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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 06:19 AM   1
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Reusable/washable diapers...Input anyone?


Hey Ladies,
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I am constantly thinking how to safe money when having a baby since my pay will decrease a lot when staying home.
Now I know that my mother used reusable/washable diapers (muslin diaper?) on me when I was a baby.
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I have googled about the reusables and there is actually a lot of women who still use reusable diapers and are satisfied with it.
There a bunch of folding techniques (they even give instruction videos on YouTube).
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Would that be something that you would consider as well?
I mean if I had a baby I wouldn’t use them the whole time. If we go visit family etc I would use normal diapers for “on the run” but at home I could still use reusable diapers.
I think that would save A LOT of money.
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What’s your guys’ input on this. I’d like to collect a few opinions.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 08:37 AM   2
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I have actually been researching this a lot, as it is one of those hot controversial topics in the parenting world! All of the research I have found has been really varied. I have 3 coworkers who use cloth diapers, and they absolutely love them. They all wash them themselves at home rather than using a service and so they say they save a ton of money. However, when you buy them brand new they can be really expensive. Disposables are more convenient, but they are also quite expensive over the long-run.

I am still on the fence about which I am going to use, but if you visit the Natural Parenting forum you will gain a wealth of knowledge! The biggest argument seems to be environmental impact and chemicals found in disposables. Like I said, the research goes in both directions, so I think it is really a matter of what works best for your family



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 08:55 AM   3
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I use reusable nappies - and I'd agree with what the pp said, they can be expensive upfront, but the running costs are lower of the period that a child is in nappies. They can also be used for subsequent children, thus reducing the cost further.
They don't have to be ones that you fold, I use TotsBots EasyFits which look like a normal 'sposie (disposable).
I initially went for them on the grounds of being eco and cost effective, but now I look at it like this; I don't have any wish to wear paper pants, so why would I make my lo wear them!! Oh, that and the chemicals in them scare me a bit...
Head over to the natural parenting section, there's lots of info there!



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 09:26 AM   4
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Thanks guys. It didnt even cross my mind to check a different section on here



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 09:33 AM   5
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I've been wondering about the cost savings as well, since the cloth ones do seem to be pretty expensive, and I only plan to have 1 kid. Also, I imagine you'd probably end up buying some where the fit just didn't work for you. I know lots of people buy them used, but since i wouldn't buy underwear used, I don't really like that idea. Although maybe family members would buy some new ones as gifts once you knew what kind worked for you? I have no idea. I'm all about saving money, but I wonder if it actually would save much?

On the up side, some of them are really cute. On the down side, some cloth diapers seem to be a bit bulky.



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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 11:16 AM   6
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I think I may try them, just to say I did, but I don't think I'll stick with it. DH and I weighed the pros and cons and we decided, if baby is pooping/peeing everying 1 to 2 hours, the time I'd spend on doing increased laundry loads (which is money lost, in a sense) and the money we'd spend on water and soap for the increase laundry loads, we'd come out the same as if we'd just bought disposable diapers. Especially, considering with some types, they come with liners that are meant to be disposable...so that's even more money. But I do like the idea of helping the environment, which is why we are going to save attempt to use the reusables...but only at home, not if we're going on an outing....cause I know several people who use cloth diapers, and they always have leaks.



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:06 PM   7
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....I have no interest in them.

I'll be buying disposables in bulk from a place like Costco or Sam's Club (giant warehouses).

Yes they're more expensive, but I don't really want to deal with cleaning them and making sure they are 100% sterilized before putting them back on my LO. I guess you can see this two ways, LOs are only in diapers for a few years and then never again. So you don't have to worry about the cost of disposables for tooooo long. I guess the ease and quickness of disposables trumps the cost savings of reusables in our mind. Plus, we'll both be working and I just don't see how we'll have that extra time to fuss with cleaning reusable diapers (or asking our mom's to clean that either). haha



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:08 PM   8
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I will be using them and have already started my stash my best friend uses them with her LO so I've had plenty of hands on experience with them and feel confident with them.
For me it's a mixture of environment, saving money and them being so cute!



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 12:14 PM   9
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We use cloth diapers (though we always have disposables around because my mom babysits while I'm at school and she's not crazy about the cloth).

Anyway, yes it is expensive up front, especially if you're buying new. I think I probably spent about $600 on my diapers, they're all pockets and fitteds and I purchased them all new.

It sounds like a lot, but here for a pack of 112 disposable it's about $35. If you change your LO's diaper on an average of 8 times a day, you're looking at spending about $70/month on disposables. If your kid is potty trained by 2 then you've still spent $1600 on diapers. And many kids will need them beyond 2, so even more money. $600 sounds lovely in comparison.

I don't find the laundry to be much of a hassle, I wash them every 2-3 days and it doesn't really require much effort once you get used to it.



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 13:18 PM   10
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Hmm it seems everybody is talking about the expensive kind. When I was a kid my mom used just the cloth kind with some folding techniques and that's it.
And buying just the cloth, maybe with inserts for easy poo in the loo is pretty cheap. I was looking at cloths and if its the really good kind u might spend 20-30 euro for a 5 pack.



 
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