Everyone always wants to know what the most absorbent diaper is. We currently have a nighttime routine that works perfect for us but I am always interested in diapers that perform well. As my afternoon entertainment, I performed an absorbency test (with 1 child pooping on the floor, another falling face first on the pavement and another busting up 3 teeth! I was feeling a little bored )
I took four of my diapers and a doubler. My four test diapers were a Baby Beehind, Goodmama, Clover, and Loveybums. The doubler is 4 layers: microfleece, microfiber x 2, and flannel. At night, or for extended amounts of time, I add a doubler to the diapers but for this experiment no doublers were used. I laid them all out and used a turkey baster to squirt 4 ounces of water in the middle of each diaper. I applied 2 ounces at a time. I purposefully laid the diapers on a piece of fabric that had an obvious color change when it was wet. Once all the water was applied I folded the diapers up and moved them to see the wet spot they created. I squirted 2 ounces of water on the doubler and maxed out its limits.
As expected the Clover was the least absorbent. Even during day time use I always add a doubler to my Clovers. I love Clovers and would not let this deter me from buying more. The fit is great on Paisley and with a doubler the performance is adequate for daytime when frequent changes are preferred (how else would I use all the diapers in her stash?). Mediums Clovers are ~$16.
Next was the Goodmama. I used one that was embroidered so that may have caused the leaking, as the area of greatest wetness was at the seam of the embroidery. I haven’t found Goodmamas to be that absorbent. My Paisley can pee through one in a minute. But who can not love the fit and feel of a Goodmama? Goodmamas are a one-sized diaper and range anywhere from $30-$50+ on various sites.
The Baby Beehind was the driest on the outside but the Loveybums was close. I noticed the Baby Beehind was the slowest to absorb the fast stream because of the tight, dense fabric. If your baby is constantly peeing out the side of diapers you might consider using a fleece liner. Fleece will absorb the fast stream and allow the diaper to absorb slower. Baby Beehinds are by no stretch of the imagination plush diapers. They are stiff bamboo/cotton blend and not that stretchy. But the trade-off for no leaks at night is worth it. Baby Beehind diapers are one-sized and cost $25 new.
The Loveybums was a surprise. They are extremely soft diapers (Organic Velour!) and are a thicker/denser feeling diaper than the Clover which is made from the same material. I don’t put a cover on Paisley when we are at home, we just change her when she’s damp. I noticed that when she is in a Loveybums it takes a lot longer to feel that she is wet. Loveybums are also very trim diapers even with a doubler. They are $25 each though and are a sized diaper.
For all-around performance my winner is the Loveybums. I am very adamant about always putting a Baby Beehind on Paisley for nighttime so it may take a few days before I get up the courage to give Loveybums a try…even after this experiment. Why change what’s working?
In the picture from L to R: Baby Beehind, Clover, Goodmama, OV Loveybums.