Best nappies for toddlers – tried and tested by mums

We've tested a whole host of name brand and supermarket nappies to find out which ones really are the best, most absorbent and leak-free options as your little one becomes an active toddler


1. Mamia Size 5+ Nappies, Aldi, £3.29, MadeForMums Joint Gold Award Winner

Yet again, budget supermarket chain Aldi prove you don’t have to compromise on quality when you’re cutting costs (or simply after a bargain). Our joint gold award winner’s nappies have an extra soft feel, flexible fit and contoured, ideal for an active toddler. The re-sealable fastener tapes are extra handy when you want to check if they are ready for a change or not.


The nappies are also hypoallergenic, with extra soft and breathable fabric, and provide leak protection for up to 12 hours.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Mamia Size 5+ Nappies:

“Affordable nappies that do the job and feel comfy too.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

“Great nappy – no leaks!” Mum of 1, Jade

You can buy Mamia Size 5+ Nappies from: Aldi


2. Pampers baby-dry Pants,15p per nappy, MFM Joint Gold Award Winner

Once your little bubba turning into an inquisitive toddler, they are simply too busy for nappy changing. Which can leave parents feeling more like pro-wrestlers than loving carers at changing time! Pampers baby-dry nappy pants were a hit with our parent testers, who voted them joint gold winner this year for helping solve the problem.

Dry, breathable, non-leakable, well fitting, comfortable and soft nappy – these little beauties manage to tick all the boxes. But it’s the pants-style design that makes them worth the extra pennies.

The waistband is stretchy all the way round, making even the wriggliest toddler easier to change – just pull up the pants-style nappy and your little one is good to go off on their next adventure. They’re super-easy to change, but luckily you won’t need to too often as they also promise up to 12 hours of dryness.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Pampers baby-dry Pants:

“Although one of the most expensive, they are definitely a great product. So easy to use, you can pull them on with no fuss even when you have a very active toddler. We have had no leaks and the pants are soft to the touch so no rubbing on sensitive skin.” Mum of 1, Rebecca

“Great innovation on the elasticated nappy pants style for wriggly babies – solving a universal problem.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy from: Amazon, Wilko and Boots.


3. Co-op XL Size 6 Active nappy, £4, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

The Co-op supersized nappies prove that supermarket own-brands are holding their own against the well-known market leaders these days. These flexible, stretchy nappies offer up to 12 hours of dryness – great for potty-trained toddlers who only need protection at night.

Our testers’ little ones loved the soft feel and whimsical animal designs of these silver award-winning nappies.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Co-ope’s XL Size 6 Active nappy:

“They were soft to the touch and easy to use (though not as easy as pants) my son wore them throughout the night without any leaks and they stayed on easily.” Mum of 2, Rebecca

“These were such a great surprise. Absolutely loved the design, the monkeys and the bananas were so such a great idea, really wimsical and my little boy loved seeing them and laughing a them. With regard to the nappy itself, really absorbant and great fit.” Mum of 1, Sarah

You can buy Co-op XL Size 6 Active nappies from: Co-Op


4. Co-op Junior/ Junior Plus Size 5/5+ Active nappy, £4, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

Co-Op’s nappies won this year’s bronze award for their super-absorbent, extra-comfy design that ticks all the boxes for an active toddler. They have a super-slim core, stretchy sides and flexible leg cuffs for added protection against leaks, and stay dry for up to 12 hours. Also look out for the fun designs on the packs by illustrator Jim Fields.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Co-op Junior/ Junior Plus Size 5/5+ Active nappy:

“My toddler was very interested in the illustrations on the nappy (bananas and monkey), and so were her older brother and sister, which added some fun to nappy changing time.” Mum of 3, Hester

“The designs were different and attractive, and my daughter loved repeating the word ‘banana’ every time she saw the design. They were very good at holding in liquids and we had no leaks, even throughout the night for up to 14 hours.” Mum of 1, Steffi-Louise

You can buy Co-op Junior/ Junior Plus Size 5/5+ Active nappy from: Co-op


5. Pampers baby-dry nappies, 14p per nappy

Pampers comes up trumps again with its supersoft nappies, which also come in a pants style (this year’s joint gold award winner).

These nappies stood out from the crowd with their unique trio of absorbing channels, which help distribute wetness evenly throughout the nappy. The inner layer of absorbent Micro Pearls helps to keep your little tot dry for up to 12 hours.

You can buy Pampers baby-dry nappies from: Boots, Amazon and Ocado.

We’ve got more news about nappies below:


See all of our MadeForMums Awards 2017 winning products, we’ve tested everything from buggies to bottles, creams and highchairs!

Comments ()

Please read our Chat guidelines.