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When it comes to buying Jayden's nappies I'm not particularly loyal to a certain brand but I do have a certain few that I tend to go with one of which is Pampers, my local supermarket has recently had Pampers Active Fit Nappies on offer so I decided to give these a try, I have always been pleased with the Pampers brand nappies so I was sure these would be no different.
Appearance wise Pampers Active Fit Nappies look similar to other brands, the majority of the nappy is white with a few coloured bits on it, there is also a colourful strip around the waist which has a cute animal face in the middle, the colours used make the nappies unisex so anyone can use them.
As well as giving these a try due to them being on offer I also thought they would be good for Jayden now that he is active, from the minute he wakes up to when he goes to sleep he is on the go so I needed a nappy that was going to be able to cope with this.
These nappies have up to 12 hours protection and a 3 way fit, this is designed to fit around the waist, legs and bottom allowing them freedom of movement as they play.
What I also noticed about these nappies was how soft they were and the thinness of them, again making them comfortable for your child and flexible, despite being designed to keep your baby dry for 12 hours they were not thick and bulky at all, this also makes them easier to fit under clothes.
Pampers Active Fit Nappies fit and fasten around your baby in the regular way, there are 2 sticky tabs at the sides which fasten around the waist, these sides are extremely stretchy so that they fit well around the waist and allow your baby to move, the tabs are also quite sticky so that they do not come undone as your baby is playing or running around so you can feel confident that the nappies will stay securely in place.
Pampers Active Fit Nappies come in a range of sizes with the smallest being size 3 (9 - 15lbs) and the largest size 5+ (24 - 60lbs) We currently use size 4+ on Jayden and these fit him well, personally I find that these nappies are quite generous in size and I tend not to go on weights recommended with each size, however this is just what I have found and others may find that they can go on the weights to get the correct size.
I purchased my packet of Pampers Active Fit Nappies from my local Tesco, however they are also available from other supermarkets as well as shops such as Superdrug and Boots.
The price of these nappies depends on the size packet you buy, these include
* 22 Nappies - £5.99
* 36 Nappies - £9.99
* 50 Nappies - £11.99
* 74 Nappies - £15.00
These prices are pretty average compared to other stores and brands, although they are a bit more expensive compared to shops own brands, however personally I think they are worth the money as they are of an excellent quality, especially when they are on offer.
We have been using Pampers Active Fit Nappies for a few weeks now and I have been extremely pleased with them, they fit Jayden well and he seems to be comfortable in them, when he is running around they do not seem to restrict him and when I take the nappies off they have not rubbed him at all, fitting in with the idea of the material being soft.
To be honest generally Jayden's nappy is changed before 12 hours however they do keep him dry for a long time, I tend to change Jayden's nappy before I go to bed and then it is left through the night until he gets up in the morning and it keeps him dry all night.
When I take Jayden's nappy off of him his skin is still dry and not sore at all, they really do protect his skin.
The sizes of these nappies I find are quite generous, but when you get the right size they do actually fit well, there are not parts that gape so generally you do not have to worry about leaks.
Price wise I think these nappies are pretty average and in my opinion they are worth the money as they are of an excellent quality. I would definitely recommend these nappies to anyone, they are an excellent nappy for when your child starts to become active and run around, these nappies can certainly withstand this and allow your child the freedom to play without being restricting, bulky or without the fear of leaks. I will definitely continue to use these in the future.
We have always primarily used reusable nappies with out 11 month old daughter, however I always have a supply of disposable nappies that I wear on her if we are out for the day, away on holiday, and always at night. I tend to use a mixture of Huggies Superdry, Pampers BabyDry and sometimes the Boots own superdry nappies. Until recently, I had never even considered the Pampers Active Fit nappies as I simply felt they were too expensive, and all the other nappies I had used kept my daughter dry which was all I really wanted with a nappy.
