The advantages and disadvantages of cloth diapers

The Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapers

More and more mothers and fathers are getting started Thoughts about environmental protection - eight million disposable diapers are being dumped daily in Germany, and it takes centuries before they are mined! And of course the costs also play a role.

It is no longer clear that cloth diapers are more environmentally friendly. On the one hand, the diaper manufacturers are working to make the materials more easily degradable (eg for eco-diapers). Then even with cloth diapers when washing and drying energy and water is consumed and washing powder used. Pollutant pollution occurs, for example, when growing the required cotton.

So you have to weigh all the factors - this also includes, for. B. uses a washing machine that consumes little power and water, the cloth diapers can be washed at low temperature, or you mandated a diaper service.

Cloth diapers are definitely cheaper than disposable diapers - over the entire winding period you can save between 400 and 1000 euros if you use washable diapers.

You should also keep an eye out for the visual aspect: there are now cloth diapers in all the colors of the rainbow, from blue to purple checks to bright pink or even leopard print!

Are they also practicable?

Many mothers say yes - read here, why.

  • The new models are not as easy on the gauze diapers as they used to be.
  • They sit and hold much better than previous models because they are closed with Velcro or snaps.
  • Modern cloth diapers are made from lightweight, fluffy materials and are very easy to wash and dry.

If you fear that cloth diapers may be impractical in some situations, you may still have a few disposable diapers in stock for such cases, such as at night or while traveling. Maybe a diaper service would be something for you - this takes once a week the dirty diapers and exchanges them for fresh.

How do I start?

If you want, you can first of all on an Internet site about the many different diaper systems that exist. On the page www. natural diapers. DE z. For example, you will find extensive information about all diaper systems, their advantages and disadvantages and the necessary accessories. More websites can be found at the end of the text.

Exchange with mothers who already use cloth diapers - for example in our community. If you hear that others are doing it and it really works, you may be more likely to try it yourself.

If you've discovered a few diaper systems that you might like, you can order a discounted package at some online stores for a fee. Do not buy too many different diapers - there is a huge choice in the market and it can be very confusing!

What is available?

There are three types of cloth diapers. These are:

1. Two-piece diapers : they consist of a sucking diaper and a pair of overpants. The diaper itself can be a classic gauze diaper, a twill diaper, a prefolded diaper (Prefold or California diaper) or a body-shaped diaper. Over comes the pants, it is either pulled up or closed with Velcro or by push button and is waterproof.

second All-in-one diapers (AIO): here the absorbent liner and the waterproof overpants are already combined. They are most reminiscent of disposable diapers and are usually closed with Velcro. They are very easy to handle but a little less convenient to wash (because they take longer to dry and often are not allowed in the dryer).

3 A third kind of cloth diaper, which is just as popular, is the Pocketwindel (eg Bumgenius). It looks and is as easy to use as an all-in-one diaper, except that here the absorbent insert is inserted through an opening in a pocket. By separating the diaper and absorbent pad, it dries much faster - a clear advantage over the AIO. In addition, depending on the required suction various types of absorbent pads can be used. (The selection is huge: made of microfiber, cotton, hemp, bamboo ...)

What else do I need?

In addition, you still need diaper fleece , which is placed in the diaper. Solid diaper contents are disposed of with this fleece insert in the toilet before the remaining diaper comes into the laundry (see also the section on washing and drying below). There are also washable fleece inserts.

You may also need additional absorbent inserts . So you can increase if necessary, the suction power of the diaper, z. For the night.

Plastic nappy clips are the modern alternative to safety pins. These need to close the absorbent part of the diaper, if this does not have its own closure. The most common are the ""Snappis"", which they get for about 5 euros.

You will also need a Nappy Bucket with Lid in which to collect the used diapers before they are washed. On the way wetbags (diaper bags) are practical.

A tumble dryer is not indispensable, but certainly a great help.

How many diapers do I have to buy and how much does it cost?

We can not give you an exact price calculation here because a lot depends on which diaper system you take, how efficiently you wash, whether you have a dryer at your disposal and how much accessories you want to purchase additionally.

Here are some clues: a simple two-piece system costs a single diaper between 3 euros (for a ""californian"" diaper) and 13 euros (for a body-shaped diaper); Depending on the version, a trouser costs between 5 Euro (cotton) and 13 Euro (microfiber). You will need about 20 diapers and for the beginning 3 pants. Depending on the age of the baby, you will need the overpants in different sizes - so do not buy too many in one size!

All-in-one diapers cost about 18 to 25 euros apiece, you need at least 15 of them. Additional absorbent inserts are available for 2-4 euros each.

Some online store owners offer a trial pack so you can try out which diaper system suits you first. It would be too annoying if you realize afterwards that you do not like the system in which you invested.

A diaper pail with lid costs from 10 euros, and diaper fleece you get for around 5 euros per hundred sheets.

Washable insoles (also available as so-called ""dry insoles"") cost between 3 and 8 euros.

Choose from: Pro and Contra


  • Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers
  • they are - under certain conditions - more environmentally friendly
  • Modern cloth diapers are easy to wash and dry quickly
  • they look nicer than disposable diapers


  • Wrapping with cloth diapers is more time consuming than disposable diapers
  • You need to invest a larger amount at once instead of spending smaller amounts on disposable diapers every week
  • you need more accessories
  • you have bigger laundry mountains
  • you need a dryer or enough laundry room
  • they might be impractical on the way
  • some mothers think they are more likely to leak than disposable diapers, but others share this opinion Not.

Here is a selection of online shops. Some of them also offer trial packages for a rental fee:

  • www. dwarfs. de
  • www. the diaper mouse. de
  • www. baby naturally. de / jtlshop
  • www. 1 to 3. de
  • www. windelpopo. de
  • www. pooops. DE

Prices valid in April 2016

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