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!
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.
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.
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.“
“Fluff butt” is a real thing and it sounds like it’s the cutest!
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.
If you are leaning towards cloth diapers, find a support group and a diaper service.
“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!
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!
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!
Cloth diapers can help a baby with sensitive skin.
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.
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.
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!
Kaylee Garcia is a BabyQuip IQP in Washington state, a mama to one sweet boy, a wife to an awesome husband and BabyQuip recruiter too! Kaylee and her son (he’s not even two!) have completed over 13 trips via air travel (thank you, Alaska Airlines!) on over 30+ airplane rides! They love sharing travel tips with other families since they’ve learned a lot in the last 2 years. Kaylee enjoys spending time with family, researching baby gear, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.