However, whilst on holiday at the start of July, my daughter wore only disposable nappies as we had little washing facilities to use reusable nappies. It did remind us however how quickly you can go through a pack of disposable nappies when you are using them all day every day. We had brought a couple of bags of disposables with us and near the end of our holiday we were getting low, and one day when we happened to be in a Tesco Express we noticed these Pampers Active Fit Nappies on offer at £4 for a pack of 4+ nappies, which was a lot better value than I had ever seen before. THese were limited edition Pampers Active Fit, especially for the Olympics with the team GB union jack on the back. To be honest, I didn't really care what was on the back, I bought them for the price, and who was going to see what was on the back of my daughter's nappy when her clothes are covering it.
Pampers claims these are their best fit nappies and their driest nappies so I was expecting something outstanding. They claim to be 20% thinner than other nappies and contain a super absorbent core that keep baby dry as they get more and more mobile - crawling, cruising and walking. My daughter is both crawling and cruising around the furniture at present, so obviously a nappy that moves with her and keeps her dry is beneficial.
When I first put one of these nappies on my daughter, I did notice them a little thinner than some other nappies that I have used so there is no bulkiness under her clothes. The nappies are a good fit on my daughter, but to be honest, I didn't think they were any better a fit than any of the other nappies I use. In terms of dryness, yes, these nappies have never leaked and my daughter most be comfortable in them and kept dry in them, but again, I don't think they are any better at keeping her dry than the other nappies I use - maybe she isn't as big a wetter as other children, and maybe if that is the case you will see a bigger difference, but although I see her dry and comfortable, I don't see it anymore so with these nappies.
All in all, I have no hesitation in buying these nappies when they are on offer as they do offer dryness and comfort, however I really don't see how they work any better for my daughter than the other nappies I use, and therefore certainly wouldn't be paying full price, but would happily buy at a discounted price!
- Why I Bought -
I started using Pampers Active Fit nappies for my son when he grew out of the New Baby sizes 1-3 nappies. I have always found Pampers to be very good quality so the Active Fit range was a natural progression. I find the Active Fit nappies to be very expensive but I look out for offers and have also had lots of Pampers vouchers so I am always able to buy them at a good price.
- The Active Fit Nappy -
This range caters for babies to toddlers with size 3 through to size 5+ (4Kg-27Kg). They are designed for active babies so are ideal for babies once they are crawling/walking. They are meant to be very absorbent but less bulky than other nappies and apparently provide "unbeatable dryness". You can buy them in a small carry pack, a large pack or a jumbo box. Usually the bigger the pack the better value but with certain promotions this isn't always the case so it's worth working out the cost per nappy. It's also worth mentioning that as the size of the nappy increases you get fewer per pack.
The nappy itself is currently purple in colour and has a Sesame Street character on each one. They look attractive, well as attractive as a disposable nappy can be anyway! It feels very soft to touch both inside and out so I think they provide comfort for my son. They are quite slim compared to some other nappies and although they bulk up quite a lot when full of urine, they aren't as bulky as others and I have been amazed by how much they can hold! They feel stretchy and nicely fitted and so far over the last three months or so we haven't had any leaks. The purple tabs are high quality, secure well and can easily be re-stuck if it needs to be adjusted. The leg holes are stretchy so they accommodate a range of leg sizes. My son is very active with his crawling and pulling himself up and these nappies have never come undone or held him back in any way. Also he has never had any skin irritation caused by wearing these. We usually use these for day time use but they do also perform well at night, although I tend to prefer the absorbancy of the Pampers Baby Dry nappies for night time use.
- Price and Availability -
Pamper Active Fit are available from all the main supermarkets as well as at Boots, Superdrug and Amazon. I tend to buy mine in Boots when they have a 3 for 2 baby event, or Sainsbury's or Tesco when they have an offer. I also usually use vouchers if I have any. I have never paid full price and I never would. The standard prices for the size 4s my son wears are £6.49 for 27 nappies, £9.99 for 46 nappies, or £12.99 for 68 nappies.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend Pampers Active Fit nappies as they are great quality and we have had no issues with them at all. The only downside is the price. As they are expensive and I only buy them when they are on offer I always check online which supermarkets have the best deals. This often dictates where I do our weekly shop and can be time consuming. However, I would rather spend time doing this than pay full price.
