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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    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.
    Now you had your work cut-out for you! Yes, sometimes it does seem like ages ago, yet there are times, especially when I pull out family photo albums and see pictures of my kids wearing diapers, it seems like yesterday.
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    I don't have kids, but I remember my sister being in cloth diapers (she was born in 1980). My mom was in very poor health after my sister was born so we had disposable diapers too, so that I could help (I was 5). The pins scared me too much, I was afraid I'd stab the baby trying to shove it through the diaper, so I used the disposables. But if mom or grandma changed the diaper, they used cloth.

    After my nephew was born, I was going to babysit him for the first time and my sister asked me if I knew how to change diapers...I had to laugh and tell her, "I used to change YOURS!". She said, "OK, let's not ever talk about that ever again." LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheep Farmer View Post
    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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    I agree, it has been fun reading everyone's experiences. A relaxing stroll down Memory Lane. Safety pins never bothered me, probably because I was introduced to them at such an early age changing siblings, and the babysitters I had were right at home pinning diapers as well. That's one thing I never did was stick my kids when changing them, myself however, well that's a whole other conversation! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I don't have kids, but I remember my sister being in cloth diapers (she was born in 1980). My mom was in very poor health after my sister was born so we had disposable diapers too, so that I could help (I was 5). The pins scared me too much, I was afraid I'd stab the baby trying to shove it through the diaper, so I used the disposables. But if mom or grandma changed the diaper, they used cloth.

    After my nephew was born, I was going to babysit him for the first time and my sister asked me if I knew how to change diapers...I had to laugh and tell her, "I used to change YOURS!". She said, "OK, let's not ever talk about that ever again." LOL
    ROFL! I still revel in the moment when I remind (and sometimes even tease) my younger siblings as to how I used to change their diapers. My oldest daughter used to change her baby brothers diapers, but I cut her no slack as far as disposables went, it was cloth diapers and safety pins fulltime in our house. Mind you she was older.

    As for your mom and grandma always reaching for a cloth diaper when changing your baby sister, my guess is it's a generation thing, as I, too, would have reached for the diapers ahead of the disposables when changing a bottom.
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    I started out with cloth diapers. My grandmother said she didn't know why I was doing all that work with diapers when I didn't have to. She said all these great time savers for women and everyone wants to do it the hard way. That was the only way back then, everything was hard. I never went back to cloth.
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    Have 2 girls, both wore cloth diapers ( prefold kind ) in the 70s---got them potty trained as soon as possible--ha ! I did use disposable ones when on vacation, etc.
    So busy these days-getting ready for Fall craft shows. Enjoying this thread--lol

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    I used cloth diapers for all my kids. I did usually use disposables when we would be away from home any length of time, however.

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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)
    Yes, Borax is still available. I only started using it a number of years ago as it says it helps eliminates odors and I was trying to clean something I didn't want left with an odor. I now use it as a laundry additive. I do have trouble finding it sometimes and recently found it used by kids to make "slime". I was getting two boxes as I had been having trouble finding it and the clerk asked if I was going to make some slime. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Endora View Post
    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.
    I used rubber/vinyl pants too and bleached them too and my babies still had diaper rash. Had to use zinc ointment for a long time. I'm from a big family and my mother never had rubber pants and there was no diaper rash either.
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    I know many young mothers right now with growing families who use cloth diapers. I guess it's something that will always be around.
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    Yes, I used cloth diapers--the large flat ones that needed to be folded. They were great because I could change the way I folded them as my daughters grew--they always fit. Hung them on the line to bleach in the sun during summer. Only used dryer in coldest part of Wisconsin winters. Loved cloth diapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endora View Post
    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.
    Omg, I have forgotten the joy of soaking them in the toilet. My dorky younger brother (age seven) was visiting and used the toilet while I was soaking one, and flushed it before I could stop him. He said, "I thought you did not want it..." That was my first experience paying for a plumber. I also bought a bucket for soaking them the same day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Endora View Post
    As for your mom and grandma always reaching for a cloth diaper when changing your baby sister, my guess is it's a generation thing, as I, too, would have reached for the diapers ahead of the disposables when changing a bottom.
    For us, I think it was more of a financial decision. Disposables were expensive, but cloth was "free" since we had mountains of diapers and rubber pants. (Some left from me, others passed along from various family members.)

    I still remember how bad that diaper pail smelled!

