Diapers are an essential part of the babyhood and to facilitate with that need, you now have all types of cloth and disposable diapers. Most people who hear the term cloth diapers imagine a piece of clothing fixed around the baby using safety pins. However, cloth diapers have come a long way from that! On the other hand, some working parents think of the disposable diapers to be more convenient for their baby. No matter what type it is, at the end of the day it all depends on the comfort and health of your baby. To help you decide which diaper could best help your child to have a playful and happy day you need to have a one on one look at the two diapers.
Cloth diapers are healthier
Although there is no vast difference between the cloth diaper and the disposable diaper here, the one thing that matters is the period for which you leave the diaper on the baby. The disposable diapers have a slight negative edge here as the baby’s soft skin could react sensitively to the chemicals found in the diaper. Although the disposable diapers prove to be more moisturizing than the other, the moisturizing and absorbent compounds it contains can cause a diaper rash.
Clean and dry skin
The disposable diapers play a significant role in keeping your baby clean and dry for more extended periods of time as they contain super absorbents. With greater absorbency rate, the disposable diapers tend to be changed after a very long time which is something not recommended by most doctors. Moreover, because of its constant attachment to the skin, these diapers leave the kids prone to a severe diaper rash. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are free of these problems and can be reused a hundred times, unlike the disposable ones.
For those of you who still think of the cloth diaper as a handkerchief with scary pins, it is time to drop the idea. Cloth diapers now come with snap closure and are as easy and quick to handle as the disposable diapers. In fact, they have now evolved into well-designed diaper fits with a waterproof band around the waist and legs to prevent any leakage. However, because they may be not as absorbent as the disposable diapers, they might have to be changed quite often, which is again another positive!
Cloth diapers are environment-friendly as they can be used over and over again without having to buy any more. Moreover, when your child has outgrown their diapers, you can always re-sell them as long as they are in good shape. You can use the cloth diapers as a substitute for many other accessories such as a wet wipe, washcloth or a towel. Disposable diapers, on the other hand, have been posing a significant threat to our environment. With all the trees that are cut down and all the petroleum used these diapers contribute to all the water and chemicals returning to the environment as waste.
Disposable diapers contain harmful chemicals
Most disposable diapers contain some very harmful chemicals that have been linked to some different reactions. The absorbent gelling material, Sodium Polyacrylate has been linked to allergic reactions including the toxic shock syndrome. Although the manufacturers have pointed out that these chemicals are present in very minute quantities and don’t pose a high risk, however, the sensitivity of a baby’s skin should not be experimented with.
Disposing of the stinky poop
The disposable diapers win a point here, as the smelly, grubby poop does not have to be touched and felt. Instead, it can be readily disposed of away with the diaper itself. Also, it doesn’t add to the laundry burden as the cloth diaper does.
Although the messy poop is quite an issue for the new parents, it is a short-term hassle that can be overlooked. However, matters including the health, comfort, and convenience of the kid make it is wiser to use something that keeps your baby away from all kind of allergies and hazards. Apart from being safer cloth diapers are also more cost-effective than the disposable diapers, another reason why it wins the competition.