Baby Formula Guide

By Marie Stevens

When a new baby comes into the world, mothers and fathers must choose as to which variety of diaper they should use - disposable or reusable. Both types of diaper have their own unique pros and cons. Interestingly, recent evidence has suggested that widely-held assumptions about the contrasts between the two may be ficticious or disingenuous.

Having a baby makes new parents decide on many different options. Many of us wonder what's going to be best for our little ones with regards to them growing up. Am I going to breast feed or use a bottle? Should we put our baby to sleep in a crib or bassinet? Should our baby wear cloth diapers or disposable diapers?

Scientific studies have been carried out about the merits of both the disposable and cloth baby diapers for many years, and aren't likely to stop in the near future. Both diapers have their good and bad points. Your first choice is between cloth baby diapers or the disposable diaper. What it boils down to is an issue of personal preference. However, some aspects to be concerned about when deciding what type diaper to use are comfort, fit, absorbency, ease of applyiing and cost.

Disposable diapers can be put on anywhere at anytime without having to fret about finding a washer to clean mucky cloth diapers! Also, once your childhas finished their business and requires changing, just take the soiled diaper off, (after changing your baby, of course), and dispose of it. No smelly diaper to carry around with you!

Alternatively, you might want to diaper your child using just cloth diapers, without covers. If so there really isn't much of a difference in cost. If you consider using a diaper service or home laundering, it can actually be less expensive to use cloth diapers. Although, due to possible leakages, it can be dangerous diapering your baby without using diaper covers. All disposable diapers in the shops nowadays have high-quality absorbency qualities, and all will carry more fluid than needed during the time period that your baby will use one diaper. In comparison to cloth baby diapers, disposables are drier to touch when wet, leak less and fit better. There are general similarities between disposables, but they vary in shape, fit and absorbency from one manufacturer to another.

There are however a small number of downsides to disposable diapers. The natural environment has taken its toll with the garbage that is thrown at it; in the United States alone there are upwards of 20 billion diapers being disposed yearly. Also manufacturing these diapers is not that environmentally responsible due to the plastics, papers and other substances being imposed on the once green earth. On top of that, disposable diapers also make babies experience rashes and some other kind of skin irritation from the harsh chemicals found and used in manufacturing the diapers. The aroma that these diapers will emit is more rancid than the ones emitted by a cloth diaper. Finally, do not overlook the cost of each of these baby diapers. A complete week supply of large packages can cost a home around $15 up to $30.

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