Diapers – Cloth or Disposable

Diapers – Cloth or Disposable


From the moment you find out that you’re going to be a parent, choices have to be made. You have to choose a doctor, the perfect name for your baby, and the right colors to paint the nursery. The other thing that deserves some consideration is the choice between cloth or disposable diapers. There are pros and cons to both choices, but the ultimate decision is yours. Below is a brief breakdown of the two.

Disposable Diapers:

Invented in the 1940’s, disposable diapers are meant to be thrown away after every change. Most are manufactured with the use of polyester, plastic, adhesive, foam, plastic and other synthetic additives.

Pros –

* Convenient: Disposable diapers are easy to travel with, and they are easy to change and to dispose of.

* Less leaking: It’s pretty easy to determine when a disposable diaper needs to be changed, which allows for less leaking.


* Expensive: In the course of your baby’s diaper wearing years, you will probably spend close to $2000 on disposable diapers.

* Bad for the environment: Disposable diapers are one of the biggest environmental offenders – every year tons of disposable diapers are sent to the landfills.

* Can cause adverse reactions: The synthetic makeup of disposable diapers can irritate baby’s delicate skin and even cause toxic shock syndrome.

Cloth Diapers:

Cloth diapers are meant to be used, washed and used again. This option has been around since the beginning of time. Extreme advances have been made since thencloth diapers are now better designed, easier to use and more absorbent.

Pros –

* Less expensive: During the diaper wearing years, you will probably need a collection of 50 clean cloth diapers which is a lot less than disposable.

* Eco-friendly: Cloth diapers are Greener because less waste is being generated.

* More natural: Pure cotton and pure bamboo are the two most popular fabric options when it comes to cloth diapers. They are usually made without the intrusion of synthetic dyes or additives. The natural makeup of it makes it ideal for caressing baby’s sensitive skin.

Cons –

* Can be inconvenient: Cloth diapers typically do not travel well – changing a cloth diaper outside of the home can be a bit of a hassle because you may have to rinse the soiled diaper and bring it back home.

* Not daycare friendly: Typical daycare center only use disposable diapers.

* Leaks quicker: Cloth diapers tend to leak quicker than disposable.

So there you have it – disposable diapers are more convenient, but environmentally degrading and harsh on baby’s skin, while cloth diapers are less convenient, but better for the environment and for baby’s health. Alas, there is a third option is available – eco-friendly disposables.

Eco-friendly disposable diapers are made from biodegradable materials, it promises all of the convenience of regular disposables with the sustainability of cloth. The main con with eco disposables is the cost – sustainable disposable diapers can cost up to two times as much as the conventional disposables depending on the brand.