Cloth nappies or also known as organic nappies, reusable nappies, cotton nappies or washable nappies are easy to handle, even easier to care for and very cute too. Newborn nappies are simply not old fashioned. When you consider that cloth nappies are also good for the environment just like biodegradable nappies, better for your wallet and (compared to disposables for the budget conscious) andis chemical free for the health of your baby.
Disposable nappies are quick and easy to change, light to carry, available wherever you go in the world and used nappies can simply be thrown away. Both reusable and disposable nappies have their own advantage and disadvantages. This article will help you compare how they can work for you, your baby and the environment.
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Disposable nappy advantages:
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Whichever type of nappy that you choose, scrape the poo off it before putting the nappy aside to wash, or before disposing of the nappy.
Best way to keep the baby’s bottom as rash-free as possible is to change nappies often so that urine and poo is not in contact with skin for too long.Wash the baby’s skin gently with water on a cloth.If using baby wipes, choose ones without alcohol to avoid stinging, especially when there is a rash present. After cleaning, put on some zinc cream or other nappy cream to keep wetness off of the skin. Make sure to leave the nappy off for a while during playtime to allow air dry the skin and if a baby has a nappy rash, it may be helpful to use disposable nappies which draw the urine away from the baby’s skin, keeping it dry.
It is very easy for thrush to grow in the nappy area once the skin has become red and damaged. This will show as a very red area with spots around it. Special creams are available which clear this type of rash quickly, so see the baby’s doctor or child health nurse if the nappy rash doesn’t clear in a day or so.