We have used Pampers nappies on my son pretty much exclusively since birth. We've had a few dalliances with other brands but have found Pampers suited him, and us, best. We used their New Baby range and their Baby Dry nappies but when my son started rolling and crawling, we decided to give their Active Fit nappies a try.
Active Fit nappies are designed for babies and toddlers that are on the move. The nappies aim to, not only be the best fit - allowing baby to move freely and in comfort - but also the driest nappies too. The nappies feature a Dry Max core with a 'unique dual absorb system'. The sides of the nappies are very stretchy - for a snug and flexible fit. The nappies are available in various pack sizes and at various costs (supermarkets often have 'baby events' when these are reduced so it is worth -stocking up on these then). The Active Fit nappies are available in sizes 3 (9-20lbs) to 5 (24lbs +).
The nappies themselves are different from the nappies that we had previously been using as the back of the nappy is very thin with very little padding. The nappies have a purple trim and a sesame street character on the front. The picture on the front is a great guide to ensure that you fasten the sticky straps on the side of the nappy straight and evenly on each side.
We have experienced good and bad with these nappies. They are easy to fit and are a good fit to my son. He seems to be able to move very comfortable and seems happy in these. However, I do not feel that the Baby Dry nappies inhibit his movement in anyway either and he was equally happy in these. We also only use Active Fit nappies during the day as I have found that Baby Dry keep my son drier for longer and are therefore better for the long night period. We have also experienced quite a few more leaks from the Active Fit nappies - this seems to be to do with the very thin back to the nappy which affords very little protection. This has been especially a problem when my son has experienced 'teething nappies' with rather loose stools. I have heard from my other mum friends that they experienced a similar problem with these nappies and that, they were recently 'improved' but this was not a problem before the improvement......
Overall, I can see the benefit to baby of having a nappy that supports their development and allows them to move freely. However, there are too many issues and too few benefits to these nappies to make them a worthwhile purchase. This is especially true as my son does not seem at all restricted in Baby Dry nappies and moves freely in them whilst not suffering any leaks. With this in mind, I will stick to the Baby Dry in future.
After trying a few different brands of nappies I have decided that I like Pampers best. I had been using Baby Dry for my daughter who is 6 months, but last month in Asda they had Active fit 102 for £14, this is sizem if you get a bigger size you get less in the box, if you go smaller you get more.
Active fit are designed for older babies who have started to move around more, they are thinner than other nappies. They still have Pampers dry max technology and the box states that they will trap moisture and lock it away.
These nappies come with cute pictures of Sesame Street characters on them. When you compare them to Baby Dry they are a lot thinner in between the legs. The nappies have a lilac coloured tabs to fasten them, I find them a lot more stretchy than other nappies. The sides are also a little thicker than other nappies. My daughter has only just started wearing a size 4 so I pull the tabs as tight as they will go, they are made of a special material which can be refastened if you need to adjust them perfect if you have a wriggly baby like me as she likes to roll over mid change! The nappies have a stretchy leg cuff which will streth to accomodate your baby's legs as they grow.
I have been using these nappies for a week or so now, I haven't had any leaks, I normally only use these ones for the day as the Baby Dry ones are more absorbent for the night. I did have to use them one night and was impressed that my daughter managed to wear it for almost 12 hours with no leaks. She does like to move a lot in her sleep too. The only thing I will say which I notice with all Pampers nappies is as soon as my daughter has wee'd in them they do tend to bulk out a lot, so I always change her straight away, unless she is sleeping.
My daughter is trying to crawl and she likes to roll over as well as wriggle around a lot and so far so good. I would definately pay the extra for these as they offer good protection without the bulk. They also haven't irritated my daughters skin in any way which I think is good proof that they are locking away the moisture.
5 out of 5 from me!
Intially I was very sceptical about these nappies as they are a lot thinner than the regular nappies and I thought we were going to have lots of leaking nappies- but I was happily proved wrong!
