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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Hippybottomus Stay-Dry
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Hippybottomus Stay-Dry

4.5 from 262 reviews

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Bubblebubs All In Two Candies

Bubblebubs All In Two Candies 🏆 2024

4.7  (145)
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  • Price (RRP) $36.95
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Kirsten B.
Kirsten B.
 
Hippybottomus Stay-Dry

Hippybottomus Stay-Dry 🏆 2024

4.5  (262)
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  • Price (RRP) $16.95
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Leilani2022
Leilani2022QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD8 posts
 
Joonya Nappies

Joonya Nappies 🏆 2024

4.8  (89)
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Hannah
Hannah2 posts
 
Ecoriginals Nappies

Ecoriginals Nappies

4.4  (494)
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HDS
HDSVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC
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Comfy Koalas Eco Nappies

Comfy Koalas Eco Nappies 🏆 2024

4.7  (76)
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Alana T.
Alana T.NSWIllawarra, NSW
 
Love them ❤️We are love Comfy Koalas nappies.

They haven't leaked overnight and even caught a big poo without exploding out the side.

Huggies Ultra Dry for Boys

Huggies Ultra Dry for Boys

4.2  (138)
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Kayla
KaylaACTJacka 2914, ACT10 posts
  Verified Ultra Dry for Boys
I didn't have the best experienceI 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 this. Show details
Huggies Nappies

Huggies Nappies

4.0  (406)
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Maddison
MaddisonNSWMurray Region, NSW5 posts
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The bestThese are the best nappies for babies. They are the only nappies that fit properly and also hold a lot of fluid for overnight use. The only brand that I have found for babies that rarely leak. Won't buy any other brand for a baby. Show details
EcoNaps Convertible Cloth Nappy

EcoNaps Convertible Cloth Nappy

4.1  (145)
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Jessica
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Baby Bare The Bare Cub

Baby Bare The Bare Cub

4.7  (42)
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Amy
AmyVictoria8 posts
 
Baby BeeHinds Bamboo Fitted

Baby BeeHinds Bamboo Fitted

4.2  (84)
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Louise A.
Louise A.
 
Bubblebubs BamBam Fitted Nappy

Bubblebubs BamBam Fitted Nappy

4.6  (33)
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KtC
KtCQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants

Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants

3.9  (100)
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Soren
SorenAdelaide3 posts
  Medium
Really good!Holds solids like they're supposed to. All the reviews saying they leaked wee obviously don't know how swim nappies work.
Baby BeeHinds Nappy Cover

Baby BeeHinds Nappy Cover

4.1  (47)
SuzyQ
SuzyQSydney6 posts
 
Ok but don't leave on for too longI 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 them for a NB but found the lack of a double gusset meant more leaks.

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Snugglers Crawler

Snugglers Crawler

3.6  (102)
Keirra
Keirra7 posts
 
The bestAbsolutely love these nappies they are a great price and with elastic legs and waist they are comfy for bub to wear, I use smugglers day and night and I ha fine we had a problem with them , I have used tgem from size new born up jntill now ( the 11-15 kg)

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tooshies ECO Nappies

tooshies ECO Nappies

3.4  (288)
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CrisSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
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Cushie Tushies Chameleon

Cushie Tushies Chameleon

3.7  (69)
Theqom
TheqomUmina Beach11 posts
 
Mother-ease Air Flow Snap Cover

Mother-ease Air Flow Snap Cover

4.7  (20)
Mandi78
Mandi784509QLD, 450937 posts
 
AAM95
AAM95QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
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Mother-ease One Size

Mother-ease One Size

4.7  (20)
clementine
clementineMelbourne5 posts
 
ALDI Mamia Nappies

ALDI Mamia Nappies

3.2  (582)
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JLozzGold Coast9 posts
 
My Little Ripple Modern Cloth

My Little Ripple Modern Cloth

4.1  (32)
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Bronte
BronteWAGreat Southern, WA
 
FantasticLove these nappies, really cute designs with a great variety to choose from, Cheap but great quality, Quick postage turnaround. Definitely will be a return customer. Thank you for providing a great alternative. Show details
Pikapu All in One

Pikapu All in One

4.1  (26)
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Brie
BrieQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 
Bambo Nature

Bambo Nature

4.3  (22)
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Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams VICNortheast, VIC3 posts
 
Leaky nappiesNappies leak. Have to change nappy sooner. Horrible to find your baby has been sleeping in his urine. We stopped asap. Huggies or Little Rascals are the best.
Babylove Cosifit

Babylove Cosifit

3.2  (110)
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RAF
RAF2 posts
 
Leaks everytime!I don't think I've ever used a nappy brand that leaked so much! Literally every nappy we put on our son leaked. Never using Babylove again. Show details
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Pampers Cruisers

Pampers Cruisers

3.7  (38)
Sandi
SandiMelbourne2 posts
 
Close Parent Pop-In

Close Parent Pop-In

4.1  (22)
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Phoebe
Phoebe
 
Designer Bums Modern Cloth Nappies

Designer Bums Modern Cloth Nappies

3.6  (36)
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Cass
CassVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC9 posts
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Babylove Cosifit Infant

Babylove Cosifit Infant

3.4  (55)
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Maria
Maria2 posts
 
BabyLove Nappies
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Merries Unisex

Merries Unisex

5.0  (11)
Jil
JilMelbourne4 posts
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Pea Pods One Size

Pea Pods One Size

2.9  (181)
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Kaa
KaaNSWMurrumbidgee Region, NSW2 posts
 
Hippybottomus Stay-Dry
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Hippybottomus Stay-Dry

4.5 from 262 reviews

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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

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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

Trial them first

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.

Premium picks may save you money

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.

Accessories cost extra

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.

Shells can cost extra

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.

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