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Question of the Week: Why do you use disposable or washable baby diapers?

2009 March 9

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Cloth baby diapers require cleaning and care, but avoid replacement costs.  Disposable diapers are convenient but must be purchased and disposed of properly.

Why do you use disposable or washable baby diapers?

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  1. Linda permalink
    March 12, 2009

    If what you say is true, then hospitals and nursing homes should use disposable sheets.

  2. March 12, 2009

    I have used bot cloth and disposable diapers for two children 7 years apart. I liked the idea of cloth diapers in the late 80s and used a diaper service because I didn’t have a washing machine. But they need to be changed quite often and the day care person I used once my child turned 2 wasn’t really happy with me and after we moved from the area she made a rule against them. Cloth diapers are difficult to deal with if using a laundromat. If using a diaper service that sterilizes the diapers it can get pricey.

    I started out using cloth diapers with a service for my second child in the mid 90s. The service was getting very expensive, I didn’t have a washing machine and I was able to save quite a bit of money on disposable diapers between store specials and using coupons. The thing that made me convert to disposable diapers completely was the diaper rashes. No matter how often I changed the baby and believe me it was as soon as he was wet, I couldn’t get rid of the diaper rashes. They had nothing to do with the cleaning solution that was used by the service. I changed to only disposable diapers when he was about a year old. The day care that I used after that also did not allow cloth diapers. They were a very caring and excellent day care but needed to devote the time to the children and not be pulled away to deal with cloth diapers.

    To sum it up, I’ve used both and even though I prefer cloth diapers for aesthetic and green reasons, sometimes disposable diapers need to be used and it’s good to have a choice.

  3. Paul permalink
    March 12, 2009

    My kids are all grown now but we used disposable diapers for all 3 of them. The convenience of disposable diapers is clear, and from a sanitary standpoint it is much easier to keep the waste away from the living environment with the disposable diapers.

    When you get to the environmental advantages of one vs the other, you end up balancing a solid waste problem vs a water quality/water usage problem, I did not see a clear advantage either way. A waste is a terrible thing to mind.

    I feel no guilt for using disposable diapers.

  4. Nicole permalink
    March 12, 2009

    I have used cloth diapers for both my daughters, and will use them on my son due in July. There are many good reasons to use cloth diapers, for example far less waste, and less strain on the budget.
    However, to really cloth diaper, you will need for a good washing machine in your home. Therefore, living in an apartment, you would have to be a very dedicated environmentalist to pull off that heroic task.

    I once read an article in a professional magazine about the use of super absorbant polymers, and their major role in disposable diapers. I was a little shocked at my profession’s excitement about this growing use, and how we have just been given the magic bullet of growth, especially, since by profession we are ethically obligated to consider “greener” alternatives.

    Anyhow, either way, cloth are great, and if you can purcahse the nice pocket stuff type, with bottons, have a great washer and dryer at home, I strongly suggest you use cloth. The convenience of disposable at the current time is nice, but in the future, when there are less resources, and space to put those dirty diapers, you just might be thanking those of use that did cloth diaper our babies!

    PS. I use disposables when we go out, so I’m not totally guilt-free, but its been less of a strain on our budget to use disposables for only going out, and in these financially strained times, anything to save a penny!

  5. holly permalink
    March 12, 2009

    We use cloth for a couple different reasons
    1) Less waste in Landfill
    2) We had major blow outs and leaks with disposables and to this day I haven’t had but 1 with my cloth.
    3) I don’t want all those chemicals and my childrens bottoms
    4) No diaper rash

    Yes they have to be washed and you have to include the cost of water and laundering in but if your using a HE washing machine and dryer you save there also. I have also noticed that we have cut the amount of trash we take to the dumpster by 1/3 just by not using disposable diapers on 2 children.

  6. Kate permalink
    March 15, 2009

    Many yeas ago I used cloth diapers. It was not a problem for me because it save me many dollars. I washed my diapers with “Trend” or Ivory Flakes.

    I never had a problem because I felt that it was better to use cloth diapers for my kids and I had to use so many per day. Therefore, I always kept from 24 to 32 dozens of diapers on hand. Just in case some of my diapers became “fragile” after an enormous amount of use. To me this was less costly because I could use them over and over again. I washed my diapers daily. I always remove the soil from the diapers before washing them and I kept a pale that I always soaked the soiled diapers daily with Borax or Washing Baking Soda before washing them. This always kept the diapers conditioned for the baby skin and I my babies never had a diaper rash.

