When it comes to buying a gift for a baby shower or a gift to send after a new baby has arrived, one popular question I hear is: what size diapers should I give as a gift?
Newborn size diapers are (typically) designed for babies up to 10 lbs. Size 1 diapers are designed for babies 8-14 lbs. (Note: some eco-friendly brands have sizing other than the “standard” US sizing)
So you see, there is some overlap in the weight range in the sizes. Babies often are ready to change sizes when they are between 8-10 lbs. The average baby born in the US is over 7 lbs. Baby’s shape and the diaper’s fit will influence when a baby will move up to the next size. Some babies wear newborn size diapers for a month, and some babies are born right into size 1 diapers!
Just like the question of which brand to buy, the choice of sizes can also be a guessing game. You won’t know how big a baby will be when born, or which size will fit them at birth. Many people (when choosing to buy a package of diapers for baby) will choose a bigger size to avoid the question. We asked our Facebook community, and Andrea S. said “I assume that they will receive a lot of the smaller sizes, and depending on the baby, they might not be in those sizes long at all”. Leah G. said that she buys size “3 or 4 usually. They usually get a ton of the little ones”.
Some people like to buy Newborn size diapers to make sure that the parents have diapers for their baby right after they’re born, so the parents don’t need to worry about going out and purchasing diapers in those first days or weeks.
Others buy size 1 diapers to “hedge their bets”. If a baby is born big and starts out in size 1, they can wear it. If a baby is smaller, the parents can hold onto the size 1 diapers until they will fit.
Diaper Dabbler carries Newborn size Sampler Packages and size 3 Sampler Packages, but sells far more size 1 Diaper Sampler Packages for gifts. Why? Because many babies are born wearing a newborn size diaper, but could really wear either size. And some babies are born right into size 1. To be safe, and to make sure your gift gives the most value to parents, many gift-givers prefer size 1 Diaper Samplers.
There are clever gift-givers that give BOTH newborn and size 1 diapers! The Prepared Parent Variety Package and the Natural Choice for New Babies Sampler includes both newborn and size 1 diapers, and we’re seeing more often gifts of two smaller packages (the Newborn Babes coupled with the Mother Earth size 1 is quite a popular combination).
Try a variety of diaper brands and find the perfect diaper for your baby.
The Mega Mom Diaper Sampler Package has 12 brands of diapers including name brand and eco-friendly diapers.
Whatever diaper size you choose, new parents appreciate the thoughtful gift of diapers.
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