I never even considered using cloth diapers with my first baby. But recently I was given a pack of them and obviously it would have been silly to not try them to find out- are cloth diapers are better than disposable diapers? Here is my cloth diaper review on how they worked for us.
They are the “Ultra Lite All-in-one” by Kushies, and they’re super easy to use velcro closure diapers. Apparently back in the day there were pins, and multiple parts to use, etc. Now it’s just a cloth diaper with a waterproof exterior that works exactly like a disposable diaper. Put it on, close the velcro closures, and away you go.
They fit babies from 10-22 lbs, which my son is perfect in right now as he weighs around 15 lbs. They even have cute prints!
I’ve used them for a few days, and keeping in mind the fact that I only have 5 of them, this is what I thought.
- They are super economical! If you used these day in, day out until your baby outgrew them, you would save a ton of money. They are more work, but definitely worth the savings.
- They’re really easy to use. They go on a baby the same as a disposable diaper, and are pretty fool proof. This package didn’t come with an information booklet, so I just assumed they worked the same as a regular diaper. When it came time to wash them, I just threw them all in like a regular load and they came out perfect.
- Cloth diapers are good for your babies skin. According to what I see on the internet, most disposables are bleached with Dioxin, which, in animal studies, caused nerve damage, birth defects, increased rates of miscarriages and changes to the immune system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified dioxins as a probable human carcinogen. The next is Sodium Polyacrylate, the super absorbent gelling material, or AGM, that allows your baby to go long periods in one diaper. Sodium Polyacrylate has been linked in the past to toxic shock syndrome, as well as allergic reactions, and it’s is potentially lethal to pets. So there’s that.
- They’re good for the environment.
- Someone brought to my attention that their baby was potty trained sooner in cloth diapers, since they can actually feel when they’re in a wet diaper as opposed to the disposables which are so absorbent it does the opposite. Food for thought.
- Cloth diapers are bulky. My sons sleepers fit over them, but the buttons would hardly close. I had to use his biggest sleepers.
- Obviously cloth diapers are more work than disposables. This goes without saying. Instead of throwing said used diapers into our magical diaper genie, they need to get washed, dried, stored, etc. When you have a dirty diaper when you’re on the road, you have to keep it with you until you get home.
With all of that being said, they work excellent, and I’ll just supplement them with disposables since we already have a lot stored. My son is growing pretty quickly, so he may be out of these before we know it but until then I’ll be using them daily!