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Old 04-06-2014, 07:40 AM
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First time cloth diaper experience (changing)

I got mine helping with baby siblings, baby cousins, and babysitting around the neighbourhood.

Cloth diapers, pins, rubber pants (late 60's/early 1970's).
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:43 PM
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The majority of my practice was on my younger brothers, I was 6, 9 and almost 10 years older than all three of them...my younger sister only by under two years didn't need to help much as she was really too young, probably my mother fearing she may stick one of them with the diaper pins
This was in the earlier to mid 60's for me. I am glad that I got the experience however as that gave me some experience with them before my first child was born. I have met quite a few cloth using parents over the years, way after "Pampers" and "Luvs" came to be... We had several families in the mid to late 70's that we babysat for that stuck with cloth diapers also. Mom used to use the diapers that eventually were worn for dust cloths, so she and dad got their money's worth out of them that is for sure !
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:57 PM
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CHADSMOM. Yep... I babysat from the early/mid 70's, through the entire 80's, and between those two decades, it was cloth, pins, and pants, exclusively. Then came the 90's... and though disposables were winning over, I still encountered cloth, pins, and pants. Pulling together four corners, and applying pins and pants, just made sense.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:20 AM
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I did babysitting for a neighbor in the late 50's when I was in high school. I was afraid I was going to poke the baby with the pin. I was an only child so had no one at home to practice on.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:58 AM
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LOL, Sharon! I remember going through the very same pangs when I first started changing baby siblings. Pins, were the reality back then... there was no escaping them.

But with practice it's surprising how comfortable a mom gets using pins. By the time I started babysitting (mid 70's), I never gave using pins a second though, and by the time my kids came along I was as comfortable with using pins as today's mothers are comfortable with sticky tapes.
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:25 PM
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Can you believe I've never used cloth diapers?
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:32 PM
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I actually can, DeBora4BobbyL. I know a number of moms who raised their children back in the 70's when cloth diapers were the thing to do, and yet they opted for disposables.
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:53 PM
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I was given some cloth diapers but after watching my mom wash my sister's cloth diapers in the toilet and I have a fear to touching toilets, I decided I just could not do it. lol
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:00 PM
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I watched my mom change baby siblings, too, and my older sister or me would run the wet and dirty (changed) diapers down to the bathroom to put them into the diaper pail (or toilet), so I got used to dealing with the toilet, and when we got older my mom had both of us change diapers.
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:47 PM
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When I was growing up, that's all there was. When I had kids they were just coming out with Pampers and the babies had horrible rashes because they had powder in them. I still used cloth diapers. I know they are now expensive and hard to find, but worth it if you still can, healthier and kids learn to go potty a lot faster than disposable diapers. Maybe it's just my pet peeve but I think when kids are stable on their legs they should be potty trained, Not keep using pull ups and pool diapers. Yuk! Let them learn to get it away from their skin. I have a friend from Africa that asked me a few years ago; "Why do Americans keep their babies in diapers that's gross", I was shocked that people from Africa thought it was gross, but now that I think about it you never see African babies in diaper. They learn to be potty trained early early.
Well, food for thought! Congratulations to all you moms that lived through cloth diapers, and potty training. It was worth it.
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