My twins have enriched my life in many ways. For example, I’m basically an expert in cheap diapers now. I really wanted to get into cloth diapers when the girls were born, but changing two at a time and washing them was just too much. I barely have time for the regular laundry, so we quickly became — and stayed — a family of disposable diapers.
Diaper Economics: They’re Too Expensive!
However, these diapers quickly add up. Even if they’re only about 50 cents each, considering that by the time a baby is potty training, she goes through at least 3000 of them, it costs a minimum of $1500 on disposables alone per baby.
Or Are They? The Quest for Reasonably Priced Nappies
I’ve compiled a list of nine brands of cheap diapers. These are all daily disposable diapers for babies who aren’t potty training, and generally available at most stores in the United States or online.
Every baby is different. Every mother is different. However, this is my overall impression of each brand. The price is definitely a major deciding factor as my ultimate aim is to help parents save money, but so is comfort and dryness. At the end of the day, a diaper could be cheap, but if it causes the baby to suffer from rush and if it leaks, then it’s not worth it.
My Top Nine Brands of Cheap Disposables, from Just Okay to Miraculous:
1) White Cloud (Wal-Mart)
- Overall: White Cloud, Wal-Mart’s store brand of cheap diapers, is widely available and easy to find.
- Affordability: At about 20-cents each, these disposables are a bargain, but certainly not as cheap as other brands.
- Quality: This one does leak from time to time, and if the baby is sick, forget it. I found small leg gaps. It’s a little papery and pretty boxy. Tabs may not be as strong.
- Comfort: Overall, these disposable diapers are comfortable and elastic enough to moves with the baby. However, they aren’t the most absorbent and they don’t keep the baby as dry as other brands do. they tends to shift.
- Overall: Although when it comes to quality, they’re not the best, these cheap diapers are a real bargain.
- Affordability: This brand is insanely cheap, at about 14-cents per diaper at most allowing you to save a lot of money in the long run
- Quality: As baby diapers, Cuties are of average quality. They’re not as absorbent or comfortable as others, but they don’t leak all the time. Wetness is a minor, ongoing problem, so they need to be changed regularly.
- Comfort: Cuties are little wider and less contoured than other cheap diapers. They’re a little bulky, and the bulk lends to gaps. It’s more papery than others and tends to get soggy and wet more easily.
3) Parents Choice (Wal-Mart store brand)
Overall: These disposable diapers are definitely budget-friendly, easy to find, and a reliable option if nothing else is available.
Affordability: At 14-cents a diaper, they come at a great price.
Quality: One issue with these is that they don’t mask the smell well, so you know when it’s time to change the diaper. It’s not too papery, but not too soft. It’s also less contoured than other brand of cheap diapers. It doesn’t get completely soggy, but it doesn’t stay dry, either.
Comfort: Aside from the smell (because the baby usually doesn’t care) they’re not bulky and there are usually no gaps around the legs. All sizes, especially size 1, move well with a busy baby.
- Overall: If you can afford them, get them. It’s the most comfortable cheap diapers out there.
- Affordability: Pampers are about 23-cents a diaper, just barely squeaking under budget.
- Quality: Odor isn’t a problem, and the lining is absorbent, so baby stays fresh and dry. Rash isn’t as much of an issue. However, because it’s thinner and softer, it doesn’t hold up as well with bowel movements, and leaks can occur.
- Comfort: Pampers wins here. They’re the softest while being one of the thinnest. This is easy on the diaper bag and easier for young walkers as well as for babies in their first year of life. However, this obviously comes with a trade-off of costing more, so if you want to save money, maybe you should opt for cheaper brands.
5) Kirkland (Costco)
- Overall: Both the cheapest option and a solid performance make it great for stocking up if you can get them in bulk.
- Affordability: Costco, and its store brands. Still, the price comes in at a very kind 12-cents per piece, which is the absolute cheapest nappy on this list and our most recommended brand for parents who want to save money.
