Kathryn is now 8 months old and wears a size 2 diaper, almost into a size 3. Even before she was born, I knew I wanted to use disposable diapers instead of cloth diapers and a diaper service. Aside from that, the only thing I knew about diapers was how to put them on a baby and how to take them off. Kathryn is my only baby and I hadn't had to change a diaper since I was a teenager babysitting my cousins, so I was pretty clueless as to which brand was the best. Friends and family would make recommendations for what they liked and worked well for their little one, but I knew it was just going to be a matter of trial and error. No two babies are alike and we were quick to discover no two diaper brands are the same either. Below is my review of different brands according to my experience with them.
Newborn and Size 1
- Pampers Swaddlers
These are by far my favorite diaper. They fit Kathryn well and I had no issues with diaper rash, any allergies, or leaking. (Occasionally, Kathryn would wake at 3-4AM with wet jammies or onesie, but it was because she had gone a few hours longer between diaper changes. The diaper still held a lot of fluid.) This was also the brand the hospital had given us.
- Huggies Little Snugglers
These diapers were good as well, but I didn't like them as much as the Pampers Swaddlers. I had no issues with diaper rash or allergies, but the fit was a little different. They fit Kathryn okay, but not as well as Pampers Swaddlers. Like Swaddlers, they hold a lot of waste before any leaking occurs.
- Baby Life brand
What I found with these diapers is that they fit well, but they weren't able to hold as much waste as Huggies and Pampers. I changed Kathryn frequently, (probably more than necessary at first), but even still I found them filling up quickly. I had no issues with diaper rash or allergies, they just simply weren't as absorbent.
- Pampers Baby Dry
I absolutely hated these diapers. They do anything but keep the baby dry. I found the fit to be awkward on them. This is the only diaper that I had regular leak problems with. It was the only one where she would have a bowel movement and it instantly went up her back and out the diaper. She had regular leaks with urine too, even though I changed her frequently.
- Pampers Swaddlers
These are still by far my favorite diaper. They fit well, absorb a lot, and I have no issues with a rash or allergies.
- Huggies Little Snugglers
I have no complaints with this diaper. The fit is a little different than Swaddlers, but it is still a good diaper. I prefer Swaddlers, but will still purchase these diapers.
Now that Kathryn is on the move and she's eating solid foods, Swaddlers and Snugglers are by far the best diapers.
We just recently purchased Huggies Little Movers size 3. Kathryn has been wearing them for a few days now and I like these diapers a lot. (She still wears her Size 2 Swaddlers until the remainder are gone, but I mixed in the Little Movers to test them out.) They fit well, no leakage issues, and they hold a lot of waste. They last through the night until morning without leaking.
Products I Like and Practical Advice
- Baby Wipes
When Kathryn was first born up until she was about 4 months old, we used baby wipes. We tried all kinds of brands, including generic. I hated the generic brands simply because I found myself needing 2 or 3 wipes to do the job of one wipe from a name brand. I wasn't saving any money. By far the best wipes I used were the Pampers Thick Care. One wipe was like using a wash cloth. They were so durable and got her bottom clean with one stroke.
After a couple of months, stopped using wipes and switched to using soft 2 or 3 ply toilet paper. It's easy to spend a lot of money on wipes when simple toilet paper will clean the baby just as well. I found too with some wipes, her skin would get sensitive, a little pinkish/reddish from the wipe. Even when I used a "sensitive" brand.
- Wipe Warmers
I never bothered with a wipe warmer. It's a gimmick. Sure, a baby has tender skin and is sensitive to temperature, but after the first few times I used wipes on Kathryn, having a wipe at room temperature didn't seem to phase her. It's not like the wipes are refrigerated. Room temperature wipes are completely fine to use on their little bottoms.
- Diaper Genie
We received a Diaper Genie as a gift at our baby shower. These are awesome! The nursery or bathroom doesn't have the odor of dirty diapers. It's easy to empty and there simply is no diaper mess at all. The refill bags are affordable and the Diaper Genie holds a lot of diapers before needing to be emptied.
- Leakage Problems
I found that on some mornings, Kathryn would wake with wet jammies or a onesie. She would be soaked as well as wet spots on her bed and blanket, even when she had a diaper change 2-3 hours before and nothing to drink. She just simply pee's a lot when she sleeps. It wasn't every night, but even still, no one likes to deal with a wet baby and bed sheets at 3AM or 6AM. My husband was reading online one evening and a mom had suggested to put the baby in a size larger diaper for the night, so we tried it. We bought her Huggies Little Movers size 3 and I put her in them when she went to bed. It worked like a charm! No more late night leakage!
We regularly purchase diapers in bulk from Well.ca. They carry all the name brands, plus generic brands at discounted prices.
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