Cotton Diaper Service

Has anyone used cotton diapers before? What did you think of them? There's a service in major cities in Canada called Happy Nappy I'm looking at. Any reviews? I'd love to go the cotton diaper delivery service route. The thought of all those disposable diapers in landfills bothers me. I don't judge those that do use them, but personally I'd like to do what I can to be more "green". That and I've read babies have less diaper reactions to cotton and are potty trained more easily in cotton diapers. Know of anyone who's used these services of Happy Nappy or similar companies?
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By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Oct 15, 2010
Posted: on Jul 12, 2011
We are first time parents but I'd love to hear about Happy Nappy as well, I'm interested. We share our laundry and we just would not be able to manage the extra batches (to say nothing of the possible diplomatic incidents if neighbours saw us washing diapers there).
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 12, 2011
Apparently they're not cotton but microfiber and fleece which is better. I emailed the company to get a bit more info today. I think I'll try them out but would still love to hear if theirs any 'word on the street'. They are in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario (around Toronto).

http://www.happynappy.ca
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 12, 2011
Here's my correspondence with them for those that are interested:

----- Original Message -----
Hi there. My husband and I are expecting our first child in February and as such, I'm beginning to look at various options for diapering our new baby in advance.

What days do you come to our area of town? Do we leave the diapers on the door or do we need to be home when you come by? Are the diapers leak proof? I've read that cotton diapers can be better for diaper "blow outs" as well. Is this true? Your website mentions a diaper pail but is it as good as the ones on the market made for disposable diapers that pretty well keeps smells at bay?

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Thank you for your interest in Happy Nappy, and congratulations on your upcoming baby!

We are in your area on Mondays. You do not need to be home for the deliveries as long as there is somewhere the driver can leave the diapers outside. We suggest the customer be home for the first delivery so we can show you everything and review how it works.

All diapers have the tendency to leak occasionally, even disposables. There is usually a simple explanation for this, mainly due to an ill fitting diaper or cover (too big or small). There is no such thing as a diaper that is "leak proof". There are many variables that cause this, it is just a matter of investigating the potential cause. Sometimes there is no specific cause, it could be just the way a baby moved which causes a diaper to shift a bit when they pee.

Cloth diapers (Happy Nappy's are not cotton by the way, they are polar fleece and microfiber) are known to contain explosions very effectively. Disposables do not contain "explosions", and are famous for the "explosion" coming up the top of the diaper and out the sides. The reason for this is that typically with disposables they are too tight against the skin, are stiff and less flexible then cloth. Our cloth diapers wick solids and feces away from the skin as well.

You cannot use any diaper pail (such as the Diaper Genie) made for disposables, it is a completely different concept. Our pails are specially designed for cloth diapers, and fit our waterproof lined diaper bag which is where the dirties are stored until your weekly pick up. Our pails have a charcoal filter which controls odour and moisture.

Regards,
HAPPY NAPPY Diaper Service
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By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jan 29, 2011
Posted: on Jul 13, 2011
I used happy nappy until my DD was 4 months old then bought my own cloth diapers and have been using them for the past few weeks. I loved the diaper service! Great customer service, easy to use...convenient when your baby is little, you're sleep deprived and already doing tons of laundry. I liked cloth alot but decided I could wash my own now that DD is a little older and I have more time. But I would really recommend happy nappy.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since May 18, 2011
Posted: on Jul 13, 2011
Do you know the cost for this service??
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jan 29, 2011
Posted: on Jul 13, 2011
It cost me about $110/ month with everything included.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 13, 2011
Thanks Pensfan. That's really helpful!

Chelsie2u - check out their website. It breaks down the cost compared to disposables really well.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Dec 11, 2010
Posted: on Jul 13, 2011
I used Happy Nappy for the first 5 months after my son's birth. The service is excellent. The diapers work really well - we had some leakage issues at the very beginning as we got used to using them. Plus, I think we had the wrong size covers at the beginning. But the convenience of having diapers dropped up & picked up at your door can't be beat. Plus, my son never had a diaper rash while in cloth diapers. The potential downside is that you might need to change cloth diapers more frequently than disposables because the baby feels the wetness more in cloth. That said, the wetness doesn't sit against your baby's skin as long, which is maybe why we never had diaper rash issues?

But if you are considering a diaper service, they are very good indeed. I would recommend them.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 14, 2011
Thanks Bluesunday. I'm going to have my husband read these posts also. He seems a bit hesitant - these reviews are very helpful!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Dec 11, 2010
Posted: on Jul 14, 2011
My husband was the same way. Btw, the email from Happy Nappy is right about the poop explosions - I don't remember poop ever coming out of the cloth diaper (it sometimes did when we used disposables). And when we had properly fitting diaper covers, we rarely had pee leaks (although they did happen on occasion).
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 16, 2011
Posted: on Jul 20, 2011
I have no experience, going to be a ftm, however, I seen this diaper service on the dragons den I believe, or maybe shark tank, I can't remember if they got a deal, but they seem like a good company to deal with and the dragons were certainly interested, so it must be a pretty good business.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since May 18, 2011
Posted: on Jul 21, 2011
Darn it's not available in my town. Only city centers.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 21, 2011
Boo that stinks! Do some Google searches though - there are other companies out there. Good luck
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jul 21, 2011
Posted: on Jul 21, 2011
This is my first time answering a post!
I am a huge cloth diaper fan. I have a 6 yr old and a 10 week old!
I did a cloth service for the first 6 weeks and loved it .
We used bear bottoms, they were great! $19.95 a week and about 80 diapers a week
Yes u will change more as baby will not like being wet but they get used to it so stick with it!
I have since decided to buy diapers and wash my own for cost reasons only!
Well worth every penny for service
Google them they are in Ontario , diapers they use r made in Canada too which is a bonus
Hope this helps!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Apr 11, 2011
Posted: on Jul 27, 2011
I use happy nappy. Service is awesome! And I love using cloth diapers thanks to them!!!! I never thought I would use cloth but I do with my son and I love this company!!!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jul 09, 2011
Posted: on Jul 27, 2011
We are also considering this company. We are in Calgary and they have it here. I have heard cloth you wash yourself is too much work and you'll end up with bacteria in your washer so this seems like the perfect solution. No contracts either so it's no big deal if you don't like it and cancel the service.

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