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Practical Disposable Diaper Review from Mom of 3 and Ex-Daycare Worker

disposable diaper review

Are you swarmed with diaper brands and not sure which way to turn? Wish you had someone who’s used tons and can give you advice about which are the best disposable diapers out there? Well guess what I’ve done for years! Not only have I gone through tons of diapers with my 3 boys, I worked in the infant room at a local daycare for 3 years! I’ve used loads of different diapers and decided to bring this experience to parents online with a massive and direct disposable diaper review!

Let’s discuss this below and go over the different diaper brands and varieties that I’ve used over the years.

baby in a diaper
baby in a diaper

What To Look For In A Baby Diaper?

First off, what makes a disposable diaper any good? What factors put it above all the others? There’s a few things to keep in mind and to look for (and look out for) when choosing a disposable diaper for your little one.

  1. Types of diapers: Disposable diapers are made of non-decomposable plastic, which harms the environment. Organic diapers usually contain eco-friendly materials as opposed to plastic. There are also cloth diapers that are very environmentally friendly because they are reusable but require a large amount of water to wash.
  2. Size: If the diaper is too big for baby, you risk leaks. But if the diaper is too tight, there’s a chance of increased rashes and discomfort for the baby. The sizing charts on the diaper packs are generally a good place to start but aren’t perfect so you may still need to try and fail when determining the right size for your little one.
  3. Wetness indicator: Some diapers have a colored line known as the wetness indicator at the bottom of the diaper. This line usually starts out yellow and turns blue when exposed to any form of wetness that would be present in a baby’s diaper (think about it). When when you see it’s blue, that means it’s time to change baby’s diaper or risk getting a rash.
  4. Added fragrance: Some diapers have a little scent within the diaper to help with the inevitable bad smell. But these added scents can cause skin irritation for some babies so this can be avoided or it may cause potential discomfort.

Huggies

Little Snugglers

Details

This diaper’s gentle absorbing liner keeps baby’s skin fresh and dry. These diapers have a hypoallergenic, soft, and breathable outer cover that ensures the baby’s skin stays dry, clean, and comfortable. The wetness indicator strip lets you know when baby needs a change. The umbilical cord cut-out on the smaller sizes protects baby’s belly button and umbilical stump while they heal. They don’t contain any fragrance, latex, paraben, lotion, and elemental chlorine that can cause allergies or irritation.

It’s soft-pocketed waistband is my favorite part. It holds the diaper in place to avoid blowouts and contain horrors. It designed literally to hold poop above and beyond what the diaper itself is already designed to do.

The Velcro strips work well and can be removed and re-stuck without compromising how well the Velcro works.

My Opinion

These are great diapers for newborns and really little babies (not mobile yet). They’re very absorbent and I didn’t see many blowouts with these diapers over the years. I like them a lot.

Little Movers

Details

This diaper is designed with crawlers and walkers in mind. It has contoured leg cut-outs to better fit around a baby’s legs as they crawl or otherwise move around their world without letting any messes leak out. The snug fit waistband prevent leaks from the top as well. All open sides of the diaper are taken into consideration with this diaper.

It has a dry touch liner that absorbs wetness very well. The Velcro strips are made to hold the diaper in place better than many other diapers.

This diaper even has an indicator that shows when the diaper size needs to be increased.

As with Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers are also free of fragrance, latex, paraben, lotion, and elemental chlorine to prevent skin irritation.

My Opinion

These are my favorite diapers for mobile babies that aren’t yet ready for pull-ups/training pants. They’re great for preventing blow-outs with sitting babies as well (up the back). When my little ones are ready for these, I got them using them right away after determining them as a favorite.

Snug & Dry

Details

Huggies again takes the cake with their Snug & Dry diapers. This one is designed with a multi-layered inner liner that provides absorbency well above many other diapers. It has the same wetness indicator as other Huggies diapers to let you visually known when baby needs to be changed.

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it can provide up to 12 hours of comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

These diapers again do not contain any elemental chlorine bleach, latex, and chemical-based fragrances to prevent skin irritation.

My Opinion

These are fantastic for little, immobile babies. Strong capability to prevent blowouts where they happen most with immobile babies.

Pampers

Pure Protection

Details

These diapers are made with cotton and soft-plant materials to offer an environmentally friendly options to disposable diapers.

It provides Pampers characteristic snug fit as well as a wetness indicator.

These diapers again do not contain any chlorine bleach, lotion, parabens, fragrances, and EU 26 allergens to prevent skin irritation.

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it can provide up to 12 hours of comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

My Opinion

These give little, immobile babies a near-similar amount of absorbency to Pampers Swaddlers while also giving Mother Nature the eco-friendlier aspect.

