Diapers: Today’s Choices

Before a baby is even born, there are many things to consider. Among the decisions, new parents must choose a diaper option. A baby can use either disposable or cloth diapers, or a little of each. Here is a comparison of the two choices.

Types of Cloth Diapers

Using cloth diapers may seem overwhelming, but they are actually very simple. There are a few systems that may work better for individual needs. To begin, a prefolded diaper is a piece of cloth that is folded up and sewn together. This will be what absorbs the liquid. It will be necessary to use a waterproof cover over it. It will usually be made from a breathable material and fastened with velcro or snaps. The covers can be reused over and over, just like the diapers. This is the cheapest cloth diaper option, but it may be less convenient because of the two separate pieces. Another variety is a one-piece fitted diaper, but a waterproof cover is also necessary with these.

A pocket diaper is a different cloth design. This item has a waterproof layer that makes contact with the skin. It has an opening between the layers where an absorbent pad is inserted. It usually fastens to the baby with snaps. This option is a bit more expensive and can be harder to clean.

For added convenience, many people use a cloth diaper service. Even though it is more expensive than home laundry, it will assure clean and Ph balanced cloth for baby’s skin. Once you’re signed up, you will trade the dirty diapers for clean ones, usually weekly. You can easily increase/decrease the number needed.

Cloth and Disposable Diapers:  Advantages and Disadvantages

Cloth diapers contain fewer chemicals than disposable diapers. This lowers the risk for an allergic reaction. Cloth is also friendly to the environment. Even though a cloth diaper is absorbent, it is more likely to leak when high amounts of urine are allowed to sit.

Disposable diapers are very convenient. They lock in wetness and keep it away from baby’s skin better than cloth. Since they are thrown away, there is no laundry to worry about. Unfortunately, they are an expensive purchase, contain chemicals, and are not friendly to the environment. Though they are a great option for occasions when you go away for a few days, as the travel itself is more difficult with a baby, let alone trying to wash a bunch of diapers.

Cost of Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers

Most often, cloth diapers will save a new mom money. Even though the brand of disposable diapers will make a difference, the cost over a two year period will be approximately $2000. Cloth diapers are much less expensive, especially when not using a diaper service for cleaning. After spending money upfront for waterproof covers, diapers, and inserts, hundreds of dollars will be saved in the long run. The best part is that they can be reused for future children! You can often find used ones in good condition for sale online, or for trade with other parents for different sizes.


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