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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cloth Diapering Q & A

I'm going to be compiling a questions and answers post for cloth diapering. But my kids are sick. And I think I might be catching it too. If you have any questions about cloth diapering, please leave them in the comments of this post. I will try to get a good post written within the week answering the questions to the best of my ability.

13 comments:

momof3girls said...

hope you and your kiddos feel better! Get well soon.

Richelle said...

Do you make your own? If so, where did you get your pattern and where do you find the fabric?

That Girl in Brazil said...

I've been thinking about "going cloth" for a while now. I want the full breakdown of hows and wheres and how muchs. (Once you get better!)

A. said...

Are you going the cheap route of prefold and covers again, or springing for something more expensive? I know with two little bums, the cheaper is better. It always seemed like a big bulky wet towel between my kids legs that they didn't care for, so we were Fuzzi Bunz snobs. :)
ALthough, this last time around I had purchased a bunch of Kissaluvs and covers. They are nice and soft and trim.
Hope you all feel better soon! Bulk up on those vitmins!

Laurie/Mom/Grandma said...

I'm an old fogey, and used cloth diapers all the time except when we traveled. I know they have fancier ones now, but I washed the plain square flat diapers, then folded them to fit the baby. I used plenty of bleach and usually hung them outside to dry. They were always white and fresh smelling. Of course they wore out after awhile because of the bleach, but I couldn't stand yellow diapers that smelled bad. (I had a friend whose diapers were like that.)

Bobbi said...

I was gung-ho about cloth diapering for a few months when Eden was a newborn. It was going pretty well....until I started trying to dress her in all of the cute little jeans and girly shorts that were getting handed-down to us by the box-full. Nothing would fit over the bulky cloth diapers! I tried dressing her in pants that were two sizes too big, but that just looked ridiculous. The little girl outfits were just too darn cute to not dress my daughter in, so I stopped using the cloth and went back to Huggies. My question is, what, if anything, are you supposed to put on over the cloth diapers? Sweat pants? Or just let your little girl wear dresses all of the time? I'd love to hear how you make this work!

Bobbi said...

One more thing....have you done the math? Is it really cheaper to use cloth diapers over disposables? Between the cost of laundry detergent, hot water, electricity for drying, and of course buying the cloth diapers in the first place (I spent over $100 on bum genius diapers when I decided to take the plunge)....how much, if anything, does one really save by using cloth diapers? Of course, I do realize there are other reasons such as environmental and health, comfort of the baby, etc. etc...What's your main motivation behind using cloth diapers?

Haddorkus said...

I tried my hand, extremely briefly, at the cloth. I couldn't handle the smell. It did not matter how quickly I washed them, soaked them, scrubbed them, they always smelled. I can't stand it when stuff smells. That is my question, how do you get it to not smell?

I've been gone, and just read some backlogs, you've got a lot on your plate right now. Hope the rest of the time with Dan gone goes better. I remember when my Dan went to Alabama, it was our first full winter there, it went into the negatives the day he left and stayed that way for a couple weeks. I had never felt anything that cold before. Bug was about 6 mo. at the time, I didn't leave the house. Good Luck.

Mike and Jen said...

Ummmmmmmmm you are one determined woman. So my aunt makes them and she just uses the "laminated" fabric you can buy for the outside fleece on teh inside and a little towel you can insert and remove in the middle and obviously velcro to hold them in place with elastic around the waist. She also bought a seperate washer for her diapers to be washed in so she didin't have to be grossed out by washing her everyday clothes in teh same one! good luck you deserve it.......Does this mean a diaper shower is not a good idea or is that still okay?

Anonymous said...

I used cloth on my two kids until my baby was PT. There is almost nothing I haven't tried...everything from flats, pf's, fitteds, pockets, AIO, wool, you name it. I think that it depends on which route you take as to how much money you want to save. CD'ing can save you tons of money, even though you have to wash a little extra (we only had about 4 extra loads per week between two kids), but only if you stick to one system. I wanted to try everything and in doing so, dropped quite a bit of money, but one of my children was allergic to disposables, so I had no choice but to cloth diaper. I fell in love with it and never had a problem washing the dipes in the same washer - what do you do when your 'sposie baby has a blowout - do you just toss the outfit or run down to the laundry-mat to wash one outfit? I must admit, however, that my babies had the cutest bums in town (and quite possibly the entire state of N. Dakota)!!

Smockity Frocks said...

Nothin' about diapers. Just checkin' on my bloggy buddy. How ya doin'?

Thank you for wishing my sister happy birthday. You made her day!

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

Hi Nikki! Hope you're doing well. I would love to see your cloth diaper stuff. I started making them for Raina but I have switched patterns 3 times trying to get them to fit perfectly. I was having elastic issues!

Kelly

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