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#1 tick

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:10 PM

Bit fluffy, but I've got the guilts.  DD1 was cloth nappied from birth, albeit part time in the early months.  DD2 is 7 months old and has been in and out of cloth but I keep going back to the disposables because I just CAN'T BE BOTHERED with cloth.  I feel like I spend my entire bl**dy life in the laundry as it is!  That and we're out so much with DD1 on play dates, swimming lessons and the like and my nappy bag is already overflowing even with a few disposables in there.  And the clothes fit so much nicer over disposables too.  Meh, I'm just over cloth and thinking about selling my stash of gorgeous WAHM made nappies to fund my new 'sposie addiction.  Ha!

I hear of a lot of people who discover cloth nappies for subsequent children and love them but don't usually hear about it going the other way.  So, am I alone?

#2 shelbysmum

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Not exactly the same but at 4 months we have just started DS on sposies for night time- his ability to sleep longer won out over my environmental concerns, however I ration it to 1 sposie a day original.gif There are aspects of cloth that give me the irrits but then I remember I don't have to dash off to the shops and buy sposies every week  wink.gif swings and roundabouts!

#3 GenWhy

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

I think I regressed lol. Sposies all the way with DD1 then when DD2 was 3 months old I got into MCN's and also used them for DD1 who was around 18 months old. When DS arrived a year later I used the old fashioned terry toweling nappies or flannelette nappies on him. I lasted 8 weeks before having a huge tantrum at the constant changing, poo scraping and washing. I love sposies lol

#4 Marchioness Flea

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

Technically, you're still supposed to scrape the poo into the toilet.
The packet tells you to and I heard a few years ago, you're not supposed to put human waste into the garbage bin.
Of course, i don't know ANYONE who scrapes the poo off a sposie. And i will ashamedly admit that I do like it when my 2yr old poos in her night time sposie as opposed to her cloth ones. But it is a rare thing.

#5 ekbaby

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

Like shelbysmum I have used sposies for night time for DS2. With DS1 there was a lot of mucking around trying to find the best combo of night nappy & cover (longies/woolies etc). After a few night time wake-ups/having to change all the clothes with DS2 we decided to play it safe and stick to sposies. It still saves a lot of money as we probably only need 1 packet a month.

I have also been less "hard core" with my cloth for example when we go away on holidays or to stay with people I just take sposies now, I used to take cloth and wash it.

I had 2 in cloth nappies for about 6 months after DS2 was born, and during that time I usually had a packet of sposies handy, when it all built up and I wasn't keeping up with the washing out came the sposies for DS2 lol. I probably only went through 5-10 sposies a week but I didn't feel guilty about occasional use.

Using cloth for daytime for DS2 I haven't found too inconvenient, I only wash every 2nd day, we have all the stuff already so haven't needed to buy anything new and it may as well get used. I found the older they get the less nappies you need to take when going out etc (eg compared to a breastfed baby pooing every feed)

#6 Akeyo

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

I can understand. I enthusiastically cloth nappied DS1 from birth till he was toilet-trained at 26mths. Then DS2 came along and I was soooo tired I found it hard to keep up with the number of newborn cloth changes required as well as the extra laundry (DS1 was 20mths, so still in nappies as well) so we swung from cloth to sposies and back again in the first couple of months.

Once I had TT DS1 it became easier to cloth nappy DS2 fulltime however I started to put him in sposies at night as a) he hated the bulky night nappy and would scream as soon as I put it on and b) I must confess that as we were cosleeping (didn't do this with DS1) I couldn't bear the smell of the urine evaporating through the wool cover at night. A sposie just did the trick.

DS2 is now 2.5yrs and still in nappies. I use sposies for all day outings as, like you I find I am already lugging so much stuff around, it is just easier. And we are still using a sposie at night. So at the most 2-3 a day if we're out or if we are at home, just the 1 at night.

Even though I do appreciate the convenience and ease of sposies sometimes, I really hate putting them in the bin as it just reminds me of the landfill I am contributing to and if DS2 does a poo in one, I empty it in the toilet first. I can't bear the smell of the bin if it has a few dirty sposies in it.

I am due with #3 in 11 weeks so will be interesting to see how I go with cloth vs sposies this time and which one will hold out!

#7 tick

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 09/02/2013, 03:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Technically, you're still supposed to scrape the poo into the toilet.
The packet tells you to and I heard a few years ago, you're not supposed to put human waste into the garbage bin.
Of course, i don't know ANYONE who scrapes the poo off a sposie. And i will ashamedly admit that I do like it when my 2yr old poos in her night time sposie as opposed to her cloth ones. But it is a rare thing.

