Sunday, July 21, 2019

Types of natural swaddling systems

Natural diapering system or natural reusable diapers: knitted, California diapers, cotton pants with velcro. Pros and cons of natural diapers.

There are many mothers who, despite the efforts of manufacturers of disposable diapers (pampers) do not stop thinking out loud or to themselves, that pampers are evil. Even well-known pediatricians, "giving a good" on diapers), do not convince such moms that polymers on the child's bottom are normal. Moms continue to look for alternatives to pampers.

An alternative to it can be either planting or natural reusable diapers (natural swaddling systems).
Today we will talk about what kind of natural diapers are. Immediately please - these diapers are already in Russia!
The natural swaddling or reusable natural diapers are a system consisting of three main parts:
  1. cotton diaper (absorbs moisture and fixes the liners);
  2. inserts in the diaper (absorb moisture);
  3. top woolen knickers (do not let moisture out and provide optimal thermal and air conditions for baby’s skin ).
Using a natural swaddle system is not difficult. Over time, the skill will come, and you along with the baby will be glad that you have found a middle ground - and the child is surrounded by all natural, and the mother does not fall down from exhaustion.
There are countless options for the main component of the natural swaddling system - cotton diaper. These options are sometimes quite different from each other - and price, and ease of use. Here we will talk about 4 types of cotton diapers, their features, pros, and cons.

1. Knitted diapers with ties

The basis of the principle - the diaper is fixed on the child with the help of straps (this is a dimensionless version).
When using - you have to fold out the diaper and tie the ties.
Wash - some difficulties (it is better to wash the diapers in a special bag, after having tied up the strings so that they are not confused). These diapers dry very quickly.
Fixation and ability to retain moisture - impermeability to moisture is higher than when using a folded diaper.

Costs are minimal.

The most famous among modern reusable diapers. They came up within 1938 a native of Italy, who lived in Argentina, who wanted to facilitate his wife's process of swaddling their young son in gauze diapers. Therefore, this diaper is often called "Italian".
The diaper with strings is a piece of rectangular knitted fabric. In the upper part (where the baby's ass fits) the diaper is wider, so it is better to “lie down” around the abdomen. Two stitches are sewn to a narrower lower part, which is wrapped around the infant's calf, tied with a bow on the stomach and fix the diaper. Ties regulate the width of the diaper,

helping to “fit” the diaper under any infant “waist” individually. The lower part of the "Italian" diaper is very elongated, it is laid inside the diaper and creates an additional layer-pad.
There are night and day methods of swaddling. The night option absorbs more. The absorbency of the diaper depends on the manufacturer and the number of additional inserts (from gauze or bikes). That is, in the daytime, it is enough to use a bike as a liner, and at night (or outside) gauze or gauze in combination with the bike. Thanks to the wide upper part and the elongated lower diaper size can be adjusted. A diaper with strings can be used during the entire period of swaddling - from the very first days until the baby grows up.


  • You will have to spend extra time to properly fold the diapers and prepare them for daily use.
  • It takes some time to properly swaddle the baby, and so that the diaper "sits" well.
  • How these diapers sit on the child and protect it from leakage depends on the skill of the parents.
  • Difficulties in washing (in a washing machine, the strings of diapers can get very tangled, and after washing both diapers and liners must be carefully folded out and shaped into the correct shape).


  • They are affordable and inexpensive.
  • Diapers, these "wear-resistant", they can be passed "inherited" from child to child.
  • They dry quickly.
  • Diapers with ties better, compared with gauze, well "sit" on the baby and protect against leakage.
  • No need to buy diapers of different sizes. You can do it alone, adjusting it as the child grows.
  • This way of swaddling meets the highest requirements and does not create any problems with the choice of upper pants and sliders (you can wear pants of any style).
Who is this system for? A diaper with strings will suit parents who are ready not only to abandon modern disposable diapers but also to master this swaddling technique. Proper swaddling of the baby, as well as folding diapers and inserts in a certain way, will take time and training. But such swaddling allows you to experiment with liners and combine outerwear. In a word, it leaves room for fantasy.

2. Cotton Velcro Pants

The basic principle is the use of panties with elastic or velcro, which follow the shape of the diaper (usually several sizes are required, although there are also "one size").
When dressing - the least effort, since they look like disposable diapers industrial production.
Washing - as a rule, does not require much effort; Drying time depends on the manufacturer.
Fixation and the ability to retain moisture - as a rule, very well retain moisture and do not require special skill when dressing.
Costs are high, vary depending on the manufacturer.
These functional diapers practically do not differ from industrial disposable diapers. Not only parents but also grandmothers and grandfathers will cope with them.
Unfortunately, this option is the most expensive, since the process of making pants is very time-consuming. In addition, pants of different sizes will be required, that is, additional costs will arise due to the fact that pants will have to be changed every three to six months (3 sets of 15 pieces are required each - for size S, M, L). If the pants are dried in the dryer, then they will "sit down" from time to time and the size will have to be changed faster.
Exception: “one size pants” (“one size”). With the help of buttons or sticky tape, their size (width, length, and volume of the leg) can be adjusted. It is believed that a set of 15 pants "one size" may be enough for the entire period of infancy. But an individual set for each child is too expensive, the pants are worn out, so they are unlikely to be used again for other children. An older baby (6-10 months) will require additional inserts. Diapers from different manufacturers can vary greatly in price.


  • Enough expensive (but cheaper than industrial disposable diapers).
  • Long dry.


