Since the last few years, disposable diapers have become most accepted among parents due to their convenience and easy availability. Many parents prefer it instead of cloth nappies because it is easy to clean up but the convenience of the product has also made it a controversial product. Some advantages of using disposable merries diapers in Singapore are:
- Suitable and easy accessibility- available at almost all daily needs store
- No need to wash or carrying soiled nappies around- we can throw them away when they become dirty
- Hassle free, easy to wear and keep the baby dry
- No leakage and perfect to let the baby sleep in
Disadvantages of using disposable diapers for our baby
Skin rash (diaper rash) is a common condition that can occur due to prolonged usage of the wet diaper in babies. The moisture in the diaper is an ideal breeding chance for bacteria which cause the baby’s skin to get red, sore, tender and irritated when a diaper is left on for too long and rubs against the skin repeatedly. Read more about diaper rashes here and ways to treat diaper rashes here.
Toxicity can harm our baby:
An average baby uses 7-8 diapers in a day which means that the diaper is used for almost 24 hours a day. During this time diapers comes in a direct and constant contact with the skin of baby which means that any toxic chemicals present inside the diapers can easily enter in our baby’s system if he or she wears disposable diapers all the time. That is the reason ‘free time’ or ‘no diaper time’ is constantly advised.
All babies, especially newborns have very sensitive skin and use of any type of diaper can affect their skin. There are many cases where dyes, chemicals, gels, synthetic material that enhance the absorbency of the diapers can actually be a cause of skin allergy in the baby. Also, we have to be extra careful when we start weaning our baby as the content and frequency of baby’s poo can also develop a skin rash or allergic reaction to them.
Diapers are very expensive especially based on the fact that a baby uses the 7-8 diaper in a day. The cost of these diapers varies according to the various varieties present in the market which often cause confusion and concern among parents for choosing the right one for their baby. Many parents believe that a lot of money gets spent in buying diapers only.
Can cause infection:
When the baby pees in the diaper- the stuff which prevents the pee to escape from the diaper also prevents the air circulation inside it. Due to which the environment inside the diaper becomes warm and moist where bacteria and fungi can grow and which in turn can cause skin infections in our baby.
Disposable diapers are considered as non-environment friendly or ecological hazardous products as they are harming the environment through their manufacture and disposal. Tons and tons of disposable diapers containing plastic, urine, feces, the paper are constantly contributed from every household gets dumped in rivers and landfills annually. This is proving to be a huge environmental danger. Though companies are coming up with biodegradable disposable diapers, their accessibility is still limited.
Toilet training can be harder:
Toilet training usually involves certain sounds, cues, and signals between parents and baby so that their child can learn to use the toilet for urination and defecation purpose. But in recent time’s use of disposable diapers have enhanced the period of a child in diapers for a longer period of time as baby feels quite comfortable in diapers and moms and dads also do not push them for the potty training. Thus this potty training lesson which was generally started earlier in past may get lost in modern times due to the use of these ultra-absorbing diapers. To read more about wet wipes in Singapore check here.