Disposable vs. Cloth Diapers
One of the most common misperceptions about cloth diapers is that they are difficult to use and laborious to maintain. Modern cloth diapers are just as easy to change as a disposable and as easy to maintain as washing a load of laundry. With hook and loop or snap closures, adjustable sizing, and one or two piece designs, modern cloth diapers are convenient and versatile. They are arguably better at containing messes than disposable diapers, as they are designed with a more adjustable fit and stronger, thicker elastic at the legs and back.
Washing diapers at home adds two to three loads of laundry per week, and you never have to worry about running out of diapers - and running out to the store to restock in the middle of the night! As one cloth diapering mother, Kate, explains in a 2011 blog post, "My husband will vouch for the convenience factor—he’s never, ever, had to run out and buy more diapers. We’ve never watched for sales at Costco on enormous boxes of diapers. We’ve never had a trash can overflowing with non-biodegradable waste. He’s never had to drag an 80 lb bag of poop to the curb. When diapers are getting low, we throw them (along with our cloth wipes and our washable diaper pail liner) into the cold rinse cycle and walk away. It’s that simple. No getting in the car, no putting baby into the car seat, no opening up the wallet. Just rinse, wash, dry, and voila! Fresh, clean diapers ready and waiting." Read full post here.