If there’s one thing we know about nappies – whether they’re disposable, bio-degradable nappies or reusable cloth nappies – it’s that they are an absolute baby essential. But with a market full of competing brands, how do you know which nappies are right for you and your little one?
Many start with trial and error, but knowing what you’re looking for, and getting advice from other parents can really help when you make your decision.
Here are the best nappies UK. Our editors have chosen these nappies through research, supported by the recommendations that our experienced parents have shared.
Top 10 Best Nappies UK In 2021
1. Pampers Pure Protection
For older babies, the Pampers Pure Protection pants type are highly recommended. To protect sensitive skin, they are made with cotton and other carefully selected materials to provide up to 12 hours of protection. Parents mentioned the good fit and leak prevention in these nappies, as well as the high quantity of natural materials to prevent nappy rash. The nappies are chlorine-free. They are slightly more eco-friendly, as with a bit of clipping after use, you could compost them in your garden.
Other selling points were the nappy’s comfortable feel and good absorbency for overnight use. Some parents of ‘chunkier’ babies might find the nappies a little tight around the leg area, so you may want to try a sample pack on your child before buying in bulk. Otherwise a highly recommended nappy.
2. Aldi Mamia Newborn Size 1
These award-winning nappies are perfect for newborns, and Mumsnetters love them. They’re dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, so perfect for sensitive newborn skin. They distribute liquid evenly to ensure quicker absorption, meaning your baby stays comfortable and dry as much as possible.
There’s also a wetness indicator – a smart colour-changing strip – to make it nice and clear for you when your baby needs a change.
“After four children I’ve used more than my fair share of nappies and I’ve definitely found Aldi the best. I’ve used them from birth with my youngest and they have never leaked and she’s never had a problem with nappy rash. Definite value for money.”
“Yep. Best ones for my boys. I would buy them even if they were more expensive than Pampers.”
3. Mama Bamboo Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Nappies
Bamaboo nappies are made from bamboo fibres. The natural materials immunise the risk of nappy rash and provide a soft layer for extra comfort and dryness. Parents remarked that the nappies were considerably softer than other biodegradable nappies. The natural fibres also mean that Bamaboos are more breathable.
The nappies have a great design that prevents leaks and nappy rash significantly. They come highly recommended for parents wanting a hygienic, eco-friendly nappy or for those who mostly use reusable but need a convenient back-up. The higher price, however, could understandably discourage some parents.
4. Eco by Naty, Size 1
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of disposable nappies, or have a child with a skin condition or sensitive skin, Naty nappies are an excellent option. They’re made of plant-based materials, and are free of chlorine, latex and any dyes or perfumes, so minimise the risk of allergies, irritations or nappy rash.
“I used these with all three of my children and they are superb. Unlike many others I tried, we didn’t have leaks and I really liked the fact they didn’t smell plasticky like normal nappies. I wasn’t quite prepared to go down the non-disposable route and these were a good alternative.”
5. Kit & Kin Eco Nappies Size 6
These Kit & Kin nappies are made with natural pulp from sustainable forests. The natural materials and minimal chemicals mean they are perfect for sensitive skin and minimizing environmental impact. Portions of the profits go towards protecting rainforests and supporting community projects via charity the World Land Trust.
Kit & Kin’s comfortable materials are particularly good for baby’s comfort and the nappies are very effective in preventing leaks. A great choice for parents that want a comfortable, active and biodegradable nappy.
6. Nappychat Eco-Nappies: Smart, Soft Eco-Friendly
These nappies get their name from the fun and cute patterns printed on them. They’re designed to give you something to talk about with your baby while changing them. They are also friendlier to the environment being made from biodegradable wood pulp.
We adore the superior softness and comfort of these nappies plus their ability to reduce nappy rash through using natural materials. On the other hand, when the fit was less than optimum, leaks could be a problem with these nappies. Apart from that, a highly recommended nappy.
7. Huggies Little Swimmers Swim Nappies
These adorable swim nappies are decorated with Dory and Nemo, and are a great option for taking your baby swimming. They have stretchy sides to avoid any leaks, and are made of a unique absorbent material.
“I use the Huggies ones with some sort of swimming costume / trunks on top and they are fine. Can absolutely guarantee they hold in the poo as well.”
8. Huggies Little Swimmers, Swim Nappies
Some of the best parenting moments can be those first swimming experiences together. For that, you will need a nappy that can prevent leaks but doesn’t get soaked through by pool water. Swimming nappies are specially designed to be thin and flexible, while also protecting your baby. On top of this, you’ll need a special rubber swimming nappy to go over the disposable and provide that extra protection.
If you’re taking your baby swimming then we recommend Huggies Little Swimmers. They fit snugly and come in a variety of sizes depending on your baby’s age and weight. They have stretchy sides to allow the baby to move around in the water. We recommend Huggies Little Swimmers for their ability to hold in poo, perhaps every swimming parent’s greatest fear.
