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Did you actually know that a baby uses up to more than 6000 diapers on average until he is dry? If you have not decided to raise your child without diapers, you will have to deal with the advantages and disadvantages of various diaper systems, fits and sizes, suction power and the validity of advertising promises at the latest from birth on. The plurality of brands and products will not make the choice easy. However, it is worth to check on and ask further questions on different diapers. Your baby and your wallet will be thankful. More information >
The environmental consciousness of a lot parents (-to-be) has grown in the past several years. A lot of parents consider reusable diapers instead of the well-known disposable ones to protect the environment and the wallet. There are basically three different diaper systems: the classical cotton diapers, washable diapers and disposable diapers. Cotton diapers are usually made out of cotton (as the name says) and are well suitable for a sensitive skin. Similar applies for washable diapers with a pulp inlay. The disadvantage is that they have to be washed. Furthermore the moisture stays on your baby’s skin which can lead to irritations or inflammations. Disposable diapers, however, shut moisture away: An absorbent core will soak it up more or less reliable. In general they count as considerably more useful and easier in everyday life with a baby. Their advantage is that they can contain skin-irritating chemicals and cannot be used again. That stresses the environment as well as your wallet. However, in the eco-balance they are insignificantly worse than washable alternatives. Cotton diapers and co produce less garbage in fact, however, they have to be washed more often which costs energy and water. Which diaper system you use is up to you and your taste – a wise decision would be eco disposable diapers made of recyclable materials.
If you decided on a diaper system, the question of “which diaper to use” arises. Especially wide is the range of diapers for disposable ones. There are plenty manufacturers which make you think about a lot of questions on the differences. On the first look they only differ in price. Prime brands like Pampers are in general more expensive than the own brands of discount shops. However, there also differences in the size of the packs. Those who look out for the price on diapers, gets in comparison the best unit price. Furthermore the products differ in fit, diaper size, suction power, thickness and flexibility. Diapers usually contain plastic and chemicals in different compositions which could irritate your baby’s skin. It applies: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. A brand name like Pampers is no guarantee for an optimal fit and that the diaper does not irritate the skin of your baby. It makes sense to try diapers from different manufacturers at the beginning and not only looking on the price. Tip: Most of the manufacturers offer trial packs for free or just a few amounts which considerably facilitates trying.
The diaper size is one of the most important factors for a well-fitting diaper, which shuts away moisture properly. Please be aware that there are standard regulations. Every manufacturer determines his sizes on his own, usually orientated by the weight of the baby. Between the single sizes of a manufacturer, there can be overlaps; you simply need to try which one is the best. For a general orientation, the following divisions apply:
size 0: for preemies or rather tender babies of approximately 2-4 kg
To find the right size of diaper, a look on the indicated size and weight specification on the packing is enough. Helpful are also diaper size apps (e.g. by Pampers) and sliding cards at the pharmacy with which you are able to find out the right size.
Besides the right diaper sizes, the right diaper type does also have an influence on the fit, comfort and dryness. Besides special products like swim diapers and absorbent underwear for older children, all manufacturers offer different types of diapers. Pampers offers the extra-dry option besides the classic diaper, which is for the night, as well as prime diapers and thing diapers for especially active babies. The same applies here: The right diaper can only be found through testing.
Those who basically rather put emphasis on quality than on the price will soon realize: Diapers cost a lot of money. Therefore clever parents use the numerous advantages of campaigns, starting with packs which are offered in supermarkets or drug stores for special prices or for discounts from the retailer or the manufacturers. You can additionally save money with discount of customer programs of retailers or manufacturers. Pampers e.g. offers an own advantage program for new parents. And those who have signed up for Village will receive coupons among other things, which can be redeemed in retail stores and make the purchase for diapers cheaper.
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