Monday 23 March 2015

A Good Diaper

A diaper would never feature on your ‘Man’s best inventions’ list before you become a parent. But the moment your baby comes wailing out, asking to be tended to without much consideration for day or night, sleep-lagged eyes or breaking back, you will scribble it as Item no. 1 in the life-saving category. Those with kids know I am not kidding. Those on their way to becoming parents will soon know what I mean.

Parenting is learnt in hindsight, or so I think! When my son was born, I made a mistake. I did not introduce diapers till he was about 4 months old. Call it influence of a generation which managed their babies toddling all over their homes sans diapers or lack of research at my own end, I struggled with cloth nappies and strings for much longer than was required. I wanted to keep diaper rash away and in the process I kept many other important things away too; for instance, a good night’s sleep for myself and my baby. But once he started wearing diapers I realized what the both of us were missing in our initial days together. There was no looking back from there!

The features that matter

I used Pampers Baby Dry Pants from S to XL, right till the age when he was wearing just one-a-day, overnight, and soon enough not even that. I had tried other brands (especially when there were discount offers on them, because diapers are not inexpensive) but had veered back to Pampers the moment I realized how some features which were most essential in a good diaper were not ensured in all brands. Let me list them out for you:

1. Most diapers manage to not leak and keep your sofas, carpets and laps dry. But some diapers do let the “goods” out, especially if they are full or the “goods” runny. Now, there is no way of saying when a diaper is really full, so one needs to make sure the brand they pick will stick with them in the heaviest of times. No matter how much treasure has been collected, it should not spill over beyond the treasure chest!

2. It is even more important that the diapers remain dry on the inside. Quite like a goodly apple rotten at the core is a diaper dry on the outside but keeping your baby’s bottom wet on the inside. And then, diaper rash, apart from inexplicable crankiness and needless discomfort in the baby. Imagine walking around dressed in your designer clothes but with a wet pair of shorts inside? And then being asked to sleep soundly in them? Do you think you will wake up feeling happy and ready to seize the world?

3. The diaper should feel like a breeze to the baby, and not a tiny prison cell tightening its grip on his tender thighs and waist just to keep itself anti-leak. Once I saw the red pressure lines that some diapers could form on my baby’s body, I made doubly sure that I switched to a brand which did not clutch the baby too tight. Picking quality over discounts mattered here.

4. Size matters. Make sure you are using a diaper which supports the weight that it promises. Or else, it’ll be leaks and skin tweaks all the way. It could also mean the diaper’s glue giving way in the most unexpected of times, and it slipping out of place when the active baby is busy toddling all over your linen or bouncing in his daddy's lap.

5. Not the most important feature, but yes, cute and colourful doodles on the outside of the diaper do no harm. If anything, they can be used as a distraction to make the baby comply while being put in a diaper or befriend them if fussy about the whole thing.

Here’s a video of the diaper brand that served me and my baby well.

[This is a sponsored product review]


  1. Hi Sakshi, its great to share your experience with diapers so that parents are unaware can choose the right one. After all, the baby may not be able to convey what bothering him or her. Comfort matters for a little one just like for us:)

  2. I am a diehard diaper fan. From day one my son was diapers and thankfully I got my sleep. Very informative post.

  3. I am a diehard diaper fan. From day one my son was diapers and thankfully I got my sleep. Very informative post.

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