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The Ultimate Cloth or Disposable Diapers Quiz
by Staff
One of the first important decisions you face with a new baby is whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the facts and make an educated decision by taking this quiz.

Over two years, cloth diapers are __________ disposable diapers.

  • cheaper than
  • more expensive than
  • just as costly as

Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical in:

  • disposable diapers to help with absorbency
  • cloth diapers to help with durability
  • disposable diapers to help with cleanliness

What are the health concerns of sodium polyacrylate exposure?

  • allergies
  • immune system dysfunction
  • both of the above

How much waste does using disposable diapers create in one year?

  • half a ton
  • one ton
  • two tons

What chemicals can be found in cloth diapers?

  • polymer chemicals
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • both of the above

What is the benefit of having polymer chemicals in cloth diapers?

  • It acts as a water repellent.
  • It helps with absorption
  • It helps with smell.

What is a disadvantage of using a cloth diaper laundry service?

  • They typically do not wash the diapers well.
  • They use chlorine bleach.
  • They use harsh detergent.

How should you wash cloth diapers?

  • by hand
  • using your washing machine at a high temperature setting
  • using special cloth diaper detergent

The stinky smell that is can be retained in cloth diapers is:

  • not a concern
  • a sign that you need to replace them
  • a sign that you are not washing them properly

Why do some parents prefer disposable diapers over cloth diapers?

  • They are cleaner.
  • They are more convenient.
  • They are cheaper.