Here is the bad part of cloth diapering. I’m going to tell you so you know going into it what you’ll have to deal with. The thing no one tells you when you actually do your diapering research.
It’s not the mess. Disposables are far more likely to leak or succumb to poop explosions. Technically you are supposed to remove fecal matter from dispoables as well as cloth diapers (except in cloth you can throw it into the wash until you introduce solids). You STILL have to change diapers regardless of whether you use cloth or disposables.
It’s not that its harder. Fasten one side, fasten the other. That’s not rocket science is it? Then do laundry… well shouldn’t all of us know how to and actually do laundry on a regular basis?
The bad part of cloth diapering is the RUDE comments people make when you make this choice. This choice that is better for the environment, keeping over 2500 diapers per child per year out of landfills (did you know they take 200 years to decompose?) In addition to that, you are supposed to remove fecal matter from diapers before throwing them in the trash in order to prevent the spread of disease, but not very many people do that. So most people using disposables are therefore spreading disease. It may take more water to wash a cloth diaper, but there is far more water used during the manufacturing process of disposables.
This choice that *can* be more economical. Sure the initial investment can be more. $80 – $500 to make a full-time cloth diapering stash depending on the type and brands you choose to use. It costs around $1000 per year per child in disposables. Except with cloth you can reuse them for subsequent children. The part that rarely gets brought up is RESALE value of cloth diapers is quite surprising. There is no return on investment for disposables.
(I say *can* because there are those, like myself, who tend to get carried away with cloth diapers and buy and sell to the point that they have no longer made a savings. If you are the type that is ambivalent about diapering, you WILL save money)
This choice that is healthier for your children. The chemicals found in diapers are potentially DANGEROUS and here. Production of these diapers is self-regulated, meaning that there is NO ONE for these companies to check in with or meet safety guidelines for before putting this product onto the shelf.
This choice that is so much fun. Picking out different prints by mood, event or season.
This choice that is all-around positive in every way. Why do people feel the need to criticize it?
I don’t set out to make my disposable diapering friends feel bad for making their choice. (I started using disposables with my first two children). Some people don’t like the idea of washing diapers, I get it. It’s cool with me, we all have our own set of priorities. Some people have the motivation, will, and priorities to use cloth diapers, and some don’t. It doesn’t make any of us right or wrong for making our choices. We make them in the best interest of balancing our family needs.
Ideally though, I’m going to say it. Cloth Diapers are better. (When I say ideally, I don’t mean anyone should risk their sanity or compromise on their own set of priorities to cloth diaper, but I do mean that anyone out there who can should at least research it and learn about it before you discard it as an option)
***This post was written in response to someone coming into my home, looking at my diaper stash and telling me “They make disposables for a reason you know! They are simpler, easier and way less messy”.