Studies reveal that an infant spends approximately 25,000 hours in a diaper and need around 6000 diaper changes in their first years of life. Using diapers not only make great effects on baby’s health and comfort but also impact parents’ bank account and the environment.
Disposable or cloth diapers have own pros and cons; most parents believe that one is better than another. Anyhow, parents are making the final decision, so being informed is very essential.
Pros & Cons of Cloth Diapers
- Of course, initial set up can be bit expensive but in the long run cloth diapers can work out much cheaper than disposables based on the system you use.
- It causes fewer rashes on babies as natural cotton fibers emit more easily.
- It can be used for toddlers. Thus, it works out even cheaper as you can use for any more children you have.
- It helps children to potty-train as the cloth seems to hold moisture closer to baby’s skin.
- It is generally tightened with diaper pins
- Most of daycare centers don’t use it
- Since it can be messy, it is not appropriate for travel.
- If not used properly, chances are lot for leakages.
Pros & Cons of Disposable Diapers
- Very handy and ease of use. Being the all-in-one product, disposable diapers come with less fuss than cloths.
- It comes with use and throw specialty. No need to wash and use again.
- Appropriate choice for parents traveling consistently.
- They snuggly fit and are very absorbent to prevent any kinds of leakage.
- Very expensive; you probably spend about $1500 per year for diapering.
- They are not environment friendly.
- It makes toddlers harder for potty-train as they cannot feel wetness with disposable diapers.
- It causes more diaper rashes.
- Super absorbency of these diapers is made of Sodium polyacrylate, causing allergic reactions on babies.
To conclude, making the decision to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers is very personal. Answers can be different for every parent. Go for what is best for you and your new-comer and your budget as well.