We take diapering pretty seriously. Our reviews come from interviewing over 20 moms, asking them to report their honest experiences with baby diapers. Moms reported issues with comfort, rashes, leakage, odors, fit, "blow-outs," and asthetics. We pooled all of this input and created a Best Diapers of 2016 list. Because many moms reported switching diapers as their babies became toddlers, we have two lists below: Best Infant Diapers, and Best Toddler Diapers. Some of the diapers come from big names like Pampers and Huggies, but others come from smaller companies that are doing a fantastic job outdoing some of the bigger names. Check them out below.

Best Infant/Baby Diapers - New for 2016

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1. Pampers Swaddlers, sizes Newborn to 4. The Swaddlers are the overall best diaper option for newborn babies, up to size 4. They are also the most recommended diaper by hospitals and pediatricians, due to good fit, low rash incidence rate, low fragrance odor, and great protection from leakage. They are also reasonably priced: if you purchase in larger quantities (like a box of 186 newborn diapers) through Amazon you can get the per-diaper cost down to 23 cents. That's a good price for an excellent diaper. What did our moms say about these diapers? They loved that they are overall the softest and thickest padded diaper on the market, they have the wet/dry indicator strip so you don't need to peek inside or guess whether it's time for a change, and it is very rare to get a "blowout" or leak. Moms reported that they fit very snugly to the inner thighs and bum, and their babies seemed very comfortable in them. However, some moms noted that this is not a very good option as an overnight diaper, and several of them made the mistake of trying! For overnight diapers, we recommend the Huggies Overnights rather than the Pampers version. 

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2. Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo Diapers, sizes Newborn (< 6.5 lb) to XL (> 26 lbs). This is a premium diaper for discerning parents who are willing to pay a bit more (about 15 cents more per diaper) for high quality and eco-friendly alternative to the big brands. There are a lot of small companies cropping up and selling all natural premium diapers, but this is the best reviewed one out there. These diapers are so free of everything, we're not sure what's left for ingredients! They have no perfumes, fragrances, dyes, preservatives, alcohol, latex, PVC, chlorine, or phthalates (BPA). They are a great diaper for babies with contact allergies, given that they are also free of gluten, wheat, and corn. How do they do it? These diapers use biodegradeable and eco-friendly bamboo, making them super soft and comfortable, and giving them very high absorbency. The company that makes these diapers, sends a portion of sales to St. Jude's hospital, so you can feel good about paying a bit extra; they are also very responsive to questions or concerns, and customer service is reportedly fantastic. The diapers are also compostable and biodegradable, Moms reported how surprised they were that a diaper from a small company that has so many good things going for it could actually work so well! Some moms reported that these diapers were great for overnight, but others reported that they wouldn't suggest using them for overnight. We suspect that this has to do with baby size, bladder size, and sleeping positions; maybe give it a shot and cross your fingers. These diapers are highly recommended, and without the increased price they would have been #1 on our list. 

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3. Huggies Little Snugglers, sizes Preemie, Newborn, and up to size 3. The Huggies Little Snugglers come in at third place for use in newborn babies up to size 3. The Little Snugglers use Leak Lock technology that has strong absorbency and a unique "pocket" on the rear waistband that helps stop the mess from spraying up the back. Moms said this feature was more than a marketing gimmick and actually worked on a few occassions when they thought the mess would have been much larger without it! Like the Swaddlers, these have a reliable wetness indicator that changes color when your baby pees. They also have a great umbilical cord cutout that keeps the diaper from rubbing up against the sensitive umbilical cord area. Like the Swaddlers, they are not designed for overnight use, and we suggest using Huggies Overnights if your baby is alreading sleeping for 6+ hour stretches at night. They will leak with overnight use. Moms report that they have a great fit around the thighs and bum areas, and the fragrance is tolerable.  

 

Best Toddler Diapers of 2016

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1. Pampers Cruisers, sizes 3 to 7. The Cruisers are the overall best diaper option for babies about 16 pounds and up. Several moms recommended that once your baby begins to move around a bit, you transition from Swaddlers to Cruisers for active babies with growing bladders. The Cruisers have 3 layers of absorption, a flexible fit for babies of different shapes (the long lean ones, or short pudgy ones), and provide much better overnight protection than the Swaddlers. This is good since your baby will likely begin sleeping for longer stretches at night (fingers crossed) and the last thing you want to do is wake your baby up every 3-4 hours for a diaper change! The Cruisers are about the same price per diaper as the Swaddlers if you buy in larger quantities (like a box of 128 or 174). We found these for a good price at Amazon. What did our moms say about these diapers? They reported that blow-outs and leaks were very rare with these, due mostly to high absorbency and strong and nicely-fitting elastic that contours nicely to the thighs and bum. They are not as soft and padded as the Swaddlers, as they are prioritizing leak-proofing versus comfort, and they also no longer include the wetness indicator like the Swaddlers. But they are a great all-around diaper with good fit and excellent absorbency, and very few moms reported any rashes with this product. =

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2. Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo Diapers, sizes Medium (13-22 lbs) to XL (> 26 lbs). Yes, this is #2 for both infants and toddlers; they're just that good! This is a premium diaper for discerning parents who are willing to pay a bit more (about 15 cents more per diaper) for high quality and eco-friendly alternative to the big brands. There are a lot of small companies cropping up and selling all natural premium diapers, but this is the best reviewed one out there. These diapers are so free of everything, we're not sure what's left for ingredients! They have no perfumes, fragrances, dyes, preservatives, alcohol, latex, PVC, chlorine, or phthalates (BPA). They are a great diaper for babies with contact allergies, given that they are also free of gluten, wheat, and corn. How do they do it? These diapers use biodegradeable and eco-friendly bamboo, making them super soft and comfortable, and giving them very high absorbency. The company that makes these diapers, sends a portion of sales to St. Jude's hospital, so you can feel good about paying a bit extra; they are also very responsive to questions or concerns, and customer service is reportedly fantastic. The diapers are also compostable and biodegradable, Moms reported how surprised they were that a diaper from a small company that has so many good things going for it could actually work so well! Some moms reported that these diapers were great for overnight, but others reported that they wouldn't suggest using them for overnight. We suspect that this has to do with baby size, bladder size, and sleeping positions; maybe give it a shot and cross your fingers. These diapers are highly recommended, and without the increased price they would have been #1 on our list. 

Some notes about the others!

Last year, we suggested Huggies Little Movers as our #3 toddler diaper. Unfortunately they recently changed their diaper design and have been receiving terrible reviews about leaks and blow-outs. So this year, we were going to recommend the diaper that has always been a close second to the Little Movers, the Luvs Ultra Leakguards, but unfortunately they have also gone downhill. You might not be surprised to learn that Huggies owns Luvs, so they must have revamped their diapers at the same time. Unfortunately the revamping was for the worse, and moms told us to steer clear of these diapers since the redesign happened in 2013.