6 Best Disposable Diapers of 2020

Best Disposable Diapers of 2020

March 23, 2020

Best Disposable Diapers of 2020

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 2020

Editor’s Note: Due to the current COVID-19 climate, diapers may be harder to find than usual. We know it can feel overwhelming to see things you need unavailable, but please know that baby products are considered essential items, and retailers are working to restock these items, and companies are making them.

For example, Pampers is producing diapers and wipes at record levels and Hello Bello has diapers in stock and is rapidly producing more.

Where Can I Find Diapers?

In store: Stores are most stocked at opening hours (just be sure not to go during the seniors-only hour, if the store has it). Check bigger chain stores first, which are likely to restock faster than independent grocers. If diaper shelves are still empty, ask the store manager when they expect the next shipment. You can also try unexpected retailers like discount dollar stores, drugstores and corner markets. But it’s best to call ahead, so you’re not running all over unnecessarily right now.

Online: You can also find diapers online, but try to order them as soon as possible—shipping is taking longer than usual. On Amazon, sort diapers by size and consider trying a new brand if your favorite is backordered. Other online retailers that offer diapers include Target and Walmart as well as these less-frequented sites:

Need disposable diapers right this minute, but can’t find or afford any? Call 211 and they can direct you to a local diaper bank. And, if you’ve ever considered cloth diapering, now would be a great time to purchase a few and see how you like them.

How Many Diapers Do I Need?

Though it can be tempting to horde all the diapers, it’s reasonable to keep a month’s worth of diapers on hand. Remember, kids grow fast and you’ll have to size up soon. If you’re pregnant, consider stocking up for baby’s first month, but know that hospitals will give you some when you leave too. Newborns go through an average of 250 diapers per month, while babies 6 months and older need 150 to 180 diapers.

If there’s a registry item we know for sure that you’ll use each and every day with your baby, it’s diapers.

Diapers are one of the essential things you’ll need for your little one. Making sure your baby’s bum stays clean and dry is crucial for baby’s comfort and to avoid diaper rash. Expect to become a diaper-slinging pro in no time—most newborns go through about 10 or more diapers every day. That’s more than 300 changes in the first month…but who’s counting?

Do You Need Disposable Diapers?

Yes, most parents will want disposable diapers for their baby. How many will depend on if you’re planning on solely using disposable diapers or if you’re hoping to use cloth diapers either part of the time or exclusively. (Here’s how many diapers you’ll likely need during baby’s first year.)

There are pros and cons to using both disposable and cloth diapers, so spend some time doing your research and figuring out what you think is going to work best for your family and for your little one before you commit to anything. And remember that diapering doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing decision; lots of families use a combination of both disposable and cloth diapers in a variety of different ways. (You can cloth diaper at home, for example, and switch to disposables for overnight, daycare or when you’re out and about.)

What Type of Disposable Diaper is Best?

There’s no shortage of diaper options on the market, but the most important consideration when you’re choosing what’s best is to figure out which disposable diaper works for your baby. You might find your newborn’s skin reacts to one brand of diaper and not another, or that your little one is having more blowouts in a certain brand. Finding the right diaper usually involves some trial and error and is all about figuring out what’s best for your particular baby.

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

  • Cost
  • Softness
  • Absorbency
  • Fit
  • Fragrance
  • Environmental impact

How Do You Figure Out the Right Size Diaper?

Each diaper brand fits differently, so it’s a good idea to try out several different brands before you click buy on those supersized packs. A diaper that fits well will:

  • Hit right below your baby’s belly button
  • Fasten symmetrically on either side
  • Fit snugly, but not dig into your baby’s skin and still allow them to move around comfortably

The bad news is that an ill-fitting diapers will often lead to lots of leaks and even the dreaded blowout…but the good news is it will be pretty obvious that it’s likely time to give a new brand a try!

Also keep in mind that 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.)

How We Chose Our Best Diaper Picks

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

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Most Popular Disposable Diaper

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. They’re well-priced and seem to work well for all different shapes and sizes of babies.

Keep in Mind

You can earn gifts with every Pampers purchase by joining Pampers Rewards.

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

Best Store-Brand Disposable Diaper

Why We Love It

Affordable, absorbent disposable diapers—just one more reason to love Target. Parents rave about these store brand hypoallergenic diaper’s absorbency, leak protection and comfy fit. And of course the low price point doesn’t hurt, either.

Keep in Mind

Hello Bello, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s Wal-Mart exclusive brand, is another great choice for highly-rated disposable diapers. And they come in the cutest patterns, too.

Best Disposable Diaper for Sensitive Skin

Why We Love It

Whether your baby has sensitive skin or you’re looking for a plant-based disposable diaper option, Pampers Pure are quickly climbing up our list of parent favorites, and for lots of good reasons. These diapers are hypoallergenic and made with 0% chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens and latex. They’re made from cotton and plant-based fibers and are an absorbent yet gentle choice for baby’s new skin.

Keep in Mind

These diapers feature a wetness indicator strip to let you know when it’s time for a change.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love that they are chemical free! Very soft, great leak protection, and fits my son perfectly compared to other brands. If you are looking for a chemical free option that has the bells and whistles of other diapers (wetness indicator, cute designs, leak protection) these are a great choice!” -Erin

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Best Disposable Diaper Subscription

Why We Love It

A diaper subscription service can save you money and the hassle of remembering to constantly add diapers to your shopping list. (Two big wins in our book.) The Honest Co. diaper and wipes bundle is our favorite. The diapers are made from plant-based materials and are eco-friendly, feature an absorbent core, and don’t contain any latex, chlorine processing or fragrances. And the patterns? They’re truly the cutest.

Keep in Mind

You’ll have to remember to update your size preferences before every shipment or you’ll quickly end up with a whole bunch of diapers in the wrong size. We like the company’s app for making this quick and easy.

“Pricey but worth it”

What Babylist Parents Say

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

Best Eco-Friendly Disposable Diaper

Why We Love It

Bambo has shown us that it is possible to create a sustainable disposable diaper. About 95% of all waste produced from creating these diapers is recycled, making them an eco-friendly choice. They’re very gentle on baby’s skin and really absorbent, too.

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. Looking for another sustainable choice? Check out Seventh Generation Baby Diapers.

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

Most Affordable Disposable Diaper

Why We Love It

Diapers don’t come cheap, but you don’t want to sacrifice quality when it comes to these mess-containing must-haves—and you won’t have to with Luvs. Babylist parents swear by these affordable diapers as a solid, reliable choice that won’t break the bank. They protect against leaks 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

Choosing the Right Diaper for You

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 and then big kid undies and you just might miss the diapering days. (But maybe not!)

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