  7. Barbara Whaley permalink
    March 15, 2009

    I used disposable diapers because the daycare center required them and also because I was a single mother of 3 who worked a lot and did not have time to launder diapers. I was not environmentally savvy at that time.

  8. Dana permalink
    March 16, 2009

    There is no perfect solution to this dilemma- both cloth and disposables have significant environmental impacts. Be aware of the water cycle in your community to determine which solution is right for you – also know that the hot water required to wash cloth diapers uses a lot of electricity which results in increased emissions of CO2 and mercury from coal-burning power plants. One should also consider the area in which they live – is the area in a drought? -if so, perhaps disposables are better to conserve water. What does your sewage treatment plant do with its sludge? The Garbage Project notes that landfills receive about 20% of the sludge from America’s sewage treatment plants. Disposable diapers make up about 2% of the solid waste in landfills (EPA); of greater concern is the amount of food people dispose of in their trash that then generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. According to Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte, more than 200 municipalities discharge their sewage directly into the Colorado River which provides drinking water for downstream cities such as San Diego.

  9. Dee permalink
    March 16, 2009

    I inspect landfills, and I can tell you that out of site in a landfill does not mean gone forever.
    And also, we do not use flushed water for drinking water. Nature has a way of cleaning and recycling dirty water before it is pulled up from wells for drinking.
    Plastic puts toxins in the air and water during production and do not break down in landfills.

  10. Roo permalink
    March 16, 2009

    I use disposables for most of the same reasons I read in this blog. Esentially, my daycare requires them. As a full time working mom as well as a full time grad student, the thought of attempting to fit in additional load of laundry for cloth diapers is daunting.
    I haven’t had any issues with diaper rash and disposables. Nor did my daughter have to “sit” in wetness or other stuff very long. She did not like the feel.
    I do admit that I have cloth diapers around my house and that they make for wonderful burp rags. I also use them to dry my daughter’s hair after washing it. They are fairly absorbant!

  11. Evelyn Partner permalink
    March 16, 2009

    All of my children are way beyond diapers now but when they were in diapers, I used both cloth and disposable.

    I used a diaper service for the cloth diapers. I found this to be the most economical and convienient solution of all. I did not invest in the diapers so I didn’t have the up-front cost. The diaper service dropped off clean diapers and picked up the soiled ones. Their diapers were always the best quality and extremely clean. I didn’t have the hastle of washing them and trying to get stains out. I was working part time and didn’t have the time.

    I used disposables when I had to take the children to daycare or away from home activities. This was easier and filled the needs of the situation. It was more expensive than the cloth diapers but there are some situations where hauling around soiled cloth diapers was just not an option.

    I tried to minimize my use of disposables whenever possible due to the cost to me and the environment.

  12. zilma permalink
    March 16, 2009

    disposable diapers gave a horrible rash on my first baby. it also made him sweat alot since we live in a tropical island. since using diaper cloth I hardly take my child to the doctor for skin problems. I now have four kids. They all used diaper cloths. I saved thousands of dollars on diapers and my children were always happy. also the trash can doesn´t smell terrible and there is more space. Its time we think green.

  13. Breanna permalink
    March 16, 2009

    It just gets really annoying when people are so misinformed about cloth. Repeatedly reading how they are going to give your baby diaper rash, they are unsanitary, need to be soaked in bleach, etc. is pretty trying. When I told people I wanted to use cloth 99% said it was a horrible idea and would never work, and NONE of them had ever used them! Luckily my mother-in-law cloth diapered all her children and loved cloth, so she helped me get into it. After my sister saw how easy it was for me to do it, and I emailed her all the resources she needed to use cloth, she ended up using cloth too! Several of my friends were unaware that you can even use cloth diapers, and are now interested in trying them on their kids. Most of the people I know who have cloth diapered (in the past 15 years, ie: post Velcro and diaper sprayers) love them, and usually want other people to at least try it. It gets frustrating when people are so adamantly against something they have never tried, researched, or even pondered using; they are misinformed and spread the misinformation. I’ll be happy when Imsie-Vimsie, Wonder Wraps and Indian prefolds are found in the diaper isle and aren’t so taboo.

