On an intuitive level, parents may be gung-ho over using disposable diapers, which can be thrown away every time they get soiled. However, recent trends show a gradual shift in favour of cloth diapers over disposable ones.
Disposable diapers are generally categorised on the basis of weight.
Make sure that the diaper sits well around the baby’s leg and is tight around the baby’s waist. Critics argue that disposable diapers have chemical traces which may cause rashes in the new-born.
Disposable diapers pose a recurring expense and, hence, in the long run prove to be a more expensive proposition. Also these are largely non-biodegradable.
This is why parents are increasingly making a beeline for cloth diapers. Using cloth diapers after washing them repeatedly may not find many takers especially in the Indian context, given the general disgust with which everyone relates to human faeces. But they do offer a number of benefits. Apart from them being cost-effective in the long run, they are also recyclable. Since the use of chemicals and plastic is absent in these diapers, they prove to be a much safer option for newborns.
It may be hard to pinpoint one kind of diaper and recommend it to all parents in a generic fashion. Parents who don’t mind shelling a bit more and wish to avoid cleaning diapers every time their baby passes urine or faeces or find the idea of reusing diapers repeatedly unacceptable, should definitely opt for disposable diapers.
With age, it is recommended to use different types of diapers. A diaper with extra stretch would be able to accommodate a newborn’s rapid growth. A U-shaped, hole cut-out style would make cord care easier. Since at this age, newborns have made small messes absorbency is not a huge issue.
As the baby grows older, they eat more and sleep for longer hours without waking up intermittently. Hence, strong leakproof diapers are recommended between the ages of five and eight months which can provide nightlong comfort.
Between nine to 24 months, the baby is no longer restrained in his or her movements. He eats a lot, excretes a lot, and also moves around crawling or walking. Hence, strong, sturdy, long-lasting diapers are advised for kids during this last phase, after which most parents seek to potty-train their kids.