Convenience versus environmental care; this is the common debate among parents who can't decide whether to use disposable diapers or cloth diapers for their baby. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each camp. Both choices have good and bad points but are equally efficient in baby care.
These are the viable reasons as to why disposable diapers are chosen by some parents.
- Disposable diapers are popular choice because of their convenience. You unfold it, insert it into the baby's body, and then clip it. If the diaper is already full, you can just throw the whole thing into the trash bin.
- Adding to its convenience is the diaper's absorption capacity. Modern diapers have absorbent crystals that can carry more liquid than an ordinary cloth diaper can. Since the liquid is absorbed, rashes are prevented and constant diaper change is unnecessary.
- A disposable diaper is more sanitary than its cloth counterpart. Once a diaper is used, it is thrown away and never reused.
While disposable diapers have a lot of advantages, there are also bad effects that these things can bring:
- It might contain harmful materials for the baby's sensitive skin. The company might be using preservatives to protect the diaper from insects.
- A disposable diaper is oftentimes non-biodegradable. Piles of disposable diapers are dumped in landfills every year adding to the causes of land pollution.
- Disposable diapers take down many trees for its mass production while reusable cloth diapers use only little wood pulp for production.
- It is more expensive than the cloth counterpart in the long run. Parents have to buy diapers freqently.
Here are some reasons why some parents opt for cloth diapers.
- The cloth is reusable and for as long as you wash the diapers thoroughly, they are clean. They also come in customizable sizes and different colors.
- Cloth Diapers are environment-friendly dumping virtually nothing at landfills and not contributing to pollution.
- It is less expensive to maintain. All you need to maintain the usage are just one set of diapers, a comfortable pin or baby belt, and some detergent. You don't have to buy diapers regularly.
- It is chemical free guaranteed to glide smoothly on baby's skin.
- Cloth is more lightweight to the skin. Common cloth choices are gauze, cotton, flannel, bird's eye, and terry.
- Modern cloth diapers have snuggled fit designs to comfortable cling to baby's body.
There are disadvantages in using cloth diapers though.
- You need to wash the cloth regularly and must do it while the stain is still fresh. Otherwise, you will have a hard time removing it.
- It does not absorb better than disposable diaper. You need to be alert at night to check if it already needs changing unlike disposables which you can just leave overnight without much checking. Baby's skin is more prone to rashes if the diapers are unguarded.
- It is less sanitary when you fail to dispose the baby's waste properly and fail to wash the clothes thoroughly.