Big conversation, lots of trial and error, research and depending on what fits your baby the best (You guessed it, not all diapers are created the same shape).

Things have changed a lot so I spent the morning researching and this is what seems to be the consensus from Baby Gear Lab, and Consumer Reports who use research from American Academy of Pediatrics, McGill University, United Nations, Stanford medicine and the list goes on.

I am definitely not an expert, but here are just some insights that I picked up and wanted to share!

Goal of the diaper of course – to keep the contents inside and away from the baby’s skin…

In general, you’ll be using around 3000 diapers in the first year totaling about $1000.🤯

During your trial and error period, reasons to consider changing diaper brands or types. If you are dealing with diaper rashes, the recommendation is to change diapers more frequently. Let the baby’s skin ‘air out down there’ for a few minutes at diaper changes. (A trick to try to prevent pee while the diaper is off… you can test the baby’s need to pee again once you take the diaper down, let some fresh air in and then put the diaper back up again and see if the baby pees after getting that cool air – works sometimes…). This helps for some good circulation and a break from the friction of the diaper for a period of time a day if possible.

If the diaper is too big or loose, you’re gonna get blowouts and if they are too small, you might see red marks on the baby’s legs and around the waist so depending on your baby’s size and shape, you might have to try out a couple or more and in the end your choice will definitely be best for you. Maybe try a different brand of disposable diapers and if you use cloth then change them more often as well.

Now on the topic of cloth or disposable?

Maybe you have decided or are on the fence then here’s some tidbits to weigh. Cloth is cheaper in the long run. However, using a diaper service will obviously increase the price. In terms of eco-friendly… reading some studies, apparently if you use a front loader with cold water and hang them to dry then you are ahead of the game eco wise. Using hot water every time (electricity) and non eco friendly detergent may not help the cause. Cloth diapers have improved significantly over years – initial set up more costly but long run less expensive.

Now to chat about disposable diapers – we’ve all heard they are bad for the environment, they are made with many layers of materials and use up more natural resources to produce. They fill the landfills as they don’t degrade and are more expensive in the long run, often the baby is sensitive to the plastics and chemicals used in the disposable diaper material. If you would like to avoid chemicals in diapers, here’s a list to look that different brands may contain; parabens, phthalates, fragrance, chlorine, petroleum based, artificial dyes, lotions, plastics, elastics in the materials that are not only toxic but can contribute to diaper rashes as well.

There is a category of ‘Green’ diapers are somewhere between disposable and cloth. (… At least they have better chance of biodegradability, they have less or no use of chlorine during production (limiting dioxin production), latex free, and also tend to use recyclable or renewable materials to produce free of chlorine, lotion, perfume and other concerning chemicals. In one study I read, the brands BAMBO Nature and Eco by Naty were 30% better in tests for absorption and leaks than synthetic!

I added Bambo Nature in the ‘baby essentials shop’ as lowest price point I could find as well as being eco-friendly, approximately 80% biodegradable and 99% compostable, they have a rating of 5/5 on absorbency and 5/5 on keeping baby dry, no skin irritations, therefore also comfortable for baby, free of chemicals and allergens so that’s a plus for less or no diaper rashes. As stated in the description, they have an umbilical notch, which is a plus for newborns with drying umbilical cords. They have a wetness indicator and latex free leg cuffs that help prevent leak without irritation. All the wood pulp is derived from sustainable tree farms and the manufacturer has released a life cycle assessment providing a reduced amount of admissions and almost no waste. They said the price was decent too for eco and baby skin friendly!

Price – green diapers have decreased in price over the past year, average $0.35 per diaper versus traditional chemical plastic diapers $0.22 per diaper.