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Newborn Diaper Planning

Disposable diapers or cloth diapers that is the question!  Well, if you are like most mom you thrive on making the best decision for your child when it comes to choosing the best kinds of diapers!  But, the all time favorite one is their baby's skin.  Every mother wants to make decisions of choosing diapers that will not leave baby with skin rashes or which ones that will keep the baby drier.  I'm not going to lie, I gave Walmart brand diapers a chance, but I was very unpleased with them.  For me, I could not use store brand diapers on either one of my childrens because for one, they could only urine in them once, before it started to leak, and two, they were cheap.   Other concerns about disposable diapers were the dyes, sodium polyacrylate (the absorbent gel) that they tend to use within the diapers. The Sodium polyacrylate has been linked in the past to toxic shock syndrome, allergic reactions and it is very harmful to pets.  Some of the other dyes and dioxin according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is known for causing damage to the central nervous system , kidneys, and liver.

Problems reported to the Consumer Protection Agency regarding disposables include, chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth, choking on tab papers and linings, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. Plastic tabs can also tear skin if the diaper is not properly put on the baby. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54 % of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16 % having severe rashes.

With more and more moms going green, they are starting to increase the needs for cloth diapers or eco-friendly diapers such as Seventh Generation Diapers.  The choice between the different types of diapers available is a matter of personal preference. There really is no one best type of diaper that is good for every baby. Deciding to use cloth or disposable diapers depends on your lifestyle, personal preference, finances and your concern for the environment. Some parents combine the two, using cloth at home and disposable when they are going to be out all day. The choice that is right for you and your baby may be different from the one that's right for your friend and her baby.   So, my best advice to you would be to decide on a choice diapers that are best for you and your baby and your family's life style.

Best wishes to you and your family!
LaTersa Blakely

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