Nappies: tried and tested brands sizes 1-3

We all know that looking after a baby can be expensive, and buying nappies is just one of the costs involved that can really add up. In the first few months, your baby will use between six and 12 nappies a day. That’s up to 372 nappies a month. That’s a lot of poop and pounds (££s).
My little boy is now 8 months old and I have tried a few brands of nappies and wanted to share my thoughts in order of preference. I’ll update my review of size 4-6 in a couple months 🙂

Size 1-3 nappies summary

Top rated based of quality: Asda Little Angels
Top rated based on price for 40 nappies: Aldi Mamia
Overall Best Buy: Asda Little Angels
Runner up: Pampers
Close third: Boots Baby

I’m between pampers, Asda and boots nappies and it seems to come down to where I was doing my shopping at the time. One thing that was swaying me to use pampers more is the convenient ability to subscribe and save on amazon prime so basically I can order and they will be delivered monthly. Very handy for busy mums but that does mean approximately £2 a month more on the nappy bill.

Nappy review by brand

Little Angels by Asda

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Summary:

Value for money 5/5

Quality 5/5
Reasonably priced nappies and great size 1s when my son was a newborn. Had no issues with them. There was a product recall in summer / autumn 2017 but pampers and other brands have had the same issues in the past.

These are good value for money against other leading brands. They have a nice whale pattern on the front and a sizing indicator so you can tell if your baby is wearing the right size ie if the tabs go outside the marked area you need the next size up or if the tabs are touching / overlapping you should consider going down one size.

The downside to these nappies is the lack of a wetness indicator like the newborn range. Not that it matters because you should be changing the nappies regularly to avoid nappy rash.

Leakage wise: I haven’t had any issues with any of the little angels nappies. They do bulk when they have absorbed quite a bit of poo and wee but I’ve not had any leakage even after my little one has had a full nappy after 8 hours sleep.

Softness: these have similar properties to the leading brand.

Dryness: even with a big soggy nappy my baby’s bum was dry. This is due to the similar technology as the leading brand – absorbing wetness away from babies bottom. Unfortunately the poo absorption isn’t the same and you do have some poo stuck to babies bum although in comparison to some nappies by I’ve tried this is nothing.

Yes I would recommend these 5/5

Mamia by Aldi’s

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Summary:

Value for money 5/5

Quality 4/5

Budget supermarket Aldi has its own range of nappies called Mamia. I was recommended this brand from my own dad and a former work colleague. I can honestly say these are great!

The Aldi nappies range from newborn size to size 6 for toddlers. The brand also has a range of potty-training pants and baby wipes.
If you’re a savvy parent you can even get a free sample posted through your door.

Mamia offers a full range of nappies that covers all sizes of children:

  • Newborn (Size 1) for the little ones (2-5 kg / 4-11lbs)
  • Newborn Size 2 (3-6 kg / 7-13lbs)
  • Ultra-Dry Size 3  (4-9kg / 9-20lbs)
  • Ultra-Dry  Size 4 (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Ultra-Dry Size 4+ (9-20 kg
  • Ultra-Dry Size 5 (11-25 kg / 24-55lbs)
  • Ultra-Dry  Size 5+ (13-27kg)
  • Ultra-Dry  Size 6 (15+ kg)
  • Ultra-Dry  Size 6+ (16+kg
  • Easy pants designed for potty training and come in Size 5 (12-18kg) and Size 6 (16+kg)
Prices:
Size 1 – 24 nappies for £0.99
Size 2 – 24 nappies for £0.99
Features
They are hypoallergenic and breathable, with stretchy sides, and are made with fibres from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
My Review
The mamia range is close in cost to the ASDA and Lidl brands delivering very similar quality. These nappies and lovely and soft against babies skin and do keep them dry. I did experience a few leaks from over night poop explosions but not from any urine.
The pattern on the size 3s are nice. They are a good fit around the waist and legs.
Yes I would recommend 4/5

Boots Baby

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Summary:

Value for money 4/5

Quality 4/5

The size one boots own brand nappies have been great. I love the longer tabs it gives an added sense of security that the nappy is going to stay put. The tabs are a little fiddly to release for securing the nappy when fitting but that’s just the way they are packaged. I haven’t had any issues with these nappies and they are relatively cheap in comparison to pampers.
One great feature that Boots Baby nappies have against other own brand nappies is they have a newborn and low birth weight range for babies born weighing between 1-5lbs. The only other nappy range widely used for this bracket is pampers who actually provide nappies to neonatal wards. Therefore if you were looking for the small nappies to take into the hospital head to boots.

