Cloth or Disposable Diapers?

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Written by Pradeep


Using a Diaper? Find out whether to go with cloth or disposable diapers

Being a mother is indeed a tough job, you seem to be taking decisions every now and then! How to feed, how to bathe, what products to use, how to soothe, … on and so forth. After a baby’s birth, cleanliness and hygiene are two factors with demand utmost attention as feeding and sleeping. Every mother wants to keep her baby safe, clean and dry especially when they sleep. Some parents prefer using cloth diapers while some prefer disposable ones. Are you finding it difficult to decide which is better for your new born? Let us discuss benefits and hazards of cloth diapers and disposable diapers after which you may be able to choose the best option for your baby.

Cloth Diapers: A Cloth diaper is something which is constantly being used by mothers since centuries in different forms. Cloth has nothing which can harm your baby unless it is not changed within a few minutes of getting wet. These days, there are various kinds of cloth diapers available in market which look very attractive and are budget friendly too. Popular choices are pre-fold diapers, pocket diapers and all –in one diapers. If you are a nature lover, cloth diapers will be your obvious choice since these are biodegradable and do not cause any harm to the environment. Also, they are reusable. If you choose to use cloth diapers for your baby you need to take some precautions. You also get organic diapers.

Precautions While Using a Cloth Diaper:

  • Make sure as soon as a diaper gets wet, you replace it immediately otherwise your baby may feel uncomfortable and may develop rashes too.
  • You cannot throw them away, so you will have to clean them, which is not a huge task. Use a soft cleaning agent while washing them at home.
  • Prefer drying it in sunlight after washing, if possible. Sunlight kills any remaining bacteria that might have not gone away with the washing.
  • While travelling, you may need to change them several times and it may not be wise to keep stained nappies.

The best part of using it is, the babies using cloth diapers get potty trained easier and faster as compared to those using disposables ones.

Disposable Diapers: These diapers got invented around 50 years ago and have become very popular among current generation moms. There are several benefits of using it. Firstly, it can absorb urine easily up to four or five times. Your baby does not feel wet as the gel in these diapers absorbs the urine. Disposable diapers can be the best solution for a sound sleep of baby and parents. You do not need to get worried for changing the diapers every time the baby pees. But these diapers should not be used with the new born since the baby’s skin is highly sensitive. Once a baby completes two months you may try using it .These contain some chemicals and are expensive too. But at the same time it is preferred choice of parents also especially the working ones. There are various good and top brands of disposable diapers available in the market.

Precautions While Using a Disposable Diaper:

  • Disposable diapers have got their own capacity which should not be exceeded. Also mothers should not blindly rely on these diapers, do check the diaper if your baby seems uncomfortable with it.
  • For new borns it is advisable to use cloth diaper. Also, in some cases disposable diapers does not suits to baby.
  • Diaper rashes are very common if disposable diapers are being used.
  • Not so good to the environment – it takes about 200 years for a disposable diaper to decompose.
  • Believed to contain irritants which might harm your little ones’ tender skin.

So while we have listed the common pros and cons of both the cloth and disposable diapers, make your choice based on your preferences and find the perfect solution for you and your baby.

Happy Diapering!


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