Disposables are Easier
Today’s modern cloth diapers are just as easy to use and require a simple wash routine which means you always have clean diapers on hand without a late night emergency trip to the store
You Need Special Detergent
Totally not true! In most cases, whatever mainstream detergent you’re using for your clothes will work just as well for your diapers. Don’t bother with expensive boutique detergents & definitely don’t use home-made “detergents.”
More Rashes with Cloth Diapers
Since cloth diapers are more breathable, changed more regularly, and contain fewer harsh chemicals than disposables, they rarely cause rashes. Many families are introduced to cloth because their babies skin reacts poorly to disposables. For babies that do have rashes with cloth diapers, it is usually due to an inadequate wash routine that can be solved with help from seasoned cloth diaper parents.
Cloth Diapers Stink
As long as you have a good wash routine your diapers should never stink (except for when they’re dirty of course!). If you are unsure how to wash cloth diapers, we are ready to help get you started. When storing dirty cloth diapers, they’re actually less smellier than you might think since you are flushing solid waste and don’t keep them in an air-tight container. You don’t get that yucky dirty disposable stink that often permeates the entire house!
Need to Use a Wet Pail
Wet pails actually aren’t recommended anymore. They can create a drowning hazard and are also a breeding ground for bacteria. Many alternatives to store dirty diapers including using a diaper pail made from laundry hampers, trash cans or wet bags.
Poop in my Washer..EWW!
Babies almost always have a blow out using a disposable diaper, which doesn’t happen in cloth. Washing cloth diapers are dealt with is in the same manner besides infant poop is water soluble until solid food is introduced, so it just washes away. No harm to your washer.
Cloth Diapers are Expensive
Look at how much you spend on disposables. For what you would spend in just the first 6 months of your baby’s life, you could have diapers that would last until they no longer need diapers, PLUS you could reuse them for your next child, OR sell them to recoup some of your money.
Won't Work for My Heavy Wetter
With natural absorbent fabrics in many diapers, cloth can (and does) absorb large amounts of urine, even lasting through the night. Many cloth diaper systems allows you to customize where absorbency is needed most, catering to the unique needs of each child in a way disposable diapers cannot.
My Neighbor Had a Bad Experience
Since we don’t know the wash routine, type of diaper, frequency of changing, child’s medical history…too many things to account for! Cloth is a choice & many chose not to use cloth for various reasons. However, with our personalized care and round the clock support group, we are here to make the experience easier and even enjoyable!
Daycares Don't Allow Them
It turns out that more do than you might think, but even if they don’t, so what? Use cloth at home and save the disposables for when the baby is in daycare. Cloth is not all or nothing. Still, as cloth becomes more common and people see diapers are easier to use, many daycares are willing to adjust their policies for families in need.
Laundromats Don't Allow Them
We’re not sure where this misconception came from because in reality, the invention of the disposable diaper caused laundromats to lose business, and the perpetuation of this myth continues to cost them business. Our Chapter Presidents have called hundreds of laundromats across the country and very few of them had a policy against cloth diapers. Here are some tips for people that want to wash their diapers in coin-op machines. If using a laundromat is completely out of the question, many people have success handwashing using the bucket and plunger method described by Fluff Love University.
No Better for the Environment
There are lots of variables that make this hard to actually measure: frequency of washing, types of diapers used, how long (and for how many babies) they’re used for, etc. Many families concerned about the environmental impact of cotton production and synthetic diapers now have the option to use cloth diapers made with hemp and bamboo which are much more sustainable crops. But remember, it can take upwards of 500 years for disposables to decompose! That is a huge environmental footprint for your child to leave on the planet.
Expensive to Wash at Laundromats
For some families, yes, but if you’re able to spread out your washes to once or twice a week, it will still cost less than disposables. It could be even less costly if families hand wash as the prewash at home, then do the main wash at the laundromat.
Washing Increases my Utility Bills
If you wash every day and use multiple rinses, than you will likely see a rise in your water bill. However, most families wash their diapers 1 to 4 times a week and rarely notice an increase in their bill. Proper wash routines include no extra rinses so there should be no reason to use lots of water.