There's a lot of incorrect information out there about cloth diapers, so we'd like to take some time to address a few.
Are cloth diapers complicated to use or difficult to maintain?
Modern improvements in cloth diapers make them not only convenient to use, but also versatile in their use. They are just as easy to change as a disposable and as easy to maintain as washing a load of laundry. Most people add an additional 2 loads of laundry per week to their normal washing routine.
Do cloth diapers leak more than disposables?
Cloth diapers are not only easy to put on and take off, but most people say that they contain messes even better than disposables thanks to their flexible fit and thicker, more secure elastic around the leg gussets and back.
Do they cause diaper rash?
Many people report lower instances of diaper rash when using cloth diapers. Our diapers are made from 100% organic, natural fiber fabric, so irritating chemicals or synthetic fibers never touch your babies skin.
But they smell worse than disposables, right?
No! When cloth diapers are washed correctly, they smell less, and can be changed more frequently without the worry of spending more on frequent changes.
What’s even better about having a reusable diaper stash is that you won’t ever run out of diapers! You won’t be making late night trips to the store or have to incessantly check various stores for good sales and coupons on diapers. You also won’t have to smell or carry trash bags full of dirty diapers to the curb every week. All you have to do is rinse your dirty reusables, put them in the washer, and dry them.
Cloth Diapers are Better for Baby's Skin
The health concerns that many cloth diapering parents associate with disposable diapers have to do with exposure to chemicals that are used in the manufacturing of disposable diapers and skin sensitivities.
The chemical dioxin is used in the production of disposable diapers and is a known carcinogen. Though no research has shown a connection between wearing disposable diapers and effects on the skin, there are some concerns that the gases from disposable diapers might be associated with an increase in Asthmatic symptoms in children. Cloth diapers bring peace of mind to families who care about reducing the number of chemicals in their environment their kids are exposed to.
Ultimately, A Baby’s Skin Is Healthiest When It Is Clean and Dry
Disposable diapers are highly absorbent, which allows them to keep a baby’s skin dry. While this absorbency is great, and parents, of course, want to keep their baby’s skin clean and dry, disposables are also expensive. The high price tag can influence parents, sometimes unknowingly, to change their baby less often than every 2-3 hours, which is how often doctors recommended changing a baby’s diaper.
The cost per change is less of a factor with cloth diapers because you can reuse each cloth diaper hundreds of times, thus allowing you to change your baby’s diaper as often as needed to keep his or her skin dry and clear of diaper rashes.
Environmental Impact of Disposable Diapers vs Cloth Diapers
You only need around 20-40 cloth diapers for as long as your baby uses them. When they wear out, they can be used as burp towels, washcloths, changing pads, or whatever you need a soft cloth for.
In addition, cloth diapers can be re-sold when your baby grows out of them if they are still in good shape. Many parents are afraid to invest in several new brands of cloth diapers to find out what works best for their children, and buying used diapers is a low-cost option. Using cloth diapers might seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, but actually, they are simple to use, environmentally friendly, and easy on your pocketbook, as well.
Cost of Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers
Almost every decision we make tends to come down to money, and when it comes to the cost of cloth diapers, what you will pay is unquestionably less than the cost of disposable diapers.
Using generic disposables for 2.5 years or longer will cost you more than $2,400. When using a more earth-friendly disposable, expect to pay more than $3,500 during your child’s 2.5-plus years in diapers. In that same time-frame, you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars with a full-time cloth diapering system because your cost can drop to as low as $300 depending on the style, and the number of diapers you get.
What troubles some is having to spend that amount upfront as you build up a supply. But on the flip side, cloth diapers relieve the recurrent stress of budgeting monthly for disposables. Overall, it’s cheaper to choose cloth diapers.
Confused about the types of cloth diapers?
|Diaper Style||Hybrid Cover||All In One|
(or $11.99 for tiny)
(or $19.99 for tiny)
(or 4-18 lb for tiny)
|8-35 pounds||8-35 pounds
(or 4-18 lb for tiny)
|Description||An open waterproof shell that can be used with many types of inserts.||A waterproof shell enclosed by a pocket of fabric. An insert is added inside the pocket to create the absorbent layer.||Waterproof and absorbent layers are all sewn together for everything you need in a simple grab and go option.|
|Pros||The cheapest and most customizable cloth diapering system. Multiple inserts can be added to increase absorbency, and covers can be reused between changes if they aren't soiled.||Customizable absorbency and insert types can be used. Pockets are cheaper than All in Ones, but can be assembled ahead of time, so many secondary caretakers can't tell the difference.||The easiest diapering system. Sewn in organic bamboo inserts make it ready to go as is.|
|Cons||Components must be assembled before use. Many child care and secondary caretakers aren't a fan of a more complicated system.||The shell must be washed every diaper change and can't be reused like the Hybrid Cover.||Pricier than other diapering systems.|