Mums face many decisions on a daily basis, this is part of being a parent and it never really becomes easier. There are some big decisions such as deciding whether to circumcise or breastfeed, and other smaller decisions such as which colour is right for the nursery or what shoes are right for your baby.
Regardless of whether a decision is big or small, it never ceases to be a daunting task figuring out what is right for your baby. Even the simplest decision can seem life-altering because every mum desires to give the little goober the very best. Wanting to the absolute best for your little bundle of joy is understandable; however, everything does not have to be stressful and exhausting because we have got you covered
One of the biggest decisions parents have to make is diapers. Next to feeding, diapers are one of the most essential accessories that baby needs all the time. Although it seems like a pretty simple and straightforward decision, it’s actually not because you have a too much to choose from. This is especially confusing for first-time parents. There are numerous factors that one must consider when choosing the perfect diaper.
Wanting to the absolute best for your little bundle of joy is understandable; however, everything does not have to be stressful and exhausting because we have got you covered
To save you the trouble of endless and exhausting research, here is a conclusive list of what every parent must take into account before buying diapers:
Baby’s response to the diaper
Just like you would not be comfortable walking around with uncomfortable, ill-fitting and itchy underwear, a baby is also extremely uncomfortable in diapers that either don’t feel right or fit well. This is why it is important to take the time and carefully observe a baby’s response to a particular set of diapers. This does not mean you trade blindly and try out every brand in the market. Want a positive response, here is how to get it:
- Go for a diaper that is highly absorbent
Every mum knows that a wet baby is a crank baby. Feeling wet is one of the leading reasons why most kids are unable to sleep through the night. How quickly can it absorb pee and ensure the baby remains dry? To test this, simply pour a little lukewarm water on the diaper. Use toilet paper to wipe off the surface of the diaper. Is the toilet paper wet? This will give you a clear idea of the absorbency level of a diaper.
a wet baby is a crank baby
A great diaper is one that is able to absorb liquid fast and also be able to accommodate multiple wettings. A great indication of the right diaper for your baby is one which can remain dry for up to twelve hours (this is enough time for your baby to sleep soundly and uninterrupted).
- Is the material used to make a diaper soft to the tooth
A baby’s skin is extremely delicate so they need a diaper that feels great against the skin. A diaper made from the wrong material is not only irritating but also increases the chances of your little one getting diaper rash. Go for a diaper that feels soothing against your skin.
A great diaper is one that is able to absorb liquid fast and also be able to accommodate multiple WETTINGS
Type of material used to make the diaper
Babies have extremely sensitive skin, some more sensitive than others. The chemicals, type of material and how a diaper fits can lead to issues such as diaper and rah and allergic reactions. To prevent these undesired consequences, pay close attention to how the baby’s skin reacts. If you notice any rashes or bumps because of the diaper, look for safer alternatives. In case your baby skin is negatively affected by a particular brand, there are many alternatives to try out. It doesn’t hurt to consult a doctor and seek additional advice and guidance.
Age of the baby
Babies grow extremely fast physically, a diaper that is perfect for your baby now might not be the best just a month later. Babies are extremely active because they are intrigued by their environment hence are busy exploring through slight movements such as stretching their legs. No matter the age or size of a child, it is best to select a diaper that stretches and can easily adapt to movement and still keep your baby comfortable and peaceful.
This means it should be snug but not too tight that it can lead to friction which is extremely irritating to babies. Most diapers are marked according to size and age they can accommodate. Always follow these guidelines. There are five sizes available in the market small, large, new born, extra large and medium. The best way to ascertain what suits perfectly is try out different sizes.
pay close attention to how the baby’s skin reacts
Price (Budget considerations)…
How much are you looking to spend on diapers? This is an important consideration because your budget will help filter out some brands. When considering the budget, it is important to keep in mind that your kid may need diapers until they are potty trained which for most babies is around 2 years. While price is important, it should go hand in hand with other key consideration such as how comfortable the baby is.
Recommendations from trustworthy sources
Ask around from people you trust such as friends, relatives and other mms. You don’t have to make mistakes that others have made before, using other people as a resource will be extremely helpful in ensuring you don’t make avoidable mistakes. Ask important questions such as the cons and pros of different brands, types and styles. When it comes to diapers recommendations are the surest way to save both time and money buying what won’t work.
You don’t have to make mistakes that others have made before
Scented or Unscented Diapers
Another important consideration that most mums ignore is scent. Are scented diapers really worth it? Tastes vary from one mum to another. While scented diapers have a great advantage, they are only good if your child is not allergic to them. Additionally, the scent can also be negative if it completely masks the awful smell of poop or pee increasing the chances of your baby remaining wet and soiled for longer. To be safe it is always wise to go for a diaper that fulfills its primary duties.
diaper that is perfect for your baby now might not be the best just a month later.
Type of diaper
There are many types of diapers in the market. Every parent prefers something different. Here are the most popular types:
This kind of diaper is essentially a highly absorbent pad which is carefully sandwiched in-between 2 sheet of non-woven fabric. The pad is disposable pads typically contains special chemical crystals that effectively absorb up to 700 times their weight in liquid form and then hold it as a gel-this extremely helpful because the liquid is kept away from your baby’s skin and they continue feeling dry even after peeing multiple times.
This type of diaper is specifically designed to keep much older kids dry at night. There are different versions for boys and girls.
When your kid begins potty training, they are ready to begin wearing pull ups. These look a feel more like underwear
These are usually made from absorbent fabric such as flannel, unbleached hemp and cotton fleece. Unlike disposal diapers these can be reused after washing
Choosing the right diaper for your baby is no mean fete. You need to research exhaustively and take time to understand what your child needs. This article will get you started in the right direction.