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Did you know that a baby goes through an average of more than 6000 nappies before he is potty trained? If you haven’t decided to grow your baby with a more natural approach and let him go nappy-free all the time, you’ll probably start thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of various nappy types, fits and sizes, absorbency as well as the truth content of the advertising claims at the latest when your baby is born. The huge variety of brands and products does not necessarily make your decision easier. However, it is worth to consider, try out different types and go into this topic a little deeper. Your baby as well as your purse will thank you for that. More information >
The ecological awareness of many parents and parents-to-be has grown considerably in recent years. In order to save some money and do something good for the environment, many parents consider buying reusable nappies instead of the well-known disposable ones. You can choose between three basic nappy types: the classis cloth nappies, the washable nappies and disposable nappies that can only be used once.
Cloth nappies which are usually made of cotton are low in harmful substances and also suitable for sensitive babies. The same applies to washable nappies with pulp inserts. The disadvantages of these nappy types are that they need to be washed and that the moisture is in constant contact with baby’s skin which can cause skin irritations and soreness. Disposable nappies on the other hand, absorb moisture: they usually feature an absorbent core structure on the inside which absorbs the moisture more or less reliably. Generally, disposable nappies are known to be easier to use and way more convenient for mastering everyday life with a baby. Nevertheless, disposable nappies include chemicals which can irritate your little one’s skin. Another disadvantage of these types of nappies is that they are not reusable which has a negative impact on the environment and on your purse. According to the life cycle assessment, disposable nappies come off only slightly worse than their washable alternatives. Cloth nappies and the like do produce less waste, but they have to be washed after every use which costs energy and water. In the end, deciding for a certain nappy type is more of a taste and attitude thing. Eco-friendly disposable nappies made of recycled materials can be a more sensible choice.
Once you have chosen a nappy type, the unspoken question is: Which nappy exactly do we want to use. The range of disposable nappies is particularly wide. The variety of manufacturers then leads to many question regarding the possible differences.
At first glance, the nappies of different manufacturers mainly differ in price. Generally, premium brands such as Pampers are pricier than home brands offered by discounters. But there are also differences regarding the packaging size. Those of you, who pay attention to the price of disposable nappies should consider the price per unit in order to compare them with each other. Furthermore, the products of different manufactures also differ in fit, size, absorbency, thickness and flexibility. Normally, disposable nappies contain synthetic materials and chemicals in varying composition – this can cause your little one’s sensitive skin to be irritated and even sore. In such cases you should rather stick to the popular proverb: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. A brand name such as Pampers does not ensure that the skin of your baby won’t be irritated or even that the nappy fits perfectly. At the beginning, we recommend you to try and test nappies by different manufacturers and to make sure that you don’t get misguided by the price alone. Tip: Most manufacturers offer sample packages which you can get for free or for a small price – this will make trying and testing different nappies a lot easier and cheaper.
The size of a nappy is one of the most important factors for a well-fitting nappy that absorbs a moisture safely. At this point, there is no general or uniform rule. Every manufacturer sets his own sizes which are usually based on the body weight of babies. That is why, the different sizes of different manufacturers can sometimes overlap. In such cases, only trying and testing the nappies really helps to find out which ones fit best.
For a general orientation you might stick to the following classification:
In order to find the right nappy size, you simply need to take a look at the size and weight indicated on the packaging. So-called nappy size apps such as the one by Pampers, and nappy size guides at the chemist’s with which you can determine the right size turn out to be quite useful as well.
Apart from the right nappy size, there is also the right nappy type which can have an influence on the nappy’s fit, comfort and dryness. Apart from special products such as swim nappies and absorbent underwear for older children, all manufacturers offer different nappy types. In addition to their classic nappies, only the brand leader Pampers offers extra-dry versions for the night, premium nappies as well as thin nappies for particularly active babies. Again, at this point you can only find out which nappy is right for your child by trying and testing them.
Even those of you who pay more attention to the quality and less to the price of nappies will soon notice that nappies do cost a pretty penny. That is why clever parents take advantage of the numerous special offers such as multi packs with a special-offer price in supermarkets or at the chemist’s as well as discount campaigns by retail and manufacturers. Furthermore, you can save some money by participating in discount or customer programs offered by retail and manufacturers. Pampers, for instance, offers special prices for new parents. Those of you who register in the Pampers Village will benefit from coupons or vouchers that can be redeemed in retail and thus save you some money when buying nappies.
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