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Cloth Nappies vs Diapers??

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    I've used disposable nappies after birth as you need to see how many times your baby pee, and started the cloth ones when he could use the Medium size, which he should be able to use till the potty training. It's really not a lot of work to clean (I have no helper neither), I just rinse them after use to take off the biggest "pieces" and the smell, and put them in the machine every 2 or 3 days. And they dry really quick !
    I've also bought some extenders so they fit in his one piece clothes (you find some at Eugene's).
    I'm still using some disposable nappies (Moltex ones, biodegradable) at night and when I got out so I don't need to come back with a wet... or worse... nappy in my bag !

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    i have thin pre-cut cloth nappies that work well on new borns but after a while i have started putting a cloth pad (like a washable sanitary napkin) inside the nappy and then a plastic one on top....this way there no leakages and i change them after he wets them instantly....

    yes u can use the same one for 2 or more kids and yes they are hygienic but after the first kids wears them out u will notice they are so haggard already u may not want to use them on yr second one, or the time gap may be too big inbetween.

    the main reason i am still continuing them is so that i can toilet train my kid as quickly as possible...my 1st one was trained by 13-14 months completely...with a diaper that gets difficult.

    normally my helper washes them and then soaks them in detergent/antiseptic and then washes them again....on holidays i do the same just that teh final one wash is in washing m/c.....if it is not raining i dry them on the clothes line and they dry real fast if u r using a de-humidifier or a heater nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLBW View Post
    Do you have access to washing your diapers in hot water or just use an antiseptic? How long do you find that the diapers take to dry in Hong Kong or are you able to use an electric dryer? Do you do all the washing/drying yourself or do you have help?
    We wash in 95 degree hot wash cycle, but you can use napisan if you don't have that. We jsut have a small washer/dryer. We don't have a helper. I find that the pockets dry in 15-30 minutes and after i take those out, the inserts take maybe 50-60 more?

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    I started off using disposables with innocency in cloth nappies really, until a friend recommended me using a brand that is manufactured in Canada, because all the other brands (including US & UK) available locally are made in China or Turkey, which is something I'm quite concerned about the quality & standard.

    Though knowing that there are lots of benefits in using cloth, I wouldn't be so sure whether I would still opt for it if I don't have a helper ;>

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    cloth nappies

    We're using cloth and so far it's working pretty well. We had a great system in the States and it was easy--I was worried it would be harder here since I have such a small washer/dryer combo--(only been here 6 weeks). We don't have a helper, and it really isn't that much extra work. We did the math and it was SO MUCH cheaper than buying disposables, especially if we have another child and just reuse these diapers. We also feel it is more environmentally responsible and healthier--there are chemicals in the disposable diapers that allow them to be so absorbent, and I don't want these chemicals touching such sensitive parts of my baby's body. All that said, we do use disposables when traveling or when going out. I think if you are too strict about anything it becomes hard to maintain.

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    To those of you using cloth diapers...what do you do with the diapers between the time of taking them off baby and running them through the washing machine? I don't like to have to run the machine all the time, but don't know what to do with the diapers after taking them off and they are all wet and soggy!

    (I am using mostly disposable now but slowly starting to use more cloth)

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    Wow, don't remember it being that expensive! I used cloth diapers for both my children and I'm pretty sure that I've saved much more than that. Pre-folded might be a bit of a luxury. Take a little effort with the standard ones and at least feel a little better that you're investing in protecting the environment for your children!

    At this point I don't plan to have any other children so investing in $900-1400 USD in cloth diapers that in a matter of a year or two I'm going to have to throw away just didn't make sense to me.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephchoy View Post
    Wow, don't remember it being that expensive! I used cloth diapers for both my children and I'm pretty sure that I've saved much more than that. Pre-folded might be a bit of a luxury. Take a little effort with the standard ones and at least feel a little better that you're investing in protecting the environment for your children!

    At this point I don't plan to have any other children so investing in $900-1400 USD in cloth diapers that in a matter of a year or two I'm going to have to throw away just didn't make sense to me.
    [/QUOTE]

    With my son, I can't just use the standard ones because as it is, just putting a regular disposable diaper on him is a chore because he has nearly crawled away before I get that done. I watched my friend put on a standard cloth diaper--and her son is very mellow and just laid there the whole time--it still was quite a process. If I have to fold and secure the cloth diaper as you have to do with standards there is no way it's going to work considering my sons temperment. And after that you need to put a covering on so if that standard cloth diaper gets wet it doesn't leak.

    So, for prefolded diapers it ranges from $900-1400 USD to buy. That is, buying 10 diapers for each day (my son goes through at least that many--especially now that he's eating solid foods) and washing those every 3 days which I've gathered is pretty much standard.

    Even using disposable diapers, my son, with a little observation from the adults in his life can "communicate" when he needs to use the toilette and so he has his own little potty that we use with him sometimes. So, I am not at all worried about potty training him--even with disposable diapers.

    As far as the environmental issues go--I do agree that cloth diapers are best but the main damage has already been done as far as we're concerned as my son will be out of diapers soon enough. Also, everyone makes their own bad impact on the environment--my good impact is that I don't drive a car so....

    As I said, I'm not planning on having any more children so for me to fork out that much money for an article that you can't exactly sell or give away after use doesn't make sense.

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