The Debate Continues

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The Wall Street Journal’s blog, The Juggle, recently posted an article highlighting the controversial cloth vs disposable diapering choice. Many parents exploring diapering today find themselves overcome by the number of options and the environmental issues addressed in the arguments for and against cloth diapering. The comments following the post provide thought provoking observations.
Hopefully parents will use this information to explore their choices and realize the many benefits associated with cloth diapering.
What are your opinions about the diapering options available?

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22 Comments

  1. rjm says:

    I love cloth diapering. I started when my 2nd baby was 4 months old and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. I was always intimidated b/c it seemed overwhelming for some reason. It is so nice to not buy diapers all the time and when I need to change a diaper and it isn’t completely wet I don’t get that annyoed feeling “well that’s a waste of a diaper!” :)
    The waste issue really hit me after my 2nd son was born and I saw the huge garbage bag of diapers I had every couple of days. It really astonished me and my husband. Then I thought of all the families and all the diapers that just sit in the land for who knows how long!! That mixed with the continual cost of buying diapers made me decide to give cloth a try and possibly remove our family’s contribution to the diaper trash piles. I tried it and I LOVE IT. I’ll never go back. :)

  2. newwife777 says:

    I grew up with everyone around me cloth diapering, and didn’t know HOW to change a disposable until I was 16 or 17!! We are CDing our DD, and for us, this year at least, it is cheaper. I agree with the PPs who said it’s nice to be more in control of how many diapers you have on hand! Although there have been times when I was cutting it close!

  3. urbanlily1205 says:

    I’ve been cloth diapering for almost two years. We have opted exclusively for AIO diapers. I don’t know that I could say it costs less what with the cost of the diapers and all the extra water and energy to wash and dry them – I’ve done the math and it seems pretty close to even. I also don’t know that I could say with certainty that I am doing the environment any big favors since I live in an arid climate with lots of agriculture where water is in great demand. I do feel good about the diapers being more natural than disposables against my baby’s skin and that they are made in the USA.

    In my opinion, whether you go cloth or disposable the best thing anyone can do to save the environment is to get your kids potty trained as young as possible. Spending 3-4 years in diapers vs. 2-2 1/2 saves on waste whether you’re dealing with water for washing or disposables. Just my two cents.

  4. upholster says:

    I think cloth diapers are good for babies and the planet.

  5. mmiller0912 says:

    I have been cloth diapering for just over 2 months now and really wish that I had known how easy it would be with my 2 older children.
    I love that I don’t have to worry about running out of diapers, it is such a liberating feeling! No more panicked phone calls to my husband or packing the baby up to run to the store hoping that her diaper holds while we are there…
    I love the all-in-one and pocket diapers that are available today, and even some of the fitted options. I prefer the ones that are not very bulky, so I like the sized versions over the one size. I am not a big fan of pre-folds, but do keep some in my diaper stash for when all my more convenient diapers are in the wash (and some that we use as burp clothes since my daughter has reflux and pukes almost constantly).
    I really believe that if more people knew how easy cloth diapers are today they would use them in a heartbeat.

  6. shoudyshell says:

    I believe that cloth diapers are the way to go. Bumkins is a great place to start the new adventure. Thank you Bumkins for helping my family save the earth from one more pile of dirty disposable diapers.

  7. saramedic says:

    I live in a community where CD’ing is becoming the norm. At least 50% of my friends CD their children! It is not as difficult or daunting as many make it out to be. It’s nice that there is some positive attention being brought to the world of CD’ing. Kudos to all that CD, even part of the time! Keep up the great work ladies!

  8. proudmommy4 says:

    i have four kiddos under four. three of whom are in diapers. i wish someone would have shared with me cloth diapers with my oldest. i’ve only been cding for about four months now, but LOVE it. i do not think it is hard, and do feel it is very convienent. i do not know how someone could say they aren’t? most of our diapers are fuzzi bunz or bumkins aio’s and they’re just as easy to change as a disposable! my husband changes them with no problem at all and i think that more people need to be aware of how easy cding really is. i would love to teach some sort of class on it in our area to get the awareness out!!

  9. kitsch says:

    Go bumpkins. Great info on cloth diapers. I had no idea there were so many options out there. would not have used disposables as long as I did — had I only known!

  10. brandiwaters says:

    I was amazed when I saw how easy (and adorable) cloth diapering has become. When my sister-in-law became pregnant and was interested in cloth diapering, I bought a few of her diapers of choice and made my own patterns from them and sewed a batch of diapers for her to use. A few months later, I learned that I was pregnant and got busy sewing a bunch for myself.

