Do Diapers Expire? Is It safe?

Do Diapers Expire

You may wish to buy the bundles of diapers to use until your baby becomes potty-trained. Parents may have a doubt whether the diapers can store for a long time and use or it may require replacing the old diaper with the latest one. You might have a question in your mind do diapers expire or do baby diapers expire? To get clear your doubt and to know more about the diaper, go on further into this article.

Many new parents ask how long do diapers last? or is it safe to use old diapers? do diapers expire once opened? we are here to solve this mystery today!

A Diaper is a type of underwear that supports the baby or wearer to peeing or pooping without using a toilet. It absorbs the waste and prevents external soiling. Mostly it is used by infants and toddlers who are not yet potty-trained. Rarely used by children and adults in unavoidable circumstances like bedwetting, incontinence, and disability.

It may be informative if you know what diapers are made of;

what are disposable diapers made of?

Typically the diapers are made of four layers using different materials.

Inner layer: polyester and polypropylene are used in the inner layer which is soft and prevents leak.

Middle layer: this middle layer is called the absorbent layer which has fluff pulp and chemical crystals. It lies beneath the inner layer. Natural ingredients like wood pulp, corn, or wheat-based materials are used to make this absorbent layer.

Outer cover: the outer cover is used to prevent the liquid from leaking out of the diaper. Like the inner layer, the outer layer is also made of polypropylene and polyethylene. They are waterproof, soft, and breathable.

Other stuff like fasteners: fasteners tape and waistbands will come in some of the diapers. Plastic fiber and elastic are the commonly used material for this purpose which makes it fit and comfortable.

Do diapers expire?

To answer directly the question do diaper expires, like all products, the diaper also comes with a time limit mentioned by the manufacturers. It has been mentioned to use before certain timeframe like best before two or three years. You may ask since the products are made of plastics and paper why it has been given so. Diapers can be used for any long time you wished but their efficiency is not good as days go on. So, to get its maximum benefits it is better to use before the period it has mentioned by manufacturers. And it will not be fair to blame the manufacturer if it is not effective after the time limit is over and they will also not give a guarantee for the performance after the time frame.

What will happen to the diaper after the mentioned two or three years? How can find the diaper is an old one? Let us see the changes you can find in the diaper when it gets aged.

Changes can see in an old diaper

Poor in absorption

The old diaper will lose the tendency to absorb the moisture and starts to leak or wet. It is because the chemical crystals used in diapers have a tendency to absorb the moisture from the surroundings even it is not in use or kept open for a long time. The moisture diaper will lose its absorbing capacity as long as it is kept open. If you are noticing any leaks it is better to look for a new one. it helps you to avoid diaper rashes.

Discoloration and change in odor

You can notice the yellow shade in an old diaper. It may cause due to exposure of paper material to the oxygen content in the air. As the diaper is made of paper and plastic the color changes to yellow as it gets older.

Fragrances are used in the diaper to give a pleasant or pleasing smell when wearing it. Due to interaction with external chemical components, the fragrances may get disappeared. It may start to produce an unpleasant smell as it is getting old.

If you are a person not caring about changes in color and odor, it can be used until it has a good absorption rate and is fit to wear.

Elasticity and adhesive problems

The rubber or latex used for the elasticity in the diaper may be broken over time. It may cause leaks and fitting issues. You may get an irritating moment when you are dealing with slipping diapers. So to avoid such a moment it is better to buy a new one.

The problems in the old diaper are not so harmful or fearful. Having this thought in you, if you are asking whether the old diaper can be used. Yes, you can use it but the performance is not the same as you get from the new diaper. And another thing is you have to check frequently for any leaks or you have to fix it whenever it gets slips. And the most important thing to keep in mind is, to avoid using old diapers if you found any rashes or itching while using them.

How to increase diaper life naturally?

By following the proper storage guidance you can increase the life of diapers with better performance. What are the things to keep in mind when storing the diaper for later use?

  1. Store them in a dark, cool, and dry place in such a way as to avoid moisture, heat, and light damaging the diaper.
  2. Don’t keep the package open or place it in an air-tightened box to prevent moisture or air get into it. A vacuum sealer can be used for this purpose.
  3. You can store it in a cardboard box. If it is opened pack it is better to wrap it tightly with a plastic sheet and secure it with strong tape to avoid the air going inside.

Following these methods in storing the diaper, you can increase the life of the diaper and can use it for a longer time with better performance. Make sure to learn about Diaper Rash.

Diapers usually don’t have an expiry date but it is recommended to use before a certain period by the manufacturers to get their maximum benefits. By proper storing procedure, you can use it for a long time. At the same time if you are noticing any issues like skin rashes or itching, stop using the older one and it is time to buy the new one. We are sure now you have got an answer for Do diapers expire?

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