Babies rely on their parents for everything. You feed them, care for them, and change their diapers. You are their everything. But choosing the best items for your little one can be stressful. With more and more information coming out about baby items every week, how will you know what to get? And since disposable and cloth diapers are a hot topic right now for moms, we're here to give you the information you need about them.
Keep reading to discover the pros and cons of using cloth diapers for your little one.
10 CON: More Laundry
Some parents might decide not to use cloth diapers because you have to wash them so it would produce more laundry. Although baby clothes are small (and adorable), babies do get pretty messy. They'll get any outfit that they're wearing dirty in minutes, so you're always changing them and adding to the pile of clothes.
One con of cloth diapers? They'll be another item that you have to add to the laundry list. If you don't have your own washer and dryer, cloth diapers might not be feasible for you and your family.
9 PRO: No Late Night Runs To The Store
Parents love cloth diapers for different reasons, but one reason many parents switched and keep using cloth diapers for their kids because they always have them on hand. Cloth diapers are durable which means parents can store them anywhere. They can keep some in the car, in the nursery, even in the living to keep them on hand. And with cloth diapers, you never have to stress about running out since all you have to do is wash them. So no more last-minute runs to the store to buy diapers!
8 CON: More Prone To Diaper Rash
When moms put their little ones in cloth diapers, their babies might be more prone to diaper rash. This is because cloth diapers aren't made of the same material as disposable diapers.
Since the cloth diapers are less absorbent, they can't soak up any accidents your child has. When your child pees in their diapers, if don't change them right away then they could be more likely to get a diaper rash.
7 PRO: Better Quality Than Disposable Diapers
Babies are always on the move. They are constantly getting passed around to family and friends, they are also constantly crawling, or they're generally exploring the area around them. So when you put your child in a diaper, you want it to stay on! Cloth diapers are perfect for active kids since they are of better quality and more durable than disposable ones.
Disposable diapers are known for leaking and for the straps breaking, so cloth diapers are better in that sense.
6 CON: Cost Money & A Lot Of Water To Wash
When you invest in cloth diapers, there are some hidden costs that you might not know about. You have to wash cloth diapers frequently. You're going to be spending more money on water and electricity since you'll be constantly running your washer and dryer.
Though there are services out there that you can pay to do the cleaning for you, that can get expensive.
5 PRO: Great For Babies With Sensitive Skin
Did you know that many disposable diapers have fabric dyes and fragrances that can irritate your baby's skin? Sure, these diapers have fun patterns, designs, and characters, and these are meant to appeal to parents. And the fragrances make disposable diapers smell nice.
But if you notice that your baby is constantly breaking out in a rash, you might want to switch to cloth diapers. These don't have the dyes and and fragrances that disposable diapers have that could cause irritation.
4 CON: Less Absorbent
Cloth diapers are less absorbent, which is definitely a con. Disposable diapers are made of different plastics so they can absorb liquid to help keep your little one’s bottom dry.
Though cloth diapers can have different layers to help absorb any liquid, at the end of the day they're not as good as disposable diapers when it comes to absorbing pee. This means if you do use cloth diapers for your kids you are going to need to keep up with changes to avoid any leaking!
3 PRO: They Are Eco-Friendly
People are always looking for a new way to be green and doing their part to help out with the environment. Cloth diapers are a perfect option for parents who are trying to put less waste in landfills. Cloth diapers are reusable and you can keep using them until your child grows into the new size.
Plastic diapers are only good for one use and then they are thrown out and end up in landfills. Since disposable diapers are made of plastic, many people are unsure of how long it takes for them to decompose.
2 CON: You Have To Wash Dirty Diapers
One con of cloth diapers is that you have to wash them when they get dirty. When you wash dirty cloth diapers, you have to put any waste on them in the toliet before putting them in the washing machine.
If you don't want to do this, which is totally understandable, you might want to stick to disposable diapers instead since these are a one use type of thing. Talk to your partner about what is going to be best for you as parents before deciding to use cloth diapers.
1 PRO: Saves You Money In The Long Run
Children are expensive. They grow fast, meaning you are constantly buying new clothes for them, food for them to eat, and if you do use disposable diapers, these will always be on your shopping list. Kids can go through diapers fast and the more they use them, the more you are going to have to buy diapers.
Cloth diapers are reusable and only need to be bought when you first use them and if your baby outgrows the size you buy. This is going to save you money in the long run since you are not going to be throwing your money out every time you change a diaper.