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The Genius Purpose of Adhesive Tape on Diapers and 4 More Diaper Facts We Were Surprised to Find Out

Disposable diapers have been around for more than 70 years. If you were born after 1949, there’s a good chance you wore them as a baby. The average baby uses ~4,600-4,800 disposable diapers in their first three years of life. Convenience, performance, and easy cleanup are the main reasons why parents all over the world—parents just like you—prefer disposable diapers instead of cloth diapers that sit around soiled until laundry day.

A tape allows quickly twist the children’s hygiene item keeping the contents of the diaper inside it after it is removed. But some parents don’t know why there’s also adhesive tape on diapers for older kids. So, why is there a special adhesive tape on diapers? Read more about this feature in this article.

Why there’s adhesive tape on diaper panties

Unlike regular diapers that have velcro on the sides, diaper pants for older kids usually have adhesive tape on the back. And it’s not used to fix the pants on the body.

Manufacturers came up with this idea in order to keep the contents of the diaper inside it after it’s removed. Additionally, closed diapers in trash cans take up less space.

How to use the adhesive tape

  1. Take the used nappy off the child by lifting the baby’s bottom a bit and then tearing the seams.
  2. Flush the poo from the soiled diaper down the toilet.
  3. Put the nappy in front of you with the front up and, starting from below, make a roll. If you do everything right, the tape will be on the top.

4. Pull the colored end of the tape and peel it off. Don’t pull too hard — it’s important that the other end is still stuck to the diaper.

5. Wrap the loose end of the tape around the roll and fix it on the nappy. It should look like a neatly secured package.

You’re all done! Now, you can throw away the pull-ups.

You should never flush diapers down the toilet

The disposal of individual hygiene items has always been an issue for women. But it’s also an issue for water pipes because used tampons and pads can block pipes and clog the toilet very quickly. Instead, wrap used tampons or pads in toilet paper, put them into a small hygienic bag, and throw them into a trash bin. Dispose of kids’ diapers the same way.

How long it takes them to decompose naturally

Some items can’t be composted, recycled, or reused due to the nature of their composition. They include those that consist of several types of plastic, used personal hygiene items (cotton pads, diapers, sanitary napkins), toothpaste tubes, snack packaging, etc. It is extremely difficult to dispose of these items in an environmentally friendly manner, so they should simply be placed in a trash bin and taken to a landfill.

However, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing else you can do. Each of us is able to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste we generate by developing the habit of using more environmentally friendly reusable items instead of disposables. Unfortunately, most nappies aren’t biodegradable or compostable, since the elastics, tabs and other non-compostable materials don’t break down during the composting process and will contaminate the finished compost.

Mayim Bialik didn’t use any diapers for her kids

When Mayim Bialik’s kids were babies, they used the potty instead of diapers. It’s hard to believe, but it’s actually true. She practiced something called “elimination communication,” which means learning a baby’s innate cues to know when they need to relieve themselves. When her kids used certain signals, she would bring them to the potty.

She believes that the mistake people make by using these disposable pants is that they first teach the kids to use them as a bathroom and then untrain them to not use their diapers as a toilet. When Mayim learned about this technique 13 years ago, at first she thought it was madness. But eventually, she noticed a pattern in her son’s signals, and by the time her son was 10 months old, he could reliably sign when he wanted to use the potty.

Have you ever had to use pampers or diapers for a baby and if so, how was your experience with them? Did you have a hard time getting used to changing them or was it like a walk at the park for you?

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