Having a baby not only brings cheer and happiness but sleepless nights and frequent diaper changes get included in your daily schedule too! A baby may need six to ten diaper changes in a day which means practice in diapering for a new parent.
Basics of diapering
Diapering is an important and quite a time consuming part of childcare but of course with practice you can do the job quite efficiently. Diapers are required till the time a baby is properly toilet trained, which a child usually learns by the age of three. Till the time a baby has no or little control on her/his bladder and bowel movements, there is a need for diapers to collect the urine and bowel passing. There are two kinds of diapers; one is a cloth diaper and the other is a disposable diaper. Both kinds of diapers have their respective advantages and disadvantages, which leaves the option of choosing a particular kind of diaper to the parents. Parents can choose what works for the baby or can actually combine the best of both the diaper kinds.
Cloth diapers are washable diapers which come in many shapes and sizes. These diapers need to be washed and dried to be used again therefore turn to be durable and cost effective. The material used for cloth diapers is soft terry cloth which is gentle on the baby’s tender skin. These diapers since they are made of cloth allow your baby’s skin to breath and the child’s bottom gets more air circulation which is not only comfortable for the baby but also prevents diaper rashes. The greatest disadvantage is that this diaper needs immediate change incase it gets wet or soiled. It is quite a hindrance if you are traveling as holding the baby will mean you will get wet and soiled too.
Disposable diapers as the name suggest are meant for a single use only after which it needs to be disposed off. They are meant for single use only since they are made of super absorbent gelling material which, when saturated, needs to be thrown. Disposable diapers are expensive compared to cloth diapers and many debate about the environment factor and eco-friendliness when it comes to disposable diapers. There are many brands in the market which offer different shapes and sizes of disposable diapers. These diapers can last for four to eight hours without causing any discomfort to the baby. They come in various fits with Velcro closures or elastic or adjustable waistbands which make for a comfortable fit for the baby. But disposable diapers are a common cause behind diaper rashes as the long hours of wetness which may not be felt by the baby makes the skin irritated.
Tip on diapering
Tip: Combine the best of both the kinds of diapers depending on your needs. When you are staying at home with your baby, cloth diapers are the best bet while disposable diapers are extremely useful while traveling. By using both the kinds of diapers not only will you be saving yourself diaper expenses but will also reduce the risk of diaper rashes in the baby.
Diapering your baby
It is not an easy job to diaper your baby as a squirming and crying baby can make this activity seem almost impossible. Do not worry as with practice you will learn the ropes and even change diapers in sleep!
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