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The Great Diaper Debate

The Great Diaper Debate

By AWHONN Editorial Staff

The Great Diaper Debate

Change is good when it comes to diapers that can help prevent diaper rash!

‘While it seems like the choice between paper or plastic started in your grocer’s checkout lanes only in recent years, the great diapering debate has been going on for quite some time. With diapering there are a whole lot of choices when it comes to providing your baby with a wearable, portable potty until he can take care of business for himself.

Google “diaper blogs” and you get more than 2 gazillion results; okay, well it’s really like a little more than 2 million results, but still! All of that talk basically boils down to choosing among three types of diapers: disposable, cloth, hybrid/green, or some combination thereof.

Every family is different, and that’s good news, because that means with so many choices there’s likely a diaper just for you and your little one’s bum.


Disposable v. cloth?

Disposable and hybrid diapers top cloth when it comes to diaper recommendations for baby’s bum, experts say. That’s thanks to the protective advances in diapering technology—everything from super high absorbent materials, wetness indicators, moisture-wicking properties to keep baby’s skin dry to emollients like aloe to protect baby’s skin from irritants. Unlike cloth diapers, the moisture-transporting capabilities of disposable diapers and diaper shell inserts may help prevent diaper rash in some infants, experts advise.

While disposable diapers or diaper shell inserts represent about 1% of all landfill trash, cloth is really no greener as you use precious resources when you bleach cloth diapers in a high-temperature wash, dry them in the dryer, or have them delivered by a service that does the same, making their environmental impact comparable.

If you’re comparing costs, say experts at ConsumerSearch, a diaper service comes in at about the same as buying and laundering your own cloth diapers. When it comes to the disposable categories, most makers offer mega boxes that help with cost savings, and most parents can now find choices among chlorine-free disposable options for about the same price. In the hybrid category, parents get a disposable liner that fits into a washable outer shell.


Exploring your options

Whatever type of diaper you choose, you are going to need a lot of them – a baby goes through several thousand diapers from the time he’s born until he’s fully potty trained. Look for the following features:

    • A foldable waist or notch area to keep the diaper away from baby’s umbilical area
    • Elastic or gathers at the waist and legs for the best fit (read leakproof!)
    • Absorbent core that wicks moisture from baby’s skin
    • A soft natural outer shell or cover
    • Easy, adjustable fasteners

Cloth

Disposable

Hybrid/Green

It may seem cheapest to use cloth diapering, but as technology has improved disposable diapers, many experts no longer recommend cloth diapers, which expose baby’s skin to irritants, including urine or stool.Invented more than Cloth 60 years ago, today’s disposable diapers may help prevent diaper rash with their super absorbent cores, breathable outer layers and wetness indicators that work together to keep moisture away from baby’s skin.The best of these combine the convenience of a disposable (some even flushable!) inner liner with a cloth outer wrapper that looks more like clothing than a diaper.
Average $2 per “one size” cloth diaper.$0.25-0.40 cents each.Average $12 for an outer shell; $0.40 per disposable liner.

Change is good when it comes to diapers that can help prevent diaper rash!

‘While it seems like the choice between paper or plastic started in your grocer’s checkout lanes only in recent years, the great diapering debate has been going on for quite some time. With diapering there are a whole lot of choices when it comes to providing your baby with a wearable, portable potty until he can take care of business for himself.

Google “diaper blogs” and you get more than 2 gazillion results; okay, well it’s really like a little more than 2 million results, but still! All of that talk basically boils down to choosing among three types of diapers: disposable, cloth, hybrid/green, or some combination thereof.

Every family is different, and that’s good news, because that means with so many choices there’s likely a diaper just for you and your little one’s bum.


Disposable v. cloth?

Disposable and hybrid diapers top cloth when it comes to diaper recommendations for baby’s bum, experts say. That’s thanks to the protective advances in diapering technology—everything from super high absorbent materials, wetness indicators, moisture-wicking properties to keep baby’s skin dry to emollients like aloe to protect baby’s skin from irritants. Unlike cloth diapers, the moisture-transporting capabilities of disposable diapers and diaper shell inserts may help prevent diaper rash in some infants, experts advise.

While disposable diapers or diaper shell inserts represent about 1% of all landfill trash, cloth is really no greener as you use precious resources when you bleach cloth diapers in a high-temperature wash, dry them in the dryer, or have them delivered by a service that does the same, making their environmental impact comparable.

If you’re comparing costs, say experts at ConsumerSearch, a diaper service comes in at about the same as buying and laundering your own cloth diapers. When it comes to the disposable categories, most makers offer mega boxes that help with cost savings, and most parents can now find choices among chlorine-free disposable options for about the same price. In the hybrid category, parents get a disposable liner that fits into a washable outer shell.


Exploring your options

Whatever type of diaper you choose, you are going to need a lot of them – a baby goes through several thousand diapers from the time he’s born until he’s fully potty trained. Look for the following features:

    • A foldable waist or notch area to keep the diaper away from baby’s umbilical area
    • Elastic or gathers at the waist and legs for the best fit (read leakproof!)
    • Absorbent core that wicks moisture from baby’s skin
    • A soft natural outer shell or cover
    • Easy, adjustable fasteners

Cloth

Disposable

Hybrid/Green

It may seem cheapest to use cloth diapering, but as technology has improved disposable diapers, many experts no longer recommend cloth diapers, which expose baby’s skin to irritants, including urine or stool.Invented more than Cloth 60 years ago, today’s disposable diapers may help prevent diaper rash with their super absorbent cores, breathable outer layers and wetness indicators that work together to keep moisture away from baby’s skin.The best of these combine the convenience of a disposable (some even flushable!) inner liner with a cloth outer wrapper that looks more like clothing than a diaper.
Average $2 per “one size” cloth diaper.$0.25-0.40 cents each.Average $12 for an outer shell; $0.40 per disposable liner.
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