With so many disposable diaper brands available, it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose for your baby’s comfort and safety and for your budget. Not all diapers are created equal—just as not all babies come in the same shape and size—so you may want to try out a few brands in the beginning to see which ones you prefer. Amazon offers some great discounts on many diaper for Prime households. If you aren’t a Prime member yet, simply go to Amazon and sign up, then you can choose from several different select diaper brands, hit Subscribe Now on your brand of choice, and start saving 20% instantly! If you’d like to learn a bit more about what each brand of disposable diapers has to offer, keep reading for a detailed breakdown.
Diapers these days come with so many different features. Some have indicators to let you know when baby is wet. Some have extra channels to keep baby’s skin dryer longer. And some are made with organic materials and feature fewer harsh chemicals and petroleum-based products. There are even disposable diapers with adorable colors, patterns and designs. What’s not to love about that? Whether your baby is formula fed or exclusively nursing (check out our top 10 best nursing pillows!), you need to find the best diapers for your budget and your baby. And when your kiddo is ready to start potty training, there are so many options for the best potty training pants out there.
From the most affordable diapers to the ones with the best leak protection to simply the cutest ones on the market, I’ve put together a list of the top 10 best disposable diapers. I went with size 1 diapers across the board to make the price comparisons as fair as possible (aside from the Pampers Cruisers, which start at size 3), but keep in mind that prices do vary based on size. All of these diapers come with the parent seal of approval.
1. Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 1 (148 Count)
Pampers Swaddlers are arguably the most popular brand of diapers out there. They are the number one choice of hospitals in the United States, and many hospitals hand these out to new moms and dads, so there’s a good chance they will be the first diaper to touch your baby’s bottom. We used these with our firstborn and loved them for the wetness indicator: a little yellow stripe that turns blue when the diaper is wet. The diapers are soft and comfortable for most babies, and they have an Absorb Away Liner that pulls wetness away from baby’s sensitive skin. These diapers claim to offer up to 12 hours of protection with their extra Absorb Channels. The price on Amazon at the moment is $0.16 per diaper for size 1 diapers (the most economical choice on the list). These diapers comes in size N (newborn) to size 3, which is for babies weighing up to 33 pounds.
Price: $22.95 (45 percent off MSRP) or $18.36 with Amazon Prime + Subscribe and Save
- Number one choice of US hospitals
- Wetness indicator tells you when baby might need a new diaper
- Absorb Away Liner pulls wetness and mess away from baby’s skin
- Up to 12 hours protection with extra Absorb Channels
- Not eco-friendly
- For some babies, the fit causes leaking and messes
- Not great for babies with sensitive skin
- Parents of boys, skinny babies, and wriggly babies report lots of leaks
2. Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 1 (112 Count)
The Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers are another super popular brand of disposable diapers. For some babies, the fit is better than Pampers Swaddlers. These diapers boast four layer protection to prevent leaks, as well as quick-absorbing layers to wick away moisture from that sensitive skin. They are unscented, which for some babies means less chance of diaper rash or other skin sensitivities. These diapers are very thin and not as soft as some other varieties, and some consumers report that they sag more than other brands when full. Additionally, some consumers report Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers are not great for overnight, as they tend to leak. Huggies offers a rewards program where you can earn points every time you purchase a Huggies product, including diapers and wipes, so keep that in mind when calculating which brand has the best value. These diapers in size 1 come to $0.18 a diaper, which is pretty close to the current Swaddlers price.
Price: $20.29 (20 percent off MSRP)
- Four layer protection to prevent leaks
- Quick-absorbing layers wick away moisture from baby’s skin
- Huggies has a rewards program you can join to earn points every time you purchase a Huggies product
- Goes from newborn all the way up to size 6
- Some consumers report overnight leaking
- Not as soft as other brands
- They sag more than other brands
- Not eco-friendly
3. The Honest Company Diapers, Size 1 (44 Count)
When it comes to style points, The Honest Company’s adorably patterned diapers win hands down. Just check out the multi-colored chevron pattern pictured above—it’s only the tip of the iceberg as far as fresh and fun diaper designs; some other current styles are giraffes, skulls, anchors, balloons and stripes. The Honest Company Diapers also get major props for being eco-friendly and gentle on baby’s tushie; they’re made without any chemical bleaches or chlorine, are completely latex, fragrance and dye free, and are made from a bio-based wheat and corn blend of materials. At almost $0.32 a diaper, these babies don’t come cheap, though, so some parents opt to use them as “once in a while” diapers if they normally use cloth, and these can fill in for travel or babysitters. Some parents have complained that these diapers aren’t as soft as other brands and that they tear more easily.
