How Do Cloth Diapers Compare to Disposable Diapers?
Use the Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator
New parents often balk at the expense of baby supplies. Besides bottles, formula, baby food, and baby furniture, the most expensive necessities for newborns and older babies are diapers. The easiest way to save money (and save the environment) is to use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers go through the laundry so that they can be reused over and over. You can even reuse the same cloth diapers on new infants and babies as your family grows. There are pros and cons for both cloth diapers and disposable diapers, so use the diaper savings calculator to compare prices and make the best decision for your family.
Cloth Diaper Pros: The reusable nature of cloth diapers means that parents can save thousands of dollars on diapering supplies from birth to potty training. And when you consider how many tons of disposable diapers are dumped into landfills each year, cloth diapers are also a greener, more environmentally-friendly choice. High-end cloth diapers come in cute designs, so your baby can look uniquely fashionable and color coordinated as well. Many people use cloth diapers also use reusable wipes and washclothes instead of disposable wipes, thereby saving even more money.
Cloth Diaper Cons: The basic cloth square and fitted plastic cover are fairly cheap, and great for daily wear around the house. But if your baby is a soaker, or you travel frequently, you will need to buy high-tech, high-end reusable diapers. Fancy cloth diapers can set you back as much as $20 for one diaper. This can make the up-front cost of cloth diapers much higher than the recurring monthly costs of disposable diapers. Nevertheless, the major con of cloth diapers is doing laundry. It is much more time consuming and costly (and gross!) to wash the cloth diapers several times a week.
Disposable Diaper Pros: The chief advantage of disposable diapers is convenience and sanitation. With inventions like the Diaper Genie (TM), using disposable diapers can keep your home freer of germs and your laundry room smelling fresher. Another reason to use disposable diapers is that many companies make biodegradable, environmentally-friendly diapers. These disposable diapers break down in landfills more readily that traditional plastic diapers, so their environmental impact is greatly reduced.
Disposable Diaper Cons: The major disadvantage of disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers is the cost. While older babies use fewer diapers per day than infants, the monthly cost of diapers, wipes, and Diaper Genie refills is still higher than the cost of washing cloth diapers.
In reality, most parents use a combination of disposable and cloth diapers. Cloth diapers have the advantage for daily wear around the house, while disposable diapers are preferable for travel, overnight wear, and super poopers.
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