? for moms who've switched from disposable to cloth diapers

what's the learning curve for getting the hang of cloth diapering? was it easy or hard to make the switch?what about the learning curve for your SO/DH?whomever? did they catch on easily?
are you making the switch?!

I swear I'm a mother or anything, but I was reading in this baby book and it said that disposable diapers last over 100 years in a land fill and cloth diapers will dispose in up to 6 months in a landfill. Isn't that insane?! That just really touched me.

I used cloth diapers (as a way to save money and be more socially conscious) with one of my older sons, and I found that they leaked like crazy, so I had to change diapers WAY more often than with disposables, AND, probably the most bothersome thing, they gave my (ex)husband an excuse to never change diapers. Really. He said they were too complicated and he wasn't doing it. Granted, he was an ashole, so maybe not all husbands would react that way.

I didn't find them complicated, although they do take more time to wash/fold, to rinse/wring-out the poopie ones, and also to put together and put on (if you are using separate diapers and covers). All-in-ones are faster to put on ...almost like using disposables (except for the washing and rinsing/wringing).
We used disposables with Sol until he was 4 months old and occasionally use them for both boys now (especially overnight).

For me, the learning curve wasn't bad at all. I did my research, and found them pretty easy to use. We mostly use prefolds at home with a snappi fastener, and pockets when out-and-about. In the beginning, I would always have some prestuffed pocket diapers ready to go whenever my husband would need to do changes, so it would go on just like a disposable. After a while my husband learned how to do prefolds and said that any husband who said they couldn't do them was just making excuses because it's really not that hard (duh, men aren't inherently dumber than women so if moms can figure it out dads can too). That said, my husband definitely prefers disposables and now that we keep them in the house, he sometimes uses them at random times just because he feels like it.
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DH will do prefolds, but does not really like them.

It took me a while to get prefolds. They are cheap, but I could never get them tight enough on the kids legs.

I mainly use wool with prefolds or fitteds on the kids during the day. If we are going out for a while, I will use a PUL cover or a pocket, but I prefer wool.

Cloth diapers have come a long way. I place a fleece liner (just strips of fleece I cut out) into the diaper before I put it on them. That is all that needs rinsed if they poop...You can get a diapersprayer, but I just dunk and swish the fleece in the toilet, not the whole diaper.

The main thing is you cannot use typical detergents on them (we use Charlies anyway, so not an issue) and you cannot use diaper creams (with the fleece liner, I just rinse those separate in the washer if I used cream before I Throw the rest of my diaper laundry in.

Finding what works for you is tough also. mom'smilkboutique.com has a program where you can try out different diapers for 30 days...kind of like a "rental". My kids have a mom stash and a dad stash. DH likes his diapers and I like mine. We do use disposables for DS at night, and keep them around for babysitters.



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I think you should call shenanegans if your SO says/claims it's too difficult. It's a diaper, not rebuilding an engine.
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We went to cloth when Dylan was 3 or 4 months. I use pockets, and there was no learning curve at all. If they have velcro, they go on just like a sposie. I prefer snap closures, and neither my hubby or the in-laws had any problems with them. I do the laundry, but it's really not that bad, and I stuff all the dipesd and put them in drawers so they're ready to use. Easy peasy! Less blowouts when they were little too. My faves are bumgenius and fuzzi bunz.
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We made the switch to cloth at 5 months and we love it! We use mostly pockets but have some AI2s and AI1s as well. They are truly easy. We wash every 2-3 days, use coconut oil for diaper rashes if that happens because it's cloth friendly, use a regular trash can with an open swing top for dirty diapers with a wet bag inside, and we have a small wet bag for the diaper bag for when we go out. It's so many brands out there to choose from. We have Fuzzi bunz, best bottoms, sunbabies, alva babies, bumgenius, Fishnoodle/bright star baby, bottom bumpers and a ton of work at home mom diapers from etsy and hyena cart. Dad loves them, baby loves them and mom adores them.
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We switched with #2 when she was around 3 months. Used 99% pockets, Bum Genius specifically. Very easy for DH and grandparents and daycare.
I would say you do need to change them more often than you can go with sposies, unless you really stuff them ( like for overnight), otherwise they will leak, but on the plus side I NEVER had a poop blow-out with cloth and had them all the time with sposies
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We switched to cloth when Xavier was 3 months old. I found the switch pretty easy, but DH gets a bit grossed out by any really pooey nappies (diapers) in cloth

We mainly use Bumgenius Flips and Totsbots Easyfits.
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I think it is so funny (weird) that now cloth is "in" and socially conscious.

when I was 9-10 (about 15 yrs ago), I helped raise my cousins and we used cloth nappies (daipers). They were not fancy at all (like I imagine the "modern" ones are--have never seen one) and we used safety pins to secure them (no velcro)...they were really cloth towels.
my mom used cloth diapers on me when i was a baby--the old school ones you're talking about coilynap. and i remember using them as a kid to dust the house with LOL
my mom used cloth diapers on me when i was a baby--the old school ones you're talking about coilynap. and i remember using them as a kid to dust the house with LOL
Originally Posted by subbrock
yes, multifunctional indeed!!!

how are you liking using the cloth diapers?
They're way easier to deal with than I imagined. I totally forgot that I had even started this thread, and then ended up getting some gdiapers when baby came home from the hospital. A friend of mine secretly had a (disposable) diaper drive for me so I've used those up and I'm back to the cloth again. I like them a lot and they're so cute.

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They're way easier to deal with than I imagined. I totally forgot that I had even started this thread, and then ended up getting some gdiapers when baby came home from the hospital. A friend of mine secretly had a (disposable) diaper drive for me so I've used those up and I'm back to the cloth again. I like them a lot and they're so cute.

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Originally Posted by subbrock
cool! YAY
I don't know about cloth being "in" so to speak, but for me not putting chemicals on my baby and saving money (being able to reuse the diaper), and the cuteness factor really wins in my book.

It's really easy and we love it!
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My plan is to use cloth diapers when my son is born while he is home & disposables when I am out. Not sure how well it will work but hopefully all will go well.

I wasn't aware there were cloth diapers with velcro. My mother used cloth diapers on my little brother and sister which was about 13 years ago and she had to use safety pins. I am happy to know they have gotten easier to use.

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