Best Baby Nappies

Finding the right nappies for your little one can often involve a balancing act between ensuring your bub stays comfortable and dry throughout the day, and making baby changing as easy and convenient as possible for you. Continue Reading...

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Best Baby Nappy

Ecoriginals Nappies
Disposable Nappies

Ecoriginals Nappies

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4.5 from 414 reviews

If you’re looking for a disposable nappy with the eco-friendliness, comfort level and natural materials of a reusable nappy, Ecoriginals Nappies are well worth looking into.

  • Biodegradable materials

  • Don’t cause leakages

  • Comfortably soft on baby’s skin

  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (206)
  • Comfort
    4.6 (190)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (207)
2nd Best Baby Nappy
Bubblebubs Ai2 Candies
Reusable Nappies

Bubblebubs Ai2 Candies

4.7 from 141 reviews

These popular one-sized reusable nappies can be used from birth all the way to fully toilet trained. Candies are also three-time Award winners in the Cloth Nappy Awards Australia, from 2016-18.

  • Good and secure fit

  • Side snaps make changing easy

  • Barely any leaks

  • $36.95 each - a premium nappy price

  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (37)
  • Comfort
    4.5 (30)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (37)
3rd Best Baby Nappy
Hippybottomus Stay-Dry
Reusable Nappies

Hippybottomus Stay-Dry

4.5 from 240 reviews

Taking layering to the next level, Hippybottomus Stay Dry are reusable pocket nappies that feature a 5-layer insert, helping safeguard your bub against leakages and accidents.

  • Highly absorbent and leak proof

  • Good quality materials

  • Quick to dry

  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (14)
  • Comfort
    4.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (15)
EcoNaps Convertible Cloth Nappy
4.6 from 120 reviews

Offering reusable cloth nappies that convert from a pocket nappy to all-in-2’s, EcoNaps creates high quality nappies that reviewers happily report keep bubs comfortable and dry.

Joonya Nappies
Disposable Nappies

Joonya Nappies

5.0 from 45 reviews

Latest review: Searched baby diaper good for nappy rash as my little one couldn't get away from it since she slept long hours overnight. Tried expensive lines available in supermarkets but didn't work. Came across

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Green Kids Anytimes
Reusable Nappies

Green Kids Anytimes

4.5 from 86 reviews

Made with easy-to-use Velcro tabs that reviewers love, Green Kids Anytimes nappies are also known for their soft, absorbent bamboo inserts that help prevent leaks.

Huggies Toddler
Disposable Nappies

Huggies Toddler

4.3 from 125 reviews

Latest review: I always see this at a grocery store and decided to buy a pack. Unfortunately, this leaked throughout the night and I had to change the sheets while I am using

Huggies Newborn
Disposable Nappies

Huggies Newborn

4.1 from 389 reviews

Latest review: When you do enough nappy changes you start to discover small things make all the difference. Like a few brands the nappies hold well but often I found when doing a change the tags would fold back on

Baby BeeHinds Bamboo Fitted
4.2 from 84 reviews

Latest review: This is very absorbent and doesn't leak after a few hours. My baby loves drinking juices and we felt the need to change from time to time and this product didn't cause me any

Baby Bare The Bare Cub
Reusable Nappies

Baby Bare The Bare Cub

4.7 from 40 reviews

Latest review: Love this nappies ❤️❤️❤️Gorgeous print , and stay dry even have been used for 4 hours with out booster . Love love love I have tried several different brand (econaps , bare boho , bambooty ) but baby

Babylove DriWave
Disposable Nappies

Babylove DriWave

4.2 from 67 reviews

Latest review: Medium priced nappies. Very good value. Absorbent and keeps you're baby dry. Hardly had any nappy rash compared to the other brands I've previously bought. Great value very highly

Huggies Crawler
Disposable Nappies

Huggies Crawler

4.0 from 121 reviews

Latest review: Have used huggies nappies for our other child who is now toilet trained, and the nappies were great. Now Our 6 month old is in huggies and the nappies have a very very strong chemical

