How to Change Diaper Sizes for In-Between Size Babies
How do you use up leftover diapers when your baby is in-between diaper sizes?
Babies change sizes quickly and unexpectedly. Due to unpredictable growth spurts, you may find yourself left with a large amount of diapers in a size that no longer fits your baby! Instead of wasting the smaller diapers or giving them away, use our quick tips for how to change diaper sizes for in-between size babies.
Does this situation sound familiar? You buy a super ultra jumbo box of size 2 diapers, and after you’ve used about five of them, your baby has a growth spurt and needs size 3! You don’t want your baby to wet his clothes 5 times a day from wearing a diaper that’s too small, but you also don’t want to waste that entire pack of diapers you just opened.
I’ve been stuck with small diapers many times with my 3 children and have devised a way to use up the smaller size diapers instead of wasting the money spent on them! As frugal as I am, I hate to waste things!
Home Ever After’s Diaper Tip: Keep both diaper sizes at your changing area. Use the remaining smaller diapers for times when you’ll be staying at home and your baby is going to be awake. The too-small diaper won’t form a circular leg hole anymore, but more of an oval, and that’s okay. This is why leaks are possible. You can make up for this a little bit by angling the tabs downward instead of straight across.
Use your larger size diapers when you’ll be away from home, or when baby is going down for a long nap or nighttime.
Why does this diaper tip work? As your baby grows, the too-small diapers don’t wrap as far around his tummy and, in turn, don’t form a proper closure for the leg holes. This means the small diapers don’t provide the same coverage they did before and don’t protect against leaks as well.
You can still use up the smaller diapers with my tips when you’re at home and it won’t be as much of an inconvenience if a leak does happen. Using this method, you may be able to use the majority of the smaller diapers before having to switch to the new size 100%.
I have been able to whittle my supply down to about 10 remaining unused diapers on this method, and that’s good enough for me!