When it comes to a baby, the diaper is the #1 product you’ll use aside from clothing. And listen, I’m all for saving the planet and putting in work where I can, but not all of us can be the cloth diaper mom. (Though, kudos to you if you ARE that mom. Let us know in the comments which cloth diaper brand is your fave!) But I want the best diaper for my baby’s tushie, so I’ve been on a hunt to track down the best disposable baby diaper on the market. Sorry Ariella, you’re a guinea pig now – but hey! We did try out five of the more popular brands to bring you a review of our favorite.
Huggies Little Snugglers, Luvs, Pampers Swaddlers, Mama Bear Best Fit (Amazon), and Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection: Which baby diaper is the best? Here are the qualities I look for in a diaper:
- Soft and Absorbent
- Stretchy yet Snug
- Hypoallergenic + Fragrance Free
- WETNESS INDICATOR
Okay, let’s get into it. We’ll start with the most popular: Pampers.
These are the very first diapers we tried for our little snuggle butt – as they were provided by the hospital. We did get to try them out for a bit longer than that, too, since we got a big box as a gift from family.
The first thing I remember thinking about these is that they’re super soft. I mean, not quite as soft as newborn skin, but soft enough to be okay with putting on a new baby.
- #1 Choice of Hospitals, Nurses, and Parents
- Available in sizes Newborn to 6
- Wetness indicator
- Snug fit
- The inside has these holes called “heart quilts.” Pampers says: “Heart Quilts provide our softest comfort ever, while pulling wetness and mess away.” I personally find that the material inside starts shredding apart with heavier pees.
- Price is a bit high at $24.27 for a 96 count – making is about 25c per diaper. (Size 1 at Amazon Prime Price)
- Despite being well within the weight limit for the Newborn size, we had to size up to Ones before she was even a week old due to the fact of the leg holes being way too small and not stretchy at all.
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Believe me when I say I was not looking forward to using these at all. Back when my nephew was born in 2016, Higgies had a lawsuit out against them when many moms claimed to have found glass shards in their wipes. And while it turned out to just be “shiny particle,” I definitely put a strict “NO HUGGIES” policy on our baby. Unfortunately, not all members of the family listened and we ended up with two big boxes. (Non-returnable because of COVID-19)
I thoroughly inspected each diaper before even thinking about putting it onto the baby, but I can say now that I’m not mad about these diapers.
- Pocketed back waist band! I never knew a tiny baby could poo so much in one go – but the back band helps keep the mess INSIDE the diaper.
- Unlike Pampers, the leg holes were exceptionally stretchy yet snug and fit her chunky legs well.
- Cute design. These ones were Mickey Mouse patterned, but they also have Winnie the Pooh!
- This is another one of the higher priced baby diapers, listing at $41.23 for an 198ct on Amazon Prime. This makes is slightly cheaper than Pampers at 21c per diaper. (Size 1 Box)
- People claim to diapers to be extra soft, but I personally didn’t think they were all that.
- These diapers did start to make her a big red in the surrounding areas, but it was cleared up with some butt paste.
I really looked forward to trying these because I know so many moms who claim mega love for Luvs. I, however, had a completely awful experience with them and I truly wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.
I guess I could list two pros about them. The first being that they have a cute design despite the logo being stamped all over. The second pro would be that they are fairly cheap, listing at $34.69 for a 252 ct box on Amazon Prime. (Making them just 14c per diaper // Size Ones)
However, the cons that follow definitely don’t make up for the price. The expression “paper thin” doesn’t even begin to cover it. They’re about as comparable to 1-ply toilet paper. I acquired these diapers over 4th of July weekend after traveling to visit family. And I’m not kidding when I say she peed through every single diaper with even the smallest amount of pee. So Every. Single. One. So although the diaper is equipped with a wetness indicator, it’s not needed because I knew exactly when she went.
And because they’re so thin, they aren’t soft at all. The truth is, I really don’t have anything great to say about Luvs. They’re not stretchy, absorbent, or soft in the slightest.
Mama Bear Best Fit : My Favorite Baby Diaper
These are the only diapers I’ve ever actually bought after careful reviewing. I loved what the diapers seemed to offer at the price it was being offered, so I made the decision to give them a try. This baby diaper brand is 100% my favorite so far.
- Super cute design. I love the bears, but it also comes in plain white!
- Soft + Absorbent. These diapers hold even the largest pees and poos that Ariella has graced us with.
- Like Huggies, these diapers also have a pocketed back waistband which is super handy.
- Hypoallergenic; free of fragrances, elemental chlorine, and rubber latex
- Wetness Indicator. The blue line is seriously a life saver sometimes!!
- Cheap!! These diapers are listed at $39.99 for a 218ct, making them just 18c per diaper. Plus, there’s almost always a 15% off coupon which takes off around $6! (Size One)
Tip: If you’ve signed up for a baby registry through Amazon, you get 20% off all diaper brands for the first year of your babies life. So if you’re currently pregnant, make sure you sign up! You can even add products from other websites to your Amazon registry. Sign up here!
- The biggest con would be that they’re only available on Amazon. This means I can’t run out to the store last minute if we were to happen to run out of diapers.
Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection
I actually received a pack of these diapers through Amazon’s Baby Registry box. Seventh Generation is widely known for their earth-friendly products – and I’m actually a big fan of their company so I was ecstatic to receive these.
- Despite looking small, the diapers fit Ariella’s chubby legs well.
- They held up overnight. Little Miss sleeps through the night already, so it’s important to us that we have diapers that hold up through the night.
- Made of sustainably harvested plant based materials.
- Wicked cute design. (see left)
- This baby diaper brand is even more expensive then the leading brand: Pampers. Listed at $24.99 for just an 80ct, making them 31c per diaper.
- No wetness indicator.
Diapers are kind of a big deal – so choosing the right one for your baby is important. My favorite thus far is the Amazon brand, “Mama Bear.” SO says Pampers are the least bulky, Huggies fit the best, but Amazon has the most bang for your buck.
Which brand is your go to?