Moms To Be Wanna Know: Cloth Diapers Vs. Disposables
My potty training bubbas are 33 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days old.
There are many new moms who choose to go the cloth diaper route, and have much success in it. If you ever did a search you can find some truly adorable ones in cute prints that really catch the eye. But what exactly does cloth diapering mean, and is it something for you and your own little bundle(s)?
Let’s talk about the facts
1) Cloth diapering is by far cheaper than paying for disposable diapers over a 2 to 3 year period of time. Disposable diapers can cost $2,000-$3,000 per child from birth until toilet training.
2) Cloth diapering only costs about $100- $300 from birth to 3 years of age. (If you like to get fancy with them MAYBE $500.)
Still a huge difference in price.
3) Cloth diapering is undeniably kindest on the environment.
4) Contrary to popular belief, a cloth diaper smells no more than a disposable dirty diaper that sits in your trash can.
5) Disposable diapers hold more urine, however soiled diapers should be changed frequently. So, if you do this anyhow..leakages are not a real issue.
6) Using cloth diapers only adds about 1-3 loads of extra laundry to your regular ‘mom’ life, which we know isn’t much, per week.
7) For those who can afford it, there are diaper cleaning services that will wash and return your cloth diapers to you. Sounds like a nice treat to me. (No, it’s not just in the movies.) You can check your local telephone book or browse for Internet resources.
8 ) Disposable diapering may be overall more convenient, but many, many moms make it work, and swear by it.
9) 18 billion disposable diapers are added to landfills every year. That is 4% of all waste in landfills. (WOW!)
10) The majority of parents choose disposable diapers because they are easily tossed out while cloth diapers need to be cleaned and washed. That is why diaper companies make billions of dollars every year.
11) There are a couple of studies that show an increase in the risk of asthma and fertility problems in males from those who use disposable diapers.
(This I didn’t even know until now.)
12) Fact: Cloth diapers will need to be changed more frequently, as your baby will feel the wetness much easier. They can’t urinate multiple times in them. *See above*.
13) Cloth diapers- Are they a real stink? I read they do have things they sell to take the scent away, and make them as equally repulsive as disposables. Meaning..they need not be any worse than their man-made rival. No dirty diapers are a pleasure to breath in..let’s face it.
14) If you like a stylin’ baby, they do have super cute cloth diapers compared to the look of the disposable ones. I’m sure buying them could become quite addictive.
15) Quite obviously, cloth diapers are completely chemical-free while disposables are not.
16) Disposable diapers make it harder to potty train since the child can’t feel themselves before and during (even after) urination as much in them. They give the illusion of dryness.
** I can attest to this as Pull-Ups while training seem like a total waste around here. They end up getting wet like the diapers do. But going diaperless altogether, my girls are perfectly trained. They feel things much more. Disposable diapers hold several urinations and can cause confusion during the training process. (Pull-Ups are a scam!) It’s just an expensive glorified diaper I have learned having had 5 children and trying them with all 5. I only bought one pack with the twins. Never again!**
I would also tend to think that cloth diapering may lessen the incidence of diaper rashes as well. I’m sure with twins, though you’d have to double those laundry statistics, cloth diapers would save a TON of money!
In conclusion, cloth diapering gets a lot of slack about leaks, not being as sanitary, and causing a lot more work for mom. Hopefully, this article helps take care of some of these myths, and makes your diapering choices clearer. But don’t feel badly if you find that cloth diapering is just not for you. You certainly aren’t alone in it. I would like to have at least tried it, but hub was just not on board. It definitely is something to think about. (This coming from a mom who has never clothed diapered before.)
They are quite cute & look like they have come an awful long way.