- Quality: Overall, these are solid, basic disposables. There was some leakage sometimes, usually overnight, as they aren’t the most absorbent ever. However, they’re still very good and the price is amazing.
- Comfort: Overall, this brand of disposable diapers are easy to wear with no leg gaps and just the slightest bit of bulkiness.
6) Babies R Us Diapers
- Overall: A good, average diaper for a very nice price…if you can get them, because they’re only sold at BabiesRUs.
- Affordability: Coming in at 16-cents, this a good price for a decent diaper.
- Quality: BabiesRUs diapers are great for young babies and for sleeping. They’re very absorbent while keeping your infant almost 100% dry. I have friends who swear by them, but my daughters tended to leak with them.
- Comfort: The diaper is on the thin side, and it’s not so comfortable if you don’t get the tabs right. However, it’s breathable, which means less skin rash.
Overall: A solid, reliable disposable. It’s not the best of the cheapies, but certainly not the worst.
Affordability: These baby diapers barely cut the mustard at 25-cents apiece. With cheaper options, I’d consider Huggies more of a stand-by than a go-to.
Quality: Huggies are up there. They’re absorbent, locking in liquid and odor, flexible, and with no leg gaps. They’re cute, and the tabs are easy to use.
Comfort: Huggies are bulky. The trade off is that you get an absorbent nappy at the cost of a large one. However, this is definitely a good road trip or airplane disposable.
8) Up & Up (Target)
- Overall: A gem among generics. This is an especially great disposable for overnight and for babies in their first year.
- Affordability: These cheap baby diapers come at 15-cents apiece, well under the 25-cent mark, making these quite affordable and great if you’re planning to save money.
- Quality: They’re generic, but highly absorbent, leak-resistant, and can be used overnight while keeping moisture away from the baby.
- Comfort: Overall, these are medium comfort. They’re not as soft as Pampers or even Huggies, but not as paper-like as Cuties or Parents Choice. Many parents claim that Size 1 diapers better than bigger sizes. Personally, I haven’t check it.
9) Luvs Ultra Leakguards
- Overall: This is the reigning king (or queen) of cheap diapers and my favorite.
- Affordability: Luvs Ultra Leakguards cost 16-cents a unith, this is a great bargain for everything you get.
- Quality: Luvs is soft, contoured, elastic, and the tabs make it easy to put on evenly. It’s great size 1 babies as well active toddlers.
- Comfort: These are second in comfort to Pampers, but a close second. They’re soft and absorbent but not bulky, and they fit so well that leaks are rare. They’re super absorbent, even after a night’s sleep, so the baby stays dry, too.
Conclusion: But Every Baby (and Mother) Is Different…
I know that every baby is different, and that every parent will have different experience and different priorities. Mine was a compromise between quality and the imperative to save as much as I can by cutting expenses. Cloth diapers would be an ideal solution as they combine both. Yet, as I explained above, they require too much effort and time – which unfortunately, I didn’t have. So for my babies and myself, cheap disposable diapers were the way to go.
I know that my list may not be definitive. My recommendation, if you can, is to try a few different brands of cheap diapers to see what works best for your baby and for your budget.
So What Is the Cheapest Brand of Diapers?
The answer is simple. If you wish to save money, go for cloth diapers. But if you want to save money and time go for cheap disposable baby diapers. The brand we recommend most is Luvs Ultra Leakguards as it combines both cheap price and high quality. Of course, you can also opt for Up & Up, Babies R Us, Kirkland, Parents Choice and Cuties. They will all help you cut expenses. However, don’t forget that they have their pluses and minuses as I illustrated above..
Where Can I Buy Cheap Diapers?
The best places get cheap disposables is department stores. What suggest waiting for major sales and then buying large quantities that may last for a long period of time. Yet, don’t exaggerate as babies grow up quite fast and you may stuck with too many size 1 diapers when you need to switch to size 2 or size 3 when you need size 4.
You can also buy online. Sites like Amazon may offer you real bargains. Their main advantage is that it’s relatively easy to find on them what you need and compare prices between one vendor to another.