When deciding the best diaper for your baby, you should be aware of the body size of the baby, its design features, and the materials of diapers. Wondering how to pick the right diaper for your baby? Here are the things you need to consider when choosing a diaper brand.
Types of Baby Diapers: Cloth V.S. Disposable
There are 2 main types of baby diapers. The first one is disposable diapers which are more convenient for a quick change and perfect to use when you take the babies out of your home. Indeed, disposable diapers cost more than cloth diapers. Cloth diapering is more sustainable and lower cost. Also, it takes time to wash.
Whatever type of diaper you choose, here’s what you need to know.
The body size & weight of the baby
Your baby’s body size and weight is the first thing you need to know. Normally, you can find a clear icon on the diapers’ package stating the size and the weight. If the diaper is too big, it may cause leakage and it is too tight, making your baby uncomfortable.
Diaper Size and Weight Chart
The diaper size and weight charts vary from different manufacturers, the chart below is just for your reference.
|Diaper size||Baby weight||Average Baby age|
|Preemie||< 6 lbs (~3 kg)||Premature|
|Newborn||Up to 10 lbs (~ 5 kg)||First few weeks|
|1||8 – 14 lbs(4- 6kg)||4 months|
|2||12 – 18 lbs(~5- 8kg)||3-8 months|
|3||16 – 28 lbs(~7-13kg)||5-24 months|
|4||22 – 37 lbs(10-17~kg)||18-36 months|
|5||>27 lbs (~12kg)||2-3 years old|
|6||> 35 lbs(~16 kg)||3-4 years old|
The design of the diaper
When you compare different brands of baby diapers, you can base on the criteria below to check which one suits your baby most.
1) Wetness Indicator lines
This feature is very useful for you to check the wetness of the diapers. When the white line turns to yellow, it means the diapers are full and need to be changed.
The diapers should have good absorbency and prevent leakage from the side or back.
The skin of babies is sensitive and delicate. So, ensure the materials of the diaper is soft and breathable which will not restrict the airflow.
Most diapers are designed with an elastic waistband. If you choose the right size for your baby, the perfect diaper should be snug-fit and stretchy enough. It won’t cause any creases and marks on the skin.
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