9. Pampers Size 4 Baby-Dry Nappies, 174 Count
Pampers Baby Dry are for overnight use and active babies. They provide a secure fit and have extra microbeads to soak up waste. The extra absorbency means more time for mum and dad to sleep through the night, and they are easy to take off and extra good at preventing leaks.
Bambino Mio Miosolo Reusable Nappy Set, Dream TravellerThese nappies are also recommended for parents of babies with extra-sensitive skin and conditions such as eczema. The extra drying power helps prevent serious flare-ups and irritation. They are a great choice to keep your baby drier for longer.
10. Bambino Mio Miosolo Reusable Nappy Set, Dream Traveller
Bambino Mio’s adjustable one-size nappy set is designed to make using reusable nappies almost as convenient as disposables with its comfort and ease of fit. The set contains six attractive and hard-wearing outer shells with soft fabric lining. Pee is absorbed by the removable core, which you insert into a pocket inside the outer shell; when soiled, both the shell and the core can be machine washed. This set also comes with a pack of 50 nappy liners that keep solids away from the main body of the nappy; these can be replaced separately once the first 50 are used up. If you’re not sure about taking the reusable plunge.
How To Choose The Best Nappies UK
Disposable or reusable?
The biggest decision when deciding on the best nappies for your baby’s bottom is between single-use disposable nappies and washable reusable nappies. Reusables have come a long way since our own terry-towelled childhoods and can now be purchased in a range of colourful, machine-washable, easy-to-fit styles. While reusable nappies are not completely lacking in environmental impact – the energy involved in washing itself needs to be taken into consideration – washable nappies certainly avoid the problem of non-biodegradable materials sitting in landfill for centuries.
The debate is a fierce one in some circles and can cause anxiety and guilt among the more eco-leaning parents. In 2005, there was uproar when the UK government published research claiming “it was no more environmentally friendly to use reusable nappies than disposables”. A similar report three years later reversed these claims. Then a report found that, yes, biodegradable nappies do degrade, it can take up to 50 years and such products have been found to produce more methane, which is bad for the environment.
Fit to prevent leaks
A correctly-fitting nappy should allow no fluid leaks either through the leg holes or up around the waist. If you find that leaks are a recurring problem, try a different size in your current brand, or check out another brand as one manufacturer’s sizing can differ significantly from another’s. For example, Tesco nappies come up larger than most, while Pampers are a little on the snug side.
Some nappies are designed to withstand more moisture than others and are good for use overnight or on long journeys. See above for our extra-dry recommendations but, as a rule, anything labelled extra- or ultra-dry have been designed to absorb more moisture. You can also look out for the plus symbol next to the nappy number to give an indication of absorbency and fit. The plus symbol does not represent a half size.
One tip is that if you find that your baby prefers to sleep on their front with their knees up, you might find that any of these nappies in this list don’t work as well. This is because the position causes the nappy to come away from the leg and allows wee to leak through.
Two solutions we’ve found that work are to use nappy pants, in the size smaller than you’d usually put your little one in and either don’t do up the poppers of their babygro, or buy oversized babygros to prevent the outfit becoming too tight and pushing onto the nappy – effectively squeezing the wee out!
Absorbency and moisture-locking
Most disposable nappies contain superabsorbent polymer beads embedded into the nappy material. These beads can absorb many hundreds of times their weight in moisture, allowing babies to wander around with a “wet nappy” without the skin being in contact with the moisture. It’s not impossible for a baby to get nappy rash from a wet nappy, but as most of the moisture is locked away it’s less likely and you won’t be doing your baby any harm if you accidentally leave a wet nappy on for longer than intended. It’s just not a good idea to make a habit of it, though.
If eco-friendliness is important to you, note that the natural materials used in biodegradable nappies are less moisture-wicking than these superabsorbent polymers (which take hundreds of years to break down in landfill), so you will need to change the nappies more often to keep baby’s skin dry.
Many of the best nappies for newborns have a yellow line down the front of the nappy which will turn blue when the baby wees. It doesn’t always change colour for poos, however, unless the baby has urinated at the same time. As some nappies are bulky to begin with, this wetness indicator can let you know when the baby has peed without having to strip him or her off.
Newborn babies, on average, pee every 20 minutes so bear that in mind in both how many nappies you’ll be using as well as when to check for changes.
Rashes and skin reactions
The leading cause of nappy rash is delicate baby skin left in contact with a soiled nappy, so if you’re using reusables (or plastic-free nappies made of natural materials) you will need to keep on top of changes in order to prevent stools irritating the skin. Sometimes the nappy itself can cause a mild allergic reaction, so if you’re changing regularly but baby is still getting rashes, try switching to another brand to see if the condition improves. Leaving baby out of a nappy for while (on a towel or other absorbent surface) and avoiding perfumed wipes and soaps can help. Your health visitor can recommend a course of action if rashes are frequent or severe.
All of the suggested products above are some of the best nappies UK in 2021. We guarantee these diapers will be safe, comfortable, and cosy for your baby.
However, before investing in a product, make sure to thoroughly understand what you are looking to find the most secure fit possible.