Thursday, September 10, 2009

Random Thoughts

I'm always looking to save a dollar to two, right? My father-in-law brought me a pile of cloth diapers. It's the sort that has the Velcro attached. The idea of cloth diapering sort of appeals to me, but we have always used disposable. Anyone out there have experience in cloth diapering? Are they messy or leaky? Are they too much trouble? And how would I get that big huge diaper around my little barely-nine-pound baby?

6 edifying expressions:

Kimberly said...

Well, usually you start with the smaller newborn sized diapers, I think we were able to buy them "used" from a local diaper service, they were great. I just used pins and regular vinyl plastic pants, I never could figure out the wrap style - I did have some bigger diapers with the velcro, (only a few as they were more expensive!) I think that I just folded the top down a bit to make a smaller diaper. I will say that cloth is more economical and since you've received some as a gift, I say go for it. Just watch the detergent, it can be a little harsh on baby skin.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about cloth diapaering today, but after raising 4 children who are all adults now, and having 6 grandchildren,disposable is the way to go! If he gets a rash,it can cost more to correct in the long run, and he will be miserable in the mean time! Anyways, I would use the cloth diapers for anything else than what they were intended for - lol.
Congratulations on your new little one.

mummynat said...

Lol *raises hand* I know i Know. Love cloth nappies. Not at all smelly. Very fab. Only problem is if you have a heavy "wee'er" at night. I put extra boosters in then. Do not put the plastic outers in the clothes drier or leave to soak in cold water as they will begin to wick quick. Have a bucket (with lid) of cold water where you change bubs, and put the dirty nappy in. Then every other day give them a run under a hot tap in the bathroom, then wash in machine. Alittle bit of fleece inside is good too. Keeps too much damp from getting on baby skin.
I must add, i also got far far worse nappy rash on my kids with disposable.

Kristy... said...

Well I have my own personal opinions on if cloth diapering REALLY saves money.. First of all you have the initial investment..
Then there is the extra electricity and water you use, oh and the extra detergent... for both the diapers AND all the leak throughs. this could really add up if you are soaking and washing them properly. Think about it, you have to have a pale of water to soak them, the water to flush the poopies, after you ahve them ready to wash, you have to rinse them in HOT water, then wash them, then rinse them again... WOW.. how much energy was used for one load of clothe diapers, and not even a ful load at that :P
If you do not wash them properly, as I have known those who havent, you will end up with a HORRIBLE rash and smelly diapers.
All this to say that cloth diapering is fun to some people... my sister in law enjoyed it, me, I didnt like the extra work I had to do as I have enough work to do :P also, I can buy a package of meijer brand diapers and they last two months.. I could never cloth diaper for that cost.. but, I am sure in some areas its benificial, say maybe a place you do not pay for your water or something like that...
Anyways..thats just MY two cents :P
they are really really adorable to look at tho.. so that is one bonus :)

mummynat said...

For me it was never about the cost of money, but the fact that a nappy tack YEARS to decompose. It's just land fill material.

Elizabeth said...

Lots to think about here. Thanks for all the input ladies! :-)