Having a baby is a HUGE and exciting milestone in life! Whether this is your first, or your fifth, there is always one thing in common -you always want the best for your little one. With so many products out there today, you never know which ones to trust. Which ones will truly be best for your baby. One of the biggest baby products being…DIAPERS. The decision of baby disposable diapers vs. baby cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a hard one! This was one aspect of becoming a mother that I struggled with. I had no idea where to even start! Hopefully my experiences can make your decision easier!

Disposable Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers – Why Choose Cloth?

Diapers are one thing your baby can’t go without. When you have something that your baby will be wearing all the time, you want it to be high quality. Disposable diapers can be more convenient and they fit better with baby clothes. However, what I found when using disposable, my baby’s bottom was always raw. Even with using the best brands in disposable diapers and using natural wipes! Disposable Diapers aren’t cheap either. It quickly adds up when you see how many diapers you go through! Baby Cloth Diapers, in my experience, make my little one’s bottom SO much happier. Using high quality fabric makes all the difference. They are a little more bulky under their clothes, especially during the younger weeks/months, but those stages go by so fast that they fit into the cloth diapers quickly. I also love that I am not always running to the store for more diapers. In a nutshell, here are some reasons why I choose cloth diapers:

  • Saves money! More on this below 🙂
  • Helps the environment – not only are there less diapers in the landfills but also fewer chemicals!
  • Healthier option for your baby – again, less chemicals! The chemicals used in disposable diapers can cause diaper rash for your baby (it did with mine!)
  • Cute styles! – I know, it’s just a diaper but with cloth diapers they have so many cute patterns to pick from!

Back to the saving money aspect, baby cloth diapers can seem expensive at first, but think of it as an investment!

Investment in Baby Cloth Diapers

When first looking at cloth diapers, you might think that it doesn’t seem worth it. Too much work, too expensive, too messy. That may be true for some people, however for me I found it to be the opposite. You have to look at cloth diapers as an investment. It may seem a little more expensive upfront, but it will payoff in the long run. Both financially and in terms of well being for your little one! On average, a baby in the first year of life will use more than 2,500 disposable diapers…

Also, if you have more than one child, these cloth diapers can be used on your other little ones too! So again, it’s an investment!

Types of Cloth Diapers

Another part of Baby Cloth Diapers that can seem overwhelming are all of the different types! Again, hopefully my experience can simplify this for you! Here are the most common types of cloth diapers:

  1. All in One Cloth Diapers
  2. All in Two Cloth Diapers
  3. Prefold or Flat Diapers
  4. Pocket Diaper
  5. Fitted Diaper
  6. Diaper Cover (Waterproof Cloth Diaper Cover)

Now, again, that may seem overwhelming. I can help narrow these options down with my experience & talking with other mommas. I found that the ones that work best for me and my little one are the prefolds and all-in-ones. SUPER easy to use, high quality and they work great with my baby! I will dig into each type though so you can make up your own mind.

Middle of the Road – Use  Both

While I LOVE cloth diapers, there are times when it is just easier and more convenient to use disposables. For me, about 98% of the time, I am using cloth. However, when traveling or out and about, I will use disposable. Don’t be afraid to do what works for you. There is no right and wrong way to do this. You don’t have to be 100% disposable or 100% cloth. The “middle of the road” option & using both can be an awesome option, especially when starting out using cloth.

Ask Questions!

The road of motherhood, or parenthood for that matter, is a wild and crazy one. A road that we are never meant to travel alone, so PLEASE ask questions. Whether it is about diapers or something else, reach out to those other mommas around you! I’m always happy to help and answer any questions you have!

All the best,

Abby

abby@mommabearsknowbest.com