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Many countries still today wouldn’t even consider putting a diaper on their baby. Diapers have come a long way, but many parents are still trying to choose what type of diaper to use. Today’s post is going to walk you through some simple pros and cons to the cloth diapers vs. the disposable diapers. There is no right or wrong, but it is important to get the facts on both so you can make the best choice that works for your family.
Let’s start with some fun facts, I say fun, but really they are more like an eye opener in helping make your diaper decision.
How fun is it to have cloth diapers with designs and patterns on them? Today’s cloth diaper companies are really taking off with better quality cloth diapers. The cloth diapers are waterproof, made of natural fibers, and those oh so fun patterns! Most diaper companies are using natural fibers, but there are choices for synthetic materials as well. Side note: The synthetic material can be much cheaper, but can tend to hold odors more.
Cloth diapers typically consist of two layers, an insert or absorbent layer and the cover or waterproof outer layer.
The solid waste can be disposed of into the toilet, then rinsed out in cold water. Soak the diaper in mild detergent or bleach. Make sure to wash separately from other laundry. It is highly recommended to line-dry. Diaper companies have instructions specifically created for their diapers. It is important to follow the instructions for the best results. This can help make the diaper last longer as well.
The disposable diaper is the popular choice these days, especially in the United States. Although the cloth is making a big comeback with new and improved diapers, the disposable is still super convenient to just toss and go. So wait, is super convenient healthy? What is a disposable diaper made from? Unfortunately, diaper companies are not required to list every material used. The outer lining is made of polyethylene film, basically plastic wrap. The inner lining that touches the baby’s skin is made of polypropylene, material found in items like thermal underwear. Both materials are considered safe, but the added material is where some parents start to question if a disposable diaper is worth it. Many disposable diapers include dyes, wood pulp, and polymers to help with the absorption, and scents to help prevent pee and poop smells. Many disposable diaper companies nowadays are selling dye-free, perfume-free, and limiting other ingredients that may cause irritation. So there are options out there!
Now you can see why there is such a debate as to what is better. Like many other parenting decisions, it really is important to choose what is best for the individual family. For example, I actually went with both, cloth and disposable. When my son was 4 months old, we traveled to Sri Lanka for a few months. I decided to take disposable diapers because water wasn’t always readily available for washing. But, you could also argue that it was really difficult to find disposable diapers as well. So, learning the hard way, I took both the next time we traveled. Looking at the big picture, again, there is no right or wrong way in choosing which type of diaper to use. Find what works best for you and your baby and stick with it! Keep it simple!
Ok, let’s get off track a tiny bit and talk about diaper rash…
Diaper rash in a nutshell is a common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis). Most often it is related to a wet diaper, or infrequent changing of diapers. Babies who have skin sensitivities are more prone to rashes as well. Some food intolerances can cause diaper rash as well. Climate can also take a toll on that little bum. Bottom line, it is the moisture and wetness of soiled diapers on the skin for long periods of time. The rashes can cause redness, itchiness, and pain. Diaper rash can be bacterial or yeast.
Typically diaper rash creams like A+D diaper ointment or other petroleum gel-based creams are recommended by pediatricians. Organic diaper balms or natural oils like coconut oil can be used to treat rash also. Breastmilk, yep, you heard me correctly, gently rubbing breastmilk on diaper rash is a quick remedy as well! Watch the diaper rash, if it keeps getting worse or has lasted longer than 4-7 days, be sure to call your healthcare provider.
Pro tip: Trying to help clean the skin more easily from that tar-like meconium? Just a few drops of olive oil rubbed around the diapered area will keep the meconium from sticking to the skin!
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