Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cloth Diapers aren't as absorbent as disposables...

Article republished via The Cloth Diaper Geek Blog

...but isn't that a good thing?

So often with disposable manufacturers the issue of "maximum absorbency" is a big deal.  The big name sposie manufacturers go to great lengths and spend millions to develop a product that is built to soak it up, soak it in and absorb-absorb-absorb.  But in reality, is that something you really want or need?

Admittedly, the issue of absorbency is usually a great source of confusion with moms who switch from disposables to cloth.  They expect cloth diapers to work just the same as disposables and are often surprised when they don't.  When a cloth diaper doesn't make it through the night without leaking or a trip out to run errands, moms frequently and mistakenly think there must be something wrong with that diaper or brand.

Truth is that cloth diapers need to be changed more often than disposables, but that's not something that should be considered an awful inconvenience.  With disposables sure, the longer the baby can wear the diaper the less diapers you'll use and the more money you'll save.  But at what cost?

Putting yourself in your babies shoes, or let's say diaper...Would you want to sit in a wet, hot, gell filled diaper for hours on end just because it's not yet leaking?  Or as a toddler, would you want to be toddling around with a five pound bag of hot jelly swinging around between your legs when you've just learned to walk?  I think not.

Personally, I was happy to be a little inconvenienced by having more frequent diaper changes when I realized the alternative:  Letting baby sit in a soiled diaper just because I can.  It's a gross thought.

That's my two cents.  I feel the case for cloth is stacked against disposables for just this one simple fact, and I didn't even need to mention the health risks, chemical and carcinogen exposure associated with the use of disposables.

Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek


Jill said...

I remember changing our daughter as soon as we felt/heard her pee. we could smell it too, in a disposable. after the switch to cloth, it wasn't any big deal, we just had to CHECK because we couldnt feel or hear or smell it! So it wasn't a big change for us, we went on the 1.5-2 hour rule as well, once the newborn stage was over with. Then someone mentioned that their disposable 'poofed' when it got wet and started to fill up and that's how they knew to wait and see how long it would be to change it. I think I almost barfed. Seriously. Just change their diaper already. Also they came to our house (in cloth, mind you), so about an hour plus drive, a couple hours here, and were going to DRIVE HOME without changing the kid once. Umm, yuck. Go -- we have a changing table. We actually insisted that they use it. couldnt' stand to think of their kid sitting there in a most likely soaked diaper all the way home.

Anitra said...

Honestly, I like using a sposie for night for exactly that reason. We have a hard enough time getting the baby to stay asleep ANYWAY - there is NO WAY I am going to wake him up for a diaper change in the middle of the night.

And the pre-schooler is potty-trained but not night-trained. Even the cheaper brands of sposie pull-ups don't hold enough for overnight...

But yeah, during the day, I don't mind that a cloth diaper needs to be changed every 1.5-2 hours. It did start to become an issue before the pre-schooler was trained, and she could flood out a diaper if I wasn't paying attention...

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