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Anyone use cloth diapers

my baby is 8 months old and I want to switch to cloth diapers. what kind do you use and how many do you need to buy?

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Asked by evasmom178 at 2:53 PM on Oct. 2, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you will need to buy a few large packages, im not sure if you can go to to buy them in bulk or not, but you will definitely need to be washing them alot, so i say enough to get him through the week

    Answer by camtri3 at 3:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • It depends on how often the kiddo goes, what kind of cloth diapers you use and how often you do laundry really...

    We had 3 AOI's (and kept a few disposables as a back-up) for when we went out, but just used "recycled" flat-folds (flannel recieving blankets that baby has outgrown make GREAT diapers) for around the house...we probably had about two dozen that we used with wool soakers that my grandma made, instead of regular covers. We also had a couple of packages of pre-folds (the kind you can buy at Wal-mart and such) that we had gotten as shower gifts, but we never really used them as diapers after the first few months--though they make great doublers for naptime...the flat-folds seem to work better once she started moving around.


    Answer by thalassa at 4:00 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • At that age, with 2 dozen diapers, we probably could have gone 3 days before running out, but since we did a load of diapers every day (we actually left the washer full to "soak", tossed the pee diapers in, rinsed the poopy diapers and tossed them in and then washed and dried the load at the end of the day), we never really had that problem...besides, I think it might get a bit smelly...

    For more info on diaper types, try here @


    Answer by thalassa at 4:01 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • Another thing you could think about is just getting training pants...they start them, size-wise, at 12 months size (at least that is the smallest I have ever seen them)...if you stay at a slightly larger size than baby is, you could use a regular pagkage of prefolds as a doubler for nap/night time (which is what we do now, though we do it since we are potty training).

    Also, if you are using diapers that require pins, I recommend getting the snappis instead---MUCH quicker and more convienent---especially once they are squirmy...

    only disadvantage there is that you will likely have to order them online, I have never seen a store carrying them.


    Answer by thalassa at 4:06 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • Hey, kudos on being a smart mommy ! You probably already know about costing less money, being better for baby's system than non-cotton diapering, etc. I just want to highlight the great advantages of using woolen soakers over other synthetic diaper covers, and ESPECIALLY over plastic pants. ... Lots of medications are administered by applying them to the skin, so we recognize that the skin is very permeable; the younger the person, the more sensitive and absorbent their skin is. Well, hold excretions against the skin in a diaper, and then seal them up with the plastic of a disposable diaper or plastic pants, and you force the reabsorption of substances which the body was trying to throw off. And the closed environment creates ammonia which adds to skin irritation. Et voila ! diaper rash. ... Diaper covers that are not watertight don't do this. They ... (cont'd)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:55 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • ... (cont'd) ... They prevent the diaper wetness from squeezing onto clothes or blankets, but the air circulation allows evaporation and prevents a sealed, overheating and irritating environment. Hence, little to no diaper rash. The beauty of WOOL is that it not only allows air to circulate, but it also keeps the baby from getting chilled. And getting chilled on such a large area of the body, with central and very hardworking organs, can strain the body, especially when you consider how little body mass babies have to stay warm with. Not chilled equals few to no ear infections and other illnesses when woolen soakers are used. Soakers can be knitted up or just tacked together from bulky shrunk sweaters. Look up Nordic Woollens' website under diapering for a great explanation of the chemical benefits of treating soakers with lanolin.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:56 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • ... and Thalassa's answers,above, are really helpful ! She knows what she's talkin' about ! :-)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:59 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • i use two dozen gerbers,

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 1:34 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

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