Disposable vs Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers (cloth nappies) have evolved from the traditional pin system (nappy, nappy liner, and pin) to the cover system (nappy, nappy liner and nappy cover) available in snap or velcro. Today you have the all-in-one cloth diaper system which is the cover system ready built into one. Whichever system you decide to use, cloth diapers are great.

Should you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers? The tendency is to go for disposable diapers but our mothers and environmentalists would recommend using cloth diapers.

The main reasons for using cloth diapers are:

  • It is less hot and less likely for baby to develop nappy rash.
  • Cost less!
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Quicker to potty train.

Disposable Diapers

These are very well received options by parents today, they are made with special dry liners to keep wetness off babies' skin, and are tape closed to suit various baby sizes and comfort.

The main reasons for using disposable diapers are:

  • They are convenient and easy to use.
  • Last longer before a diaper change is required.
  • Less work, no washing.

Which should you use?

If your primary concern is cost or the environment, then use cloth diapers. If it is convenience and cost is not an issue for you, then disposable diapers would be your choice. What's important lies in being practical.

If you have the time and energy, using cloth diapers would be ideal, your baby is cleaner and less likely to develop nappy rash. Nappy rash can be rather irritable for your baby. On the other hand, with cloth diapers it also means more washing and incurring higher utility bills. However, use disposable diapers during the night so that both baby and you can get more sleep through the night.

Consider using disposable diapers whenever you take your baby out especially on long outings, your baby will need less changing compared to using cloth diapers. If you use cloth diapers on outings, make sure you bring enough and don't forget to bring a big bag to store them. Good diaper bags will come in handy.

With disposable diapers, your outings with your baby and family will be more pleasurable. I am not discouraging the use of cloth diapers, I recommend that both should be used.