Cloth Diapers VS Disposable Diapers (BTBB)

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BTBB – Before The Baby’s Born is a series where I compare something I imagine how it’s going to be and what it actually is like After The Baby’s Born (ATBB).

One of the first things you’ll have to deal with when the baby is born is of course the diapers. I’ll be completely honest, I just recently learned about cloth diapers. I just assumed it was one of those things of yesteryear. Turns out, it’s actually a quite large and growing industry. From 5 euro up to 10x the amount for designer diapers, it’s even becoming a fashion statement. Hey, if dogs are accessories to women’s bags, things can only go uphill from there, except their dogs. Those inbred bastards don’t have the muscles or cardio to walk uphill.

I digress…

Disposable diapers take decades to decompose, if at all, and seeing as an average baby will go through 8000 diapers, that equates to a lot of damage to this increasingly suffering planet which we are supposed to pass on to the next generation.

Needless to say, grandmas old contraptions aren’t really what cloth diapers are about anymore. They come in different models with different methods of function. Personally I’m intrigued by this. Not only does the baby benefit from not having those nasty disposable diaper chemicals rubbed against his glory parts, causing rashes and skin irritation. It’s also about 80% cheaper than disposables. Maybe the biggest reason why I’m considering it is the environmental aspect! Disposable diapers take decades to decompose, if at all, and seeing as an average baby will go through 8000 diapers, that equates to a lot of damage to this increasingly suffering planet which we are supposed to pass on to the next generation.

The one’s I think will be the best are the waterproof shells that you put inserts in to absorb the pee. On top of that you put a liner (a super thin dry wipe looking thing), and when he drops a deuce you simply take the liner and throw it in the toilet.

Here’s a list of pros and cons with using cloth diapers.

Pros of using cloth diapers:

  • Much smaller environmental impact.
  • Can be 80% cheaper than disposable diapers (“Designer” diapers are not cheap).
  • Less skin irritation for the baby’s land downunder.
  • Baby usually potty train faster (Cloth diapers don’t feel as dry when soiled, so less inclined to just drop it like it’s hot).
  • Great looking designs makes baby okay to live like his father likes it, pantless.

Cons of using cloth diapers:

  • It can be gross when a liquid James Brown comes running.
  • It’s less convenient than disposables, especially when travelling.

Granted, I have no idea what it’s actually going to be like once Peanut is born. First and last time I changed a diaper was about 15 years ago, of course that was a disposable one. Either way I think it’s a great thing to do.

Now before you go and throw all your money around and googling for the latest Chanel and Dior diapers, there are several options. Buying them online is definitely the cheapest way to go and if you’re in an adventurous mood, try out aliexpress.com. Let’s face it, everything we use today is made in China so why not go straight to the source and save all that middle hand money.

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Pictured above, are some of the ones we bought. We chose a couple of different brands and styles along with different types of inserts but we’re holding off on stocking up on them until we actually have a baby to try them on. If you want to see a pretty comprehensive list of different cloth diapers, check out this video.

So that’s diaper science for you from the Fatherologist  in the perspective of Before The Baby’s Born. Subscribe for the latest posts at the bottom of the screen and if you liked this post or know someone who’d find it useful… hit one of the share buttons below.