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Choosing the Best Diapers for Your Baby

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Babies have delicate skin and there is need for extra care in choosing the brand of diapers to use. In caring for your baby’s skin its important you take precaution and scrutinize everything that touches your baby, it is important to have a few basic tips in mind especially as a new mum.

A good diaper keeps wetness away from your baby’s skin, helping to protect against irritation, rashes, and chafing. So it is safe not to buy a baby’s first diapers until just before or after he or she is born and you know their weight.

Absorbency is the most important trait of any diaper, disposable or cloth. Absorption covers for many things required of the quality as it prevents leakage.

Softness and Stretch -A soft surface gently protects your baby’s delicate skin, and stretchy sides allow you to comfortably adjust the diaper to your baby’s unique shape for a custom fit.

Wetness Indicator -The wetness indicator is a colored line on the diaper that turns from yellow to blue to let you know when it may be time for a change.

Some mothers who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend revealed that out performing traditional brands have basic performance metrics like absorbency, leakage proof and comfort, describing them as reliable for use while others believe some new brands of diapers have these basics required to qualify them as reliable.

Mother of a six months old baby, in Keffi, Nasarawa State, Mrs. Lora Ekenne, explained that in choosing diapers for her baby she looks out for a quality that will absorb wetness to prevent rash or skin disease. She further explained that a diaper brand might be of good quality but may be either too small or too big.

Another mother, Aisha Musa expressed real concern as her constant change from one brand of diaper to the other has resulted to negative reactions from her baby. The worried mum also disclosed that she is yet to find a diaper that suits her baby’s sensitive skin.

Tips

To aid in selection of diapers, parents are encouraged to observe:

I. What is inside those disposable diapers.

II. Search for the best cloth diapers

Review

It is recommended that diapers should be:

Chlorine-free -Chlorine treatment of diapers can leave trace quantities of a dangerous chemical called Dioxin. There are lots of chlorine-free options available.

Fragrance-free & Dye-free – Fragrance and dyes are unnecessary in a diaper and some babies can be allergic to them. Leave them out. The best way to deal with dirty diaper smells is changing the diaper, not adding fragrance to it.

Super Absorbent Polymer – You will be hard-pressed to find any disposable diaper, even a green diaper, without Super Absorbent polymer (SAP). If that is your desire, the only functional option may be cloth diapers. For now, there is no evidence-based literature to suggest SAP use in disposable diapers is harmful. Even BAMBO Nature, the winner of the coveted Nordic Swan Eco-label, uses SAP (in their “mix of wheat starch and acrylic polymers which do not contain phthalates”).

Consider Cloth Diapers – without a doubt, cloth diapers are better than ever before, and represent a superior choice for eco-health metrics. They cost much less, reduce environmental impact, come in colorful, cute patterns, and do not contain materials that leave mothers anxious. What’s more, modern cloth diapers are a lot easier to work with than the ones used by the older generation.

Find a Good Fit to Help Avoid Leaks

Diapers are sized by the weight of the baby. However, much like baby’s clothes, fit between disposable diaper brands vary. Most diapers help ensure a leak-free fit by providing a double elastic sealing edge; one edge just along the absorbent core, and one along the outer shell of the diaper.

Since every baby is unique finding a disposable diaper with the perfect fit cannot be without some trial and error. The comfort of the baby cannot be over emphasized. Keeping your baby comfortable requires not only stellar absorbency and an adequate fit but also materials that feel soft on baby’s skin.




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