Any other horse forum Mama's (or papa's) cloth diaper?? I just started doing it and I gotta say I am pretty in love with it..
I am interested in the idea. But I heard that the extra laundry costs wipe out and costs savings.
I have a load of laundry to do everyday anyway (sticky summer). so I just toss my dipes in with everything else. I have had 0 issue with doing it this way.
They are kinda spendy to buy, the first 10 I bought cost me $159..in that ten I had a mix of all in ones, pockets, and a couple " pre loved" diapers. I have since bought a few more so I have enough to go through the night and well into the next day.
you can buy diapers that have snaps and will work on babies 8- 35 lbs so that's a lot of savings in disposables. Also they will last through more than one kid..
now stripping is kinda a pain in the butt! Wish I didn't have to do that!
Back in the old days when our son was born, giving a gift of a diaper service was greatly appreciated. I don't even know if they exist anymore.
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I do daycare for several kids in cloth diapers as well as have close friends that cloth diaper.
Let me tell you..... I can not imagine the joy of opening a GIANT bag o stinky diapers each night.
They leak... WAY more often than disposables so either you go through a ton of clothes or tons and tons of diapers as you have to change them constantly.
The elastic only lasts for so long and then you discover it needs to be replaced when a giant poopy diaper explodes everywhere. So while diaper itself may work for multiple kids, you will be spending $$$ on new elastic.
Proper detergent for them is $$$$$.
Air dry and they are as stiff as a board, use the dryer and it takes forever which means $$$$. Combo of both works well but takes f o r e v e r between hanging out each diaper and then hauling them back in and into the dryer.
Clothes don't fit the same. You generally have to go a size up in pants to accommodate the bulky diaper which means 2-piece outfits now don't work unless you don't mind the kid swimming in a giant shirt.
Personally, I'd never cloth diaper but I don't care if my daycare kiddos are in them.... I don't empty or wash them, you get them back exactly like I took 'em off the kid.
Oh and forgot to mention that if the diapers are not properly stripped on a regular basis they will STINK.
I've had to tell parents that they were not longer able to use cloth diapers at my house because the "clean" ones stunk to high heaven!!
They used to have these "liners" you could put inside the cloth diaper so that when you stripped them you just pulled out this liner and it pulled out the poo, and you flushed the whole thing down the toilet. Now, I wonder if that liner caused plumbing problems. I used cloth diapers only part of the time. When it comes to toilet training a child, these help because the child feels the uncomfortable wetness more than in a disposable.
I used cloth diapers with my twins until they started really crawling. At that point, the bulk of them caused the diapers to rub so much on their active little thighs that the tender flesh as just bright red.
They have the best diaper "systems" now. I used Fuzzy-bunz, which have a breathable, waterproof, soft outer layer, and then I just stuffed some cloth diaper fabric in the little pocket for absorption. They had all kinds of snaps for adjustability. Fast and easy to use, no leaks. Even dad could do it without whining.
I washed them really well every 3 days. If it was sunny, I would line-dry in the sun, and all stains and stink would completely disappear. I remember I had a trick for deodorizing without sun too, but I can't remember what it was.
Initial investment is pretty high for the nice, modern, easy-to-use diapers. However, when I was done with them, I sold them on eBay for more than I paid new. Apparently, they're more popular when they're "broken in" and soft and absorptive.
I am aware you hve to change the elastic every once in a while. lucky for me There is a pretty great network of CD mamas around me and several who can mend diapers for pretty cheap ( like $2-$3 a diaper).
I really like my two fuzzibunz diapers but they are harder to stuff than the bum genius pocket diapers I also have.. I REALLY love my bum genius all in ones- don't have to deal with inserts. I could see how they could rub on a crawler so we will see how that goes. Also I came across a website that gives reccomendations for laundry detergent and you don't have to buy expensive soap for them. I use purex free and gentle. and it is CHEAP.
I do agree that the diapers do STINK by the end of the day, but like I said, I do a load anyway.
I may be alone in this - but no WAY I would want to put a bunch of poopy diapers in my washing machine! I understand that there's a liner (or something) that you can remove most of it... But the fact is that babies smear their poo everywhere half the time and I feel like they'd be poo-y anyways. I'd hit the laundromat LOL. That being said, when I have kids I plan on regular diapering.
On another note, there's a Dirty Jobs eposide where Mike Rowe works with a diaper service for the day. It was well and truly disgusting. Not a job for the faint of stomach!
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