Sopure Healthcare Co., Ltd
Sopure Healthcare Co., Ltd

Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Apr 08 , 2022

As a new parent, you may not have heard of the controversies of the ongoing cloth diaper and disposable diaper debate. The use of disposable diapers has become so widely accepted as a modern convenience that many parents wouldn't dream of using an alternative. In 1955, basically, all American babies were wearing cloth diapers, and in the 21st century, an estimated 90% (or even 95%) of American babies are wearing the latest disposable diapers.

While a simple search on the subject on the Internet quickly makes it clear how strongly some people feel about the cloth diaper vs. disposable diaper debate, we don't intend to take sides. Instead, as a company dealing with premium baby care products, we thought we'd give you some facts and usage advice related to each type of use, and the rest of the information was only weighted for disposable diapers such as 3 month old baby dry diaper overnight, as it is suitable for most parents right now.

Ⅰ. The benefits of disposable diapers

Disposable diapers are good at absorbing. This feature is both good and bad. Using them may mean less contact between your baby's skin and pee and poop, and may provide additional convenience by changing it less frequently. However, newborn disposable diapers can also be more difficult to accurately monitor your baby's urine output. This task is especially important during the neonatal period and when you are facing signs of dehydration.

Some cloth diaper advocates argue that babies who use disposable diapers have a much higher chance of developing diaper rash (presumably due to less frequent changing and longer exposure to diaper contents). Interestingly, however, one of the commonly recommended treatments for diaper rash is for cloth diaper users to switch to disposable diapers. Also, it is striking that "disposable" diapers are not biodegradable and billions (estimated around 20 billion diapers or 3.5 million tons) go into landfills every year.

Ⅱ. Materials for making disposable nappies

As a hygiene products factory, we would like to share with you the relevant information. When it comes to the materials that make them, cloth diapers have long been made of cotton. This material is notorious for requiring large amounts of water to produce. Those focused on reducing the environmental impact of diapers point out that bamboo diapers are more environmentally friendly and a more accessible alternative to cotton.

Cloth diapers (and their covers) require extensive laundering by parents or diaper services, and also require a lot of water and detergent, and people in the disposable nappies camp point out that cloth diapers also have a negative impact on the body. Especially when they are washed in small, half full loads, they needs to be put in the dryer instead of drying, or both washing and drying.