Friday, February 13, 2015

The Reality of Cloth Diapers Vs. Disposable Diapers


Advocates of cloth diapers point out that modern cloth diapers are almost as convenient as disposables.  There are cloth diapers with snaps, velcro closures, pocket cloth diapers, and so on.  You will also need liners for extra absorbency, and diaper covers to help prevent leakage.  All-in-one cloth diapers are made, that have a liner and a waterproof outer layer built in to the design, and to the credit of cloth diapers companies, the style and design has improved remarkably.

The greatest obstacle with cloth diapers is the maintenance. Cloth diapers need to be washed before they're used to increase absorbency, preferably soaked between washings, and require special washing instructions to ensure their cleanliness after soiling.  Add to this that cloth diapers lose their absorbency over time due to detergent build-up and even the most organic parenting team may think twice about using cloth diapers.  This situation is difficult at home, but will be a hassle when you're out and about.  Babies need to be changed a lot, and the common estimate of 10-12 a day doesn't account for the bad days when her eyes are bigger than her stomach or you decided to switch formula or stop breast-feeding.  Because of this, many cloth diaper users will switch to disposable when they go out.





GroVia - Shell Snap Closure Hybrid Cloth Diaper

GroVia - Shell Snap Closure Hybrid Cloth Diaper - Citrus


Bummis - Super Whisper Cloth Diaper Cover

Bummis - Super Whisper Cloth Diaper Cover - Froggy Pond


Thirsties - Duo All in One Cloth Diaper

Thirsties - Duo All in One Cloth Diaper - - Rose


fuzzibunz Elite Pocket Cloth Diaper - Snap

fuzzibunz - Elite Pocket Cloth Diaper - Snap - Dragon Fly


Bummis - Super Snap Cloth Diaper Cover

Bummis - Super Snap Cloth Diaper Cover - Bloom
Bummis - Super Snap Cloth Diaper Cover - Bloom - $14.45, 5.99 shipping - Available at Diapers.com



Cloth vs. Disposable

The allure of organic cotton against your baby's delicate skin is enough to turn any Mom or Dad into an instant cloth diaper fan. The soft, natural feel of cloth not only feels better to your baby, but it means less diaper rash, right?  As it turns out, skin irritation most often caused by moisture is the biggest culprit in diaper rash.  Although rash can occur from plastic liners or a diaper fitting too snugly, the largest cause of irritation is from babies left in urine soaked diapers too long.  The often vilified super-absorbents in disposable diapers can absorb up to four times as much liquid as the best cloth diaper, and the material keeps moisture away from the baby's skin.  No matter which diaper you choose, cloth or disposable, the best way to prevent diaper rash is by making sure your baby stays clean and dry, and that means changing your baby frequently.Description for product



The Honest Company Premium Plant-based Disposable Diapers

Honest Technology - The Honest Company Premium Plant-based Disposable Diapers - Size 2 - 12-18 Lbs.


Environment

One advantage cloth diapers have over disposables is that they take up zero space in our landfills.  Before you start to feel guilty about the mountains of dirty diapers you think you're creating every day, know that Consumer Reports shows that dirty diapers only consist of about 2% of our landfill volume.  While 0% would be better, what cloth diapers lack in creating landfill waste, they make up for in energy costs and water usage.



The Bottom Line

The bottom line in diapering is expense and convenience.  Using cloth diapers has become easier, and using a diaper service makes it easier still.  However, disposable diapers, despite their synthetic material, are more effective at absorbing wetness and keeping your baby dry.  No diaper can replace the loving attention of a parent, though, and one who makes sure the diaper is changed, and changed often.




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