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    I listened to a podcast once where the fellow was talking about the advantage/disadvantage of using disposables vs. washables. He didn't talk about diapers exactly, and I know they fill up the landfills and will never decompose, but he said first that he wasn't taking a position, that everyone would do what they wanted and he wasn't an advocate in either direction, but after much study it turned out, at least from his research, that it was a wash whether one uses disposables or non and washes them using water, energy, etc. Just something to consider. I'm not taking a position either one way or the other. Just offering that up for thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I listened to a podcast once where the fellow was talking about the advantage/disadvantage of using disposables vs. washables. He didn't talk about diapers exactly, and I know they fill up the landfills and will never decompose, but he said first that he wasn't taking a position, that everyone would do what they wanted and he wasn't an advocate in either direction, but after much study it turned out, at least from his research, that it was a wash whether one uses disposables or non and washes them using water, energy, etc. Just something to consider. I'm not taking a position either one way or the other. Just offering that up for thought.
    I watched a segment on television one day where the host and panel of guests were discussing cloth vs disposables, and though I'm staying neutral in my argument, too, one of the guests brought up the fact as to how much water is used in the manufacturing process of disposable diapers, the chemicals used, the energy expelled in the manufacturing process, the pollution involved, the plastic used for waterproofing the diapers, the paper and gel inside the diapers to make them absorbent, and the consumer packaging, and while cotton requires a considerable amount of water (including bleaching) when transformed into clothing and garments, cloth, as far as all information put forth that day on the program, beat-out disposables considerably, particularly the plain, simple, old-fashioned square and rectangle diapers of the past.

    It's so hard believing much of what we read about, hear about, and watch today, because everything in the way of information is so convoluted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endora View Post
    The cloth diapers that you used, were they still the old-fashioned ones with pins?
    oh Yes. The unfolded kind that required pins. I recall soaking the diapers in a Borax solution before I washed them. I don't know if Borax is still available (as I have no need to ever look for it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    oh Yes. The unfolded kind that required pins. I recall soaking the diapers in a Borax solution before I washed them. I don't know if Borax is still available (as I have no need to ever look for it)
    I used to use something by the name of Diaper Pure, also used Borax, too, but the Diaper Pure diaper washing agent smelled so clean and fresh. Sometimes after changing a really messy diaper, I'd set it into the toilet to soak for 30-40 minutes before rinsing, then into the diaper pail it would go. Rubber pants got soaked in my laundry room sink/tub, then hand-washed and pinned up on the line to dry with the diapers.

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    I was five when my brother was born, and had to change his diaper (with safety pins) often.

    I was going to use cloth diapers with my son to save money, was even given a bunch. However, he was a preemie, and when we brought him home all the diaper covers were too big around his legs and the diapers just leaked everywhere. Then-husband went and bought disposables, and by the time my son was big enough to use the cloth diapers without issues, we were spoiled and stayed with disposables. It helped that we'd get big Costco boxes of diapers for birthday and Christmas presents!
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    What memories, all four of our children wore cloth diapers back in the sixties. Can remember when rinsing one out in the toilet I lost my wedding ring. Problem was when we went shopping for another ring I was six months pregnant and got some funny looks in our small town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Hollow View Post
    I was five when my brother was born, and had to change his diaper (with safety pins) often.

    I was going to use cloth diapers with my son to save money, was even given a bunch. However, he was a preemie, and when we brought him home all the diaper covers were too big around his legs and the diapers just leaked everywhere. Then-husband went and bought disposables, and by the time my son was big enough to use the cloth diapers without issues, we were spoiled and stayed with disposables. It helped that we'd get big Costco boxes of diapers for birthday and Christmas presents!
    Oh my word you got an early start! I would have been around age 8, when I started changing diapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesecat View Post
    What memories, all four of our children wore cloth diapers back in the sixties. Can remember when rinsing one out in the toilet I lost my wedding ring. Problem was when we went shopping for another ring I was six months pregnant and got some funny looks in our small town.
    Oh, no... now this is a first for me hearing of such a thing happening. Talk about bad luck.

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    When my son and his wife decided to have children, they also decided that my son would quit his job and be a stay at home dad. When they asked me to sew up some flannel for diaper inserts as they were planning on using cloth diapers, I did it with a chuckle as I thought "sure, they think they are", wait til they try it. My grandaughter turned 2 in April and her brother was born in May. My son still uses cloth diapers for both of them, and does all the washing of them too, no diaper service for them.