Boots Baby offers a full range of nappies that covers all sizes of children:

  • Newborn & Low Birth Weight (Size 0)  (1-2.5 kg / 1-5lbs)
  • Newborn (Size 1) for the little ones (2-5 kg / 4-11lbs)
  • Size 2 (3-6 kg / 7-13lbs)
  • (Midi) Size 3  (4-9kg / 9-20lbs)
  • (Maxi) Size 4 (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • (Maxi plus) Size 4+ (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Junior Size 5 (11-25 kg / 24-55lbs)
  • Junior Plus Size 5+)
  • Extra large Size 6 (16 kg+)

Key Features:

  • Day and night protection
  • Absorbent core locks away moisture
  • Flexible soft stretchy sides ideal for comfortable fit
  • Hypoallergenic & dematologically tested
  • Shaped slim core for improved fit
  • All Boots nappies contain fluff pulp that has been bleached without the use of chlorine gas.
  • All wood pulp used is sourced from well-managed certified forests.
Prices:
Size 1 – 44 nappies for £3.50
Size 2 – 42 nappies for £3.50
Yes I would recommend 4/5

Lupilo – Lidl’s

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Summary:

Value for money 5/5

Quality 4/5

Previously known as Toujour these nappies were renamed Lupilo but retained all the same features as the previous brand.

Another budget range contender which has good reviews. This was a brand suggested by my dad and a work colleague.

Lupilu  offers a full range of diapers that covers all sizes of children . We therefore have:

  • Newborn for the little ones (2-5 kg  4-11lbs)
  • Mini (3/6 kg)
  • Midi (4/9)
  • Maxi (7/18 kg)
  • Junior (11-25 kg)
  • XL (16-30 kg)

Features:

  • The two lines for the little ones have an external humidity indicator , which changes colour when the baby pee;
  • The sizes from the Midi to the XL are equipped with the new Dryway technology: they are 3 absorbent layers designed to reduce humidity and guarantee a greater sense of dryness even to those who start to move and explore the world;
  • Lupilu nappies use FSC certified celluloseThis choice was made to contribute to a more prudent and sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Lupilu nappies ensure maximum protection of the skin because they are dermatologically tested and free of latex.
Prices:
Size 1 – 24 nappies for £0.99
Size 2 – 44 nappies for £2.09
Yes I would recommend 4/5

Little ones by Sainsburys

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Summary:

Value for money 3/5

Quality 3/5

Providing day and night protection, Sainsbury’s Little Ones newborn nappies are soft and gentle on your baby’s delicate skin.  This product isn’t as well know as other supermarket or own brand ranges. It does also have a hint at wanting to be like a competitors own brand – Asda’s little angels.

Personally I didn’t really like these nappies especially the size 2s they leaked quite a bit. Once my poor chap had a wet bum, grobag and bed sheet because it had leaked that much urine. Out of a big pack of nappies at least 15 leaked urine that’s nearly a third of the pack.

Little One’s  offers a full range of nappies that covers all sizes of children:

  • Newborn (1) for the little ones (2-5 kg / 4-11lbs)
  • Size 2 (3-6 kg / 7-13lbs)
  • Size 3  (4-9kg / 9-20lbs)
  • Size 4 (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Size 4+ (9-20 kg / 20-44lbs)
  • Size 4 Pull-ons (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Size 5 (11-25 kg / 24-55lbs)
  • Size 5+ (13-27 kg / 24-605lbs)
  • Size 6 (16 kg+)
  • Size 6+ (16kg+ or 35kg+)

Features:

  • 3D liner which absorbs soft poo and wee helping to keep your baby’s skin dry
  • Time to change wetness indicator at the front of the nappy which turns blue
  • Soft stretchy waist band, leg cuffs and resealable tabs

