Choosing The Right Diaper For Your Baby

Guest post by Nacy Baker of Childmode.com

Whether you have a baby on the way or you just welcomed one, you know you are going to
need lots of diapers, but how do you the right ones for your baby?
The current market is flooded with lots of options within the cloth and disposable categories.
You will find highly-convenient disposable diapers with wetness indicator strips and ultra-
convenient reusable diapers in excellent designs.
With all these options available, it can be daunting to make a decision. The good thing is you
are allowed to change your diapering style if you feel it's not the best choice for your baby.
Consider these things when choosing diapers:

Absorbency
The primary job of a diaper should be to keep wetness away from the baby’s skin, protect him or
her from chafing, irritation, and rashes. Disposable diapers are more absorbent than cloth
diapers, but even with cloth diapers, you can still prevent irritation by changing your baby
frequently.
However, cloth diapers are also pretty demanding because they require constant cleaning. We
recommend using disposable diapers made from absorbent cotton flannel.

Comfort
The comfort of your baby highly relies on comfortable diapers, as well. Consider diapers with
elastic around the legs. The elastic helps prevent leaks making it more comfy for your infant.
Waterproof cloth diaper covers also have stretchy legs to allow for your baby’s comfort.

Budget
This is and should be a significant consideration. New parents on a tight budget should consider
using cloth diapers because they save more money.
Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers even after you factor in the extra costs like
diaper fasteners, waterproof covers, additional sizes, extra liners, and laundry. Not to mention
that they can still be re-used for later babies, which helps you save even more.
If you prefer disposable diapers, settle for an affordable brand, or that's within your budget.

Convenience
When it comes to convenience, disposable diapers definitely take the crown. They’re relatively
inexpensive, not bulky, and easily portable and accessible for when you are out and about.
If you have multiple kids still in diapers, then convenience could be the best for you.

Fasteners
Whether disposable or cloth, all diaper brands have a slight difference in how they are fastened.
Disposable diapers tend to use a type of sticky tape. These tapes can vary significantly in
strength.
Cloth diapers, on the other hand, require separate fasteners, pins, or grips. Some reusable
diapers also have Velcro-style fasteners that may lose strength when opened and closed
repeatedly, and they can be tricky to use when wet.
Hence, when trying to choose the right diapers for your baby, consider how easy the fasteners
are to use.

Eco-friendliness
Let’s face it; if you’re looking for a diaper type that will be good for your baby and the planet as
well, then cloth diapers are the best option.
The good news is, those who prefer convenience can also opt for green disposable options that
use minimal packaging, biodegradable materials, renewable resources, and donate to eco-
charities.
Most disposable diapers are eco-friendly. They have a core layer of sodium polyacrylate (which
is non-toxic and safe) to suck in moisture and draw it away from your baby’s skin. However,
watch out for diapers with fragrances if your baby gets allergic reactions.

Check out this helpful diaper chart from Childmode.com

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