Before Little Mr came along, I did some research looking at lots of reviews for the best disposable nappies and baby wipes for my newborn. Let’s face it, they’re a necessity. There are so many brands out there on the supermarket shelves, it’s really difficult to know what’s best for your budget and of course, your baby.
I’ll hold my hands up and let on that I bought all sorts of brand of nappies and wipes that were on offer during my pregnancy so that during the first few weeks, we had a range of nappies and wipes to try out. Over the past 6 weeks, we’ve tried Pampers, Huggies, Aldi’s own brand Mamia nappies, Tesco’s own brand Tesco Loves Baby and Kiddicare’s Just4Bums. Just this weekend we’ve had to upgrade Little Mr’s nappies to Size 2’s as the newborn ones were just too snug leaving him with some redness on his legs.
I have been really impressed with the supermarket own brand disposable nappies especially ones from Tesco Loves Baby. We’ve tried both size 1’s and 2’s and have had a positive experience with both. The nappies are very soft which is really important as like his Mum, Little Mr has sensitive skin which can be irritated easily. The nappies have an absorbent core which soaks up wetness as well as a really clever top sheet and wetness indicator which lets you know at a glance if it’s time for a nappy change. The nappies also have leg cuffs which help form a barrier to leaks and touch wood, so far so good. Another fab feature of the nappies is that they don’t give off a nasty smell (apart from the obvious). Without naming names, another brand of nappies gives off a really unpleasant smell once Little Mr has had a wee, so much so I found myself changing him constantly which isn’t good for baby or the budget! Some brands of nappies are very pricey but Tesco Loves Baby nappies are budget friendly. You can buy a packet of Size 2 mini nappies for £2 at the moment (The Tesco Big Nappy Change Event runs until 31st March 2013) so you can easily pop a packet in the trolley of your weekly shop without worrying how much you’re spending. We will definitely be buying these again!
Wipes – surprisingly there’s a ton of choice! Fragranced, fragrance free, sensitive, all in a variety of sizes and you’d think they were pretty much the same, a wipe’s a wipe, right? Well no, not really. Having tried many wipes over the years (my nephew is now coming 5 years old) I do have a couple of favourite brands. We were sent Pure Wipes Fragrance Free to try out and we were pleasantly surprised. The wipes don’t smell and they don’t leave an odour on your baby once you’ve used them. They’re soft and strong which is comforting after getting through at least one packet a week with a newborn. I did find the wipes felt a little soapy compared to other branded wipes but that didn’t detract from the quality of the wipe and it did the job. One thing I found with all wipes is that when you’re holding baby’s ankles to prevent him spreading the content of his nappy everywhere, it is impossible to pull out just one wipe from the packet. I always end up with 3 or 4 wipes. I don’t know whether it’s a talent I’ll acquire over time but we’ll see.
We were also sent a couple of Tesco Loves baby newborn soothers and although I was pretty adamant before Little Mr arrived that no child of mine would have a dummy, they are a godsend. He loves sucking his fingers (we should have known really as all the scan photos we have show his hands up by his face!) These soothers are great as they’re tiny enough for newborn babies and stop him sucking his fingers. At the end of the day, we can take away a dummy but we can’t take away his fingers. The soothers are reversible so can be used any way up and also glow in the dark so we can easily spot it in the middle of the night if it falls out of his mouth. As if we needed any further convincing that it’s okay to give Olly a dummy, according to FSID did you know that settling your baby to sleep (day or night) with a dummy can reduce the risk of cot death as it helps to regulate their breathing!
Disclaimer: We were sent some Tesco Loves Baby Products to try out for the purpose of this review and all images and words are my own.