~Louisa May Alcott
"Through the Mist," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873
Times have changed and, with time, so have disposable diapers.
When my twins were born, they wore cloth diapers for a little while but I just couldn't keep up with the laundry. We didn't own a washer and dryer. We had to use the laundromat. It would cost as much to wash and dry them as it did to buy disposable ones.
If memory serves me correctly, we mostly used LUVS diapers. They were cheaper than Pampers and if you saved the LUVS points off the packages, you could send them in for different size baby/toddler sneakers. The little shoes were red and white and they were great! The sneakers that I got for free with the twins' diaper points, I used with my other two children as well. They all wore those red and white LUVS sneakers from 18 months until they outgrew size 4/5 shoes. Win Win!
Disposable diapers in those days fastened with tape. If you didn't tape it correctly, chances are when you undid the tape, the diaper would rip. You had to do it right the first time.
Today's diapers (Sam wears Pampers) have thin velcro fasteners instead of the tape. SO NICE! If you need to adjust it, the diaper doesn't tear at all. Today's diapers also have a little yellow line in the front that indicates that the diaper is dry. If the line turns blue, then the diaper is wet. I wonder if girl diapers turn pink?
In the case of disposable diapers, I say hip hip hooray for progress!