The nappy itself is a lot thinner but this allows baby alot more freedom to moves, since I started using these my baby has been climbing everything a lot more than before he also seems to walk more I think it makes it easier for him to move than the thicker ones.
These nappies are very absorbant and last all night without any leaking. I find that they tend to last a little longer than the other nappies.
The design is Sesame Street characters which is suitable for either gender however I do find the lilac colour of the nappies a little feminine.
I will continue to use these nappies and I feel they offer baby a bit more freedom and work really well. I think they are good value for money.
Being 2011 I think there is a very small portion of parents who use re-useable nappies but in my opinion the majority of parents opt for disposables...and if you don't, I don't understand you!
Pampers Active Fit Nappies are the only way I would recommend caring for your little one's rear end. My son is now approaching his first birthday and has worked his way through a hideous amount of nappies in his time I could probably have bought a sports car with the amount of money I've spent on them-either that or a nice Carribean holiday! Everyone warned me when I was pregnant that the monthly expenditure creeps up on you, and boy were they right and that is pretty much in thanks to nappies.
This particular brand and range are the ones I've used for the last 6 months although we have tried and tested pretty much every other brand within that time we always come back to Pampers Active Fit. At the risk of sounding a bit blonde here I only bought these for the first time for the name. My son is VERY active! He is a typical boy, he's in to everything, he's everywhere-all the time and his lightning speed is frightning for someone with legs the length of a milk bottle. Therefore when I saw a range of nappies specifically for my type of child, they were in my shopping trolley faster than you can imagine. According to the info on the box they have a revolutionary dry core made from super absorbant material, thus making them Pamper's driest ever nappies. The nappies themselves are also 20% thinner than other nappies making them easier for your baby to move around without the nappy taking up too much room in their clothing. These work perfectly for my little boy, the wings around the legs make sure that we don't have many leaks and when we do it's because he's had too much to drink and we are usually stuck in the car. The main point being when we do experience a leak through the nappy it's not down to the nappy itself.
The absorbancy of these as well is something to note. Being a full time mummy I'm always on hand to change nappies but say we are indeed on a road trip and my son has had lots of juice there has been more than one occasion where I've been literally shocked at how large these nappies go!! They really do balloon before they burst-which is great for me and my son because it means it doesn't rub him. In turn the fact these nappies do not leave a rash and actually work quite well at letting air to the nether regions if your child has nappy rash is another reason I swear by them. We all know particularly at teething times nappy rash is common and very distressing, so the fect his nappies are comfortable for him is really comforting for us both.
Within our time we have tried own brands, Huggies and many more and yet none have performed as well as these. We've even tried other ranges from Pampers which haven't been up to scratch either. The other Pampers we tried meant we saw lots of clothing changes because they leaked at the front and the own brands we have tried may well as be money down the drain, they don't hold a lot and the constant changing means any money you have saved on buying them in the first place is eaten up because you use more of them in the same space of time. I do however still get tempted when I see supermarket brands on offer and literally half the price, but I have to swiftly remind myself of this fact, that I don't actually save anything buying them!
Active Fits come in 4 sizes:
Size 3 (9-20lbs)
Size 4 (15-44lbs)
Size 4+ (20-44lbs)
Size 5 (24+lbs)
They also come in several pack sizes, and box sizes but the best and most value for money I find are the boxes of 64. Boots and Tesco (sometimes Sainsbury's) usually rotate who runs the deal for 2 boxes for £20 so you look at £10 for 64 which isn't too bad.
For more infomation please visit www.pampers.co.uk
I have reviewed a few different brands and types of nappies on here because i've personally always found it useful to read what others experiences with certain nappies are before i buy them, nappies are an essential when you have a baby so it's worth finding a really good brand that suits your baby well and will also save you money in the long run if you quickly find a type of nappy that works best for you, so you don't end up spending a fortune on trying out loads of different nappies.
