Huggies Partners With NICU Nurses To Create Diapers For Babies Weighing Less Than 2 Pounds

The new product protects babies' fragile skin.
02/10/2017 03:13am ET | Updated February 10, 2017
Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper is specially designed to protect skin and promote healthy growth and development of babies weighing less than two pounds.

Fewer than 1.4 percent of babies are born each year weighing less than 2 pounds (or 900 grams), and now Huggies has a diaper that specifically meets their needs.

Earlier this month, the brand announced its Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper, which was created for extremely preterm babies who weigh less than 2 pounds. The company sought the expertise of nurses working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and neonatal therapists to create a product that promotes growth while protecting premature babies’ fragile skin.

“The diaper features gentle, specially-sized fasteners and a narrow, absorbent pad to provide a flexible fit so that baby can be comfortably positioned in a fetal tuck, with arms and legs close to the body,” the company said in a press release. “The soft, smooth liner and gentle leg gathers offer leakage protection without irritating fragile, underdeveloped skin.”

The Nano Preemie Diaper is the latest in Huggies line of diapers designed for newborns in the NICU.

About 10 percent of babies born in the U.S. in 2015 were born preterm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of preterm births decreased from 2007 to 2014, but the CDC found the rate increased slightly from 2014 to 2015. Preterm birth is defined as a baby born before 37 full weeks of pregnancy. The United States is listed as number six on the list of countries with the greatest number of preterm births, according to the World Health Organization.