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How to Select the Perfect Diaper Size

One diaper challenge that we encountered before our baby was even born was trying to figure out diaper sizes. Does my newborn actually need newborn diapers? Or should I stock up on size 1? How do I know a diaper size is too small or too big?

Click through to read how to select the perfect diaper size. 

A sure sign a baby’s diapers are too small or too big: pee or poo leaks out. A baby in a too-small diaper will end up with a wet back; a baby who poops in too-big diaper may experience blowouts, which is when the poop escapes up the back or down the legs.  Another sign the diaper is too small: red marks around the baby’s belly and legs.

On the front of Huggies packaging is a ‘size block’ that distinguishes whether the diaper is a size N (for newborn), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.  Each size encompasses a specific weight range.  Size N typically covers babies up to ten pounds; however, larger newborns who are under 10 pounds may want to use Size 1 diapers. My Henry, who was 6 pounds and 11 ounces at birth, has been in newborn diapers for the past three and a half weeks. I think he may advance to Size 1 in two weeks or so.

The weight recommendations for the Huggies Snug & Dry line are as follows:

  • Size 1: Covers babies who weigh 8 – 14 pounds.
  • Size 2: Covers babies who weigh 12 – 18 pounds.
  • Size 3: Covers babies who weigh 16 – 28 pounds.
  • Size 4: Covers babies who weigh 22 – 37 pounds.
  • Size 5: Covers babies who weigh over 27 pounds.
  • Size 6: Covers babies who weigh over 35 pounds.

As you can see, there is some weight overlap between the sizes. That’s because some child may be heavy enough to ‘up size’ but have skinnier legs, requiring a Size 3 instead of a 4.

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