Did you know newborns need their nappies changed up to 10 times a day? Neither did we before we had kids! That’s a lot of time spent on changing, but it’s really important to be vigilant with it. Newborn skin is ultra delicate and sitting in a wet or dirty nappy can irritate their skin quickly and lead to dreaded nappy rash. Keep bub comfy and their skin calm with the best nappies on the market at the memo. With so many options to choose from (do you go disposable or reusable) we know it can be hard to work out what will work for you best. So, take a read of our article that wraps up the top 6 newborn diapers (including for swimming!) to learn which is right for your child.
What are disposable vs reusable nappies?
First things first, let’s do a little recap on the difference between disposable and reusable nappies. As the name implies disposable nappies are one-use only and typically not an eco-friendly option as they contribute to land-fill. They have traditionally been an easier option for new parents as they slide on without the need for any complicated wrapping or folding. Reusable nappies on the other hand are meant to be used again and again and are made from materials like cotton or bamboo. They are an eco-friendly and economical option, and need to be washed between uses.
What to look for when buying nappies?
Some features to look for when buying your child nappies include:
- Eco-friendly: There’s a lot of waste in the baby space and disposable nappies add hugely to it. Consider your environmental footprint when choosing which nappies to use. If you want to disposable we have a one-of-its-kind eco-friendly option to use.
- Size: It’s an obvious one but make sure to buy the correct size based on your child’s weight.
- Absorbance: Always go for the most absorbent option to avoid blowouts!
- Practicality: Do you have the patience and time to use cloth nappies or do you need something quick and easy? We have eco-friendly options for the quick and easy route too.
What nappies should I buy for a newborn?
Newborns go through a ton of nappies, so little pre-warning to make sure you always have enough on hand. Budget for at least 10-12 nappies a day! The best newborn nappies are the ones that are the most comfortable for your baby, so it’s important to remember that what works for one mum might not work for you. We recommend a little trial and error when you bring your newborn home to see which one works best against their delicate skin. All you need to remember is to buy the right size for their body weight!
What are the best nappy brands in Australia?
At the memo, we stock a curated edit of our tried and tested best infant nappies. These are the products we’d recommend to our own family and friends, so you can be sure you’re getting only the very best. We offer Tooshies by Tom, Bubba Blue, Baby Beehinds, Pepki, and Nature Baby options.
6 best nappies in 2022
Wondering what are the best nappies to buy in 2022? This is our no-nonsense guide to the best 6 diapers on the market in Australia. From an eco-friendly disposable option and traditional cloth nappies, to innovative reusable nappies and even ones for the pool!
1. Bamboo Nappies by Tooshies by Tom
This is for you if you want disposable nappies- but made eco-friendly! They’re made from organic bamboo, are naturally insulating, anti-microbial and offer 12-hour leak-proof protection to keep your baby dry all day and night. Softer and ultra absorbent, the Tooshies by Tom nappies are super soft, breathable and free from nasties to soothe sensitive bottoms. Our favourite thing about them though is their consideration for the environment. They have a 100% biodegradable backsheet and a biodegradable blended bamboo core. Available as both infant nappies and toddler nappies.
Features of Tooshies Nappies:
- Made from organic bamboo pulp
- 100% biodegradable backsheet and core
- Non-toxic materials
- High-rise waistband
- Triple layer protection
- Snug slim-fit and deep gusset to avoid blowouts
2. Cotton and Bamboo Nappy Squares from Nature Baby
This is for you if you want the most eco-friendly option and are happy to use reusable nappies. Better yet, these nappy squares can also be used to clean up spills or other accidents. The Nature Baby nappy squares are beautifully soft and absorbent and make a simple and traditional cloth nappy that is environmentally friendly and a cost effective alternative to disposable nappies. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, to offer comfort, breathability, absorbency and softness against baby’s skin.
Features of Nature Baby Nappies:
- Made from 50% cotton and 50% bamboo
- Pack of six
- Multipurpose- can use for swaddling, burping, spills too
3. Magicalls All-in-Two Cloth Nappy from Baby Beehinds
These are for you if you want reusable nappies but don’t have the patience to deal with nappy squares. They couldn’t be easier (or cuter) to use either! These nappies come with inserts that are incredibly absorbent to avoid messy leakage, made with bamboo/organic cotton fleece. Long and foldable, you can move more layers to the front (a good approach for a boy) or in the middle (a more common approach for a girl) in the main wet zones. Simply change your insert with every ‘nappy change’ rather than the outer unless it’s dirty. We also love that these nappies can fit babies from 4-20 kgs, growing with them with a simple adjustment of the buttons on the front.
Features of Magicalls Nappies:
- Reusable nappies
- Fits babies 4-20kgs
- Inserts made with bamboo and organic cotton
- Comfy velcro waist
These ones are for you if you’re looking for eco-friendly and cheap nappies. They’re our most affordable option at just under $40 for an 8 pack. They are beautifully soft and absorbent and make a simple and traditional cloth nappy that is environmentally friendly and a cost effective alternative to disposable nappies. Made from cotton and bamboo, to offer comfort, breathability, absorbency and softness against baby’s skin.
Features of Bamboo Nappies:
- Hypoallergenic and antibacterial
- Highly absorbent
- Multipurpose use
- 8 pack
- Nappy fastener included
5. Reusable Swim Nappy from Baby Beehinds
Ready to take bub swimming? Don’t forget their nappy! We’re sure we don’t need to tell you this, but just in case, you can’t use regular nappies or cloths in the swimming pool or beach as they’re not water resistant. Cue the swim nappy from Baby Beehinds. Designed for babies to wear in the pool or at the beach from 5kgs- 20kgs (you adapt the size by the clasp buttons and velcro straps), they come with a soft PUL outer (a durable waterproof fabric) with suede cloth inner layer. Firm but gentle leg elastics keep everything tight and in check. The material also ensures a super quick drying time between swims.
Features of Reusable Swim Nappy:
- Suitable for infants until 3 years old
- Reusable nappy
- Made from a durable waterproof fabric
- Fasten with velcro waist strap
The Pepki swim nappies are for you if you’re looking for a slightly more lightweight option than Baby Beehinds and a more neutral design and colours. They come in three different sizes so you can choose the right one for your child (hence no velcro strap for fastening but a drawstring closure). The mindful, minimalist designs have a fabric exterior made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. Super lightweight and with a drawstring closure to help fit your baby for longer, the style also has firm but gentle leg elastics to keep everything tight and in check. Simply slide on and let your baby splash about.
Features of Pepki Swim Nappy:
- Drawstring closure
- Available in three sizes from newborn to 14kgs
- Made from post consumer plastic bottles
Best Nappies Australia
Have we narrowed down the choice for you any further? Take a look at our curated edit of the best infant nappies in Australia now to see our full collection. When you buy your baby nappies with us, you can enjoy our free delivery on orders over $99, our 30 day trial guarantee and take advantage of our AfterPay option at checkout.Liked this? Take a read of our article on choosing a nappy bag, your nappy change checklist, and tips on bathing a baby.