If you are a parent you know how crucial the right diaper can be for your baby. Overall comfort, fit and absorbency are all things to consider when you are looking for the right diapers for your little one.
Most disposable diapers are constructed using superabsorbent polymers which are layered to lock moisture in. Certain papers, woven materials and film are all used in the construction of many modern disposable diapers. Disposable diapers also use adhesives to fasten the diaper on the sides. Many diapers use wetness indicators that use a chemical that changes color when the diaper is wet. Some types of disposable diapers will also use fragrances or odor absorbers to help mask the smell of a dirty diaper. Soiled disposable diapers are often kept in an air-tight container until they are picked up for garbage to help minimize odor and bacteria.
Diapers can be expensive, so read on to learn about how to get the best diaper for your dollar.
Types of Diapers
There are many different types of diapers for all of the different stages a baby goes through and the different settings that they are in.
Newborn diapers are made with the softest materials available and are very small in size. They should be changed very often as a newborn baby’s skin is extremely delicate and sensitive.
Swimming diapers are used for when the child is playing in the water. Swimming diapers have a plastic liner that helps to protect the diaper from becoming saturated with water from the outside, while keeping any soiling in the diaper.
Training diapers were developed to help encourage children to start potty training while still giving them the protection of a diaper. Training diapers are often able to be pulled up and down like regular underwear, rather than having fastens at the side. Training diapers may have fun prints and friendly characters on them to help children become excited about potty time.
Some people choose to use cloth diapers as they are a more environmentally responsible alternative to disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are reusable and are often made from cotton, wool, bamboo, microfiber and hemp. The clasps on cloth diapers can be safety pins, Velcro or snaps.
When a baby or toddler is in the diaper wearing stage you also need to consider creams, lotions, powders, wipes, soaps and more. Diaper rash is a common reaction that many babies and toddlers get from chaffing and wearing a soiled diaper. Although frequently changing the baby and ensuring that their bottom is dry using baby powder can help to prevent diaper rash, sometimes it still occurs. There are many medicated creams that can help to soothe a baby’s skin and treat diaper rash effectively. Make sure to thoroughly clean the baby after a soiled diaper to prevent bacteria and germs from transferring.
If you are expecting a child why not throw a diaper party? A diaper party is similar to that of a baby shower, but instead of gifts everyone brings a box of diapers. The diapers can be in any size as most stores will happily exchange them for the right size. This is a great way to get fully stocked up on an ongoing expense.
If you see diapers on sale in the right size and brand, buy them (even if you haven’t run out)! You will end up buying them either way, but this way you will save money and be prepared.