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Cloth diaper vs Disposable: What type of diapers should my baby use?

cloth diapers and disposable diapers

Key Points:

  1. There are two main options for baby diapers: disposable or cloth.
  2. Disposable diapers are convenient, absorbent, and easy to change, but they can contain chemicals and are not environmentally friendly.
  3. Cloth diapers come in many different fabric and design choices, are more environmentally friendly, and can save money, but they have less absorption capacity and can be difficult to clean.
  4. The choice between disposable and cloth diapers is a personal decision that depends on personal preferences and lifestyle.

When choosing your baby’s diapers, you have two options: disposable or cloth diapers. This is a very personal decision and no one should try to convince you to choose either. You can try an option and then switch, or use both types, alternating between them.


Disposable diapers

Most disposable diapers are equipped with an absorbent layer to keep your baby’s waste away from their skin to avoid irritation, chafing, or leakage (although sometimes it’s inevitable). There are many brands of disposable diapers, which, over the years, have improved and now are more comfortable and lightweight than ever. There are also eco-friendly options that help reduce the number of diapers that reach landfills. These diapers used to have ingredients that caused health concerns to parents, but lately, these materials have been replaced for safer ones; for example, latex was replaced by spandex. 


  • They are convenient, especially when you’re out and about.
  • Don’t need cleaning, you simply throw them away.
  • Are easy to change.
  • Are very absorbent, so your baby may require fewer changes.
  • Good for preventing leakage.


  • They are not the greenest option, despite the existence of eco-friendly disposable diapers.
  • Most contain chemicals (that have not been proven to be harmful), but some parents prefer their baby to not be in contact with them.
  • They are expensive.
  • Their absorption capacity prevents discomfort, so compared to cloth diapers, it can be more challenging to transition to underwear when potty training.

Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers today are not like the ones used by our grandparents. Today’s diapers are very modern and the different types vary in absorption and texture. In some countries, there are diaper cleaning services or you can wash them at home.


  • There are many choices of fabrics and designs to choose from.
  • You can save money –especially if you wash them at home.
  • They are environmentally friendly.
  • They don’t contain chemicals.
  • It may be easier for your little one to say goodbye to cloth diapers making the transition to underwear smoother when potty training.


  • They have less absorption capacity –but it depends on the diaper–, compared to disposable diapers.
  • They can be difficult to clean.
  • Washing them at home is time-consuming and may increase the cost of electricity and water.
  • Hiring a cleaning service can be costly.
  • When you change your baby’s diaper and you’re not at home, you need to store the dirty diaper in your diaper bag.

We described some pros and cons of both kinds of diapers, but remember every parent can have a different experience in their use. So, check out which kind of diaper fits better with your lifestyle and personal preferences!

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2 Responses

  1. I disagree with one point… Cloth diapers are much more absorbing than disposable diapers. When one knows how to properly use the cloth diapers, they actually wick away moisture from the baby’s body, leaving it very dry. I use cloth diapers and never have had a leak nor has my baby been wet while sitting in a wet diaper. Having a wet bag for being out and about allows me to store the used diaper in a sanitary manner. I have used disposables when traveling and I have experienced leaks, excess moisture sitting on my baby’s skin and the diaper falling away because of the adhesive not sticking. Another perk to cloth diapers is not having to wipe after each and every pee (wiping and wiping and wiping leaves excess moisture and creates and extends rashes more so) I am not saying I don’t ever wipe her down, but it’s not necessary every time as the cloth diaper has absorbed the moisture.

    1. Hello Rachel! Absolutely, different materials used to make cloth diapers can impact the diapers’ absorbency. Thank you for sharing your experience =)

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