When you finally get to bring home your brand new bundle of joy, it’s hard to imagine them ever growing out of their adorably tiny newborn nappy size. It comes as a surprise to most of us how quickly they graduate to size 2 with no signs of slowing down. Size guidelines on nappies overlap by quite a bit and it can sometimes be difficult to know what nappy size might fit baby best. So how do you know when baby’s bumper is due an upgrade? We recommend looking out for these 5 signs that your baby’s nappy is a size too small.
Does your nappy not last as long as it used to between changes or do you suddenly experience frequent leaks? Moving up usually resolves this because bigger nappy sizes offer increased absorbency. If your baby develops a rash overnight, this might also be due to a saturated nappy and the wetness being close to the skin.
2.) Red marks around tummy and thighs
Are you noticing red marks on their tummy where the waistband of the nappy sits or on their thighs around the nappy’s leg cuffs? Even in the absence of marks, if little one seems uncomfortable in their nappy or suddenly sweats around the waistband, trying a nappy size up is also a good idea.
3.) Poor fit
While a nappy should fit snugly around waist and legs, you want a loose fit at the front and back. Also make sure the nappy is big enough to cover the lower part of baby’s tummy, to just below the belly button. Finally, double check baby’s buttocks are completely covered.
4.) Tabs don’t close comfortably to the centre of the nappy waistband
Are you having to pull the nappy side tabs to get them to close? Are they sitting quite far apart on baby’s tummy when fastened? As soon as you are unable to fasten them without any pulling or wiggling, give the next nappy size up a go.
When baby starts to walk and crawl, or is starting to become interested in potty, some parents prefer switching to nappy pants. These will make for extra-quick changes and allow little one to pull them down themselves when getting used to potty. A great way to make toddlers feel more confident and boost their independence.
Generally, if your little one is on the lower end of the scale for the next nappy size up, making the jump is a good idea. And when in doubt, always go for the bigger size! Trust us, it might just be the perfect solution to your nappy woes.