- Environmental and chemical issues - disposable diapers
- Washing and soaking requirements - schedules and time factor
Types of Cloth Diapers
- Flat cloth diapers - Least expensive, fits all sizes
- Pre-folded diapers - Saves time
- Fitted diapers - Easy to use, requires different sizes
- All-in-one daipers - Simplest to use, do not require separate covers, requires different sizes
- Disposable diapers disadvantages - More expensive than cloth, requires different sizes, buying and storage issues, disposal issues
- Disposable diapers Advantages - Greater convenience, faster to change diaper, saves time and chores
Diapers - How many changes?
Babies will require a change about 7000 times over a 2 year period!
- Number of diapers per day - Varies between 8 and 12, average about 10 diapers per day
- Number of diapers over a 2 year period - Approx 7,200 !
Diaper Cost comparison - Cloth -v- Disposable
- Cloth Costs - Varies according to type and quality of cloth - Approx $150 - $580
- Disposable Costs - Varies according to type - Approx cost per month $60 - $70 Over a 2 year period approx cost $1550
Cost comparison - Diaper Service
There are various Service companies available in many locations. The usual service offers a weekly pick-up. The diapers are washed, dried and folded. Return Delivery.
- Diaper Service Costs - Varies but average $120 set-up fee
- Service Costs - Approx cost per month $60 - $80
- Service Costs - Over a 2 year period approx cost $1650
Changing baby. How to change a Diaper? The method of changing is dependent on the type of diaper's used - the easiest and quickest change is by using a disposable.
- Prepare all items required for the change and clothing change, if required
- Make sure all items to hand
- Place baby on changing mat
- Remove lower clothing
- Remove soiled diaper
- Clean baby
- Apply diaper rash ointment
- Put diaper on baby
- Dispose of soiled items
Diaper-Rash - Information
This kind of rash is an extremely common problem but can be distressing as the rash looks so incredibly sore.
- What is diaper-rash? - It's a reddening of the skin in the diaper-area
- What produces the rash? Bacteria which develops in the moist, warm conditions
- What effect does the bacteria have? Urine and bacteria mix to create ammonia which burns the baby
- Does the type of diaper's have any effect? No, diaper-rash occurs in both cloth and disposable diapers
- What causes the rash? The rash may be caused by any number of things such as perfumed soaps, detergents and some citrus fruits
Diaper Rash - Prevention and Treatment
The following routines can be followed to reduce the instances of diaper-rash:
- Change baby's diaper each time he or she wets
- Avoid perfumed detergents or fabric softeners in your wash
- Avoid perfumed soaps
- Wash your hands after every change to prevent the spread of infection
Diaper Rash - Treatment
The following routines should be followed to treat diaper-rash:
- Use plain warm water to clean the infant after each change
- Ensure complete dryness before applying a clean diaper
- Use stay- dry liners
- Ensure that the baby is given a couple of hours each day without lower clothing to allow the air to dry the skin and reduce irritation from diapers
- Apply diaper-rash ointment as per the instructions
- If the rash persists after period indicated on the diaper-rash ointment instructions consult your doctor or medical professional
Checklists for your New Born Baby !
We have tried to compile a really useful set of checklists indicating quantities as well as content. We have also added useful information on each category such as the sections on this page relating to Diapers. The checklists have been categorised into the following sections - please click the link of your choice for more useful and non commercial information:
We hope that the information supplied on this page will prove useful in relation to the subject of diapers - without doubt the worst bit about having a baby! And the task most often dreaded by the fathers! We leave you, as we started, with the following quote:
"Diaper backward spells repaid! Think about it." ~ Quote by Marshall McLuhan
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