Cloth Nappies 101 Series: Part I - An Introduction
When expecting a baby or once you have a baby, there are many many decisions you will have to make on how to care for your baby, what to use, how to use them. Among these decisions is how to diaper your baby. This is a very important as it is right there at the top of the basic needs of a baby along feeding, warmth and clothing.
In this Cloth Nappies 101 series we would be going through all the general points relating to cloth nappies in a number of posts and remove any confusion you may have regarding it. So, lets start with the A for Apples and B for Bread of using a cloth nappy and start with the very mos basic question:
What is a Diaper/ Nappy?
Wikipedia definition is given below:
"A diaper (American English) or a nappy (British English) is a type of underwear that allows the wearer to defecate or urinate without the use of a toilet, by absorbing or containing waste products to prevent soiling of outer clothing or the external environment."
A Nappy / Diaper is made up of two basic things: waterproof layer for containment and absorbent inner layer to soak up the urine. When diapering a baby, there are two options - Disposables and Reusables
In a disposable both these functions are in one simple to wear products, historically in cloth nappies, containment and absorbency have been separated, in two distinct products, however cloth diapers have evolved to various options which combine the two functions in one easy to use product.
Disposable nappies which have many popular brands, including but not limited to premium brands locally made and imported, and many imported supermarket brands from the US and UK.
All are popular to varying degrees and are widely available in the usual sizes from newborn to toddler, however smaller more specialist sizes may be harder to find.
|Disposables - Taped nappy and nappy pant styles|
These are generally
- Convenient to use due to their single use nature,
- However they can be pricey and
- Sometimes do not play well with sensitive skin or any skin for that matter especially when left on for longer than is necessary.
- Plus they generate a ginormous amount of waste!
On the other side, you have Cloth Nappies, also called washable diapers/nappies, Reusable nappies and also popularly called "Napkins". which are the old school terry nappies ( aka Towel fabrics) we grew up with, complete with baby safety pins and a waterproof pant to go over it. Sadly, these have had some bad press over the years and there is a lot of negative misconception about these which we hope to dispel.
|Old school Napkins with pin and waterproof pants - Curtsy: Headlock0225 from Wikipedia site|
Modern day cloth nappies have caught up with disposables in popularity and are more stylish and better made for the modern family lifestles and there are many benefits including :
- Potentially huge costs savings,
- Ability to be used for multiple children and other non-diaper related uses.
- More advanced absorption options with fabrics other than cotton,
- natural fabric in contact with baby' skin therefore less occurrence of nappy rash or reactions
- plus they generate much less waste and
- they have a nicer appearance with no droopy look when wet.
Below are some images of where cloth nappies are today and examples of the options available in terms of types, fabrics and sizing.
|Cotton prefold nappies in various sizes to fit babies from preemies to toddlers.|
|All-in-one Cloth nappies with outer waterproof shell and absorbent core all sewn in one piece.|
|L. Hemp-cotton insert / Booster with double the performance of cotton only fabric; |
R. Bamboo-cotton insert/ booster with improved absorbency and longevity of softness
|Waterproof Covers in breathable PUL fabric in|
newborn/ preemie and adjustable One-Size options fitting from birth to potty.
There are not many cloth diaper options especially that of quality in the Nigerian market and this is where we come in to bridge that gap. To provide high quality value for money cloth nappy options to the discerning Nigerian parent and to provide advise and sound information on using cloth as a nappy/ diaper solutions.
Do Stay tuned and we'll take you through all you need to know on using cloth nappies and other parenting and life style topics.
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