Newborn Product Review: Diapers

I’ve been asked by several people if I would talk about what worked/didn’t work and what I wish I had during the newborn times. As we are solidly in it at 6 weeks along, I thought now would be a good time to break it down. This post is in no way sponsored, these are the items I’ve used because I researched and then I bought them. I’ll be running through a few items at a time, lest the posts get ridiculously long. Ta Da!


So let’s break it down. First up: Diapers. Holy moly. We decided to do disposable even though I think reusable is awesome and if you can rock those, totally do it. But I knew that we were doing daycare when Gabe was 3 months and honestly, I was just lazy about this one item. I didn’t want to have to figure them out or deal with more things to wash (esp with not having washer/dryer in our apartment). Thankfully! I am now a freaking expert on disposable diapers because we have used:

  • Huggies
  • Huggies Pure and Natural
  • Pampers
  • Honest
  • Target brand

We first started out expecting to use Huggies Pure and Natural, but not-so-quickly realized they LEAK. Until we used other brands we didn’t totally understand that these diapers run oddly small and do not supply full butt coverage. Poop leaks out from them all of the time. To the point where I have had to wash multiple pillows, sheets, blankets, etc (not to mention multiple pairs of my pants and tank tops) due to poop. The pro to these diapers: They are the best on Gabe’s skin. They feel very cotton-y and leave his bottom happy. But my laundry pile NOT happy, so we are super super not into these. The end, goodbye Pure and Natural.

We have also tried the regular Huggies. They feel like coating my baby in plastic and left him very sweaty and gross. His butt was laso really pink when we used these. In general, I am not a fan – but no leaks.

Pampers are what they used in the hospital when he was born and we also brought a bunch home with us, and has been given some by co-workers. They are nice! Totally normal and they don’t feel plastic-y. They fit more like the Pure and Natural, but I don’t remember them leaking tons. We just aren’t interested in them because a lot of reviews said they had a weird smell and I am really sensitive to stuff like that so I didn’t want to buy a big bunch of them only to regret it.

Honest diapers are my hands down favorite. Favorite favorite favorite. They run a teensy bit big, but they really really REALLY cover and they come in adorable colors. If I could buy these and only these, I would – but! We have a bunch of gift cards to Amazon and Target so until those run out, we can’t use Honest on the regular (but my god they are amazing and I love this company, love love love loveLOVE). Plus, they are pricey and that is a turn off when you go through as many as the little prince does. I wish Honest made grown up underpants so that I could buy them, this is how much I love them.

And last, but not least – and the brand that we have finally settled on for now – Target brand. First, they are so incredibly affordable. Shockingly affordable. We bought a box today – 112 diapers – and it cost $13.98. WHAT! Insanely affordable. They fall somewhere between the plastic-y of huggies and the full coverage of Honest. They are not as irritating to Gabe’s bum and they are magic no-leak wonders.

So, bottom line: If you would like to skip my trial and error: go with Target – surprising! or Honest (if you can afford it).

6 thoughts on “Newborn Product Review: Diapers”

  1. Arrrgh! Good to know-I registered for a bunch of Pure and Natural diapers…and got them at my shower yesterday. Looks like I’ll be making some exchanges! Thanks so much for sharing this!

    1. Give them a go for a few weeks just in case. Maybe my baby’s butt is just more badonk than your baby’s will be. haha. Because if they do work for you, that would be amazing. But if poop starts leaking from the sides OR if you notice pee leaking out the back, don’t wait it out – switch faster than we did. 🙂

  2. After also trying lots of brands, welove Target brand too! The delightful combination of affordability, coverage, and comfort is perfect.

  3. Oh man, nappies are such a hit and miss thing. We used Huggies pretty religiously for the first 3 or 4 months (they’re not plasticky here in Australia – they have the soft fabric-style breathable cover – not sure if they’re the same). But we started getting night leaking – which is not such a bad problem to have cause it means the baby is sleeping though the night – but we are still on the look out for a good night nappy a year later. We tried a few other brands before we just settled on ALDI. They seemed to be the same quality as the others but we figured if he was leaking anyway – we may as just buy the cheaper ones. Generally, when nappies leak they recommend you go up a size (even if it seems huge) and sometimes this has worked but only temporarily. At the moment, we put him in a regular ALDI nappy then put on a pair of pull-ups over the top and then a cotton nappy cover over that to hold everything in place and he’s still wetting through. Super fire hydrant boy.

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