Buying the Right Baby Diapers

Trying to figure out which of the many types of diapers is best for your baby? One would think buying a diaper is a relatively simple task, but it's quite daunting if you don't know exactly what to look for. Should you buy normal or organic diapers? Disposable or reusable cloth? How does this diaper go on, anyway? Being a parent of an infant or toddler is already overwhelming, and the needs of each young one is different. And when you go to the grocery store, you'll often find dozens of different diaper models to choose from. A diaper is just a diaper, but that doesn't mean shopping for diapers is easy. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions with regards to buying the right baby diapers to provide some valuable insight on the subject.

 

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  1. How can a parent choose the right diaper?
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    In choosing a diaper, every parent should be guided by three things, type, size and cost. The type is important as disposable diapers are different from cloth diapers. The size is important in the overall performance of the diaper as a size too small or large will leave the baby prone to leaks, sagging or extra tight. Cost should also be considered so that the parents get a diaper that fits their income and budget.

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  2. Should one buy diapers in bulk?
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    The answer to this question is yes, to bring down costs through the economics of scale. However, only buy diapers in bulk once you have tested and ascertained the specific size and brand’s fit and performance.

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  3. What is the right size for a diaper?
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    Every baby is a unique and distinct human being who should be treated in tandem with their individual uniqueness. This goes in the choice of a diaper too. Whereas the commercial sizes listed by various brands are a good place to start, he or she will only get the right size by trying them and finding that which fits just right, snug but flexible. That will be the right size for your baby.

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  4. What is the best time to buy diapers for an expectant mother?
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    The best time to buy diapers is either just before a baby is born or immediately after the baby is born. That way, you get the size and weight of the baby exactly right.

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  5. What is the difference between disposable and cloth diapers?
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    In terms of functionality, disposable and cloth diapers serve the same purpose. The difference between the two however lies in the fact that disposable diapers can only be used once before being discarded while cloth diapers can be cleaned and used over and over again. Disposable diapers offer convenience at a higher cost while cloth diapers are cheaper to buy, but carry maintenance costs. Disposable diapers are also viewed as being unfriendly to the environment as they can only be used once before being discarded.

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  6. Do diapers cause diaper rash?
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    Not at all. The so called “diaper rash” is caused by moist waste, either urine or fecal matter coming into contact with a baby’s skin. This means that the baby’s diaper has not been changed often enough or that the diaper used is smaller or larger than it should be, thus resulting in leakage.

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  7. When is it time to change a diaper size?
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    The size of a diaper should be changed any time it starts leaving elastic band marks on the skin of a baby indicating that it’s too small, or there is excessive gapping on the legs and the waist indicating that it’s too large. Adjust the size upwards or downwards immediately to one that fits snugly and is flexible.

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  8. What is the right baby diaper?
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    For a diaper to be considered right for a baby, a number of factors come into play. Primarily, it has to perform the function of keeping a baby dry, comfy and prevent messes and leaks. Outside that, it should be the right size and be within the budget range of the specific family.

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