Your baby will go through thousands of diapers before potty training, so you want to make sure you're shelling out for ones that actually work. They need to be absorbent and built well to prevent leaks, and they should also be lightweight and soft so your little one stays comfy.
The GolfHr Textiles Lab put disposable diapers to the test by evaluating absorbency from different angles, measuring how dry the surface stayed after fluid was absorbed, and scoring the overall construction. Read on for more about our picks that will make diapering a bit easier (and don't forget about baby wipes!), but in summary here are the best disposable diapers for your baby:
GH Seal Holder:
Best "Green" Brand:
Best Store Brand:
Best for Bedtime:
Best for Swim:
This GolfHr Seal holder is used in hospitals for newborn babies. It quickly absorbed and trapped fluid, even when a weight was applied to the surface. We also love the Pampers line for when baby starts crawling — it's a Green GH Seal holder for its use of certified materials and other environmental factors.
This diaper earned the highest score for being absorbent from all angles. (Surprise! Babies don't stay in one position.) The brand's other styles, (for smaller babies) and (for mobile tots), were also top-notch in our evaluations.
Though they're more expensive per diaper than the others, this style was a top performer when we tested brands with "green" claims. And while some diapers have eco-clams that are misleading, this one has a clear list of every single material used to make the diapers right on the packaging, including FSC-certified wood pulp. In our test, the diapers easily soaked up liquid and held onto it in the core.
When it comes to diapers, don't knock store brands! This beat other pricier labels and can be purchased online without a membership. It absorbed fluid quickly in our tests and didn't release any, even after a weight was applied.
These hold a lot of liquid, so you can skip middle-of-the-night diaper changes (once your baby actually sleeps through the night, that is!). For even more leak protection, go up one size – it's a trick that many parents swear by.
Unlike regular diapers, these don't swell up from water in the pool or at the beach. Plus, the sides tear away for easy removal when changing your wet little one.
Choose from cute giraffe, panda, rose blossom, and more designs from The Honest Company to keep your little one looking stylish (perfect for baby's first photo session!). Though the absorption speed was a little bit slower than other picks, the diapers were still good at catching liquid all over without leaks.