A Man of the Cloth: One Dad Gives Up Disposable Diapers

Cloth vs. Disposable Pros and Cons

Disposable
Cost and Estimated Time Spent: 20 to 25 cents per diaper; 2 minutes per diaper.
Pros: Most time-efficient, no toilet contact. No laundry!
Cons: More expensive than cloth, ends up in landfills, environmentally unfriendly.

gDiaper
Cost and Estimated Time Spent: 37 cents for replaceable pads, plus $27 for starter kit with two cloth outsides; 4 minutes per diaper.
Pros: Possibly the most environmentally friendly.
Cons: Most expensive, requires swishing in toilet, and poses plumbing risks.

Cloth
(Dish towel-style)
Cost and Estimated Time Spent: $1.25 per diaper; 9 minutes per diaper (including wash-and-dry time).
Pros: Saves money in long run.
Cons: Difficult to put on, still impacts environment, looks like a dish towel.

Good Cloth
Cost and Estimated Time Spent: $15 per diaper; 10 minutes per diaper (including wash-and-dry time).
Pros: Saves money in long run, soft cotton feel and bright colors.
Cons: Lots of time in the laundry room, still hurts the environment.



Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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