Ask N&G – Are Cloth Diapers More Work than Disposables?

For those who are trying to decide between using disposable diapers and reusable diapers, the question of convenience is often at the forefront of their minds. So, here’s a run-down on the pro’s and con’s of each, focusing especially on the question we are often asked – β€œAre cloth diapers more work than disposables?”

Using Disposables

The easy part:

  • putting them on
  • taking them off
  • easy to toss used diapers in the trash
  • wipes are pre-wetted and ready
  • easy to toss in a diaper bag

The work part:

  • going out and buying them, especially if you have to run out late in the evening
  • dumping solids in the toilet – solid waste shouldn’t go in the garbage regardless of whether it’s in a disposable diaper or a cloth one
  • taking out the trash

Using Cloth

The easy part:

  • putting them on, especially if you use one-step diapers like Easy Fits, pockets, or the new BabyKicks 3G. Cloth diapers are becoming much more intuitive, largely because of the popularity of their convenient disposable cousin.
  • easy to toss used diapers in the diaper pail
  • wipes can be pre-wetted and ready merely by putting wipes under some running water and placed in a travel wipes caddy.
  • easy to toss in a diaper bag along with a travel-size wetbag

The work part:

  • putting them on, especially if you are using diapers you haven’t gotten used to yet, like prefolds or ones with lots of snaps
  • dumping solids in the toilet
  • washing – washing is simple, it just takes a bit of time (which you can do while you’re doing other things)

We’re biased, of course, and consider the work of cloth diapering to be quite rewarding. But that may not be the case for everyone – it all depends on what works best for you and your family. Making an informed, thoughtful decision – regardless of what you decide – is always to be applauded!

One thought on “Ask N&G – Are Cloth Diapers More Work than Disposables?

  1. Michelle

    Personally, I find that the diapers are my favourite load of laundry to do – it’s so easy, there’s very little folding or sorting and they all get put away in the same spot (compared to clothes, that you want to take out of the dryer right away and fold properly to avoid wrinkles, then they have to be put away in their specific spots). And since we bought lots of diapers, we only have to do about 2 loads per week.

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