Myth #1: Cloth diapers are difficult to use.
Reality #1: Many people envision cloth diapers of long ago, with large flats, plastic covers, and pointy pins. Today’s cloth diapers are so much simpler. PUL outers, cotton inside, and snap-in soakers are a breeze.
Myth #2: Cloth diapers are expensive.
Reality #2: Yes, cloth diapers do have a much larger price tag than disposables….when you first buy them. But you can use them again, and again, and again….Once you have spent $300-400, you can have a decent cloth diaper stash. I believe most people spend that much within a year of using disposable diapers. You can also use many diapers for subsequent children.
Myth #3: You have to touch the poop.
Reality #3: Google ‘diaper sprayers,’ ‘flushable liners,’ or ‘poop spatula.’
Myth #4: Your regular laundry will have poop on it.
Reality #4: Nobody has ever pointed out poop on my clean clothing in 11 years of cloth diapering four kids. Food and spit-up, yes. Poop, no.
Myth #5: Cloth diapering is unsanitary.
Reality #5: Provided that you remove poop from diapers of babies that are not exclusively breastfed, your washer does truly clean your diapers, just as is does your underwear, or underwear that may have been peed in by your toddler.
Myth #6: It is too much work.
Reality #6: Parenting is hard work. I’d personally rather have to throw on a load of laundry every 2-3 days than to remember to buy more diapers all the time. Or worse, have to pack my kids in the car to go out and get them if I forget. Washing diapers is a very simple process and really only takes a few minutes of your time each week.
Myth #7: You have to use a special detergent to wash cloth diapers.
Reality #7: It is true that you need to use an additive-free detergent for cloth diaper loads, however they are readily available in a variety of formulas, and most can even be used on your normal wash loads.
Myth #8: It raises your electric costs.
Reality #8: My bills have been the same whether I have been cloth diapering or not over the past decade, controlling for regular energy cost increases. I’ve never met another cloth diaperer who has claimed a spike in their electric bill.
Myth #9: It uses too much water.
Reality #9: It does use a lot of water to wash a cloth diaper load properly. However, I believe the environmental impact of that water use still comes out ahead of the output from the manufacturing, transporting, and distributing of paper diaper products. Then there is the landfill consideration. I don’t have any hard evidence, but I’d say cloth diapering wins.
Myth #10: They will make my baby’s butt look ridiculously large.
Reality #10: Babies don’t care how big their butts look. Cloth diapered bums are the cutest!