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Comparing a Cloth vs. Disposable Diaper


Today we will be comparing the use of cloth vs. disposable diaper in a few areas. We will be looking at the health area, the cost differences, the over-all personal desires, and finally how eco-friendly each one is. Let’s just jump right in and start this review. First let’s take a look at the health arena.



In The Health Arena

Disposal diapers are more breathable but disposable diapers lack the soft feel that you can get with cloth diapers.

Many people believe that one is better than the other to prevent diaper rash but by just plain changing a soiled diaper promptly will help to prevent a diaper rash from beginning in the first place.

One major advantage I found is that many moms reported that “potty training” was earlier. This was simple because the child could FEEL the wetness. The disposable diapers today advertise that they will pull the wetness away from the child so the child doesn’t feel wet. But this can delay the natural potty training benefits.

Now to talk about the bottom dollar!! and it’s effect. What does it really cost a person for a year?



A person can spend anywhere from $2,000-$3,000 per baby for two years on disposable diapers whereas you will spend $800-$1,000 per baby for the same amount of time on cloth diapers. Of course that includes the cost of accessories. The cloth diapers are reusable so for the 2nd child the cost is less since you already have the accessories and only have to buy more diapers. So for a 2nd child you will spend between $400-$500.
I found a website that did breakdown the price of both very detailed so I will list it simply as a comparison here.



705.53 Diaper Stash                                        750.00 Diapers

(includes accessories)

51.00 Detergent                                                        130.02 Wipes                                                                                                                                                                                                  175.55 Water & Electric                                           152.75 Accessories



  930.08TOTAL FOR YEAR 1                        1032.77 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1




0 Diaper Stash                                                                       725.oo Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                      94.56 Wipes

175.55 Water & Electric                                                         65.34 Accessories

226.55 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2                                   884.90 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2


Wow that’s a BIG price difference!!! They are about the same the first year but boy the second year what a difference. And something I forgot to mention is that is your cloth diapers can be resold if you don’t need them again.

Something else is that you can get some of your newborn stash supply used because a lot of people do resale theirs. Many times you can get some really good deals doing this! This will help lower your output also!! Nothing will lower your output on the disposable side because all those must be bought new.



Your Personal Desire

Your choice of which diaper to use should be your choice. There are pro and cons to both.

Unfortunately society does make some of this decision for us. For instance, if you are going back to work and put your child in day care most day cares will ask that the child be in disposables. Some are beginning to accept infants in the all-in-one diapers since they are similar to disposables. This is only true for some day cares though.


A solution to this would be to have them in cloth while the child is with you and in disposables at day care. I have noticed more and more people switching back to cloth. Nowadays they are coming in so many colors and different types but still some resist the change.


Sometimes a sitter won’t change a cloth diaper if you want a “night out”. So that, can be another dilemma.


Ultimately the decision should be yours but there are worldly events that affect your decision.


What About The Landfill


This isn’t as clear cut as many people think.

Yes disposable diapers do use many trees and plastic and are just thrown in our landfills when they are used… maybe (at least by responsible people) When you use cloth diapers you need to think of all the water that is used to wash them.

The only major disadvantage or bad effect could be found is that disposable aren’t biodegradable and contain harmful materials for babies sensitive skin such as the chemicals that are in the gel.



The Finial Tally


So what have we learned today?

I want to point out some things that I thought were very interesting to me. In the health arena there was no difference between either diaper when it comes to diaper rash. I found that fascinating. I, like many others had always believed that disposable diapers lead to diaper rash. Through my research I have learned something new. As long as you change a baby as soon as they soil then they will be fine. Another intriguing fact, and now that I think about it makes sense, is that cloth diapers probably lead to early “potty training”.


So as we found out from this review that cloth diapers are less expensive than disposable. Cloth diapers were compared in detailed to inexpensive disposable that were bought in bulk so the price comparison may be a little on the low side.


As far as the environment goes, of course disposables aren’t biodegradable and do have harmful chemical that could damage babies sensitive skin. Cloth may be a better bet in this area especially if your child has very sensitive skin.


And finally the choice between cloth and disposable should be a personal one but society seems to play a big role. It used to be that cloth was the only way. Then disposables came and many places are asking that you use them for “convenience sake”. But just recently I’m beginning to see more people going back to cloth. Again let me stress, what ever diaper you decided to use YOU should be the one who makes that informed decision!





If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Elaine Smith

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About Elaine

Thank you for coming to see what I have here at my site. I know you will benefit from all the delightful information and wonderful, new products I have to share with you guys. Read on and I’m sure you will enjoy yourselves.


My name is Elaine. I have two great adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. A daughter who is almost 30 and a son 27. When they were younger they were plagued with many diapering problems such as sensitive skin, diaper rashes and constant out breaks of hives.

My granddaughter has many of the same problems but it has only been while she was in diapers. The funny thing is I have many nieces and nephews who all have kids and they also seem to complain of the same or very similar problems. My children and their friends have kids ranging in many different ages. Many of these friends are also reporting that their kids are having  most if not all of the same difficulties. Are you starting to see the same pattern that I’m seeing?

When I was younger and babysitting not many people complained of these issues and you can you guess why not? I personally think it was because most parents used cloth diapers then. No, they weren’t the pretty ones that are on this website. They were the plain white ones with no prints! I have used cloth diapers before they were popular and cute!

But anyway back to this post and the reason for writing it.



You are probably wondering why I’m telling you all this. Simply to state I have changed many diapers during my years and always wished there was a better way than just filling up the landfills with needless wasteful trash. Also, there must be a very simple solution to the constant diaper rash that babies were always getting from having that wet gel next to their super sensitive skin all the time.

Well I found the solution!! Cloth diapers just like my mama used back in the 1950s, only these are so much better. The ones my mama used only were white with the clear plastic covers that would crunch as you would move.

As shown below the diapers have covers that come in so many different bright colors and beautiful designs! (I personally like that idea) These wonderful diapers can even come in organic, natural, and unbleached materials. They can either be flat for those of you who like to fold or they can come pre-folded so you can just slip them right in to the water proof covers that come in those many different patterns and bright colors. Now when you dress your child up you can even have a diaper cover that coordinates with their clothes.



I am doing this for many reasons but mainly because I enjoy helping people.  Why do I enjoy helping others? That is a good question and it’s not something I have ever really thought about. I have just always done it, helping is just in my nature. Possible because I was the oldest child and had to care for my 2 younger sisters. But my mom didn’t work so that wasn’t it. I think I just have a caring heart because I did start babysitting at a young age simply because I enjoyed it.

As the old saying goes “Helping others is not just good for them but it will also benefits you as well”.  What I have always been told is that one good deed can turn into countless other good deeds!




The goal of my website is to provide beneficial and worth while information so people can make clear and honest decision about the products they choose to use. With any review I write I will research thoroughly all information that I can find. As stated previously I will give my honest and unbiased review. At the end of a review if I add my own opinion I will state that it is just my thought.  This will also be the same for products and how-to posts.



If you ever need a hand or have questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Elaine Smith