- Lots of fun, cute styles
- Made without chlorine or chemical bleaches
- Fragrance, latex and lotion free
- Made with a bio-based wheat and corn blend for a natural, irritation-free fit
- Not as soft as some other brands
- Some consumers say that they tear more easily than other brands
- Other eco brands offer a better value
4. Seventh Generation Baby Diapers, Size 1 (160 Count)
Seventh Generation Baby Diapers are free and clear, meaning they are perfect for babies with extra sensitive skin or those who are just prone to irritation or diaper rash. They are hypoallergenic, they’re lotion and fragrance free, and the core is free from chlorine bleach. They are also more eco-friendly and better for the environment than traditional disposable diapers made with harsh chemicals. This version above comes in cute animal prints, and the quilted liner is made with soft, unbleached cotton for a super soft fit. At $0.25 a diaper, they are on the more expensive side, but if a chemical-free diaper is something that is important to you, then the extra cost may be worth it. The inks used to create the prints are free from lead and other heavy metals. The main drawbacks seem to be leaks, sagginess and a strong urine smell when the diaper gets wet.
Price: $39.79 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Hypoallergenic, free from lotions and fragrances, and the core is free from chlorine bleaching
- Cute animal prints
- Quilted liner made with soft, unbleached cotton, making them extra soft
- Clinically proven to be gentle on skin
- On the more expensive side
- Some consumers report leaks
- Some consumers report a strong urine smell with these diapers
- Some consumers report the diapers get saggy easily
5. Luvs Ultra Leakguards Newborn Diapers, Size 1 (252 Count)
Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers are an excellent option for the frugal parent, coming in at just over $0.11 per diaper. This particular version is equipped to keep your baby dry overnight with Nightlock Plus. It’s got a wide fastening area that should make changing a breeze. Plus, the company offers a money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied with the product. These diapers are scented and not made from natural, organic materials, so some babies may be sensitive to the scents, dyes and chemicals used. They are thinner than some other brands, and some consumers say they need to be changed more frequently. But for $0.11 a diaper they are a bargain.
Price: $28.47 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Nightlock Plus locks away wetness for leak protection all day and overnight
- Wide fastening area to make changing easy
- Money-back guarantee
- Not eco-friendly
- Thin and not super soft
- Some consumers say they need to be changed more frequently than other brands
6. Bambo Nature Diapers, Size 1 (56 Count)
Bambo Nature Diapers are the real deal when it comes to being eco-friendly. They have been awarded the Nordic Eco Swan Label, which means this product is 100% free of any substances known as harmful to health or the environment. They’re also certified free of dangerous chemicals and all known allergens. They were voted by BabyGearLab as the best eco-friendly diapers on the market after extensive testing and reviews. Consumers report that the diapers are soft, thin and comfortable, and perform well compared to non eco-friendly diapers. Some consumers are not as thrilled with the newer version of the diapers that was introduced in winter 2016; they believe the diapers to be thinner and less absorbent. The newer version does have a wetness indicator, which is a great feature that not many other brands have. Overall, the price is high at $0.40 per diaper, but the ecological and safety benefits to your child can be weighed against the cost to determine if this brand is right for you.
