Taking care of an infant requires numerous responsibilities. You have to feed them regularly in definite time periods and you also have to lull them to sleep. You have to constantly watch out for them so they won’t pick up stray objects and put them in their mouth. Lastly, you have to remember to change their diapers regularly so they will feel fresh and clean all day.
Diapers are one of the widely used baby necessities. Also called a “nappy,” a baby diaper is an absorbent lower garment worn by infants to absorb and contain the child’s moisture and body waste (feces and urine). They prevent mess and make sure that the infant remains clean and dry.
When the diaper becomes filled with waste, it needs to be changed. Babies cannot control their bowel movements and bladder. As a result, they are not yet able to use a toilet. Diapers are must-have items that any parent or guardian finds useful.
Diapers have been used since the ancient times, although the first forms were very crude, made from animal skins and leaf wraps. Later, cloth was used for baby diapers, which only needed washing so that they could be reused. Until the 19th century, this washable cloth diaper became the popular trend, even though these were popular places for viruses, fungi and bacteria to thrive.
By the 20th century, different inventors began patenting disposable diapers, experimenting with how to make it more efficient and less troublesome. Materials were improved, and diaper design gradually developed. Different companies, including Playtex, Kendall, Parke-Davis and Procter and Gamble produced various disposable diaper designs that were more comfy, durable and absorbent.
The current disposable baby diapers have innovative designs that surpass cloth diapers in terms of absorbing waste and keeping babies fresh. These diaper designs contain innovative features such elastic leg cuffs, re-sealable tapes, super-absorbent polymers and elastic waistbands to let babies breathe easier.
Even if baby diaper designs became innovative, these still cannot prevent diaper rash and irritation from occurring. To prevent irritation and rashes, change your infant’s diaper as frequently as needed. Try not to put on the diaper too tightly so it will not constantly rub against the infant’s skin. You should also wash your child’s lower area with lukewarm water to prevent germs form accumulating.
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