7 Best Disposable Diapers of 2019

Best Disposable Diapers of 2019

May 24, 2019

Best Disposable Diapers of 2019

Newborns dirty 10 or more diapers a day. That’s more than 300 changes in the first month. But who’s counting?Best Disposable Diapers of 2019

Diapers are one of the essential things you’ll need for your baby. Making sure your little one’s bum stays clean and dry is crucial for baby’s comfort and to avoid diaper rash. Expect to become a diaper-slinging pro, since newborns typically soil 10 or more diapers a day. That’s more than 300 changes in the first month. (But who’s counting?)

Do You Need Disposable Diapers?

You’ll definitely need diapers. Whether you choose cloth, disposable or a combination of both depends on what works for your family. Some parents rely on cloth diapers most of the time, but switch to disposables for overnight wear, daycare or when they’re out and about. (Here’s our guide to figuring out how many diapers you’ll need.)

Cloth can save you money over the long run (especially if you plan to have more kids) and is better for the environment. But there’s no denying that disposables are more convenient, and many parents use disposables exclusively.

What Type of Disposable Diaper is Best?

There’s no shortage of diaper options on the market. But the most important consideration is whether the diaper works for your baby. You might find your newborn’s skin reacts to one brand and not another.

Factors that might sway you toward one brand over another include:

  • Cost
  • Softness
  • Absorbency
  • Fragrance (or none)
  • Environmental impact

How Do You Figure Out the Right Size Diaper?

Keep in mind that each diaper brand can have a different fit around the waist and legs, so it’s a good idea to try different ones. A good fit means less leakage and blowouts—better for you, your baby and your washing machine.

If you begin experiencing issues with a diaper you and your baby already liked, it’s probably just time to move up a size. (Newborn sizes go up to about 10 lbs, so your little one will probably grow into the next size around one month, depending on how much they weighed when they were born.)

For example, here are diaper sizes for Pampers Swaddlers:

  • Preemie: Up to 6 lbs
  • Newborn: Up to 10 lbs
  • Size 1: 8 - 14 lbs
  • Size 2: 12 - 18 lbs
  • Size 3: 16 - 28 lbs
  • Size 4: 22 - 37 lbs

How We Chose Our Best Diaper Picks

We asked thousands of Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the most popular diapers they shared with us and added our own research and insight—and some our favorites as well. We think you and your babe will love at least one of these diapers too.

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All-Time Fave

Why We Love It

Pampers are by far the most popular choice among Babylist users for their super-soft feel and flexible fit (read: fewer poopsplosions). Their Swaddler line is the cushiest and includes a wetness indicator as well a newborn design that makes space for the umbilical cord. Also, you can earn gifts with every Pampers purchase by joining Pampers Rewards.

Keep in Mind

Pampers also has a line called Pure that has 0% chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens and latex with the protection parents expect from Pampers.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like that the Pampers netting prevented leaking, especially when I was breastfeeding and my baby’s stools were not as firm.” -Kit

“We use the Swaddlers and love them. They keep our baby dry, rarely leak, and have a great fit.” -Alli

Adorable Designs

Why We Love It

Eco-friendly Honest diapers come in lots of bright and cheery patterns to give your baby the cutest scoot around. The bonus? They’re made from mostly plant-based materials without any chlorine or perfumes.

Keep in Mind

While you might be able to find Honest diapers in stores like Costco and Target, they aren’t as widely available as other brands.

“Pricey but worth it”

What Babylist Parents Say

“These are pricey but worth it. My little one has never gotten a diaper rash.” -Alicia

Classic Pick

Why We Love It

Another family favorite, Huggies’ Little Snugglers line has an elastic around the waist that gets our kudos for preventing blowouts from traveling up baby’s back.

“I like how absorbent Huggies are”

Keep in Mind

Huggies are known for having a roomier fit, which could be a pro or a con depending on whether your baby is more petite or chubbier.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like how absorbent Huggies are, and they keep in the wetness. Other brands allow moisture to seep through the material if you don’t change the baby the moment after he pees.” -Margie

Easy on the Wallet

Why We Love It

These affordable diapers are a solid choice according to Babylist users. They protect against leakage and fit as well as other traditional diaper brands, but without the expense.

Keep in Mind

The no-frills price point means extras like fragrance-free options aren’t available.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Luvs are soft, hold a lot and don’t leak.” -Caitlin

Eco for Less

Why We Love It

Besides being better for the environment, these green diapers are also less expensive than similar brands. Plus, you can easily find them in stores.

Keep in Mind

Babylist users report that the adhesive tabs on these diapers can pop off if you tug too hard. Also, no wetness indicator makes it difficult to tell when your baby needs changing.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like that the Seventh Generation diapers have no smell. I also like that they are sustainably made. I would have gone with cloth diapers but we live in an apartment with pay laundry in the basement, which was not convenient.” -Samantha

Charitable Choice

Why We Love It

When you sign up for ABBY&FINN’s diaper subscription service, you can feel good knowing that for every box that arrives on your doorstep, 30 diapers are donated to families in need. Plus, the absorbent diapers are free of fragrances, chlorine and latex. There’s also a subscription service of 3 bags (you can get two different sizes) for $45.

Keep in Mind

Be extra careful when choosing the diaper size for your order. You can’t return open boxes and you’ll have to pay shipping to send back unopened ones. (They sizing guidance on their site.)

For Sensitive Skin

Why We Love It

Guaranteed to be skin-friendly, these diapers are perfect for delicate newborn skin. While many green diapers can’t compete with traditional ones in terms of softness and absorbency, these nappies do.

Keep in Mind

These diapers may run bigger than their weight recommendations, so if you have a small newborn you might want to try their preemie size.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Our baby has slept through the night since two months and I don’t think this would be possible if not for the great absorbency of Bambo Nature diapers. I wish they were a little more inexpensive, but you get what you pay for and we love these.” -Amy


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Choosing the Right Diaper for You

Experimenting with various brands, and sometimes sizes, can help you figure out which diaper is the winner for your little one. With that in mind, we suggest purchasing several small packs of different brands. Before you know it, you’ll be trading up to pull-ups and then big kid undies and you might, just might, miss the diapering days.

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