Choosing the right diaper
Start with the right size. Size can play a big role in finding the right fit. But how can you tell if your baby is wearing the right-sized diaper?
Leaks, red marks, gaps or a diaper that fits more like a "bikini" pant are all signs of an improper fit. Watch for these tell-tale signs and pay close attention to the weight chart on the package to help you choose the size that's best for your child's age and stage. If your baby is nearing the top of the weight range, it may be time to consider moving up a size for optimal diaper performance.
Then take some time to consider the shape of the diaper. It just makes sense that a diaper should be shaped more like your baby, not like a box. For instance, Huggies® Little Snugglers and Huggies® Little Movers® diapers have an hourglass shape that is curved between the legs. It makes the diaper fit better and feel more natural and gives your baby that carefree comfort to move freely. Some moms say that a more natural-feeling diaper gives a baby the feeling of wearing her favorite thing-nothing at all!
"Our Abby is bursting with curiosity! If her diaper is bulky and boxy, I feel like I'm inhibiting her sense of wonder and discovery," explains Carrie. "We want a diaper that's shaped to fit her - not one of her blocks!"
Stretch can also play an important role in fit and leakage protection. That's why so many moms prefer a diaper that provides all-around stretch. That means stretchy side tabs, as well as a stretchy waistband in the back. It's this all-around stretchy combo that leads to a better fit and great leakage protection. Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers have all-around stretch and unbeatable leakage protection.
Then consider what will be touching your baby's tender skin. Opt for soft and comfy materials, like Huggies® Little Snugglers. It's little details like these that offer added reassurance that your baby has a comfy secure feeling as she wears her diaper.
When you're looking for a diaper with a snug fit, consider these questions:
- Do I have the right size for my baby?
- Is the diaper shaped like my baby?
- Does the diaper offer all-around stretch for a snug fit?
- Is the material soft and comfy?
Avoiding Diaper Mishaps
When a blowout happens, your first thought may be to blame the diaper. But in reality, it might just be that you've bought the wrong-sized diaper for your baby. Size is one of the most common causes for a leak or blowout, followed by improper application (putting it on wrong), especially in those hurried instances.
"We started out thinking that it was a problem with the diaper. A leak here, another bigger one there. I was ready to switch diapers," explained Lisa, mother of 7-month-old Bethany. "But then someone at playgroup gave me the one tip I won't forget: size matters! Turns out it wasn't the diaper, she just was wearing the last of her size 3s. Once we moved up to size 4, leaks and diaper disasters were history."
Once you're sure about size, make sure you've put the diaper on in a way that will prevent leaks. If the diaper looks crooked or is riding up on your baby, it's probably not on right. After each change, you'll want to make sure you're covering all the right spots including the backside and hips. No coverage on these areas means leaks or an uncomfy baby. So check that the diaper is straight and symmetrical, front and back, side to side. Make sure the waistband is falling right at the waist - not too high in front or too low in back or vice versa.
Diaper rash happens - sometimes with even the most attentive diaper-changing schedule. And surprise! Despite its name, diaper rash isn't really caused by diapers. Irritant Diaper Dermatitis (the medical term for diaper rash) is caused by babies' skin being in contact with urine and stool. The acidity, frequency and consistency of the stool, as well as the pH of the urine, all play a role in the development of red, often painful areas on the skin.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can avoid diaper rash:
- If your baby is prone to diaper rash, use hypo-allergenic/unscented baby wipes like Huggies® Simply Clean® Fragrance Free Wipes.
- Let your baby "air dry" before putting the diaper back on.
- Try a zinc oxide-based diaper cream. This helps prevent the irritants from coming in contact with the delicate skin
You know the drill, but just as a reminder, some common change times include:
- First thing every morning
- After a nap
- Before bedtime
- After a bowel movement
- It's a good idea to check your baby's diaper every two hours or so to see if it's time for a change.
If you're experiencing diaper mishaps like blowouts, leaks or rashes, consider these questions:
- Do I have the right-sized diaper for my baby?
- Does the diaper look symmetrical after I've changed her?
- Am I changing the diaper as often as I should?
- Do I need to add a zinc-oxide based diaper cream or ointment to our changing routine?
An article from the Huggies® Brand
By Jeana Lee Tahnk
Learn more about the Huggies® Diaper Rash Care Guide coming soon.