Cloth vs Disposable Diapers: Everything you need to know!

With an overwhelming amount of information out there about cloth vs disposable diapers, we decided to rally the troops (our amazing group of over 600 Quality Providers) to get some real world feedback about both!

PS: one of the perks about becoming a BabyQuip Quality Provider is that you get to literally ask ALL THE QUESTIONS about parenting, baby gear and babies to our awesome private Facebook community. It’s the best!

Anyways, back to the topic at hand: cloth vs disposable diapers? One is not better than the other. And they each have their obvious pros and cons! Disposables are bad for the environment. Cloth can be considered messy. Disposables are expensive. Cloth is inconvenient. With all that said, we found a lot of awesome aspects of both as well! Our Quality Providers gave some wonderful tips, tricks and pros & cons that we hope will help you decide the best diapering solution for you and your little one!

Part-time cloth diapering is a great option to consider!

cloth vs disposable diapers

Great news! You can choose to diaper both ways. Anna Braybrooks in California says, “I cloth diapered both my babies. My second, I just did part-time, so only at home. I used disposable diapers at night and when I was out of the house. That way I didn’t have to change diapers in the middle of the night. And it’s easier to dispose of a dirty diaper while out running errands. Cloth diapering part-time still helps save a lot of money and helps the environment.”

Either diapering option can encourage early potty training. 

child potty training

An end to diaper changes a little sooner? Yes please! “Cloth diapering is great for earlier potty training. Both our kids stopped pooping in their cloths and learned to poop in the potty at really early ages.” Thanks for the insight, Joyce Law in Canada!

On the flip side, Sarah Edwards in Michigan says, “I’m helping my eco-guilt about using disposable diapers by potty training at 20 months. That’s about one year of fewer diapers!”

So, there’s a way to potty train earlier with either option! Win, win!

Disposable diaper rewards programs are amazing. 

stack of disposable diapers

If you’re still debating about cloth vs disposable diapers, reward programs are great! Felicia Roberts in Florida says, “We bought Huggies and Pampers. And signed up for both rewards programs. Huggies Rewards are great. I get free diapers after accumulating so many points. They even let you scan gift receipts.“

And get this: “We used Pampers for our oldest and actually got a Plasma Car with our rewards, so that was pretty cool.” Wow! Amy Weinstein in Virginia got the ever popular toy Plasma Car?!

“Fluff butt” is a real thing and it sounds like it’s the cutest! 

baby crawling in the grass

Karri Morrison in Florida reminds us that when you are using cloth diapers, “Stripping is important and using the right soap. Oh, and ‘fluff’ butt is super cute!!” So what is this whole diaper stripping thing? We wanted to know too! It’s basically getting rid of all the build up that can happen with cloth diapers. But more importantly, fluff butt (cloth diapers make baby butts look puffy!) is definitely a reason to try cloth diapers in our books!

Use disposable diapers when life gets complicated. 

“We loved cloth until it was time to put our house on the market. House showings don’t mix well with wet bags!” Sarah Edwards in Michigan makes a great point! If you need to simplify and use disposables temporarily or decide to use them permanently, it will all be OK. BTW, disposables can still be somewhat eco-friendly! Here’s some great options to try.

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If you are leaning towards cloth diapers, find a support group and a diaper service. 

mom group

“I had a diaper service for the first 6 months. That was really nice. We used gdiapers. I’m a big fan.” Juliana Pugliese in California. 

“I joined a cloth diaper coop and group so I had a support group when I had questions or doubts.” Melanie Cox in Washington, DC.  Search Facebook to find cloth diapering groups; there are a ton!

Register and request diapers (either cloth or disposable) for your baby shower to offset the cost! 

mom opening gifts from baby registry list

This tip applies to either option. Cloth diapering can be expensive at the beginning; but the long term investment pays off. Disposables can be expensive in the long term! So why not include them in your baby registry?

