Whether to use disposable or cloth diapers is a controversial issue. Disposable diapers have become extremely popular in our country. However, disposable diapers are thrown away after just one use into already overflowing landfills. Let's compare disposable diapers with cloth diapers.
You may want to take advantage of both options. You can use cloth diapers when you are home. Use disposable diapers when you are traveling or as a backup if you run out of clean cloth diapers. Use disposable diapers when your child has diarrhea because they prevent leakage of watery stools. Some parents prefer disposable diapers at night because they are leak-proof.
If you decide to use cloth diapers, you may consider using a diaper service. This is especially useful during the first 2 or 3 months, when you are exhausted by new baby care. Diaper services are efficient, provide clean diapers, and pick up dirty diapers once a week.
If you are planning to wash your own diapers, you will need to buy 3 to 6 dozen cloth diapers. You will also need to buy several diaper covers or plastic pants. You will also need a diaper pail for storing dirty diapers until wash time. (No matter which type of diaper you use, you should scrape bowel movements into the toilet.)