Your precious 8 month old baby only deserves the best to pamper his cute bottom, but you've hit up the local department store recently and realized that diapers are getting insanely expensive. They sure weren’t kidding when they told you it’s going to cost a fortune to raise a child.
A Simple Guide to Diapering
Since you only want the best for your baby, you would love to have the time and money to be able to test out all the diapers out there in order to find the brand and product that fits your baby best. Think that’s impossible? Think again! There are ways to test out great diapers without breaking the bank. Try looking for freebie diaper products on sites like Honest.com for free diapers.
If you’re environmentally aware and want to reduce waste at the landfill you might want to consider alternating between cloth and disposable diapers. It’s actually inevitable for you to have to use disposable diapers once in a while as you might be in a hurry or just haven’t had time to dry your cloth diapers, so don’t feel guilty about it! Why try both types of diapers? Because they both look cute on your baby and you’re going to be super mom saving the environment as you do it.
While you try out different types of diapers, consider the pros and cons of each one. Here is a simple little guide to disposable and clothing diapering that might help you out next time your precious baby drops a stinker:
Don’t fall for marketing lingo
Who are we kidding when we say there are only two main types of diapers? When it comes to diapers, things can get confusing. There are literally dozens of styles, colors, designs, and more out there. You may hear about pockets and Velcro tabs, anti-leak technology, and other marketing terms that are meant to impress. Forget the lingo and just concentrate on the size and shape of the diaper; remember, it's a temporary, one-use item. Your baby won't care if there are cartoon characters on it. She'll only care that it's comfortable, and you only need to know that it fits and does its job.
Know what your baby’s skin is sensitive to
First and foremost, the goal is not to find the diaper that feels like heaven on earth. The idea is to use something that’s best for your baby’s skin. Cotton matter in cloth diapers is often more soothing for the baby and a hidden elastic waistband in disposable diapers is often going to prevent more rashes from occurring. You may find that cotton cloth diapers are less irritating to your baby's skin than disposables, especially when you can control what kind of detergent you use to wash them.
Size is not an issue
Your baby is going to grow before your eyes. It’s like one night you go to sleep and the next morning you swear they’ve gotten a little chunkier from yesterday – and you are not wrong. Parents tend to worry about not finding a certain diaper size that fits their baby or toddler but let that be the least of your worries. There are age ranges marked on the packaging, and you may not realize it, but many diapers that fit a 15-pound baby can also fit one that’s 30 pounds. Always look for the adjustable waistband!
Changing might just be the one big downer of having a cute baby. Disposable diapers are often more absorbent than cloth diapers so you can hold off from changing for a little longer. Disposables are definitely the go-to for long road trips, flights or just a night out with friends when you have to take baby with you.
It's important to note that you can’t exactly use creams with cloth diapers. However, the chances of your baby getting a diaper rash from using cloth diapers though is highly unlikely. Often times the cause of diaper rash isn’t actually from the quality or type of diaper that you’re using, but rather not changing often enough or not cleaning your baby well enough. Make sure to take extra care if you haven’t been able to change your baby for longer than you’ve intended.
How many should you buy?
The number varies with each baby but there is a general threshold that encompasses most babies. If you don’t have more than 30 disposable diapers in your home that is easily accessible, it’s about time you went to stock up in case of emergencies. For cloth diapers, having anywhere from 15 to 20 is enough for consistent full-time use. Of course, you can purchase a combination of the two to alternate when necessary.