Huggies Little Swimmers
Disposable Nappies

Huggies Little Swimmers

4.0 from 96 reviews

Latest review: Both times my 1 yr old has worn these her urine has soaked through and drenched everything. They don’t work. Will not be purchasing again. Anyone who writes a good review about these hasn’t had their

Bubblebubs BamBam Fitted Nappy
4.5 from 31 reviews

Latest review: I looked at lots of new born options but so glad I went with Bambams. So soft and absorbent as well as versatile. I was able to fold the insert in multiple ways to suit my little girl at different

HomeBrand Nappies
Disposable Nappies

HomeBrand Nappies

4.1 from 50 reviews

Latest review: These nappies are great and are of good quality for home brands They are great in price at $10 i buy these and have had no problems my opinion they are better than the dearer brands which this

Baby BeeHinds Nappy Cover
4.1 from 47 reviews

Latest review: I like these, they feel sturdy and fit well but I just find that they tend to leak around the leg lining. I don't leave them on too long and they aren't suitable for covering a night nappy. I liked

Coles Dry Fit Convenience
Disposable Nappies

Coles Dry Fit Convenience

4.2 from 41 reviews

Latest review: I surprised that this nappy is not available anymore. Never once had a leak. Best for other day and night time. More settled baby due to nil leakage.happy mum n dad. The best nappy I have used so

Thankyou Nappies
Disposable Nappies

Thankyou Nappies

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3.6 from 233 reviews

Latest review: Did these nappies get worse? I used them a lot for my 2nd child and they were fine but for my third (who isn't on solids yet) every time he has a bm I have to change his clothes because the nappy

ALDI Mamia Nappies
Disposable Nappies

ALDI Mamia Nappies

3.4 from 518 reviews

Latest review: Never buy this fake nappies that is complete rip off. It always sticks on my newborn baby skin. Every hour we need to change his nappies . Please aldi, remove this

Snugglers Toddler
Disposable Nappies

Snugglers Toddler

4.0 from 44 reviews

Latest review: These nappies are by far the best nappies I have used. They fit well and I've never had any trouble with leaks. For the price you simply cannot beat these nappies. I really don't understand how they

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Happy baby getting a nappy change from mum

Types of Baby Nappies

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These nappies are designed for one-time use, to be thrown in the bin afterwards. They’re made of a softer inner layer that touches baby's skin, followed by a layer of absorbent chemicals or gel, then an outer plastic layer.

Pros

  • Will save you time on laundry day as you use them once then throw them away - no washing required
  • Easy to buy from supermarkets and pharmacies, so they can conveniently be part of your weekly grocery shop
  • Usually more absorbent than reusable nappies thanks to agents that aid in absorption

Cons

  • Pricier than reusable nappies, disposable nappies are an ongoing expense
  • Not environmentally friendly thanks to the plastic shell and anti-bacterial agents that don’t break down easily in landfill

Reusable Nappies · See All

Reusable cloth nappies are made to be used multiple times. A good quality cloth nappy can be used as a newborn nappy all the way up until your child is fully toilet trained.

Pros

  • It’s cheaper to use reusable nappies in the long-run, as you won’t have the ongoing expense of buying new nappies
  • Better for sensitive skin as the natural materials are chemical-free and less likely to irritate your baby’s skin
  • More eco-friendly than plastic disposable nappies, with options like terry cloth, bamboo and hemp
  • Cheaper than disposable eco-friendly nappies, if you’re after an affordable nappy that’s kind on the environment

Cons

  • Generally less absorbent than disposable nappies, which means reusable nappies need to be changed more often
  • Can be fiddly and time consuming since you’ll need to launder them. For some types of reusable nappies, folding and pinning is required.

Terry cloth nappies

Also called terry towelling, this involve a more traditional way of using cloth nappies. It uses square lengths of terry cotton that you fold to form a nappy, then secure it in place on your bub with pins and clips.

