Published July 31, 2010 by
The debate has long raged on between families who use cloth diapers versus families who use disposable diapers. Both sides have a good argument. Before you decide which you’ll use, check out some of the features and benefits of both.
Cloth diapers are definitely more work. You’ll need to master the art of safety pinning a diaper onto a baby whose legs are flailing in the air. You will need a diaper pail for the sole purpose of storing dirty diapers until you can wash them or they are picked up by the service. Do you really want a pail full of soiled diapers sitting around? Also, you will have to put a plastic waterproof liner on your baby outside the diaper as leaks are plentiful. Cloth can’t hold nearly as much fluid as high-tech modern disposables. So you’ll be changing your baby more often, and there’s also a fairly good chance that leaks will happen.
Disposables have to go somewhere and that somewhere is the landfill. Yes, they do biodegrade over time, but for now they’re adding to the trash piles. You’ll use lots of diapers over the years and will have to keep buying new one, so you’re using more resources both in the money you spend and in the materials needed to make them. The diapers are made to wick moisture away from baby’s bottom, but baby is still wrapped essentially in a plastic covering, so some diaper rash will likely occur from time to time.
The choice between cloth or disposable diapers is personal. Either method works just fine. Weigh all the facts and then stick to your guns when a mom scrunches up her nose in judgment at your choice. Both sides think they’ve made the better choice; however, when it comes to your baby, the choice is yours. Just be ready for the occasional debate!
If you know Mom will be using disposable diapers, then one of the all-time best shower gifts is a baby diaper cake. They can do double duty as the baby shower centerpiece and as a gift for the mom-to-be. Every new parent can utilize diapers so this is one gift you know won't be returned!