Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

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Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

Guiding Your Child Through The Infant Year
Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers
Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers
Making the choice between cloth and disposable.
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Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

One of the many decisions you'll make in caring for your new baby is what type of diaper to use — your choice may depend on lifestyle or philosophical preferences. Many parents today opt for disposable diapers because they find them more convenient. Plan to spend about 20 dollars a week for name-brand disposable diapers for your newborn. To keep costs down, consider generic brands or purchasing diapers at discount stores or online.

Cloth diapers offer some environmental advantages and can save you money if you wash them yourself. You may find that you need to change cloth diapers more frequently.

How many diapers you'll need per week will depend on a number of factors. You'll probably use a large box of disposable diapers each week at the beginning. If you use cloth diapers, you'll need at least 2 dozen (24) to start, plus pins and plastic or cloth diaper covers.

Whether you opt for disposable or cloth, don't forget the wipes when leaving home. Commercial wipes are handy especially when traveling, but some parents opt for soft wet paper towels or washcloths.

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Last updated August 12, 2014

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