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Diapers 101

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Find out what kind of diapers there are in the market and learn the benefits of each. If you would like a diaper brand that we don't currently carry send us your feedback to make the request and we will accommodate you.



There are lots of diaper options in the market. But what type is right for your child? Parents can choose either disposable or cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are more popular because of their convenience and accessibility but cloth diapers are much cheaper in the long run (but you have to wash them).



According to Consumer Reports parents will spend about $2,500 on diapers until their child is potty trained.

Studies from Yale School of Medicine show that one of out three parents can not afford diapers. This leaves parents feeling anxious and worried and also causes diaper rashes in children because diapers are being kept on babies longer then they should. This sometimes convinces parents to go with cheaper brands such as Luv; but cheaper brands offer less protection and need more frequent changing.

What Are the Most Trusted Brands?

Huggies and Pampers are the most trusted diaper brands by hospitals and parents alike. For that reason these are the only two brands that we offer. We want parents to have affordable access to quality care for their children. Both diapers offer 12 hour protection, wetness alerts, a comfortable fit, and are designed to avoid the umbilical cord in newborns.


Types

Disposables:

A disposable diaper is an absorbent pad sandwiched between two sheets of non-woven fabric. The pad typically contains chemical crystals that can absorb up to 800 times their weight in liquid and hold it in gel form. That helps to keep liquid away from your baby's skin.


Disposable Underwear

Disposable underwear is designed to keep older children dry at night if they urinate while sleeping. Goodnites Underwear, for example, is made in different versions for boys and girls ages 4 and up. Pampers makes a similar product called UnderJams (marketed as a size 8 diaper).


Pull-Ups

As your child starts potty-training you can begin letting him wear pull-ups, which are diapers that look and feel a bit more like regular underwear. Some are designed to let the child feel a change the moment it gets even a little bit wet, so he can learn when he needs to go to the bathroom. Huggies Pull-Ups with Cool Alert have a "wetness liner" that feels cool after a child urinates; the company also makes Learning Designs diapers, which have characters on them that fade when the diaper gets wet. Pampers Easy Ups Trainers have a Feel ‘n Learn Liner that lets children feel a small amount of wetness immediately, so they know it's time to head to the toilet.


Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are usually made from absorbent fabrics: Cotton fleece, terry (like towels, but softer), flannel (similar to the material used in flannel sheets and pajamas, but denser and thicker), and unbleached hemp, wool and/or other materials. Flannel is the softest against the skin and the most absorbent.

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