When the baby comes there will be a lot of changes in the house. One thing you might be considering is how to handle some of those changes, and especially how to handle all that poop! The choice between cloth diapers and disposable diapers is not a difficult one. There are pros and cons on both sides, but the good news is that you don’t need to commit to just one.
You will have likely noticed that lately there is a big drive towards natural health products and food choices, as they are better for the body and for the planet. Disposable products are often on the naughty list. It’s great to see cloth diapers making a comeback and not as something that great-grandmother had to put up with because she had no other choice. Today’s cloth diapers are clean, eco-friendly and economical. They are also cute, with lots of options.
There are many advantages to using cloth diapers. They are much less expensive. Consider that you may only have to spend about $300 on cloth diapers from birth to toilet training. Some parents can spend that much in a month with disposables. The cloth diapers can be cleaned and used over and over by different babies. Cloth diapers come in adjustable sizes so that the babies can wear them until they no longer need them. Some mothers say that the cloth diapers make toilet training easier, since baby has more incentive to move on from the cloth diapers, which are not as absorbent as disposables.
Disposable diapers are meant to be a more convenient choice for mothers. With cloth diapers, there is a lot more laundry to do, and when the poop becomes solid, it has to be removed and flushed before the diaper is washed. One reason some parents choose disposable diapers is because they worry that cloth diapers can be too dirty and won’t properly clean without considerable effort. There is a worry also that contaminants will affect other clothing and dirty the washing machine, and that laundry costs will go up. This may be the case and must be factored into your choice.
Of course, although disposables may be more convenient, there are a lot of inconvenient moments. Blowouts, and ripped tabs, and running out at the last minute bring times when they are not the fun choice either! But whatever you choose cloth or disposable diapers, there are times when it’s great to have a few of the other kind around just in case: for example, cloth at home, and disposables for going out, or for when the babysitter comes. Take a look at all the options and make a choice based on what is right for you.