Cloth nappiess is a rising trend, especially among environmentally conscious parents. Disposable nappies also has their perks. Cloth nappies have come a long, long way since the good old days and they’re nothing like the traditional cloth and pin style that your grandma most likely had. To help you decide which makes the most sense to you, take a look at how they stack up.

The case for cloth nappies

Long term costs of cloth nappies is one of the reasons why many parents choose cloth over disposables. Sure, you can get a pack of disposables for very cheap but long term, you’re not spending that extra $45 each month. It may not sound like much now but that adds up to $550 a year. The overall cost until your child is potty trained can rack up to $2000 – $4000.

Your baby will most likely go through 2,700 nappies at minimum in his or her first year. Some babies are also allergic to the dyes and absorbent gels that helps keeps the sensitive bottoms dry. Tears and discomfort due to the convenience of disposable nappies are definitely not worth it.

Environmentally, the carbon impact of cloth nappies are much less than disposables. You can invest in a set of cloth nappies and reuse them over and over again without contributing to landfills and the environmental cost of producing a single use product. The more you use your cloth nappy, the less you impact on the environment negatively. Cloth nappies are reusable – not just for one baby, but also for any baby siblings that may follow after.

The case for disposable nappies

Ease of use is the main reason why parents opt for disposable nappies. At approximately $0.20 a pop, the convenience just seem worth it. If long term budgeting for keeping your baby’s bottom dry is not an issue, disposable nappies are often a first choice.

The portability of disposable nappies also means that you’re not carrying around baby poop once your child starts on solids. They’re fast and easy to change and readily available for purchasing. Just pick your baby’s weight and size and you’re good to go.

Disposable nappies are also ultra absorbent, which means dryer bottoms and less likely chance of developing a rash (unless the baby is allergic of course). They’re also mostly leak proof, which means less messiness when you’re out and about.

The verdict

Whatever your choice, either cloth or disposable – select whatever works best for you. Perhaps a mix of both cloth and disposable is the way to go. You can use cloth when you’re at home and disposables when you’re out and about.

Both cloth nappies and disposables have their pros and cons. Disposable nappies are great when you’re at the mall and don’t want to carry a bag filled with poop around with your shopping. Cloth nappies helps a baby learn over time when they’ve wet themselves, which can be beneficial for when it comes to potty training.

Whatever your choice, there is no hard rule that you have to use one or the other. You can have the best of both worlds and stock up with both cloth and disposables. Using a mixed method, you’re still helping save the environment and gain the financial benefits of using cloth nappies part time.