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Cloth vs Disposable Diapers

This post is a bit different.  I am looking for some feedback from any readers who have experience with cloth diapering systems!

My wife and I have been considering using a cloth diapering system — probably fuzziBunz.  This is a one-size-fits-all (most) diaper.  For us, this is not a environmental decision, but is mainly a financial decision.  Our thinking is that this could save some money using these.  They recommend about a dozen diapers if you plan to wash daily, putting the initial cost at about $250.  The diapers should last through multiple kids for nearly the entire time that they wear diapers.

However, a good friend has indicated that even the most eco-friendly people he knows have given up on the cloth diapering systems.  Apparently the inserts do a good job of holding moisture and preventing it from leaking, but they also do not contain dessicant (a drying agent) that disposables contain, with the result being that the baby needs to be changed more frequently.  In other words, if a baby pees a half a teaspoon, the disposables whisk away the liquid and dry it nearly immediately, whereas with the disposables the baby can feel the moisture and begins to cry.  My friend indicated that, from what he has observed, using disposables results in as many as twice the number of diaper changes per day.

If anyone has used disposables and cloth diapers, I would appreciate feedback!

Category: Baby-Gear
  • Timothy123 says:

    Hi! Been following your site for a few months now. My wife and I cloth diaper but did NOT like the fuzzibunz. They started smelling rancid and lost a lot of their absorbancy (despite using the expensive “cloth diaper” soap). Its true that you have to change cloth diapers more frequently because they feel the wetness. With our second one, we starting using diaper covers and old fashioned prefold diapers. We love them and they work really well. We like the Thirsties Duo covers and also the Bummis super whisper wrap. with the covers, you don’t need to wash the covers as frequently and the prefolds are super cheap. We were able to find high quality prefolds used (from a diaper service that went out of business in Irvine). We probably have 100 prefolds, 4 covers and have spent less than $100. We also opted to do EC and were diaper free by about 1 year old (which saved us a bundle!)
    Also, if you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend “Husband Coached Childbirth” by Dr. Bradley. Took his class and learned a lot. Had both babies at home. Would love any info on your website about what birth education you did, classes, book, etc. Birth is a life changing event for both mom and dad – unfortunately, most people spend more time researching a new car than they do preparing for birth.

    Keep the good stuff coming man!

    February 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    • Jeremy says:

      I’ll take a look at that book, it looks like it is worth reading. We did do birthing classes at the local hospital which covered many of the techniques of Lamaze, Bradley and similar methods, but I don’t believe our coach was certified in any of them. My first exposure to Lamaze was actually in undergrad at Vanguard University (which is in your neck of the woods). Vince Gil (not the singer) taught a human sexuality course that included a crash-course in Lamaze. It was, frankly, quite the comical experience. 30 students paired up in the middle of the lawn with feet kicked up in the air… at a very conservative religious school. Top it off with the elementary school students walking by on a campus tour and the Cuban prof wearing a lab coat while delivering his innuendo-laced monologue… it was a fun day.

      This is the first I’ve heard of the Elimination Communication method (I looked it up). My mom is a teacher and I have heard a number of stories about kids who are in kindergarten who are still in diapers. This simply baffles me — potty trained by 1 sounds awesome. Do you have a book or course recommendation?

      I will do a posting covering all of the classes that we took, and my opinion of each. Do you have any experience with “happiest baby on the block?” We have the book and are debating whether to take the class or not. Too often it seems like the classes are simply a review of what the book covers in detail, so we aren’t sure if it is worth the time and haven’t found anyone who has taken the course. Any insight you could offer would be appreciated. Thanks again for posting!

      February 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Timothy says:

    For EC, there’s a book called “Diaper Free Baby” – Good stuff.
    Re: Happiest baby, we actually did Baby Wise and gleaned a lot of good stuff. Watched the Happiest Baby video and found it to be very helpful, but pretty basic compared to Baby Wise (I know Baby Wise has mixed reviews and I read it as a skeptic but unknowingly learned a lot that other books don’t ever touch on. Good philosophy behind the book)

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