For every parent of a new baby, there are a number of decisions that need to be made when it comes to the use of baby nappies. Today, there are so many options available, that it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing. You want to make certain that the choice you make is right for you and your baby and your decisions are not swayed by others. Get all of the fact before making that final decision. And if you change this as you go along, that is acceptable as well.
Cloth baby nappies
For many years, the only options available to parents were the traditional cotton or fabrics such as hemp. The baby nappies cloth is not always the most absorbent, so folding or stuffing additional cloth in the nappie is often done. With cloth, there are several options. The material can be prefolded, where several different layers of fabric are pieced together to make an absorbent section. They can be flat, where the parent needs to fold up the nappie, or they can be fitted. The fitted nappies look most like a disposable and have a more absorbent inner section. All of these types require a waterproof outer lining. There are also hybrid and all in one nappies that have removable wicking liners and waterproof outer coverings.
Cloth nappies have their benefits and disadvantages. They will be an initial investment, but there are generally great savings in the long term. If you purchase nappies that are designed to fit the child throughout growth and potty training, this will increase your savings. If you have multiple children, the nappies can even be used for the next child if they are still in good condition.
For many people, the main deterrent from using cloth nappies would be fact that you have to clean them out. If you have the finances, a great option would be the use of a nappie service. There are companies that will provide the nappies and pick up soiled ones and do the washing and sanitizing for you. These can sometimes be costly, so this is not a viable option for everyone. Something that can make the task of cleaning easier would be the use of a toilet sprayer. This is a hand held hose that attaches to the existing plumbing on the toilet. It allows you to easily hose off the nappie into the toilet, so it can go directly into the wash. These are relatively inexpensive and quite simple to install.
Many people prefer the convenience of using disposables. These are one time use items and are sized for the specific age of the child. New baby nappies are made for the child who is newborn and will fit for a few weeks after that. As the child grows, you will need to purchase larger sizes to ensure a decent fit. Pampers baby nappies were one of the first on the market in the 1950’s and feature a number of benefits over cloth diapers such as super absorbent linings and tabs that can be resealed. They take up less space in the baby nappy bag and you do not have to deal with washing out dirty ones. The downfalls would be that the cost is much higher in the long run to use disposables and they are environmentally harmful.
Since the materials in them wick away any wetness, it is claimed that children may have a hard time noticing when they are wet. This may make the potty training process slightly more difficult. Even with the disadvantages, the convenience of these makes them extremely popular.
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Babies nappies are found in a variety of types and styles and there are numerous options out there to consider. Before your child is born, make sure you have done your research and weighed your options well. Regardless of what is in your baby nappy bags, it should be there because you believe in the decision and that it is right for your little one. A diaper caddy is a wise purchase for the organised parent these days.