What are the Best Diapers for Preemies?

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Searching for information about the best diapers for your precious preemie? If yes, you’ve found it! Below we’ve got all the info you need about the different brands, types, and sizes of preemie diapers on the market and their pros and cons. If that’s the kind of data you need to make your day complete, and make your preemie happy, read on!

Why Not Use Regular Diapers?

The thing about most preemies, especially those born very early, is that they’re tiny. Some preemies weigh as little as one pound, and most are much smaller than the typical full-term newborn. They also weigh much less than the newborn average of 7.5 pounds (3.5 kilograms), which is the weight that regular diapers are prepared to handle.

Standard newborn diapers? They are often too large since they’re made to fit babies up to 10 pounds. Also, not every brand makes newborn diapers, starting instead at Size 1, which is far too large to fit a preemie comfortably. In short, regular diapers, even those made for newborns, are far too big to fit comfortably and protect your preemie; thus, preemie diapers are a necessity.

The Best Diapers For Preemies

Below are the best diapers for preemies in no particular order. Which are the very best? That’s a tough call, as all preemies are different, with different needs, different challenges, and, of course, different sizes and weights. The best suggestion is to purchase one brand and, if your preemie is good with them, stick to those. If not, try another. Trust us; you’ll go through enough of them to try a few before your preemie gets big enough to use “regular” diapers.

1- Seventh Generation Diapers

One of the biggest challenges for premature babies is that their skin is very thin and delicate and thus can easily be irritated. Seventh Generation diapers for preemies are, like most preemie diapers, made with this fact in mind. For that reason, they don’t use any components or chemicals that could irritate your preemie’s skin, including fragrances, lotions, or chlorine (used to reduce odors and sanitize). They’re also “Ultra-absorbent” (which is a bit hyperbolic, let’s be honest) and have very soft cotton liners. 

2- Earth’s Best Tendercare Diapers

Another brand that does away with chemicals and components that can irritate your preemie’s skin, Earth’s Best Tendercare Diapers are free from fragrances, latex, chlorine, and dyes. These diapers also feature panels that stretch to prevent any leaks and come in several sizes for when your preemie starts growing (which is inevitable).

3- Pampers Pure Disposable for Preemies

These diapers protect not only your preemie but also the environment (more or less). Like the other diapers on our list so far, Pampers Pure Disposables are made with none of the components of typical diapers. That means no chlorine, parabens, and fragrances. Also, they don’t have any latex, which can cause allergic reactions in some preemies. They’re also hypoallergenic to reduce the chance of allergic reactions even more. Lastly, they’re made with “premium cotton,” which we have to assume is the best cotton out there.

4- Huggies Little Snugglers – Preemie Size

One of the most petite diapers on the market, Huggies Little Snugglers for preemies can fit preemies as small as 1 pound, which is absolutely tiny. (A one-pound preemie would be very premature.) These also have a “wellness indicator,” which basically, means that they will tell you when the diaper is full and needs to be changed. Like all the diapers on our list today, these are super absorbent and soft to keep your precious preemie dry and comfy and prevent diaper rash.

5- Pampers Preemie Swaddlers

These diapers are also for preemies as small as 1 pound so that you can make sure they fit perfectly and protect your little one. They feature a contoured fit and so adjust to the width of your preemie’s hips, and have a small notch at the top to protect their umbilical cord stump.

What About Cloth Diapers for Preemies?

These days, many preemie parents are looking for diapers that protect their preemie and Mother Earth. Cloth diapers fit that bill nicely as they’re reusable rather than one-and-done disposables which, frankly, are very bad for the environment (even if they say that they’re “environmentally friendly”).

The good thing about cloth diapers is that you can use them over and over. The drawback, of course, is that you need to clean them after each use. That, frankly, can be pretty gross and can also keep your washing machine tied up as you wash load after load of dirty (and stinky) diapers.

1- Rumparooz New Born Cloth Diapers

These are an affordable brand of cloth diapers that feature an adjustable rise setting so that, as your preemie grows, the diaper can grow with them. They start at 4 pounds, however, which may be too big for the tiniest preemies. 

The rest of the cloth diapers below aren’t specifically made for preemies and thus aren’t as small as they need to be to fit the smallest of them. However, once your preemie reaches a certain size, they should start to fit into some of them, including:

  • SoftBums
  • Sweat Pea Cloth Diapers
  • Thirsties Newborn

As we mentioned above, the best way to figure out which diaper is best for your preemie is simply to try them until you find one that fits best and that they can tolerate well. It may take a little bit of trial and error, it’s true, but then again, your preemie’s worth it, so get out there and try them all!

Last Words

Finding the best diaper for your preemie isn’t all that difficult, although it takes a little bit of time and effort. The good news is that most NICUs have some on hand because, let’s face it, they’re the ones who will be taking care of your preemie for the first few days and probably weeks of their life. In other words, asking the nurses in the NICU for their recommendations about preemie diapers is a great place to start. One thing to remember is this; your preemie won’t need preemie diapers forever, so don’t purchase too many of them

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