Disposable nappies

Disposable nappies

Disposable nappies have taken over the world – well, the western world anyway. In 2001, 89 percent of all nappies changed in New Zealand were disposables - that’s up from 40 percent in 1993.

The perfect disposable nappy should:

  • Take moisture away from your baby’s bottom to keep it dry without leaking out of the nappy.
  • Quick and easy to use and fasten.
  • Be self-fastening.
  • Come in various shapes and sizes to suit your baby at every stage.
  • Use an absorbent material that doesn’t escape from the nappy or move about within the nappy.

Cloth vs. Disposable Nappies

While some parents will struggle to make a choice between cloth and disposable nappies, for others the decision is a no-brainer. When weighing up the pros and cons, consider the following:

  • Disposables can be more convenient than cloth nappies
  • Disposables produce a lot of waste as they are non-biodegradable.
  • Disposables are the complete nappy – they require no extra pins, pilchers, liners or fasteners.
  • Disposables are much more expensive than cloth and need to be bought regularly.
  • Disposables are more absorbent and will keep your baby drier.
  • Cloth nappies washed at home create little solid waste but do use water.
  • Cloth nappies are made from natural fibres.

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot New Zealand. Sources include All About Nappies.

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