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Moms Changing Babies' Diapers Less Often

Are Moms Skimping on the Diaper Changes These Days?

Check the language on any package of disposable diapers and you're sure to see some boast about the nappy's absorbency. All diaper manufacturers love to discuss how much their products can hold, and it seems that moms are tuning in to their claims.

Every time my own mother or MIL come to visit, the first thing they want to do is change my tot's diaper. They love to tell me how they are amazed by the efficiency of today's disposable diapers compared to the versions they used. So I found a recent report in Consumer Reports about a decline in diaper sales rather interesting.

They linked the decline in nappy sales and a rise in diaper cream sales to the fact that mamas are changing their lil ones' soiled nappies less frequently than before, ultimately leading to more diaper rashes. There's no telling if it is the bad economy that is pushing moms to hold off on the changes or if it is the better absorbency of the diapers, but it is an interesting correlation. What do you think?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
I was going to point out what ejvigil did. I noticed my daughter stopped getting rashes when I switched brands. There was something in the Huggies that didn't agree with her.
ejvigil ejvigil 5 years
What I find interesting about the article that it doesn't take in to account people buying more at bulk stores like Costco or switching to cloth diapers. I wouldn't be surprised if they factored that in, they'd have their reason why the decline. As for the rash cream, I suspect it's because of what disposable diapers are made of, many of the ingredients aren't even allowed in feminine products (if not, when why can we put it on a baby's bum?).
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
That's entirely possible. My girl had diaper rash pretty bad a couple times. Wow it makes me feel terrible to think that my potentially-lax diaper changing habits might have been the cause of it. I wonder if our changing diet has anything to do with it. More junk food in, nastier diapers out right?
ilanac13 ilanac13 5 years
i'm sure part of it has to do with the 'technology' in diapers with leak guard and higher absorbancy, but i know that i change my babies' diapers more frequently than my husband or sitter.....
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