Member since 1/5/04
Date: 7/31/06 9:35 PM
Hi all - I'm feeling a bit guilty about my one year old and her million Huggies. I know I'm too busy and unmotivated to do cloth diapers but I'm intrigued by gdiapers and the flushables concept. Since it may be a loooonnnggg time til no diapers are in my life, I'm interested in these but not sure about buying the expensive starter kit.
(FYI - gdiapers are cloth covers with a flushable insert that you change)
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 8/1/06 7:23 PM
I do not know about this type of diaper, but my dd did wear cloth diapers.
I worked full time and dh was working away for the first 6 months, so I know about being busy (I also had 2 older kids to look after).
I did not have a choice about using cloth, dd got horrific rashes from disposables. As dd was our last child I bought secondhand diapers from a variety of locations, so I had a variety of styles and sizes. As she will be 8 in few days I cannot remember any brands.
The ones I liked best were shaped like disposables with elastic in the inner leg. They had velcro fasteners at two levels which allowed them to be used from about 10lbs until just before she turned 2.
Cloth diapers do need more changes. I washed diapers every other day, but had enough to go away for several days without running out. In good weather I would hang them to dry.
DD was the only child in daycare in cloth. I had a small bucket that I took back and forth with me each day. I kept a two day supply of clean dipes and plastic pants at the daycare.
If we were going away for a weekend I would just being the cloth and my travel bucket (one of the small pails laundry det comes in.) Never had a problem with smell.
The best part of cloth for dd was that she potty trained herself at 22 months. She was dry at night before 1 year.
I would worry about a flushable lining as I know that our low volume toilet in one home and septic field at the cottage could not manange it.
Cloth worked for me and my family, maybe it will work for you too. If you want to try pick up some second hand (give them a good double wash), and try using just on the weekend, or at some time when you know you willbe close to home.
Proud parent of a Dwight International School Honour Roll Student
Member since 2/18/04
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/2/06 3:06 PM
There was a long discussion on one of my cloth diapering lists about gdiapers. Bottom line is that they are not as "green" as they appear and they are not any cheaper than regular disposables. (I'm paraphrasing someone who designs water treatment facilities, here) Even though they are flushable, they still must be processed by the sewage plant, which must essentially strain out the components which cannot be processed, such as paper products. This "stuff" is then dried out and trucked to a landfill. So it still ends up in the landfill after all.
I second cloth diapering. Admittedly, I'm doing half cloth and half disposables right now because my older daugther has outgrown all the current cloth diapers (she's almost 5 and multiply handicapped), but I'm still cloth diapering my youngest as I sew new diapers for the older one. They are easy to sew as well and there are lots of patterns out there, both free and for sale. Some find them addicting to sew, trying to find the cutest fabrics to put on the outside and matching diapers to outfits. (Personally, I find them boring to sew, but that due to the fact that I've made literally dozens of diapers between three kids.)
Hope that helps!
If I were a sewing machine, all I would have to do is lift up my foot and all my tension would be gone.
Sewing with my lovelies: Pfaff Performance 5.0, Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Kenmore 385.19365, Babylock Imagine and BLCS, 4 Brothers (PE150, PE770, 1034D, 2340V), and a chorus of vintage Singers
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