How to Choose the Right Diaper for your Baby

by Julie Siewert April 28, 2021

How to Choose the Right Diaper for your Baby

From birth until potty training, you will spend a lot of time and money on diapers. But how do you find the best diaper for your baby?

Choosing the right diaper for your baby comes down to trial and error. Every baby is unique and each diaper brand is as well. The only way to know for sure that you have the right diaper for your little one is to try them out. Maybe you’ll get lucky on the first try, or maybe you’ll find a bunch of wrong diapers before finding the perfect one for your baby.

 

There are lots of things to consider when you’re choosing which diaper brands to try for your baby;

  • how a diaper brand fits your baby
  • diaper features you want
  • your baby's sensitivities or allergies
  • your priorities

 

Diaper Fit

Obviously a diaper needs to fit your baby right. This means not too tight or too loose at the legs and the waist. Some diaper brands run more narrow or wider, taller (longer) or shorter. Many diaper brands follow the same weight/size guide, but some can vary.

Diapers that are either too loose OR too tight can leak.

Related article: Which Diaper Brands Fit Skinny Babies Best

Related article: Which Diaper Brands Fit Chunky Babies Best

 

7 Diaper Sample Packs of various brands in a white gift box

Try a variety of diaper brands in ONE BOX with a Diaper Sampler Package.

 

Diaper features

Some diaper brands include specific features that parents want. Many newborn diapers include an umbilical cutout (or umbilical contoured shape) to avoid the sensitive umbilical area.

Some diaper brands include a wetness indicator to give caregivers a visual cue for when the diaper is wet. In many brands it is available in newborn through size 2. In some brands it is available in all sizes.

Related: Diaper Brand Research and Information Page

 

Baby sensitivity

Babies typically have more sensitive skin than adults. And sometimes they get diaper rash from being a little too sensitive to their diapers. Fragrance, lotions, additives or even specific ingredients in diapers can cause reactions. There may be some trial and error with this, but you will often find that the more eco-friendly diaper brands will have fewer ingredients and less reactions than other diaper brands.

Related article: Which Diaper Brands are Fragrance Free? 

 

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What’s most important to you

While your diaper fit and baby’s sensitivities may guide you in your diaper choices, YOU are the parent buying the diapers. More and more, consumers are making buying decisions based on ideologies. You may narrow down the choices of diaper brands based on factors that are important to you.

Want to minimize your impact on the environment? You may consider eco-friendly diapers

Want to support American jobs? You may consider diapers made in the USA

Are financial considerations your first priority? Store brand diapers or couponing for name brand diapers may be your best bet

Are you a last-minute buyer or prefer in-person shopping? You may want to choose diapers available at your local stores (as opposed to online-only)

 

There are lots of things to consider when deciding on a diaper brand for your baby. The diaper needs to fit baby well, function as it should (not leak or cause problems) and feel right to your family. Spending a little time in the beginning researching diaper brands, narrowing down the choices and trying a variety of diaper brands will give you confidence in preparing to diaper your new baby.

 

Diaper Brand Rating Card front and inside view with two gift boxes with ribbons in background

Pro tip: keep track of which diaper brands you've tried and what you liked or disliked about each. You can use a free download to keep track or our Diaper Sampler Packages always include a card to use and compare brands.

 

From birth until potty training, you will spend plenty of time and money on diapers. Be confident you have the best diaper for your baby.

 



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