When it comes to parenting there are many decisions you make for your child that may seem simple from other point of view, but once it's your own child the small decisions become so much more complex. You may question things like which formula to use, what brand of stroller to buy, which baby monitor to trust, or what kind of diapers to use can be much more challenging. We have done a bit of the research for you when it comes to choosing if cloth or disposable diapers are best for your infant so you don't need to do the searching yourself.
Pros of Cloth
There are quite a few reasons to consider cloth diapers, especially since most of our followers are exploring a natural or holistic approach to parenting.
Cloth diapers are made out of natural fibers which means you're able to have a peace of mind knowing there are no unsafe chemicals such as dioxides, polyethylene and polypropylene either on or in your child's’ diaper.
They are less expensive than than traditional disposable diapers overtime, although they cost more upfront cashing out at around $300 for a fulltime set.
You are unlikely to ever accidentally run out of diapers, because you will be washing them as you go.
Some parents have found it easier to potty train their littles earlier when using cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers are much better for the environment as they are reusable and don’t end up in landfills everyday, unlike their disposable competition.
Cons of Cloth
When it comes to a night out and finding a sitter, it may be harder to find people to watch your child before they are finished potty training.
Cloth Diapers are not ideal for travel. As they must be washed each time they are used, and cannot just be thrown away, so you'll need to carry dirty diapers in your bag.
You have to do several extra loads of laundry per week which will run up your water and electric bills. The common cost of the excess detergent, + water and electricity usage comes out to roughly an additional $585 per year as based on other bloggers' experiences.
You cannot use any sort of creams on your child's’ little tush when you are using cloth diapers either, so keep that in mind.
Due to lack of the chemical sodium polycarbonate which is able to absorb up to 300x its weight, Cloth diapers are not as absorbent. Which will result in having to change your child's diapers more frequently.
All in all the final decision comes down to what you feel would be more plausible for your family. There are great benefits to cloth diapering, but it also comes with a few downfalls. It all just depends on how much the cons may affect your family and if it is worth it in the end.
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