The (dare I say) ultimate guide to choosing pant diapers for your child

Although Joy can go to the toilet whenever she needs to, before she has total control, I don’t like to put her in big girl panties at night so as not to force her into being toilet trained. (Why here). Pant diapers are more absorbent than training pants and more comfortable than tape diapers (IMO), perfect for toilet-training-in-progress toddlers like Joy.

There are so many brands out there, how does one pick one that is suitable for your kid, and which size is the right size? I’ve been similarly troubled by this question but here’s how I solved the mystery.

Weight

This will streamline your size selection process. Take Joy for example, she is about 12kg and that helps me eliminate size XXL.

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Is it a bad thing if only one option is eliminated when you filter by size? Not necessarily. Its kind of better in my opinion, because the brand understands that babies come in all shapes and sizes and you have options to choose from to suit their build.

Fit

After eliminating size XXL, I took Joy with me to a supermarket which had sample diapers on display to match the remaining sizes to her bum and viola, I know roughly which sizes to pick….. to buy a packet (courageous) or request for actual samples (prudent).

If you buy the size that you think fits from your supermarket trip, you’ll know soon enough if it really does, but if you (like me) can’t bear the possibility of getting the wrong size, you can request for samples to try! Take Drypers for example, you can request 2 pieces of diapers for each address via their Facebook page here.

The thing about fit is not just about whether the amount of diaper material fits the bum. It’s also about having a comfortable waistband and whether she feels comfortable around the thighs. For a diaper to be considered a good fit, the waistline should end above the belly button and side gathers must not be uncomfortable or irritate in any way. The diaper must also not be too loose (no gaps / no need to be pulled up constantly) or too tight (no redness / pressure marks). So, in my opinion, the best way to determine fit is still to actually use it on Joy.

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I like the new improved Drypers Drypantz’s because it comes with Comfort Fit™, a soft, cloth-like waistband which ensures maximum softness and comfort thus preventing redness and pressure marks. Drypantz also has the softest outer cover, so I worry not when Joy wears just a diaper, without any bottom clothing.

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Ultimate test of fit: Whether you’re comfortable enough to let the little one nap / sleep in bed without pants. Think about how much you’d like to change bed sheets / handle soiled ones in the middle of the night and you’ll just know it.

Material

I can’t decide which is worse, rashes or skin chafing – that’s why, I insist on picking only quality diapers that are soft and breathable. If heat and moisture is trapped in Joy’s diapers, rashes will plague her easily due to our hot weather and break my heart.

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The new improved Drypers Drypantz are softer than they were before, much thinner than they were before (yay, breathability!) but does not compromise on absorbency.

Joy has been using Drypers for some time now and I’m impressed with the new improvements to Drypers Drypantz, in terms of softness and breathability – let me take the chance to introduce Drypers Drypantz’s Comfort Fit™ waistband mascots.

First, meet Airy a colourful little pinwheel that embodies breathability and better air circulation. Drypers Drypantz’s extra breathable waistband helps reduce pressure formed on the skin at baby’s tummy and waist area, creating a more comfortable fit for baby.

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Also, meet Softie, a fluffly little cloud that embodies softness and comfort, just like the unique technology which goes into making Drypers Drypantz’s waistband extra soft, gentle and comfy on baby’s skin.

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Together, they make Drypers Drypantz softer and more breathable than ever. Oh yeah.

Cost per diaper

FORMULAE
Price per pack / No. of pieces in pack

Dependent on size. Generally the larger the size, the lesser the no. of diapers you get in a pack and it directly affects cost per diaper. From experience, Size XL of most brands (not all size XL are the same size for sure but just for comparison sake) have only 24 pieces of diaper in a pack but Drypers Drypantz have 32 pieces in a pack and costs less than other brands.

We rotate between a few quality brands, but Drypers Drypantz is usually my go-to brand because of its cost per diaper, especially for the month of July 2014 because you can get Drypers Drypantz for an exclusive, special trial price of $10.95 at participating supermarkets and hypermarkets. This works out to be only 29-35 cents per piece (depending on pack count, sizes available: M44, L36, XL32, XXL28)!

Design

I’m a big fan of cute diapers and there are plenty out there, not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they can be used to help Joy to wear her pant diapers on her own. Most diapers have cute prints but Drypers DryPantz have prints that makes it super easy for Joy to differentiate front and back of each diaper (bonus!), she has never gotten it wrong.

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Summary

To sum it up, I came up with some formulas for deriving important factors in diaper selection and they are:

Description Formulae
SIZE Weight + Fit
COMFORT Material + Fit
SUSTAINABILITY Cost per diaper + Comfort

The diaper that suits your child best is the one that is sustainable over time in terms of cost and quality and whether it lets breath easy, knowing that discomfort and leakages are the least of your concerns.

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Rest well knowing that you won’t wake up smelling of pee!

Drypers’ Facebook Contest

Hop over to Drypers Facebook page to take part in the “Breathe Easy Breeze” game!

Control “Airy” mascot using your mouse to help “Softie” turn plain diapers into Drypers Drypantz diapers! Simply convert 12 diapers to Drypers Drypantz in the fastest amount of time, top scorers stand a chance to win fantastic prizes including $100 cash vouchers and tickets to Lunchbox Theatrical Production’s “Bubble Magic” show (worth $88 each), happening in early September 2014.

Recap of July 2014 Promotion

For the month of July 2014, Drypers Drypantz for an exclusive, special trial price of $10.95 at participating supermarkets and hypermarkets. This works out to be only 29-35 cents per piece (depending on pack count, sizes available: M44, L36, XL32, XXL28)!

Disclosure: I received a few packets of the new improved Drypers Drypantz for review purposes and am compensated for this post. All experience in diaper selection (some painful) and opinions in this post are mine.

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