Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapering

by - January 01, 2018

When you're starting to consider cloth diapers everything can seem really overwhelming. How do you know what the RIGHT decision is? I've compiled this list of pros and cons to help you see both sides of cloth diapering.

The Truth about Cloth Diapers


Less Waste
Disposable diapers may take 500 years to decompose! Cloth can be used over and over until it's practically falling apart. And even after the PUL loses effectiveness you can still use the shells for swim diapers!

Less Money Overall
I'll get into this more in a future blog post, but newborns go through approximately 3000 diapers in the first year! Disposable prices are all over the board, but if you figure 20 cents per diaper that's $600 JUST for a year. You can very easily cloth diaper all the way through potty training for far less than that.

Up front purchase
Cloth is a one time investment. Once you've bought enough diapers you don't have to buy any more! If you have weeks where you're scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to get by you'll never have to choose diapers over food.

Resale Value
Cloth diapers can be resold when you're done with them!! You definitely can't say that about sposies.

Even diapers that end up stained with stretched out elastics will almost always have value in someone's eyes. Most diapers in good condition can get 50-75% on the resale market.

Less Chemicals
You know how when you have a brand new baby you're so careful about everything that touches their skin? You make sure to wash their clothes in baby detergents and avoid using heavily scented lotions or soaps on them. So why would you want to put a diaper full of synthetic materials and scents on their most sensitive parts? With cloth you know exactly what you're putting on your baby.

So So Cute!
This point is self-explanatory. Some disposable brands try to put cute prints on their diapers, but at the end of the day they're still just sposies. Cloth diapers come in any color, print, or theme you can dream of. You can coordinate them to any outfit. You can even get them personalized with your child's birth stats! The possibilities are truly endless.

Cloth Diaper Stack Lay


Cloth diapering does require a little extra laundry. On top of all the other household responsibilities that can be overwhelming for parents of a newborn.

Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers for the minimum required stash, but it can become so addictive! It can be so hard to stop from wanting to #buyallthediapers

Up Front Purchase
Yes, this point falls into the Pros and the Cons. While cloth is cheaper in the end, it's not as easy to get started. You can't just go out and spend a few dollars to get a few diapers. There are ways to build your stash, though, and there are many organizations out there to help those on low budgets get some diapers to start out with. I can't wait to get more into this, but if you've got questions about resources in the meantime feel free to message me or comment below.

Night Time/ Heavy Wetters
Diapering for night time or for a heavy wetter can be tricky. Different things work for different babies and it can be pricey to try out different systems when you don't know if they'll work for your child.

Many daycare centers are hesitant to use cloth, but there are no states where it is illegal! It may just take a bit more trouble to search for a place that will accept your child in cloth diapers, and you typically must provide specific types of diapers and wet bags to fall within the licensing rules. 

Make Cloth Mainstream

For me, obviously, the pros outweigh the cons. Are there any aspects that are still making you hesitant? I'd love to hear from you and help you with your decision!

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  1. The pros definitely out weigh the cons for me too! I definitely love having less chemicals and waste. I dont like the laundry, but thats no big deal. Life involves laundry. That's just how it is. Id rather do a load of laundry every couple of days then trash every day!

    1. YES! Laundry happens either way! I hand wash currently, but when I had a washer/dryer I'd wash my daughter's clothes or the kitchen towels with my diapers most of the time, so it really didn't feel like anything extra. If anything, it was getting OTHER laundry done more often!

  2. I started cloth diapering part time and quickly switched to full time cloth diapering. With 2 kids in diapers , cloth diapers have saved thousands of disposabledisposables hitting the landfill. And cloth diaper laundry is not a con for me. I love doing diaper laundry.

    1. I genuinely enjoy doing diaper laundry too! That's just one of the top reasons I hear in conversations with people about why they're not interested in cloth! But I'd be doing laundry anyway, so diapers a couple of times a week really don't add on much trouble. And I just get so much satisfaction seeing the diapers get cleaned!

  3. Well said! You cover all the bases. :)
    Since cloth diapering, I have had to try a few brands to find what works for my son's shape as he's grown, and tried a few combos to find a good overnight solution. I didn't realize when I started that what I started out with may not work as he got older. I wish someone would have explained that to me! Yep, different things work for different babies at different times! Defintely a good point to make!