|Diapering is a rite of parenthood that most parents could do without. But
keeping your baby in clean, well-fitted diapers is one of the simplest things you can do
to keep your little one healthy and happy.
When you were in diapers, your parents may have used the cotton variety, which required safety pins and lots of washing. But today, 95 percent of parents opt for disposablesprimarily because they're easy to use.
How to choose Baby Diapers
If you're set on using cotton or cloth diapers, check your phone directory for the number of a local diaper service.
If, like most parents, you plan on using disposables, keep the following in mind:
Baby Diapers types
Most standard diapers are unisexfine for boys and girls. As your child gets older, look for gender-specific diapers that provide greater absorbency in the areas most likely to leakin the front for boys and in the middle for girls.
Basic diapers do the job just fine, but ones marketed as "premium" and "supreme" may offer added features like Velcro fasteners, a more tapered fit, or greater absorbency.
Overnight diapers generally hold more liquid and leak less than regular diapers do. To keep fecal matter out of pools, shop for swim diapers. Training pants, like Huggies Pullups, are made of absorbent, diaper-like material, but feature a continuous waistband that allows them to be worn like underwear. These help ease the transition to underwear for toddlers who are potty-training.
Choosing a baby diaper size
Sizes range from newborn (smallest) to 6. Choosing the right size means knowing how much your child weighs and comparing it to the recommendations on diaper packaging (which you can check online). Size 1 diapers, for example, are recommended for babies 814 pounds. Size 6 is for children 35 pounds or more. When your baby's born, buy just a couple of packs, one newborn and one size 1. Then see what size you'll need to stock up on.
What's in a diaper?
Disposable diapers are made of absorbent materials and synthetics that let them soak up more liquid than cloth diapers do:
How to use Baby Diapers
Try these tips to make diapering a pleasant and safe experience for both you and your baby:
When you're fitting a diaper, consider these questions:
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