Babies: 9 - 12 Months

It's not too late, re: CDing

Man, I always miss the discussions. But in case any of you are thinking about it and thinking that ship has sailed, I just wanted to mention that we just now started (2 weeks ago) and as you can see, DS is nearly 10 months old.

I know we'd all like to think our cuties will be potty-trained early, but most kids I know IRL are closer to 3 when it happens. There is still loads of time to recoup your money.

The thing that finally pushed me to try (after months of lurking on EFF and thinking about it) was dealing with constant irritation on DS's bum. Even though I've tried a wide range of CDs over the last 2 weeks, they all do better on his skin. I haven't applied a single drop of ointment, and the skin on his bum is now just as healthy as the rest of him.

Plus, it's fun and cute. DH was not on board at all, but a few cute diapers turned him right around. 

I'm sorta lazy (did I just say that out loud?). So if I can do it, I'm pretty sure anyone can.

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Re: It's not too late, re: CDing

  • Also, credit where credit is due: Summerly is my CDing "mentor" as I'm learning. Smile
  • Totally agree!  Defintely not too late to start!  DS has never had a diaper rash, ever.  I wholeheartedly believe that it has everything to do with CDing.
  • I'm totally interested in it. It's just getting my DH on board--he is totally not for it. I guess I will have to google some more info about it and check out the EFF board!
  • I agree about the rash. Unfortunately we only CD part time since daycare isn't on board yet(I'm working on it but she seems overwhelmed) and he tends to get rashy during the week. By Monday morning, it's all cleared up from being in CDs all weekend.

  • Yay!

    I would like to take some credit for getting Summerly to switch over. Wink

    I just posted below, but I agree that it is never too late.

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  • Good for you!  We didn't start cd till ds was about 4 months old (we were sent a weird batch at first), but we love it still.  And ds rarely gets diaper rash and even if he does, a little airing out of the bum and it's usually gone by the next day!

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  • I couldn't agree more. DD is 9 months and we just started CDing. We should recoup our costs in about 4 months...waaaay before she is potty trained.
  • Oh, and I don't care if you get started late and buy enough to last you 2-3 days AND build your stash out of goodmamas or the like. My guess is you will STILL save money in the long run.

    Cloth is great :)

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  • image SuperCuteBenz:

    Yay!

    I would like to take some credit for getting Summerly to switch over. Wink

    I just posted below, but I agree that it is never too late.

    Ah-ha! Well, then I have you to thank, too!

  • Yep. DS is almost 8 months, and we just started last week. We're still using sposies overnight for now, but so far, I'm loving it. It's really not a hassle at all - it's really just an extra load of laundry every other day.
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  • image Summerly2:
    SCB is the best :)

     

    Awww! Embarrassed

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  • My DH loves CDing. I won him over on the cost and now he's totally fine with it. He even helps me stuff them sometimes. My babes have never had a diaper rash.

  • That's awesome! We have been CDing since the beginning and it's really not as hard as some people think. I know everyone probably thought I would quit a few weeks into it, but I LOVE it. Good for you!
  • I really considered CDing.  However, from everything I've seen, it's a good $200-300 upfront cost.  Does this sound about right?  This is the main reason we haven't.  We're struggling a little bit right now and I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars in one lump some on diapers...even though I will save in the long run. 
  • image seans_grl:
    I really considered CDing.  However, from everything I've seen, it's a good $200-300 upfront cost.  Does this sound about right?  This is the main reason we haven't.  We're struggling a little bit right now and I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars in one lump some on diapers...even though I will save in the long run. 

    I know, the up-front is kind of getting me.

    Well, if you used prefolds, and got enough for about 8 diapers a day (unbleached PFs are $1 at cotton babies), washing every 3 days, and got like 5 Thirsties covers...let me see...that's roughly $90. If you used a diaper pail you already had and used old pillow cases for liners then you save there. So add in maybe $10 for some snappis or diaper pins and some a couple doublers, that would take you to about $100 for a very basic system to wash every 3 days. Even less if you bought used.

    I'm not sure how to factor in increased energy costs.

    The nice thing about prefolds is that you could buy one or two to try without feeling too wasteful if you don't like them.

  • I should add that I'm a total newbie and have no idea if my theoretical stash is realistic! Wink
  • I agree! I'm getting ready to start. I have a friend who started when her DD was a year and she loves it! She referred me to THIS site which is great because they give you a trial run and send you different types to test out. Then you can decide whether you want to keep any/all/none and go from there. Really great!
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  • We just started too last month. So far we love it- even DH who was against it at first.
  • image Bride2bMO:

    image seans_grl:
    I really considered CDing.  However, from everything I've seen, it's a good $200-300 upfront cost.  Does this sound about right?  This is the main reason we haven't.  We're struggling a little bit right now and I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars in one lump some on diapers...even though I will save in the long run. 

    I know, the up-front is kind of getting me.

    Well, if you used prefolds, and got enough for about 8 diapers a day (unbleached PFs are $1 at cotton babies), washing every 3 days, and got like 5 Thirsties covers...let me see...that's roughly $90. If you used a diaper pail you already had and used old pillow cases for liners then you save there. So add in maybe $10 for some snappis or diaper pins and some a couple doublers, that would take you to about $100 for a very basic system to wash every 3 days. Even less if you bought used.

    I'm not sure how to factor in increased energy costs.

    The nice thing about prefolds is that you could buy one or two to try without feeling too wasteful if you don't like them.