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    Cloth diapers until 1983! I did break down and use disposable on my third daughter. But if I were still a "stay at home" mom and had the time for cloth, I would have used them on her, too. Day Cares do not like cloth diapers. Nothing better than snuggling with a baby in a cloth diaper right before you put those rubber pants on them!
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    There are many of us....moms from another generation. Our children were born in 63, 68, and 75. All used cloth diapers. The ones with the big pins. I remember washing and folding diapers was a chore that I did not like. Had to make sure the plastic pants did not get into the dryer. Did not have to worry about that with the first. We did not have a dryer! When our second child was born, my mother-in-law told my husband that it was impossible for a mother of two to wash clothing and dishes either by hand or wringer washer. Yep, got an automatic washer, dryer, and a dishwasher! Then ovens started cleaning themselves. Progress, love it. I never mentioned to my husband or his mom that my mother did all the hard work without the help of any major appliances with 3 children under the age of five. I only had one in diapers at a time. A little trip down memory lane this morning!

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    I did use cloth diapers. I still remember living in a house that had two floors plus a basement. The bedrooms were on the second floor. One morning as I was taking the full diaper pail to the basement to launder I slipped and all of the diapers went flying all over my carpeted stairs. I can laugh about it now but I can tell you that I just sat on the stairs and sobbed...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I preferred the rectangle Curity gauze diapers that had to be folded - and have been trying to find them - or a close copy - for years.

    They make awesome dish towels.

    Used them on kids born in 1961, 1962, 1964, and 1966.

    I think "disposable" ones were just starting to come out then.

    I used the plastic "rubber" pants on the kids.

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    I used cloth for both boys (7 years apart). my mother had cloth diapers at her house when we visited in case we ran out. She had no problem with my washing a few before we left. We had a few disposable at the lake cottage in case there weren't enough cloth. I kept them for quite a few years. And anyone remember the cloth training pants? Felt fortunate my boys were easily potty trained at about 2-3 yo.

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    I used cloth diapers on all 4 of my kids. My first 2 , born in 1984, 1986 could't really wear disposable diapers even if I had chosen to use them. They would break out in diaper rash. I could use them occasionally. My youngest was born in 1992 and used cloth also. I preferred the not pureblooded ones, but they were hard to find with the last one.
    I have seen the argument about water usage etc with cloth vs disposable. In my opinion the disposable sure do make a lot of garbage. I am still using the last few cloth diapers for washing windows etc after 25 years.

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    7 in cloth diapers, prefolds and the Birdseye ones that got folded, all the way through to the last kid in 1991. We used Luvs for the youngest two when they were at day care other than that cloth all the way. our kids then used cloth as well for the most part. Now the youngest grandchild, "can't do cloth, because he gets a rash" according to daughter in law. I suspect soap and how often that bum got changed were more an issues than the cloth but didn't know she wasn't using the custom made diapers and "rubber pants" i made her until they ended up being on the cousin who is only 3 months younger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustRetired View Post
    When my son and his wife decided to have children, they also decided that my son would quit his job and be a stay at home dad. When they asked me to sew up some flannel for diaper inserts as they were planning on using cloth diapers, I did it with a chuckle as I thought "sure, they think they are", wait til they try it. My grandaughter turned 2 in April and her brother was born in May. My son still uses cloth diapers for both of them, and does all the washing of them too, no diaper service for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in FL View Post
    Cloth diapers until 1983! I did break down and use disposable on my third daughter. But if I were still a "stay at home" mom and had the time for cloth, I would have used them on her, too. Day Cares do not like cloth diapers. Nothing better than snuggling with a baby in a cloth diaper right before you put those rubber pants on them!
    You just jogged my memory in mentioning snuggling or cupping your hand under the bottom of a plain cloth diapered child. I do remember the fluffiness and softness. I was one of those bad moms, because I always used rubber pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reba'squilts View Post
    There are many of us....moms from another generation. Our children were born in 63, 68, and 75. All used cloth diapers. The ones with the big pins. I remember washing and folding diapers was a chore that I did not like. Had to make sure the plastic pants did not get into the dryer. Did not have to worry about that with the first. We did not have a dryer! When our second child was born, my mother-in-law told my husband that it was impossible for a mother of two to wash clothing and dishes either by hand or wringer washer. Yep, got an automatic washer, dryer, and a dishwasher! Then ovens started cleaning themselves. Progress, love it. I never mentioned to my husband or his mom that my mother did all the hard work without the help of any major appliances with 3 children under the age of five. I only had one in diapers at a time. A little trip down memory lane this morning!
    LOL! Yes, rubber pants in the dryer equated to a bad outcome, as did running them through the rollers of a wringer washing machine the wrong way! Ask me how I know! The folding part I actually enjoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celwood View Post
    I did use cloth diapers. I still remember living in a house that had two floors plus a basement. The bedrooms were on the second floor. One morning as I was taking the full diaper pail to the basement to launder I slipped and all of the diapers went flying all over my carpeted stairs. I can laugh about it now but I can tell you that I just sat on the stairs and sobbed...LOL
    My worst nightmare! Aside from herniating our backs and splitting our tummies handling those big old plastic pails around, the fall factor was very real... thought of it every single time I lugged that big old white plastic pail of ours in front of me down the stairs. So glad you escaped with only a mess to clean-up.