Pampers are one of the more expensive brands for nappies so when i bought them i was really hoping for the best, i didn't want to feel like i'd wasted money on more expensive nappies. But i'm glad i've bought them as they are top quality and the best brand of nappies i've tried. The 'Active Fit' name is perfect for these nappies because they do fit so well, even if my baby is kicking and wriggling about all day these nappies never leak and they stay on my baby perfectly well.
They are very absorbant and i can put my baby to bed for a long time in them without having to worry about him feeling soaked. I also love the design on Pampers nappies, the active fit nappies i bought recently had the characters from Sesame Street on them and they are lovely to look at.
They come in a variety of sizes which are as follows;
Size 3 (9-20lbs)
Size 4 (15-44lbs)
Size 4+ (20-44lbs)
Size 5 (24+lbs)
Depending on what size pack you buy there are different prices and some stores are slightly cheaper than others, the ones i know of and their approximate prices are as follows;
Mega Pack of 102 - £18.99
Jumbo Pack of 68 - £12.99
Economy Pack of 48 - £9.99
There are others but i always buy big boxes which is why these are the main ones i've listed. These are definetely 5 Star nappies!
If you follow my reviews you'll notice I talk about my son a lot and tend to review a lot of his products - here I make no exception and always find that the best way to review something is to actually have the pros and cons of using it! Which, given I have an eight month old in tow, I definitely have a lot to say about different nappies.
I have gone through SO many brands in search of the "perfect" nappy. I've been quite happy so far with Tesco's own brand of nappies as they seem the most absorbent and reliable, however, right now Tesco have really shot themselves in the foot as they're currently offering these nappies on a special offer - 136 of these nappies for £10! They're in the Active Fit boxes which will also come in handy for storing outgrown baby clothes.
We're currently on a hunt for the perfect cloth nappy right now, too, but are in between using disposables so we do need to be stocked up and ready for my son's seemingly endless stream of nappy changes - okay, exaggeration there, but he does go through a fair amount in any given week!
These nappies come with a "Dry Max" layer in them, which I assume, means it will keep them drier for longer. Although I do have to question if that means more sodium polyacrylate added in - the stuff that absorbs the moisture and produces those "crystals" you see on your baby's skin from time to time.
These nappies will fit a 15-40lb baby/toddler although I have often found the sizing of certain nappies doesn't seem to fit the upper sizes. We've had him in a few changes of these nappies and so far, so good.
They do look really thin when you take them out at first, but this is a common feature with the big brand nappies so I wouldn't be put off simply by this fact!
Pampers have always been our nappy of choice as I really like the way they fit and they always keep my little girl nice and dry and we don't have any leaks with them which is nice.
Now she's a bit older and moving around like crazy, crawling and squirming in her bed at night I needed a nappy that will stay put even if she doesn't. That's where Pampers Active Fit come in as just like their advertising says, "Nothing gets in the way of play."
These active fit nappies from Pampers are new as they now say that they are even more up to speed with playful babies and their needs and are tailor-made to help provide freedom and comfort for rewarding playtimes. I find that these nappies really do stretch when you put them on but they also fasten really securely. I can remove the tabs again and again and I find that they still have sticking power. With all the moving about she does these nappies never come off my little girl which is great.
Around the legs area I find they are a really good fit too. They are elasticated around this part and then have an extra flap which will fold over the elasticated part so they are not only comfortable but really snug too. I find nothing really leaks out of these and even a really big poo stays within the boundaries of the nappy (I'm sure you really needed to know that!) This is all due to the Pampers Dry Max which they say is their driest ever nappy. The nappies contain a super absorbent material that helps to keep your baby dry with 20% less bulk. I have found that the nappies are definitely smaller in terms of their volume. If you get a stack out of the bag and put them next to a stack with the same number of nappies in from another brand you can definitely see they are smaller. I also think the Dry Max claim is true. My little girl can have a wee but be quite happy to carry on playing and not want changing as soon as she has been to the toilet. I think this shows that the moisture is definitely taken away from her skin and absorbed into the nappy which is nice. Plus she also sleeps 12 hours through the night. In the morning her nappy is huge but it has definitely held its moisture and we never have wet sleep suits or sheets which means no extra washing for mummy!!
