Cloth Diapering Pros and Cons
- They’re softer against baby’s skin – and lots of moms swear their babes get fewer diaper rashes in cloth.
- They’re easier to use than ever. Hybrid systems like the Flip mean you can use disposable inserts on trips and cotton at home. All-in-one diapers are really no different than disposables, except for the trashing vs. washing part.
- Lots of cloth diapers are super cute in owl prints, bright colors, and soft, fuzzy wool.
- Potty training is easier since toddlers can feel they’ve wet their diapers.
- You never run out of diapers, though there may be some panicked washing and drying.
- Travel is a huge pain. You’re constantly obsessing about where the next washing machine is and wondering if your car smells like a diaper pail.
- Your mom/babysitter/nanny/partner may not be super keen on your cloth diapering plan or might not understand how to use them. You may need to craft a marketing campaign to justify your choice.
- You already do a million loads of laundry. For lots of new parents, the idea of washing diapers at the end of the day is too much.
- The bulk of a cloth diaper can make clothes fit awkwardly (think Weeble-like) or require going up a size.
- Cloth diapers need to be changed a little more often than disposables.
- You can double diapers at night, but some moms report leakage until they’ve found the right cloth solution. Others use disposables at night for super-soaker kiddos.
- A little bit of administrative juggling from diaper services, if you use them. One mom noted that even if she doesn’t use all the diapers in her delivery, she still has to pay for them.