Nappy advice for new parents and parents-to-be

You’ll be a nappy changing expert by the time your baby hits toddlerhood, but until then, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little lost! There’s a huge range of nappies, nappy creams and baby wipes around, so picking the top performing products can feel a bit hit and miss. The first place to start is our fast guide to the different types of nappies on the market.


To help save you time and money (and reduce the number of leaky poo moments!), we’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the right nappies with our step-by-step buyer's guides for reusable nappies and disposable nappies. And here, we've rounded up the best nappies, wipes, nappy creams and nappy changing guides for your new baby. Just click through to see what 's worthy of your nappy bag...


Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment, £3.42

Design to specifically soothe and heal nappy rash, Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment does the job - and fast! It’s free from lanolin and feels almost dry when rubbing it on. Our MFM reviewer said using it was “like waving a magic wand” over her little one’s nappy rash. A little goes a long way, so this super effective ointment offers even greater value for money.

Read the full Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment review.


Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream, £2.05

One of the best nappy creams for everyday use and prevention of nappy rash has to be Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream. Sudocrem is a licensed medicine and it soothes, heals and protects. While it’s clinically proven to help nappy rash heal, our MFM reviewer has found - after testing in on all three daughters – that it’s her favourite nappy rash ‘preventer’. Great value for money, too.

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Read the full Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream review.


Simple Baby moisture and care wipes, £1.36 for 80

Simple Baby moisture and care wipes are very gentle and mild, and an ideal choice for super sensitive young skin. These wipes are paediatrician and dermatologist approved, hypoallergenic, ph balanced and free from colour and perfume. These moist wipes scored top marks for robustness and can cope with a thorough bottom clean.

MFM mums also loved how gentle yet effective the Simple Baby moisture and care wipes were on sensitive skin.

Do remember not to worry about using any wipes until your newborn is at least two weeks or older.

Read the full Simple Baby moisture and care wipes review.


Mothercare Smart Nappy system, £39.99 for a starter pack

The Mothercare Smart Nappy system lets you have the choice of using a full reusable nappy (where you wash and reuse the absorbent inner pad), or using a disposable pad for convenience. It’s an innovative system, and a good, affordable intro to reusable nappies. The nappies come in a range of sizes, with the newborn size (4-11lbs/2-5kg) thoughtfully featuring a belly button cut out in the outer plus a two-fold extra absorbent reusable pad, which you can then use as a booster pad in the larger nappy sizes.

Read the full Mothercare Smart Nappy system review.


bumGenius One Size reusable nappies, £14.75 each

As the name suggests, the bumGenius One Size reusable nappies are one size – they cleverly last from birth to potty by having rows of popper that let you adjust the size. They offer a slimmer fit that some other brands, but the main reason they get big points for little babies is their ability to contain those explosive liquid poos! Our MFM reviewer found bumGenius coped with the damage as well as, if not better than, disposable nappies. They also have special newborn inserts.

Read the full review of the bumGenius One Size reusable nappies.


Tesco Ultra Soft newborn nappies, £1.66 for 24

Those explosive newborn poos can be pretty lethal, but Tesco Ultra Soft nappies for newborns efficiently and effortlessly handle them. These disposable nappies contain the mess as well as the big-name brands, but offer a budget-friendly option. Snug, absorbent and comfy, these are near perfect.

Read the full review of the Tesco Ultra Soft newborn nappies.


Sainsbury’s little ones newborn nappies, £1.85 for 24

Absorbent and robust, the budget price of Sainsbury’s little ones newborn nappies certainly isn’t reflected in their performance. These disposable nappies cope with nappy mess easily, locking moisture away from your baby’s skin. They also fit well and can handle wiggly babies.

Read the full review of the Sainsbury’s little ones newborn nappies.


Huggies Newborn nappies, £3.75 for 27

Huggies Newborn nappies offer a snug fit that’s comfy but able to keep that leaky poo contained. The soft, quilted inner is absorbent and seems to hold a lot. Described as a “great all-rounder” by our MFM reviewer, these hard-working nappies do the job for parents who want to spend extra on a big-name baby brand.

Read the full review of the Huggies Newborn nappies.


Step-by-step guides to reusable nappies

While there’s plenty of reasons why you might’ve decided to give reusable nappies a go, the next step is deciding what type you want to try. Oh, and how to use them!

To understand how to use all-in-one, shaped, pre-fold and pocket reusable nappies, check out our step-by-step guides, with photos to help you every step of the way:


How to change a disposable nappy

If you’re a parent-to-be, just had a baby, or are trying disposable nappies for the first time, check out our guide on how to change a disposable nappy in three easy steps. There’s also a nappy changing checklist to make sure you’ve got everything to hand. You’ll get better at changing a nappy after a bit of practice – and rest assured you will get plenty of that!