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7 Disadvantages Of Using Disposable Diapers

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Baby wearing diaper
Since the last few years disposable diapers have become most popular among parents due to their convenience and easy availability. Many parents prefer it instead of cloth nappies because it’s easy to clean up, but the convenience of the product has also made it a controversial product. Some pros of using disposable diapers are:

  • Convenient and easy accessibility- available at almost all daily needs store
  • No need to wash or carrying soiled nappies around- you can throw them away when they become dirty
  • Hassle free, easy to wear and keep the baby dry
  • No leakage and perfect to let the baby sleep in

And so on and so forth. Like all parenting choices, it is important for every parent to ensure the health and well being of their children, which is why along with the list of advantages it is important to be informed about the disadvantages as well. Disposable diapers have become the convenient choice for many parents, and rightly so. However, disposable diapers do come with a good number of disadvantages as well, along with being an environmental hazard. The total environment cost is is actually too much to bear, and our landfill issues are rising every day. Below we are accounting few health hazards which disposable diapers, can pose to your babies.

7 Disadvantages Of Using Disposable Diapers For Your Baby

1. Skin rashes:

Skin rash (diaper rash) is a common condition that can occur due to prolonged usage of wet diaper in babies. The moisture in the diaper is a perfect breeding opportunity for bacteria which cause the baby’s skin to get red, sore, tender and irritated when a diaper is left on for too long and rubs against the skin repeatedly. Read more about diaper rashes here

and ways to treat diaper rashes here

2. Toxicity can harm your baby:

An average baby uses 7-8 diapers in a day, which means that the diaper is used for almost 24 hours a day. During this time diapers comes in a direct and constant contact with skin of baby which means that any toxic chemicals present inside the diapers can easily enter in your baby’s system if he or she wears disposable diapers all the time. That is the reason ‘free time’ or ‘no diaper time’ is constantly advised

3. Allergies:

All babies, especially newborns have very sensitive skin and use of any type of diaper can affect their skin. There are many cases where dyes, chemicals, gels, synthetic material that enhance the absorbency of the diapers can actually be a cause of skin allergy in the baby. Also, you have to be extra careful when you start weaning your baby as the content and frequency of baby’s poo can also develop skin rash or allergic reaction in them

4. Expensive:

Diapers are very expensive, especially based on the fact that a baby use 7-8 diaper in a day. The cost of theses diapers varies according to the various varieties present in the market, which often cause confusion and concern among parents for choosing the right one for their baby. Many parents believe that a lot of money gets spent in buying diapers only

5. Can cause infection:

When the baby pees in the diaper- the substance which prevents the pee to leak from the diaper also prevents the air circulation inside it. Due to which the environment inside the diaper becomes warm and moist where bacteria and fungi can grow and which in turn can cause skin infections in your baby

6. Non –Environment friendly:

Disposable diapers are considered as non-environment friendly or environmental hazardous products as they are harming the environment through their manufacture and disposal. Tons and tons of disposable diapers containing plastic, urine, feces, paper is constantly contributing from every household gets dumped in rivers and landfills annually. This is proving to be a huge environmental danger. Though companies are coming up with biodegradable disposable diapers, their accessibility is still limited

7. Toilet training can be harder:

Toilet training usually involves certain sounds, cues and signals between parents and baby so that their child can learn to use the toilet for urination and defecation purpose. But in recent times use of disposable diapers have increased the period of child in diapers for a longer period of time as baby feels quite comfortable in diapers and moms and dads also don’t push them for the potty training. Thus, this potty training lesson which was generally started earlier in past may get lost in modern times due to the use of these ultra-absorbing diapers
The choice of using diapers available in the market is based upon your own personal preferences, lifestyle habits and financial situation. The best thing to do is to know all the advantages and disadvantages of the disposable diapers and then to make an informed decision on what you think is best for your baby. There have been reports on the chemicals that are used to make disposable nappies soak more and still smell their best, but in the event of having collated very limited data, the same cannot be ascertained with certainty. However, you as parents know that diaper companies are out there to earn a profit and they will do so by luring you to the benefits of using disposable nappies. Yet, making an informed decision is your responsibility. You can always consult your doctor if in case you need to clear certain doubts about using diapers.

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Shweta Shinde

Dec 09, 2015

Use of diapers can effect on walking position of baby in future.?


Shweta Shinde

Dec 09, 2015

Use of diapers can effect on walking position of baby in future.?

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