If the poo is vaguely solid, I scrape it off into the toilet..... but so far it's not solid enough for that.  Actually, once the poo is solid enough for that I'll probably be a little more inclined to use cloth!

#8 Space is Big

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

DD was nappies all the way (when she was older we had disposables at night).  Then DS came along and his Bum was all the wrong shape as the nappies (MCN) leaked and the covers for the flats cut into his legs- and still leaked.  He has mainly been in disposables because I was going to loose my mind.

#9 podg

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

I'm on number 4. #1 was exclusively cloth till she started flooding whatever we threw at her at close to 2, by that time #2 was here and exclusively cloth as a newborn. When #1 was on sposies it became just easier to do sposies for both... and #3 and #4 have been just sposies. Much of my M-L stash is gone in the leg elastics, making it less appealing.

I have had at least 2 in nappies for the last 3 and a half years, and do so much washing as it is!

If I find the sort of poo I can shake or drop into the loo, I do. But most of ours are the consistency of hummus but stickier. I wrap it and bin it. I hate to do it, but I do.

I still think cloth is the right thing to do, and much cheaper in the long run.

#10 Akeyo

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE (podg @ 09/02/2013, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But most of ours are the consistency of hummus but stickier. I wrap it and bin it. I hate to do it, but I do.

Had to laugh at this description - eww but so apt! And yes when I get those sort of poos in a sposie, it goes straight into the bin. It's at those moments that I prefer cloth, because I use flushable liners so no matter what sort of poo it is, it goes into the toilet. But then when I've got a poo-splosion in cloth (and my 2.5 year old still does them!) and the entire nappy is coated in 'hummus', I suddenly wish he was wearing a sposie!

Bring on the TT!!!!

#11 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

We're still on #1 but expecting #2 and I'm dreading the thought of two in cloth. We've always been part time cloth but we have gotten lazier as DD has gotten older because we are out for longer and carrying dirty cloth nappies around is not my cup of tea.

The thought of all the storing and washing of 2 kids cloth nappies (including the 10 newborn poos per day if new bub is anything like my first) does not thrill me.

I'm honestly tempted to sell all our nappies and convert back to cloth. The only thing stopping me is the environmental and money guilt!

#12 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

My last baby is out of cloth mostly now because he's getting older and his poop is disgusting (peanut butter poop I call it) and there aint no scraping that stuff off sick.gif  Most of my stash is on it's last legs and I don't want to buy more now so I have been buying disposables.

For about 18 months I had 3 babies in cloth and I think I totally wore myself out with it.  I had no choice because I couldn't afford disposables and I was very adamant that it be cloth or nothing.  I used it fulltime at nights, holidays everything and it was a lot of hard work, winter was particularly hard trying to get them dry without using the dryer. I also mostly used flats and prefolds so it was a lot of folding/pinning etc.

Youngest is 15 mths now and I've just stocked up on enough  disposables to last the next few months, it's highly unlikely I will go back to cloth with him now.  Unless a miracle happens there wont be anymore babies so I think my time with cloth is done. Kind of sad, sort of a relief too.

He has also had his share of yeast issues too, which is weird as the others never had that but it's complicated things and I just don't want him to be suffering from rashes and they are always better in disposables.

Yeah safe to say I am over it, not worth selling my stash -it's well and truly had it's time.  I've been slowly grabbing boosters and using them to clean with lol

#13 seepi

Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

I did.

Number 1 I used cloth always at home, except overnight.

Number 2 I used cloth often, but not always - and we went out more, so used more daytime disposables.

Number 3 Has worn cloth very very rarely.

It's a shame really - I have so many fuzzibunz in every size, just sitting doing nothing.

#14 TurtleTamer

Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:10 PM

I used cloth on my first 2 exclusively including when out and overnight.  #3 was part time, #s 4 & 5 barely any at all (emergency run out only).  I have ridiculously amounts of washing, folding etc as it is, something had to give and washing, drying, sorting cloth nappies is something that I could give on.  I had an amazing stash, most of which I have given away (can't be bothered selling).  I do have some favourites saved.  I have to say that I saved no money at all with the kids I used them on, in fact disposables would have been cheaper....

#15 natalie1990

Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

I think advantages of cloth nappies are highly exaggerated by media and online sellers. From my experience and information contained in some useful sites ( https://newbornnappies.com.au ) using modern cloth nappies is not much cheaper than using cheaper brand disposable nappies.

If I want to save the environment then sure I would go for cloth nappies. But I would rather not use plastic bags at shopping centre than making the switch from disposable to cloth nappies.

Ans yes you are right, people usually do not brag if they switch from cloth to disposable.

Edited by natalie1990, 06 March 2013 - 01:52 PM.

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