Technically, the answer is yes. Back in the day, diapers were made gender-specific with the boys’ had more absorbency in the front, while the girls’ had more absorbency in the middle where the urethra is located. According to Tricia Higgins, a spokesperson for Pampers: “Boys and girls have different areas where they need more absorbency. We’ve dubbed them ‘pee points,’ and we used to target the absorbent materials there”.
Most of the diapers that are available in the market today are gender-neutral, well except for the designs but besides that most diaper brands are suitable for both boys and girls.
What you need to consider in choosing a diaper for your baby these days should be the size, your baby’s weight, the material used, and budget.
How to choose your baby’s diaper?
Since most of the diapers now are unisex and are made of materials that are absorbent to both boys and girls, there are other factors that you need to consider before buying a bulk of a certain brand of diapers or a specific size.
Here are some of the things that you might want to check first if it would work for you and your baby:
This is the first one on the list because your baby’s weight would roughly give you an idea of how much discharge (poop and pee) they would produce in one go or within few hours.
A baby’s weight is used as a basis since no babies are exactly alike, your baby might be a 9-month-old weighting like a 1-year-old while another baby could be a 12-month-old baby weighing just around 10 months.
This would also lead you to a better judgment for the next item on the list.
Getting the right size of your baby’s diaper will not only secure that there will be no leakage, but it will also make your baby feel comfortable and relaxed. Make sure that you get a size not too loose but not too tight either.
We know how babies deal with irritation and being uncomfortable, it’s going to be a long fussy day, the last thing that we need.
Giving them the right size of diapers would also avoid skin rashes or skin irritation.
Sometimes, you got the right size but it doesn’t fit the way it should for the diaper to be completely sealed, make sure that it hugs your baby’s legs but not too tight, it should be aligned properly and the top part should go above the navel and the hips.
Their butt cheeks should be covered on most parts, for boys always check if their penis is pointed downwards because it might cause a leak even if the diaper is not yet full.
4. The material used
Again, this is because not all babies are completely the same. One diaper brand may or may not work for your baby but that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s not a good brand.
It only means that their product won’t work for the type of skin your baby has. There are some babies with sensitive skin while other babies have normal skin, we all know how delicate their skin can be and it is normal for them to react differently with the materials used in making a diaper.
Some skin irritation is not because of the material but of how it is made some brands are good with absorbent but are not breathable enough.
It would probably be a good practice if you don’t buy bulk when your baby is using a new set of diapers for the first time, just in case it doesn’t work for them.
We need to be realistic with this part of the list because unless you are willing to make drastic adjustments with you and your baby’s setup, they will be using nappies for the first few years of their lives daily.
It is going to be part of their needs, and when you have a baby their needs are always above yours, it is always a good idea to have at least 2 brands that you know would work for your baby just in case your run out of supply or budget.
Are pull-up diapers different for boys and girls?
While there are brands that still make gender-specific pull-ups with extra absorption in the front for boys and extra absorption in the middle for girls, there are also unisex pull-ups that are available in the market.
So to answer the question simply, it will depend upon the brand of diaper your baby is using.
When do you need overnight diapers?
This will mainly depend on your baby’s duration of sleep and also their liquid consumption.
If your baby sleeps through the night at 9-10 hours straight and they usually drink their milk before sleeping, it is safe for you to get them an overnight diaper just to be sure that they will not experience leakage in the middle of the night and wake them up in the process.
What is the best diaper for a newborn?
Most brands do have a special diaper created especially for newborn’s delicate bodies and extra sensitive skin.
You might want to do your research on the materials and some actual feedbacks and try to bring at least 2 types of newborn diapers with you to the hospital just in case one doesn’t work you should have a backup.
Unlike before when the diaper is still a new discovery and most brands are still under the “trial and error” stage, we now live in a world where diapers are a lot better thanks to science and technology.
Thankfully, most of the things that we need for our babies nowadays including diapers are easily available and are usually gender-neutral. We can easily just grab the right size and not worry even if you have a baby girl or boy.
I hope this article helped you in any way, please always feel free to share your own experiences or questions in the comment section below. We hope that you stay happy, healthy, and safe. Cheers!