I was a single mom with three kids and used old-fashioned cloth diapers, safety
pins, and rubber pants.I kept a diaper pail in the nursery room and
one in the bathroom, I home-laundered, and line dried the diapers and rubber
pants outside on the clothesline.When daytime training came and my
kids learned to stay dry and clean during the day, I continued with diapers at
night. Double diapers and rubber pants.I still remember the sound
those rubber pants made when I pulled them off and on at change time, and the
bulkiness of those old-fashioned diaper squares when I doubled them up for the
night! My kids would waddle!!!
@Rose 7:09No, I can't track changes for specific uses. Because
different months I use more or less light, more or less AC, more or less drying
(we often hang dry outside when weather permits), more or less watering, etc.,
etc., depending on the season, weather, trips away from home, etc., etc. So I
can't get a bead on which specific costs might go up or down in a given month
based on some small variation in my routine. I really don't believe anyone
can.In the end, do I believe cloth diapers are more eco-friendly and
cheaper? Yes. But I dispute the claim that the difference has bee nailed down
to that degree.
Julie and Not the Diapers Your Mama Used - Amen!I don't see how
something that has to be created anew each time it's used could possibly be
better for the environment than something that is re-used many many times.
Washing diapers doesn't take anything special - I laughed at that line in the
article about "harsh chemicals" used to clean diapers! You actually should use
less soap, and the mildest possible, to wash cloth diapers.. I have used cloth
since the birth of my 6-month-old and LOVE them. My wash routine for dipes is
only different from regular clothes in that I do one extra rinse cycle. It's
really not much extra work. And if you have a good set of dipes they won't leak
and will last for years. I have some used ones that are doing just great.Joe Moe - on MY utility bill, I can see exactly what I'm using each
month, in precise numbers, and can easily track changes from month to month and
year to year. You can't?
What cracks me up about some of these comments is that people act like washing a
load of diapers is a hardship. Come on, we are not dragging them down to the
river to beat on rocks. They go in a washing machine. The machine washes the
diapers FOR me. It is awesome. Rather than spending $2,000 or more on
disposables, I save money every single week. Modern cloth diapers contain leaks
better than disposables. Yes, you do need to change them. Letting your kid run
around in a disposable that is hanging to their knees is unhealthy - ask your
pediatrician. My daughter has fewer rashes than her cousins in disposables. And
yes, I do think about my impact on the planet when I make decisions on many
topics. I feel it is the responsible thing to do. The millions of people who
don't think about the planet are hurting everyone else. Yes, we do have a
shortage of water here. But how many of you are using that water for growing
grass? Washing cars? Those things do not have any benefit to the planet.
Comfortable adult diapers are available as well. Most diapers don't need pins.
This story's funny. Have you ever dealt with cloth diapers?? Come on. What's
the next headline? "St. George: Air conditioning or no air conditioning?""New
York City: By airplane or horse?"
What bugs me is when people toss diapers out their car windows.
@Anonymous 12:53 (and anyone with advice)Here's a question: our
three boys have potty trained at about 30 months. The first has still had
problems at night, for years now. The second never had a night problem from the
day he quit using diapers. The third is following the path of the first so
far.Two pediatricians now have kind of blown of the problem as not
uncommon, give it some time, some kids take until they're eight or so. In the
meantime, nighttime pull-ups are expensive, plastic underpants leak,
professional intervention is expensive, and we're scratching our heads. Any tips out there?
If people would toilet train most of the kids at two instead of three or four,
they could save a lot of money...what has happened? All my kids trained at two.
I guess it is because most mothers work now eh?
@7:35 p.m.Your utility bill rose $4 per month?I know
that it is impossible for you to know this. There are simply too many variables
in a month-to-month utility bill.I enjoyed your rationalization and
commentary, but you lost some credibility on that detail. That and the factory
comment: how do you know a factory making millions of disposables creates more
waste and environmental damage than tens of thousands of families washing
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one thinking about this issue. Every time
I see a commercial slamming plastic single serving water bottles, I think of all
the disposable diapers that go into landfills around the world every singe day.
And then there are those who are in too much of a hurry to actually use a trash
can and they throw them out along the highways or leave them in parking lots. I
used cloth diapers and rubber pants for my child many, many years ago, but she
never had diaper rash.
