Six Outdated Diaper Myths You Can Ignore
Six Outdated Diaper Myths You Can Ignore
May 6, 2021

Six Outdated Diaper Myths You Can Ignore

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Six Outdated Diaper Myths You Can Ignore

If there’s one thing that unites parents across generations and geography, it’s diapers. We all change ‘em. But that means it’s not uncommon to receive conflicting advice about your baby’s bum—from how often to change dirty diapers to dealing with diaper rash. We’ve partnered with Huggies to set the record straight on these commonly held diaper myths:

Myth: You’ll Go Through a Ton of Newborn Diapers

Reality: Not all newborns are newborn sized. Depending on their height and weight, some babies jump straight into size one diapers. You won’t know exactly what you need until your baby shows up earthside, so if you want to avoid extras, your best course of action is to have a small amount of newborn diapers on hand and to stock up on size ones (use our diaper calculator to figure out just how many you’ll need).

New babies go through anywhere from six to nine diapers a day, so a pack of 31 will at least get you through the first few days. But if you want to keep your Target runs to a minimum, a 76-pack will cover you for a week or so.

Myth: Use Baby Powder After Every Change

Reality: While baby powder has been a popular changing station staple for decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends against it for a surprising reason: your baby’s lungs. Baby powder can be dangerous if accidentally inhaled, and as you’ll see in a moment, there are plenty of alternative methods for keeping your baby’s bottom nice and dry.

Myth: Switch to a Different Diaper Once Your Baby Starts Crawling

Reality: Disposable diapers often share common features, but each style is a little different. Sometimes it’s easy to tell what the diaper is designed to do (Overnites are made for…overnight). Other times the differences are more subtle, like what the diaper is made out of and if it’s designed primarily for movement or comfort. Even within the Huggies line, you’ve got Special Delivery diapers, Little Snugglers, Little Movers, Snug & Dry and Overnites.

It may take a few tries to find the diaper that works best for your baby. And when you do? It’s totally fine to keep on using it, as long as they have your baby’s size available. You only need to change your diaper style if something with your current diaper isn’t working—you’re noticing frequent leaks at night, blowouts when your baby crawls, etc. And pro tip: you can head over to the Huggies site for a side-by-side comparison of any of their diapers.

Myth: Diaper Rash? It’s Definitely a Diaper Allergy

Reality: Diapers trap moisture, which is necessary for the job they’ve been assigned (keeping pee off your floor and couch). But moisture can also be the reason that your baby’s bum is upset. While diaper disagreement does happen, it’s just as likely that the cause is related to something else—like chafing or prolonged exposure to excrement. Here are a few things to try if you notice your baby is dealing with frequent diaper rashes:

  • Change your baby often. Extended exposure to a soiled diaper can increase the chances of irritated skin, so it’s recommended that you change your baby every two to three hours.
  • Keep your little one diaper-free for a few minutes after each change. Allowing your baby’s skin to dry completely before putting on a new diaper can help moisture from getting trapped and turning into irritation.
  • Use diaper cream. Look for ones that contain zinc oxide or petroleum jelly, which form a protective layer between your baby’s skin and their diaper.
  • Talk to your doctor. A particularly persistent diaper rash may have a more complicated underlying cause, like a fungal infection. If the rash looks painful or doesn’t go away after a few days, don’t hesitate to get a professional opinion.
  • Switch to fragrance-free. Diaper rash isn’t always a reaction to your baby’s diaper or wipes, but sometimes it is! (Especially if your baby has sensitive skin.) Try switching to a fragrance-free wipe or one formulated for sensitive-skin, which will have fewer ingredients. Or if you think chafing might be the cause, look for a softer diaper that won’t cause as much friction.

Myth: Wake Your Baby If They Have a Dirty Diaper

Reality: While you want to change your baby’s diaper often, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice sleep to stick to that every two to three hours changing schedule. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it’s okay to wait until your baby wakes up again before changing them.

Myth: Your Baby Should Be Potty Trained By a Certain Age

Reality: While your baby might show readiness for potty training between 18-24 months, there is no rule that says they have to be fully potty trained before they can recite the theme song to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (other than certain kinds of childcare, which may require that older toddlers be potty trained before enrolling). Instead, look for signs of readiness like potty curiosity or being aware of when they need to go.

Head over to our diaper calculator to figure out just how many diapers you’ll need to stock up on for baby’s first year. And don’t forget to enter for a chance to win an entire year of diapers courtesy of the Huggies brand.

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