Diaper Duty

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-Chocolate is the 8th Wonder, warm chocolate, the 9th. Just seconds in the microwave and indulgence is served. Betty Crocker Warm Delights, you're just 3 minutes from heaven. -They say all babies do is eat, sleep, and well, you know. But when faced with a wall of diapers taking care of that ickious activity can feel overwhelming. So we went to the experts for some nappy know-how from disposable to cloth and in-between. We begin at Babies "R" Us with American Baby Magazine Senior Lifestyle Editor, Jessica Hartshorn. -Welcome to the diaper aisle. First, I'm gonna give you a quick primer on sizes because your first time you walk in and you see all these packages, you don't even go where to go. Listen, you're looking for the diaper by your baby's weight. So if you have a newborn, that's the size M. It's, you know, up to 10 pounds. -Once you figure out the size, it's on to choosing the best type for your tyke. -When you're starting off with a new baby, you maybe want something like swaddlers which are made for the very youngest one. It's the babies who aren't really crawling around yet. Then you have different issues of course when your baby starts to crawl, so you might wanna look for something like cruisers that are made with a lot of side gathers that will move with your baby. -Yes. -Yes. -As they get a little older, sometimes it's easier to put a diaper on them when they're standing up because they're running around, running around and they will not lay down for you. That's when you might want something like the easy ups. -Now on to specialty diapers. -When your child finally sleeps through the night, they may need a more absorbent overnight diaper. -These are really absorbent so that if your child sleeps for 8 hours, thank goodness, being wet will not wake them up. -There are also swimmers and splashers for those days at the pool. -They can jump in the water and it's not gonna absorb all the pool water and become this big soaking wet diaper, but at the same time if your child has an accident, it'll keep it in. -For potty training, there are pull-ups. -If your child using the diaper then the little design inside disappears which kind of lets them know that oops, they were supposed to put that in the potty and they also go up and down like underwear. -There are good nights for when he's still not quite holding it through the night and the greener Seventh Generation diapers which claim to be manufactured in an ecofriendly way. To save money, Jessica says to look for less expensive lines by big names like Huggies and Pampers or even the more affordable Luvs. -You can buy these giant boxes, you get a lot more diaper for your cash if you can drive home with the giant boxes which you can get at Babies "R" Us or any mass merchant store. You can also go to sort of generic brand diapers. Most stores have their own generic brands, in drugstores as well. -And you're going to need them. Babies can go through 8 to 12 diapers a day. Another option is the gDiaper, the fluffable liner fits into the little G pants like this, and when you're ready to clean up just remove the liner, tear down each side, tear the bottom, and shake the absorbent inner core into the toilet. Use the Swishstick to stir once, throw the rest of it in, and flush. But if you'd rather rinse and re-use, you may want to go cloth. Boston area mom Salina Gonzales Frazier started cloth diapering her 2 children to help ease her daughter Sofia's recurring diaper rash. She liked to so much she and her husband decided to make a business out of it. And Diaper Lab was born. Now Salina sits down with new and expecting parents to show them the ins and outs of cloth diapering. -First what our called prefolds which are these 3 here and covers, so then you would use these prefolds with diaper covers. A diaper cover covers a diaper. It is a waterproof material on the inside, and for a newborn for example you would take a prefold and for a girl you could just lay it in just in the middle, so the extra thick part is in the middle, or you could fold it in thirds the other way and lay it inside the diaper as well. You can use diaper covers also with what's called a fitted diaper. Place this on the baby. This is an absorbent material and you would lay it in a diaper cover and you would put it on the baby with snaps and then you would put the diaper cover over it. Pocket diapers are neat because they have a pocket, so this is the inside of the diaper. When it's put together it's just as easy to use as a disposable. However, it comes apart into 2 pieces. You stuff it, stuff the pocket just like this and it's ready to go. We also have what are called all-in-one diapers. These are what I would consider the Cadillac of diapers as close to using a disposable as possible, so everything is here in the diaper and you would put this on the baby just like that. -Salina admits cloth diapering does require some extra effort. -You definitely are gonna have to wash the diapers. I mean we wash and do laundry. I definitely will tell you that if one person has at home at least part of the time it makes a lot it easier. However I have lots of people who work and still are able to do it. It's finding the right kind of cloth diaper for you so that it's gonna be easier to use and fit into your lifestyle. -The initial cost of cloth diapering is a few hundred dollars depending on the type of diapers you choose, but over time, Salina says, the savings is great. -You end up saving in the neighborhood-- depend on what cloth diapers you get. You know in the neighborhood of anywhere from $1500 to $2000, and that's for just 1 baby. -And while experts have debated the environmental benefits, Salina says it's a no-brainer. -The environmental aspects, anything that is gonna be reused is gonna have an impact on our environment. It's common sense kind of thinking. Cloth diapers don't go into a landfill. -If you're thinking of going cloth for your baby, do your research to find out what will work for you. -It's like anything with parenting. Once you done all the research and you're prepared for it, then you get used to it and it's really not a big deal. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.