A Shocking Truth About Diaper Breathability – Why It Matters!

Breathability Test in Disposable Baby Diapers

For new parents, navigating the world of baby products can feel overwhelming. Diapers, a constant companion in those early years, come with a variety of features and claims. But one feature stands out for its impact on your baby's comfort and health: breathability.

Why Breathability Matters

Breathable diapers allow air and moisture vapor to pass through the outer layer, keeping your baby's skin drier and healthier. This is crucial because:

Diaper rash prevention:

The leading cause of diaper rash is prolonged exposure to moisture. Urine and feces, along with friction, can irritate a baby's delicate skin. Breathable diapers help prevent this by allowing moisture to escape, keeping the diaper environment cooler and drier.

Skin health:

Studies have shown a clear link between breathable diapers and reduced diaper rash. Research suggests a significant decrease (38-50%) in severe diaper dermatitis for babies wearing highly breathable diapers.


A damp and hot diaper can be uncomfortable for your little one. Breathable materials help regulate temperature and prevent a build-up of heat and moisture, keeping your baby happier and more comfortable.

Reduced odor:

Let's face it, no parent enjoys diaper changes. Breathable materials allow odors to escape, keeping your baby and the nursery smelling fresher.

The Science Behind Breathability

The breathability of a diaper is measured by its Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR). MVTR indicates how much moisture vapor can escape the diaper in a specific amount of time.  Higher MVTR signifies greater breathability.

Leading baby diaper brands’ empty promises:

Breathable backsheets: These feature microporous films that allow water vapor to escape while remaining leakproof.

Channel systems: Some diapers have channels built into the absorbent core that help distribute moisture and promote airflow.

Soft, breathable top sheets: These sheets wick away moisture from the skin, keeping the baby's bottom dry and comfortable. Don’t forget the aloe lining.

Although all these have been constantly shown and promised by leading disposable diaper brands, watch the shocking truth we have found:

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Choosing Breathable Diapers

Look for diapers that pass the MVTR test. For example, Cloth Diapers are the best alternative to Disposable diapers. But not everything is easy peasy with Cloth diapers too. Many cloth diaper brands opt for cheaper & unsafe materials because it’s profitable. Cheaper materials are not breathable, not made for babies, and do not follow the CPSIA standards.

We at Just Bumm Cloth Diapers, take every step with your baby’s health. We prioritize breathability that allows proper air circulation, preventing diaper rash, and keeping your baby cool and comfortable throughout the day with all the standards in place.

The Takeaway

Breathable diapers are an investment in your baby's comfort and skin health. By allowing moisture to escape and keeping your baby cool and dry, breathable diapers help prevent diaper rash and promote overall well-being. So, when choosing diapers, prioritize breathability – your baby's happy bottom will thank you for it!

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