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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Diaper pails & refills

About Pails & Refills

  • Diaper pails are designed to keep unwanted odors at bay – look for a secure, airtight lid.
  • Some pails can be used with regular trash bags. Others require special odor-blocking liners (refills).
  • Look for patented multi-layer odor barrier film technology that keeps odors & germs locked inside. We heart the Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Pail System w/Carbon Filter.
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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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