The Secret to Stopping Messy Diaper Leaks

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Before we begin, here’s a fun fact for you all:

Newborns dirty around 10 to 12 diapers every day, which eventually cutbacks to 6 to 8 diapers by the time they reach toddlerhood.

Considering all that poop and pee, finding the right diaper size for your baby is essential. Ill-fitted diapers can result in rashes, discomfort, and of course, the messy poopy leaks through too-tight leg holes and a too-loose waistband. However, unfortunately, there is no universal diaper size guide for first-time parents. Diaper sizes vary for every baby, like clothes and shoe size, but your baby’s weight is the determining factor instead of age.

To help new parents, in this diaper size guide, we have outlined a general breakdown that can help you find the best fitting diapers for your baby.

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Baby Diaper Size Guide Chart 

Although baby diaper sizing differs between different brands, our diaper sizing chart can help as a guide. We strongly recommend parents try multiple baby diaper styles and brands to find one that works best for them.

Baby Diaper Size Chart (General)

Diaper SizeWeight
Premature Baby Diapers6 pounds and under 
Newborn Diapers10 pounds and under
Size 18 to 14 pounds
Size 212 to 18 pounds
Size 316 to 28 pounds
Size 422 to 37 pounds
Size 527 to 35 pounds
Size 635 pounds and over
Size 741 pounds and over

Baby Diaper Size Chart (by Brands)

 PampersHuggiesLuvs Diaper
Premature Baby Diapers6 pounds and under 6 pounds and under N/A
Newborn Diapers10 pounds and under10 pounds and under10 pounds and under
Size 18 to 14 pounds14 pounds and under8 to 14 pounds
Size 212 to 18 pounds12 to 18 pounds12 to 18 pounds
Size 316 to 28 pounds16 to 28 pounds16 to 28 pounds
Size 422 to 37 pounds22 to 37 pounds22 to 37 pounds
Size 527 and over37 and over27 and over
Size 635 pounds and over35 pounds and over35 pounds and over
Size 741 pounds and overN/AN/A

If you look closely, some baby weights overlap amid two different diaper sizes. In such cases, we suggest you also consider the baby’s body type when choosing a diaper. For instance, a longer and slimmer baby might be more comfortable in the smaller size, but it would be best to get the bigger diaper size if your baby is chubbier.

No matter which diaper you choose, keep one thing in mind: finding the best diaper size requires a tad bit of trial and error. So, don’t worry if you fail to get the right size on the first attempt.

Signs Your Baby Is Wearing the Wrong Diaper Size

Here are some signs that can help you identify the baby is wearing an ill-fit diaper: 

  • The leg holes feel too tight 
  • The waistband feels too tight
  • The diaper’s side tabs often pop open
  • It isn’t easy to put on the diaper
  • There are rashes, red marks, or irritation around the diaper area
  • The diaper fails to cover the baby’s bottom fully
  • There are recurring poop and pee leakages
  • The baby appears uncomfortable while wearing the diaper 

So, the next time you leave home for diaper shopping, be sure to keep this diaper size guide in mind.

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