Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers: Pros and Cons

Posted by Bryana on 10/30/2013 to Cloth Diaper Accessories
The issue of cloth diapers versus disposable diapers is an old debate; each diaper has its advantages and disadvantages. The best way to arrive at a sure decision about which type serves you best is to fully educate yourself on the features of both to find which diaper works more in your and your baby's favor. 

You spend close to $300 to purchase of an ample amount of cloth diapers, and you spend close to $2000 or more during your child's diaper-wearing years to purchase enough disposable diapers. Instead of purchasing more diapers to replace soiled ones, with cloth diapers you merely wash them and use them again. Compare your higher water and electricity bill to the amount you spend in purchasing disposable diapers weekly to determine which diapers are more cost-effective for your household. 

Learning to use cloth diapers takes practice. Another inconvenience is that when you change your child's cloth diaper outside of the home, you have to carry the soiled diaper with you. You also need to change cloth diapers more, since they are less absorbent than disposable diapers. Disposable diapers are convenient for travel; you simply place them into a trash can after changing. Disposable diapers are often less messy in general use due to the absorbent gel they contain. Disposable diapers do sometimes tear if you rush and pull the adhesive straps too hard, which could prove to be a detrimental mistake if you change your baby on the go. 

Cloth diapers with no chemicals and dyes, when changed properly, cause less risk of diaper rash or an allergic reaction in your child. While the high absorbency of disposable diapers keeps your baby dry for a longer time, the risk of mistiming when you should change your baby is higher. 

Organize your priorities to decide which diaper is best for you and your baby. If saving on diaper costs is a high priority, cloth diapers are for you. If convenience is higher on your list, disposable diapers is your choice. Try using both cloth and disposable diapers to take advantage of both benefits and disadvantages of each diaper in varied situations.

Comments

Date 10/30/2013
Mary S
It seems clear to me who the winner is in this battle of pros vs. cons. :-) I don't see cloth diapers as being that much more inconvenient than 'sposies.
Date 10/30/2013
Julie
I will admit that I use disposables sometimes. We have recently been using them at night b/c it is just easier and not worth the battle of the night time diaper. I have diapers that work at night but the ammonia and bulk and whatnot just got to be overwhelming so we are taking a break from night time cloth diapering. Also when we went on a very long day trip to the aquarium the other day, it was just easier to bring sposies. Also when we travel we use disposables. My baby is in cloth the majority of the time but I find nothing wrong with using both.
Date 11/1/2013
Lauren Pilcher
So happy with our choice to cloth diaper!
Date 11/1/2013
Bethany McClure
We use mostly cloth. We have a package of disposables on hand for traveling, diaper bag emergencies, etc. We prefer cloth most of the time... even my husband! We even have grandparents on board with cloth!
Date 11/1/2013
Jessica Wilhelm
I keep track of everything from how many diapers we use per week (count them as I take them out of the wash) and electricity to prove just how much I save. However, just the tash reduction makes it worth it.
Date 11/6/2013
Olivia
this really helped alot
Date 11/8/2013
Jenna
I think, that like every parenting decision, it's what works and is best for your family. Cloth diapering is not as convenient as disposables but once we hit a good groove with our CDs (found types we LOVE and perfected our wash routine) we wouldn't go back to disposables!
Date 11/8/2013
haley g
I love that cloth is chemical free and better for the environment, I just wish they could be as convenient as disposable. What won me over was the money savings.
Date 11/9/2013
Samantha Yoder
Lucky for us I honestly don't find the "cons" of cloth diapers inconvenient at all :)
Date 11/10/2013
Kim H
We use cloth the majority of the time, but we do use disposables when we are traveling (because I had some diapers ruined when laundering in a different machine) and right now we are using them at night because we are having ammonia burn issues because of our hard water. I don't think it has to be an 'all or nothing' choice. Just figure out what works for your family & go with it! Any cloth use is better than no cloth use!
Date 11/10/2013
Maggie Martin
I love cloth so much. It's weird but one of my favorite things about them is that the don't smell. I think disposables smell so bad and are gross. I started using cloth to save money, but the small (or lack of the gross disposable smell) has been a huge perk. haha
Date 11/15/2013
mewbaby
I am used to use the cloth diapers for a year, at first i felt it is trouble, i am so lazy that i don't wash them, but now, i found it is easy to wash, also for a long run, you can save a lot of money for other products, such as toy, milk and gift as well, more detail please visit at http://www.mewbaby.com/
Date 12/1/2013
Kelly Hutslar
The winner is...CLOTH!
Date 1/27/2014
Danielle D
The winner to me is clear, I think cloth is 100% the choice for us! We are so thankful we were introduced before our first little one, so we never have to buy disposable!
Date 5/19/2014
Cassanda deNevers
My biggest challenge has been finding the right type of cloth diapers for us. I have tried a couple different styles, prefolds with covers and all in twos, neither has worked well for us, well at least not the ones my mom has made for us. LEAKS LEAKS LEAKS! I gave up on cloth before for that reason, but we're going to try a pocket style this time and see if that works. Fingers crossed, I'm so sick of all the trash and the cost of disposables!
Date 9/13/2014
Rose
The point that you have to carry soiled cloth with you when you change on the go always confuses me. I have lots of younger siblings and we always carried a bag in the diaper bag to put the soiled disposables in then tossed them when we got home. There was rarely a garbage can where we were and cloth barely makes any sort of difference to me in that regard. I absolutely love my cloth.
Date 3/21/2015
Catherine Swindle
I love my cloth. The only draw back for us is my addiction to buying them...that and my chunky guy fits awkwardly in his carseat. But I'm experimenting with different inserts to reduce bulkiness.
Date 3/21/2015
Catherine Swindle
I love my cloth. The only draw back for us is my addiction to buying them...that and my chunky guy fits awkwardly in his carseat. But I'm experimenting with different inserts to reduce bulkiness.

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