Should I Use Cloth Diapers for Potty Training Instead?

cloth diapers for potty training When it comes to diapers, you’ve got a pretty big decision to make as a father.  Are you going to go with cloth or disposable?

Like all controversial subjects, this one has lots of different sides to it and plenty of people screaming at you about what you should do.

Fortunately, we’re here to cut through it all and help you figure out if using cloth diapers for potty training is a better choice for you and your family.

Pros of Cloth Diapers for Potty Training

No Chemicals

Cloth diapers don’t have any of the chemicals or toxins in them that traditional disposables do. That means there is one less thing irritating your kid’s skin while you’re dealing with potty training them.

Save Money

One of the biggest pros of using cloth diapers for potty training is that they save you money. Obviously, when you are able to re-use a diaper multiple times instead of constantly buying new ones, the savings are going to add up.

Better Sensitivity

While this is mostly anecdotal, some parents swear that their kids potty trained quickly and easily in cloth diapers. The reason is that they could feel the wetness in a cloth diaper more so than in a disposable one.

Cons of Cloth Diapers for Potty Training

Difficult to Clean

Sure, you can re-use that diaper, but it won’t clean itself. On top of the stress of handling potty training, you’ve made doing the laundry significantly longer (and significantly nastier).

More Changing

Remember how we said that babies can feel the wetness more easily in cloth diapers? The downside to that is that you end up changing their diaper a lot more often. Ultimately, this makes potty training even less convenient than it already is.

More Rashes

Here comes another double-edged sword: while cloth diapers have no chemicals or toxins in them, they also don’t have any barrier to keep moisture off your kid’s skin. This means they are much likelier to get rashes while wearing cloth diapers, which could make the potty training process even more painful for them.

What’s the Verdict?

You know us: we’re not here to tell you what to do. However, if you want our straight-up opinion, we think cloth diapers for potty training is a bad idea.

You’re basically gambling that the thin cloth is going to help your kid have a better idea of when they’ve had an accident. Meanwhile, you’re greatly increasing their odds of getting painful rashes, which isn’t always the best trade-off.

Finally, and somewhat selfishly, there’s the father stress factor, too. While the idea of saving money on diapers sounds really good, we think you’ll be singing a different tune when you’re changing more diapers and doing more laundry than you ever have before.

If you couldn’t tell, we’re speaking from experience here. We tried cloth diapers on the recommendation of some friends, and pretty soon, we stopped using them due to all the stress it added to our lives as parents. The bottom line? You can’t give your kid your best when you’re not at your best, so we ended up going back to disposable diapers.

It turns out the thing that really wasn’t disposable was our own sanity!

Additional Potty Training Resources:

Die Hard Disposable Diaper Mom Makes the Switch to Cloth Diapers

The Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapers

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David Stegon

David Stegon is a writer, editor, and father of two based in Virginia. He has written for traditional and digital publications for the past 13 years. David holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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