Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Cloth Diapers

Pros: While cloth diapers come with a larger initial investment, they are much cheaper over the long run than disposable diapers. Since cloth diapers are less absorbent than disposables (con) you will need to change diaper more often-hence less diaper rash. (pro) It may be easier to start potty training because kids will notice that they are wet sooner which can be an incentive to get into underpants.

Cons: Cloth diapers can be messy and more cumbersome to change unless you have the all-in-ones (more expensive).

More laundry (unless you have diaper service, which means more money). Two or three loads more a week which means higher electric and water bills. When you are out you may have to carry poopy diapers home with you.

Disposable Diapers

Pros: They are a cinch to change, due to the strips attached to the back panel that fasten in the front and are very convenient. You can pick a size based on your child’s weight and age. You will be changing fewer diapers per day since disposables are super absorbent.

Cons: There are chemicals used in disposables like dioxin, dyes and gels that could cause harm and also could cause an allergic reaction in some babies.

The ultra -absorbency in disposables can also make potty training harder.

Are cloth or disposable diapers better for the environment?

Both cloth and disposable diapers have an effect on the environment.

Cloth Diapers: More water to produce because they are made of cotton. Also, produce more waterborne wastes.

Disposable Diapers: Produce millions of tons of landfill waste per year and do not decompose.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the jury is out on whether cloth diapers are superior to disposables.

Allergies: A diaper allergy is really an allergy to a particular component of diapers. Could be from the absorbent gel, dyes, and fragrances contained in some diapers.

All in all, I vote for disposables since the lifestyle today is hectic and leans toward convenience.

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