(This first appeared on The Standard Newspaper on July 31, 2016)
Do you know that your child might use more than 2500 diapers in the first year alone? Diapers are some of the most expensive item you will have to pay for while raising a baby, costing well over KES50,000. Considering this, and that your child will spend years in diapers, and as such it is quite an important decision to get the right size and fit.
Diapers come in different sizes based on weight. But the problem is those weight ranges overlap. For example, Huggies Newborn size 2 is for 4-6 kgs while size 3 is for 5-9 kgs. Therefore, it is up to you to pay attention to how a diaper fits your baby to decide which size to buy.
You will know a diaper is fitting well when
- it fits snugly around the waist and legs
It is time to move to the next size when
- There are blowouts (over spill from the diaper),which is never fun,from the waistband and around the leg
- The diaper is sagging or there is a gap when you run your fingers around the edges
- When you see red marks around your baby’s belly or thighs
Tips when buying a diaper for the first time
- try to avoid buying in bulk until you find the diaper that works for you and the baby
- When friends and family come visiting the new baby and parents, it is wise to let them know what size your baby wears.
Blowouts will happen for other reasons, so always carry a spare change of clothes for your baby.
FACT: Ever wondered what is inside a diaper?
The absorbent core of a diaper contains Super Absorbent Polymer. SAP also called slush powder are polymers that can absorb and retain extremely large amounts of a liquid relative to their own mass. SAP powder (which looks like a very fine white sand) is sprinkled into the middle of the absorbent core layers of a diaper.