Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers
Skin HealthBoth sides on the debate firmly believe they have the upper hand here, with "fluffy" mamas (those who use cloth) insisting their babies get a horrible rash every time they come in contact with a disposable, and "sposie" mamas (those who use disposables) firmly believing that the extra dryness that disposables provide helps keep skin healthier.
Let's face it, cloth diapers are just plain adorable. They come in an astounding array of beautiful colors and patterns, and there is a nostalgic quality about them. They are all the rage with the hip and green parents.
However, there's also something absolutely wonderful about being able to seal up a disastrously poopy disposable diaper and simply toss it in the trash. And frankly, many mothers, already stretched thin, would turn pale at the mere mention of adding to their overall work load and their laundry tasks. In addition, to mothers unfamiliar with cloth diapers, the wide variety in types and brands can be quite overwhelming.
On both sides of the debate, mothers insist that their type and brand are the best for preventing "blowouts." Just be aware that the size and shape of your baby and the particular fit of the diaper, not how much the diaper can absorb, can drastically affect the diaper's ability to contain blowouts. For both cloth and disposables, some brands work better for skinnier babies, while others work best for chubbier ones.
It has been suggested that children potty train earlier with cloth diapers due to the increased awareness and discomfort that come with wearing a wet cloth diaper. However, this benefit may be much smaller for some of the fancier modern cloth diaper systems that can be very absorbent and comfortable.
Our suggestion for parents who just can't seem to decide: Most people have some sort of inclination for which type will best fit their lifestyle, budget, and expectations. Go with it, and see how you like it. You can always change your mind later.
Unless you're absolutely sure of your choice, it's probably best not to stock up too much with either type until you've given them a try. Also, don't feel pressure to use just one or the other exclusively. Many mothers love cloth diapers at home but won't hesitate to use disposables while traveling.