Cloth Diaper Myth Number Three
Leaks and accidents are more common and they don’t keep your baby dry.
Cloth diapers use natural absorbency from fabric. They do keep baby dry, but cloth diapers require more frequent changes than disposables. Leaks are not more common, as modern cloth diaper designs feature elastic gussets that properly protect against leakage. It is true that disposable diapers can absorb more urine than cloth diapers because they contain a chemical component inside the layers of paper pulp that enhances absorption. This chemical powder, sodium polyacrylate, converts into a gel once it is in contact with urine. Disposables get heavier from the gelatinous chemical and urine combination when full, rather than overflow. They may not show signs of leakage, leaving parents unaware that their child is staying in a urine-filled, chemical laden diaper for longer than is healthy or hygienic. Cloth diapers absorb the normal amount of urine a baby outputs at one time or possibly two. Additional absorbency can be gained with the use of Bumkins inserts, ideal for heavy wetters or longer periods of time, which can further prevent leakage issues. All diapers should be changed as soon as they are wet or soiled in order to ensure baby’s optimum health, so the extra chemically derived absorbency of disposable diapers should not be deemed a healthy or beneficial advantage.