Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable

Cloth diapers have come a long way from a folded piece of cotton and a few safety pins. They're definitely the most earth-friendly choice and have many benefits but there are a few drawbacks to consider. Here’s what you should know when making the decision for your family.

Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapers


The average baby goes through 8,000 diapers from birth until potty training. Cloth diapers are going to cost you up front but save you a lot in the long run.


Washing them yourself is the most economical choice, but there are services that will regularly pick up your dirties and return them cleaned. Just google your city and cloth diaper service.


Typically made of cotton, hemp, bamboo, or microfiber, there are no chemicals to potentially cause irritation or diaper rash with the cloth diaper route.


You’ll need 24-36 diapers if you want to wash them every three days, 75-80 for once a week.


At home, you’ll need a diaper pail to stash the dirties and a sprayer to rinse poop remnants (sorry) into the toilet. Don’t forget a waterproof bag for on-the-go soiled nappies.


  • All-In-One: A three-layer cloth version of a disposable diaper – the whole thing goes in the wash.
  • Pocket: A reusable, washable cover with a pocket for a cloth insert, so only the insert needs to be washed. This gives you the option to use more absorbent inserts at night.
  • Hybrid: A reusable, washable cover with flushable, biodegradable insert takes the poop rinsing out of the equation (for the most part).