The other great thing I love about these, they come with an Elmo picture on them, cool or what!
The nappies come in a variety of different sizes, Size 3 which is from 9-20lbs, Size 4 which is 15-44lbs, 4+ which is 20-44lbs and 5 which is 24lbs +.
Boots are always running specials on packs of these. Generally a 64 nappy pack will cost in the £9 region and a smaller 35 pack will cost between £5 and £6.
There are a few brands to which I am completely loyal, and Pampers is one of them. When my son was first born I tried a complete range of different nappy brands, but the only ones that really worked well for us were Pampers. We have been using Baby Dry nappies for many months, because they usually work out a little cheaper than the Active Fit. However, there have been a lot of promotions on "new" Active Fit nappies recently, and I bought them at a 1/3 off in Sainsbury's. This worked out at two packs of 48 nappies (size 4+) for £12, rather than the usual £8.98 per pack.
It had been about 9 months since we last used Active Fit, and I did not recognise the nappies I took out of the pack. The new Active Fit nappies use "DRY MAX technology". This apparently means that they are still as absorbent, but they are now 20% thinner. This size difference is very obvious, and at first I thought that there were fewer nappies in the pack. As I looked at these thin nappies, I remembered that there has been quite a bit of negative publicity about these newly designed nappies, (e.g. they leak and cause nappy rash). As I had just bought 100 of them, I was a little concerned that I had made a bit of a mistake! However, we have been using "new" Active Fit for 3 weeks now, without any problems at all.
Active Fit nappies fasten with velcro tabs across the tummy, and they are elasticated around the legs. This is meant to give them a more comfortable and secure fit for active babies and toddlers. My son seems very comfortable in them, but to be honest I don't really find the fit any different from Pampers Baby Dry nappies. The new thinner version of Active Fit nappies fit as well as the older version, and they are equally absorbent. We have had no leaks or nappy rash in 3 weeks since my son has been wearing them, and I have every confidence in them. I am happier to have less bulky nappies, as they take up less storage space.
One of the big hit features of Active Fit nappies with my 22 month old boy is the Sesame Street decorations. Each nappy has a picture of Elmo, Ernie or the Cookie Monster on the front, and a range of characters on the back. These are a great distraction whilst I am trying to change him. You wouldn't usually think that nappies can help with language development, but my son will now proudly tell you which character is on his nappy!
Pampers Active Fit are not the cheapest nappies on the market. At there normal retail price a size 4+ nappy costs nearly 19 pence. However, if you shop around you can usually find Pampers nappies on promotion. The nappies I recently bought in Sainsbury's worked out at 12.5 pence each. That is a price that I am prepared to pay for a reliable nappy, that performs the dirty job for which it is designed.
Pampers Active Fit Nappies
I have used pampers nappies since having my daughter, and as soon as she started to move i went onto the Active fit range which i always found fantastic and would recommend to anyone. However, i recently bought a box of these nappies and inside one of the packets was a card saying that this was a different design which they were trying out. Within 2 days of trying this nappy my daughter developed a nasty rash which after changing to a different nappy went. I went back to the active fit nappy and the same happened again, i complained to Pampers and although they offered me a voucher to recompensate the nappies, they said basically that it was my fault and i must have left my daughter in the nappy too long. I think not!
This new design is now the only one available, it leaks, causes nasty rashes and seem a lot bigger than they need to be. I am so disappointed as Pampers have always been my favourite. I have now changed to another brand which are ok but not as good as the old pampers.
A real shame they didn't consult more parents when changing this nappy
My second child, who is 16 months, wears Pampers Active Fit, well he did until last week, he's worn Pampers since he moved to size two, the previous make I bought changed their design and as a result their quality.
