Diaper Debate: Cloth vs Disposable

In this modern-day age, parents often feel the need to weigh up over diapering decisions; disposables are convenient and make laundry time virtually trouble-free. However, some parents are still keen on wrapping their babies’ bottoms in gentle fabric and using cloth diapers. Like almost every parenting decision, the right decision is ultimately what feels best for you and your child.

You can use whichever of the two types of diapers best suits your needs. So, what are the pros and cons of the two, and what factors make a difference when it comes to making your choice?

Cloth Diapers


Cloth diapers are available in cotton, terry cloth, or flannel. It can come either as pre-folded pieces of cloth liners or as an all-in-one. While cloth diapers come with a significant initial investment, they’re way cheaper over the long haul than disposables. 

It may be less absorbent than disposables (this is a con!). Still, it means fewer diaper rashes in the long run (definitely a pro!). Another advantage is that it may be easier to begin potty training because children will notice they are wet sooner, which can be an incentive to start wearing underwear early.


It can be messy, and they can feel inconvenient or awkward to change. You’ll also be doing more laundry, which means higher water and electricity bills. And unless you’re using disposables when you’re out, you’ll probably have to carry a few poopy diapers back home. 

For some babies, cloth diapers can lead to more diaper rash because they cannot absorb moisture the way disposables do.

Disposable Diapers


Using disposable diapers is convenient and uncomplicated. Just pick a size based on your baby’s weight and age for the best fit. Traveling is more manageable because you can just toss dirty diapers without carrying them back home.

You’ll also be changing fewer diapers a day since disposable diapers are ultra-absorbent. They also contain an inner lining that keeps moisture away from the skin and doesn’t leak frequently.


Although no studies have shown that chemicals, dyes, and gels used in disposable nappies cause harm, some parents may be suspicious. Not to mention how some babies can have allergic reactions to these diapers, which may mean more diaper rash.

Another disadvantage of disposable diapers is that if you pull them too hard, the tabs on some disposables can easily rip.

Disposables can also make potty training harder. Toddlers are less likely to feel wet and uncomfortable, so they don’t have much desire to say goodbye to diapers.

The environmental impact of diapers is one of the most serious issues for parents today. Research has suggested that both disposable and cloth diapers affect the environment negatively, just in different ways. 

The truth is that both diapers affect the environment determined by taking into account the entire life cycle of the diaper, from start to final use. Cloth diapers tend to be cotton, which uses more water to produce. They also consume more water and have more water waste. Disposables, meanwhile, account for tons of landfill waste, and they don’t decompose.

While we wish to have a definitive answer for you. It still seems to be a wash when declaring the environmental superiority of cloth versus disposable diapers. 

Ultimately, parents are left to make their own personal choice. The bottom line is that parents should choose what works best for their family and lifestyle. It will depend on what option you are most comfortable using until you can celebrate a fully potty-trained preschooler.