There are many decisions to make when you’re planning for a new baby in your family. One of the earliest choices to consider is whether to use cloth or disposable diapers on your new little one. Using cloth diapers instead of disposables can provide many benefits to your family, including long-term cost savings as well as long-term health benefits. One health benefit of using cloth diapers for your child is to avoid diaper rash.
Diaper rash occurs in a high percentage of babies and is considered a common affliction. Unfortunately, many parents choose to treat diaper rash after it has already occurred instead of taking steps to prevent its occurrence in the first place. With the multitude of diaper rash products available to consumers, parents may assume that diaper rash is inevitable and instead spend money on creams and ointments to help ease discomfort and end flare ups. These products, however, do not prevent future occurrences; they simply provide a mask over the current outbreak. Instead of going through the never ending loop of treating this often painful affliction, using cloth diapers can be a great way to avoid diaper rash altogether.
What causes diaper rash? Diaper rash can be caused by moisture that is allowed to be in contact with your baby’s skin for too long a period of time. Diaper rash can also be caused by chafing that occurs when certain materials rub up against your baby’s skin. Both circumstances can be avoided with cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are touted for their ability to trap mass quantities of liquids in their special linings. This is considered to be a bonus of disposable diapers, because it allows parents to go for longer lengths of time between diaper changes. Unfortunately, it also means that liquid is retained within the diaper and its continuous contact with your baby’s skin can cause diaper rash. Because cloth diapers require more frequent changes, your baby’s skin has less time spent in contact with moisture and more time with exposure to air. This can reduce the occurrence of diaper rash.
Disposable diapers can also be made of rougher materials that are often necessary to trap in moisture. And because disposable diapers come in pre-set sizes that offer little ability to customize to your particular baby’s shape, excess material is often present to chafe against delicate baby skin. Cloth diapers provide solutions to both rough material and sizing. The cotton used in cloth diapers, softened from repeated washing, is soothing rather than abrasive to a baby’s skin. In addition, parents have a greater ability to personalize the fit of a cloth diaper. In both of these ways, using cloth diapers to avoid diaper rash is a sensible decision.
Parents always want to make the best decisions to fit their own style of parenting. Not every decision suits every situation. When considering the decision between disposable and cloth, remember that using cloth diapers can be a great way to both save money and avoid diaper rash.
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