By Bethany Kandel for Huggies.com
Once your baby arrives you'll be amazed by so many things. One of
those unexpected surprises is just how many times a day you'll be
changing diapers. You may also be amazed at how quickly your baby
outgrows the size that fit perfectly just yesterday.
Since baby will be wearing a diaper all day and all night, it's key
to buy the size that fits properly to prevent unpleasant leaks and
messes while keeping baby clean, dry and comfortable. That's where the
challenge comes in: How do you know what size diaper to buy, and when is
it time to move to the next size? Here are some tips to make both baby
and parent happy:
- Pay close attention to the weight chart on each package to help you choose the size that's best for your growing baby.
- Baby's first diaper will likely be a newborn size (up to 10 pounds)
or size 1 (up to 14 pounds), but there are also preemie diapers for the
tiniest babies (up to 6 pounds). You may want to stock up on a few packs
of different sizes before baby arrives just to be prepared. Be sure to
put diapers and wipes on your registry. You can never have too many!
- To protect a newborn's umbilical cord stump, the smallest diapers
actually have a cutout in front. If you are using a larger size, be sure
to fold the diaper down and away from the area to ensure proper
FACT: Baby will initially use about 10-12 diapers daily
Size and fit:
- Size matters! Diapers should fit snuggly around the waist and legs without gaps or sagging.
- Although diapers are sized by weight, there is some overlap. For
instance, size 1 is for infants up to 14 pounds, while size 2 is for
those between 12 and 18 pounds. If your baby is 13 pounds and still
fitting securely into size 1, it's safe to stay there a little longer.
But if things seem a little tight, you might want to move to the next
FACT: Diapers are sold by baby's weight, not age.
Time to upsize:
- When baby nears the top of the suggested weight range, it might be a
good idea to buy the next size for optimal diaper performance and
- You'll know the size diaper you are using is too small when baby's
onesies or t-shirts frequently get soaked and other leaky messes
actually explode out the sides (a blowout is something you've got to see
to believe!). If baby has red marks around the belly or thighs, it's
also a sign that it's time to move up a size.
- If the next size is still too big, try a different style diaper or
stay with the smaller size temporarily. In just a couple of weeks your
baby is sure to have grown and the fit of the larger diaper will be just
FACT: If one shape/style diaper doesn't fit as well as baby's
body grows and changes; try another. Some have more elastic in the
waistband for a more contoured fit, while others fit snugger around the