According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all of the choices in diapers has been complicated and confusing in recent years by the debate of the environmental effects of diapers.
While much of the discussion has centered on the affects disposable diapers have on landfill space, a number of studies have found that both cloth and disposable diapers have environmental affects. These impacts include material and energy usage, air and water pollution, and waste disposal. Disposable diapers add 1 to 2 percent to municipal solid waste, while cloth diapers use more energy and water when washing and drying.
As both kinds of diapers pose their own negative affects, it is up to parents to decide which fits with their needs and their child’s needs.
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Pros of disposable diapers (via: ConnectUs: https://connectusfund.org/6-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-disposable-diapers)
– They offer convenience.
Compared with cloth diapers, disposables are more convenient to use. Aside from being widely available in many specialty stores, they are also already available for online purchase. Another element of convenience is that you can just throw them away to the can after removing them, as opposed to cloth diapers that need to be soaked and washed.
– They allow for quick changes.
Another huge benefit of using disposable diapers is the less time you spend on changing them, which would become lesser as you get used to doing it. As a result, changing would become more practical for you.
– They can come as hypoallergenic, which is safe for babies.
Whether your baby is suffering from a chemical or allergic reaction to the materials in standard diapers, you can choose hypoallergenic diapers that prevent common irritants as your best course of preventive treatment. However, it is important to keep in mind that, similar to cosmetics, hypoallergenic diapers do not have a controlled definition, and that some manufacturers would try to make claims for such products, while the truth is they could still cause a few adverse reactions.
Cons of disposable diapers (via ConnectUs:https://connectusfund.org/6-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-disposable-diapers):
– They can cause skin rashes.
Skin rashes are a common condition that occurs due to the prolonged use of wet diapers. As you can see, moisture can be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which are one of the main culprits of this skin condition.
– They can cause toilet training to be more difficult.
Basically, toilet training should involve certain signals and sounds between the babies and parents, so that children can easily learn to use the toilet for defecation and urination. However, the use of disposable diapers have increased the period of children to be in diapers for a long time, as babies are feeling quite comfortable in diapers and parents are not pushing them for the toilet training.
Pros of cloth diapers (via: CafeMom: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/161649/cloth_vs_disposable_diapers_the)
– Buy a cloth diaper, and you get your money’s worth — it’s yours to keep and reuse over and over and over again! According to Consumer Reports, if you’re using disposables, expect to spend $1,500 to $2,000 or more by the time your baby is out of them. That price rises to an average of $1,600 to $2,500 if you use more “eco-friendly” brands.
– If you use a cloth diaper service, you save on the cost of running your washing machine, buying detergent, etc.
Cons of cloth diapers (via: CafeMom: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/161649/cloth_vs_disposable_diapers_the)
– If you’re using a service, you could be racking up quite a bill. Services range anywhere from $20 a week on up.
– If you’re not using a service, you have to add the cost of electricity and water usage for your washing machine, plus buying detergent for all the extra laundry.
What would your choice be, or what do you use for your children?