Cloth Diapering: the good, the bad, and the ugly

I’ve seen many mothers use cloth diapers and I’m intrigued. There is no doubt that I will be using cloth diapers, in the future, as opposed to disposable. There are many benefits associated with using cloth diapers, but you don’t hear a lot about the downsides. Which leads me to ask the question “Are there any downsides?” Simply put, it depends on how you look at it. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about the good, bad and ugly side of cloth diapering.



The Good

You’re able to sell them when you are done with them. 
After you are finished using your stash, and you don’t plan on using them later, you can sell it to others who plan to cloth diaper their children.

Use them with your second child.

If you know that you will be expanding your family, save them for your second child before selling them.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: you are reducing the use of disposable diapers by reusing your stash a second time and then recycling by giving them to someone else.

Saves money…overtime.

From birth to four years you spend about $2500 on disposable diapers and pull ups. The cost of a cloth diaper stash is about $600. And that’s just a one-time payment!


The Bad

Creating a hefty stash of diapers.

Building a cloth diaper stash is an investment, in the beginning. Although you dish out a lot of money upfront, I think it is helpful to keep in mind the saving aspect. Most parents who cloth diapers aim for 32 diapers. If you get all-in-one cloth diapers, you will not have to purchase multiple sizes.

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Doing the “dirty work”

Okay.. so.. yeah… you have to clean them.

Buying larger size clothes

Cloth diapers and all their glory are chunky. So, you will more than likely skip right over the newborn and 3-month pant sizes to accommodate for the large bums.

Family Members and Babysitters 

It may be hard to get those around you on board with cloth diapering. When it comes to family members and babysitters, if they are not willing to use cloth diapers, you could just use disposable during those times


The Ugly

They eventually get old.

Cloth diapers can and will eventually wear out. Pilling and the loosening of elasticity can be due to the combination of age and improper care.

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