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Baby diapers Disposable vs. cloth

Baby diapers Disposable vs. cloth

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One of the first decisions you’ll make in caring for your baby will be what kind of baby diapers to use. You have two choices: disposable and cloth. Both have advantages and disadvantages. As you learn about them, you know what is best for your baby.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Below are features and benefits of each.

Disposable baby diapers.

Size types: Disposable baby diapers come in different sizes based on the baby’s weight and age.

How they stay on: Disposable baby diapers are fastened with tape or Velcro strips attached to the back panel that fasten in the front.

Cleaning and disposal: Solid waste can be disposed of in the toilet. Wet disposable baby diapers should be folded in on themselves and disposed of in your trash.

Day care use: Most day care centres require disposable baby diapers because they’re more convenient to use and dispose of.

Diaper rash prevention: The diaper has an inner liner to keep wetness away from the skin, keeping the baby’s bottom drier and less susceptible to irritation.

Travel convenience: Soiled baby diapers can be disposed of in the appropriate trash receptacles.

Price: Using disposable baby diapers is more expensive than laundering cloth baby diapers at home.

Cloth baby diapers.

Material types: Cloth baby diapers come in woven cotton, terry cloth, or flannel and can be bought unfolded or pre-folded in different thicknesses. Recent cloth diapers have similar shapes to disposables.

How they stay on: With recent cloth diapers, there’s no need for covers or pins. Traditional cloth baby diapers are fastened with safety pins, although you also can buy Velcro-fastening cloth diapers or diaper covers designed to hold the diaper in place.

Cleaning and disposal: Soiled cloth baby diapers need to be rinsed in your toilet and should be machine-washed in hot water separately from other items. Between launderings, soiled diapers can be kept in a diaper pail. Flushable liners are available for cloth diapers and can make cleanup much easier.

Day care use: Discuss the option of using cloth diapers at your day care centre. In-home care providers may be more agreeable than centres to using cloth.

Diaper rash prevention: Many cloth baby diapers have stay-dry liners similar to disposables.

Travel convenience: Soiled diapers can be placed in re-sealable plastic bags and laundered when it’s convenient.

Price: Cloth diapers you launder yourself are the least expensive choice.

Environmental considerations.

There are environmental pros and cons on both sides of the diaper debate. Self-laundering and diaper services use water and electricity to clean diapers. Disposable diapers add to the garbage that’s deposited in our landfills.


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