  14. Memaw permalink
    March 17, 2009

    I wrote and direct an environmental education program for early elementary age students. I use disposable diapers as an example of what not to do. Even though it is difficult for youngsters to get the concept of “long time”, I tell them that if Christopher Columbus had disposable diapers on the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, they would still be in landfills to this day. Most such products do not get any exposure to sunlight and air which are necessary for the decomposition of throw-away diapers. They are a huge problem for landfills and the environment. In addition, I understand it requires petroleum in the manufacture of such a product. Are we not trying to lessen our dependence on petroleum for other countries? I used cloth diapers for my children (now 27-36 years old) and had no difficulty dealing with the process. I appreciate the health regulations associated with day care providers and others, however, if the child is home with you, I encourage you to consider cloth diapers at least part of the time.

  15. Ash permalink
    March 18, 2009

    I am going to start by saying that in the past I have used disposables and am using them now, but by the weekend my twins will be back in cloth diapers and I am excited. Thought it would just be easier to put them back in disposables until I got so sick of the tabs occasionally coming undone and finding their diapers at their ankles and thats without them touching the tabs plus the constant leakage of poop no matter what brand. I will be saving money going back to cloth and not to mention with disposables they are in two completely differents sizes so I can’t buy them in bulk. Now on the landfill ordeal, have any of you ever driven past a landfill? It’s amazing how fast items add up in a landfill and the stinch is horrible. I feel bad that I ever had my kids in disposables, causing them diaper rashes, and one of my sons eczema to stay flared at his waist where the top of the diaper sits so it stays irritated.

  16. Nicole permalink
    March 18, 2009

    I use cloth diapers and have been using them for 3 years now. My son just potty trained and my daughter is still in diapers. I use them because they are better for the enviroment. Less waste in a landfill, less production waste, shipping etc. to pollute the earth. As for sanitation, the germs in diaper are either handled through the toilet or they leech into the ground in the landfill and pollute our water. I choose to flush. In addition, we save roughly the equivalent of a months diapers for both our kids in a savings account. It will equall about $5000 by the time they are 18 if I only deposit $100 monthly for the first two years of their lives and then stop.

  17. Laura of West Nyack permalink
    March 20, 2009

    From age 3 to current 1 year old girl has been trained in EC (elinination communitication) also known as a ‘diaper free baby’.

  18. Laura of West Nyack permalink
    March 20, 2009

    PS- I meant 3 months to 1 year old. We use Disposable 7th Generation Diapers on car trips and other times she needs padding down there and accident risk times like when I wear her in a baby carrier or at someones house when I don’t take her to the bathroom when she needs to go all the time. I tried cloth diapers but it was not practical for me this time around.

  19. Holly permalink
    April 1, 2009

    I always felt good about cloth diapering. The soft fabric against my babies’ skin, the lack of landfilling, a sense of control and accomplishment, were all reasons I chose to cloth diaper.

    Vinegar and good old fashioned sunshine can sanitize and create proper pH for health and comfort. The fun diaper covers they have now make it a snap. Potty training was easy. I would never go back!

  20. Astrid permalink
    April 6, 2009

    1. Well, my children go to the Daycare center and I agree with their policy to use only disposable diapers.

    2. I am living in the appartment building and it takes me more than 5 min only to get to the laundry. Moreover, unlike you, I do not think it is reasonable to accumulate soiled diapers for half week to do laundry.

    3. I do not think it is practical to use wool and fleece covers in summer, when it is 90F

  21. Astrid permalink
    April 6, 2009

    Yes, I agree with you.

  22. Marta permalink
    April 6, 2009

    I agree with you. I would do the same.

    BTW, I doubt that most of the women who agree about the landfill problems caused by disposable diapers are using cloth panty liners.

  23. April 7, 2009

    I live in apartment complex and some of my neighbors use cloth diapers. They launder them – guess where? – in our communal laundry machines!
    Disguisting.
    If someone wants to be up to the neck in ther kids’ poo – it’s their choice. But I’m sick of the people who want to feel-good-about-myself-cause-I-help-environment while leaving stinky feces-laden laundry machine for the use by their immediate neighbors.

  24. Erin permalink
    April 22, 2009

    You don’t think it is reasonable to accumulate soiled diapers because you are a typical American who is used to throwing everything away. Until 30 years ago or so, disposable diapers were not even an option. Most people these day accumulate at least 3 or 4 days of disposable diapers in their houses before throwing them away outside anyway.

    I’m willing to put up with a slight inconvenience to make an environmental impact and to make a more comfortable, healthier choice for my baby. I’ve actually found cloth diapers to be much easier than I thought they would be, and I’m a mom who works full-time and teaches group exercise classes on the side (I don’t exactly have a lot of extra time on my hands).

