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The Truth About Cloth Diapers

Posted by Bridget on 12/23/2011 to Green Living

The Truth About Cloth Diapers

There has been much debate on the use of cloth diapers as compared to disposable diapers. It is important that parents know what is best for their young one. Below are a few facts about cloth diapers that every parent should be aware of.

Cloth Diapers are Stinky and Unsanitary

One worry about cloth diapers is that they smell. But if you compare them with disposable diapers, you will discover that they dont differ at all. To debunk this myth about cloth diapers, put used disposables in a trash bin side by side with dirty cloth diapers in a diaper pail and you will smell the difference. A diaper pail eliminates any bad odor with the use of a deodorizer. Also, the fear about cloth diapers being unsanitary is unfounded. These diapers are washed with detergent and water and then dried, the same way adults do with their underwear. Just be sure to wash them thoroughly in hot water. Drying them under the sun will also help kill unwanted bacteria.

Cloth Diapers are More Expensive

The number one concern of parents when purchasing baby stuff is the cost. Having a child is never cheap. It is wise to be prepared financially before venturing into the world of sleepless nights, breastfeeding and dirty diapers. Among the many expenses new parents encounter, diapers probably take the biggest slice of the pie. The truth about cloth diapers, though, is that they are less expensive than disposable diapers. It is true that cloth diapers may take you back a little as compared to disposable ones. In the long run, however, you actually save more. Disposable nappies cost around 15 to 30 dollars a pack while cloth diapers are well in the hundreds. Cloth diapers, however, are reusable so a pack will go a long way. In the end, you may spend an average of $100 to $300 of cloth diapers in the first three years while disposable ones may reach the thousands in the same number of years.

Cloth Diapers Take More of Your Time

Another false belief about cloth diapers is that they are hard to use. There is essentially no difference in dressing your child in cloth diapers as compared to a disposable one. While the reality about cloth diapers is that you have to remove the dirty absorbent pads and replace them with clean ones, it does not really differ from taking off soiled disposables and the fact that you have to go out every so often to replenish your stock.