Pros

  • The cheapest reusable nappy available, terry cloth nappies can cost around $300 in total
  • Aesthetically appealing as they come in a wide range of attractive patterns and colours

Cons

  • The most time consuming type of nappy, you'll spend time folding, pinning, and ensuring everything is secure

Modern cloth nappies (or MCNs)

Modern Cloth Nappies refer to reusable nappies that have come a long way since their traditional counterparts. They blend the coveted convenience of the disposable nappy with the multitude of benefits offered by a reusable nappy. All of the following nappies are variations of MCNs.

All-in-one’s

These are the closest thing to a disposable nappy, in cloth form. They use velcro or press studs, not pins.

You have one nappy that doesn’t require additional parts. However, this means they’re also thicker, and take twice the time to dry.

All-in-two’s or ‘snap-in-two’s

These have two parts - a cover that acts like a leak-proof shell, and an absorbent insert that ‘snaps in’ to the shell.

You can throw the inserts into the wash, and they’ll dry faster than all-in-one’s as the material is thinner.

Hybrid nappies

Similar to snap-in-two’s, but with an option to switch out a reusable insert for a handy disposable nappy.

It’s a good back-up option if all your reusable inserts are in the wash, or you intuit that a ‘poopsplosion’ is on its way - you can just throw the whole mess out in the bin.

Fitted nappies

These are highly absorbent all-cloth nappies. They need a waterproof cover, to keep the wet, soiled cloth contained underneath. If you have a young baby or an infant who’s a heavy wetter, this may be a good option.

Pocket nappies

Designed with a waterproof cover, a soft inner lining, and pockets in between the two. You then put absorbable inserts inside the pockets. They have layers of protection, which are suitable for heavy wetters.

Are cloth nappies better for baby?

The answer to this will ultimately be a matter of what suits both your baby and your own lifestyle. You might find that the right match will require a bit of trial and error.

Baby inside a colourful semi-circle of cloth nappies on the floor

Babies with sensitive skin

For example, you might love the convenience that disposable nappies have to offer. But some parents find that their babies soon develop nappy rash or even thrush, as an allergic reaction to the chemicals found in disposal nappies. As a matter of their baby’s health and comfort, they then transition to cloth nappies.

However, it's also possible to find allergy-friendly disposable nappies, if you search far and wide enough. You might have to pay extra, but it could be worth it if the thought of reusable nappies is still a bit daunting.

Mix and match

Remember also that you can switch it up. Choosing disposable or cloth nappies doesn't have to be an absolute.

There are hybrid nappies where you can slot a disposable nappy into a reusable cover. Or when you’re travelling and aren’t confident about being able to easily find baby changing stations, you can switch to disposable nappies, making a brief change from the cloth nappies you use at home.

How much do cloth nappies cost?

Cloth nappies usually cost between $10-$30 each.

As a general rule, most parents recommend investing in at least 20-25 cloth nappies. At around $30 for high quality nappies, this will cost $750.

While this sounds expensive (and it is a high initial hit, money wise), cloth nappies are still cheaper than disposable nappies.

Newborn nappies, washed daily

Newborns need, on average, 12 daily nappy changes. If you're washing nappies daily, investing in 15 cloth nappies is a good idea to start with, as you'll have a few spares if laundry time comes a little later or your bub has a few extra accidents.

  • Regularly priced: At $20 a pop for 15 cloth nappies, this will cost you $300.
  • Premium cloth nappies: If you're investing in nappies that cost $30 each, this will set you back $450.

Keep in mind that washing daily can soon become too time consuming - especially on top of all the tasks that come with caring for a newborn.

If you'd rather save time than money, consider washing every second day and just investing in double the amount of cloth nappies.

Newborn nappies, washed every second day

  • Regularly price: At $20 each for 24 nappies, this will cost $480.
  • Premium nappies: At $30 for 24 nappies, this will cost $720.

