One Mother's Unbiased Disposable Diaper Review

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We have been so fortunate when it comes to diapers. Not only did we benefit from a diaper raffle during our baby shower, but also were given a year’s worth of diapers from my mom. On top of that, David’s co-worker gave us bags of unused diapers (her baby was born large) and just last week, a neighbor left a package of diapers on our doorstep. Free diapers are a wonderful thing.

Because of our good luck, we’ve been able to try a lot of different brands and given them a run for their money. I’ve listed below thoughts from our experience, but of course, what works well for one baby might be different for another. Feel free to provide your own reviews and comments below.

(All diapers tested were size 1 except for the swaddlers and seventh generation which were newborn size, and the Huggies which were size 1-2. Prices listed are for size 1 diapers at diapers.com).

Pampers Swaddlers 44ct/$11.99
My friends and I agree that these are pretty much the best. Soft and plush, with an almost cloth-like feel. I don’t think we’ve ever experienced a blow out.The shape is contoured and the fit is superb. This is what they gave out for newborns at our hospital. I could do without the light “baby fresh” scent and the Sesame Street character design, though.
Overall: One of my favorite diapers. ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 stars)

♣ Nature Babycare Diapers 44ct/$11.99
Currently the greenest diaper available – Environmentally friendly, natural, breathable, 100% chlorine free, latex free and fragrance free. Even the packaging is 100% natural and biodegradable. The fit of these diapers is very good. I particularly like their simple print – matte white (although slightly papery) and dotted with tiny abstract leaves. To roll up a used diaper, you have to attach the two tabs together, otherwise it will not stay closed.
Overall: My eco-friendly favorite. ♥♥♥♥ (4.5 stars)

♣ gDiapers 2pk starter kit $26.99/40pk refills $14.99
An earth-friendly “hybrid” diaper which consists of a soft, washable cotton outer “pant” in which you place a disposable breathable liner held by a nylon sleeve. The liner can be flushed, composted or simply thrown away. We never actually flushed them because I read tales that made me cautious with our older pipes.

These are the cutest-looking diapers by far, but you’ll need a number of the pants and liners. It’s easiest when you have time to place a bunch of liners in sleeves before hand, instead of one-at-a-time during a diaper change. Then you can just snap them into the pant when you need one. Overall, more time consuming, plus you have to use a trash can liner since you can’t roll up the used liner neatly. The sleeve also tends to stain. We used these during the day, but chose a traditional diaper for nighttime. Note: You must close the velcro tabs before washing or they will catch on and damage other articles that are in the wash with them. We learned this the hard way.
Overall: Super-cute alternative to traditional diapers ♥♥♥♥ (4 stars)

♣ Seventh Generation 44ct/$12.99
A good, chlorine-free diaper. The fit on these were good, but the size ran a little small. A bit papery. Their plain tan color (from brown pigment) definitely sets them apart from other diapers.
Overall: A good, basic, chlorine free option. ♥♥♥ (3 stars)

♣ Earth’s Best 42ct/$10.99
Another chlorine free diaper. Bulky and oddly stiff, but can be softened slightly by rolling it it your hands before diapering baby. A good fit. The liner has a waffle texture that bothered me, but baby didn’t seem to mind. I doubt I’ll buy these again, although the company makes other good products.
Overall: Stiff, but solid. ♥♥♥ (3 stars)

Huggies 56ct/$11.99
With an extra stretchy waist and contoured shape, these are a good overall diaper. Occasional leakage. And I don’t really like the Disney characters.
Overall: Affordable, but average. ♥♥♥ (3 stars)

Luvs 58ct/$8.49
A decent fitting, contoured, thin and flexible diaper. There were many things I didn’t like though, the worst being the annoying synthetic diaper smell. These diapers stained quite often, but rarely leaked. I didn’t like the cartoon decoration and blue cross-hatch design, or the use of blue dye on the elastic and liner. They were my least favorite diapers.
Overall: Only for tight budgets. ♥♥ (2 stars)


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5 thoughts on “One Mother's Unbiased Disposable Diaper Review

  1. Pampers all the way. Started with Swaddlers ended at Cruisers. Love them. Great leakage protection, flexible (doesn’t stretch out like Luvs), and soft.

  2. I prefer cloth diapers, but when they weren’t an option (traveling) I love to use the seventh gen. diapers. They hold a ton and are soft.
    For me, it seems like Pampers always had a certain smell to them even the ones that weren’t supposed to have a scent. I can’t stand Luvs and don’t understand gDiapers- why not just use disposable?
    Just my two cents!
    Great post though- I wish someone did this years ago.

  3. You’re right Irene, Pampers do have a slight scent, but it is much more “baby” smelling than Luvs, which just smells gross. I haven’t had a chance to use cloth diapers yet, but I’ve read good things about bumkins and bum genius. A friend of mine is using the Tidee Didee diaper service and it seems to be working really well for her. If you like the Seventh generation diapers you should give Nature Babycare a try, too. We had really good luck with them.

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