Diapers are the most mandatory baby necessity out there. They are the sole item that every single baby, worldwide, will need and use daily. Many newborns go through many changes a day and they are used until they are potty trained, usually around the age of 3. There are two different types of diapers and there is a huge debate over which type is more beneficial. Regardless of the hype it is every parent’s right to choose the type that they prefer.
Disposable diaper was introduced in the late 1940’s. Their name refers to directly to their nature, where they are worn, soiled, and then thrown away. This makes it extremely easy and beneficial for parents who do not wish to clean and reuse their infant’s diaper. They are made of absorbent materials that are coated in plastics to prevent leaks. The often include resealable tapes and elastic waist and leg bands to further prevent leaking. Thought the history of this type of diaper they have become thinner and more absorbent so that they better mimic cloth. Most of the time they have layered constriction which allow it to be breathable, comfortable, leak proof and absorbent. Newer designs include wetness indicators, lotions, scents and oils to benefit your baby.
Cloth diapers have been used for centuries and can be soiled, washed and reused. They are often made from cottons, wool or other soft and absorbent materials. They traditional consist of a folded cloth shaped like a square or rectangle. They are wrapped around the child and then fastened with a knot, clip or safety pin. Newer models are made in more body forming shapes and often have buttons to eliminate the disasters that could be caused by pins. Some parents prefer this type of diaper because they are inexpensive and save money because they can be reused. The argument is also made that they are more natural as well as more comfortable for your infant.
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