    I was couldn’t believe the number of disposable diapers that we received as gifts for our son (especially since I made it clear that we wanted to CD!). He’s 9 weeks old now and we’re just starting to get into cloth diapering. We wanted to use disposables at first, just to get through the sleepless nights and the adjustment to being parents, but it didn’t take long for me to feel awful about the heavy, diaper-filled trash bag that I was generating each week. It doubled the amount of trash we normally have.

    Now that I’m starting to use cloth, I am really enjoying it. The diapers are really cute and I feel so much better about not sending all those diapers to the landfill. I know that we are going to save a lot of money by not having to buy all of those diapers (5,000 – 7,000!!!!!!).

    I know that I certainly don’t get a very positive response when people find out that I am cloth diapering. I hope that I can help other moms see that it really isn’t as difficult or messy as they think that it is.

  11. shaynelemaster says:

    yay for bumkins !!! ive been cloth diapering before being “green” was cool… lol im glad that there are load of options from company’s to wahm’s to open people up to cloth diapering , because to alot prefolds are intimidating and i think the lack of knowledge turns alot of people off to the idea of cloth diapering… i would be ever so grateful to win this contest since i have 2 in cloth and granted it is better ( cost, environmentally and they are just way cuter lol ) it is still hard to keep up on our stash now that i am not working so i can be home with our kids.

  12. kristi says:

    I love cloth!

  13. Mallen says:

    We have been so grateful for cloth. What a savings, not to mention the environmental friendliness of it. Plus, you can reuse them for additional children. Try doing THAT with a disposible! :)

  14. et says:

    I was a Pampers addict until very recently. Now, I am a complete cloth convert. My child’s diaper rash (which was very severe) is completely gone. I don’t even need to use diaper creams any more. I only wish I had been able to find the courage to go cloth sooner. It really is not as hard as people imagine. I love Bumkins, so of course, I would love to win the prize!

  15. dcatina says:

    I consider myself pretty “green” but reality is cloth diapers are not convinient and unless you make them at home they are usually a bit uncomfortable, most of them are pretty wide between the legs (Itried Bumkins and Kushies, then I made some at home)
    We as consumers have to push for earth friendly products that are also convinient, the technology is there, why are we not using it???
    I currently use Nature Babycare and LOVE THEM, their sizes run a bit small, but they are so convinient and earthfriendly, and absolutely NO WATER WASTE.
    If you are interested in trying them check them out at http://www.diapers.com, also you can use the referal code best4baby for $10.00 off in your first purchase.
    If you want more info e-mail me at [email protected], I have pictures of my son on this diapers and can give you additional information.

  16. MeganMK says:

    I don’t belittle people who use disposables. In fact, we use them occasionally. And we do use them overnight. I think it’s a personal choice. While I like the benefits on the environment by cd’ing, the first reason we switched to cloth was for financial purposes. I will say that when you are first starting out with cloth there are so many choices and options that it is EXTREMELY overwhelming. I think a lot of people feel frustrated and just stick with disposables.

    We love cloth, but I do wish we had the money available to try a broader range of things!

  17. jaimer says:

    Let’s not even get into the toxic chemicals that are in disposables. Honestly it seems like people justify using disposables by touting “water resources” just because they don’t want to do a couple of extra loads of laundry a week. The reality is using cloth is just a little extra work, and it’s being wise with your resources, plain and simple. I have two boys and I’ve been able to use the same covers/prefolds/fitted diapers for the both of them. I’ve spent a few hundred dollars but I’ll get several years worth out of the resources I’ve invested in. There is something very satisfying about knowing where the materials come from that I’m putting close to my little one and knowing that just a little more effort on my part can positively effect the world we live in.

  18. dagnyspromise says:

    As cloth diapers get more press, and become available in more brick and mortar stores, I think we will see a big increase in their use. It is difficult to get people past the image of flats and pins and plastic pants when you are talking to them about cloth diapering.
    I love seeing the look on someone’s face when they realize that “THAT is a cloth diaper!”
    Everyone seems to forget, also, that disposables are supposed to have the solids removed into a toilet BEFORE they are thrown way!
    So glad cloth is becoming more mainstream!!

  19. rkronewi says:

    We have a 7.5 month old and use cloth, they are so easy, not daunting at all. The people who try and act like they’re complicated must own stock in a disposable company. I’ve love to win the bumkins package!

  20. Heidi02 says:

    Nice to see cloth diapers getting some press, thanks for the link. I hope it raises awareness for moms who are looking to save money in these times!!

  21. Caro says:

    As a new mom-to-be, I am very excited to try my new Bumkins cloth diapers. I feel great that my baby’s diapers will not pile up in a landfill. Thank you Bumkins for helping me help the planet!

  22. swamibaby says:

    I hope more people will start using cloth diapers:) good topic for earthday. I’d love to win the product!!