I have always been very happy with pampers since then, until recently that is. My son developed a rash, not nappy rash, at the bottom of his belly just at the back of where the picture is on these nappies. I took him to my doctor and he suggested changing nappies for a week just to check for allergies. I found this odd until I read the card that was enclosed in the packet and realised they had changed the design this was before they'd changed the packaging to a new design and hadn't actually announced it except for these sneaky cards which I'd just thrown away with the previous couple of packets. I changed nappies to Sainsbury's own brand and changed back once the rash had gone for a week. Within a couple of days the rash was back. They also leak now, I'd rarely had this problem before with my 16 month old but now they leaked frequently. So I've changed his nappies to a new brand and, as anyone who's read my previous review might have noticed, I'll be changing my one month olds nappies too. Pampers have not done themselves any favours with this new design and have lost my custom.
Pampers Active Fit nappies are a firm favourite with many mums and indeed with me, but they do come at a price and it is this price that puts me off awarding them 5 stars.
I have tried most brand of nappies now - I love a good offer and so over the years I have tried most nappies that have been on offer, and if nothing is a cheap enough offer, then I go for supermarket own nappies or Boots own nappies.
In my experience all the different nappies have slightly different pros and cons, and if price were no object, I would chose Pampers Active Fit as my favourite. The nappy is much more stretchy and supple than any of the other branded nappies and when you put it onto your baby it just looks so comfy and moulds to baby's bottom like no other. Some of the other nappies are quite cardboardy and don't stretch so well and so although they do seem comfortable on baby, they don't quite mould to the bottom!
That said, I do not buy Pampers Active Fit at any price. A pack of about 26 nappies retails at around the £5.95 mark which I cannot justify when budgeting for a family of four's shop. Similar sized packs of Supermarket own brand nappies for example, often sell for three packs for £10 and so you are looking at a price difference of ~22p per nappy for Pampers Active Fit or ~12p per nappy for supermarket own. Having said this, Pampers Active Fit are often available on amazing offers. Some of my favourites are Morrisons offer of £5 for an ecomony pack which they run from time to time, or Asda sometimes do the boxes of nappies 2 for £20 where a nappy works out at about 12p each. If I can combine these offers with a coupon even better!
If the rivals to Pampers Active Fit leaked all the time or caused nappy rash or smelt or anything like that, then I can understand not using anything other than Pampers Active Fit but in my experience, Huggies, Supermarket own brands, Boots brand nappies all do the job of holding the wet off baby's bottom and holding in the poo. At times of diarheoa, no brand of nappy has worked as well as I'd have liked and for certain episodes, Pampers Active Fit have in fact been less than satisfactory.
All told however, I would recommend Pampers Active Fit for all babies, but only if you buy the nappies on a good deal - I just cannot justify their extra cost to Supermarket own brand nappies!
I have two children now and my youngest is just out of nappies. I used Pampers with both of them after trying many other brands with my first child. Pampers are by far the best quality nappies I have found in that they are the softest and they also keep the baby dry for longer.
I tried: supermarket own brand nappies, boots own nappies, huggies and some eco friendly disposable nappies before settling on Pampers. The supermarket nappies tend to feel quite rough and left my oldest child with nappy rash. I think this is partly down to the fact that they weren't very absorbent leaving my baby feeling wet. Boots own nappies felt softer but they were equally poor when it came to absorbing liquid. This may just be personal preference but I really didn't like the texture of huggies - they weren't too rough, they just had a really weird texture. And finally the eco friendly nappies felt like they had sawdust inside them.
Anyway, back to Pampers! I used both the babydry and activefit nappies with my children. I tended to use the activefit during the day as they are more stretchy and allow for more movement. I used the babydry at night because they are more absorbent. All in all, Pampers are absorbent whilst being soft and comfortable for the baby. They are more expensive than other brands but there are often offers on and nappy rash means a crying baby so I'd personally rather pay the extra!
Another good point about Pampers is that they have really clear pictures on the front of the nappy of cartoons (e.g. Sesame Street). This may not seem too important but it was for me because I was able to distract my son when he was a bit older with 'Elmo' etc if he was having a tantrum at changing time. The pictures on all the other nappies are not as clear.
Summary: Don't waste money trying the cheaper brands - Pampers are the most absorbent and soft!
Kicking, wriggling, crawling, always moving, your baby gets his muscles ready for the next big step.