My Top 10 Reasons I Stopped Using Disposable Diapers. I could give a two hour seminar at this point on the differences between cloth and disposable diapers. If you would have asked me a year ago (seriously) if I would use cloth, the answer would be…no. I didn’t know about them. If you would ask me again this question in about a month, I would be psyched about the topic and searching Google all day long to read blogs and information about cloth diapers.
They are not your grandma’s cloth! You can search some amazing information but to break it down I just want to rant on why after today I am so against disposable. I vow to not use them unless the power goes out and I run out of cloth or when we vacation longer than three days since I wash every three days!
10) The tabs on the diapers are not great! I personally have had issues with multiple brands. They at times have either pulled right off the diaper or like today just were not sticky enough and opened up while my child was playing! The tabs slide around as well. With cloth you have aplix (velcro) or my favorite, the snaps! They fit RIGHT!
9) They are not as cute as cloth! I don’t care how cute your kid is, disposable diapers do not carry a cute factor. They sink down and droop when they are wet, they look cheap, and if a child is playing- the dirt just clings to them like a mop or the fabric starts to pill.
Here is my child in a disposable diaper today since I was behind on laundry—-
8) Poop does not belong in the landfill! Every package that I have ever seen says to dispose of the poop in the same way us freaky crunchy cloth Mom’s dispose of it, in the toilet! Just because you don’t do it, and admit it, do you really? Does not mean disposables are easier! Now you have to contain the smell in your house whereas with cloth a wet bag contains it with no stink at all!
7) Sizing. I have gone through NB, size 1, size 2, and now my child at nearly 7 months is in size 3 with disposables. That is a lot of time switching up sizing, confirming sizing, and hoping the size fits as they are ranged. With cloth “most” fit from 8-35 or 40lbs. They have leg adjustments or rise snaps to let you adjust to fit up and down and on the sides for the waist. I had from each package of disposables while using prior to going cloth full time, multiple left over, because my child outgrew them before I could use them!
6) Poo explosions! At my first cloth diaper class, I had just asked about why people had stated that cloth contained a leaky mess better than disposables. A lady in the class ended up with poo on her, her baby, and her mother in all of one minute. I have heard horror stories about parents being in a store and a mess breaks out all over the shopping cart too! Cloth diapers form fit around legs and waist containing what could be a massive blow out. Even today in a cloth diaper that had loose elastics, I only had a minor issue. It would have been way worse if it had been in a disposable.
5) Community. The cloth community is amazing! The brands are really active online and in person with their fans and customers. You can interact on many social media areas and get help if you have fit issues or questions about their products and design. Who from a disposable diaper company is going to ask to see photos of the fit on your child and help you adjust accordingly?
The ladies and men you can meet in cloth diaper forums is great. Always someone around to answer a question, share a photo tutorial, or give you a review on a product! One company that really is active with their fans is actually a retail shop who sells multiple brands. So something for everyone! Deanna at Dream Diapers is a fantastic resource of knowledge. Being able to talk to someone who is not selling just one brand, really opens up the product knowledge door to learn so much more about the whole concept of cloth diapering! There are many communities online and on Facebook that are a great resource for anyone looking to cloth diaper. One of my favorite ways to get personal in the online group is to find a group who loves the same kind of diapers at you do. I am a huge fan of WAHM (work at hom mom) diapers and have made some amazing friends this way. You are not alone in wanting to go this route. Cloth diapering is becoming very popular!
4) During the hot months in Florida I can match my son’s diaper to shirts and he looks great. The goofy looking one design theme (cartoon characters, letters, alpahbet, etc) on the whole package from disposables makes you a bit stuck on the cute factor. Hitting back on point 7- Here is a photo showing a great fit on my little man and a rocking design from the Chelsea Perry collection for Bumgenius. Even those chunky little thighs are well secured for any issue that could occur.
Hey! As a Mom…some need a hobby, why not make it something useful like cloth diapers?! If every store was shut down for a hurricane and I had no access to disposable diapers, what would I do? Oh wait! I have cloth and even know how to turn a regular t-shirt into an emergency diaper! What did they do so long ago before disposables came to light? I mean they have only been around for about 30 years!
2) Cloth diapers provide the best overnight protection! I see so many complaints about disposables leaking through, causing red rashes from being too wet and not pulling away the wetness. It also helps that in studies (you can look online) children who were cloth diapered, tend to potty train sooner and faster! That is a plus in my book, except I would miss all the fun of the buying the cloth diapers!
1) The number one and most important reason to me is my child’s well being! I did use a mainstream disposable diaper out of the hospital, then I cloth diapered for a bit with newborn sizing. Then my child got stuck between new born size and one size with his chicken legs so I kept using what I had in disposables. It was OK, but not the same.
I had issues with him getting chemical burns on his belly or his genitals turning red. I also could not get over how much of the disposable material would stick to his genitals and I would have to work hard to get it off! It left residue. It STUNK so bad when wet and on more than one occasion did have leaks. No one was around to help fix that. At one point I actually started putting cloth diaper covers OVER the disposables to have them not leak all over his clothing.
I hate to say it, but today using a total of (5) disposables, we got the redness back again. The chemicals in the disposables do not affect most children. However, I was well aware from my Grandmother that I had to be cloth diapered and my sister should have been. We both have always had very sensitive skin. It is apparent my son has it too.
I will not judge a mother on their choice to not try cloth (So don’t think me saying disposables are not cute is me judging, it’s an opinion and hey, I provided photos lol) but honestly when it comes down to it. I wish more people had education from the start. I wish more books would write about it, more stores carried them, and more companies become mainstream and have commercials! I could never look back now. I will be doing research on all natural disposables for our first long vacation coming up this year but will have to test it before we are stuck on a cruise ship and in another Country before I end up hurting my son’s skin with something he is sensitive to. It is a personal choice but I know many would agree with me. I’m sure just as many would disagree, without even trying to researching cloth!
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.