A few telltale signs indicate when your baby needs a larger size.

How to Know When a Diaper Is Too Small

by Kathryn Hatter

In the world of baby care, diapers play a crucial role. Whether you diaper your baby with disposables or cloth, proper sizing is important for diapering success. If your baby’s diapers are too small, you may find you're experiencing some unpleasant situations and uncontained messes. It’s also possible that your baby is uncomfortable in diapers that don’t fit properly.

1 Check the fit of the elastic around your baby’s legs. For optimal comfort and fit, you should not see red marks on your baby’s skin where the elastic of either the cloth or disposable diapers contacts the skin. If you see these red marks, adjust the fit of a cloth diaper or switch to a larger cloth or disposable diaper size.

2 Slip your finger between the diaper and your baby’s skin at the waist and legs to ensure that the fit feels snug but not too tight. If you feel tight constriction on your finger, it’s likely the diaper is too small for your baby.

3 Consider the effectiveness of the diaper, as far as containing messes and absorbing leaks. If the cloth or disposable diaper hasn't been functioning effectively, the diaper may no longer fit properly. Combine this sign of an ill-fitting diaper with possible red marks on your baby’s legs, and it’s likely that the diaper is too small.

4 Switch to the next larger diaper size to see if it fits your baby more comfortably. As you use the new size, note whether it absorbs more effectively and whether any red marks on your baby’s skin disappear. If the new size ends up being too big, you can always store the box in the closet and save it for the future.

Tip

  • If you use disposable diapers, it may help to keep a package of the next larger size diaper on hand to ensure you are prepared when your baby outgrows his current size. With cloth diapers, you can often adjust the snaps to create more room for your baby, but you may eventually need to move up to a larger diaper.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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