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Choosing the Right Diaper: A Guide to Newborn Diapers

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Becoming parents is such a special moment, and you want nothing but the best for your new bundle. A popular question among new parents is what newborn diapers to get. It may seem easy, but there is a lot to consider. Choosing the right diaper will ensure comfort for the baby and peace of mind for parents. So, say goodbye to leaks, rashes, and questionable fits! 

The Importance of Size

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Newborns are tiny and often require a specific kind of diaper, which many brands offer. Although newborns are not very mobile and can barely toss and turn, their diapers must still fit correctly. 

As they grow, the sizing will increase. If your baby falls into the standard weight and size group for their age, choosing nappies designed for weight class will be a great way to ensure the perfect size. However, babies come into this world and grow in all different sizes. 

Disposable vs Cloth Diapers

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Disposable and cloth diapers are the two most common and used newborn diapers. 

Let’s take a look to see which type will best match you and your little one:

1. Disposable Diapers

  1. Convenience – These diapers are known for their convenience. They are easy and quick to put on, take off, and dispose of. And because they are only used once, they do not take up permanent space.
  2. Absorption – They are very absorbent, which is a prominent reason parents gravitate toward them. They are lined with absorbent materials that can hold quite a lot of liquid.
  3. Comfort – They are often designed to fit a baby’s body comfortably and hug in places where needed without causing irritation. They are also made from soft fabrics and materials. 
  4. Availability – They can be found in almost every supermarket or online. They have become extremely popular in recent years. With many brands and new formulas emerging, they have become abundant in stores. 

2. Cloth Diapers

  1. Reusability – These diapers can be reused, which makes them very appealing to parents. 
  2. Cost-Effective – Although they may seem a little expensive at first, remember that they are reusable and last a long time. 
  3. Materials – They are not layered or meshed with other materials and fabrics, like disposable diapers. They are made from natural and gentle cloth.
  4. Environmental Impact – Cloth diapers are eco-friendly! What more do you want?
  5. Running Out – With cloth nappies, you won’t be running out of nappies. Just make sure you have enough cloth diapers and wash them in rotation. 

Diaper Materials and Sensitivities

It’s important not to choose just any newborn diaper, as it may irritate your baby’s skin. Always read what materials and fabrics the diaper is made from. Learn about the best materials down below! 

Tips for Changing Newborn Diapers

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  1. Have your supplies ready – Ensure everything you need to change your baby is within reach, such as wipes, cream, and a diaper box. This will make it easier to make a quick and successful change. 
  2. Clean Your Hands – It’s very important to be aware of hygiene around babies, specifically newborns. Even though you may be getting your hands dirty, washing them thoroughly before changing them is vital. 
  3. Be gentle – Be careful when changing your little one, and ensure your wipes and products are gentle and tailored to your baby’s age and sensitivity. 
  4. Apply Diaper Rash Cream – This is essential to changing your baby. Diaper rash cream helps create a gentle barrier that will keep your baby free from rashes and help them feel comfortable.
  5. Watch for Discomforts – Be vigilant of your little one’s body language and skin, especially when trying new diapers and other diaper-changing products. 

Budget-Friendly Options

Below are some affordable alternatives that guarantee quality and comfort for your baby:

  1. Buying wholesale 
  2. Diaper subscription services
  3. Vouchers and loyalty cards
  4. Non-branded nappies
  5. Online deals and clearance sales
  6. Diaper banks


1. What are some of the symptoms that can tell me that my baby has a nappy rash?

Babies will look more uncomfortable than usual, especially when you are changing them. There will be redness and sometimes small welts around their diaper area. 

2. Can I use scented baby wipes for my newborn?

Unscented, hypoallergenic baby wipes are better for newborns because fragranced wipes can have irritants that can affect a baby’s sensitive skin. 

3. How do you tell if a newborn’s diaper is too tight for them?

Your two fingers should easily fit between the waistband and the diaper. Other signs are red marks, discomfort from your baby, or leaks.


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There are different ways to approach diapers for babies and many options to consider. Each baby is unique, as are diapers, whether cloth or disposable. The ultimate goal is to ensure you choose what suits you and your baby best. Remember to be on the lookout for signs of discomfort.