Disposable Diapers vs Reusable Diapers

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Disposable Diapers vs Reusable Diapers
    Reusable is the best way to go! : (24 votes)
    46 %
    I am a Disposable Diaper Queen! : (22 votes)
    42 %
    I use both : (4 votes)
    8 %
    other...please explain : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    562 posts
    Busy bee

    I have not had children yet, but my mother cloth diapered all 4 of me and my siblings! I am so grateful for her hard work, and am proud of all the waste we saved from going in the landfills. 

    My FI is currently scared of reusable diapers, but I know its because we were raised differently- they were never taught the importance of recycling, volunteering, leaving a campsite cleaner than how you found it, etc. I am really hoping to convert him before we have babies! Or at least we can do cloth most of the time, and disposable for vacations, camping, etc. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I LOVE cloth diapers. I used them exclusively for the first 7 months, then used some disposibles mixed in.

    My DH was difficult to get on board, but after I started (and allowed him to use disposibles when I wasn’t around, lol) he was happy we used them. We saved so much $$$, especially in the newborn/early stages when you go through SO many.

    I used prefolds and covers for when she was really young and they were my favorite. Once she got bigger, I used Kawaii diapers and was pretty satisfied with them.

    If you are considering, I highly suggest Diaperswappers.com!

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    6000 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I plan to try cloth diapers. I really like that it saves money, is better for the environment, are known for having less “blowouts”, and they’re freakin cute. My FI is surprisingly on board for trying them out

    Post # 6
    Member
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It seems like everyone I know is doing cloth diapers! I mentioned to my mother that I might possibly us them for our future child and she was like, “oh no! Please, no!” Apparently she tried cloth diapering with me and it was a disaster whenever there was a ‘blowout’ haha. Seeping out the side and down the baby’s leg and such. However, that was 27 years ago and so I’m sure some progress has been made with preventing things like that 😉

    Post # 7
    Member
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We were going to do the cloth diaper thing, but we ended up not getting any that we registered for and were gifted over 300 disposables instead.  We planned to use up the disposables then swtich, but we never got around to it.

    My cousin cloth diapers and loves it!  There is a significant upfront cost, but she got most of hers on Amazon so it was reasonable.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I don’t have children, and don’t plan to for many years. However I have guinea pigs and I use a similar system for their bedding as it used for cloth diapers. For my pigs it works really well and it saves me a ton of money on bedding. They also much prefer running around on fleece than in soggy paper shavings. I made the whole thing myself by hand, and it was easy enough that I would consider making my own diapers. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wanted to try cloth diapering but our daycare won’t do them and it didn’t make sense to pay the upfront cost for us to use them at home but still have to supply the daycare with disposable ones.  Something to think about if you plan to use child care.  If not I say go for it, saves quite a bit of money after the initial purchase of the diapers.

    Post # 10
    Member
    6000 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @adoc86:  oh yeah, the old fashion ones our mothers used (my mom used them for my brother) were literally a square cloth and giant safety pins…they’ve come a looong way since then lol.

    Post # 11
    Member
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @IzzyBear:  yeah thats what I figured. They can’t possibly be so bad if so many people are opting to use them!

    Post # 12
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    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @adoc86:  I will never use cloth diapers. I feel how your mom does. Even if they have come a long way, I am still putting something that was covered in shit in my laundry machine. I’d rather spend the least amount of time with shit as possible. Garbage it is 😛

    Post # 13
    Member
    31 posts
    Newbee

    Cloth diapers! My mom used them because my brother and I both got diaper rash with the disposable. I think there were some studies done that the disposable has a much higher rate of diaper rash and that the chemicals make them smell much worse when dirty.  I’ll post a link when I get a chance. But I nannied and used cloth and they weren’t that bad and you can get liners that are disposable to put in the cloth, but cloth have always been easier for me to use (though I don’t have children).

     

     

    Cost Comparisons: 

    http://www.babyworks.com/cost-comparisons 

     

    This one might be a bit biased, but it covers what I’ve heard from other moms:

    http://www.diaperjungle.com/why-use-cloth-diapers.html

    Post # 14
    Member
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @MrsPanda99:  I babysit my 7mo old niece. DISPOSABLE. I want it gone as soon as possible. I’m also one of those, “It’s NEVER clean enough” type people when it comes to things with bodily fluids/excretions.

    Post # 15
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    1147 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @June232012:  We are going to use disposable’s. I was a nanny for a couple of years and one of the babe’s I watched was cloth diapered. I wasn’t a fan of the who thing, but I can say I’ve tried it and it’s not for me. I know lots of mama’s that CD and swear by it. I think it’s a personal decision for each family & you’ll figure out what’s best for you and go with it.

    Post # 16
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    2913 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i don’t have kids, but i think when the time comes i’d like to give cloth diapers a try. i’ll probably keep some disposables around to use on trips and for my husband to use because i don’t think he’ll be 100% on board with cloth diapers. my mom used cloth diapers on my older brother and i. with my younger bro she had to switch to disposables because the cloth ones weren’t absorbant enough and my brother was prone to diaper rashes. this was 20-something years ago. i’m sure cloth diapers have come a long way since then.

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