- Touted as the most absorbent, highest quality eco-friendly diaper on the market
- Certified free of dangerous chemicals and all known allergens
- Made of soft materials
- Thin and comfortable
- Wetness indicator does not work as well as Pampers Swaddlers version
- Not ideal for extended wear or overnight wear
- Some consumers are unhappy with the redesign from winter 2016
7. Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo Disposable Diapers, Small (94 Count)
Andy Pandy Bamboo Disposable Diapers are made out of biodegradable bamboo and are naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. They contain moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating features to keep your baby’s skin dry and comfy in every climate. They also come with a couple “extras” such as the natural aloe liner to moisturize baby’s tush, and a wetness indicator to tell you when baby’s diaper might need a change. At $0.39 a diaper, they’re not cheap, and unfortunately they are not currently part of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program (but they might be in the future!). One slight quirk is that they are sized S, M, L instead of using the typical number system, so it may take some research and trial and error to figure out what size you need for your baby.
Price: $36.95 (14 percent off MSRP)
- Made from eco-friendly, biodegradable bamboo
- Naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial
- Moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating capabilities keep baby’s skin dry and comfortable in hot or cold temperatures
- Natural aloe liner to nourish your baby’s skin and a wetness indicator
- Sized differently than other diaper brands
- Not currently available via Amazon Subscribe and Save
- Some sizes tend to go out of stock
8. Pampers Baby Dry Diapers, Size 1 (120 Count)
Pampers Baby Dry are an option many parents love for overnight, as they are more absorbent than other brands. They have three layers of absorbency (as compared to two on most diapers), and they are marketed by Pampers as being three times dryer than the average diaper for overnight wear. The diapers are soft and flexible to be comfortable enough for baby to wear all night long. The diapers are more expensive than Pampers Swaddlers but might be a great investment if your typical brand doesn’t work for overnights. These diapers do not have any eco benefits and they are perfumed, so they may not be perfect for extra sensitive skin. Some consumers report them to be on the stiffer side. Check out the video below to see a side-by-side comparison of Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Baby Dry.
- Three times dryer for overnight
- Wetness indicator on newborn, size 1 and size 2
- Three layers of absorbency
- Soft and flexible for a snug and comfy fit
- More expensive than Pampers Swaddlers
- Stiffer than other brands
- Not eco-friendly
9. Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Diapers, Size 1 (176 Count)
Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Diapers are the smart choice for parents who want a chemical-free diaper but can’t afford to shell out $0.40 a diaper. At just $0.28 a diaper, Earth’s Best still offers some of the top benefits of an eco-friendly diaper; they’re hypoallergenic as well as free of chlorine, latex, dye and fragrance. They’re made from renewable materials such as corn and wheat. The complaints are relatively minor: some consumers don’t like how they perform overnight, some have issues with the Velcro tabs being difficult to open and some complain that the diapers don’t wick moisture well.
Price: $49.36 with Subscribe and Save Discount (5 percent off MSRP)
- Hypoallergenic and chlorine, latex, dye and fragrance free
- Uses naturally absorbent, renewable materials such as corn and wheat
- Soft and stretchy refastenable panels
- More affordable than other eco brands
- No wetness indicator
- Some consumers say they don’t wick moisture as other brands do
- Not as leak-proof as other brands
- Some consumers have complaints about the Velcro tabs being hard to open
10. Pampers Cruisers Diapers, Size 3 (128 Count)
Once your baby starts to crawl and wriggle and grows a bit bigger, Pampers Cruisers are a nice, affordable option. You can score these diapers using Amazon Subscribe and Save with your Prime membership for just $0.18 a diaper. These diapers stretch nicely at the waist, leg and bottom to give your baby more freedom to move around and explore her world. They boast up to 12 hour protection and extra Absorb Channels to distribute the wetness evenly, avoiding sagging. These diapers have no eco benefits and are perfumed, so sensitive skin beware. Compared to Pampers Swaddlers, these diapers are not as soft and do not have a wetness indicator.
Price: $28.69 (32 percent off MSRP) or $22.95 with Amazon Prime + Subscribe and Save
- Extra Absorb Channels distribute wetness evenly
- Up to 12 hours protection
- Adapts at the waist, leg and bottom to give baby more freedom to move around
- Not eco-friendly
- No wetness indicator
- Not as soft as Pampers Swaddlers