THE DIAPERING GUIDE
Newborn Diapers

Size: Newborn

  • Baby will quickly grow out of the newborn stage, so we recommend registering for just one box.
  • Preemie sizes and options with an umbilical cord cutout are also available.
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Baby Diapers

Sizes: 1-6

  • This is the stage you’ll buy the most diapers for (especially sizes 3 and 4)
  • Look for stretchy sides to better suit babies on the move
  • Available in fun prints to suit your child’s growing personality
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Toddler Training Pants

Sizes: 2T-5T

  • These pants pull on easy to get little ones ready for the next stage – big kid underwear!
  • Variations based on gender
  • Not as absorbent as regular diapers, so you may want to use overnight diapers for nighttime use
What to Look For

Every baby is different, so there’s really no right answer as to how many diapers you’ll need. To get started, we recommend registering for a few diaper boxes per size. And, you can order more once you get to know what works best for baby.

  • Newborn: One case
  • Sizes 1 and 2: One to two cases each
  • Sizes 3 and 4: Three to four cases each
  • Sizes 5 and 6: Two cases each
  • Training pants: Two cases each

Don’t forget, through our registry’s Dollars for Diapers feature you can receive credits from gift givers to buy diapers on Diapers.com.



What else you’ll need

  • Wipes: Pay attention to thickness, softness and scent. Sensitive, multi-purpose and cloth options are also available
  • Diaper pail: Easy diaper disposal that also helps keep the odor out
  • Diaper bag: Keep all your diapers, wipes and essentials on hand when on the go
  • Changing pad: Disposable and reusable pads (with changing covers available) create a clean space for changing baby wherever you go
  • Skin care: Ointments, creams and powders soothe and relieve at changing time
  • Wet bags: A must-have for storing those wet diapers


Some helpful tips:

  • If you have the space, register for more diapers in the bigger sizes.
  • Buy smaller pack sizes of different brands (including cloth and disposable) to test out which diapers work best for baby.
  • Until you know just how sensitive your baby’s skin will be, you might want to register for diapers, wipes and skin care made especially for sensitive skin.


A word about case sizes

With so many types of diaper packs, it can get confusing! Here’s our cheat sheet for figuring it all out:

  • Jumbo Packs: These are the smallest pack sizes and are good for about a week (perfect for taking on vacation or that trip to Grandma’s).
  • Packs (including Value, Giant and Super): It varies by brand, but the count size is between a jumbo pack and a case. Packs can last anywhere from 1 week to 45 days.
  • Cases: The biggest in terms of count size, cases are intended for buying in bulk and usually last from 30 to 45 days.

  • Note: The amount of diapers per pack or case varies by brand, diaper type and diaper size.
Natural:
Typically chlorine-free and fragrance-free, plus less dyes.
Sensitive:
Made especially for baby’s extra soft skin.
Wetness indicator:
Strip on outside of diaper that lets you know when baby’s ready for a diaper change.
Absorbency:
A diaper that quickly absorbs, while still staying soft against baby’s skin, is key.
Softness:
Look for diapers that are gentle on baby’s soft skin.
Fit:
A well-fitting diaper helps prevent against leaks.
Stretchy sides:
Give baby the freedom to move around comfortably.
Cloth diapers:
It’s ideal to have about eight cloth diapers on hand (you’ll need to rotate diapers in and out when some are in the wash).
Overnight diapers:
More absorbent than a regular diaper, these offer nighttime protection, plus are handy for long car rides!
Swim diapers:
For use at the pool or beach, these infant and toddler diapers fit tighter than regular diapers.
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