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Everything you need to know about diapers

We’re here to be your ultimate diaper resource — come back anytime you need a little 
Huggies® help.

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To keep your baby's bottom happy and healthy, the general rule is to check that diaper every two hours. No need for a stopwatch, just keep it in mind. And, of course, change it ASAP when it's wet or poopy.

The dreaded diaper blowout! Avoid this messy situation by making sure you're using the right-sized diaper. Too small or too big, and you might as well start planning for a clean-up. Consider getting a diaper with a pocketed waistband; it's like a secret weapon against diaper blowouts. And for the little guys, point their man parts downward to dodge leaks from the top. Crisis averted!

Diaper use varies. Newborns? Keeping them clean takes about 8 diapers a day. As they get bigger, it dwindles to about 4-5 diapers, depending on their size. Go to our Huggies® Diaper Calculator for a more personalized diaper estimate.

The monthly diaper tally – it's like keeping score in the diaper Olympics! In their first month, babies go through about 192 diapers, but some pros say it can be as high as 320 for overachievers. After that, the numbers drop as they grow. Go to our Huggies® Diaper Calculator, the MVP of diaper math, for a more exact count.

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Real Parent Tips

Now that you’ve got the basics on how to change a baby's diaper, here are some tricks of the trade from experienced parents who’ve been there.

"Always prepare an extra diaper
(and lots of wipes) in case of an explosion.”

-Sakiko R.

"Keep their hands busy!
We've been letting the little one hold an electric toothbrush that vibrates and sings baby shark!”

-Pamela H.

"Clean the back first
then the front so you do not need to worry about the changing area getting poop everywhere.”

-Wendy X.

"Stash resealable bags in the diaper bag in case you don't have access to a trash, i.e. airplane!”

-Kaitlyn F.

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Top 3 Diaper Features

These diaper features make diapering a breeze by saving you time, preventing messes and leaks and keeping baby comfy and dry. Diaper features aren't just 'nice to have.' They're helpful tools for your parenting journey.

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Diapers with pocketed waistband
Consider diapers with pocketed waistbands your secret weapon against blowouts. When your little one delivers a legendary diaper blowout, that nifty pocket helps trap it all in.

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Diapers with wetness indicator
Babies have their own secret language of cries, but decoding it can be like solving a riddle. That's where a wetness indicator saves the day! When moisture from pee is present, it changes color from yellow to blue. So, you'll know right away when it's time to dive into diaper duty.

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Hypoallergenic diapers
Yes, hypoallergenic diapers are less likely to cause skin irritation! Because they’re free of nasty irritants like fragrance, parabens and elemental chlorine, they're super gentle and less likely to irritate delicate baby skin.

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Why Huggies® Diapers

With unbeatable features, expert approval and awards galore, Huggies® diapers really are the right choice.

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Our Diaper Line-Up

Check out what makes each Huggies® diaper different.

  • Special Delivery

    Our softest diaper with plant-based* materials for babies of all sizes

  • Little Snugglers

    Featuring Leak Lock® to provide up to 12-hour leak protection for newborns and infants†

  • Little Movers

    Our perfect fitting diaper‡ designed for babies on the move, with a curved shape to prevent leaks

  • Snug & Dry

    Great protection with great value for babies of all sizes

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Diaper Sizes 101

Diaper Sizes 101

Babies may be small bundles of joy, but when it comes to finding the right diaper size, it can feel like solving a tiny puzzle. Don't worry, we're here to make it fun and easy. Go to our handy Huggies® Diaper Size Chart to find the right fit.

Diapers come in all shapes and sizes, just like your little explorer. To find the perfect fit, use their weight and appearance as your trusty guides. Need a quick reference? Check out Huggies® Diaper Size Chart for some helpful tips.

It's like a wardrobe change for your baby! It can be difficult to determine when to change diaper size, but keep an eye out for a few key signs, including:

  • The diaper sagging around their belly button
  • Tight leg cuffs leaving red marks
  • Cheeky bottoms peeking out
  • Limited finger space between tummy and diaper
  • Fastener strip color showing
  • Red marks anywhere
  • An increase in unexpected messes

Diaper size is all about the weight, not the age. So, it may be time for a weigh-in!

A diaper that's too tight can cause discomfort, while one that's too big might lead to unexpected surprises. If you're unsure, go for the bigger size – your little one will grow into it sooner than you think!

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Here’s hoping we never have to introduce you to diaper rash, baby!

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What Causes Diaper Rash

Let's clear up some diaper drama! Diapers aren't the villains causing baby diaper rash; it's the pH imbalance triggered by pee and poop. And when you are considering how to treat diaper rash, regular cloths and plain water just won't cut it; you need pH balanced wipes. If you suspect diaper rash, check out our My Diaper Rash Care Guide. Crafted by Huggies® scientists, our guide is here to clear things up and guide you to a happy, rash-free baby bottom!

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Contrary to popular belief, diaper rash is not caused by diapers! Diaper rash — also known as diaper dermatitis — is irritation of the skin in the diaper area. Learn more by checking out our Huggies® Diaper Rash Care Guide.

Maintaining your baby's skin pH is essential to prevent diaper rash. You can achieve this by keeping your baby's skin clean and using Huggies wipes, which help manage the pH level effectively.

Practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent diaper rash. That includes:

  • Changing diapers frequently
  • Using diapers with gentle materials, breathable outer covers and absorbent materials that keep moisture away from skin
  • Using properly formulated baby wipes that are pH balanced and can gently and effectively clean poop and pee from skin
  • All Huggies® diapers are made without harsh ingredients and provide up to 12 hours of leakage protection
  • All Huggies® wipes are scientifically designed to help maintain a healthy skin pH

The first step is to clean their bottoms immediately and dry them very well. Be very gentle when cleansing, which you can do best with alcohol-free and fragrance-free wipes, such as Huggies® Natural Care® Sensitive Baby Wipes. If possible, let your baby go diaper-free for a little while.

*20%+ by weight
† Wet fit, among branded open diapers
‡ Based on US Nielsen data from the past 52 weeks, ending 07/01/2023