What diapers are the best to use on your baby?
As a parent, you want what’s best for your little one. But when it comes to baby products, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is best for them.
After all, every brand claims to be the very best, right?
When it comes to diapers, you definitely want to use quality products, but also save money. With diapers being so expensive, it’s important to find the balance between quality and price.
To help you do this, I’m talking about what diapers I have found to be the best to use on your baby. The answers may surprise you!
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The Best Diapers To Use On Baby
What diapers are best for your baby? In my opinion, there is no one single answer to this question. And the truth is, it may vary from baby to baby.
For example, one baby may be able to use very inexpensive diapers that have a lower quality without ever having any problems. On the other hand, another baby may get extreme diaper rash from using that same diaper.
To help you make this important decision, let’s talk about what diapers I have found to be the best for newborns, best for saving money, and best for quality.
In the course of our son’s first year of life, we have used a wide variety of diapers.
Some we got from baby showers, some we were given by friends and neighbors, and some we bought ourselves. Over the course of this one year we have used a total of five different brands of disposable diapers, plus two brands of cloth diapers.
Best For Newborns
When Elijah was a newborn, we used Pampers Swaddlers, and I think it was the best diaper we could have used for him at the time.
They were sufficiently absorbent, soft, and fit well.
The biggest selling point for me though was the wet line.
We’ve used a lot of different diaper brands, so let me tell you why this was extra important for the newborn stage.
Having the wet line–and one that worked well–helped me to change him as soon as possible while I was getting the hang of things.
Let’s just be honest here–new moms have a lot on their plates. Having a working wet line makes it so easy to tell when the diaper needs to be changed, so that you can focus on other things.
Eventually you will learn how to tell if a diaper needs changed even if it doesn’t have a wet line. But when you’re just starting out, have a million things to remember and learn, and are healing yourself, the wet line takes at least one question off the table.
And I emphasize a working wet line because I have used brands that had a wet line that was apparently defective. Sometimes it would turn colors when wet, or only partially turn, or not turn at all when he was clearly wet.
Do yourself a favor and get Pampers Swaddlers for your newborn and save yourself a ton of questioning.
Best For Saving Money
Diapers are stinking expensive. But, there are ways to save money on them.
Cloth diapers are unquestionably the cheapest way to go, especially if you plan to have more kids. But how do you save money if you want to stick with disposables?
If you’re not up for cloth diapers, I don’t blame you.
For Elijah we used disposable diapers for several reasons, the biggest being we lived in an apartment that didn’t have it’s own washer and dryer. It just didn’t seem like a realistic setup for us to have to lug dirty diapers out of the apartment and deal with them in a public laundromat.
But, we also didn’t have a lot of money so finding inexpensive diaper options was a must for us.
While Elijah has been in diapers, I have found that Parent’s Choice and Luvs have been the most inexpensive diaper choices for us.
Parent’s Choice & Luvs
After we finished off all our Pampers that we got as gifts, we started using Parent’s Choice diapers. I liked that they had a working wet line, and were easier on our budget than most other brands.
Luvs are a little more expensive, but still cheaper than the big diaper brands. They do not have a wet line, although by the time we started using them I could easily tell if it was time for a diaper change without needing a wet line. These diapers are also wider and more absorbent than Parent’s Choice.
We began alternating between Parent’s Choice and Luvs, depending on how Elijah fit into the size he was in. When he first moved up to a new size, we used Parent’s Choice until they became too small for him.
He has very chunky thighs, so he frequently outgrew Parent’s Choice diapers before he was really ready for a bigger size. So when he reached this point, we switched to Luvs, which fit his legs better and kept him in the right size for longer.
*Update* We now exclusively use Luvs when we go out, and cloth diapers while at home.
We’ve talked about newborn diapers, inexpensive diapers, wet lines, and fit. Now let’s talk about quality.
For us, Huggies has been the best all around fit, has a great wet line, and is very soft and absorbent.
I don’t think we’ve ever had a blown diaper while using these diapers. And it has never gotten so filled that it got wet on the outside (yes, that’s happened before with other diapers…).
The only downside to Huggies is the price. Granted, they aren’t any more expensive than Pampers, but they are on the more expensive end of the diaper price scale.
Which Diaper Should You Buy?
Moment of truth, which diaper brand should you be buying?
Really, it all depends on your budget, and what matters most to you.
Do you care most about quality? Ease of use? Price? What ultimately is the deciding factor for you?
Don’t be afraid to try out several brands before deciding what you like. And if you’re on the fence about using cloth diapers, check out this post with my honest thoughts on cloth vs disposable diapers.
What is your favorite diaper to use on your little one? Share with me in the comments below–I’d love to hear your thoughts!