    I’ve also found cloth diapers to hold leaks better than disposables, and to create less diaper rash.

    Wool and fleece are actually quite breathable fabrics. My baby was born in the summer and I live in Richmond, Virginia, which can get pretty hot during the summer.

    I wish more people would try cloth diapers before drawing conclusions about them that just aren’t true.

  25. Heather permalink
    May 5, 2009

    If they wash them correctly there will be nothing in the machine. My machine and my diapers are clean after washing.

    Besides, if you had CLOTHES that were soiled with something like feces or vomit, you’d put them in the washer without a second thought.

    I use cloth diapers. I am not pushy or evangelist about them; other people can make their own choices. If someone is interested, I will give them info and let them check out my diapers (I use a combination of types, mostly hand-sewn by me or by friends).

    But you will never, ever convince me that a baby in a cotton diaper with a wool diaper cover is not safer and better off than a baby in a plastic, chemical-filled disposable diaper. My kids do wear disposables occasionally (when we travel), but using cloth has saved me a ton of money, not only in the price of the diapers but in the price of eczema treatments that they need when they use disposables. I know that there are some less-chemical-laden choices out there (seventh generation,, tushies), but I cannot afford those..

    Plus, my kids’ diapers are extremely cute.

  26. Anonymous permalink
    October 25, 2009

    Actually wool has a natural enzyme that maintains body temp, so even in 90 degrees the baby would not sweat.
    I unfortunatley used diasposables with my daughter, and tonight i am on the internet writing a paper for school so i have been on a bunch of sites that really give good reasons for cloth.

    FYI from http://www.diapernet.org/whycloth.htm

    in 1955 virtually all parents used cloth diapers on thier children and only 7% reported diaper rash’s. in 1991 proctor and gamble introduced pampers and the occurance of diaper rash went from 7% in 1955 to 78% in 1991 due to the use of diaposables.

    disposables are made using so many chemicals that if i knew the health hazards before i never would have used them! My advice to parents using disposables is do the research and you may think twice the next time you put one of those things on your children!

  27. Sarah permalink
    October 25, 2009

    websites on diaper debates
    http://www.diapernet.org/whycloth.htm
    healthychild.org

    Just wanted to comment on using wool. i agree with Erin when she says that wool is a breathable material. Wool has a natural enzyme in it that actually maintains a comfortable body heat for whom every is wearing it. so no need to worry if its 90 degrees baby will be comfortable!

  28. Sarah permalink
    October 25, 2009

    Did you Know that there was a study done in Germany that concluded that baby boys put in disposables actually had higher temperature scrotal readings than babies that were put in cloth. some studies suggest that because of the higher temps sperm counts are lower in those people as adults and in turn the sometimes have fertility problems.

    also if we plan to have an environment for our granchildren we should try to sustain every aspect of our environment the best we can so that they can enjoy this beautiful earth as we do today!

  29. marjorie permalink
    November 21, 2009

    i have a 13 year old daughter and used disposables on her when she was a baby and they did the job.she is now a bedwetter and i use only cloth diapers and plastic pants on her at night.disposables are expensive and the cloth diapers work well.i sometimes get up in the night and change her.i make her diaper out of the gerber cloth diapers sewn together and pin it on her with diaper pins.i use blousy fitting plastic pants over her diaper.she hasnt worn out a pair of plastic pants yet.

  30. Joe Leighton permalink
    November 28, 2009

    Need more like you, Nicole.

    Cloth diapers would make my wife wish she way infertile.

  31. Simi permalink
    November 28, 2009

    I use disposables baby diapers as its much easier when going through the baby potty training phase. I also think its much more hygienic.

    However, my mom still swears by the non-disposable type, she reckons its more easier on the child’s rear as opposed to disposables. Also she has the cost financial point as well… but I still prefer disposables.

  32. Joe permalink
    December 6, 2009

    As far as I know every study that shows no environmental difference between reusable and disposable diapers (or even that disposable diapers have a *smaller* footprint) has been discredited, right from the very first one up through the present. See http://www.nearta.com/Papers/SW152cAnalysis.pdf for an example of how these studies have been biased.

  33. Alicia permalink
    December 7, 2009

    We use cloth because of the impact on the environment. We don’t want to add to the landfills. Washing the diapers is not hard, and we only need to wash them in hot water with a very little bit of detergent. We use disposables when he gets diaper rashes or when we don’t get to the laundry before we run out of cloth.

