|Pros of Cloth Diapers||Cons of Cloth Diapers|
|Cheaper in the long run||You can't just throw them away|
|Cloth diapers are better for the environment||One more load of laundry|
|Better at containing urine||Hard to use on trips/errands |
|One size fits all||Take a little longer to put on|
|Easy to use||Cloth diapers are bulkier|
|Look like a diaper cover||A lot of money right up front|
|Fewer rashes||They smell like ammonia if not washed immediately |
Since having a baby, I have wanted to give cloth diapers a shot. Finally, after ten months, I broke down and bought 12 cloth diapers and inserts. Thirty-six dirty diapers later, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on cloth diapers.
Pros of Cloth Diapers
- They are cheaper in the long run. I spent $130 on 12 cloth diapers (included 24 microfiber inserts )and 24 additional inserts. Looking back, I would have only got 12 of the inserts, which would have made my total $100. Note Here are the two products I would suggest, ALVABABY Cloth Diapers and ALVABABY Charcoal Bamboo Inserts. I have also heard that Hemp inserts are great, however they are more expensive and I have had no problem just using the Bamboo inserts.
- Cloth Diapers are better for the environment. Any parent knows how many diapers children go through. My garbage cans have never filled up so fast! Fewer diapers in landfills are a step to helping cut back on waste.
- Better at containing urine . My little girl has never leaked through her cloth diaper, which hasn't been the case with disposable diapers. It has been over three weeks since I changed her sheets due to an accident.
- One size fits all. The snaps on the cloth diapers are incredible. I can use the same diapers from Newborn until potty training is complete .
- Easy to use. I was so scared that I would be so confused. It is easy! You put the inserts into the pocket ( I prefer one microfiber and one bamboo insert.) Then you snap the diaper on your baby.
- Cloth diapers look like a diaper cover. The cute designs on the diapers are perfect! They look cute under dresses, by themselves, or with a t-shirt.
- Fewer rashes! I was shocked when I realized my daughter's rashes were finally going away within days of using the cloth diapers. Did you know that cloth diapers lead to fewer diaper rashes? I sure didn't.
Cons of Cloth Diapers
- You can't just throw it away. Everyone wants to deal with dirty diapers as little as possible. Yet, cloth diapers must be emptied, washed, dried, and assembled.
- Dirty wipes are nasty! I used to fold dirty wipes into the diaper before disposing of it. Now, I have to throw the dirty wipes in the trash before emptying the poop into the toilet.
- You need to wash one more load. I was shocked at how much more laundry we have with a baby. Now I run yet another load of soiled diapers.
- They are hard to use on a trip/errands. No one wants to transport dirty diapers around with them. No one wants to empty a poopy diaper in a public place. I have disposable diapers on hand for when we go on trips.
- Take a little longer to put on. Now there are at six things to snap instead of two. It doesn't take much time unless your child is like mine and doesn't cooperate.
- Cloth diapers are bulkier. I was shocked at how big cloth diapers are. My child now grows out of clothes faster due to the massive diaper.
- A lot of money right up front. A $100 will buy quite a few disposable diapers. It is hard to pay it forward, knowing it will take at least a few months to make it worth it.
- They smell like ammonia if not washed immediately. I wash my diapers every 3 to 4 days and they smell like ammonia. In order to rid the diapers of the spell I usually run each load twice.
- When the poop isn't sold it is anything but pleasant. Swishing a dirty diaper around in the toilet is anything but pleasant. Note: Baby's don't poop solid for the first few month, which can make cloth diapers a nightmare.
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Written By: Kristen