There’s a common misconception out there about cloth diapers: they’re difficult to use and difficult to launder. In truth, modern cloth diapers are just as easy to change as disposables and just as easy to launder as a load of towels.
With hook and loop or snap closures, adjustable sizing, and durable materials, modern cloth diapers are both convenient and versatile. And they are arguably better at containing messes than disposable diapers, since they are designed with a more adjustable fit and stronger, thicker elastic at the legs and waist.
Washing diapers at home adds two to three loads of laundry per week, and you never have to worry about running out of diapers—and running out to the store to restock in the middle of the night! As one cloth diapering mother, Kate, explains in a 2011 blog post, “My husband will vouch for the convenience factor—he’s never, ever, had to run out and buy more diapers. We’ve never watched for sales at Costco on enormous boxes of diapers. We’ve never had a trashcan overflowing with non-biodegradable waste. He’s never had to drag an 80 lb. bag of poop to the curb. When diapers are getting low, we throw them (along with our cloth wipes and our washable diaper pail liner) into the cold rinse cycle and walk away. It’s that simple. No getting in the car, no putting baby into the car seat, no opening up the wallet. Just rinse, wash, dry, and voila! Fresh, clean diapers ready and waiting.”