Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

With the resurgence of cloth diapers, parents of today actually have a viable alternative to the ever-popular disposables that have long dominated the market. As far as choosing which route to go, it all comes down to which choice is right for both parent and baby. Some parents even alternate between cloth and disposable, depending on the circumstance. Either way, keep reading for the pros and cons of both types.

Disposable diapers

For a generation of modern parents, disposable diapers have been the old reliable standby. Here are a few pros and cons of disposable diapers:

Pros

  • Extremely convenient When you need one, just grab one out of the pack and go. When shopping for diapers, simply find a box that corresponds to your baby’s age and weight. Traveling is also a breeze, since you don’t have to lug around soiled diapers to wash back at home.
  • Ultra absorbent – Today’s disposable diapers are made of super-absorbent materials, with some that can hold many times their own weight in liquid. They also do a good job of keeping moisture away from the baby’s skin, which allows you to go longer between changes.

Cons

  • Chemical content – Disposables contain a variety of chemicals such as dyes and gels, which can cause allergic reactions and rashes in babies with extremely sensitive skin.
  • Environmentally unfriendly – Disposables are filling up landfills to the tune of 3.4 million tons per year, which is an alarming rating. And since disposables take 500 years to biodegrade, they’ll be here long after we’re all gone.
  • Potty training difficulties – Ultra absorbency, while a benefit in one regard, is a drawback in another: toddlers won’t feel as wet and uncomfortable, which can slow down potty training.

Cloth Diapers

On the heels of both clever innovations and concerns about the environment, cloth diapers have undergone an image makeover, and are surging in popularity. Some pros and cons of cloth diapers are as follows:

Pros

  • Economical – If you forgo a diaper service (again, up to each individual parent), you’ll realize a substantial cost savings by opting for cloth diapers. How much? Try around $300 total during the diaper years versus $2000 for disposables.
  • No chemicals – Cloth diapers are generally free of the potentially harmful chemicals (like dioxin) that are found in disposables.
  • Fashionable – Cloth diapers of today come in all sorts of varieties with many cute designs, which makes them very fashionable.
  • Easier to potty train – Because they are less absorbent than disposables, toddlers will get wet sooner, hence hasten their eagerness to begin potty training.

Cons

  • Additional laundry – Diaper services can be expensive, and unless you use one, you’ll be washing several extra loads of laundry per week.
  • Cumbersome travel – Especially for infants, you’ll be carrying around quite a few cloth diapers, as you can’t just toss the soiled ones in the trash.
  • Messy – You’ll have to do your share of hand cleaning of soiled diapers, even before you can toss them in the wash.

As mentioned, some parents alternate between cloth diapers and disposable diapers depending on the situation. In the end, it comes down to a lifestyle choice, and which option is best for your budget and family.

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