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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.