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    My wife and I are thinking about switching to cloth diapers to save money and it's badder for the advisement. Spashley how many diapers we go throw with in a week's time. has any bitty that about getting cloth diapers for the same resend my wife and I are?

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    Hi

    I think your spell checker may have failed just now!

    With my own kids we used washable nappies from the start and found them really convenient.

    As an AB/DL idea I would agree that washables are better for the environment from the point of view that you are not adding waste to go to landfill sites etc. Overall cost is lower when using washables but you do need to think about the following.

    There is a cost of the electricity for both washing and drying nappies

    Cloth nappies can be slow to dry especially in the winter

    Cloth nappies once wet need to be stored until you are ready to wash them. Eg a bucket of water with some tee-tree water will keep for a good few days until you can wash.

    Cloth nappies are generally more bulky than disposables so may be less easy to hide.

    Cloth nappies are generally much more expensive when you buy your initial stash and that needs to be thought about.

    If money, time and effort was no issue I would use cloth nappies.

    I hope this makes sense!

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    If I read your post correctly, then yes, I mostly do cloth, and for some similar reasons. First, I do in fact love cloth diapers. I like the customizability of the fit and thickness. I like the increased protection.

    But, I also really like that they don't end up in landfill, that they use less energy to maintain/manufacture, and that they require less transportation and infrastructure to deliver from plant to warehouse to customer to landfill.

    If you're thinking of environmental effect and you have the space, I would recommend drying on a clothes line. I'm sure you've given consideration to the diaper pail and some of that stuff too, and I'm sure you checked out the cloth diaper article, so I won't repeat all of that.

    Happy diapering!! Cloth really is wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1989 View Post
    My wife and I are thinking about switching to cloth diapers to save money and it's better for the environment, especially with how many diapers we go through within a week's time. Has anybody thought about getting cloth diapers for the same reason my wife and I are?
    Fixed.

    Anyway, I've never considered getting cloth for those reasons. I've heard that once you factor in bleach and elctricity to wash and all that jazz that goes along with cloth diapers, they aren't actually much better for the environment. I think that money is a much better reason. Because they are reusable, you can probably save a lot of money not needing to buy disposable. Also, you can make cloth as thick as you feel like, as long as the plastic pants can fit around them properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephy View Post
    Fixed.

    Anyway, I've never considered getting cloth for those reasons. I've heard that once you factor in bleach and elctricity to wash and all that jazz that goes along with cloth diapers, they aren't actually much better for the environment. I think that money is a much better reason. Because they are reusable, you can probably save a lot of money not needing to buy disposable. Also, you can make cloth as thick as you feel like, as long as the plastic pants can fit around them properly.
    You've heard wrong in terms of environmental impact. There's a 2008 study done by the UK Environment Agency called something like An Updated Assessment of Impact of Cloth and Disposable Nappies (I don't recall the exact title, but I have the PDF on my work computer). It bases its findings on a child in diapers full time for 2.5 years and factors in washer and dryer efficiency, transport, water, energy to make and clean diapers, et cetera. It concluded that by washing at lower temps (40 C I want to say) and line drying, cloth could have as much as 40 percent lower impact.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xbabyx View Post
    You've heard wrong in terms of environmental impact. There's a 2008 study done by the UK Environment Agency called something like An Updated Assessment of Impact of Cloth and Disposable Nappies (I don't recall the exact title, but I have the PDF on my work computer). It bases its findings on a child in diapers full time for 2.5 years and factors in washer and dryer efficiency, transport, water, energy to make and clean diapers, et cetera. It concluded that by washing at lower temps (40 C I want to say) and line drying, cloth could have as much as 40 percent lower impact.
    Interesting. Glad that was cleared up.

    I don't personally worry about the impact diapers have on the environment, so this doesn't really change my opinion. XD

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    Well you won't to go with disposable that's fin. I still think going with cloth is a good idea.

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    I converted to cloth diapers about two years ago, I wear 24/7 for need. I can get by with 3 changes a day, when using disposables I was using 5 to 7 a day. I wash the my diapers every two days so there not a huge amount of extra effort involved and I always have a clean supply of diapers to use. The only time I will now use disposables is when I travel where I will be gone for more then 2 days away from home.

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    ugh.. am I the only one who firmly thinks cloth diapers suck big time??
    honestly I've tried like a few different at times and it always was the same thing... once wet, they FEEL VERY WET every time you move or sit down...
    they are to have the same level of absorbency a good bit bulkier (read: don't really are discrete under day-clothing at all).
    they tend to smell a LOT more once wet (no SAP & Odor neutralizing stuff).
    they are expensive to get and a pita to wash (I can't really think that having to do so much more laundry is better for the environment (especially with a dated washing machine & dryer).

    When I went 24/7 for a long time while ago I tried cloth and found that life is so much easier with a quality disposable (of which I needed usually 3-4 a day).
    Also I found that it's a hassle to wear cloth diapers during the day when you have to change, you've got to carry a soaking wet diaper in a tied plastic baggy around all bloody day long, where with the disposables I could just dispose of them easily in any trash can...
    Also you need good plastic pants (hard to find... expensive to buy not lasting forever either...) those need to be washed and cleaned too... they are more uncomfortable in summer time than any good disposable diaper...

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    Ive only ever used disposables. I agree with Tommygun too, i think disposables are so much easier to wear and hide.

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