Crawlers, walkers and toddlers

Bubs that fall within these age groups need fewer daily changes than newborns. Crawlers (6-12 months) and walkers (12-18 months) require about 6 daily changes, and toddlers need about 5 per day.

Washing twice daily, your crawler will need about 12 nappies (plus a few spare ones), and your toddler needs at least 10 cloth nappies.

Tips for buying cloth nappies

If you're still not sure how easy cloth nappies really are, you can start off with buying just 1-2 nappies, to see if they're a good fit.

Even if they're more expensive now, if they have higher absorbency and thicker layers, they'll last longer. You may even be able to use them for bub's future siblings.

So make sure you budget for these. They include waterproof nappy bags to store soiled nappies inside while out and about, nappy liners for cloth nappies and nappy disposal systems to store nappies in till wash day.

Some types of nappies come in two parts, with an insert and shell, also called an outer cover. You'll need at least one shell for every 5 cloth nappies.

How much do disposable nappies cost?

This will depend on the brand you opt for. Popular household brands are more expensive than your supermarket equivalents. For example, for newborn nappies, which require changing 12 times a day. These are some comparisons of newborn nappies for popular brands:

  • Huggies Newborn, 54 Bulk Pack: $16 per pack - Around 30c per nappy, a pack of these will last you 4.5 days. You’ll have to buy this 20 times when your baby is a newborn, aged 1-3 months, costing you $320 for 3 months.

  • ALDI MAMIA Infant Nappies, 56 Pack: $9.99 per pack - 18c per nappy, these will last you 4.5 days, too - plus 2 extra nappies. You’ll make the trip to ALDI around 20 times, which will set you back a modest $193 for 3 months of nappies.

While Coles nappies (branded as ‘CUB’) and TOM Tooshies nappies are also both popular brands, cost comparisons have been omitted here, as both brands have a fairly low overall rating on ProductReview.com.au.

Conclusion - Cost of disposable vs reusable nappies

You can see that while the premium newborn nappies from Huggies are $320 - compared to $720 for premium reusable nappies.

However keep in mind that this is only for the newborn stage, and disposable nappies will be an ongoing expense till your child is a toddler - around 2.5 years old.

Considering that children need 4, 500 - 6000 nappies before they're toilet trained, you’ll find that the cost of disposable nappies will quickly climb, overtaking the initial sum spent on cloth nappies.

Other factors to consider when buying nappies

Age and size

Most disposable nappies are sold in three sizes; newborn (0-3 months), crawler (6-12 months), and toddler (12 months-2.5 years). This will also depend on your baby’s size and weight, so make sure to check the size guide on the pack.

Fit

You might have to experiment to find out which brands fit your bub. For a more adaptable fit the first time round, look for nappies that have easy-to-secure velcro tabs, an elastic waistband and leg holes that fit snugly.

Absorbency

Some types of nappies are designed to be more absorbent than others. Generally, absorbency is increased by having more layers, and a snugger fit - as contents are less likely to leak out.

Ease of use

Since you’ll be changing a total of 1000s of nappies in the next few years, the nappy should be easy for you to learn how to use, and get the hang of.

Environmental impact

Disposable nappies have plastic and chemicals in them. If you’re concerned about the impact of these on the planet, you can opt for cloth nappies or disposable nappies that are biodegradable. They’re more expensive than regular disposable nappies - but made with materials like bamboo and paper pulp, they’re more eco-friendly nappies.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the type of nappy you opt for your little bub will depend on a number of factors. Most importantly, weigh up cost and convenience. While it's easy to grab the cheapest nappies on the supermarket shelves, these may end up costing you more in the long-run.

Also consider whether your bub has sensitive skin or allergies, and how nappies fit into your lifestyle. Reusable options may be troublesome if you're constantly on-the-go or travelling; or most disposable nappies might have too large an environmental footprint for you.

Being mindful of all these factors that go into selecting the right nappies for you can make the period of trialling nappies shorter, and the whole process smoother and easier.