Cloth vs Disposable Diapers: 9 Things To Consider When Choosing

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Here are the nine things to consider when choosing between cloth and disposable diapers.

9. Who Is Caring For Your Baby. Before making a decision about whether to use cloth or disposable diapers, you have to consider who is caring for your baby. There are few daycares who will work with cloth diapers and it isn’t exactly fair to send your baby off to a sitter and expect them to willingly accept cloth diapers without an option. Source: everydayfamily.com

8. Baby’s Comfort. Disposable diapers are generally more absorbent than cloth diapers, so they can keep your baby’s skin dry. On the downside, it can be harder to tell when a disposable diaper needs to be changed. If you decide to use cloth diapers, choose a kind that has several layers of different types of fabric. These will absorb moisture better than a diaper with just a single layer of fabric. No matter what type of diaper you use, check them often and change them when they’re wet or messy. Source: embracefamilyhealth.com

7. Diaper Rash Prevention. There’s no huge difference here, as long as you change baby’s diaper when it’s full. Leaving on a soiled diaper (cloth or disposable) increases risk of diaper rash and doesn’t feel so great for baby. Disposable diapers are more breathable, but their moisturizing, absorbent chemicals irritate some babies. Some babies might prefer the softer feel of cloth diapers. Source: thebump.com

6. Convenience. Disposable diapers are the clear winner when it comes to convenience. No pins, no pails, no folding, no washing. Disposable diapers are especially handy if you don’t have a washer and dryer or if you’re traveling. Source: embracefamilyhealth.com

Many cloth diapers are now available with velcros, snaps, waterproof elastic waist and leg closures and removable liners making it easier than ever to go green. With the only caveat being that you have to launder them. Source: newportchildren.com

5. Leak Prevention. Disposable diapers can soak up more urine than cloth diapers, so they are less prone to leak. They’re a little bit better at holding in feces, too. Either way you go, at some point there’s probably a disposable diaper in your future. Source: embracefamilyhealth.com

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