Cloth or disposables: What to consider when choosing baby diapers

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Which is better — cloth or disposable diapers? Learn more about them today so you can choose what's best for you and your baby.

As soon as your little one arrives, changing dirty diapers is something you’ll have to get used to for the next three years or so (depending on how soon she will start using the potty), so it’s important you figure out which type of diaper works best for you and your baby.

You have two choices – reusable cloth diapers, or disposable diapers.

We list out what are the pros and cons for both types to help you make the right choice.

History of disposable diapers

The increased necessity for mothers to work outside the home during WWII brought with it the need for easier childcare amenities all around the world.

It was because of this that Marion Donovan invented plastic coverings for cloth diapers with handy snaps to replace those sharp diaper pins, which were a little tricky to put on and were quite dangerous.

One thing eventually led to another and in 1961, the infamous Pampers were hitting the shelves in stores and nurseries everywhere!

They also came up with easier-to-use tape closures — meaning no more fumbling with diaper pins for fear of poking yourself or your little one!


Cloth or disposables: What to consider when choosing baby's diapers

Disposable diapers are convenient and easy to use.

Pros and cons of disposable diapers

Disposable diapers have really come a long way and they now have cute designs printed on the outside, are softer than those of the past and fit better.


  • Disposable (no icky laundry to do!)
  • Easy to use (with adhesive tabs)
  • Less leakage
  • Travel-friendly (no need to store stinky diapers in your bag to be washed later)
  • Easily found in most shops (in case of emergencies!)


  • Non-biodegradable, so is bad for the environment
  • Human waste from the diapers seeps into the ground, ground water and eventually into our rivers and streams
  • Expensive
  • More diaper rash
  • Some chemicals used may cause allergic reactions


Total cost

An average child will use 3796 diapers in a lifetime, multiply that by about 30 cents a piece and you will have to fork out $1138.80.

But using disposable diapers will save you a lot of precious time and you won’t have to deal with your bundle of joy’s ‘steaming bundle’!

Go to the next page to read about cloth diapers.

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