Choosing what type of diaper you use on your baby is one of the many important decisions you will make as a parent. While some may be vehemently decided on which option is best for them, others may need time to weigh their options before coming to a conclusion. Here are some things those still in the decision-making process may want to consider.
Cloth and Disposable
Cloth diapers come in a variety of materials including cotton, terry, and flannel. They may come as pre-folded cloth liners that go inside the diaper which can be removed as they become soiled. The all-in-one diaper consists of a diaper and cover and acts like a disposable, only it can be washed rather than thrown away.
Disposable diapers close with strips that attach to the back panel and fasten in the front. Their inner liner works to keep wetness away from a baby’s skin and they don’t tend to leak.
Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons involved with both diaper choices.
While buying cloth might seem like a money saving option due to the fact that the diapers are reusable, there are a lot of upfront costs involved including the price of the diapers themselves. Other expenses include the price of detergent, cloth wipes, wet bags and more. However, these costs balance out over years and can also be easier to manage with a second child. Overall, cloth will usually be the economic choice.
Improvements have been made making the changing process easy on parents when it comes to cloth. It is now a bit of a toss-up as to which takes more time when considering cleanups. However, the washing of cloth diapers makes it the more time-consuming option. Parents that can easily work these cleanings into their schedule may not find this to be a major disadvantage while others may opt for the disposable, as a more timely route.
Disposable diapers generate more landfill waste and have a greater impact on the ozone layer due to the CFC’s that are released as they decompose. However, the cleaning of cloth diapers can use valuable, natural resources like water and energy.
Your child’s comfort is another consideration in the cloth vs. disposable debate. Although soft cloth may be more comfortable on your baby’s sensitive skin, a disposable is more absorbent, reducing the risk of diaper rash.
In terms of durability, cloth wins out. Not only can it be reused on your child, but on their younger brothers and sisters. In some cases, old diapers can even be donated. Disposables, on the other hand, feature tabs that can rip off when parents are trying to secure the diapers.
In the cloth vs. disposable debate, there are many factors to consider, and often the decision will come down to a matter of lifestyle. Do what’s right for you to make these early years with your baby ones that you will treasure forever.