“For my baby shower, I specifically asked for diapers in different sizes. My son is almost a year old and we have not needed to buy any diapers since we still have a stockpile.” Felicia Roberts in Florida.

Prints and styles are where it’s at with cloth diapers! 

cloth diapers with cute patterns

We didn’t know this but there are a plethora of cloth companies to choose from and it sounds like cloth diapers aren’t what they used to be! No more plain old white cloths with safety pins! There’s tons of options, styles, materials, and brands to pick from. You’ll want to find the right type of insert material and the right type of cover that works for your lifestyle and your baby. But trust us, you’ll not run out of adorable options!

“They say cloth saves you money, but for me it became a hobby. I had the CUTEST diapers. And I loved them so much. (I know it sounds crazy!) Blueberry was my favorite brand.” Veronica Rog in Illinois.

“You can often resell cloth diapers; there are tons of cute prints. Modern cloth diapers are soooo different!” Great idea, LoriAnne Phillips in Ohio! Why not resell? That’s a great way to make some money back and is totally eco-friendly!

Thirsties is releasing another new print in a week and I gotta have it!” Megan Cook in Maryland.

Cloth diapers can help a baby with sensitive skin. 

basket of cloth diapers

If your baby has sensitive skin and you’ve exhausted all disposable diaper and butt cream options, you may want to look into cloth. For some, it’s a great way to eliminate rashes. “Absolutely LOVED my cloth diapers. Both my kids had very sensitive butts and cloth helped a lot. I used gdiapers; they come in a lot of fun colors. Stinking cute in the summer with just a shirt.”  Annabell Potter in Florida.

Invest in the right cloth diapering supplies. 

nappies hanging on the line

As we mentioned, cloth diapers require an initial investment and some extra supplies or tools compared to disposable diapers. If you decide to go with cloth, make sure you purchase the right equipment! Whether it’s the inserts (we’ve heard good things about these ones; thank you, Jennifer Bubenik in Florida!), covers, spray, or soap, finding the right accessories is key!

“Investing in a good quality sprayer to wash off the yukies and a wet bed to store until laundry day is crucial.” Deanna Creel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Convenience can be priceless with disposables. 

packing a diaper bag for flying with baby

There’s no way around it. Using disposables is much more convenient in pretty much every way! Easier for caregivers, easier for traveling, easier when you have multiple diaper wearers in the same family!

“I love that I can toss a diaper and a small thing of wipes in my purse and be ready to go, any time.” Amy Weinstein in Virginia Beach, VA.

This last pro tip is something we never would have thought of!

“Oh and another big point I forgot to mention originally…especially when your baby is younger you have to go up a size or two in pants!” Megan Cook in Maryland has clearly accomplished some serious cloth diapering!

Phew! What a list of great info all about diapers! Big thanks to all the Quality Providers who contributed. We don’t know about you, but we feel much more confident in our knowledge cloth vs disposable diapers. Whichever way you choose, the best part will always be the cute little baby bums!

PS: want to hear some funny diaper blow out stories, click here!


  1. Morgan

    February 24, 2020 at 10:12 am

    There is some really great advice and tips in this article. With my first child I found that he was having blowouts all the time with disposable diapers. I tried the expensive kind, I tried the cheap kind and nothing seemed to work. I then switched over to cloth diapers. I have to admit I liked the patterns better than I liked the cloth diapers themselves. I really like the part in this blog though that says use disposable diapers when convenient. I did not do that and had I always had a pack on hand I think I would’ve liked cloth diapers better. I found it very difficult when we went to family gatherings or out of town, which was a lot, to bring the cloth diapers. Eventually, the blowouts stopped in life was better LOL.

  2. Jennifer Call

    February 24, 2020 at 10:07 am

    We love our clotheez cloth diapers! I really haven’t found them to be too bulky and haven’t had to size up my tiny babies in pants, but I know a lot do. Its been so great for my baby’s skin, too!

