Having a baby is overwhelming enough. When you add on the decisions to make, from parenting style to feeding choice, it becomes all the more overwhelming. Especially when everyone and their neighbour tries to give you advice on how to raise your precious newborn. You’ve probably heard the debate between cloth and disposable diapers and aren’t sure which to choose. Here are a few reasons why many consider cloth diapers to be the preferable option.
While cloth diapers have a larger initial outlay – that’s it. Disposable diapers, on the other hand, require constant late night trips, hunting for the best price, likely switching between brands because of one problem or another, and constantly needing to change sizes for the perfect fit. With two or three years of diapers before your child is potty-trained, it adds up quickly.
Cloth diapers, on the other hand, cost far less over time, even factoring in detergent cost and water usage. Additionally, you can keep reusing the same ones with different covers as your child ages, meaning you don’t need to constantly tinker and repurchase to find the right fit. Even better, you can re-use cloth diapers between children, reducing costs dramatically.
There is no doubt disposable diapers have a negative effect on the environment. They crowd our landfills, take centuries to decompose, and add millions of dollars in expenses to our sanitation system requirements. They also take considerable natural resource to produce, requiring wood, petroleum, and chlorine, among other ingredients, all for a single use.
Cloth diapers, on the other hand, can be reused 50 to 200 times before they lose their purpose as a diaper, and even then they can find new life as rags before being disposed. They protect the environment, reduce waste, and save our cities important money in garbage disposal.
Disposable diapers can cause many skin problems, especially cheaper ones which use material which may irritate the sensitive skin of young babies. Diaper rash, dryness, chafing, and even yeast infections can be caused by disposable diapers.
Cloth diapers are gentle, hypo-allergenic, and chemical-free. You know exactly what ingredients are used to clean the diapers because you perform it at home, and thus have total control. No mystery ingredients will be present to irritate the sensitive skin of your child.
With better long-term cost, less effect on the environment, and less risk to the health and skin of your baby, cloth diapers are a great option for any parent to choose.