So, what is the difference between using cloth against using disposable diapers? Well, firstly, disposable diapers are the ones that you’ll find in your local grocer with the well known brands including Huggies and Pampers. The absorbent centre of disposables is commonly made from super absorbent materials, some of which can soak up to 30 times their weight in urine!
However, a frequent concern for new mums is that are the chemicals in disposable diapers safe? Most disposable nappies do include substances like sodium polyacrylate, dioxins, dyes and perfumes and although these names may sound unfamiliar and scary, research has shown that they aren't harmful to your child (although, some dyes can in fact cause allergic reactions on babies).
On the other hand, cloth diapers are made from, you guessed it, cloth! They can be composed from many fabrics such as cotton, hemp or bamboo. Unlike disposable diapers, they can be washed and reused again and again, making them more affordable then disposables. Cloth diapers have come a long way from originally being fastened together with safety pins to now being either elasticized or having Velcro-like closures.
Cloth diapers are usually picked as the favourites as they are better for the environment, cheaper and arguably cuter than disposable diapers.