Baby diapers

The benefits of baby diapers

Baby diapers are safely used every day by parents all over the world. Since these baby diapers were invented in the 1930s, they have constantly improved. Long gone are the days of plastic outer pants, ill-fitting terry cloth inners and constantly wet skin for babies and infants. Today’s disposable diapers are light, compact, very absorbent, prevents leaks and easy to use.

For babies and toddlers this means they:

  • Are comfortable to wear due to the softness, lightness and ‘breathability’ of the materials used.
  • Keep the skin drier and, as a result, healthier. These benefits have been confirmed by independent medical experts in skin and infant health. See report on skin health and hygiene benefits of absorbent hygiene products and wipes.
  • Are better at reducing the transmission of infectious diseases as faecal containment is reduced so that there is less risk of the spread of bacteria.

Originally promoted for use on journeys, holidays and in temporary situations, modern diapers have now become the diaper of choice for over 95 percent of parents in advanced economies.

The baby diapers:

  • Are easy to put on and remove
  • Take up less time than, for example using cloth diapers
  • Eliminate the need for constant laundering
  • Are widely available

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The composition of baby diapers

This baby diapers infographic and baby diapers component table present the different components used for the manufacturing of a baby diaper as well as the different parts composing the baby diaper.

The performance data report shows typical retention (=capacity) and rewet (a measure for dryness) values of (anonymised) commercial product.

The guidance document on AHP labeling gives details on transparency and clarity.  

Baby Diapers and Nappies infographic