    Bride2bMO makes a good point. The only thing I would change is how many covers you would need. We only have 3 and that's plenty (for an older baby). I'd definitely have more for a smaller baby who poos all the time. And of course it depends on how many diapers in your stash actually require covers. Anyway, you can reuse them as long as they don't get poo on them and let them air out between uses. Throw a few in the wash on laundry day (every 2-3 days anyway). No, pfs are probably not the absolute easiest option, but I like mine and I know a lot of girls love theirs b/c they're super cheap, easy to take care of, and reliable.

    I definitely recommend the Jillian's trial. There is an upfront cost associated with it, but I've found it worth it in the long run. I only wish we'd started sooner so we could save even more money ;)

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  • image seans_grl:
    I really considered CDing.  However, from everything I've seen, it's a good $200-300 upfront cost.  Does this sound about right?  This is the main reason we haven't.  We're struggling a little bit right now and I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars in one lump some on diapers...even though I will save in the long run. 

    If you were really interested in CDing, you could buy a little here and a little there. There is no reason that you have to make the purchase all in one sum, or make the change all at once. I built my stash up diaper by diaper over the course of my pregnancy.

    Also, you can buy used CD's on www.diaperswappers.com That is where 90% of my stash has come from. It saves you TONS of money on great diapers, and makes the whole thing that much more eco-friendly. (Re-using is one of the 4 R's-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and ReThink)

     

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  • image Bride2bMO:
    Also, credit where credit is due: Summerly is my CDing "mentor" as I'm learning. Smile

    I agree, I'm just starting also, and Summerly has been extremely helpful!

  • image Mrs.Meg&Jay:

    image Bride2bMO:
    Also, credit where credit is due: Summerly is my CDing "mentor" as I'm learning. Smile

    I agree, I'm just starting also, and Summerly has been extremely helpful!

    Awww, there IS a lot of love in this thread. I like it Smile

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  • Bride2bMO First of all, your DS is SO CUTE! What Beautiful Eyes!!

    My DD has been in Pampers for almost 11 months and (knock on wood) has never had diaper rash, blow out, leak, or any of the annoyances people seem to talk about with sposies.

    But, you are probably the first person to make me THINK about trying CDs. I think it was the lazy comment.

    How has washing been? What type do you use?

  • image kzeksbg:

    Bride2bMO First of all, your DS is SO CUTE! What Beautiful Eyes!!

    My DD has been in Pampers for almost 11 months and (knock on wood) has never had diaper rash, blow out, leak, or any of the annoyances people seem to talk about with sposies.

    But, you are probably the first person to make me THINK about trying CDs. I think it was the lazy comment.

    How has washing been? What type do you use?

    I'll answer if that's ok :)

    Washing really isn't a big deal. We wash every 3rd day now. I do a cold pre-rinse with detergent (this gets rid of the ickies), followed by a hot wash with detergent. Some do another rinse. I do not. Then you either throw in the dryer or line dry. I line dry some of my dipes b/c obviously they will hold up better in the long run. Totally not necessary though.

    You will need a CD safe detergent. We use Crunchy Clean, which I can't say enough good things about (a fab EFF nestie makes it). I'd say 90% of us on the EFF board use it :)

    As far as what kind of diapers we use; we use a combination of pfs (from Green Mountain Diapers) and Thirsties covers, some fitteds (Goodmamas and Mutts) and pockets (the ever-popular BumGenious, Blueberries, Haute Pockets and KCKs).

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  • My mom tried to convince me to CD when DD was first born and I was opposed just because I was uninformed. I started thinking about it again when I noticed DD started developing a diaper rash. Reading all these posts and lurking and reading back on TEFF board has made me change my mind. I talked to DH on the way home from work tonight and we are going to do the trial and start our CD journey! Thanks Summerly and SuperCute for your tips!
  • image ChelseaBelle:
    My mom tried to convince me to CD when DD was first born and I was opposed just because I was uninformed. I started thinking about it again when I noticed DD started developing a diaper rash. Reading all these posts and lurking and reading back on TEFF board has made me change my mind. I talked to DH on the way home from work tonight and we are going to do the trial and start our CD journey! Thanks Summerly and SuperCute for your tips!

    Yay!

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  • image Summerly2:
    image kzeksbg:

    Bride2bMO First of all, your DS is SO CUTE! What Beautiful Eyes!!

    My DD has been in Pampers for almost 11 months and (knock on wood) has never had diaper rash, blow out, leak, or any of the annoyances people seem to talk about with sposies.

    But, you are probably the first person to make me THINK about trying CDs. I think it was the lazy comment.

    How has washing been? What type do you use?

    I'll answer if that's ok :)

    Washing really isn't a big deal. We wash every 3rd day now. I do a cold pre-rinse with detergent (this gets rid of the ickies), followed by a hot wash with detergent. Some do another rinse. I do not. Then you either throw in the dryer or line dry. I line dry some of my dipes b/c obviously they will hold up better in the long run. Totally not necessary though.

    You will need a CD safe detergent. We use Crunchy Clean, which I can't say enough good things about (a fab EFF nestie makes it). I'd say 90% of us on the EFF board use it :)

    As far as what kind of diapers we use; we use a combination of pfs (from Green Mountain Diapers) and Thirsties covers, some fitteds (Goodmamas and Mutts) and pockets (the ever-popular BumGenious, Blueberries, Haute Pockets and KCKs).

    Thanks for getting back to me! For a CD virgin such as myself, which CD would be the best to start with? Something that will make me love these things?

    I actually bought a HE washer before Yanna was born just in case I decided to go this route. I am thinking that it can do everything in one with setting it to a prewash a sanitizing program and then finish off with an extra rinse? I think if I have to keep going back in order to keep washing the same wash that I will not stick with it.

     Keep the information coming, I am about to go shopping. I will just tell my husband later...

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