The best disposable nappies, according to Mumsnetters

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Everyone might have warned you, but it still feels like a shock when you see quite how many nappies your baby gets through. It's hard to know which ones strike the balance between good and affordable, but no fear - we've done the research on the best disposable nappies, as chosen by Mumsnetters.

How do disposable nappies work?

Regular disposable nappies are made of a plastic called polyethylene, and filled with absorbent crystals to keep your baby dry. You can also find more environmentally-friendly options made of recycled materials like wood pulp, but these tend to be more expensive.

What should you consider when buying disposable nappies?

Practicality

Disposable nappies are much more practical for most people, as they can be thrown away and put in the bin, rather than washed. As they are single-use (and so don't need handling and washing like cloth nappies) they are generally more hygienic too.

Environmental impact

While they might be easier and more hygienic, very few disposable nappies are recyclable due to the plastic they are made from. This means they're certainly less environmentally friendly than cloth ones – even if you're choosing the more environmentally-friendly options. While reusable nappies are the most ecological option, those who want both convenience and sustainability but in the form of biodegradable disposable nappies will have to pay a premium.

Size

Nappies come in sizes zero to six, fitting babies and toddlers of all weights between 1 kg and 16+ kg. Nappies for younger babies often prioritise keeping the baby dry, and as the baby starts to crawl and toddle, nappies are often labelled as 'active' and aim to prevent leaks.

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What types of disposable nappies are available?

Newborn

These usually have a U-shape cutout to avoid irritating or covering the umbilical cord.

Active

These are stretchier nappies that are great for when your baby begins to move around on their own, to prevent leaks and spillages.

Plus

Plus nappies are extra absorbent, and so are a good choice for overnight.

Swim

Swimming nappies come in both reusable and disposable options, and are a must for any baby or child who hasn't been potty trained to swim in.

Mumsnet's round-up of the best disposable nappies

After trawling the talk boards for recommendations, we've found the best disposable nappies:

1. Aldi Mamia Newborn Size 1 - 24 Nappies

1. Aldi Mamia Newborn Size 1 - 24 Nappies

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.”

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2. Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy Pants Size 4, 172 Nappy Pants

2. Pampers Baby-Dry Nappy Pants Size 4, 172 Nappy Pants

The brand leader in the realm of nappies, and with good reason. These are an excellent choice to avoid any leaks or spillages with any super active babies. They're easy to pull up and take off, with tear-away sides for ease of use. They include absorbent micropearls to keep your baby as dry as possible.

“Pampers are the best in my opinion. My son is eight months and we've been using them since birth with no rashes, and he's got eczema and sensitive skin.”

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3. ASDA Little Angels Nappy Pants Size 5

3. ASDA Little Angels Nappy Pants Size 5

These pull-ups are a great option for any children making the transition from nappies to pants. They absorb up to 30 times their own weight, and stay dry for 12 hours – perfect for wearing through the night. They contain absorbent gel beads, and have leg cuffs to prevent leaks.

“That's all I use for mine. I've tried every brand you can think of and these seem to be the best for my two.”

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4. Sainsbury's Little Ones Dry Fit Size 3 Midi

4. Sainsbury's Little Ones Dry Fit Size 3 Midi

These super-absorbent nappies are uniquely shaped with a stretchy waistband for full comfort. There are breathable layers and a resealable tab to ensure a perfect fit.

“So far I really like Sainsbury's own range nappies. I always found poo escaped Pampers but these have kept even his latest bout of runny teething poo inside and not down his trousers.”

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5. Eco by Naty, Size 1

5. 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.”

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6. Boots Super Dry with Active Stretch Nappies Size 4

6. Boots Super Dry with Active Stretch Nappies Size 4

These nappies have active dry technology to keep your baby's nappy dry for 12 hours, and have stretchy sides and tape to secure the nappy – reducing the risk of any leaks. To ensure your baby's skin stays soft and free of any irritation these nappies are dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic.

“Please try Boots active – never, ever had a leak.”

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7. Mum & You Nappychat Eco Nappies Size 2

7. Mum & You Nappychat Eco Nappies Size 2

These fun nappies are covered in adorable patterns to inspire you to chatter to your baby, and progress their development. They're made of biodegradable wood pulp too, meaning they're environmentally friendly. If that's not enough evidence, they also won a Mumsnet Rated award – so they've been tried and tested by Mumsnetters.

“I really like Mum & You nappies, they are so soft, my son hasn't had any nappy rash at all and they (almost) hold everything in.”

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8. Huggies Little Swimmers Swim Nappies

8. 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.”

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