Resell diapers? Yuck.
I am on baby number 3. This is my first cloth diapering. It is WONDERFUL. I
still use disposies for outings as it is more convenient away from home. But
the CD they have today are NOT the same cloth squaeres, pins, plastic pants of
yester-year. I use BumGenius 3.0. I have 18 diapers. I spent $287.00. My
UTILITY BILL rose $4 a month. Big deal. "carbon footprint" are you kidding?
It's my washing machine. Factories that make millions of disposables have a
much greater negative impact on the environment. In addition, when I re-sell my
diapers (because these same diapers will fit birth to potty trained age) I will
re-coup $216. This means that to diaper my child for 3 years, I will have spent
about $215.00 total. Compare that to disposables which are about $19.95 for a
jumbo box that lasts about 2 weeks...that cost over 3 years would be $1,440.
So, there is the savings. Helps the environment, helps my wallet, and they are
not a hassle to use at all. Totally worth it in my opinion.
If I were the mom in the DN photograph I'd be watching what I hold high above my
head. Some diapers are known for leakage.
In China kids go diaperless. You hold them over a toilet and make a noise and
they go. They make the pants with an slit so you don't have to undress them. There is also a diaperless movement going on in several places in the
world.I'm glad for huggies myself.
My mom raised 7 kids using cloth diapers.One day she left to run
errands and I was in charge of watching my youngest sibling (she's 12 years
younger than I am).Anyway, while Mom was gone my little sis "did her
thing" and I needed to change her diaper, and it wasn't the "pleasant" option
you can get, if you understand....I left that next to the toilet for
Mom to do (hey, I was 13, OK?) and then tried to apply the cloth diaper to my
sis.I rubbed the pin on my hair and scalp to get some oil on it so
it would go through all the layers easily (didn't seem to help much) and tried
to get the diaper tight (was worried about sticking my kid sis and me too!) and
when I finished she got up and the thing fell off her butt.Result?I let her run around naked outside until Mom came home.Yep! Definitley disposable is the way to go....
When out and about with cloth diapers you do not leave them or put them just
anywhere. When I go out I always take a small "wet bag" with me. It is very
convenient. It has 2 layers - the inner is waterproof, and it has a zipper. I
fold up my son's diaper like I would a disposable and then place it in the wet
bag and then place that back in my diaper bag. No mess, no stink, no hassle!
I'm always amused at the argument that cloth diapers benefit the environment.
Utah is a desert state, and our most precious resource is WATER. Using copious
amounts of water to wash cloth diapers has significantly more environmental
impact than simply dumping diapers in a landfill. Think about it. We have lots
of desert space in this state but very little water.
As most anything it is a personal choice, but it's something to think about for
all involved, but I noticed that no one mentioned others who may have to care
for the child. What about babysitters, grandparents & other relatives and/or
day care? Do they get any say in it?I remember one family a babysat
for that had cloth diapers for their son and I hated changing his diaper because
I then I had to do teh rinse in the toilet etc. I stuck him with the diapers
pins and felt so guilty for it (I know they have other fastening methods now.)
All the other families had disposable and it was much, much easier.
When my older kids were babies, there were no disposables. Then along came a
paper diaper that you still pinned with diaper pins and used rubber pants.
(anyone remember those? Kimbies made them, I think.) Those were terrible, as
they seemed to fall apart when wet, and were quite stiff. My middle kids got
cloth at home and disposables at church, etc. My youngest got just disposables.
I really didn't mind the cloth diapers. Used the big squares of either gauze
type material, or flannel, and just folded them to fit the size of the child.
Didn't enjoy the messy ones, of course, but just rinsed and washed them. I had 9
children, so I did laundry every day anyway. In the summer I hung out all my
laundry, so I think we probably saved some money at that time. I sure would like
to find some diaper pins, if anyone knows where they are sold! I use them for
many things, and have been unable to find them in recent years. Cloth or
disposable? It's really up to the parents, financially, or preference. I don't
think the kids really care.
My kids use the litter box, they learned it from the cats!
