With so many options how can we choose? Before becoming pregnant I never even thought this was something people had to think about. They all catch pee and poo so what’s the big difference? Turns out they’re not really all that different but the small differences do add up. And so I started out on my quest to find the best diapers for newborns
First, let me point out that cloth diapers were not an option for me. I commend parents who do it, but this isn’t a challenge I’m up for. I understand the environmental impact, but I’ll stick to recycling and using LED light bulbs for the time being. The thought of saving the dirty diapers and either washing them or arranging for a laundry service to pick them up is too much for me.
So knowing I was going down the best disposable diaper route, the decision basically came down to 3 things: price, functionality, and safety.
Best Diapers for Newborns
Pamper’s Pure Protection
These diapers are more expensive that Pampers Swaddlers ($0.21/ diaper), but middle of the road for high quality diapers. If you buy a box of 68 Newborn size (Size N) diapers it comes out to $0.37 per diaper. It’s the same price from Walmart, Target and Amazon. Price is not why I chose Pampers Pure as the best diapers for newborns.
This is why I chose the Pamper’s Diapers. They have the wetness indicator! I knew that in the first couple weeks I would be carefully tracking wet diapers and the wetness indicator would save me from opening the diaper and sticking my nose in it multiple times a day. The wetness indicator makes newborn diaper changing so much easier!
Pamper’s Pure line of diapers has the convenience of Pamper’s without the added chemicals! These diapers are fragrance free, paraben free, chlorine free and latex free. They are made with premium cotton and all the reviews have stated they are the softest and most absorbent diapers on the market!
Out of curiousity I did check to see if the other Pamper’s diapers contained these ingredients and it turns out all Pamper’s diapers are paraben free, chlorine free and latex free. These diapers have the added benefit of being fragrance free and Pampers Pure are made of premium cotton. Overall Pampers pure are the best diapers for newborns on the market today.
Cutest Diapers for Newborns
Honest Co. Diapers
These newborn diapers are a similar price to Pampers Pure Diapers. If you buy 160 Newborn size diapers it costs about $0.35 per diaper. It’s the same price from Target and Amazon. Walmart has limited options and are more expensive.
These diapers unfortunately do not have the wetness sensor. I have also heard that some people find they leak. Leaking is typically not as big of a problem with newborns, but something to keep in mind as your baby grows. HOWEVER, they are absolutely adorable! Each pack is a different pattern. Like so many baby items, I wish the only thing that mattered was adorableness, but unfortunately the patterns did not make up for the wetness indicator.
These are also chemical free. Their website claims they are chlorine free, latex free, lotion free and fragrance free. Sounds safe to me!
Most Eco-Friendly Diapers
Andy Pandy Biodegradable Diapers
These diapers cost about $0.50 per diaper. On amazon you can buy a pack of 50 diapers for $0.51/diaper. This might not seem like that much but you will be going through 8 diapers per day in the newborn period- that’s $4 per day and can quickly add up. These diapers are more difficult to find and the only convenient place I could find to order them from is Amazon. When amazon runs out of a size you might be stuck!
Andy Pandy diapers have the wetness indicator! This is a huge advantage in my opinion. Andy Pandy diapers are made of bamboo fiber. This makes them 100% biodegradable. So you can sleep soundly knowing these best diapers wont sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. One small disadvantage is that these diapers come in newborn, small, medium, large and extra large. If you are converting from standard sizing this can be difficult.
Finally, Andy Pandy diapers are also fragrance-free. They contain no latex, PVCs, phthalates, chlorine or lotions. The website does claim these diapers are antibacterial, but from the website I believe this is solely from the natural qualities of bamboo.