How to Choose Your Baby's Diaper.

 DECIPHERING THE DIAPER

You are all excited to get back home and begin life with your little bundle of joy after going through pregnancy, labour, and delivery. Once home, you realize that the actual challenge lies in learning the nuances of infant care, even though the joy and mere thought of being first-time parents can be rather satiating in itself. 

Among the plethora of things that one needs to learn about new-born care, the daunting task parents usually face and master is, change of diapers. For this, you need to choose and stock up on the best diaper suitable for your munchkin’s delicate skin. Be apprised of the variety of diapers that are on offer, so that you can be hundred percent sure of the best one for your tiny tot.

Picking a diaper for your little one can be quite confusing for many, with numerous brands vying for your attention. To make things easier, let us do a rundown with pointers to keep in mind while choosing a diaper for your LO -          

ABSORBENCY MATTERS

Absorbency matters a lot and varies dramatically between every diaper brand that we come across. A good diaper should hold maximum moisture and leave your baby’s skin feeling soft and supple. It should be able to keep your baby dry at all times, making sure not to cause any allergies.

A leaky diaper causes the baby’s skin to come in contact with wetness, leading to skin irritation and diaper rash. Do not fall for the 12-hour dryness protection gimmick that companies offer. Your baby soils the diaper frequently and on average needs a change every 2-3 hours. 

A wet diaper is not only the culprit behind the nasty diaper rashes but also can hinder your baby’s movements as it gets heavier. The constant rubbing of a diaper against tender baby skin can lead to diaper rashes as can wetness from the diaper. Using a Diaper Rash Gel during every change is an effective way to prevent rashes.

BRANDS

The most reputed brands should be given consideration since they’ve been in the diaper manufacturing business for a long time. They also possess the required expertise and put in numerous years of research into launching a feature-rich and upgraded product. Scroll around the internet on well-known product review sites or ask for recommendations from known sources if you aren’t too sure about the good brands available in the market. Check for brands that do not use dyes, fragrances, or any kind of toxins in their diapers.

SOFTNESS, BREATHABILITY AND STRETCHABILITY

Taking into account the material that the diapers are made of is of prime importance since your baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive. It should be made of soft and breathable material, primarily super absorbent polymers, which do not restrict airflow. Stretchable sides in a diaper help in moulding themselves to a baby's body shape without leaving a crease or mark on the body.  

WETNESS INDICATOR LINES

Wetness indicators are white lines on a diaper that turn yellow when the diaper gets fully soiled. With this helpful feature, parents can keep a tab on the wetness levels and decide on a change of diaper accordingly.

THE PERFECT FIT

Make sure to pick the right size of diaper for your little one, this is often defined by the weight of the baby. If you aren’t quite sure, try different sizes based on fit and the baby’s body structure. The diaper shouldn’t be either too tight or too loose. When red marks start to show up around your baby’s waist, it’s an indication that you need to upgrade to a bigger size. 

STOCK IT RIGHT

Always buy trial packs to check for fit, comfort, and reactions on the little one’s body. Control the urge to splurge in the initial months of the baby’s birth as they tend to grow at a very rapid pace. 

THE VERDICT IS OUT

Choosing the right diaper is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as first-time parents. Hope that the checklist above has solved most of your which-diaper-to-buy dilemma. In the end, let the three “C’s” of comfort, convenience, and cost be the deciding factor.