As parents know, diapers are necessary, and expensive. And if you’re going to spend that much money-you want to make sure the diapers work.
Consumer Reports recently tested 10 popular brands to find out which diapers are the most absorbent and which ones keep your baby feeling dry.
With twins, Alex Flowers knows all too well how expensive diapers can be.
“It was a relief for us financially when our kids were able to potty train and we didn’t have to buy diapers anymore,” said Flowers.
But until then, babies and toddlers use diapers… Lots and lots of them. And the costs add up with each change. Now Consumer Reports is out with brand new testing of ten popular diaper brands ranging in price from 11 to 51 cents a diaper.
The testing mimics what babies do a lot of… pee.
“We looked at how fast a diaper absorbs saline and how well it holds it in- helping keep your baby dry,” said Consumer Reports Editor Angela Lashbrook.
Luxury brand Coterie landed at the top of the ratings, acing both the absorption and dryness tests. The brand boasts that its diapers are made from cleaner ingredients and are free of more than two hundred chemicals, claims that Consumer Reports did not independently verify.
“Downside is they’re the most expensive we tested at 51 cents each,” said Lashbrook.
Seventh Generation, another diaper that claims to be environmentally friendly, also scored near the top of Consumer Reports ratings. But they’re also pricey at 35 cents a piece which can add up fast day after day.
“There are more budget-friendly alternatives that scored well too,” said Lashbrook.
Amazon’s Mama Bear and Walmart’s Parents Choice are good options for well under 20-cents a diaper.
Well-known brands like Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, and Kirkland are all recommended, landing in the middle of Consumer Reports’ ratings.
At the bottom of the list, Dyper and The Honest Company diapers. Although they did ok in Consumer Reports dryness test, that’s not the case for the absorption test.
“That means a bigger risk of leaks… something no parent wants,” said Lashbrook.
Especially if it’s times-two.
Consumer Reports says all ten diapers passed its safety testing—which screened for heavy metals and phthalates.