Swaddlers

Details

This diaper excels at preventing leaks and has a comfort and protection ability that is great for newborns. It also has extra air channels to more better keep baby dry and comfortable. It has the built-in wetness indicator color notifies the need to change the diaper. and a contoured waistband sculpted around baby’s umbilical cord stump so that it can heal better and more quickly.

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it can provide up to 12 hours of comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

These diapers are touted by many to be the most absorbent and the best at pulling moisture away from the skin. Being hypoallergenic has made them a fan favorite and the diaper chosen by many hospitals and birthing centers.

My Opinion

These are fantastic for little, immobile babies. Strong capability to prevent blowouts where they happen most with immobile babies.

Cruisers

Details

These diapers are great for mobile babies because of how well they hold around the edges as baby gets around (whether by crawling, boot-scooting, walking, or rolling). They tout having 2x stretchier sides (than what, I don’t know). They have what Pampers refers to as “Dual Leak Guard Barriers” that keep a tight fit around the legs and lower back and belly to prevent leaks (which say is where leaks happen most… where else would they happen?)

Cruisers have enough absorbency to handle overnight use while also being gentle on baby’s skin by being free of parabens and latex and being hypoallergenic. They are, however, only available in size 3-7 so if you have a small but mobile baby, this may be a problem.

My Opinion

Much like Huggies Little Movers, these diapers are great for mobile babies that aren’t yet ready for pull-ups/training pants. They work to prevent leaks and blow-outs from the spots that mobile babies are more inclined to have problems with. I think these are great for babies that are ready for this style of diaper and for parents that prefer Pampers. I just personally prepare the leak/blow-out prevention and price of Huggies Little Movers over these.

Baby-Dry

Details

These are quite the classic!

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it has 5 layers of protection and 3 Air-Dry Channels that pull liquid away from baby’s sensitive skin.

They, of course, include the wetness indicator. They’re available from Newborn to size 6.

My Opinion

These are fantastic for little, immobile babies. Strong capability to prevent blowouts where they happen most with immobile babies.

360° Fit

Note

I left Pampers Cruisers 360° Fit off of this list because even though the company categorizes them as diapers, I personally feel that they are more so pull-ups/training pants.

baby drinking from bottle
baby drinking from bottle

Hello Bello

Details

These diapers are wonderfully soft and breathable, which gives a lot to keeping baby comfortable. This is further benefited by secure fit keeping the softness in place.

They have stretchy sides to promote movement and keep the diaper in place when they’re dirty, therefore providing leak protection.

They do come with a wetness indicator but only for Newborn to size 2 which can be a deal breaker for some parents.

These diapers are free of phthalates, lotion, chlorine, and fragrances.

These diapers also contain sustainably harvested wood pulp which provides a great level of plant-derived absorbency.

My Opinion

I’ve found that Hello Bello diapers are better for immobile babies (squirming is fine) because I’ve seen crawlers blow-out more often in these. They are still decently priced, very cute looking, made of soft materials, and are gentle on baby’s skin. I have never witnessed in comparison but have heard that these diapers are better at preventing rashes so that may be something to keep in mind if considering these diapers.

Luvs

Triple Leakguards

Details

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it can provide up to 12 hours of comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

Not only are these diapers very absorbent, they provide a great, snug fit to help prevent leaks and blow-outs.

They provide a wetness indicator and are consistently provided at an affordable and consumer-friendly price.

Luvs tout their triple leakguard protection heavily but as they don’t leak nearly as much as other diapers, it seems to be worth the advertising. Part of the leakguard protection is their large, wide tabs to hold the diaper on.

My Opinion

Many parents swear by these diapers as wonderfully effective while at a great, affordable price. I tend to agree and do like these diapers a lot. I think there is better than these but I also think that there are a lot of diapers much less effective than these that cost anywhere between slightly more than these and an absolute fortune (which is just ridiculous considering that these exist).

Up & Up

Details

The soft and stretchy waist and sides work to prevent leaks along with soft, gentle liner providing comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

The breathable outer cover also provides a level of comfort for baby.

These diapers are hypoallergenic free of latex, lotion, and fragrances.

The wetness indicator strip lets you know when baby needs a change.

My Opinion

I personally do not like these diapers. I have heard plenty of good things about them and how the exceed the efficiency of other diapers but have never experienced it. I have only seen an increase in leaks, blow-outs, and rashes from babies using these diapers. Keep in mind, this is just my experience that I can speak from while including what other parents attest to.

Parent’s Choice

Dry & Gentle

Details

It excels at preventing leaks and is great for bedtime because it can provide up to 12 hours of comfortable, absorbent protection for baby.

The edges provide a leak-strong seal while including a soft, comfortable edge in addition.

These diapers are made from breathable materials that work to keep baby comfortable and dry, which helps to prevent rashes and other skin reactions.

