The Baby Diaper Shootout Comparison Video

Some of the choices that you make as a new parent can be pretty exciting, like picking a name for the new bundle of joy. Other choices may not necessarily be quite as exciting, but you can just as easily get overwhelmed by the options available. To many non-parents, a baby’s diaper is just a diaper and they’re all fundamentally the same. To parents and caretakers who have had to deal with blowouts and skin irritations, choosing the right diaper could be remarkably important.

And so, I find myself here, some six months into my life as a WAHD. I’ve changed more diapers than I care to count, going through quite the range of brands and sub-lines along the way. Just figuring out how to change a diaper in the first place was a learning experience; I had never done it prior to having Adalynn join our world. Figuring out which diaper suited her best simply added to the confusion and complexity.

To this end, I’ve put together a quick comparison video with seven such diapers:

In general, I find Huggies diapers to be narrower in shape with larger gussets, whereas Pampers diapers are usually slightly wider or bowed in shape with smaller gussets. And while it is easy to focus on these two big brands, it’s also important for new parents to consider other diaper brands as well. You might be surprised what you find.

Although they weren’t featured in the diaper “shootout” video above, I’d like to comment on a couple of other diapers that we tried.

The Kirkland diapers from Costco were more cost-effective when they were on sale, but they also felt the “cheapest” in terms of quality, the tabs weren’t as good, and they weren’t particularly absorbent either. We also encountered a couple of issues with the Pampers Baby Dry diapers: they were heavily scented and they lacked the indicator strip found on other comparable diapers in the range.

At the end of the day, and I cannot emphasize this enough, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” diaper for all babies and all situations. We definitely have our personal preferences based on our personal experience, but your mileage may vary.

Chat up other parents and even split a few diaper packages so you can all try as many as you can. Diapers are going to be one of your biggest baby expenses and they are definitely not all the same.