A month or two before a new baby arrives, it's often protocol for parents to stock up on diapers. The problem is, if you buy a lot of one particular size and your newborn baby is larger (or smaller) than you predicted, you have to go back to the store to get the right size.
Quite commonly, hospitals will provide you with newborn diapers to get you through your first day or two. If this is the case, you can send your partner on a diaper run after the lil one is born for the right fit. For mothers who are on their second, third, or fourth child, note that every baby can differ tremendously. Just because baby Alex was born weighing 7.5 pounds doesn't mean his brother Jack will weigh the same. Most mother's find that the newborn-size stage is gone before they know it, so only buy enough for a week or two. Here are a few more tips and tricks for getting just the right diaper fit:
- "Too big" is never an issue: It's always better to go larger rather than smaller, because your baby is going to grow like a weed! Even if you are stuck with big diapers, rest assured your baby will grow into them.
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- Check out weight and size labels on diapers: All diaper brands fit differently, which is why it's important to read the weight and size requirements on the diaper label. Don't get caught up so much with the age of your baby, since some newborns can be the size of a 3- or 4-month-old
- If there's leakage, you need to go up: If any of the good stuff is seeping out of your baby's diaper, that's a clear indication that you need to go up a size in diapers.
And don't forget about other diaper options. There's always reusable cloth diapers, too!
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