I think the blog has a lot of posts from cloth diaperers so I wanted to write up something from a different perspective. I think disposable diapering gets a bad rap. I happen to think there are a lot of pros to disposable diapering and I don’t just mean convenience. And no, I am not just dishing out Pampers propaganda. I like Pampers but I do think for myself. I have put a lot of thought into this.
Reasons why I choose disposable diapering for my baby’s bottom.
My number one reason is because I believe that disposables are better for baby’s bottom. I tried cloths with my first and it was a bad experience. He had constant diaper rash. It wasn’t just an irritated bottom. His butt was red, sore and bleeding. Every time I would put him in disposables it would clear up. Every time I’d put him in cloths it would come back. Now, I have heard that this could be because of the detergent I used. I actually seriously thought about using cloths again but decided to do some reading before I went out and spent a lot of money on cloths. I have found that I am not alone in my experience. When I do a google search I find that the cloth diapering sites are more prominently found in search engines and they all say cloths are better for diaper rash. No surprise there.
I do not think that all babies that use cloths have diaper rash. I am sure that there are plenty of moms that have had better experiences with cloths when it comes to diaper rash but the voices of moms who have had bad experiences I feel get squelched. You just don’t hear about them. I did some searching on JM’s forums and sure enough there are plenty of posts confirming similar experiences as mine. I am not just a disgruntled cloth diapering failure.
Okay this is going to sound ironic because of all the hype you hear about cloth diapering being so much cheaper. But, from my experience it isn’t really. I think they cost about the same. Now, keep in mind I am a frugal shopper. I have bought what I think will be all the diapers and wipes I need for baby’s first year for under $400. These are Pampers too. If I went with generics or a lower priced brand I could probably have done this for even cheaper. I know I may have a second year to buy but I still don’t think they are that expensive.
Have you checked out the price of cloth diapers? I am sure that if you are also a frugal shopper with cloths you can probably get them inexpensively too but my point is that I am not saving a remarkable amount by using cloths. Not to mention that it costs around 50 cents a load to wash and dry your diapers. If you wash diapers 3 times a week that’s $1.50 a week or $78 a year to add to your cloth diapering expenses.
Yeh, I know this one is obvious and no I am not lazy. I already have to wash 2 loads of laundry a day to keep up with my family. Why would I want to add a third load? It would make sense to me if cloths were exceptionally cheaper and exceptionally better but to me they are not.
If your baby gets a yeast rash, a staph infection, bacteria or something that could be sitting in your diapers, will it get truly disinfected in the wash? After a little reading I have discovered that most washing machines don’t get the water hot enough water to kill bacteria. Bleach will kill bacteria but bleach is also an irritant to baby’s bottom. I am not sure how most of the cloth diapering moms handle this issue. I am sure there must be a solution because we have too many cloth diapering mamas with babies who have healthy bums for this to be an issue for everyone, but it is something that makes me feel better about using disposables.
I really don’t want to be offensive with my post. I just feel like every time I look for a pros and cons type discussion on cloth vs. disposable all I hear is the pros for cloth and the cons for disposables. OR if I hear the pros for disposables it’s only about convenience. For me, the primary reason I choose disposables is because I want my baby to have a healthy bottom.