With so many brands of disposable nappy to choose from, finding the right one for your baby can involve some trial and error.
The nappy size, fit and cost are all factors to consider when deciding which nappy to buy.
Nappy sizes range from newborn all the way through to potty training pants. You can check the nappy’s size guide to help you pick the right size for your baby's weight.
Most disposable nappies are designed with easy-fastening Velcro tabs, an elasticated waistband and elasticated leg holes to give a snug fit. You might need to experiment with different brands to find one that best fits your baby.
The cost of nappies can vary depending on the brand you choose. Supermarket own-label nappies are generally cheaper than big brands such as Pampers.
It's likely that your baby will use between six and 12 disposable nappies a day in their first few months, with this decreasing as they get older.
This adds up to a lot of nappies. If your child went through eight nappies a day until they were two years old, it would total more than 5,300 nappies.
Disposable nappies can cost anything from 5p to more than 20p each, depending on which brand you choose.
While this may not sound too pricey, costs can quickly add up. Opting for cheap nappies is likely to set you back around £15 a month, while choosing more expensive options could bring your monthly nappy spend closer to around £50.
But spending more doesn’t guarantee a better nappy. In fact, our survey results have uncovered a top-rated nappy brand that offers some of the cheapest nappies around, as well as expensive nappy brands that left parents dissatisfied.
Each nappy can take hundreds of years to naturally degrade, so the sheer number of disposable nappies thrown away presents serious problems to the environment. This is particularly true when you consider that each baby could use more than 5,000 nappies before they are fully potty trained.
While most disposable nappies are recyclable, the UK doesn’t currently have the facilities to process them in the right way.
However there are more eco-friendly disposable nappy options available, with some brands offering nappies made using sustainable wood pulp or packaging sourced from renewable materials. Head to our to find out how parents rate eco nappy brands such as Eco by Naty, Kit & Kin and Rascal + Friends.
While disposable nappies are convenient, reusable nappies could be worth considering if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option.
Reusable nappies are more expensive to buy initially, but they’re cheaper in the long run as you won't have to continually buy new packs of nappies. Some councils offer incentive schemes with benefits ranging from a free starter pack to vouchers that you can put towards the cost of reusable nappies.
However, reusable nappies are less convenient as they have to be washed and dried after use.
Some parents decide to use a mixture of both, opting for reusable nappies at home and disposable nappies on days out or holidays. Others use disposables during the night and reusable nappies during the day.