Looking for the best diaper for your baby? So was I. It turns out that the “best” diaper changes by the stages/phases that your baby goes through. I made this list of my favorite diapers, broken out by my baby’s stage. It would have really helped me when I needed to know the best diaper for my baby based off of her specific needs at the time. I tried almost every single type and brand of diaper out there (and ultimately wasted a lot of money on bad diapers). What I found was that my preferences in diapers changed as my child grew and developed different characteristics and needs. Not all babies are the same; however, it sure doesn’t hurt to have a “starting point” as far as a list of great diapers goes. The diaper aisle was overwhelming for me when I was a first-time mom and pregnant. Here is a timeline, and list, of the best diapers (in my opinion), broken down by the stage that baby was in:
by Milestones and Phases
Best Diaper By Baby Type:
1. The Newborn With an Umbilical Stump:
You can’t beat an umbilical stump cut-out for newborns. The only brand that I have found with this feature is the Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for Newborn. These diapers have a cut-out so that your baby’s umbilical stump (aka. the belly button area) doesn’t get moist from baby’s wet diaper. It takes longer for a moist umbilical stump to fall off than a dry one. This also mitigates the risk of infection to the umbilical stump area.
2. The Newborn Without an Umbilical Stump:
After the umbilical stump falls off, me personal favorite diaper is the Pampers Swaddlers Diapers. They have a “wetness indicator” to let you know when, and if, your baby has a wet diaper. This feature is a luxury (not necessary) but it’s sure nice to have. They are also very flexible diapers and easy for the “user” (aka, you) to attach to baby.
3. The Baby Who Sleeps Longer than 6-Hours:
Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers are great for that transition between your baby sitting there and being a blob and your baby being able to wiggle and move. They keep your baby dry – for very longer periods of time than the diapers designed for a “newborn.” They absorb a ton of liquid, so your baby can nap or sleep longer without getting a nasty diaper rash.
4. The Baby Who Sleeps Longer than 9-hours:
It was a true toss-up for me between the Pampers Extra Protection Nighttime Diapers and the Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers. Both diapers provide excellent overnight protection; however, the Pampers Extra Protection Nighttime Diapers are very versatile diapers in that they are flexible enough for baby (and young toddler) to move around free (from crawling to walking to running) around the house.
5. The Baby Who Wiggles and Crawls:
I keep Pampers Cruisers Ultra Diapers on-hand for my very active child, and I personally have found them to be more “user-friendly” (aka “Mommy Friendly”) than the Huggies Little Movers.
However, it is important to note that Huggies Little Movers come out with adorable theme, such as the “jeans diaper” (see Jean-Style Huggies Little Movers Diapers), and the “Santa diaper” (see Huggies Santa Diaper) periodically, and these adorable diapers are pretty hard to argue with.
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