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    I still remember how bad that diaper pail smelled![/QUOTE]

    I am very nose conscious, so I always kept a box of baking soda to sprinkle on the diaper every time I put one in the bucket, then just dumped the whole thing in the washer before I went to bed at night. My diapers never had a small from soap or anything but sinshine. I love the smell of sunshine.
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    I used them for my three 71-82 or so oh and those rubber pants....my kids would get a rash with the pampers I used the prefolded......and I still have a few that I come across as dust rags.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I started out with cloth diapers. My grandmother said she didn't know why I was doing all that work with diapers when I didn't have to. She said all these great time savers for women and everyone wants to do it the hard way. That was the only way back then, everything was hard. I never went back to cloth.
    At least you gave it a go. I never found it to be much work, the automatic washing machine did all the dirty work, after the fact... LOL, and I simply kept everything in order and running smoothly. Two to three loads per week... line-drying... folding... clean fresh diapers for another few days. Will admit I loved always having a supply of diapers on-hand in my home. Also remember putting my kids old cloth diapers to use a few times when company stayed with us who had little ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annievee View Post
    Have 2 girls, both wore cloth diapers ( prefold kind ) in the 70s---got them potty trained as soon as possible--ha ! I did use disposable ones when on vacation, etc.
    So busy these days-getting ready for Fall craft shows. Enjoying this thread--lol
    LOL, about the early toilet training. I've come across articles that state, cloth diapers promote early training, yet my kids blew that theory right out of the diaper pail! As for pre-fold diapers, I didn't even know what a pre-fold diaper was until a handful of years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterexp View Post
    I used cloth diapers for all my kids. I did usually use disposables when we would be away from home any length of time, however.
    So staunch I was regarding using cloth diapers, I made those babies work in, and out of the home, travelling included!
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    Quote Originally Posted by selm View Post
    Yes, Borax is still available. I only started using it a number of years ago as it says it helps eliminates odors and I was trying to clean something I didn't want left with an odor. I now use it as a laundry additive. I do have trouble finding it sometimes and recently found it used by kids to make "slime". I was getting two boxes as I had been having trouble finding it and the clerk asked if I was going to make some slime. lol
    Equal parts Borax and confectioners sugar or fine granulated sugar, makes for the best carpenter ant killer around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selm View Post
    I used rubber/vinyl pants too and bleached them too and my babies still had diaper rash. Had to use zinc ointment for a long time. I'm from a big family and my mother never had rubber pants and there was no diaper rash either.
    Oh yes, bleaching and line-drying went hand-in-hand in my home, too, when it came to the rubber pants, and my kids got diaper rash occasionally, too. What I loved about rubber pants, is I could busy myself doing household chores and things (in and around the house) without having to worry about changing a kid the instant they were wet.

    LOL! I got so efficient at checking diapers, I could pluck said kid from the floor while they were in full-stride, and using one arm to hook them under their tummy, I'd lift them up in the air, pull back the waistband of their rubber pants, check their diaper, and plop them back down on the floor again, and away they'd go, no interruptions, no down-time, no nothing, everything done at full-speed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by selm View Post
    I used rubber/vinyl pants too and bleached them too and my babies still had diaper rash. Had to use zinc ointment for a long time. I'm from a big family and my mother never had rubber pants and there was no diaper rash either.
    Well, one thing is for sure, babies got checked and changed more when rubber pants weren't used, hence the low incidence of diaper rash I'm thinking. Even though I used rubber pants fulltime, I still made a point of checking diapers regularly. Remember the drill? Sticking a finger inside one of the elastic-openings around the legs or down the waistband to feel for a wet diaper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
    I know many young mothers right now with growing families who use cloth diapers. I guess it's something that will always be around.
    You're right, I don't think cloth diapers will ever go out of style, and they shouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimiqwerty View Post
    Yes, I used cloth diapers--the large flat ones that needed to be folded. They were great because I could change the way I folded them as my daughters grew--they always fit. Hung them on the line to bleach in the sun during summer. Only used dryer in coldest part of Wisconsin winters. Loved cloth diapers.
    Same, and I remember how well the large flat sheet diapers fit at nighttime, after my kids were daytime trained and older. A double diaper, a pair of rubber pants, and they were good for the night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    Omg, I have forgotten the joy of soaking them in the toilet. My dorky younger brother (age seven) was visiting and used the toilet while I was soaking one, and flushed it before I could stop him. He said, "I thought you did not want it..." That was my first experience paying for a plumber. I also bought a bucket for soaking them the same day.
    Wow, that's a large age-gap between you and your brother. Not funny about the flushing of the diaper and plumbers bill.
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    Why is there an expiry date on sour cream? Does it turn fresh after the expiry date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    For us, I think it was more of a financial decision. Disposables were expensive, but cloth was "free" since we had mountains of diapers and rubber pants. (Some left from me, others passed along from various family members.)

    I still remember how bad that diaper pail smelled!
    Absolutely, I 100% agree, plus for the older generation, cloth diapers are what we all remember, whether it be through using them on our own children, helping change baby siblings, or from our younger years when we used to babysit.

    Diaper pail odour? Yes! Pee-ew! I remember it well! Like a pressure-cooker with ammonia inside, lifting the lid often resulted in the burning of the lining of ones nose.
    If evaporated milk is evaporated, why is there milk in the can?

    Why is there an expiry date on sour cream? Does it turn fresh after the expiry date?

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