In the last 3 months, I have tried tons of different diapers on Oliver. Some were great and others were duds. I definitely made some diaper choices that I regret. I have figured out a system that works well for us and want to share it. I am going to break these diapers down by price, quality, and absorbency to determine the best diapers on the market.
Before we get started, I want to talk about how I chose which brands to discuss. I have not tried EVERY brand of diaper out there, but we are getting pretty close. In this post, I am going to talk about all of the brands shown below - plus Walmart's diaper brand "Parent's Choice" and "My Essentials" diapers (neither are pictured below). I am also only going to discuss brands that we personally have tried.
Some brands of diapers, such as Huggies and Pampers, have multiple different styles. For example, Pampers, has "Baby Dry", "Sensitive", "Swaddlers", "Cruisers", etc. Each style is unique in cost and make. Just because you love Pampers Swaddlers does not mean that you will also like Baby Dry. I included pictures of most of the boxes below to give you a visual for when you go shopping.
Alright, lets talk about the difference between all of these brands of diapers. I want to start first with price. Any time that I calculated a price, I chose the largest box (usually the best deal) available and did not apply any current sale prices. Many of these diapers go on sale at different retailers or can be found cheaper with coupons • see my post on couponing for diapers • but this post deals with the base price for each brand.
I went ahead an calculated the price per diaper for each brand we have tried using size 3 diapers.
Honest- $25.99 for 68 = 0.38
Seventh Generation- $19.99 for 63 = 0.32
Pampers Sensitive- $47.99 for 156 = 0.30
Pampers Swaddlers- $45.99 for 162 = 0.28
Huggies Little Snugglers- $34.99 for 132 = 0.27
Huggies Little Movers- $34.99 for 128 = 0.27
Pampers Baby Dry- $34.99 for 144 = 0.24
Up & Up- $29.99 for 160 = 0.19
Huggies Snug and Dry- $42 for 222 = 0.19
Luvs- 24.99 for 148 = 0.17
Parent's Choice- $14.99 for 100 = 0.15
My Essentials- Unable to find price. I have no clue where they came from but they are cheep!
You will notice a few trends:
1. Honest Company diapers- despite being super cute, environmentally friendly, and organic- are the most expensive.
2. Walmart's Brand, Parent's Choice, is the least expensive.
3. Huggies Snug and Dry and Pampers Baby Dry are the two cheapest for their brands.
At the time that I took pictures, I only had on hand the following diapers:
1. My Essentials
2. Huggies Snug and Dry
3. Pampers Baby Dry
5. Walmart- Parent's Choice
When I think about diaper quality, I group the following diapers
Low- Up & Up, Parent's Choice, My Essentials
High- Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, Seventh Generation, Honest Company
Of all the diapers we have tried, I believe Pamper's Baby Dry have the best absorbency. See in the picture above, how much fluffier they look than the other diapers.
Below, compare the thickness of the lining in a high quality diaper (right) versus at low quality- Paren't Choice (left)
Taking all of this information into consideration, here is how I buy diapers:
1. Buy Luvs for the bulk of your diapers
Luvs are high quality diapers but only $.02 more than the cheapest brand. If Oliver wears 10 diapers in a 24 hour period, I would have him in Luvs for 7 of those.
2. Buy a high quality, very absorbent diaper such as Pampers or Huggies for night time.
I personally think that Pampers Baby Dry diapers hold the most pee without leaking, but I can't afford to buy them for every diaper change. I only put Oliver in these at night. If you can't afford any Pampers, Luvs work but you will probably have to change your baby more often.
3. Buy a few cheap brand diapers for when you know baby is going to the bathroom.
Oliver poops on schedule every morning! When I change him for the first time I put him in a Walmart or Up & Up diaper because I know that he will be changed out of it within the hour. If I leave him in them for too long, he gets a diaper rash, but for an hour he is fine. I might also put him in one before he nurses because I know he will fill it up quickly. I got this hint from my friend Amanda and it works perfectly!
4. Skip the cute organic brands
I am all for being environmentally responsible, but I'm also not made of money. I think Luvs has the same quality as Seventh Generation and Honest Company diapers. I can't justify spending that much more for a similar product.
Looking in our closet you can see we Love Luvs! I have 2 packs of cheep diapers and 2 Pampers to balance them out.