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 diapers?
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 diapers? 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. 4. Cost 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 possible leaking. 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. 3. Functionality 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 to go. 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 night. 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!
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