Diaper Pants for Babies: When to Start Using Them
There is no right or wrong time to use diaper pants. Some parents like to use them as early as they can, as it agrees with their diaper changing preference. Others will wait until their child starts showing signs of readiness for potty training, and some will never use them at all! Using or transitioning to diaper pants will depend on your preference. Many Asian cultures will use diaper pants on newborn babies, while in the West it is more common to slowly transition as the babies become more mobile.
If your baby is always on the move and is becoming increasingly restless during regular diaper changes, it might be time to consider transitioning to diaper pants.
Switching to diaper pants will change up your routine a bit. Keep in mind that rather than switching to diaper pants entirely, it might make sense for your family to use both regular diaper and diaper pants for a while. Get a feel for what is easier and more comfortable for you and your babe. Some parents find that using diaper pants during the day while their rascal is running around and keeping a regular diaper for night time makes more sense to them. Run it by and get a sense of what’s best.
If you are considering transitioning to Diaper Pants here are a couple of tips and things to keep in mind:
When would I use diaper pants instead of regular diaper?
Usually, when babies are around 6 to 9 months old, they may start to wriggle or roll around during diaper changes. Many parents may see benefits in the diaper changing routine from around that age, though some will wait to introduce them closer to potty training age.
Why should I switch to diaper pants?
When your baby starts crawling or moving around a lot, diaper pants will give them the freedom to keep exploring with minimal interruptions when you change diapers. Diaper pants allow you to remove and slip on a new one even if your baby is standing, crawling or otherwise on-the-go. So basically instead of having to lay your baby down to get their diaper changed, you can simply tear the diaper pants and easily pull on a new pair.
How do I go about putting on a diaper pant?
First, make sure you’ve identified the front and back of the diaper. The back will have a tape. While the baby is leaning onto something or hugging you, pass one leg at a time through the diaper’s legs holes and then pull the diaper up to their tummy. Don’t forget to pass your fingers around the leg cuffs to make sure they are outward to prevent leakages. If you're putting diaper pants on a baby boy, do a final check to make sure their penis isn’t facing upwards as that would shoot their pee right out before the diaper has a chance to work on it!
How do I remove diaper pants from my baby?Removing diaper pants is very easy. You don’t have to pull down the pants to remove them, you can simply tear them apart at the sides to take them off. Remember, the diaper pants come with tape so that you can roll them up and tape them just before disposal. Just like with regular diaper use, make sure your kiddo’s skin is clean and dry before slipping on a new pair of diaper pants.
Are diaper pants equally absorbent and dry as regular diapers?
Of course! Parasol training pants and diapers are both designed with soft and absorbent material to wick moisture away and lock it layers down to keep your kiddo comfy and dry. Diaper pants are engineered to be just as absorbent as regular diapers. Some diaper brands will have potty training pants be less absorbent but diaper pants in general should not be any different in terms of performance as regular diapers.
Will my baby find diaper pants comfortable?
Diaper pants are made for babies born to run! They’ll love the stretchy fit and range of motion around the leg cuffs. The elastic waistband will keep the diapers put while regular diapers might become loose after active playtime and exploration. Your baby will find diaper pants super soft and comfortable and when the time comes, your baby will be able to pull down the pants his or herself.