All you wanted to know about Diaper Free Time
What is diaper free time?
Breathability has always been the biggest factor when it came to choosing between a diaper & a langot/nappy. Our parents & grandparents used diapers sparingly on us and strongly believed that diapers are less breathable than cloth nappies & their alternatives. Traditionally in many homes across India, just before a new baby’s arrival, the first things elders at home started doing was cut old cotton sarees and bedsheets and make nappies out of them as cotton is known to be very gentle on baby’s skin. Today, as most of us live in nuclear families and are so busy with our lives that diapers have become a necessity. They are definitely much more convenient than nappies since they do not require frequent changes and last longer without any fuss.
But they come with their own set of challenges, the biggest of which is the frequent occurrence of rashes on a baby’s sensitive skin if enclosed inside a diaper for a long period of time as most diapers are not very breathable. In case of disposable diapers, an additional factor of the rashes are the harsh chemicals and plastic which the disposables are made of. Hence, it is ideal to keep the baby’s skin either completely bare or in a breathable material like cotton in between diaper changes so that the skin can breathe. Most parents try to balance the use of diapers 24/7 with some home made nappies in between diaper changes.This time when the babies are kept without any diaper to allow their skin some air/ breathability is widely known as the Diaper Free Time. Parents must practice diaper free time to stay away from unpleasant rashes/ infections etc. For slightly older babies, parents use underwears during diaper free time and the amount of diaper free time increases to toilet train the baby as well.
Even while diapering your baby make sure that you:
- Always change your baby’s diaper in 2-3 hours during day time.
- Use coconut oil on your baby’s bum to minimise rashes if any. Make sure the oil that you choose for your baby should be completely natural and organic without any additives or perfumes that might irritate your baby’s skin.
How can you give diaper free time to your baby?
For a newborn/crawling baby:
There are 2 ways to keep the baby diaper free after every diaper change
- Option 1: Keep the baby completely bare
The risk here is that the baby might pee/poop during this duration hence, you need to be really careful when you do this. Make sure you keep a waterproof stay dry sheet below the baby so that your bed/sofa doesn't get soiled.
- Option 2 : Use a breathable cotton langot/nappy on the baby
If you don’t prefer any mess that might get created during the diaper free time, using a breathable cotton nappy/langot is a good option. A nappy/langot should be made of natural fibers like cotton, be able to take in the mess and should be very comfortable & skin friendly for the baby. Try SuperBottoms Dry Feel Langots which are soft & gentler on your baby’s skin, made of GOTS certified 100% Organic cotton & come with an unique SuperDryFeel™ layer that keeps your baby dry even after one pee. Made of Azo-free dyes, these langots come with gentle elastics around the thigh & back that keep the mess within.
For a toddler you are trying to potty train
Option 1- Keep the toddler completely in an innerwear like an underwear/ panty/boxer or simply in shorts or pyjamas
You can make your toddler pee first and then put them in comfortable/breathable cotton inner wear or pyjamas or shorts. This option is a bit risky as it can lead to puddles of pee/poop around the house & your toddler might accidentally slip and get hurt. If your toddler is yet to be potty trained, you should opt for option 2.
Option 2- Invest in some cotton padded pull up training pants/underwear
Getting some potty training pants is a very wise decision to start training your toddler at the early stages itself. Potty training pants are padded underwear for toddlers which contain at least one pee within and do not lead to puddles of pee or any mess. You must go for a training pant which has breathable natural material like cotton and avoid synthetic or dry feel materials. Why no dry feel you may ask? This is done so your toddler understands wetness and informs as and when they pee.
Another key feature in a training pant is that it should be a pull up. The idea behind potty training is also making the child independent and allow him/her to address their nature calls. A pull up training pant allows the child to be able to pull up and take down the pants on their own as and when the need arises. You can go for the versatile SuperBottoms Padded Underwear that come with 4 layers of cotton padding & are made with Azo-free dyes that are skin friendly & eco friendly. These Padded Underwears are washable & reusable & come in a variety of fun prints.