The wetness indicator strip lets you know when baby needs a change.

These diapers are hypoallergenic and free of perfume and latex.

My Opinion

I have heard from other parents of their baby developing a rash while using Parent’s Choice diapers but never experienced it myself so it may be more of a rare occurrence. It think these are a cost friendly diaper that holds in liquids and solids well while still wicking the wetness up from baby’s skin to prevent the development of a rash.

The Honest Company

Details

These diapers contain a biologically based sustainably harvested fluff pulp and plant derived materials to gently absorb any messes baby may have within it’s breathable exterior.

These diapers are free of chlorine processing, perfume, sulfates, parabens, petroleum, dyes, fragrance, latex, and lotions. They are also cruelty free and hypoallergenic.

Honest Company diapers tout the ability to hold 17 times their weight in fluid.

They have stretchy side panels and a comfortable elastic waistband with fitted leg cuffs to help prevent leaking and blow-outs.

They also provide a diaper subscription service to save money off the cost of the diapers and prevent the hassle of running to the store to buy more diapers.

My Opinion

I never noticed much of a difference between The Honest Company diapers and Seventh Generation diapers (see below).

I never noticed much of a difference between The Honest Company diapers and Seventh Generation diapers (see below).These diapers are surprisingly soft and well fitting but I have noticed more blow-outs than other brands so that’s something to keep in mind (possibly more messes and laundry). Similarly, I’ve heard that these prevent blow-outs than other diapers. It’s really up to the user.

I have noticed a decrease in rashes for babies using these diapers so that may be something to keep in mind if your little one seems to be getting a lot of rashes from their current diaper brand or variety.

Seventh Generation

Details

These diapers are free of chlorine bleaching, lotion, and fragrances plus lead-free ink for the designs. They also contain only FSC Certified, sustainably sourced wood pulp to provide a more eco-friendly diaper material than many common diaper brands. This wood pulp provides a great level of absorbency that can last up to 12 hours, also making them a great choice for overnight use.

Along with the absorbent core, these diapers also tout a “FreshAir” breathable layer that helps to pull humidity and moisture away from baby’s skin to help keep tushy skin dry and rash-free.

The materials in these diapers and lack of certain skin-irritating ingredients help to make this brand a great choice for babies with sensitive skin.

My Opinion

I never noticed much of a difference between The Honest Company diapers (see above) and Seventh Generation diapers.

These diapers are surprisingly soft and well fitting but I have noticed more blow-outs than other brands so that’s something to keep in mind (possibly more messes and laundry). Similarly, I’ve heard that these prevent blow-outs than other diapers. It’s really up to the user.

I have noticed a decrease in rashes for babies using these diapers so that may be something to keep in mind if your little one seems to be getting a lot of rashes from their current diaper brand or variety.

Babyganics Skin Love

Details

These diapers ingredient make up is something else. They tout their signature NeoNourish seed oil, which contains tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin, and raspberry seed oils. This blend keeps baby’s sensitive tushy skin hydrated in a great and healthy way.

These diapers are made from plant-derived ingredients and are chlorine, latex, lotion, and petroleum free.

The leg holes are surprisingly soft, giving the baby an ultra comfortable fit without compromising leak control.

They do come with a wetness indicator but only for Newborn to size 2 which can be a deal breaker for some parents.

My Opinion

These diapers have a surprising, individualistic, and plant-derived list of materials coupled with strong leak control, especially around the legs.

Member’s Mark

Details

Sam’s Club fans will be happy to hear that their diapers do not disappoint. These diapers offer adjustable tabs, a wetness indicator, and a pocket waistband to help prevent blowouts. Sam’s Club diapers have been said to stop blowouts better than others while at a more consumer-friendly price.

My Opinion

A great, economically friendly diaper. Has the absorbency you need and deserve with a much lower and consumer-friendly price. If you’ve got a Sam’s Club membership and a disposable diaper clad baby, you should definitely give these a try. I do think they are worth it.

So what does this all mean?

Diapers are going to be a big part of your life for the next few years, so you’ll want to find a brand that works for your family. Experimenting with various brands, and sometimes even sizes, can help you figure out which diaper is the winner. Before you know it, you’ll be trading up to pull-ups/training pants and then big kid undies and you just might miss the diapering days. (But maybe not!)

To select the best diaper for your little one, you can look for these key features of a diaper that will keep your baby fresh and happy.

Diapers are real saviors as they can keep the baby feeling fresh and comfortable. Buying the right diaper is essential so you can benefit from all the features it offers. How do you select diapers for your baby? Do share your tips with us in the comments section below.


Want to check out another extensive review of mine brought on my experience with my own kids and my daycare kids? Then click the link below for my massive baby bottle review!

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