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    I used cloth diapers too. My daughter was born in 1971. I lived in a 2nd floor apartment and lugged the diaper pail down all those steps to the basement laundry. It seems like a million years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    I used cloth for both boys (7 years apart). my mother had cloth diapers at her house when we visited in case we ran out. She had no problem with my washing a few before we left. We had a few disposable at the lake cottage in case there weren't enough cloth. I kept them for quite a few years. And anyone remember the cloth training pants? Felt fortunate my boys were easily potty trained at about 2-3 yo.
    Now that's one prepared grandma! Thermal-knit cloth training pants, I sure do remember. That's all I ever used. Used to double them up and put rubber pants over to waterproof when training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    I used cloth diapers on all 4 of my kids. My first 2 , born in 1984, 1986 could't really wear disposable diapers even if I had chosen to use them. They would break out in diaper rash. I could use them occasionally. My youngest was born in 1992 and used cloth also. I preferred the not pureblooded ones, but they were hard to find with the last one.
    I have seen the argument about water usage etc with cloth vs disposable. In my opinion the disposable sure do make a lot of garbage. I am still using the last few cloth diapers for washing windows etc after 25 years.
    I remember the resurgence of cloth diapers around 1990, and how clotheslines everywhere were sporting diapers and rubber pants. I thought it was a serious turning-point in the revival of cloth diapers, but it didn't last long, as by the mid 90's, seeing a string of diapers on a line drying was a rarity.

    Absolutely, loved using old-fashioned flat cotton diapers in my home! That's all I ever used. I could change a kid who was big or small, tall or short, pudgy or skinny, and I always ended up with a proper fitting diaper when using the old traditional style fold-and-pins.
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    LOL!
    I so enjoyed reading everyone's post here. Brings back so many memories.

    I have always used cloth diapers (1980's - 1995) and love them.
    The plastic disposable diapers were just so uncomfortable on the baby's skin when compared to the nice soft cotton. And, of course, there was nothing more pleasant than snuggling with a freshly-changed baby in a cloth diaper.

    I had a diaper service, so I suppose that made things a bit easier. The diapers used were the pre-folded/stitched diapers, but for my first child I did use the regular rectangular cloth diapers that I folded myself and used pins.

    I remember my baby sitter exclaiming how she did not want to use my cloth diapers cuz she didn't like the pins. (And I'm sure she probably stuck my baby a time or two.)
    That's when I discovered those rubber/plastic gizmos that sort of clamped onto the cloth diaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    7 in cloth diapers, prefolds and the Birdseye ones that got folded, all the way through to the last kid in 1991. We used Luvs for the youngest two when they were at day care other than that cloth all the way. our kids then used cloth as well for the most part. Now the youngest grandchild, "can't do cloth, because he gets a rash" according to daughter in law. I suspect soap and how often that bum got changed were more an issues than the cloth but didn't know she wasn't using the custom made diapers and "rubber pants" i made her until they ended up being on the cousin who is only 3 months younger.
    Okay, cloth diapers weren't an option in your home, they were a necessity! As far as I'm concerned, old-fashioned flat sheet diapers have modern-day cloth diapers beat to the nth. They washed-up cleanly, dried rapidly, and were as versatile as any mother could ask for, whereas the new are overly bulky, made of all sorts of fancy fabrics - so there's fussing, and there's no way they dry-up in the same amount of time as an old-fashioned diaper, and with pins, the diaper stayed on.

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