Cloth vs disposable diapers: it is worth it in the long run to go with cloth? Check out the pros and cons of each and decide which is best for your baby & budget!
Are you wondering what diapers to buy for your newborn? Are cloth diapers worth trying? Then don’t stop reading to find an answer to your question. Having a baby is the greatest thing in a woman’s life. But after the baby comes, you suddenly realize that you should have stocked up on diapers, because you need tons and tons of them. And in time you start to think whether disposable ones are worth it and whether you should switch to cloth ones. Well, I’m here to help you make your choice. I’m going to talk about cloth and disposable diapers and compare them by price, convenience, and health.
Cloth diapers reduce expenses in half
If you’re looking at things in the short run disposable diapers are cheaper than cloth ones. A disposable diaper costs around 17-35 cents, depending on the brand and the quantity. The price of cloth diapers also varies depending on the brand and the material, but you can expect to spend around $7 per diaper.
However, until you start potty training your child, you’ll need around 8,000 disposable diapers. Yes, that’s right. Imagine how many dirty diapers you’re going to throw away! And how much will you have to pay for this?
Well, let’s do some sums! 8,000 diapers x 17c = $1360. And that’s if you go with the cheapest and biggest packages on the market. But since that’s not usually the case, specialists estimate that an average family will spend around $2000-$2500 on diapers and diapers accessories. Wow!
On the other hand, cloth diapers will be more expensive in the beginning when you have to buy in bulk. For reference, you’ll need around 24 diapers for a newborn and another 24 when your baby hits 15-20 pounds. So you can build a stash of cloth diapers for as little as $250-$500, depending on the brands and possible discounts.
Of course, if you’re using diaper laundering service, the price will go up. But if you do your own laundering, you’ll spend around $800-$1000 on cloth diapers, cloth diapers accessories (inserts, covers, wipes), and bills.
As you can see from a financial point of view, cloth diapers can save you money vs. disposable diapers. And that’s not all. If you decide to have another child, you won’t have to buy another 8,000 disposable diapers and spend nearly $2000. You can reuse your cloth diapers, which will reduce your expenses drastically.
Disposable diapers require less effort
If we have to be honest, disposable diapers are more convenient in most cases. You remove the sticky, full diaper, get the new one on, and throw the dirty one in the garbage bag. Easy-peasy, right?
Using cloth diapers means that you have to deal with the icky side of the problem. After all, you can’t just throw the diaper with the poop in the washer. In addition to this, you’ll be doing a lot of laundry which requires times and efforts. And after a hard day of taking care of a moody baby, you might not be up to this task.
Moreover, if you need to change the baby in the parking lot of the supermarket, you’ll have to take the dirty diaper home to wash it. And cloth diapers can be messy because they do not absorb so well as disposable ones. So be prepared to carry a bag of smelly diapers every time you go somewhere with the baby.
On the good side, cloth diapers are as easy to change as disposable one because they have Velcro or snaps and they fit snuggly. Moreover, you won’t have to rush to the supermarket in the middle of the night when you realize that somehow you’ve run out of disposable diapers yet again.
Cloth diapers don’t contain chemicals
Since cloth diapers are less absorbent than disposable ones, this means that you’ll have to change the baby more often. While for some of you that might not seem a good thing, regularly changing the diaper and keeping the baby dry means that you won’t have to deal with diaper rash often.
In addition to this, some disposable diapers contain dyes, scents, and chemicals, which will irritate the sensitive skin of your newborn. So, if your baby’s bottom is constantly sore, it might be time to get rid of the disposable diaper (or look into more hypoallergenic options, and yes, they do exist). Moreover, some babies enjoy the soft texture of the cloth diaper more than the texture of the disposable one.
Also, your baby will start to feel wet and uncomfortable in the cloth diaper when he grows older. So, it will be easy to start potty training and transition to undies.
Bottom line: you really have to decide whether cloth or disposable diapers are best for your baby, your budget, and your lifestyle. Honestly, either option is just fine. Don’t let anyone else try to talk you into choosing one over the other if you have your heart set on a certain type of diaper. Cloth diapers are worth it, but then again, so are disposable!
So what do you think about cloth diapers? Do you use disposable diapers or cloth ones? What’s your experience with both? Tell us in the comments.