Cloth diapers vs disposables, which do you prefer?

United States
August 27, 2012 11:21pm CST
I have disposable diapered my two girls until recently. My two year old is toilet training and I have given her cloth to be able to slip on and off to use the potty easier. I made a couple of cloth diapers for future children and now I'm addicted. I love making the teeny tiny ones which are good since when they are newborns they need to change a lot! I wish I had done this earlier but I never had the exposure. Now I love cloth diapers and the savings that come along not to mention the environmental positive aspects. Which have you tried? Do you use both or do you have a preference?
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• United States
28 Aug 12
I'm sure that cloth diapers are great for the environment and cheaper but I can't imagine the mess with them. I'm a mother of four and I'm all about convenience. My kids are all close in age, my oldest two are 20 months apart, then there's 23 months between the second and third and 14 months between the third and the youngest, yes we were busy lol, but we wanted a big family and didn't want a bunch of years between the kids. My youngest is just recently out of diapers (just turned 3) and we always had at least 2 of them in diapers at the same time. It was expensive yes, but we found that the generic brand of disposable diapers worked just as well as the name brands. I'm a stay at home mom and I couldn't imagine having to constantly change cloth diapers all the time. When the kids were potty training, I put them in pull-ups for a bit and then switched to underwear with a plastic cover so they could feel what it was like to be wet. If we have any more children, which I doubt because we have our hands full with ours at 7, 6, 4, and 3, I'm sure we will go right back to the disposables. =)
• United States
28 Aug 12
I understand why you say it would be hard. I am thinking opposite as I want a large family and that is why I want to go the cloth diaper route exclusively with my future Holden. It's a one time expense on material as I make them mysel or to buy the size needed when purchased. There are lots of alternatives out here now. If I didn't use the easy to make slip on type my toddler wears I would definitely invest on them now. Since they can be saved for my future hchildren. Especially if you would have children close in age as I plan when I hit thirty:) congratulations on your large family. We can only handle one baby at a time now with finances unsteady. I can't wait to have a home full of little ones:)
• United States
5 Feb 13
I quote what MsControversy said "the mess that comes with it". Yes, I agree. I also use cloth diapers..which I bought through online shopping. It's really saving us a lot of money, especially if I do the math. The Cloth Diapers cost 1,600 pesos (philippine peso) per set. One set is good for two days. One piece of Disposable Diapers cost 7 (pesos) Four (4) diapers per day is consumed 7 pesos x 4 diapers = 28 pesos per day. and 28 pesos per day x 365 calendar days per year = 10,220 pesos Imagine the savings? So I think I am not bothered with its mess anymore. Besides, the cloth diapers are comes with a fabric that resists stain and it's very easy to wash. The stain, especially the poop, can be removed in one washing. But I still respect MsControversy's opinion, of course, it's a different scenario when you have four kids. Enjoy the time with your kids.. and do whatever you believe is best for them :) I guess that is the point of all these, mothers always want what's best for their kids..
@dorannmwin (36671)
• United States
1 Sep 12
Both of my children were disposable diaper babies. The reason that I made that choice was because at the time that they were small, that was actually the only option that I knew about. Cloth diapers really weren't something that I heard much about until the time that my son was starting to be potty trained. I won't have any more children, but if I was ever blessed with the opportunity to raise another child, I would be a big advocate of cloth diapering for many reasons.
• United States
2 Sep 12
Thank you for your comment. I am very interested to hear your reasons as I feel I am defending the use of cloth diapers often. I use both for different reasons. I'm not particualrly environmentally conscience right now so that is not a main reason for me. Is that a reason for you?
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
I still prefer disposable diaper for my daughter. For me, we can refrain our baby frrom having rashes and uti since most of the disposable diaper has an indicator if its already full.
• United States
2 Sep 12
Yes that is understandable. If you clean the cloth diapers carefully each time and deep clean often enough and don't store them dirty for too long then that risk is less like disposables.I often go to an old tshirt to use while my daughter had a rash or in risk of rash due to sickness, heat or humidity. I have my disposables on hand for trips downtown wear I cannot hold so much and need to pack light.
@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
Both of our children used disposable diaper which the cost was included in the budget.. I really dont' know which is practical now a days - since I'm the one who work for my family I mean to say only source of income since before I that. Actually I remember my mother when my other brother and sisters stil infant which her using cloth as a diaper call it in our language (lampin) which made from cotton of empty bag of flour. But now there many choices the disposable and cloth diaper... May be in a rural area still using what I said above because of budget constrain....
• United States
2 Sep 12
I have used an old tshirt sometimes. Usually if my baby had a bad rash or it was so hot or the baby was sick. I often would bath and let them have air and a cotton tshirt was the best for that. I like both for different things but the cloth you must invest to make or purchase and the disposables are a constant investment. I dont consider our household one income if i save money with coupons, thrift stores, etc. I feel as I am earning, even here on mylot i earn pennies and feel good. Like Benjamin Franklin said, A penny saved is a penny earned!
@kaka135 (13479)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 13
I used disposable diapers for my first son, as I have not recover the modern cloth diapers at that time. I tried to use those traditional cloth diapers, just wrapped with a piece of cloth, but my son was not feeling comfortable when it was wet. Hence I went to the disposable ones. My second baby is using the cloth diapers, as I find them very useful and more absorbable. Also, it's better to her skin. Of course, it's also more environmental friendly and cost less. I don't think I will go back to use those disposable ones, as I really like the cloth diapers and always recommend it to my friends. I wonder if I can make them myself too.
@Shavkat (44872)
• Philippines
31 Aug 12
I am a cloth diaper baby, it is more affordable to do as customized. Some people still do with this kind of traditional diapers.
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
30 Aug 12
I am using and would continue using disposables. It's far more convenient than cloth diapers. And, disposables now are made in a way that it would be gentle to the baby's skin. The brand Im using now, is really good and is true to what the commercials say about it. The inner part that touches the baby's skin can stay dry for up to 12 hours, so it's not costly to change too often. Unless, the baby poops. It really is true, and I've experienced it myself. It may feel damp on the outside, but on the inside, its still dry so the baby don't get uncomfortable easily. But of course, if it starts to smell, that means you need to change nappies as bacteria could accumulate and could cause infections.