With advancement in technology, there is a plethora of nappies and disposable diapers to choose from. You can choose from a bewildering array such as diapers, cloth nappies, home delivered nappies etc.
The selection of the right nappy for your child depends on plenty of factors such as economics, the convenience of cleaning and washing, the durability and absorbent power of the nappy and the hygiene factors. You can consider the following choices while choosing the correct nappy for your child.
Tips On Diapers For Babies
Disposable Nappies or Diapers
These are by far the most popular and sought after choice of parents when it comes to covering their baby’s bottom. This is the most convenient option especially for woking mothers as it saves them the hassle of having to wash and clean the nappies or keep a watchful eye on the child. Disposables are faster and easier to put on and take off as compared to cloth nappies, which have to be secured with pins.
The newer styles are getting softer thus causing less nappy rashes for the child. The only disadvantage of the disposable nappy is that since the child feels dry with them, parents tend to leave them on for longer time and this can result in a nappy rash. The parents are also not able to tell how much the child is urinating since the nappies are super absorbent. These nappies are environmentally hazardous as they cause ground pollution. Toilet training as well is difficult to achieve with disposable diapers.
Nappy pads are a fairly new concept. They are a shorter variation of the diaper. They come in the form of stick-on pads which can be attached to the insides of a cloth nappy. They are something akin to a sanitary pad with super absorbent material which the child can wear for at least a couple of hours. They are soft, inexpensive and less likely to hurt the baby’s bottom.
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Home Delivered Cloth Nappies
These nappies are increasingly being used by the developed nations for their ease in laundering. These nappies are made out of pure cotton and delivered at your doorstep on a weekly basis. They are also taken back for extensive washing and cleaning.
They are sterile, clean and hygienic as they are made of cloth and are not likely to hurt the baby’s bottom. Cloth nappies if used right up until toddlerhood can promote easy toilet training, as the child tends to get very uncomfortable when the nappy becomes wet.
The disadvantages of using cloth nappies is that they require additional water proof pants or water proof sheets as the baby lies down on the bed. Waterproof pants also increase the risk of rashes, as there is no air circulating under the baby’s bottom. The parents too have to constantly be under the hassle of cleaning the bed sheets and linen as they get dirty very often. There is also a need of using double nappies at night and nappy liners for boys whose urine is concentrated in the front. There is also excessive laundering required.
Home-Made and Home Laundered Nappies
These are made at home and are generally stitched from old bed sheets and coverlets. These too have the same disadvantages as home delivered nappies with difficulties in maintaining and laundering. Since they cannot be effectively sanitized, home laundered nappies also cause nappy rash.
It is better to use them only for the first 2-3 moths when the baby’s skin is sensitive and later on shift to disposable diapers. If you find that the diaper is causing rash, switch over to another brand that suits the baby’s bottom.
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