When you ask any mommy what is disposable diapers, I am sure their most natural response would be "Errr.. you mean pampers is it?" or you may get responses such as "Oh.. Huggies lor" or "Aiya I know, Mummy Poko".
But if you ask them what is cloth diapers, a lot of them will just stare at you blankly in the eye.
Now what I am going to write is not in anyway discriminating against the usage of disposables or any disposable diaper brands. I am just going to state some facts and leave the decision to you. Because as mothers, I believe you would want the best for your baby.
Fact 1: Health Issues
Are you aware that disposable diapers contain harmful chemicals? Dioxin is one of them. Dioxin is a by product of bleaching paper. Some dioxins are known to cause damages to liver, kidneys and immune syatem suppression.
The other harmful chemical is called sodium polyacrylate. Sodium polyacrylate is added to disposables to increase its absorbency. However, sodium polyacrylate can cause toxic shock and allergic reactions such as skin irritation.
Fact 2: Environment
It takes an approximate 550 years for 1 disposable diaper to decompose. Not to mentioned the tonnes of plastic and number of trees needed to manufacture the disposable diapers. Need I say more?
Fact 3: Cost
The cost of disposable diapers varies depending on what brand you use. Some brands are more expensive than others.
The cost of cloth diaper also varies. Some expensive but high quality diapers can last several years. Cheaper but lower quality diapers may last for a shorter period of time.
The other factor to consider is the cost of laundry. The more cleaning and sanitizing that is performed for each load of diapers the higher the cost.
Other factors include the cost of electricity, soap, water, and wear on your washing machine and dryer.
But generally, if you compare the cost of high quality cloth diapers against high quality disposables, you will find it more cost saving to use cloth diaper if you launder it yourself.