Types and Reasons Why Should Use Reusable Diapers

What do you do during a couple of weeks before giving birth? The majority of parents choose to struggle with dozens of items that will be used by their baby. Among them, diapers (or nappies) are one of the most common and important preparations.

Not only they take you time to consider what types you should use, for examples, reusable diapers or disposable diapers, but they’re also one of the biggest expenditure that you have to deal with for at least two years of your baby life.

This article focuses on difference types of reusable diapers as well as several reasons why should use reusable diapers rather than disposable diapers. Hope you enjoy it!

Types Of Reusable Diapers

Reusable diapers come with a variety of kinds. Each one has both disadvantages and advantages. The list below is going to show you some major categories of reusable diapers as well as the outstanding features of each type.

All-in-One Diapers

AIO diapers are excellent for their great absorbency. The key benefit of them is the irreducibility in design; they are one-piece diapers that consist of a series of absorbent material layers inside and a waterproof cover outside.

The outer layer includes snaps and velcro which are used to keep the diaper closed. AIO diapers can work overnight very well, and in term of assemblage, they’re similar to disposable diapers due to the quick change. Even though they’re thick compared to other reusable ones, they take quite a long time to dry, and this is the biggest drawback of them.

Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers include a water-resistant outer layer and a polyester lining. Between them, there is a pocket that lets you insert stuff like an absorbent pad into it before wearing. Pocket diapers also contain a fabric inner layer, and this layer stay dry very well to make your infant as comfortable as possible.

The major advantage of this type is that you can adjust the absorbency level by adding or removing the absorbent inserts, and it also doesn’t take much time to fasten. The drawback of this type is that they require an un-stuffing process before washing, which means you have to take out all the inserts prior to the cleaning process.

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Pre-Folded Diapers

Pre-folded diapers are rectangular in shape and not as easy to use as other types since they need to be pre-folded just like the name suggests. In particular, you will have to fold them several times to form the desired shape then wear it to your baby with a fastener, and add a waterproof layer to cover the top.

The major weakness of this type is that their dimension changes based on your child size, so the old ones should be replaced with larger ones as your baby grows. Other minor drawbacks are fastener requirement and bulky size. The key advantage of them is that they’re very cheap in price, quick to dry, easy to wash, and quite versatile.

Contour/Fitted Diapers

Like most of the diapers, contour diapers also consist of many absorbent layers, but they don’t have any waterproof cover, and thus, require an extra water-resistant outer. Contour diapers are hourglass shaped, which means you don’t have to perform any folding to fasten them on your infants.

The major drawbacks of contour diapers are the deficiency of the waterproof layer and high price. The key advantage of them is the excellent absorbency and ease of fastening. Besides, they also include an elastic round at the led and back part to improve the closure.

Why Should Use Reusable Diapers

Reusable Diapers Are Easy to Wash and Dry

Cloth Diapers Are Cheap

Reusable diapers are much cheaper than disposable diapers since you can reuse them for years. According to research, disposable diapers cost nearly $800 per year for one baby. In general, a baby starts potty training at the age of three, so the average cost will increase up to $2,100.

That’ a dime of money! On the other hand, if you use reusable diapers, I’ll need to spend only $400, and you can reuse for about three years. I don’t know what you would like, but if I were you, I'd keep my extra $1,700 to spend on other essential needs like school fees, milk or clothes.

Reusable Diapers Are Totally Safe

Safety is always our top concern, and reusable diapers do this excellently. They’re not only highly absorbent and gentle on baby’s skin, but also chemical-free. Some kinds of cover also have the power to breath to diminish diaper rash.

In contrast, there are a lot of harmful substance in disposable diapers. The most dangerous one is Dioxin which is produced from the process of paper bleaching and an extreme toxin that can kill animals, people, and plans.

Another chemical is Tributyl-tin which can trigger hormonal problems in humans. Research also proved that gas produced by disposable diapers could boost the extent of asthmatic disease.

Reusable Diapers Are Easy to Wash and Dry

Depending on each type, the time and effort you have to spend on cleaning can vary. But in general, reusable diapers are very easy to wash and dry. I just want to remind that if you choose pocket diapers, don’t forget to clean the covers and inserts separately.

Also, never mix up a regular load of laundry with the diapers while storing and washing. Finally, to make sure that 99% of bacteria is killed, many manufacturers recommend wasting in the 60-centigrade water and adding a non-biological washing detergent.

Of course, in comparison with disposable diapers, reusable ones are less convenient in this case. However, just think about the above benefits, I’m sure you know why should use reusable diapers.

Environmental Friendliness

This is evident since reusable diapers are such a kind of regular clothes. You use them, then you clean them, and use again. You don’t throw them away to the environment like disposable diapers.

According to research, for the first two years, a baby consumes of over 7,000 diapers. If you buy disposable diapers which are one-time use, you’ll discard tons of waste into the environment.

Due to the fact that these waste are plastic like nylon bags, they will take thousands of year to decompose. On the other hand, reusable diapers just take us a little bit time and effort to wash, sanitize, and dry. Saving the world is the most important thing!

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Rosie M. Jordan
 

Hello my name is Rosie. I am a 36-year-old SAHM to an energetic little boy called Andrew. We love reading, Toddler Sense, the library and trips to the park. To get in touch you can email us rosie.babyvenue@gmail.com

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