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Cloth Diapers VS Disposable

Cloth Diapering Pros / Cons

The choice between using cloth diapers VS disposable diapers is an important one for any family. Here are some of the pros and cons of using cloth diapers to help you decide if cloth is right for you!


Cost Savings:

Once you’ve purchased a cloth diaper, it's yours to keep and reuse over and over again. For a basic disposable diaper, you will spend $1500+ while your child is in diapers and that cost will be even higher if you choose more ecofriendly disposables. Cloth diapers will cost just a fraction of that for one child and can be reused for multiple children to increase the savings.

Fewer Chemicals:

Disposable diapers have often been found to contain chemicals including dioxins and sodium polyacrylate, toxins which the World Health Organization has stated can cause long-term health issues. Cloth diapers help limit your child’s exposure to these chemicals and can be purchased in a variety of materials, including many organic options.


In just one year your child may go through 2,500+ diaper changes. By choosing cloth, that’s 2,500 less diapers that end up in landfills. Disposable diapers buried in a landfill take approximately 500 years to decompose and contain chemicals that end up in the soil as they break down. Factor in the plastic, chemical byproducts, packaging, garbage bags, distribution transportation, consumer transportation, trees used to manufacture disposable diapers and the reduced environmental impact by using cloth diapers is undeniable.


Diaper Laundry:

Instead of just throwing a diaper out once it is used, a cloth diaper must be laundered. Most families do a load of diaper laundry every 1-3 days, however, they can be washed directly in your traditional washer.

Upfront Cost:

While the cost of disposable diapers is spread out of over the years your child is in diapers, the cost for cloth diapers is higher initially since you are generally purchasing a full set upfront. Once that initial cost is spread out over the time the cloth diapers are being used, the overall cost is significantly lower.