Diapers are generally either disposable or cloth and arguments can be made for both. The final decision lies with the parents to decide which route to take.
Advantages of Cloth Diapers
They are cost-effective
One of the biggest advantages is their cost-effectiveness which makes it ideal for families who have a small budget. Cloth diapers are basically re-usable and this makes them cheaper in the long run. Initially, you need to stock up but after that, your recurrent expenses are almost nil.
You can also save cloth diapers for other siblings who come along later as long as they are in good condition.
They help conserve the environment
One thing that is clear is that disposable diapers fill our landfills and they take several years to decompose fully. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are made from natural fibers and materials such as cotton and bamboo which make them more environmentally friendly to use.
Some cloth diapers are exclusively made using organic fabrics and these make them ideal for infant’s sensitive skin as they contain fewer substances and chemicals that cause irritation and rashes.
Cloth diapers are easy to use
There’s a general misconception that cloth diapers are a lot more time consuming than their counterparts – disposable diapers. Cloth diapers have a come a long way since the terry toweling and scary pins of long ago.
Cloth diapers now come in fancy designs and shapes and many of them typically resemble a disposable diaper. The cleaning process of a diaper need not be an unpleasant experience.
Cloth diapers can be used with both a shell and a liner. The shell is cleaned normally in the washer and the mess in the liner is easily disposed of by flushing down the toilet. The liner is then rinsed, washed and dried like your regular washing.
Disadvantages of Cloth Diapers
Increase in utility bills
Cloth diapers require regular cleaning washing and this tends to drive up the cost of your energy and water bills if you are cleaning them yourself. If you choose to use a Laundromat, you still need to factor in the additional cleaning expense.
They also require a bit more energy to clean as you need to ensure that they remain sanitary and they dry properly.
Inconvenient when traveling
Cloth diapers are incredibly inconvenient when traveling because you need to change them often as they are not as absorbent as disposable diapers.
With disposable diapers, you can dispose of them while on the move, however, with cloth diapers you have to carry with you wet and soiled diapers back home.
Advantages of Disposable Diapers
Convenience & Better Absorption
The biggest advantage of disposable diapers is their convenience. You simply put on a disposable diaper and dispose of it in the trash when you are done with it. They are perfect for long distance traveling as they are more absorbent and can be disposed of easily.
Disposable diapers are considered more sanitary because they absorb better than cloth diapers and pull away moisture from the baby’s skin thus preventing nappy rash.
Disadvantages of Disposable Diapers
Disposable diapers are typically more expensive than cloth diapers and until the baby is potty trained, you must ensure that you maintain a regular stock of diapers at all times.
The impact of disposables in the environment is also higher due to the long time it takes to fully decompose.