Saturday, February 11, 2006

Picking the Right Diaper for Your Newborn

By Rebecca VanGinkel

Finding the right diaper for your newborn is one of the most important things you should take care of as soon as your baby is brought home from the hospital. If you don't, all kinds of horrible things could happen. If you buy a brand of diapers that do not work for your baby, you may end up doing a lot of extra laundry, or buying a lot of extra diaper cream. Those are things you do not want to deal with, especially when you have so many new things happening in your life as it is.

When picking out diapers for the first time, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, keep in mind the weight of your baby. The weight of your child will tell you what size diaper you will need to buy. There will be a chart right on the package to help you out. There are also diapers made for premature babies, which is the smallest size diaper made. The next size up is a one, then two, and so on. Remember, your child may need a larger or smaller diaper than the package chart states. If your child is extra skinny, long, or short, don't be afraid to try a size bigger or smaller than the chart tells you. Even if your baby is not premature, he may still fit in preemie diapers for awhile. This is normal. Next, if your newborn baby has sensitive skin, you might want to look for a diaper that is made for sensitive skin, or you might want to consider using cloth diapers.

If you decide to use cloth diapers, you can buy plastic covers to go over the cloth, so your baby will not stain or leak wherever he is sitting or lying. Cloth diapers are also less expensive, but may take up more of your time. Cloth diapers need to be rinsed as soon as they are taken off your baby, and washed in the washing machine. You can search on-line to see if your neighborhood has a program for children in cloth diapers where you put your dirty cloth diapers in a bag and they will pick them up, wash them, and return them to you once a week. This may be expensive, but it will save you a lot of time and hard work.

If you have decided to use regular diapers, there are a few things you may want to look for when shopping for them. First, different companies put more diapers in their packages, so you will want to compare prices. Although one pack may be cheaper than another, the more expensive pack may offer a considerable higher amount of diapers. Remember, the most expensive diaper does not necessarily work the best. Another thing you will want to look for is a leak guard in your diaper. Most diapers do have them, but some do not. You most definitely want one, or you may get leaked on, which is not fun!

Another thing you want in a diaper is a lot of stretch around the sides, and Velcro tabs. It is a lot easier to take off the Velcro tabs and reposition them, than taking off the tape tabs. The tape tabs tend to rip, and if you are just repositioning the diaper, it may be ruined. You also want a lot of stretch around the outside so your baby has room to move his little legs around without getting a rash from rubbing on fabric that does not give.

The first brand of diapers you buy may not be the right one for your child. You might want to buy a couple of different brands to try out at first. If you have time, you can go on-line and sign up for all kinds of free offers from most name brand diaper companies. Before my son was born, I signed up for a lot of offers, and not only did I get a lot of free diapers, I also got a lot of dollar off coupons. I do not think I ever paid full price for a package of diapers! A few diaper companies that mail out free samples and coupons are Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs. Also, a few companies offer a money back guarantee. Luvs, for one, has an add on their package stating that they will refund your money if their diaper does not help stop leaks.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when shopping for diapers for the first time, but when you do find the right brand, stick with it until your child is out of diapers. That way, you will only have to go through the diaper trial phase once!

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