Newborn Diaper Rankings

I tried to get a wide variety of diapers for my newborn. But in the process, I have developed some pretty strong opinions on what works/doesn’t work (and I am still formulating opinions as my baby grows and as I get more newborn diapers). Here is my list of rankings so far from most favorite to least favorite. My baby is in the 7 pound range unless otherwise noted (he was born 7 pounds 4 ounces and has been that weight – more or less – ever since). I know different diapers work for different babies, so this is just my take. If you have a tip on how to get a diaper to work better for me…I am all ears ;)

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Sposoeasy with Snaps
I am a snap hater, for the most part, but the Sposoeasy with snaps is way more trim than the Aplix, plus for some reason it dries better?This diaper has only had one leak, plus it is easy to put on.
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Kissaluvs Size 0
This fitted diaper is raved about by many who cloth diaper newborns. I got mine used, but it was pretty crunchy. But nevertheless, it has held in messes well!

Ragababe 2 –Step
Love these. It did have some leaks at first, which is why it isn’t #1. BUT once I got the settings (I found out that the smallest setting, which you see in this first picture, is actually for a premie. He should be set on the middle setting), the diaper has been great. It isn’t always an AI2…most of the time he gets poop on the cover.

 

Little Boppers AI2
I LOVE this diaper. It is a little bulky and my mom said it was hard to put on, but it has NEVER had a leak. It is so soft too! I would probably say this is tied for first but because I am the only one who uses it…it gets TIED. But I really don’t get why it was hard for my mom to put on???

 

 

Sposoeasy with Velcro
Again, leak free. it just isn’t as trim as the one with snaps
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Bummis Original Cover

This is so much more trim than the others. If you plan on having a small baby, this is the way to go.

XS Thirsties Cover
It is still a little bulky for my preference, but it is leak free.


GroVia NB
These certainly would win on cuteness (our pediatrician said she had print envy when she saw this!), but it takes FOREVER to dry (I had it in the dryer for 85 minutes and it was STILL wet).

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Fuzzibunz Perfect Size XS
At first I had trouble getting the fit right, then Mom brain realized she wasn’t using the hip snaps. Then they worked great, they just grew out of their absorbency quickly, plus it is kinda a pain for my sleep deprived brain to take the time to stuff and unstuff a pocket.

Ragababe Easy AIO
I really like the fit of this diaper, but have had quite a few leaks. I have heard that the 2-step works well at first and then the AIO works.

Ragababe Easy All in One Diaper – 15 day old baby – 7 pounds, 4 ounces

Rumparooz Lil Joeys
Unfortunately these are my one of my least favorites. No matter how I snap them, he ALWAYS leaks. I have tried every which way, but no luck. This surprised me, since my guy is pretty small with small legs…and yet this diaper seems to small on him.

Softbums Echo
Oh I am SO bummed about this because it is a one size diaper and I REALLY wanted it to work. But regardless of whether I put in the mini stay dry or the mini bamboo, it still leaked. Plus it is actually bulky on him. (POST NOTE: I have since found out that my bamboo just wasn’t prepped enough. Now this is one of the top diaper recommendations I have).
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Interested in seeing more newborn diaper reviews? Search “newborn” in our Cloth Diaper and Product Reviews Database for links to more pictures and opinions (from both Carolyn and Tara!) on a variety of newborn diapering options!

 

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
  • Jennifer

    We have that same Carter's sleeper! Just a note…I had leaks from my Ragababe AIO's until I figured out I was not putting it on tight enough. Since lil guy held his legs up, I adjusted the fit for that, but when he extended his legs, there was a huge gap at the waist. Once I tightened up, problem solved!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16582205878681182599 Tara at Padded Tush Stats

    I LOVE that Carter's sleeper. I want more of them! I had them really tight, but it left red marks and he had pinched skin there…so I was worried it was too tight???

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  • http://twitter.com/mleerx Michelle Lee

    This post totally makes me want to have another baby lol. I love Grovia for cuteness too but my kiddos both outgrew it absorbancy-wise in about two weeks!

  • Melissa C.

    This is making my ovaries itch :-) I hope you guys will keep this updated with newer options (like Simplex) as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.adler.12 Tracy Adler

    I agree with Melissa C. I’m also hoping you keep this updated :) I’m due in November and want to cloth diaper from day one…. So I’m still trying to decide what to do.

  • Miranda Gillespie

    This was so helpful! I’ve got a little guy coming in a couple weeks and I just know he’ll be on the skinny side. Now I know what will work best!

  • Laura P

    Thanks for this. At first I thought I’d wait to start cloth diapering until month 2 or 3, but now I think I’ll probably wait only a week or two before starting, thus, I may need some newborns. I appreciate the list – very helpful!

  • Ariel M.

    How sad to hear Lil Joey’s didn’t perform well! I just bought some. Hopefully I won’t have the same issues.

  • jdstebbi

    Thanks!

  • Carly Tea

    I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to do in the itty bitty newborn stage, so this is super helpful. Thanks. I’ve heard great things about Sposoeasy. Sounds like one I’d like to try.

    • http://www.makingitworkblog.com/ Carolyn Russell

      Great to hear this was helpful! Since the time this was published, we’ve done quite a few more newborn diaper reviews (and have a few more in the works!) If you go to our review table (http://www.paddedtushstats.com/reviews/) and search for “newborn” you can see all of the individual reviews :)

  • Indiana Hilton

    My favorite combo for a newborn is a 100%cotton prefold and a xs thirsties cover. I have to have leg gussets on my covers.