I am not am mom but i disagree with cloth diapers, Why? because when you go to
a store or mall they do not like it when yo use cloth diapers, because their are
or where to put them people do not want to clean up after someone else "Can I
Blame Them?" I really like disposable my self and washing them is a pain no one
wants to look at them, Can i Blame Them?
Yes, but it's not going to change anytime soon.For a certain class
of feminist, allowing women to choose their own path in life -- whether it be
staying at home with their kids, or using disposable diapers -- is
intolerable.Sisterhood uber Alles!
I can barely keep up on regular laundry let alone having to wash cloth diapers
on top of it. Knowing me, my child would regularly have a 'blowout' in the last
clean diaper and I would end up having to buy disposables anyway to last until I
had time to wash the cloth ones. I'll stick to the throw-away kind, thanks!
Yeah - diaper pails are coming back. I used both cloth and disposable diapers
for my five kids and I reflect upon that every time I do my laundry. After 36
years, my 3 plastic diaper pails are still working hard for me as laundry
baskets. They never die! As for me and my house in the next life,
we are using disposables!
Remember when kids had normal names?
Whatever stinks less is ok with me.
I switched to cloth diapers only for economical reasons. (I don't really care
about so-called carbon footprints) Yes I know I pay for it with utility bills,
however I pay much less to wash and dry my diapers than I do on buying
disposables. My cloth diapers don't leak, and they contain all the messes -
something that my disposables failed to do.
Oh my.. do all of you really make all of your decisions based on the
environment? How about making a decision based on what YOU want. Crazy, I know.
Forget about your stupid carbon footprint - I hope mine is huge!
I've used both. Cloth are less expensive, but less convenient--although they
really aren't THAT much more work, but it was enough that I was relieved to
switch back (except for the cost.) My last child to use cloth diapers kept
getting such horrible diaper rashes that I finally switched back to disposable.
Her rash cleared up almost immediately. As for potty training, I actually found
that my kids in disposables potty trained easier and quicker. The cloth kids
were used to sitting in wetness and didn't seem to notice the difference as much
when I put them in cloth training pants. The kids who'd been in disposables
felt the difference from the get go and potty trained faster.
Some adults also run around in their birthday suits in Europe. Been there. Seen
it. It isn't pretty.Look, I've never been a fan of kids (or dogs,
for that matter) doing their business out in the open. You really need to
support your claim with some facts to prove that running around in the buff
actually helps potty train a child. Sounds like rubbish to me.
I've been wearing the adult disposables for several years. It's unfortunate, but
better than going without. Can you imagine having seniors wear cloth diapers?
Hopefully, this isn't a push to make things a little more tough for us. You
never know with reporters nowadays what's driving their agenda.
I just wonder how people survived 50 years ago and how they dealt with their
diaper rashes, which by the way can come from disposable diapers, too.AND...ever since they invented disposible diapers, it seems that children in
the US wear diapers until they start elementary school. Maybe we
should learn something from our European (no pun intended!) neighbors and let
our kids run around in their birthday suits...because it seems kids over there
do not wear diapers after the age of 3.
You sold your cloth stash?
I think adults that wear diapers for incontinence purposes should be part of
this argument. Personally, I wear disposables.
Do I want to have the stinky diaper sitting around for a day or two until I do
wash? But if I wash them in the toilet as soon as I take it off so it doesn't
stink, am I not washing it twice now? Can I really hang them out to dry when
it's raining? I'll stay disposable. I've heard they disinegrate
faster if you don't wrap them up when you throw them away. Anyone know if
We did disposable until it was time to potty train, then we switched to cloth.
Cloth diapers really help in the potty training! Kids hate to be wet.
I have used both.......disposable wins hands down!
I've done both. The cost of the water in my area far outweighed the cost
benefits. My oldest was very sensitive at first to disposables. He got no
rashes in cloth, but rashed up all the time in disposies. My second was just the
opposite, and rashed up horribly in cloth. So I sold my cloth stash. As I see
it, you do what's best for you and your kids.
Use whatever makes you happy.
I remember coming home from Earth Day at school and telling my mom the teacher
said parents should switch to cloth diapers--much more enviromentally friendly.
