Last week I talked all about the pros and cons of cloth diapers. This week I’m back with the pros and cons of disposable diapers. As a Denham Springs, Louisiana baby photographer and mom of three, I have plenty of experience with diapers. Since I’ve used both cloth and disposable, I thought I’d give my pros and cons of using both. So without further ado, my pros and cons of disposable diapers.
Let’s start with the pros:
- Less bulk – From the amount of space they take in a diaper bag to how much less fluffy they make your baby’s bum, disposable diapers are much less bulky. You don’t have to worry if you can fit more than one or two disposable diapers in a diaper bag. You don’t have to worry if you can snap that onesie on your baby.
- Costs – While long-term, disposable diapers are more expensive (unless you fall in that cuteness trap with cloth), they do have a much smaller start up cost. You can pick up a large box of diapers from roughly $25-30. This is in contrast to anywhere from $200-500 to start using cloth.
- Convenience – With disposable diapers, you don’t have to travel around with a wet bag with a dirty diaper while you’re out. It’s much easier to get a pack of diapers if you happen to run through all the diapers you brought with you. You can pick up more diapers easily from lots of different stores.
- The blowouts – The blowout with disposable diapers are epic. Since they don’t have an elastic waist like cloth diapers, there’s nothing holding everything in. The gussets on the legs of disposable diapers aren’t able to hold everything in as well as elastic as well either. I can say that I never had a blowout in a properly fitted cloth diaper. I cannot say the same with a disposable diaper.
- The waste – I go through so many diapers. So many! It’s worse with a newborn because newborns are constantly pooping and peeing. I can also tell you that when I first got home from the hospital, I didn’t love the idea of taking the dirty diapers out to the trash.
So we’ve come to end of my two-part series of cloth and disposable diapers. I hope my own personal experiences with both were helpful. Don’t forget to check on my blog post on cloth diapers from last week.
Mariko Searing is the owner of Mariko Searing Photography, Denham Springs, Louisiana baby photographer. If you would like more information about sessions or booking, please contact me here or email me at [email protected]