Cloth Diapers - the ins and outs

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Hi,

I decided before I even concieved that I will be useing cloth diapers. I just wanted to know the german name for them. Also experiences people have with them as far as cleaning and how much hey actually hold... all the dirty details please! Also places to get some! Thank you.

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Not sure what you mean about how much they actually hold lol. YOu mean like water volume? You would never want a diaper to be full you would change as wet or soiled. Newborns they say up to 18 a day, my 18 month old uses about 6 to 8 per day.

 

As far as diapers in Germany flats and wool covers are about all you will ever find in stores. Online fitteds and pul covers tend to be most common many uk brands like popolini are what I see most often. Some US brand like Bum genius are sold here but with a gnarly markup.

 

You can look into buying used if you are open to that idea even in Germany there are many resources for buying used.

 

Personally I think companies charging 30 for a single diaper have been huffing the good stuff. In terms of new diapers my suggestion would be china diapers all the way alva is a great brand even sell bamboo inserts to go with their diapers. If you get in on a coop you can get diapers for 2.50 each and order the inserts direct from china you can get 20 for 40 usd with free shipping. They also sell sets like 80 bucks for 20 diapers with inserts free shipping.

 

 

 

If you want to get your hippie on you can of course go used, even look into trading and upcycling many people make diapers themselves. You can make diapers from tshirts or common items like kitchen towels.

 

Germans call them stoffwindeln but each kind has different names mullwindeln are flats, pocketwindeln pockets, wolluberhosen wool covers, uberhosen covers ect.

 

As far as the dirty they dont have diaper sprayers here. When baby is exclusivly nursing the poop is water soluble just wash after that disposable liners are the way to go. Washing is not bad prewash, wash on 60with sensitive oko wash from rossmann and some oxyclean. Hang dry. Repeat. :)

 

Nighttime can be tricky finding something that works and may be my one exception to overpriced diapers. Only thing that worked for us was a fitted diaper under a cover.

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I was one of those people who was convinced cloth diapering was gross and something I would never do then those god damn TT hippies brainwashed me :P

 

In the end I am glad I opened my mind my son has bad ezcema and more then a few hours in disposabls result in terrible rashes, he would be miserable without cloth diapers.

 

And its really not bad a few more loads of laundry a week and the poop is no more icky then disposable blow outs.

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I'd like to update this topic since I've been cloth diapering in Munich, and in the two years since the last posts, there has been a huge surge in resources and products to make cloth diapering easier.

 

Here are the resources I have found most helpful...

Wanna test your German reading comprehension and learn about cloth diapering? Or just wanna buy and/or sell used diaper stuff? http://www.naturwindeln.de/

 

All-around resources on making your own cloth diapers as well as getting started.

http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/

 

Munich Cloth Diaper Service and lots of really nice eco-friendly clothes, diapering accessories in Munich at Natur & Kind (Harras):

http://www.windelservice-muenchen.de/index.php

 

Online sites in Germany for cloth diapering...

Amazon.de (search terms "stoffwindeln" for general cloth diapers, or specific brands like totsbots, bumgenius, motherease, blueberry, fuzzibunz, etc.)

http://www.zwerge.de/

http://www.windeln.de/

http://www.hessnatur.com/

http://die-besten-stoffwindeln.de/

 

A gap in my own knowledge is detergents and best practices for stain removal on the inserts. I love two-part nappy systems since they've given me the best poopsplosion-free experiences so far. So, I'd love to know what your fave detergent is to wash diapers. I've been using a 50/50 mix of Persil sensitive (I like the fragrance) and Ecover powder detergent. I may switch to Frosch, though. We shall see.

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Sagrotan as a detergent or just as a hygiene wash? I was reading about the use of hygiene wash additives, and one of the sites said that it affects water-proofing somehow. I still use the tiniest bit with the inner liners since they're just fabric. But I don't use it for the covers just in case. Here's the quote from the site:

 

 

"Hygienespüler: Bitte verwenden Sie keinen Hygienespüler. Dieses Produkt ist normalerweise unnötig und vermindert die Saugfähigkeit der Windeln. Sollten Sie jedoch einmal in die Situation kommen, dass Ihr Baby einen Pilz hat und daher die Windeln desinfizieren müssen, dann verwenden Sie bitte den Hygienespüler Eureco von Spinnrad. Danach die Windeln aber mehrmals ohne Waschmittel intensiv waschen, um die Reste des Hygienespülers wieder zu entfernen und die Saugfähigkeit der Windeln wiederherzustellen."

http://die-besten-stoffwindeln.de/stoffwindel-anleitungen-how-to/anleitung-how-to-stoffwindel-pflege-reinigung-waschen

 

I still wonder what aspect of the absorbency is affected by the hygiene wash. Is it the waterproofing that's affected or is it somehow making the liners less able to wick away moisture?

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Hi,

 

We used cloth nappies on our two older kids, our third has them on right now. We used a nappy service in Munich and are again using one in Berlin. It is hard to believe but there is only one here. The service we use is really helpful and friendly and they are as perplexed as we are as to why more people do not do it (it really is not much more than packets of disposable nappies/ diapers). We use one disposable at night and we use disposables if we are on holidays/vacation too.

 

Anyway,here goes: Windel Nanny

 

If their English is not too good or if you wanted a reference PM me for more. We have no connection to the firm...we just think it's a great idea :)

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I just wanted to post here so that if there is someone in Berlin who's interested in a second-hand stash of cloth diapers, they can feel free to contact me. I'm not quite done with them yet (our daughter just turned 2) but I have a feeling that by spring she'll be out of diapers. I don't have newborn size diapers, I started with these when she was about 6 months old and mostly have fitteds and pockets and covers (wool and PUL), and a bunch of good heavy fitteds for overnight. Brands are Kawaii, Green Mountain Diaper, rumparooz, etc. I have used both new and used diapers and been happy with both. Get in touch if interested!: muskauer37@gmail.com

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hi. 

 

so happy to of seen this post. 

we relocate in july and cloth our youngest currently 8 months :) be lovely to meet some other mummies. 

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Hi!

We've got a 15 month old who's been in cloth since the beginning and still going strong, but we never used any brands of fancy modern ones. I loaded up on used €1/diaper cloth flats from the classified ads when I was pregnant and got some PUL velcro covers and diaper bags that can all go through the wash together. We use the "origami fold" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKkJItrBKtQ), which gets quicker with practice. The secret to the whole system is the Snappy, which costs a big €1.50 a piece from Hug and Grow near the Turmstrasse U-bahn station. The flats have been way, way, way cheaper than any of the commercial stuff!!! The flats have enough inherent absorbency for day time and at night or when travelling for more than an hour or so she gets a microfiber washcloth (the kind you buy at the supermarket for your kitchen) or two folded in for good measure. In goes a flushable paper liner from DM (€3.50/100 liners) to catch any solids and you're all set. The flats are only one layer so they are incredibly easy to wash and quick to dry, with the added bonus that there's very little bulk between baby's legs. I would recommend flats with a Snappy over fancy expensive diapering systems to anyone, any day.

Good luck!

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