Buying Guide: Baby & Toddler Diapers + Pull Ups

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Fri Jun 28 2024.

Small baby on a changing table.

High-quality diapers and pull ups are essential to your little one’s comfort and well-being, but making the right decision can be overwhelming with so many options. The search becomes even more challenging if your child has sensitive skin or allergies. We’ve created a shoppable list of our favorite baby and toddler diapers and pull ups to make things easier. Each entry highlights key benefits and features, and briefly explains what sets each brand apart. You can use this information to guide your decision-making and find a diaper that meets your family’s needs.

What’s The Difference Between Baby & Toddler Diapers and Pull Ups?

Diapers and pull ups for babies and toddlers keep your little one clean and dry. Both feature absorbent, leak-proof materials but have distinct differences.

Diapers

Many parents use diapers for newborns and infants up to 18 months old. Diapers have a highly absorbent core that prevents leaks and protects the skin from urine and feces. They also have adjustable tabs, making it easy to ensure a perfect fit.

Pull Ups

Pull Ups are shaped and slip on like regular underwear. They have an absorbent core that protects against mild or moderate accidents. We typically recommend pull ups for toddlers who are potty training.

How We Chose the Products On This List

The products featured on this list are a combination of our best-selling and highest-rated baby and toddler diapers and pull-ups. We’ve included real user feedback under each entry whenever possible with the heading “Hear It From a Parent.”  

1. Cardinal Wings Youth Pull-On Underwear

These unisex Cardinal Wings pull-ons are an excellent choice for parents who want to sleep through the night. The super-dry core provides up to eight hours of leak protection and the clothlike top sheet is easy on the skin. Even better? The tear away seams make changes quick and hassle-free.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Heavy absorbency

  • Design comfortably fits boys and girls

  • All white covering looks like regular underwear

Hear it from a parent

“I purchased the Cardinal Youth Pull Ups for my grandson and I’m very pleased with them. They are absorbent and fit well.

- Stacy E. 

Cardinal Wings Youth Pull-Up Underwear
Cardinal Wings Youth Pull-On Underwear

Price: $16.84 - $46.98

2. Cuties Complete Care Baby Diapers

Consider Cuties diapers if your little one has sensitive skin. These feature dermatologically-tested material that’s hypoallergenic, and fragrance and latex-free. Cuties go all the way up to size 7, making them suitable for newborns and toddlers up to 41 pounds.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Great for children with sensitive skin

  • Come in 5 adorable designs

  • Proudly made in the USA

Hear it from a parent

“[These diapers are] worth every penny! They’re very absorbent and my baby had no allergic reaction to them. He’s very comfortable in them as well.”

- Melanie M. 

Cuties Complete Care Baby Diapers
Cuties Complete Care Baby Diapers

Price: $10.26 - $65.32

3. Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Moderate Absorbency

Try Huggies Little Movers if your baby is mobile and spends most of their waking hours crawling or toddling around. The soft, stretchy waistband hugs the body, and the inner core absorbs fluid quickly, offering 100% leak protection. Each diaper lasts up to 12 hours, but there’s a wetness indicator that lets you know when it’s time for a diaper change.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Huggies DryTouch Liner absorbs wetness on contact

  • Designed for worry-free crawling, walking, and playing

  • Protects against all types of leaks, including blowouts

Caregiver Tip

Huggies Little Movers feature a sizing indicator. This tells you when to upgrade your baby to the next diaper size.

Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Moderate Absorbency
Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Moderate Absorbency

Price: $11.87 - $80.03

4. GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Girls

Potty training is always challenging, but bedwetting makes it even more so. GoodNites NightTime underwear provides peace of mind by offering up to 40% more protection than the leading training pant. Each pull up features Disney characters, like Moana and Ariel, and provides 100% overnight leak protection.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Sizing accommodates children from 38 pounds to 140 pounds

  • Looks and feels like big kid underwear, while offering protections against leakage and accidents

  • Made of soft, comfortable, and super stretchy material

Hear it from a grandparent

“These are a very good overnight pull up. I keep them at my house for when my granddaughter sleeps over. We’ve never had them leak!”

- Colleen D.

 

GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Girls
GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Girls

Price: $13.52 - $79.08

5. GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Boys

These GoodNites NightTime underwear are designed for boys who are potty training. Each brief features a Marvel character, like The Hulk or Spiderman, and holds up to three water bottles of liquid. The built-in odor guard absorbs up to 40% of smells and the hypoallergenic fabric is safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Offers a size range from 38 pounds to 140 pounds to accommodate kids of different ages and weights

  • The design features Marvel superheroes to make potty training fun

  • Double-leg barriers help prevent leaks, keeping your little one dry throughout the night

Hear it from a grandparent

“My grandson loves these, especially since [they have] the Hulk and he likes the other characters. They hold up great for nighttime accidents.”

- Cheryl R. 

GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Boys
GoodNites NightTime Underwear for Boys

Price: $12.06 - $77.61

6. Comfees Pull-Up Premium Training Pants, Moderate Absorbency

Comfees training pants are a great choice for infants and toddlers who are potty training. Each pull up features a fun, appealing design and provides up to 12 hours of protection. The clothlike liner is soft and gentle on the skin, and the tear away seams allow for quick, hassle-free changes.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Look and feel like big kid underwear

  • Cute designs make potty training fun

  • Each pull up has a built-in wetness indicator that turns blue when it’s time to be changed

Hear it from a parent

“These pull ups work great! They were very comfortable for my 2-year-old.”

- Katherine B. 

7. Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers with Tabs, Heavy Absorbency

Newborns poop an average of two to five times a day and urinate even more frequently (sometimes every hour). Considering that prevalence, you need a diaper that offers lasting protection. Enter Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers. The curved shape hugs your little one’s body to prevent leaks, and the interior features three layers that absorb voids in seconds, ensuring your infant stays clean and dry. 

Key Benefits & Features

  • Each diaper provides up to 12 hours of leak protection

  • Safe on even the most sensitive skin: Hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested

  • The curved design prevents leakage, whether your baby is crawling, walking, or sleeping

Caregiver Tip

These diapers have a wetness indicator that changes color, so it’s easy to tell when your baby’s diaper needs to be changed.

8. Bambo Nature Dream Eco-Friendly Diapers with Tabs, Heavy Absorbency

Try these diapers if you’re environmentally conscious and have a baby with sensitive skin. These are the only diapers in our guided certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel –– one of the world’s toughest environmental certifications. They also feature a three-layer design and super absorbent core, making them ideal for overnight use. Moreover, the clothlike backsheet is fully breathable, reducing the risk of diaper rash and other skin irritations.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Super absorbent

  • Free of harmful chemicals and all known allergens

  • Flexible waistband and leg cuffs for security and comfort

Hear it from a parent

“Our toddler has really put these diapers to the test. They have held up and kept in bigger messes than we could have imagined. We’ve paid for premium diapers that don’t even compare. Definitely love this brand.”

- Rebekah E. 

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Have Diaper-Related Questions? Contact Our Care Team.

Choosing the right pull up or diaper for your little one takes time and research, but our friendly Care Team can help speed things up. They’re available 24/7 and here to support parents like you! Whether you have questions about a specific product on this list or need help determining the right diaper size, we’re here for you! Call (800) 696-CARE or email support@carewell.com.

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.