  34. Laura Franchetti permalink
    December 16, 2009

    I use cloth diapers because they’ve saved us tons of money, are way super cute and we aren’t putting anymore solid waste in to landfills which is great- and the kiddies tushies are not sitting next to nasty chemicals!

    Did I mention they’re super cute? OMGoodness, seriously, nothing beats letting your baby run around in adorable squishy goodness.

    Laundry is nothing, you dump the solids (like you’re supposed to w/disposables ANYWAY) and I’ve got a few extra loads of laundy a week. No biggie. PLUS, the cloth diapering community is a big sisterhood of those addicted to the cloth- kind of like church, but much more fluffy and cute.

    Cloth diapers also have a resell value on the for sale or trade forums, so you can always sell them when you are done, pass them on to a friend, OR keep for the next baby!

    They’re definitely worth checking out!

  35. gina permalink
    December 16, 2009

    I’ve never had stink issues with my diapers and I use a dry open pail, but when my older siblings had their babies, and I mean all 4 of them (I’m the first to use cloth), the stench of the “diaper genie” was HORRENDOUS! And, I saw bugs in there! YACK! From not even a week of sitting. Thinking about it gives me the chills… eww

  36. gina permalink
    December 16, 2009

    I think a lot of people have the idea that “it doesn’t affect me, so why should I care?”. I don’t think my kids should have to deal with my trash and clean it up because I didn’t take 15 seconds to snap a diaper on. IMO

  37. Rachel permalink
    December 17, 2009

    I started looking into cloth when my son was about a year old, but only tried them for a week or two – my husband couldn’t deal with the poo. When I got pregnant w/ my daughter, I decided to use cloth on her, and he agreed (which is good, b/c he changes a lot of diapers in our house!) I really dislike the smell of disposable diapers when they are in the pail (even if I take them out daily) and I wanted to save money. Of course, there are so many adorable options that I’ve spent most of my budget, but many diaper I have are one-size and have good resale value…. you can’t resell a disposable! :) I still think I’ve spent less than it would cost to diaper a baby for 2 years. I have a sprayer to spray the poopy diapers off into the toilet (I promised that this would be my job!). I still keep disposable diapers in the house, but we’ve only purchased 2 small packs in 7 months. Using cloth wipes saves a ton of money too.

  38. Eric permalink
    December 17, 2009

    In reading the above comment it sounds like the paper quoted may be an example of a biased and discredited study when in fact it’s discrediting and revealing the bias in a prior study. There are other white papers on that site too that are pertinent to this discussion. Probably http://www.nearta.com/Papers/DiaperEnvironment.pdf is the most relevant.

  39. Camil permalink
    December 31, 2009

    I use disposable diapers but maybe not for the right reasons. I just use them for the same reason most people use them and the same reason alot of people have already said – I think they are more hygenic and it never crossed my mind to use cloth diapers.

  40. Nearta permalink
    January 27, 2010

    I use cloth diapers because I want the fences and urine go to sewer system which have right treatment to reduce water pollution by pathogen.

  41. Carol permalink
    January 28, 2010

    I used cloth diapers on my 4 from the very start. Disposables would be used on vacations and visits. I was completely satisfied withthe cloth diapers. 2 of mine were bedwetters for some time and I continued with nighttime cloth diapers through the bedwetting years. For awhile all 4 had diapers on at bedtime.

  42. rbenson permalink
    February 10, 2010

    The question between cloth and disposable diapers has been debated for sometime. The energy used in making an cleaning each diaper is about the same, but if you sun dry your cloth diapers the energy usage will be less than with the disposables. Also the cost savings will be about $1500 dollars from birth to potty training. Now remember babies that wear cloth diapers usually potty train much earlier than babies wearing disposables so there will be even a bigger savings. If you buy a good quality cloth diaper such as thirsties duo diaper you will be able to use them on another child or re-sell them and save even more. Also there is no toxic chemicals in contact with your babies skin with cloth diapers. Babies are not little adults. There breathing rate and food consumption per weight is much greater than that of and adult. Because of this contact with chemicals has a much greater affect on them than an adult. Cloth diapers also are not like the kinds of diapers your mother used to use. They are as easy as disposables just with a wash involved. Many cloth diaper companies sell disposable liners that can be flushed. So there is very little clean up.

