How to Choose the Right Diaper
Diapers are an essential part of a child’s first years, and there are numerous types from which to choose. Not only are there different brands, but each type also has different claims to absorbency. Furthermore, you will want to make sure you are using the right size for your baby. Each brand of diaper also uses different materials, which can affect the fit, the absorption, and their affect on the health of your child and the environment. Before you choose any brand or type, you will have to think about what is more important to your family: cost, health, the environment, ease, or a great fit for your baby. You might have to go through some trial and error before you find the best option for your family.
Cloth vs. Disposable
One of the important questions you must ask yourself is whether you want to do cloth or disposable. Cloth is less expensive and better for the environment; however, it requires a lot more cleaning and effort on your part. Disposable is easier, as you just chuck them once you have changed your baby. However, the cost can easily add up, not to mention the negative affects on the environment. Disposable can cost between $30 to $85 a month, so you can save more than $2000 by opting for cloth diapers. However, if you do not have it in you to use cloth diapers, you can find other ways to save on diapers, like buying in bulk and opting for the less expensive brands.
The Importance of Absorbency
The most important aspect of baby diapers is the absorbency. Whether you opt for cloth or disposable, the absorbency matters more than anything else. The more absorbent, the more liquid it can hold in addition to how well it keeps the moisture away from the baby’s skin, preventing diaper rash. When you are shopping around, you will want to go for the highest amount of absorbency within your budget and other concerns.
When it comes to ensuring a proper absorption and protection, you need to make sure that you choose the right size. On the box, it will list a range of weights. However, each child will fit them differently depending not just on weight, but the overall body shape and size of your baby. To start with, you will just have to buy the size that fits the weight of your child. Once you have purchased them, see how well it fits around the waist of your child. If it is too tight or too loose around the waist, then you will want to opt for a different size. They have a fair amount of stretch to them, so a size can typically last for awhile, if it is the right fit. However, you always want to go for a bigger fit rather than ones that are too tight, though if it is too loose, then the diaper will leak. Most importantly, you want something that is comfortable for your baby.