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Cloth diapers

All mommas.. Who used or using cloth diapers.. Can you share your experiences? I have one year old and I am thinking about cloth diapers. But my husband is like who will wash it and how many times you need to change and things like that.. So here are my concerns. 1. How often do you change it? How long it should hold? 2. What kind of cloth diaper types you are using? Any information is appreciated. Thanks.

  • Amy
    Oct 01

    I change it whatever I feel that it's wet or there is a poop so maybe 5-6 times a day. I use a combination of pocket diapers and prefolds and fitteds with covers. I like them all for different reasons! As my babe has gotten older I prefer the pockets just because they are easiest to get them on quick and most similar to a disposable so other people can handle putting them on better. I just got Alvas from Amazon. Good luck! We still use disposables at night and for long car trips. So we kind of do half and half and it's a good balance for us!

  • Tanya
    Oct 01

    I use bumGenius brand diapers and our favorite for daytime are the all-in-one organic cotton ones called Elementals. I like the newest version the best, E3's. We change every 3ish hours on my 7 month old to avoid leaks. Nighttime we use either Flips with nighttime inserts or actually are going to try out the bumGenius pocket diapers with nighttime inserts tonight because Flips are just diaper covers and the inserts seem to bunch up inside of them. And my son moves a lot in his sleep so some nights he leaks out when the inserts bunch up. We wash every 3ish days! I do all the washing for the diapers. I'm not even sure if my husband knows how haha. However! My husband just kind of went along with cloth diapering because I wanted to and now he raves to people about them! When he was EBF my son was notorious for pooping up and out the back of disposables if we had him in them but it RARELY would happen in cloth (unless there was a fit issue or a super massive poop).

  • Maria
    Oct 01

    I use Alva baby pocket diapers and I love them. To be honest we wash clothes every day anyway, so it's not much different. I only wish I started sooner. Now if your child is in daycare I would check and see what their policy is. It may not be worth it for just the evenings.

  • Kristen
    Oct 01

    This website is a great resource to help you start cloth diapering. http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/

  • Kelly
    Oct 01

    We didn’t personally cloth diaper but our friends did....the only thing that drove me nuts is that their little girl always seems to smell like pee........I don’t know if they personally just didn’t do a great job of sufficiently washing theirs or whatever, but it seemed like it stated to smell the second she was wet. Maybe there’s a secret so that doesn’t happen?

  • Savannah
    Oct 01

    First thing I learned it different brands fit different babies. What worked best for us was gdiapers when she was newborn because she was super tiny (5lbs) but she got big fast and we had to switch to Alva Baby. Our little one was chubby after three months and others would not fit her right. We had to change more often compared to disposable but well worth not buying disposable. We wash every other day and strip the diapers every few months to avoid any lingering smells.

  • Elle
    Oct 01

    1. Daycare changes it every 2 hrs. Never had any leaks. Baby drinks 8poz per feed. 2. Thirsties and LilJoeys/KangaCare Experience has been wonderful, highly recommend. Easy, better for the environment, better for the wallet, baby can sleep longer, and less prons to diaper rash. We wash twice/week. They hold the odor much much better than the plastic disposable diapers, which to me smell of that gross overly fragranced baby powder smell. They even make ones especially for nighttime.

  • Sami
    Oct 01

    1. Every 2-3 hours at home and that’s what daycare does as well 2. We mainly use pocket diapers that are Bumgenius brand. We also have some all-in-ones (freetimes and elementals). I send the pockets to daycare since they are very similar to a disposable. We wash 2 times a week. Both of my kids were allergic to disposable. It is nice that the same stash I used on my first I’m now using on my second. It makes that initial $300-$500 investment not seem so bad. Lol! 50% of ours were bought on sale (seconds sales, basically there was some flaw so they didn’t sell the diapers at full price. But they still function at 100%).

  • Jazzbird
    Oct 02

    We used a few different cloth diapers while we got the feel of things, but loved Diaper Safari one-size covers with cotton prefolds. The pocket diapers didn't work for us as they didn't seem to hold enough. We experienced leakage with several brands of them. I can't remember the brand of prefolds that are slightly shorter than most, but they were perfect as they fit inside the covers without having to fold them over vertically at all. There are snaps on the covers to adjust them from 8 lbs to potty training. They held up so well that we were even able to pass the covers on to another family when done. They worked very well- no leaking. We used fleece liners to wick moisture away and protect from getting rashes (very sensitive skin in our house). We added baking soda to the washes to keep the smell down and vinegar to the prefolds to keep them nice and soft (vinegar isn't good for the waterproof lining of the covers). We changed whenever wet during the day and used doubler inserts for overnight when he started sleeping through the night. Changes became less frequent as he got older, but can't remember an exact figure of how many changes per day. It didn't take long to get into a rhythm of laundry/folding to prep. Good luck!

  • Jazzbird
    Oct 02

    Oh! I looked it up and the prefolds we used we're Imagine "Smart Fit." They do fit inside covers perfectly without bunching or having to make extra, awkward folds.

  • Sophia
    Oct 02

    Kid number 3. Mostly the same stash. I spent $400-500 for 7 straight years of diapers. Totally worth it. I have a set for newborns to 3 months then a set for bigger babies and toddlers. I have more than I needed and washed every 3 days. I change midst add much as I would a disposable. Disposables smell too me. My middle child had super sensitive skin and broke out in most disposables. Only the honest brand worked. I use all kinds depending on the safe of the child and build.

  • Megan
    Oct 02

    Uh, I’ll be that guy and say that I hated cloth. I was totally into it during pregnancy, did tons of research, felt ready. The laundry was a huge hassle for me....and with all the extra detergent and water and electricity we were using, I’m not sure how much money we were saving or how much more environmentally friendly it really was. Not to mention the cost of TIME. There are tons of people looking to sell their stash—-buy used in case you hate it. Or maybe try it out part time before you commit to purchasing a full time stash.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 02

    Thanks everyone.. Appreciate your responses..

  • Anna
    Oct 06

    I got super into cloth before my first baby came-I was obsessed-and I think that’s honestly the biggest issue with cloth—they are so darn cute! I spent so much money I know that I lost a bunch in the process, so it definitely wasn’t cheaper. We cloth diapered with my newborn, and it was great in that it probably saved us a lot of money on newborn diapers. After that, though, I just stopped wanting to deal with poop diapers and my little was so small that the diapers bigger than the newborn diapers wouldn’t fit well, they were just so bulky. I ended up abandoning it and now have a gazillion cloth diapers sitting around. It’s really how much money you want to put into diapering, and how much time/effort you want to spend and how you want to spend it.

  • Erin
    Oct 13

    I loved cloth diapering. So easy and so nice not spending money on something you just throw away. Nickisdiapers.com is another great resource if you are thinking about cloth. My favorite were best bottoms. So easy to use!