Prices:

Size one – 40 for £2.00

Size two – 46 for £2.50
No I wouldn’t recommend borderline 3/5

Beaming Baby

Summary:

Value for money 3/5

Quality 4/5

These are biodegradable nappies with less chemicals than some of the leading brands. Due to the less chemicals there isn’t a wet line indicator – and if there is I haven’t seen it once and used a full pack. There are multiple size options available as expected. My little boy started wearing the size 2 at 6 weeks old weighing 10 1/2 pounds. They fit him perfectly. The only issue we’ve had with them was one slight leak of poo from a rather nasty bowel movement. To be honest I don’t think any nappy would have contained that one. My word when your friends with children warn you that you will come across some nasty nappies you never really prepare yourself enough.

Although these nappies are ok there are in the higher end of the budget. Good news though there are opportunities to get some vouchers and free numbers by signing up or referring your friend. Problem is you will then start to receive monthly postal newsletters with expired offers. https://beamingbaby.co.uk/

Beaming Baby offers a full range of nappies that covers all sizes of children:

  • Newborn (1) for the little ones (2-5 kg / 4-11lbs)
  • Size 2 (3-6 kg / 7-13lbs)
  • Size 3  (4-9kg / 9-20lbs)
  • Size 4 (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Size 4+ (9-20 kg / 20-44lbs)
  • Size 4 Pull-ons (7-18 kg / 15-40lbs)
  • Size 5 (11-25 kg / 24-55lbs)
  • Size 5+ (13-27 kg / 24-605lbs)
  • Size 6 (16 kg+)
  • Size 6+ (16kg+ or 35kg+)

Features:

  • biodegradable nappies 
  • Time to change wetness indicator at the front of the nappy which turns blue
  • Soft stretchy waist band, leg cuffs and resealable tabs

Prices:

Size one –  160 nappies for £39.99

Size two –  160 for £40.99
Yes I’d recommend especially to vegans 4/5

Pampers

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Summary:

Value for money 4/5

Quality 4/5

The brand that is bought due to brand marketing but are they actually as good as the budget range. Well, the nappies do soak up a lot and do have the wet line indicator on the front but there no better or worse than what you can get in Aldi or Lidl just cheaper. We have had a few leaky nappies that soaked straight through the little ones clothes and onto his sheets but not as bad as the Sainsbury’s ones.

Pamper’s  offers a full range of nappies that covers all sizes of children:

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  • Preemie  – designed for babies <1.8kg
  • Size 0  – 1.5-2.5 kg
  • Size 1 – 2-5kg
  • Size 2  – 4-8kg
  • Size 3  – 6-10kg or 11kg
  • Size 4 – 9-14kg or 15kg
  • Size 4+ – 10-15kg
  • Size 5 – 11-16kg or 17kg
  • Size 5+ – 12-17kg
  • Size 6  – 13+kg or 15+kg
  • Size 7 – 15+kg
 Pampers provide visual aids when to tell you need a new nappy size
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Features:

  • Premature nappy range
  • Time to change wetness indicator at the front of the nappy which turns blue
  • Soft stretchy waist band, leg cuffs and resealable tabs
  • Absorb away layer which pulls wetness and mess away from your baby’s skin
  • 3 absorbing channels which held to distribute wetness evenly throughout the nappy
  • Silk softness
  • Nappies up to size 2 provide naval friendly shape to protect your baby’s delicate belly button

Yes I would recommend 4/5

Tips to cut the cost of disposable nappies

Whichever brand you go for, we have some tips for helping you to cut costs when you’re out shopping: As you’ve read above you don’t need to buy premium to get the best. Here’s some tips:
  • Buy the largest packs to reduce costs, but be wary of bulk-buying too much in one size (especially newborn sizes) as your baby may outgrow them sooner than you expect.
  • Take advantage of any special offers / promotions. If you don’t have a strong loyalty to one particular brand, special offers can really help you to save.The competition between nappy manufacturers is such that offers are often available.
  • Look out for free nappies and money-off nappy vouchers through baby clubs
Katherine xo
Notes: links correct at time of writing post.
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