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Old 02-27-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Cloth Diapers

A friend of mine just became a grandma and she mentioned her son and wife were going to be using cloth diapers. To which I replied, that's neat, I will buy them some in support of this decision. Well, have you looked at cloth diapers recently? They come with instructions....and you need them. These certainly are not our grandmothers diapers. Jeepers. An engineering degree is helpful in applying these gizmos. But they are adorable..if a diaper can be adorable.

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Old 02-27-2008, 02:44 PM   #2
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Yes, the new ones are shaped and sized so that you avoid gaps and leaks. Plus there are all sorts of "covers" to keep the baby waterproof. Amazing, huh.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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yeah, I bought one wool cover to go with the corduory diapers. bought a small wool cover, but wish I had gotten a large one.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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They have patterns posted on the net for making your own. I made some for my youngest and they were really cute. Also, the velcro closures worked great.

It's funny - I was thinking about this the other day - I thought that using micro-fiber cloth for the inner layers of the diaper would be much more absorbant. But I have no use for diapers right now so I've stored this little idea away in my brain.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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my kids were on cloth diapers , over 40 yrs ago.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:08 PM   #6
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I'm so happy to know that people are returning to cloth diapers. When my kids were born in the 80s, there was maybe one diaper service that I ever saw advertising. Everyone used disposable diapers. Being young and with the I'm immortal and so is my planet" mentality, I was swept up in the Huggies craze.

I wish I had used cloth, and regret every diaper I thoughtlessly tossed in the trash. As more families become 'green' there will be a return to the diaper service that is affordable and user friendly. If it's not affordable and user friendly, it won't work.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:24 PM   #7
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I'm so happy to know that people are returning to cloth diapers. When my kids were born in the 80s, there was maybe one diaper service that I ever saw advertising. Everyone used disposable diapers. Being young and with the I'm immortal and so is my planet" mentality, I was swept up in the Huggies craze.

I wish I had used cloth, and regret every diaper I thoughtlessly tossed in the trash. As more families become 'green' there will be a return to the diaper service that is affordable and user friendly. If it's not affordable and user friendly, it won't work.
Sure disposable diapers are not great for the environment, but cloth diapers come at a "green" price too. Water is not something we have an endless supply of and it sure does take water to wash those diapers. They are usually washed in hot water too. How are you heating that water? Are you using gas or oil to do it? There is another thing that has a green impact.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:40 PM   #8
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Sure disposable diapers are not great for the environment, but cloth diapers come at a "green" price too. Water is not something we have an endless supply of and it sure does take water to wash those diapers. They are usually washed in hot water too. How are you heating that water? Are you using gas or oil to do it? There is another thing that has a green impact.
I agree. The water factor alone around here would do more damage than good. We were at stage 4 water restrictions. The water it would take to wash the diapers would hurt this area more than the diapers. And the electricity costs have even gone up since the water shortage. The reason is because it takes water to generate electricity. At this point in time, disposables are less threatening the cloth.
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Yeah, there will be a cost to the environment for anything other than wrapping our babies' butts in palm leaves or whatever the heck they did before diapers were conceived. But I think there's probably less impact with cloth diapers. That's not to make anyone feel guilty for using disposables, though. I used them with my oldest children because they were marketed as better for keeping baby free from diaper rash and all sorts of things. I did use cloth diapers with the later ones but not exclusively. I used disposables when we went out and for trips.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:46 PM   #10
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I know what ya'll mean about water issues. Another reason I didn't use them with the oldest kids was I didn't have a reliable washer all the time and diaper services were expensive in that you had to purchase a lot of diapers up front and then the weekly fee. But if you use a service now, it is generally agreed that it is much more environmentally sound because of their commercial machines and their waste treatment machines.
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