Moving up to size 1 diapers may be a milestone for baby, but a bittersweet reality for you.
It’s a gentle reminder that your baby is slowly transitioning out of the newborn stage.
Seeing your baby put on more weight with those cute baby rolls is also a sign that feeding is going well.
Be it breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.
So now that it’s time to move up in size to level 1 diapers, let’s get into all there is to know about those adorable little diapers – or nappies as some like to refer to them as.
We’re going to discuss how size 1 diapers should fit.
How to tell if they’re too big?
Diaper absorbency, popular brands, and more!
So let’s get into it!
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SIZE 1 DIAPERS
Size 1 diapers are designed for babies who weigh around 8 to 14 pounds.
One thing to keep in mind is that babies grow fast, so don’t stock up too much on these tiny wonders.
The suggested stock-pile amount of size 1 diapers is about 450-700.
There are a lot of baby items considered “baby must-haves”, but diapers are non-negotiables!
Now, there are plenty, maybe even too many options and brands to choose from.
But, what matters most is to decide on a diaper you’re comfortable with, which one works well with your baby, and stock up on your favorite option!
You will go through so many diaper changes during this phase so make sure you’re well prepared.
Just remember, every baby is unique, so finding the right fit might take a bit of trial and error.
Some babies may skip newborn-size diapers, but almost all babies will at least start with size 1’s.
So this is one fit you definitely want to get right.
WHEN CAN A BABY WEAR A SIZE 1 DIAPER?
Regularly assess the fit of your baby’s diaper.
If it leaves red marks on your baby’s skin or seems too tight, it might be time to move up from newborn diapers to the next size.
You can also check the weight range specified on the diaper packaging.
HOW SHOULD SIZE 1 DIAPERS FIT?
Size 1 diapers typically cater to babies weighing around 8 to 14 pounds.
However, every baby is unique, so use this range as a general guide.
Check to make sure that the diaper’s waistband sits at the waistline and the leg openings are snug but not too tight.
And of course, the diaper should fully cover your baby’s bottom.
You should be able to slip about two fingers between the diaper and your baby’s skin comfortably.
As you fasten the diaper tabs, make sure they are not so tight that they cause discomfort.
The tabs should adhere well to prevent leaks but without putting undue pressure on your baby’s delicate skin.
Pay attention to your baby’s cues.
If they seem irritable or uncomfortable, it might be a sign that your baby is ready for a size 1 diaper.
If your baby is having frequent blowouts and leaks it’s probably time for a bigger size.
It’s important to know that not all size 1 diapers are created equally.
Different brands may fit differently on your baby.
This means, there may have to be some trial and error.
You may have to be open to trying different brands and see which works best for your baby.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SIZE 1 DIAPERS ARE TOO BIG?
Frequent leaks can also be a sign that a diaper is too big.
Also, check your baby’s diaper for sagging and gaps.
If you see noticeable gaps around the leg openings or the waist, the diaper might be too big.
The fit should be secure to prevent leaks.
HOW DO YOU TEST THE ABSORBENCY OF DIAPERS
You can easily do a diaper absorbency test at home with several diaper brands to test for the best absorbency in 5 easy steps.
- Use a measuring cup to pour 4 oz of water into the diaper.
2. Allow the diaper some time to absorb the liquid. Most diapers are designed to quickly pull moisture away from your baby’s skin.
3. Gently press your hand against the diaper in different areas. If it feels damp or wet, the absorbency might be reaching its limit.
4. After the water has been absorbed, check for any leaks. If the diaper is holding the liquid effectively, there should be no leaks from the sides or edges.
5. Some diapers have a feature where they swell as they absorb liquid. If this is the case, observe the diaper to see if it expands without leaking.
CHOOSE A DIAPER BRAND FOR WETNESS ABSORBENCY
Refer to the specific instructions or recommendations provided by the diaper brand.
Some brands may have guidelines on the maximum amount of liquid their diapers can absorb.
And as always, you can check other parent’s reviews.
Diaper leaks are among the top complaints parents will share about diapers.
CHECK THE WETNESS INDICATOR
If your diaper has a wetness indicator, it will change color when wet.
This visual cue can help you know when it’s time for a diaper change.
Although most diapers have built-in wetness indicators you will still need to feel the diaper to check for leaks and proper absorbency in other ways.
DO I NEED TO SIZE UP FOR OVERNIGHT DIAPERS?
Your newborn may start packing on the ounces quicker than you anticipated.
Size 1 diapers are designed with a bit more wiggle room, to give babies more room around their thighs and bum.
Even when babies are sleeping their comfort is still important.
And since babies are peeing through the night, a comfortable-fitting diaper is very important.
Now, let’s talk about leaks – every parent’s not-so-favorite surprise. Overnight diaper changes are prime time for leaks and trust me, nobody wants a late-night laundry session.
Size 1 overnight diapers offer enhanced absorbency to tackle those nighttime changes.
In a nutshell, sizing up to those size 1 overnight diapers when needed can help keep your baby more comfortable and your job easier at night.
WHAT MAKES OVERNIGHT DIAPERS DIFFERENT?
Most overnight diapers promise to keep baby dry for up to 12 hours and absorb 20 to 25 percent more liquid than their daytime diapers.
These diapers are crafted with materials that wick away moisture, keeping your baby’s delicate skin dry and protected.
With a protective barrier cream (diaper cream or diaper ointment) and overnight diapers, your baby’s bottom will be well protected in between late-night changes.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR BABY DIAPER BRANDS?
Popularity can vary based on location, individual preferences, and specific needs.
But here are some of the most popular diaper brands (in America) to date:
SIZE 1 DIAPER CHANGING TIPS
A baby wearing a size 1 diaper is typically still in the newborn stage.
You may still be feeling a bit sleep-deprived, and still trying to find your bearings.
So here are a few tips to help make diaper changing as smooth as possible.
First off, prep your changing station with all the essentials – diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit (just in case).
Lay your baby on a comfy changing surface, making sure it’s safe and secure.
Remember the diaper should be snug but not too tight.
Ensure a proper fit around the legs and waist to avoid leaks.
When fastening, aim for a secure but gentle closure.
Keep a toy, soothing words, or a playful face ready to keep baby calm during the changing time.
Even when changing your own baby handwashing before and after is still important for good hygiene for everyone.
And lastly, don’t forget the golden rule: never leave a baby unattended on the changing table.
During this stage, diaper changes may still be a bit of a learning curve, but with a little patience, you’ll be a pro in no time!
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