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Diaper 101: How To Choose The Right Diaper For Your Kids?

By Apollo 24|7, Published on- 31 October 2022, Updated on -07 March 2023

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Choosing the correct diaper for your baby can be a stressful job, especially for first-time parents. With so many types of diapers in the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for your child. This blog will discuss some key points to be kept in mind when choosing a diaper.

Why is it important to choose the right diaper for your kid?

Diapers are essential for parents with young children. Infants and toddlers do not develop enough bladder and bowel control till a certain age. This is when diapers come in handy to soak up urine and faeces.

However, newborns and kids using diapers have a tendency to develop skin rash and infection from diapers around their buttocks, hips, thighs and lower abdomen. This can happen if the diaper is too tight, has rough edges, is made of an irritant material, or leaks. Therefore, it is crucial to choose the most comfortable diaper for your kid.

Key points for choosing kids' diapers

Sizes of diapers

Diapers come in a range of sizes; from newborn to toddler. If a diaper is too small, it will cause leakage. On the other hand, if it is too big, your child may find it uncomfortable to wear. Stretchability and fit must also be considered while buying a diaper.

Types of diapers

There are two main types of diapers available in the market: cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

  • Cloth diapers: These can be washed and are reusable diapers. They are cost-effective and environmentally friendly but tend to cause diaper rash.
  • Disposable diapers: These are designed for single use. They are convenient to use and more absorbent but are not environment-friendly. Moreover, the chemicals in them may cause diaper rash.

Both types of diapers have their own advantages and disadvantages. Hence, you may try both and find out which one's the best for your baby.


All diapers are designed to absorb urine and faeces, but some are more absorbent than others. If your child is a heavy wetter, you may want to choose a diaper with more absorbency, like a disposable diaper. Conversely, if your child is a light wetter, you can go for a cloth diaper.

Leak Protection

Diapers also come with different levels of leak protection. Some kids' diapers have special leak guards or double-layered construction to help prevent leaks. It is important to choose a diaper with the appropriate level of leak protection to reduce the risk of getting rashes.

Choosing the right diaper for your baby is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider, including size, type, absorbency, and price. Ultimately, the best diaper for kids is the one that meets individual needs and preferences.

Still confused?

Consult An Apollo Paediatrician


Medically reviewed by Dr Sonia Bhatt.

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