Cloth?

Alright, I’m throwing this one out there as discussions have started around the house here. Anybody think they’d go cloth – at least for ‘home time’ or is it disposable all the way?

I have no realistic idea of what cloth is like. But I enough planet guilt to investigate thoroughly.

Thoughts?

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13 responses to “Cloth?

  1. I’m going disposable, all the way. I really don’t have enough time in the day, even now, to do a crap load (pardon the pun) of dirty diapers. As it stands, now, I don’t even do the laundry, Jeff does, and he REALLY doesn’t have time, so it’s disposable all the way.

    We’ve researched it quite a bit but I have a few friends who’ve done it and they say that it’s quite labor intensive. You have to remove the stool from the soiled diapers, soak them until you’re able to wash them, then wash them in specific soap, as to not damage the cotton fibers and make them last longer. Then dry them, fold them, etc. No way. I’d rather just fold it up and throw it away.

    I’d love to say that I did have the time for this as I know that landfills are already filled with dirty diapers, but honestly, we really just don’t have the time.

  2. Oh and on top of scrubbing the stool off, before soaking them, you also have to spray them with stain remover so they don’t stain.. too much work, if you ask me.

  3. I’m all for cloth diapering in theory. I was cloth-diapered (yes, I really am that old), but then so was my younger brother. I have heard anecdotally that cloth diapered babies tend to potty train earlier & easier. I’m also less of a fan because of the landfill issue – though that’s important! – and more because of the unknown risks of close contact between the absorptive materials & plastics against genitals.

    It seems to me that there is too much contact between our food and plastics as it is, and people are starting to pay attention to the fact that plastics are not stable and may be toxic or carcinogenic when they start to break down. I believe in limiting contact to plastics in all areas of my life (I say as I type on my computer which probably holds more than a few of ’em!) so my kid will be cloth diapered until I try it & decide I can’t take it anymore.

  4. We’ve discussed it a few times. For now we are going the disposible route. Simply because I’ve been too overwhelmed with other baby preperations to take the time to research the cloth method. It’s not out of the question at this point. My sister will be caring for the baby once I go back to work and I don’t think she’d be crazy about the idea. If I were to stay home I would give it some more serious thought.

    Perhaps you’ve already read Jen’s post on cloth diapering and that’s why you posted this question. If not, you can read it here.

    http://jenniferelaineg.blogspot.com/

  5. Ah, we are just having this disagreement at home. I am in the DEFINITELY CLOTH category (for environmental reasons) and hubby is in the DEFINITELY DISPOSABLE category (for convenience reasons). We’ll be fighting this one the next 6 months I think.

    Here is a “how to” from a store selling cloth diapers that discusses how to do cloth without too much pain: http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/newtocloth

  6. Jen

    Obviously, from my blog, you know where I stand already, but I will add that it is definitely a LOT less work than I expected. It is additional laundry, but it is easier laundry than normal laundry- there is less folding, hanging, sorting, and putting away.

  7. Janice

    You live in a big city. Someone must have a diaper service?

  8. I watched my sister try (and fail) to use cloth. I would like to use them, and I think I’ll do as my sister did and at least have a go at using cloth. The environmental and health factors worry me about disposables but I think I will probably end up using a mix of cloth and disposable.

  9. rosesdaughter

    I was a cloth diaper baby( yes, I too am old I guess). But I don’t know if I will have the time or inclination to do it myself. I want to . I thinking about it. We’ll see.

  10. have you heard of g diapers?
    kinda a cool hybrid idea and pretty darned cute http://www.gdiapers.com/

    hugs, Kate

  11. wht good it would be to have a diaper service around town it would be just wonderfull to have folks clean up for us.

  12. I’m late in responding, but I just saw this post and wanted to weigh in. We did cloth (Fuzzibunz) at home and disposable swhen we were out and about or at grandparents’ homes. I did cloth until my child was eight months old and then we put our house on the market and I didn’t think having a bunch of cloth diapers hang drying in our laundry room was a great idea. Then afterwards, we had gotten so lazy and we needed the next size up of cloth and we just never went back. Boo us.

    I was *very* intimidated at first, but once the baby arrived, and I saw how easy it was, it was great. One thing I felt really good about, but hadn’t expected was how great it was to put soft fleece next to my newborn’s bum instead of plasticky disposable “fabric.” They are so tiny and fragile at first, you almost want to just put them on a pile of cotton balls and call it good. 🙂

    The thing I was most scared of was having to touch the poo. Sounds silly, I know. (Now it’s no big deal, but when I was pg, thinking about touching it was just horrendous). I never once touched it though! Maybe it was the wrong way to do it, but because of the runny consistency of babies’ poo the first six months, I never had to shake or scrape any poo off the diapers. Not once. I just shook out the insert and put the whole thing in the machine. I did a round of diapers and inserts every three days or so. And I did not have a wet bucket. Just a special cloth diaper liner bag inside a regular diaper pail. We have a newer washer, and it was no problem and the diapers came out very clean with no smell.

    Now we use Pampers exclusively, but every once in awhile, I get a pang of guilt about it. I hope to cloth diaper our next baby until he/she is potty trained. We will see!

    Good luck!!!

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