Every parent wants what is best for their child and when it comes to choosing baby diapers, this is no different. With all the options on the market at the minute, how do you know which diapers will be the most comfortable option for your child?
What if you you’re someone who is environmentally conscious? Or if you have concerns about chemicals in disposable diapers? The good news is that we have all the answers and we’ve compiled a handy list of questions and answers that will help you to pick out the best possible diapers for you, your child and your budget.
Whether your child has just been born or you are looking to make the switch for a toddler, we’ve made this task a simple one.
What Factor Is The Most Important When Buying Diapers?
The answer to this question depends entirely on you and the needs of your family. Are you worried about the cost of the product or are you concerned about the impact on the environment?
Does your little one have sensitive skin or are you looking for something that will withstand the rigours of childhood? Before you start searching out the perfect diaper, you need to make sure you have an idea about what’s most important to you in a purchase.
Should I Buy In Bulk?
When it comes to baby diapers, you do not want to buy in bulk. This is because children can sometimes develop an aversion to a specific type of diaper or you might find that the fit or absorbency is totally wrong.
At first, it might help if you have a few different types of diapers to try on your little one so that you get a first-hand experience of what they are like.
How Many Diapers Should I Buy For My Child’s Birth?
If you’re purchasing disposable diapers before the birth of your child, you’ll want to make sure you do it just before or just after, because then you’ll have a better idea of their weight.
You might only need a couple of packages of the new-born (up to 10lb) diapers before you move onto the next stage (8-14 lb).
Are All Baby Diaper Brands Sized The Same?
No, if you’re going to be purchasing European brands, you can expect the sizing to be a little different than in the US.
If you’re purchasing a foreign brand, make sure that you read the size conversion chart – you will usually be able to find one online if there is no chart with the package itself.
Which Baby Diapers Offer The Highest Absorbency?
Absorbency is incredibly important in a diaper because it prevents your baby’s skin from being exposed to moisture – something that can create nasty rashes.
Currently, the two brands on the market with realty high absorbency rates are Babyganics and Nature Babycare. The absorbency is the ability of the diaper to actually soak the liquid deep into the diaper and create a sort of protective barrier for your child’s skin. The amount of liquid a diaper can take before this happens will usually depend on the brand.
What Is Important About A Diaper’s Fit?
A diaper’s fit speaks to its ability to hold to the child’s body regardless of movement and this prevents the diaper from leaking. Just like clothing, fit tends to change from brand to brand, so one might fit your baby better than others. It is not only the size and shape of the diaper that impacts the fit, but also the materials from which the diapers are manufactured.
Once again, Nature Babycare tends to score highly among parents when it comes to fit. Following this are Broody Chick, Aleva Naturals and Huggies Little Snugglers.
Are Reusable Nappies The Only Environmentally Friendly Option?
Reusable nappies are not the only environmentally friendly diaper option on the market. Other options include companies that make use of biodegradable materials, those that are conscious of their packaging and those that utilize renewable resources in their manufacturing processes.
While cloth diapers tend to be the most eco-friendly, you can do your part for the environment by opting for a brand that is eco-conscious.
Which Options Are Best For A Child With Sensitive Skin?
It doesn’t matter whether your child has sensitive skin or whether you don’t want to expose your child to synthetic chemicals, there are a variety of options available on the market, including Seventh Generation – a more cost effective option on the market – and Nature Babycare, which tends to be on the higher end of the spectrum.
How Do I Save On Diapers?
There are a variety of ways to save money if you know you’ll be buying diapers for the next two or three years.
One way is to purchase a diaper subscription from a brand that you have decided to invest in (and by this, we mean one that you’ve tried and tested, and are willing to commit to for the next few months at least).
What Is A Wetness Indicator?
These days, diapers are smart enough to let you know when they need to be changed. This is accomplished by a wetness indicator, which is actually just a line that tells you when the diaper is wet.
This ensures that your little one doesn’t have to be exposed to a wet bottom longer than is absolutely necessary.
Aren’t Cloth Diapers Messy?
Long gone are the days where cloth diapers were little more than terry towels, held together by a safety pin.
These days, cloth diapers are easy to use and simple to clean. You’ll usually find that most cloth diaper kits come with a spray to remove the solids from the diaper, allowing you to slip them into the washing machine and have them ready for use in no time at all.