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Cloth diapers have been a subject I have started thinking about since I was first introduced to them about a year or two ago. I babysat for a lady in Florida who used them for her son, and she had to teach me how to use them. To me, cloth diapers were the old fashioned pieces of white fabric that mothers kept together on their infants with pins! I think you know the kind I am talking about…
Was I ever wrong when she showed me her son’s diapers for the first time. They were thick, had color, and were put together by velcro and snaps! They even had little pads inside them that helped with leaking. I was amazed! After babysitting for her for over a year and seeing the benefits of using cloth diapers, I knew that when it came my turn to have a baby this was something I was definitely going to look into more!
Now that I am pregnant, I have been thinking about this matter a lot. Should I use cloth diapers or regular diapers, or even both kinds of diapers? So far I have thought of a list of pros and cons for using both. Feel free to add your own too!
1. They are expensive.
I know that people say that it is cheaper in the end, but it is hard when you are first starting out and just may not have that extra money to spend on 10 cloth diapers. So far I have seen the prices range from $15.-$40. for one diaper! That is a lot to spend if you don’t have that much at first.
2. You have to wash them.
This will take more of your time, and provide more laundry. Plus, if they are being washed you have to have enough clean ones to use until the washed ones are done.
3. You can’t just throw them away.
So what do you do with them if you are out and about? I guess maybe keep a trash bag handy in your car, and throw them in the wash when you get home!
1. They save you money in the long run.
Even though they are expensive in the beginning, they do save you a lot of money.
2. You can use them over and over.
Not only can you use them over and over, but you can keep using them for all your children, as you have more.
3. You can never run out.
You will always have diapers there, even if you do have to wash them. You don’t have to worry about having to run out to the store to get more!
4. There are so many different kinds you can get, and so many colors and patterns.
I was in shock when I saw all the websites that sold cloth diapers. There were so many out there. There are also so many varieties, so many colors and patterns, it is just crazy! There is a diaper for every baby out there, no matter what they may need, it’s there!
1. They are smelly and stinky!
Granted, all diapers smell, but when you throw away regular diapers they can really stink up your house!
2. They can leak.
They do not have extra padding like cloth diapers, so they can leak more.
1. They are easy.
They are easy to use and get rid of, no washing required, no extra work.
2. They cost less money up front.
Yes, they save money in the long run, but if all you have at the time is a small amount then regular diapers are best.
Can you think of any more pros and cons for either? Let me know what you think!
Visit here to see a little more about cloth diapers, and where I got some of my info from:
My friend Briana has started making cloth diapers. She is trying them out on her son to see how they work. If they work, I may pay her to make them for me. They are pretty cheap she said!