One of the most essential baby care product are diapers. The wrong type may cause your baby to experience uncomfortable skin irritation and diaper rash. The right type of diaper will keep your baby dry, fit comfortably and contain no harmful chemicals.
When looking for a diaper brand you want to be sure that you look for products that are labeled natural and made from plant based materials. Among the disposable diapers brands there are new offerings in the natural and organic market. So let’s dig deeper and learn what to look for when choosing a diaper that will be safe for your baby’s skin. .
Why Choose Natural Organic Diapers
Parents who are concerned about a healthy environment often look for organic alternatives. They are driven by the fact that traditional disposable diapers end up in landfills, and pollute the air that we breathe with methane gas toxins. Plus, these diapers can also bring pathogens that pollute natural water sources.
Organic diapers are made from plant based materials making them biodegradable. For a diaper to be labeled as organic, it needs to fulfill a particular set of regulations and must get approved by the Global Organic Textile Standards. To get GOTS certification, the diaper sheets need to contain almost 95% of approved organic fibers. You can check the product tag and find out if it is GOTS certified or not.
An organic diaper is not necessarily a natural diaper, as it can contain chemicals that may irritate a baby’s skin. When buying an organic diaper you want to check to see if there are any chemicals like Chlorine, Alcohol, Phthalates, Parabens, and other additives. Therefore check the label to see if you see any of these chemicals listed. If so then you are not buying a natural diaper.
Natural Diapers to Consider
Reusable cloth diapers– Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers do not end up in a landfill, however since they must be thoroughly washed they consume a lot of water. These diapers are either home washed or given to a diaper service to clean.
If you are washing them at home, make sure you are using a detergent that is natural and made for babies, otherwise your child’s skin may have an adverse reaction. The very thing you are trying to avoid. Also make sure that the diaper is washed thoroughly to prevent any traces of bacteria such as E-coli from remaining on the diaper.
Natural Disposable diapers with eco-friendly ingredients-
These diapers are usually made up of plant-based materials like bamboo. These diapers can be compostable or biodegradable and are toxin-free too. Compostable diapers are composted by a process, and do not end up in landfills. However if you plan to do this from home, be aware that home composters do not get hot enough to kill bacteria. Therefore you can only compost diapers that contain liquid.
Disposable diapers are both convenient and easy to use. Unlike cloth diapers, disposable diapers are made for a one time use, making them more sanitary. Since soiled diapers are thrown out, no washing is required, or a diaper service is not needed.
Disposable diapers are better for absorbing liquid and preventing blowouts. Natural diapers made with bamboo also keep a baby’s skin temperature regulated, making sure their skin remains cool. This feature also helps to prevent rashes.
Which is Better?
Depending on your preferences a natural diaper made from cloth or one made from plant based materials are the best for a baby’s sensitive skin. Finding the right diaper will take some time as you also want to find one that fits your baby comfortably with a snug fit.
Many disposable diaper brands offer samples or trial packs, which are a great way to try out the diaper before you commit to a larger pack. When you do find the right diaper, check into a subscription service and never worry about running out of diapers.
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