For many parents this may sound like an absurd question but, are you really using the right kind of nappy for your baby? Today the market is fully loaded with varieties of nappies – from traditional cotton nappies to disposable ones, and also reusable are available. It can be confusing if you are a first time mother to compare benefits of the different options available. This post has answered questions regarding pros and cons and cost versus conveniences to help mother select the right nappy for their babies.
Shopping for your baby is fun but while buying you would need to keep a few facts in mind such as
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Convenience of use – Are these nappies easy to use, wash and dry? Do these allow stuffing in case you need to boost its absorption capacity? Is it easy to carry them while travelling?
Cost – Cloth nappies are cheaper than supermarket disposable, branded nappies. Cloth fit snuggly and softer against baby skin. You would need to calculate how many disposable your baby would need in a day to calculate the actual cost.
Convenience of washing – Would you prefer to throw the nappy away against washing? Cloth nappies become harsh with detergent over time. Using fabric with a mix of wool is a better option as these stay softer for long.
Performance – What type of nappy would perform best, i.e. less leakage and fewer changes per day? Reusable nappies need to be changed more frequently than disposable nappies. This would also alter your costs.
Variants – Heavily padded nappies are preferred over normal during travelling or for overnight protection. You must select a type of nappy depending on your requirements.
Environmental cost – Reusable are environmentally friendly but these might cost more than disposable diapers.
Types of nappies
Cloth nappies – The Terry Square is the traditional style nappy but nowadays a variety of cloth nappies are also available in the market. Cloth would fit the baby snugly. Using softer cloths would also minimize complaints of nappy rash. These are made from a blend of hemp, bamboo and cotton for better absorption capacity.
Disposable – Disposable nappies contain layers of super-absorbent chemicals in the inner liner and a plastic outer cover to prevent leakage. These come in various size and shapes for babies at different age.
Bio-disposable nappies are manufactured using biodegradable products such as – bamboo, hemp, and cotton. These would break down completely over time and wouldn't affect environmental balance.
If you are not sure which the best choice is for your baby try out a few nappy samples before selecting the brand or type.