Cloth Vs Disposable Diapers - Are Baby Cloth
Diapers Worth It?
There is a lot to decide on when your about to have a baby. We all wonder what's going to be best for
our little ones when it comes to raising them. Will I breast feed or go with a bottle? Should we put our
baby to sleep in a crib or bassinet? Are we going to diaper our baby with cloth diapers or disposable
Usually we go with what makes the most sense, and what will fit in with our lifestyle. When I was
pregnant with my son I did some research on the Cloth Vs. Disposable debate and came up with a pros
and cons list that really helped me out.
Let's start with the pros of disposable diapers!
1. Easy to use
This is a huge plus if your a busy family and are always on the go. Disposable diapers can be used
anywhere at anytime without having to worry about finding a washer to clean soiled cloth diapers!
2. You can throw them away
Once your little one has done his or her business and needs to be changed, just take the dirty diaper off
(after changing your baby of course) and throw it out. No smelly diaper to carry around with you!
3. Less Leaking...Less accidents
Disposable diapers are much more absorbent than cloth diapers. With that said more liquid is absorbed
and your little one is less likely to get a rash. Not to mention you wont have to change as many diapers.
If you plan on diapering your bundle of joy using only cloth diapers with no covers there really isn't
much of a difference in cost. If you consider using a diaper service or home laundering, it can be
cheaper to use cloth diapers. However, diapering your baby without using diaper covers is risky due to
You must also consider there are diaper covers and various styles to think about with cloth. To get all
the cute designs and top rated cloth diapers you may actually spend up to 50% more on cloth diapers.
As you can see there are a lot of pros to using disposable diapers, of course there are some cons, and
here they are...
1. Bad for the environment
While disposable diapers are easy to use they also hurt the environment. Every year there are billions of
disposable diapers thrown away which directly impacts our environment.
2. Potentially Harmful
There have been studies done on children who have used disposable diapers. Some of these studies
have found that disposable diapers may cause male infertility and possible instances of asthma.
Disposable diapers are just that, disposable. Once they are used you throw them out never to be used
again. With cloth diapers you can use them for years to come. They can be used around the house as
dust cloths or rags, burp cloths or even washcloths.
Let's talk about some cloth diapers pros shall we!
1. Environmentally Friendly
Cloth diapers are 100% reusable (as long as you take care of them and wash them well). With that
being said you can reduce the amount of pollution going to our landfills by reusing your cloth diapers,
and in return you will be helping to better our environment.
2. Less expensive to maintain
It may cost more at first to get started with cloth diapers, however in the long run it is much cheaper to
maintain. After the initial cost of getting the diapers, pins and the covers all you need to do is wash, dry,
fold, use and repeat. Cloth diapers will last about a year with good care, so you will never have to
worry about making a diaper run in the middle of the night like with disposable diapers.
3. Comfortable for you babies bottom
Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers are usually made of cotton, hemp, bamboo or microfiber.
These materials are much more comfortable and are normally a bit more gentle on your little ones
bottom. Some children may be allergic to the dyes or chemicals in disposables so cloth may be the way
4. Oh so cute diaper covers
There are so many different diaper covers out there these days it's hard to decide on just one. Good
news, you don't have to! With all the different brands and companies around you can choose almost any
different pattern, color, design or fabric you can think of. This makes diapering your child more of a
fun experience rather than just something that needs to be done.
There are some cons to using cloth diapers, so let's take a look at what those are...
1. Supply and demand
Whether we like it or not babies need to be changed a lot. With the use of cloth diapers comes a few
more loads of laundry to do as well.
Remember that if you do not wash cloth diapers in a timely manner it may be tough to remove stains
from soiled areas. This means that you will need to do laundry more often to ensure that you have
diapers ready at all times.
2. Not as absorbent
Cloth diapers are not as absorbent as most disposable diapers. This usually isn't a big deal except at
night and when on road trips. At night you will find your self getting up regularly just to check your
little ones diaper and see if it's wet. You wouldn't want to have to change a soaked diaper, pj's and
bedding would you? At this point you may opt to use cloth diapers during the day and disposables at
3. Less sanitary
If you're not consistently near a sterile pot of boiling water or a washer and dryer you may have a
problem keeping things sanitary. You don't want to put that soiled diaper in your diaper bag with
formula, extra clothes and toys. Not handling cloth diapers properly, and making sure they are cleaned
and stored correctly can cause contamination and make you and your family sick.
So there's the low down on using cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers. I found all of this information to
be very helpful and it really did help me make up my mind on how to diaper my son. The most
important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong answer!