Confusion over the sizing information provided on nappy packaging means many babies are wearing the wrong size of nappy.
Many parents assume that the plus symbol on packs of nappies means it is a half size – with 4+ for example being a step up between four and five.
But it turns out that many of us have been getting it wrong all this time.
The + sign is actually an indicator of added absorbency.
The information about the sizes is available on the manufacturers’ websites, but understandably has passed most busy parents by.
In a response to a customer’s complaint on its website about their child’s nappy leaking, Pampers reiterates the size guidance.
It states: “I know leaks can be a nightmare, but usually by either changing to a different style, or to a nappy which offers a little added absorbency this can be prevented.”
“We have learnt over the years that all LO’s, just like us adults, have their own unique shapes, so you may find one style of nappy to be better suited to your LO compared to another.”
“LO’s can also outgrow the absorbency before the size, so we do offer “+” sizes too, which will offer a little added absorbency.”
So now you know.