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I cloth diapered all my older 3 kiddos. I started because my oldest had diaper rash constantly in disposables. They have come so far and they are really user friendly. I washed diapers about every 2 days. I had alot of diapers because at one point i had 3 in diapers When my boys potty learned I was able to sell them off though and recoup some of my money I would be happy to answer any questions. I think now you could definitely do it cheaper because there are alot of one size cloth diapers that can be adjusted as your child grows. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to CD another tiny bum
i love all the cute nappy things but i'm lazy where houseworks concerned. but i think i will give it a shot.
did you have less nappy rash in cloth then? i would of expected the other way round do they leak? how often do you change them?
I absolutely love cloth diapers. I've cloth diapered my DD since a year of age and DS since birth.
Less garbage to take out
healthier for the baby (no chemicals etc)
The odd poopy one is really gross.
They take up more room in the diaper bag
I change every 3 hours or so. He only leaks if I don't change him regularly. And I love my cloth laundry. Diapering your kids is such a big part of how we spend out time so if cloth helps you enjoy it you should go for it!
I know I've posted about this before so I'll be brief:
I like to compare cloth diapering vs. desposible diapering to breast feeding vs. formula feeding. Cloth diapering is essentially the same thing for the same purpose, it does take a little bit more time and planning but not a lot by any means and to me the pros of it definitely outweigh any cons. Having said that, it's not for everyone.
Here's my experience:
Huge money saver
Super cute fabric to choose from to get the adorable fluff butt
No chemicals on baby's skin means safer and less diaper rash
Very easy once you get the hang of it
For me it's been a way of life (I never though I'd be this hippy mom that I've become, but using cloth has opened me up to trying and loving a lot of other natural and "green" things in my life)
Oh yea, environmental friendly
You can recoup some of your expense by selling your diapers when you're done
The learning curve (it takes a little bit of time and research to understand your options, what will work best for you, and the day to day how-to's of cloth diapering, but within 2 weeks or so you should start feeling like a pro)
You will need/want a few accessories to make your life easier with using cloth (diaper sprayer, wet bags, extra inserts, etc.)
Finding what's right for you *may* be trial and error at first
It does take an extra load of laundry which means a little extra time to use cloth
We cloth diaper and so far I love it! I thought it would be a huge pain, messy, smelly, etc. But it isn't at all. It is actually just as easy as using disposables for us. The only con I can think of is that cloth diapers tend to be a lot bulkier than disposables and sometimes I think they look bad under clothing. I have found some super trim cloth diapers but the majority of them make her butt look really big!
Claire Ellene 2/13/12 8 lbs 6 oz 21"
I think everyone else has said all I could say. One of the things that really helps is finding what works and sticking with it. I hate prefolds with a passion so I don't use them. I use either the all-in-ones or pockets. I wash first thing in the morning every morning so they never sit. As soon as I get up, I just dump them in the wash. It is part of my morning routine. When they come out of the dryer, I put them at the bottom of the drawer so they don't get work right away. That is all the extra work it takes. I feel it is worth it.