One of the things I had to get used to when using cloth diapers was the fact that I had to change the diapers more often — sometimes every hour or two — or they would leak if I didn’t. However, as tedious as that seemed, I was kind of glad, because you see, knowing I’d missed my daughter peeing even once, and knowing she’d been sitting with urine on her skin for hours, kind of made me sad. Whether the diapers “absorbed” it or not, my kid was still sitting in her own pee.
So as you can imagine, the disposables coming out recently that make claims of ’12 Hours of Protection!’ or ‘Long-lasting absorbency’ I kind of want to cry.
Now, before anyone says it, yes, I understand that some kids are heavy wetters overnight — that’s different. There are companies with overnight diapers, and I totally understand the need. I used disposables overnight for awhile until I learned how to do two cloth inserts in a way that didn’t bow my daughter’s legs until she was old enough that she started holding her bladder overnight. So I get overnight needs… but that’s not what these diapers are advertised as, and that bothers me.
Look up reviews on many disposable diapers, and many mothers discuss a diaper’s ability to hold multiple bladderfuls of urine. On one diaper, a mother complains in a review that after her daughter would pee, it would hang down enough that she found herself changing more often and therefore spending more money on diapers because it “looked so uncomfortable.” Forgive me, but shouldn’t the concern there be changing your child after they’ve urinated, rather than just trying to keep diapers on them as long as possible to save cash?
Even worse, you can find parents who say they won’t change a diaper until it’s sagging too the knees or feels squishy to the touch. That just… bothers me. Isn’t that kind of gross?
One of my complaints about disposable diapers was that it was hard to tell when my daughter had peed just once — when I wanted to change her. For a mom who is trying to determine if her baby is breastfeeding enough, a disposable diaper that makes it impossible to tell if baby has peed at all can actually make the mom think baby’s not drinking enough, or could even disguise a color of urine that should be a source of concern.
I just can’t see a daytime situation in which a baby shouldn’t be changed for twelve hours, and if you figure they can pee 6-10 times in a day, they could be peeing three, four or five times in just one diaper which sure, saves you money, but in my opinion, is actually kind of sad. I also can’t help but worry about what chemical creations they’re mixing up to absorb so much liquid without expanding nearly as much as ‘traditional’ disposables.
Honestly, I kind of wish some moms would have to try cloth, so they would be forced to get in the habit of changing after each pee, and rather than be focused just on the financial cost of the diaper, actually think about the fact that they’re applauding leaving a baby in their own urine for literally half the day. It would make them more aware of their child’s normal peeing times as well, which then in turn can help them potty-learn sooner which saves a lot more time and money than super-absorbency diapers.
What do you all think about these ‘super absorbency’ diapers?