My mom said, "All right. SHE can come and change the leaky cloth diapers, dip &
clean them in the toilet, wash them, pin them, and put up with wet, crying kids
w/diaper rash."I don't think my mom was a fan of the cloth.Anyway, a while back NPR reported a study that after the washing and drying,
everything considered, disposable diapers are actually better for the
Did both cloth and disposable. Disposable wins hands down!!!!
Cloth diapers are no better for the environment than disposables. That has been
shown over and over again. You swap biodegradeability for electric usage fueled
by coal. Carbon footprints all around.The decision is based on when
you want to spend your money, mostly upfront or as you go along. A mix seems
reasonable if you're inclined to go cloth then you can get rid of a soiled
diaper away from home rather than keeping it in the car with your family until
you return home.One thing I've observed about the difference: seems
kids learn to get out of diapers sooner in cloth as the moisture stays next to
their skin and is uncomfortable rather than getting wicked away as it is in
disposables. Once a kid can associate sitting in their own stuff with how it
gets there, they seem to pretty much train themselves away from diapers.
Disposables seem to encourage a longer process for this skill.
I love cloth diapers. I know they aren't for everyone; but there are so many
different options and styles that most people can find one that works for them,
if they are willing. They can be purchased used, and the diapers you buy can
later be sold, recouping some of your cost. I used very cheap disposable
diapers, and cloth is still a little bit cheaper; plus I don't make as many runs
to the big box mart where I am tempted to buy more things I don't need.
You can by toilet paper for really cheep. and if you have children how are in
school they need to us TP, you need it. As a mother of 2 and an Anut of 10, Kids
really don't wash there hands very well.I tried to use cloth
diapers and they really leaked all the time. So I when back to disposable
diapers. I'm much happer now.
I see this stupid debate has come around again. The Eco Nuts and their wild eye
nutcakes were smacking their gums about this same so called issue 30 years ago.
The failing news media must have pulled this one off the shelf, hoping it might
fill the pages for a little while. Don't tell them, that if real investigative
reporting was done, their papers might not be failing.
I'm sick of throwing away my money too. That's why, from now on, I refuse to
use toilet paper. I'll just wash my hands really well when I'm done.
My daughter has started using "G" diapers. anyone interested should look them up
on the internet. Cute, affordable and they don't take "forever" to decompose!
Using harsh chemicals to clean cloth diapers is a really bad idea. Or do these
plastic diaper manufactures consider laundry soap a harsh chemical? There are
more harsh chemicals in disposable diapers.Disposable diapers are
only a convience for parents and cloth are much safer and better to use, even if
they leak more. At least it allows some of the body waste from being trapped
next to the body of a baby to fester and burn. And the cloth diapers get changed
more often too as they should. Seeing parents with children in used diapers
wandering the stores is not good for the babies and are left unchanged for
longer periods of time.Raising my children was on the cusp of
disposable and cloth diapers change over and only used them on out of home
excursions. Cleaning cloth diapers was not pleasant but they were much cheaper
to use when you live on a family budget.
We did five kids in cloth. I think most of the arguments on the disposable side
are there for convience. The one changing and washing the diapers needs to make
the call as to how they want to deal with it. We saved thousands using mainly
cloth. Like the women from cedar city we did a mix. The intial costs can be off
set by shopping around and building up slowly.
I have sold cloth diapers for almost 4 years - parents consistently tell me the
same thing. They find that cloth diapers are no where near as difficult as they
are made out to be. My 11 month old daughter has been in cloth diapers since she
was one day old and we have never had a poop explosion. I cleaned up MANY of
those while taking care of kids in disposable diapers. Many moms who switched to
cloth have told me they get fewer leaks.Washing cloth diapers takes
me about 6 minutes per load, and I wash three times per week. So, in less than 2
hours per month we save over $40 plus extra trips to the store. A
simple sprayer attached to the toilet or flushable liners prevents any need for
dunking. There was no real change to our utility bills when we started using
cloth - certainly no more than you would expect when adding a new person to the
household. We are saving a ton of money and I feel great about our choice from
an environmental standpoint.Cloth diapers really are cute too! Try
cloth diapers, my thousands of happy customers can't be wrong!
Somehow, we survived six babies on cloth diapers and used disposables for church
and outings. That was thirty years ago. I like the rice paper idea...that
would have been helpful. I also like how small and absorbent that disposables
are now. Too bad that they are so expensive.