Just 2 main kinds to decide, which I assume most people will choose No. 2 :
1. Cloth Diapers
2. Disposable Diapers
I will not elaborate on which is better because I think the following websites cover the subject very well. If you are interested, do visit :
Or visit my Cloth Diapering page for more comprehensive coverage on the subject.
As for me, I use a combination of cloth and disposable diapers. The benefits of using cloth diapers are :
1. cheaper in the long run (especially if you are going to have a few kids)
2. better for the baby’s bottom
3. more environmentally friendly
During the day, I wrap Dominic up in cloth diapers. At night and when we go out, Dominic wears disposable diapers because disposables are more convenient and can absorb more. Some good cloth diapers can be very absorbent too but they are usually made of very expensive materials. As cloth diapers tend to be bulkier (especially if you boost up for long hours, nighttime use), it makes wearing of pajama bottoms a bit of a challenge for me. Hence, I stick to disposables for night use.
One thing about cloth diaper is this, do invest in good ones. I recommend the Chinese Pre-folds. You can get them from Born to Love. The most common type you can get locally are the gauze(muslin) types which are only useful to mop up your baby’s spit ups. They are not thick enough and not very durable also.
Nowadays, almost everyone owns a washing machine. With washing machine, I find that using cloth diapers is really not much more troublesome than using disposables. My recommendation is to use cloth diapers. Do something good for the environment as well as for your baby’s bottom.
As for diaper liners, you only need them if you are using cloth diapers. Even then, you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to. I just prefer to use them. You can even use washable ones, but I generally prefer disposable ones because they make dealing with poo much easier. I prefer Pigeon’s diaper liner as I find its size and quality better.
For disposable diapers, store brands are cheaper but some people claim that the quality is not good. Whichever brand you choose, calculate the cost in terms of cost per piece. That will give you a more accurate picture of which brand is more expensive. E.g. pampers is easily the most expensive brand around. Per piece can cost up to 50 over cents. The ‘brandless’ ones can be as cheap as slightly over 10 cents. To strike a balance between cost and quality, go for the mid-range type.
Sewing Your Own Diapers
Yes, you can actually sew your own diapers! Here are some websites to get your started: