In short - no! There are several advantages to using cloth diapers, no matter the age of your child.
You’ve probably read by now that a disposable diaper can take anywhere from 250-500 years to decompose in a landfill. An average child will use an estimated 6,000 disposable diapers before potty training. No matter when you switch to cloth, the impact on the environment will be immediate. Every cloth diaper you use means one less disposable diaper sitting in a landfill!
Another immediate advantage to switching to cloth diapers is saving your little one’s bum from the scary chemicals found in disposable diapers. Cloth diaper users also report little to no instances of diaper rash.
Admittedly, the upfront cost of cloth diapering can be a bit daunting. It can be hard to wrap your mind around spending $300* on a cloth diaper stash when you can purchase a pack of disposable diapers for around $20. But the beauty in cloth diapers is that once you invest in them, you are done! When your child potty trains and no longer has the need for diapers, you can easily resell them and make part of your money back, or save them for a future baby! With disposable diapers, you are quite literally throwing your hard earned money away. You can find help with selling your diapers here.
*One of the many great things about cloth diapering is the variety - you can create a functional stash on any budget.