MIM 026 | Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers


In episode 26 on The Mother in Me Podcast, I dissect the debate on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers.  There are many pros and cons to each option and we go through all of it!

I wrote a post on this when I was pregnant and the decision I made at that point.

Facts About Diaper Use

  • 95% of parents choose to use disposable diapers
  • This debate contains three main arguments – environmental, cost, and health
  • Lots of “crunchy” families cloth diaper and love it!
  • Babies go through thousands of disposable diapers from the time they are born to when they are potty trained in total costing approximately $1,500-$2,000.
  • Cloth diapering systems have a much higher start up cost with an average diaper costing $18.
  • It takes 80,000 lbs. of plastic and 200,000 trees to produce disposable diapers for American babies alone.
  • Disposable diapers can take hundreds of years to decompose because not enough oxygen gets to them in the landfill.
  • Cloth diapers are not without an environmental impact due to the amount of water used to laundered them.
  • Some people argue that cloth diapered babies have less diaper rash than their disposable diapered counterparts.

Listen to the podcast for more information about the pros and cons of each option and my decision on the topic!


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