Posted on 30 June 2022
During our research, the opinions of users were not unanimous, but during our tests, these nappies proved to be the most convincing, with a good absorption and above all an incomparable softness at the level of the elastics (waist and thighs), thus giving an optimal comfort. The absorbent pad is composed of several absorption layers that allow for a better distribution of the absorbed liquid. In our tests, they proved to be effective, the inside of the nappy being barely damp with 30 ml of water absorbed.
Although very practical, disposable nappies have been the subject of controversy over their composition. The watertightness of the nappy does not only depend on its thickness, but also on the leakage barriers. The choice of the nappy size should be based on your child's weight. It is important that the nappy is soft, so that the baby's movements are not hindered. Pay particular attention to the composition of the product, check that the fibres do not contain chlorine.
Although very practical, disposable nappies have been the subject of controversy over their composition.
The watertightness of the nappy does not only depend on its thickness, but also on the leakage barriers.
The choice of the nappy size should be based on your child's weight.
It is important that the nappy is soft, so that the baby's movements are not hindered.
Pay particular attention to the composition of the product, check that the fibres do not contain chlorine.
Historically the leader in the field of baby nappies, Pampers has seen its image somewhat shaken by the recent controversies regarding the composition of its products. However, the brand has made great efforts to inform the public lately, and can only be credited with the strength, comfort and absorbency of its nappies. The moisture indicator and the umbilical cut-out are also small details that are appreciated in the sizes dedicated to newborns.
Supported by several labels guaranteeing the quality of the components used, Moltex nappies have a good composition, free of most controversial substances. Almost 50% of the raw materials used in the whole nappy are renewable. The nappies are also convincing in their ecological design, as our tests have shown that the inner cover effectively absorbs unwanted odours, despite its poor liquid absorption capacity.
Although they do not particularly stand out for their comfort, the Mama Bear nappies have a strength and flexibility that makes them easy to use. The whole is soft to the touch and, despite their thinness, the nappies showed very satisfactory results in terms of absorption during our tests. The residual humidity is also very low, which guarantees dry, irritation-free bottoms.
|Our choice, Best mid-range||Best budget||Best high-end||Budget alternative|
|Love & Green|
|Pampers Baby Dry|
|Moltex Pure & Nature|
|Combining mostly natural materials with a total transparency on the composition of its nappies, Love & Green proves to be very convincing both in terms of absorption and comfort.||Pampers nappies are very strong and absorbent. The materials used are soft to the touch, especially in the waistband, and retain humidity effectively.||The Pure & Nature nappies from Moltex are very environmentally friendly. They are comfortable and provide a good support, without a plastic effect but soft to the touch.||Easy to put on and take off, Mama Bear nappies are an interesting alternative for small budgets. Beautifully illustrated, they show effective absorption both during day and night.|
Tidoo (£11.23 the pack of 24 nappies upon publication): effective, but can be improved. Made in France, these 50% biodegradable nappies are widely acclaimed by parents for their absorption capacity. During our tests, we nevertheless noticed a certain lack of flexibility (with a very plastic feel) and an absorption that, although effective, directly impacts the thickness of the nappy, becoming almost embarrassing for the child wearing it. It also does not retain odours in an optimal way. Effective, yes, but definitely not the best.
Eco by Naty (£32.40 the pack of 156 nappies upon publication) : efficient ecological nappies. Naty is environmentally friendly, both in its nappies and in its packaging (made of biosourced plastic), and offers organic nappies that are effective from an absorption point of view. However, our tests confirm the opinion of many users who find the nappy rather rough to the touch. Surprisingly, this is not the case for diapers, which are really soft and comfortable. Let’s hope that the brand will standardise its products and that they will soon be part of our main selection…
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How to choose your newborn nappy?
For some time now, baby nappies have been at the heart of a controversy over their composition, which (until recently) was not subject to a very strict regulation.
Since then, the leaders of the field (Pampers in the forefront) have been revamping their products, but the last few years have also seen the emergence of a new trend in so-called “green” nappies.
Of course, a good alternative is to turn to reusable nappies, which are more economical and much more respectful of the planet. But not everyone is psychologically ready to take the plunge, and we have to admit that disposable nappies are really practical.
How to make the best choice for your baby’s little bottom? Here are some criteria to consider:
- Comfort: while most parents think of the softness of the inner veil, the flexibility of the outer veil is just as important to ensure your baby can move easily. The fastening system and the elastics must be effective without creating discomfort. Redness in the folds and sharp marks in the skin are easily identifiable signs of an unsuitable nappy.
- Waterproofness: of course, the main interest of a nappy is its ability to hold a large amount of liquid, especially at night. From a practical point of view, the inside of the nappy is usually made up of a cellulose fibre mat and an absorbent powder called SAP (sodium polyacrylate), but its watertightness also depends on good overall design, with effective leakage barriers (the elastics in the crotch area).
- Composition: highly controversial, it is really difficult to discern the true from the false. Firstly, the presence of petrochemical residues must be put into perspective, as these are generally only present in minute quantities. Then, to get to the heart of the matter, remember that it is better to avoid all superfluous substances: lotions, perfumes, colourings, alcohol. Above all, it is important that the fibres are bleached without chlorine (marked ‘TCF’). In any case, recent studies have shown that most brands have made significant progress in this area.
- Choice of the size: this is easily identified by a number, ranging from 1 to 6. Each size corresponds to the most suitable weight range. Even if this may vary slightly from one brand to another, we give them as an indication:
- Size 1: from 2 to 5 kg (from birth to 2-3 months)
- Size 2: from 3 to 6 kg (from birth to 3-4 months)
- Size 3: from 4 to 9 kg (from 3 to 10 months)
- Size 4: from 7 to 18 kg (from 6 months to 3 years)
- Size 4+: from 9 to 20 kg (10 months +)
- Size 5: from 11 to 25 kg (18 months +)
- Size 6: from 15 kg (2,5 years +)
You should also be aware that the price of a nappy increases proportionally with its size. Sizes 1 and 2 are the cheapest, but you use more of them than sizes 4 to 5. The cost is therefore to be evaluated over a long period of time, usually one month.
How did we test?
To test the nappies, we collaborated with two apprentice testers whose weight corresponds for most brands to a size 4 in order to collect their feelings. First, we handled each nappy, to evaluate its thickness, softness and therefore comfort, but also its visual aspect. Although no brand is immune to a manufacturing defect, we did not hesitate to abuse each one, by pulling on the fasteners in particular, to see how strong and flexible they were.
We then tested the absorption with a syringe filled with water (30 and 60 ml – capacity of a full bladder at this age) and their resistance to leakage despite various manipulations. Moreover, we tested their odour retention capacity and composition.
Other tested nappies
Bambo Nature (£6.39 for 24 nappies upon publication): recurrent leakage problems. During our tests, we observed that these nappies were quite rough, which is not optimal for baby’s comfort. In addition, the absorption is not the best and we noticed frequent leakage problems.
Lotus Baby Touch : not produced by the brand anymore. These nappies come with the elastic on the baby’s back. During our tests, the absorption was generally good. We liked the little designs on each of the nappies. However, we regretted the somewhat chemical smell that we smelled when we used them.
Translated by Aylin Akturk