  3. Amber Arehart

    February 20, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Great tips. Used disposables with my first 2 and cloth with my 3rd. It hs so fun. I love feeling like I am helo in ng the world somehow. Lol and the fluff butt is REAL looove it!!

  4. Meaghan Barrera

    February 18, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I had a diaper shower for my second baby. HUGE help with cost!

  5. Amy

    February 10, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    My boys have all had to use different brands disposable diapers. So interesting how different kids and different diapers can work best.

  6. Melissa

    February 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I’m done having babies otherwise I’d totally try cloth diapering! I love all the cute prints available now.

  7. Kelsey

    February 7, 2020 at 11:59 am

    With all the cute designs on cloth and disposable it’s hard to tell which a baby is wearing at first glance.

  8. Leanna Bard

    February 6, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I’m way too lazy to use cloth diapers but I know it’s better for the environment.

  9. Fiona J.

    February 6, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Doesn’t Christina Aguilera use cloth on her babies?

  10. Kathie Bailey

    February 4, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Great article. I have confidence either way.

  11. Leona Carlos

    February 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Is there any information about disposable diapers causign diaper rash?

    1. Meaghan Barrera

      February 18, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Some babies have sensitivities to particular disposable diapers. Some have no issues. You never really know until you try a brand.

  12. Megan C

    February 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    There are definitely pros and cons to both sides of the diapering aisle! For us, cloth is the best way to go but it definitely requires time and diligence to stay on top of all the laundry!

  13. Georgia Jeffery

    February 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I live in a three level townhouse and I’m trying to buy a bassinet that the babe can sleep in while she is in our room. Preferably I’d like the bassinet to be lightweight. Any suggestions on what to get?

    1. Sara Fox

      February 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

      We really liked our Summer side sleeper. We did not keep it in our bed. The baby and the side sleeper were close by and it folds up real nice storing away.

  14. Victoria Marx

    January 31, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    John likes to go out, he often meets friends on the weekends or he goes to have a bite with them. In general, they talk about everything including diapers. I laughed when he told me he wanted to use cloth before our baby came but we did an loved it.

  15. Erica Michaels

    January 31, 2020 at 12:21 am

    I don’t even konw what to say about the fluff butt comment because it really is the cutest.

  16. Sandra Menadue

    January 30, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    I just didnt have patience for cloth 🙁

  17. Rebecca Ruelas

    January 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve only ever used disposable diapers but this blog has got me rethinking. Also, I wish I would have signed up for Pampers rewards when my first was born! Now I’m about to have my second and can only imagine how many points I would have accumulated. Better late than never I guess?

  18. Cynthia Gardner

    January 28, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Interesting. Cloth diapers have sure come a long way since the 1990’s, when my kids were babies.

  19. Alyssa Smith

    January 27, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    I really wanted to try to cloth…but then daycare only wanted disposable…and then I think I scared myself out of keeping up with laundry if we were to even do it part time…so I never did. Maybe if we have another I will think about it again…

  20. Carlye Humason

    January 27, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I love the thought of using cloth diapers for environmental reasons. I tried with my first and it just didn’t work for us. We used Parasol diaper subscription and loved their product and service!

  21. Amy

    January 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I wish I’d registered/asked for diapers, almost exclusively, when I was having my second baby! Great advice to register for diapers of all sizes, and since we use disposables, would have been great to not have to think about it during the first year!

  22. Jessica Dean

    January 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so glad you mentioned that part-time cloth diapering is an option! So many people think it has to be all or none. We do a mixture of both and that has worked well for our family!

  23. Emily Goodwin

    January 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Charlie Banana are my favorite diapers.

  24. Maria Stroy

    January 27, 2020 at 10:11 am

    LOVE the suggestion of doing both, not sure why but I never thought of that.

    1. Jess Bjokne

      January 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Personally I prefer regular disposable diapers but have sisters who do cloth and like it!

  25. Kelsey Sidor

    January 27, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Do you have any suggestions for the best diaper services?

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