Amongst all of the hundreds of decisions you make as a new parent or an almost-parent is; what choice of nappies your new baby will use. Before we fell pregnant we hadn’t put much or in fact any thought into our nappy choices, as I’m sure not many people would! So when we went to the local supermarket to purchase some, we were amazed by the many choices, brands, sizes, colours, pack sizes, etc… there are out there. Not only do you have to decide between these brands, you also need to think about how many packs of what size you think you will need, what kind of absorbency you will need and later as your baby gets older, whether their nappy will up to the job of withstanding their daily movements?!
Before Mia arrived, we decided to stick to brands we had heard of so we stocked up on some size 1 Huggies and Pampers (we didn’t bother with new-born size as we knew baby wouldn’t be in them long enough!). We thought that by keeping to well-known brands they would be better quality and as first-time parents we felt safer in the knowledge we were paying for someone else to ensure they were the right nappies.
When Mia arrived and we had used up all of the branded nappies, we switched to Tesco’s own nappies as my mum (mum to 3) suggested that as Mia wasn’t exactly moving around and was being changed at every feed 2 hourly, it wouldn’t matter about the quality as much. We were more than happy as at half the price of the branded ones, they were still really good quality and ‘did the job’!
However once Mia started moving around more at around 6 months old, we did switch back to Pampers nappies for a few months as we lost a bit of confidence in the Tesco own ones and Pampers specifically state that they are great for when baby’s start moving around. There is no denying that they are very good, we never had any problems with them and I think at the time it was worth paying the extra for them.
Once Mia hit 1, I ended up being sent some Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s own branded nappies to trial and review and I was really impressed with the Sainsbury’s ones, so impressed that we switched immediately to them from Pampers. At first, when we were at baby groups and Mia’s nappies were visible through her tights, I was a bit worried that someone would see and look down on me for having her in what are deemed as ‘supermarket nappies’ but I soon got over that! They are a lot cheaper, we have had no issues with them even though Mia is walking, climbing, jumping etc… on everything and they also have lovely little characters on them that Mia loves to look at.
I think the branded makes like Pampers are great for when you’re not confident in knowing which nappies you should be using and let’s face it, the packs of any nappies aren’t cheap enough to buy ‘just to see’ if they are ok or not! I think there is an air of everyone expecting your baby or toddler to be in ‘branded’ nappies and ‘branded’ clothing but this doesn’t always need to be the case. I would say from the experiences we had, to give the supermarkets own brand nappies a chance as they are surprisingly good and I’m pretty sure that Mia will be in them until the day she is potty trained (although that seems a long way off at the moment!!).