The cloth vs. disposable battle often focuses on whether or not one is really greener than the other. Cloth Diapering moms know the answer to that. True, cloth diapers do require the use of water and electricity for washing but the effects can be minimized by changing your washing routine, using different styles of cloth diapers, hanging your diapers out to dry and so on. No one is going to convince me that the resources used for washing diapers is greater than the resources used in the manufacturing, delivery and disposal of disposables.
Health wise, cloth diapers prevent you from having to expose your children to unnecessary toxins and chemicals found in disposables and are often the saving grace for moms whose babies and toddlers have sensitive skin.
Financially, the fact that cloth diapers can be reused on future children, used on multiple children at the same time and resold for approximately 50% or more of the original value is an amazing bonus!
So the benefits are overwhelming, but are there still circumstances that could make you change your mind and turn back to disposables? Below are a few of the scenarios I came up with as possible causes...
- Unsupportive spouse or caregiver who is not cooperative and will not agree to use cloth.
- Daycare or Childcare will not accept children in cloth diapers.
- No longer able to do laundry at home and using a laundry mat would not be acceptable for you.
- Persistent diaper odor and/or laundry issues.
- Unexplained diaper rash that you can't get rid of.
I've always wondered...What are their reasons? What are your reasons? Do you flip flop between the different methods of diapering? Do any of these reasons apply to you? I'd love to read your thoughts and comments.