  • Just dress up (almost the same as putting on a ready-made diaper).
  • High degree of protection against leakage.
  • They are easy to use.
  • Easy to wash.
  • As a rule, no pre-folding before drying and before use is required.
  • The high absorbing ability.
Who is this system for? First of all, those parents who are not constrained in finance. This is a good choice for parents who have used disposable diapers for a long time and are accustomed to the convenience they provided. Velcro cotton pants are often used by parents of grown-up babies since they do not create difficulties for either the child or the adult.

3. California diapers

The basic principle is that the diaper can be without straps, fasteners and other fasteners. It is held at the expense of the upper woolen pants with velcro. Wool pants with velcro (felted wool) sit tight on the baby, and therefore the diaper is securely fastened. In addition, often it does not require inserts, that is, the diapering system consists in this case not of three (diaper, liners, upper pants), but of two parts (diaper and upper pants).
When using - put a little effort.
Wash - minimal effort.
Fixation and the ability to retain moisture - depends on the ability of parents and the quality of diapers and pants.
Costs are higher than when using diapers on ties. Depend on the manufacturer.
No one knows exactly where the name "Californian diaper" came from. In America, it is called "Prefolds" (folds in the front), sometimes - a "multi-layered" diaper. The "California" diaper is fairly easy to use. It is a sewn rectangle of multi-layered cotton twill. Due to this, when used in front, a tight fold is formed, which perfectly absorbs even without additional liners. Thinner outer folds provide reliable protection against leakage. As a rule, "California" diapers come in three sizes, differ in length and, accordingly, in density. The size of the diaper is chosen so that you can wear the upper pants of standard sizes - S, M, L or XL.
Diapers are made mainly from bleached or unbleached cotton (unbleached cotton is denser and better absorbs cotton). But these diapers have drawbacks: in the first months of an infant’s life, their smooth surface does not hold liquid stools well enough, and by the end of the second year of life, they don’t fit very well and do not fit well on an older child. Nappies for the Californian type of swaddling of different firms of manufacturers practically do not differ from each other.
A common feature of diapers with fixing pants is the lack of fasteners and drawstrings. Diapers are held with the help of upper pants, which, in turn, are fixed with stickies. Sometimes liners in this system are connected to diapers. As the top pants for this system are suitable as pants from microfiber, and from natural wool. Wool pants should be made of felted wool, as the elastic bands on knitted pants easily stretch and, accordingly, do not hold the panty liners. These diapers are quite popular, as there is no strict division by size, and you can use two sizes of panties at the same time.


  • Poor protection against leakage, so the upper pants get dirty faster.
  • It takes skill in order for the diapers to sit well and fulfill their functions.
  • All components are very easy to wash and dry quickly.
  • The number of diapers and pants for one child is minimal.
  • There is no need to fold and store diapers in a specific way.
  • High level of absorption (may vary depending on the manufacturer).
  • The amount of tissue around the hips of the child is minimal, it gives greater freedom of movement.
  • On the contrary, there is a lot of folds behind and in front; this provides high protection against leakage.
Who is this system for? A diapering system with inserts and pants resembles the use of ready-made diapers and creates less difficulty than folded diapers or diapers with ties. These diapers are a good compromise for parents who want to save money and at the same time strive to provide comfort and convenience to themselves and their baby. Choosing these diapers, you will get rid of the need to pre-prepare the liners and learn various ways of swaddling, you will not have difficulties with washing and drying.

4. folded diapers

The basis of the principle - large square diapers fold in a certain way. These are dimensionless diapers.
When using - additional efforts are required in order to properly fold the diaper.
Washing - does not require much effort. Diapers dry quickly.
Fixation and the ability to retain moisture - requires some skill; Absorbency depends on the materials used and the skill of the parent.

Costs are minimal.

This is a traditional type of diaper, which was used by our grandmothers and mothers. Today in Europe it is used extremely rarely, but here in Moscow, any practicing midwife can show how to fold a diaper from a diaper. The first thing that comes to mind at the mention of it is a large (approximately 80x80 cm) cloth diapers, which fold in a certain way and wrap the baby in them. Traditionally, gauze or rag liners were used for this type of diaper (usually it was worn soft fabric), but both of them have very low absorption and are suitable only for newborns. Now there are diapering systems with double diapers, which absorb - due to the fabric structure - twice as much as gauze. At such swaddling special clips, clamps can be used, which firmly secure the cloth diaper. Thanks to this, these diapers can be used not only for newborns but also for grown-up children. The technology of folding diapers for this type of diaper can be quickly mastered, but the diapers will have to be re-added each time.


  • Efforts must be made to fold the diapers before using them.
    Insufficient absorption (if gauze is used).
  • A large number of inserts in the kit for one child, especially a newborn.
  • With some ways of folding the diaper may restrict the movement of the child.
  • It is not always possible to achieve perfect form and eliminate the possibility of leakage.


  • By choosing this type of diaper, you can save a lot.
  • Diapers can be used later as bib wipes or in other diapering systems.
  • Diapers are easy to wash, they dry quickly.
Who is this system for? You should not choose this type of swaddling only because of its “traditionality” and relative cheapness. Parents who decide to choose this system should be aware that these diapers are very different in all respects from modern diapers. They will have to take on additional responsibilities and devote much more time and attention to both their baby and the diapers and diapers in which it is wrapped.
In addition, in order to properly learn how to fold diapers and wrap the baby in them, you must first practice for a while and then carefully and gently fold them again and again with each use.
Gauze diapers can be a good solution for newborns when the absorbency of diapers is not so important. In the future, this gauze can be used for other purposes (as an insert in a knitted diaper with ties).

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