Which diapers are the best diapers on the market? As a new dad, you may be wondering which brand of diapers to go with. To go along with my article on becoming the diaper changing pro, I have a few more thoughts on diapers, and what constitutes the best diaper brand.
Pampers or Huggies
There seems to be a dichotomy when it comes to diaper brands. The big two (Pampers and Huggies) both make great diapers and are both very popular with new parents all over. I used both for our daughter and found out a few interesting facts:
#1 – both work well. But I really liked the Pampers Newborn (N) and size 1 diapers. They fit our daughter (who is and was petite) really well. What I liked the most about Pampers is that they go higher up the back and flare out on the edges better than Huggies. This is important when it comes to explosive deuces. That extra inch of material can be the difference between containment and having to hose poop off your baby and onesie. I found a lot more parity between them in the size 2 and 3 diapers.
#2 – my sister-in-law had a boy a few months ahead of our daughter, and he was and is a big boy. She swears by Huggies diapers. She claims they fit him better than Pampers. Therefore, it is important to find the right fit for your baby, and one brand might have it over the other.
#3 – I don’t know why, but I could always change Pampers faster than the Huggies. It might be the fact that they have more material than the Huggies, and this makes it easier to wrap.
#4 – there is an awkward in-between diaper size phase. This is a dangerous place to be. When your baby is too big for a size 1 but too small for a size 2, you can have leaky results. We went through a month where every single pooh leaked out at the legs or shot up the back. It was maddening. I tried Huggies size 2 instead and the problem immediately stopped. The fit was different with the Huggies size 2 than the Pampers size 2, and she grew into them quicker.
Budget Diapers – Worth Buying?
In my opinion, diapers are diapers. I don’t care if they have hearts, Sesame Street characters, or if they are blank with no design. As long as they catch everything coming out of the nether regions of your baby, that is all that matters. If you can save a buck or two when buying diapers, and trust me, you will spend the equivalent of a college education on diapers by the time your baby is potty trained, then I say save that money.
But this comes with a word of caution. Just like with Pampers or Huggies or any other name brand diaper, you need to make sure they fit your baby. I tried the Walmart brand Parent’s Choice diapers for my daughter and they were a disaster. Not that they are all bad and will be bad for your baby, because my wife has a friend who swears by them. But Target’s Up and Up brand are amazing, and they cost about half what I was paying for Pampers. Buy them in smaller quantities to try them out, and then buy the bulk box of 200 or whatever. The Up and Up brand size 3 diapers are $27 for 180 diapers (about .15 per diaper), when the Pampers size 3 are closer to $50 for their 156 size box (.32 per diaper). The savings add up month after month.
When your baby gets to the point that they are sleeping through the night, which could be after a few months or not until after a year, the diapers you choose for the night need to be reinforced. And by reinforced I mean able to hold 10-12 hours worth of urine + a possible early morning deuce. Normal diapers aren’t built for that much abuse. There are special “Nighttime” diapers that have more absorbent material and more coverage around the legs and back. But these diapers are also not made equally. The Target Up and Up brand nighttime diapers work great and are probably the best deal, but I can never find them in stock at my local store. The Luvs brand nighttime diapers run a little small, and they seem to be one drop from busting the floodgates in the morning. Our favorite nighttime diapers are the Huggies quilted diapers, which aren’t billed as nighttime at all, but they just work great. We’ve yet to deal with leaks from these diapers.
You don’t have to go with name brand diapers, even though the commercials make it seem like the Pampers Swaddlers or Huggies are giving your baby’s bum a big hug of softness. We know the purpose of diapers, and you go through them so fast the design and other features (wet indicators, which are pretty useless since your baby will pee in their new diaper almost immediately anyway) don’t really matter. We switched to Target’s Up and Up brand at size 3 and haven’t looked back. If I could do it again, I would have tested their smaller sizes as well. The key is to find diapers that fit your baby the best. If you go with your emotions or what other parents are using, you might regret your decision after a few leaks and blowouts. Good luck –
What are your thoughts on diapers? Which brands do you swear by? Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Are you a Pampers or Huggies dad? Let me know in the comment section below. As always, thanks for reading and contributing!