How to Choose the Right Diaper for Your Baby & Budget
What Factors Are Important to You?
With all the different brands of diapers available, it can be hard trying to find the right diaper for one’s baby. Pampers, Huggies and other top name brands advertise that they have top leakage protection. Even some of the non-brand, cheap diapers make similar claims.
However, many parents can’t help but wonder if all these diapers really measure up to what they’re advertising. And even if they do measure up, will these diapers be comfortable and safe on your baby’s skin? A type of diaper that is right for one baby may not be great for another baby due to skin sensitivities and so forth.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to how to choose baby diapers. The following tips will help you in making your decision.
Take into Consideration Your Baby’s Needs and Your Priorities
It’s important to consider your family’s bottom line — namely, what matters the most to you? Some factors may include the environment, health, cost and fit.
This should be the first thing parents do so they don’t waste their money buying the wrong diaper, or possibly put on a diaper on their baby that may cause an allergic reaction.
Don’t Buy in Bulk until You Are Absolutely Sure
The reasons for this point are pretty obvious. Also just because you’ve used one type of diaper a handful of times and it seemed to work fine doesn’t mean there won’t be any problems in the future.
Consult with the Midwife/Nurses Attending to Newborn
Since they are attending to your baby, they will change his/her diaper, and they will see how the baby reacts with the diapers. You also should consult the child’s pediatrician while you are resting up in the hospital after giving birth to your child.
Expensive Baby Diapers Aren’t Necessarily the Best
Just because some baby diapers are among the most expensive brands — such as Huggies, Pampers and Luvs — doesn’t necessarily mean they perform the best or are better than other brands. Some of these “lesser brands” may rate the same in absorbency, fit and having no toxic materials.
You may be surprised that some store brands and other lesser-known brands may have the three layers that high-quality and more costly diapers have, which is known as Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP). SAP absorbs tons of weight in water and holds it. The consistency of this absorbent material is like fine, white sand. When moistened, it turns into a gelatinous crystal, pile-like substance.
If you don’t want to buy cheaper diapers, though, and are worried about the price of the expensive kinds, there are always coupons for diapers. In addition, buying diapers in bulk will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. When you buy in bulk, it will be like paying $25 a month for disposable diapers instead of paying $60 to $85 a month. Coupons for diapers are available on a plethora of sites, in various reliable magazines and alongside samples.
Consider Purchasing Eco-friendly Diapers
Other types of diapers to consider are eco-friendly, organic diapers. These diapers are hypoallergenic and good for the environment because they are free from chemicals. Plus, the landfills won’t be as full when more organic diapers are used.
There are many different brands of diapers available, and among those there is surely a brand that is right for you and your new bundle of joy. Even costlier diapers become more affordable when you use coupons or buy in bulk.