  43. Joseph permalink
    March 8, 2010

    I use disposal diapers rather than washable. It is convenient to use unlike the washable ones. It is easy to get wet and that’s disgusting. My baby will have a good nyt sleep if she is always dry. It’s not about economy or environment issue but making your baby comfortable is the most important factor i used disposable diapers.

  44. Brenda permalink
    October 12, 2010

    Wonder what OSHA would have to say about that…I’m an RN. Scooping poop out of a disposable diaper is not congruent with infection control or my safety as a nurse. The more you handle a contaminant, the more likely you are to be contaminated. Do you use plastic pants? Good way to get urine splattered in your face when the pee pools in them. That’s why dressings are disposable and absorbent. It helps reduce the chance of infection to the wound. Would you use a cloth instead of a sanitary napkin? Thirty-four years ago, disposable diapers were a luxury. I used cloth diapers on my daughter with no problem. Today, I would refuse to use cloth diapers on my pediatric patients. Super-absorbency is not for the purpose of letting the child wear a diaper longer. It’s to protect the skin.

  45. Jyothi permalink
    October 18, 2010

    I used cloth diapers on my son since he was a month old and 8 lbs, and both he and I love them. I do try to find a middle ground because I use disposables for night and for travel. I have used cloth diapers for night too, and they do not leak and yes, they keep him dry as long as he has not soiled the diaper, just as it is with disposables. However, I do not use cloth at night right now because I do not have enough cloth diapers. For travel, disposable are easy and convenient.

    Like other people using cloth diapers have said in their posts, many people do not know what modern cloth diapers are all about. They are just like disposables, only, they can be washed and the same diaper can be used on your baby all the way until he/she is potty trained. Think of the savings! And think of the amount of trash you will be eliminating from the environment!

    If disposables were more comfortable why don’t we clothe our babies in disposable clothes? Baby clothes are bound to get wet and stained all the time, why not disposables then? Because nothing is more comfortable than cotton next to a baby’s skin.

    I also agree with everything that cloth-diaper users have said before – with cloth diapers, we have less leaks, less or no rash, no extra work (it takes me longer to take out the trash), no extra bad odor as compared to disposable diapers.

    Everyone just has to find a middle ground with cloth and disposable and we can save a lot of unnecessary trash from going into our landfills.

  46. Caryn permalink
    January 1, 2011

    Started cloth diapering with #1 in 1987 and finished cloth diapering with #5 in 2004, Used cloth diapers because we believe in saving our planet and that we saved ourselves money.
    Diaper covers changed a lot over those years and we settled on a couple of kinds and mostly used those.
    We had a couple of bedwetters who required diapering for bed for awhile after they were daytrained. When they outgrew the fancy covers we had we went with youth size plastic pants for covers. They all stopped needing diapers by age 10.
    Our feelings are that cloth diapers geave us no rash problems and seldom had leaks, even with the bedwetters.
    Finding your own position on cloth or disposables is just something you have to do.

  47. ezfitbabygate.com permalink
    October 20, 2011

    for green solutions – the option is cloth diapers

  48. mary permalink
    October 24, 2012

    my 15 year old daughter is a bed wetter and i use cloth diapers and plastic pants on her every night.i sew baby diapers together to make one thick diaper and pin it on her with diaper pins.i use adult size plastic pants on her in pastels and prints.they work well and keep her bed dry and i just was h them each time.no big deal!when she was confirmed last may and had to wear a white dress and veil,i put one of her diapers and plastic pants on her under the white dress just in case.

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  50. linda permalink
    March 8, 2013

    Hi,my daughter is 14 and a bedwetter also.i use both cloth diapers and rubberpants and disposable diapers and rubber pants on her at night.i alternate every other night.i buy her cloth diapers fro babypants.com and i also make them from sewing baby diapers together to make one diaper.her disposables are the abri-form in adult size small.i pin her cloth diaper on her with regular baby diaper pins.her rubber pants are in pastels and nursery prints and fit blousy over both kind of diaper.She is in the 8th grade and will be going thru her confirmation in may[catholic] and is going to wear the traditional,white,poofy,knee length dress with a flowered head wreath with ribbons down the back,white gloves,lace anklets and the traditional white ‘mary jane’shoes.I all ready told her that she is going to wear one of her cloth diapers and white rubber pants under the dress for the day.most of the parents do the cloth diaper and rubber pants under their daughters dresses any way so she will be the same as many of the other girls.

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