I have two kids and when they were in their first year I have experimented with both of them. While I had all jitters of a new mom when I had my elder one and trusted every opinion around me to be better than my own, I was an informed mom the second baby around.
My mom was my guiding light for my first baby. She advised me to only use soft, old cloth for the newborn poos and pees as his skin was soft and a disposable diaper could cause rashes. Also, around 11 years back newborn diapers were not available in India and had to be sourced from abroad which made it almost impossible for me. For the first three months, I followed her advice and lived in the smelly world of poo and pee before shifting to disposable diapers. If anyone has used cloth diapers they will know how the house smells when there are multiple diapers are hanging to dry plus the pain of soaking, washing and drying them is not something I enjoyed at all. Amongst feeding, bathing, changing and putting him to sleep this was an added pain.
For my second one, five years later, newborn diapers were available and he was a diaper baby from day one. There were no rashes, no smells and immense peace of mind. I could sleep better and was a happier mom. I just was very careful about cleaning him as soon as possible after he had pooped and applying a lavish coat of diaper rash cream after each change.
Now with Bubbles, the technology and choices of disposable diapers have seen improvement by many folds. It also depends on which brand and which kind of diaper you would choose for your kid. Pampers has worked well for Bubbles and we are very happy with the current version of Pampers Dry Pants.
I know there is a lot of talk about the cloth diapers but for me, there are many many reasons why I would choose disposable diapers over cloth ones any day, so I thought I would bust some myths around diapering!
Thin Diapers are less absorbent and so less effective
Disposable diapers keep the skin super dry as they are very absorbent. The new Pampers baby-dry pants are super thin and super absorbent. I have reviewed the diaper myself and you can also watch this video to see it for yourself. A lot of moms believe that diapers have to be well padded to be more absorbent. It’s not the padding that matters but the absorbent gel which goes inside a diaper that makes the difference. The new Pampers also has three channel technology that distributes the pee evenly so your baby is comfortable at all times.
What is better for Baby’s Skin?
Both cloth and disposable diapers can cause skin rashes if the baby is left uncleaned for a long time after it has pooped or if the diaper is full of pee and not changed every few hours. The idea is to keep the skin dry and clean and the same effort is required for both. In fact, the disposable diapers need less frequent changes.