Moving up a size: how do you know it’s time to size up?
Babies grow constantly and change diapers much quicker than you’d think. On average, babies will need to size up every four months proving indeed that they grow up so fast.
While the diaper sizing guide on the packaging are often a good and helpful tool, they can prove tricky if your baby grows faster than average. Here are a few simple signs that will let you know when it's time to move up a size in diapers:
1. You notice leaks on several occasions
One of the most obvious signs of a too-small diaper is when your little one is constantly leaking through diapers or having "blowouts." Parents often jump to the conclusion that the problem lies with the brand of diaper they're using. No matter what brand it is, a diaper that is too small won't be able to contain your little one’s messes. Try sizing up and see if that eliminates the problem.
2. You spot red marks around your baby’s thighs
This is a telltale sign that the diapers are masikip. The elastic bands around the leg should have some stretch, but if the diaper is too small, it won't fit properly and will create these red marks. This is a time to move up a size in diapers.
3. Difficulty connecting the diaper tabs at your baby's waist
This could be a sign that it's time to move up a size. A diaper should close easily without having to tug and pull at them. Also, consider the rise of the diaper. A properly fitting diaper should come just slightly below your little one's belly button. If it's fitting a little more like a low rise, it's time to move on up!
4. Go through the instructions on the pack
This may seem obvious, but if your child is approaching the upper limit of the diaper's weight range (i.e., you have a 12 kg baby in 9-14 kg size diapers) it may be time to consider a switch. The weight limits are based on average-sized babies, but not all babies are shaped the same. Try different sizes, and see what works best for your child.
Fun Fact: Do you know that an average baby will need 1,057 diaper changes in the first 6 months?
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