When considering the fact that a baby (from birth to the age of about two or three) will go through an incredible amount of nappies (+6000 nappies in total) selecting the right type of diapers is very important. South African moms are able to choose from both toweling nappies and a variety of disposable diapers. The vast majority of moms opt for the disposable diapers, as not only are they incredibly convenient but they are easy to use and have been designed specifically to fit babies, which means they keep baby dry and comfortable throughout the day and the night. When babies are happy – moms are happy!
However, as South Africans join the rest of the world in attempting to repair our damaged planet, many eco-conscious moms are realizing that the 6000 plus disposable diapers (for each baby) are ending up in our landfill sites, and because they are non-biodegradable they take years to decompose – the old fashioned cloth nappies are now becoming a lot more appealing. However, unlike the disposable nappies, the toweling nappies are a lot less convenient, and keeping these diapers clean is yet another chore that will be added onto mom’s already busy -to-do-list’.
Cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers
- Inconvenient. When out for the day, the soiled cloth nappies will need to be kept in the nappy bag (in a separate plastic bag), whereas the disposable nappy can be easily disposed of, there and then.
- Cost – disposable nappies are expensive whereas cloth nappies can be reused over and over again. The cost of laundering the cloth nappies (along with washing powder costs, etc.), as well as nappy liners should also be considered when comparing the costs of both types of diapers.
- The disposable diapers are far better at combating nappy rash, as they have a built-in protective barrier which keeps wetness at bay.
- Moms will need to have a good supply of cloth nappies on hand and the nappies will need to be washed daily (or every second day at least). In rainy weather, moms may have to use a tumble drier (high electricity costs) to dry the wet nappies or put up with a nasty nappy bucket filled with soiled nappies!
- If baby is going to attend a crÃ¨che or be cared for by a day-mother, these caregivers usually request that only disposable nappies be supplied.
If you have made up your mind to use only disposable diapers, there are a number of good quality and affordable diapers on the market. There are also many wholesale nappy suppliers, who sell disposable diapers in bulk, and by purchasing from the bulk suppliers, parents can save a great deal of cash and still enjoy the convenience of using disposable diapers.
Brands such as Huggies, Cuddlers and Pampers have been on the market for many years, and mothers trust in these branded nappies. The diapers have been made with an absorbent inner core (which keeps moisture away from baby’s sensitive skin), while the inner leg guards on the nappy also help to keep wetness away – which means that skin irritation is virtually eradicated.
Concerned about the environment?
We all want to do what is right and we all want to do our bit to protect the planet – using the old fashioned toweling nappies is not for everyone, especially moms who are pressed for time. Here are a couple of suggestions for moms who want to do their part for the environment but still enjoy the modern day convenience of disposable nappies:
- Use the cloth of toweling nappies on the weekend;
- By using good quality, well-known diaper brands, such as Huggies or Pampers, nappy changes can be kept to a minimum (only for wet nappies)!
- An eco-friendly disposable nappy is being launched in several overseas countries, these are slightly more pricey than the regular disposable diapers – it may be worth looking into the benefits of these eco-friendly disposable nappies.
– Kathy Baron