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Benefits of Using Cloth and Disposable Diapers

Updated on June 15, 2014
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

When was the last time you saw coupons in the paper or online toward the purchase of cloth diapers? C’mon, think hard – I'm talking just your regular cloth diapers. The answer is you have not seen coupons for cloth diapers, and if you have please share where the coupons were. Cloth diapers are not money makers like disposable diapers are. It’s time to save money by using a combination of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

There are Several Ways to Acquire Cloth Diapers.

  • Make them yourself. You heard me right, and they’re so easy to make.
  • If you are going to be a new Mom ask for cloth diapers as baby shower gifts.
  • Ask Moms whose children no longer require them, if they would be so kind as to gift you with those cloth diapers.
  • Join a cloth diaper club.
  • Children’s consignment shops.
  • Yard Sales.
  • Mommy Swap Parties where a group of Moms meet and swap children’s items they don’t need for children’s items they do need. This is fun because the kids can play and Moms can fellowship.

How to Sanitize those Gently Used Cloth Diapers.

As a Mom of a wonderful little bundle of joy, you might be a little gun shy about using pre-used diapers that have not been passed down from child to child within your own family. So here are some great ways to ensure those pre-used diapers are free of germs and other bacteria. Grandma used to boil the sheets to get them sparkling clean and germ free, so I’m not sure you can do that with cloth diapers. Designate a specific pot for diaper boiling only if you decide to do this. Some people put hydrogen peroxide in their laundry which is said to kill viruses. Norwex is a good laundry detergent because it doesn't contain fillers and perfumes which cause build up on clothes. Also, visit

Cloth Diapers Help the Environment.

Give that landfill some love by not filling it with disposable diapers. Yes, there are times when disposable diapers will be more convenient for you, but every time you use a cloth diaper that will be one less disposable diaper going into the garbage. If you are mean and green then use disposable diapers that can be composted or flushed. Visit

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Nowadays, velcro and other non-sharp fasteners are used on most cloth diapers. Most cloth diapers have waterproof liners as well.

Natural Fibers are Best.

We can all agree that cotton fabric is better for the skin than synthetic fabric. Consider that some children are allergic to certain fabrics, so for some Moms, cotton cloth diapers are a must for their baby.

Mom and Dad, how well do you want to sleep at night?

Most parents with a child in diapers would like to sleep at least seven plus hours a night if possible, but consider that cloth diapers don’t hold as much liquid as the synthetic fabric of disposable diapers. So you might have to get up more times a night to change a diaper if you choose to use cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers.

The Right Diaper for a Road Trip.

This is a no brainer if you consider that you don’t want to have a bag of soiled cloth diapers to carry around then wash when you get home. So when being out all day or going on a road trip disposable diapers are a must

Cloth Diapers at Someone's Else's Home.

If you and the family are visiting another family and you are a cloth diaper user ask where it can be appropriate for you to wash your child’s cloth diapers. Assure the family that their washing machine will be cleaned and sanitized after washing soiled cloth diapers. Know how to sanitize a washing machine -

There are great advantages of using both cloth and disposable diapers. Parents should get used to using both because it teaches resourcefulness, and not complete dependency on the store bought option.

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    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I kinda lean toward cloth diapers, too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I used disposable as does my daughter. My stepdaughter uses cloth diapers for her twins. Both are happy with their choices. You gave valid points for both options.

    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi hannahclaire, thanks.

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      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi teaches12345, most of the babies born in my family used a combination of cloth and disposable diapers.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I used cloth diapers on my son once in awhile for sanitary reasons -- when he had diaper rash. Your suggestion to use disposables on a trip is excellent. It just makes the trip more enjoyable and comfortable for everyone. Voted up.