manufacturing of disposable diapers which are made mostly from chemicals also used a lot of water, pollutes the air and harms the environment. Then there is the shipping of massive amounts of diapers from the factory, usually in Asia to stores across the world which equals massive fossil fuel use and air and water pollution. Then these diapers are trucked to stores - more fossil fuel pollution. These diapers are packaged in boxes or bags - more waste and pollution. Cloth diapers are reusable, manufactured once, bought once and can last for a very long time and many many used which really cuts down the pollution a ton. The argument that they create dirty water is true, but it is a small portion of pollution when compared to disposables!!

krissyrob |

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

This Article Was Horrible, I'm So Disappointed. I'm Looking To Cloth Diaper My Children & Had I Not Already Have An Extensive Knowledge Of Cloth Diapering & All It Entails, After Reading This I Would Have Ran For The Hills. This Is The Perception That Most People Have About Cloth Diapering. How Time Consuming It Is, Cost, Mess, ECT. But I Wish People Would Do More Research & Find Out All Of The Wonderful Things Cloth Diapering Has To Offer You, Your Wonderful Bundle Of Joy & The Environment. God Will I'm Able To Carry Out My Plan Of Cloth Diapering, I'd Be Terribly Upset If For Any Reason I Wasn't Able To.

sukhairt |

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

I am in my third trimester with my first child and really want to do cloth diapers. I have questions though----do you wash them in the toilet right away if they go #2? How do you clean them if you don't use a service? Just throw them in the washer all together?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

@jamieschultz2013: You don't have to toilet dunk your diapers. If you're breastfeeding, the poop will likely be fairly runny and water-soluble so you can just throw them straight in the wash as they are. If you're formula feeding, the poop may be a bit more solid so you might want to either spray or scrape it off before the diapers go in the wash. Or, you can always get flushable liners! Then you can just lift the liner out and flush it down the toilet and the diaper itself should only have pee on it and can be put into the wash. I plan on using flushable liners once baby starts eating solid food and his poops become more formed. And, as for washing... yep, just put your dirty diapers in your diaper pail and when it gets full run them through the wash. Check the manufacturer's recommendations for washing, but generally you'll want to do a cold rinse followed by a hot wash with a cloth-diaper-safe detergent (one with no optical brighteners, perfumes, etc.). Diaper covers may or may not need to be washed separately from diapers/inserts depending on which specific type/brand you decide to go with. Most covers can be machine washed and either tumble dried on low or line dried. (PUL covers line dry really fast in my [admittedly limited] experience!) In addition, you'll likely need to pre-wash your cloth diapers anywhere from 1-5 times before first use depending on what type of diaper and material you decide to go with. For many fibers (like hemp and cotton) that first few washes will actually allow them to become more absorbent.

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

"Wash the diapers yourself, and you’ll pay about $800 to $1,100" Actually, you can get all the supplies you need from birth to potty training for $100.

2katrina |

Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

I am so happy to have stumbled upon this today. I have done so much research on cloth diapers versus disposable. It is nice to see that the information I have found is the same others have as well. I also disagree with the answer provided. Although you will be doing more laundry with the diapers, your laundry is increasing with the addition of a new family member anyway. You can use disposable liners during travel/ daycare that elimnate the need to rinse off the diaper and although disposable, are more eco friendly. The chemicals that are found in disposable diapers are the #1 cause of diaper rash. Babies who are cloth diapered tend to potty train earlier and have a healthier bottom. Cloth diapering has come so far from when I was a child, that I feel like it is not as tedious/ difficlut as it can be made out to be. My husband and I will be prepared with a small amount of diaposable diapers for emergencies and for when the baby is first born. I have read that it can be difficult to fit a cloth diaper for the first couple of weeks. Cloth diapering may not be for everyone, it is a choice and both have pros and cons. We are confident in our choice and look forward to helping provide a cleaner environment for our child.

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

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Q&A: Cloth diapers vs. disposable?

This is a super one-sided review.

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