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Name: Julia
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I am considering trying cloth with my next babies. I used regular diapers with my daughter but heard a lot of positive things about cloth. Does anyone on here use them, and if so how is working out for you?
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Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 6:39 AM
I was considering using cloth diapers only when at home, to try and cut some of the cost - but I did some reading and it sounds like a horrible pain. The cleaning process is gruesome. They need to be stored in a diaper pail full of water (which must smell like hell) and a couple times a week you have to pour off the excess water into a toilet and then dump them in the washer. Sounds easy enough - but can you imagine 40 diapers in nasty water? Yuck! Plus, the plastic pants must be uncomfortable for the baby. Unless you're going to use a diapering service that comes to pick them up every couple days - and have a pail you trust not to open or leak out the smell then I'd say it isn't worth the hassle. 

Name: Julia | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 7:02 AM
Are you serious? Wow, I never thought it would be that difficult! I would think there would be other ways of cleaning them without the bad smell factor? It sounds way too complicated and for how popular it is these days, I would think there may be another trick out there to making it easier? Let me know if you hear anything else since you are also considering it (well maybe not now, you seemed pretty grossed out, hehe). The diapers sitting in water would not work out for me, I am so anal about my home smelling fresh, I am a clean freak! I will research it more too. Thanks for the info! 

Name: Fiona | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 8:34 AM
They're more prone to getting nappy rash with cloth diapers. 

Name: cinner29 | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 9:08 AM
I used disposable nappies (diapers...sorry I live in australia) but I did buy a dozen cloth nappies and used them for laying down on the change table so Tana wouldn't get cold from the plastic top, or for when he would have a sick up, or for a towel after a bath. I found so many good uses for them but I wouldn't use them as a nappy!!! 

Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 1:30 PM
I forgot to mention the second reason I decided against them. Apparently they are no where near as absorbant as the disposable ones, and all the sites I looked at said that they literally need to be changed within minutes of being soiled. Even though I plan to be with the baby full time - that seemed to be a bit of a hassle (like while the baby sleeps), and I would assume that means that they don't draw moisture away from their bottom as well. I think that would be uncomfortable for the baby. But for 100's of years that's what people had to work with, so if you're still thinking about doing it then I'm sure it would still work. 

Name: Julia | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 6:23 PM
How cute "nappy" I love it!
I will do some research on it and see if I change my mind. From what I am hearing so far, there are +'s and -'s, so we'll see. Thanks for the information, I had no idea about some of the things mentioned, so it helped! 

Name: debbie_dettner | Date: Jul 16th, 2006 12:58 AM
I used a diaper service for the first four months with both my sons. I hope to do it again with this child. Cloth is a natural, breathable material and, unless you plan to let your child sit in their urine or feces for hours, does not cause any more diaper rashes than disposable. They come with plastic diaper covers which you do need to clean, however, the service provides a pail for the diapers themselves and I found no difference between the odors using a Diaper Genie for disposable and the pail. I think people prefer disposable because, quite frankly, they can be lazy and not change their kids for hours. The only drawback is when going out and about--I used disposable when I left the house for long periods simply for "disposing" convenience.
The benefits can be cost, less pointless land fill (plastic has a shelf life of over 80 years...) and better for your child's skin. The drawback can be convenience--it is more noticable to you when they are wet and thus, you will probably change them more quickly and frequently (hey, is this really a bad thing?...). 

Name: Julia | Date: Jul 16th, 2006 1:08 AM
debbie- What is the cost for a diaper service? What exactly does the service provide? 

Name: debbie_dettner | Date: Jul 16th, 2006 2:46 AM
I can't remember the exact cost. When comparing with disposable, it depends on how many you go through. Because infants urinate so frequently, it did provide a cost savings--expecially for the first few months. I've had two different services--both provided a large "bin" with a deodorizer affixed. They brought the diapers out weekly and exchanged them for the soiled ones. I did need to purchase the plastic covers--they were between $5 to $7 each, I believe (don't make the mistake of wasting any money on the newborn size, however--completely useless!) The diapers should come with folding instructions and are really quite easy to use as the diaper covers affix with velcro--no pins. Call around--both services I used gave me two free weeks for paying for 6 or 8 up front. At least it is worth a try. 

Name: Julia | Date: Jul 16th, 2006 3:20 AM
I will check it out then, I knew there had to be an easier way of doing it! Thanks. 

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