The Diaper Breakdown
There is a huge selection of diapers for new parents to choose from. Everything from disposable diapers of various brands, including those made with organically grown materials, to cloth diapers that need to be washed after each use.
As far as I know, there have not been any reports of any known health benefits to using one kind of diaper over another. However, there are a lot of environmental issues to consider.
Disposable diapers do produce a lot of waste, and if you’re just not ready to commit to going to completely cloth diapers, the more organically made diapers decompose more easily leaving less waste for shorter periods of time. However, they are going to cost you more than your typical disposable diapers.
There are also inserts for cloth diapers that are disposable so you don’t throw out the entire diaper, but only the smaller insert. Cloth diapers leave less garbage, but do require more water for washing, so this must be weighed as well. They also require more time and effort in your day to day responsibilities, though there are diaper services that can be hired to do the washing for you.
At this point, I think it’s important to find what works best for you and your child while trying to keep waste and resources to a minimum as best as possible.
By: Chelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group
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