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Re: What do you do with dirty diapers?

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Friends of ours did this (hat's off to them!) but whereas the washing wasn't a big issue, they discovered it is not as environmentally friendly/cost effective as they first thought, and the drying presented a few problems. If you don't have a tumbler they take forever to line dry, and with a tumbler the cost hikes up.

When they had a backlog of washing, for example when their son had a tummy bug with runny bum, they had to dip into their supply of disposable nappies anyway.
However did people manage before the arrival of disposables?
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However did people manage before the arrival of disposables?
My parents used the "terry" nappies which washed and dried a bit quicker. The new reusables are thick cloth versions of disposables and are much harder to get dry.

Also, the working mum ratio was a lot lower years ago so there was more time to keep on top of a pile of stinking nappies.

I don't think it was a question of "managing". People manage no matter what but it's how you manage. I was just surprised at how environmentally unfriendly the cloth nappies are. Before I looked into it, I was convinced that reusing cloth nappies was better for the environment hands down.

Bit off topic but I also discovered recently that washing dishes by hand uses far more water than if you have a modern dishwasher. The difference in water usage is startling!
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Re: What do you do with dirty diapers?

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My parents used the "terry" nappies which washed and dried a bit quicker. The new reusables are thick cloth versions of disposables and are much harder to get dry.

Also, the working mum ratio was a lot lower years ago so there was more time to keep on top of a pile of stinking nappies.

I don't think it was a question of "managing". People manage no matter what but it's how you manage. I was just surprised at how environmentally unfriendly the cloth nappies are. Before I looked into it, I was convinced that reusing cloth nappies was better for the environment hands down.

Bit off topic but I also discovered recently that washing dishes by hand uses far more water than if you have a modern dishwasher. The difference in water usage is startling!
I can vaguelly remember when my mother got her first washing machine - that was after she had raised four children past the nappy stage. Thinking back, I think all those mothers should have been given an honourary MA in Management Skills.
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Re: Baby Advice - Diaper disposal

The Tommie Tippie sangenic plus (with the grey package for the bags, not the blue) is amazing. We don't smell a thing in her nursery, and I am extremely aware of the angel of baby poop. I bought the garbage container in Germany but have found the bags cartridges in both coop and migros.

whoever says newborn poop doesn't smell must not have meant with my baby...cause I can smell that stuff from across the room.
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Re: What do you do with dirty diapers?

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My parents used the "terry" nappies which washed and dried a bit quicker. The new reusables are thick cloth versions of disposables and are much harder to get dry.

Also, the working mum ratio was a lot lower years ago so there was more time to keep on top of a pile of stinking nappies.

I don't think it was a question of "managing". People manage no matter what but it's how you manage. I was just surprised at how environmentally unfriendly the cloth nappies are. Before I looked into it, I was convinced that reusing cloth nappies was better for the environment hands down.

Bit off topic but I also discovered recently that washing dishes by hand uses far more water than if you have a modern dishwasher. The difference in water usage is startling!
Knew this would open a can of worms . The new pre-fold nappies like FuzziBunz are in fact made of micro-fibre which means they are super absorbent but conversely dry SUPER FAST (if you look at the link I supplied you will see that). ALSO, yes, you have to do another wash load or two per week...this is true. However, when washing micro fibre, it is necessary to use LESS THAN HALF the washing detergent of a normal wash load as it suds up twice as much as say terry cloth. Finally...the mythological pile of "stinking" diapers only happens if you allow the wet nappies to stay wet. If you hang and dry before you wash them then there is no smell...that was my original point. If you just chuck them in a bucket after rinsing there is still very little smell. Of course it all depends on whether you have your own in house washing machine or like us live in an apartment and have to share the laundry.

With regard to tummy bugs...yes, this can mean going through LOTS of cloth diapers but we had about 20 in our arsenal (pardon the pun) and very rarely ran out...if we did then yes we used disposables.

By the way, if you think that doing 2 extra loads of washing a week is more environmentally unfriendly than leaving thousands of disposable diapers on the face of the planet for 500 years (yes, that is how long they take to break down) for each baby that uses them, then you are living in fantasy land .- I know we live in a country that burns the rubbish but not everywhere does that and besides...what happens to the smoke from the burn-off???
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what happens to the smoke from the burn-off???
SIMPLE: it is filtered
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Knew this would open a can of worms .
It didn't. I offered an alternative viewpoint...
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Subconsciously, in that case.

Lucky for you though!

Our three year old is a complete pain - he stays dry most nights and will pee in the toilet quite happily but has a complete aversion to pooing on the toilet.

We've tried everything. Sometimes, after-half an hour sitting there, we'll give up for a bit and he'll promptly get up and within five minutes he's filled his pants.

A bit off-topic but has anyone experienced the same with one of their children and how did they solve it?

Tom - have you gotten through this? We just potty trained our 3 year old boy as well. At first he was the same, pee, no problem - poop, no way! It was as if he was constipating himself as he didn't want to poop. (I have heard that there is some psychological issue with the poop that they don't want to part with it, but I won't go there, besides, they have no problem parting with it into the diaper!)

So, for a few weeks he wouldn't go poop on the toilet. A few accidents (as he wouldn't go for days at a time!). I think I finally got it when I grabbed him enough times just as he was starting to go in his underwear and put him on the potty. I spent a lot of time talking to him that he "needed to push the poopy out" & that it needs to go in the water in the toilet.

Not really sure in the end what did it, and those weeks were stressful trying to watch his every move - but probably that is what helped! To this day (1 - 2 whole months later ) he still shouts out "I have to push - a - da - poopy out" when the time comes!

Back to the diaper pails, in case anyone is interested: we never used one. OK, we had one the first few weeks until we broke it. We would just take the dirty ones outside immediately to the garbage. Now, given that we were in the states at the time and garbage disposal is different, that was easy. Here I would still keep them outside in a pail and then add them to a garbage bag when I was taking one out.
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