Pampers, Huggies, Tescos own etc etc. Buying nappies is complicated and also expensive. I mean how does a parent know what is best.
Well, I have shopped in Aldi for many years but I was reluctant to try their nappies because it has been drummed into you that Pampers and Huggies are the best.
But pampers and huggies are costly. And seriously, when you child is going through 7 or 8 a day it is literally like flushing money down the toilet. So We decided to try Aldi Mamia Nappies and Wipes....And why oh why did we not do this sooner???
Firstly Aldi nappies are so much cheaper than the equivalent branded nappy. £2.99 a pack of 44 - pampers are £5.99! So you would think - They wont be as good. Well thats incredibly wrong.How on earth Aldi have done this is for £2.99 a pack is amazing.
Quality and use:
We used to get leaks from Pampers and especially Huggies. they were awful. Aldi nappies seem to fit better, have more movement, cause less rashes, have more capacity and are less bulky!
Aldis pull-up night time pants are under £3 yet seem to be able to store an impossible amount of liquid with leaking. Pampers and Hugges cant do this half as well.
So if you want to save money and have a great product, don not be a brand snob. Head to Aldi. mamia nappies are the best.
P.S. The mamia wipes also better than anything out there!
Review also on Ciao.
I had heard great things about Aldi’s baby range and when our son was first starting to crawl about the Huggies nappies seemed to not be working for us and seemed to move and leak a lot. We therefore decided to try the Mamia Aldi range before paying the Pampers price.
From the outset, Mamia are obviously cashing in on the Pampers range, the packaging design is extremely similar, with the same colours and layout. The nappies are even a similar look to pampers. I have to say I was impressed with the look and the price, at half the price of Pampers I was just praying they worked just as well.
The Mamia nappies come in all the sizes other nappies do and various pack sizes to suit all needs. For example, a 24 pack of Size one nappies 24 is just £1.49! The nappies are all a good size and look good. Fit wise, they are perfect. The fit close to the bottom, don’t rub or ride up despite my son’s attempts to move them. The fasteners are strong and still hold even if you have undone them once and fastened the nappy back up. They give good protection front and back and hold A LOT! Despite being able to hold such a lot they don’t seem to bulky, and only really go bulky when they need to (shall we say – to cope)
I have to say I find the Mamia nappies excellent and great value for money with 40 nappies costing less that £5!
I'm all for cost cutting, provided the quality holds up against the price. Originally, I wanted to use re-usable nappies, so bought all the Bambino Mio kit, but god, it's hard work, but felt I would be doing my bit for the environment, and not paying the extortionate prices of Pampers nappies or their equivalents.
I didn't know Aldi nappies were so cheap - when I found out exactly how cheap and that they actually worked well, I e-bayed the Bambino Mio and went for the easy and less messy option of disposables.
Aldi nappies come all the through from Newborn to size 6, and are fantastic value for money -
Size 1 - currently 7p a nappy
Size 2 - currently 6.8p a nappy
Size 3 - currently 8p a nappy
Size 4 currently 9.4p a nappy
Size 4+ - currently 10.2 a nappy
Size 5 - currently 11.2p a nappy
Size 6 - currently 15p a nappy
Combine this with baby events, and you have even better value for money when they do the large boxes of nappies, though stock up as they only tend to do 1 size per event.
I don't know why anyone would waste their money on Pampers and the like when they are so cheap and also do the job perfectly well!
They fit well, have the waist tabs, and elasticated back.
I would recommend to a friend, and in fact do on a regular basis!
I use reusable cloth nappies for the most part, because of the environmental factors as well as the economical: I believe I'm saving hundreds of nappies from going to landfill, and saving myself a small fortune in the process. However, I'm sure even non-parents can understand how you never EVER want to be caught out without any clean nappies to hand, so I tend to keep a small pack of disposables about the house at all times and a couple of "emergency" disposables in the changing bag. You just never know... And for this reason, I've been through a fair few brands of disposable nappies, depending what was on offer or the quality of product.
As part of my Bounty packs **SEE BELOW**, I was given eight (2 packs of 4) Mamia nappies (as well as other freebies that I'll get round to discussing in other reviews) as a sample. Now, I currently only have the one child, and thus not the most experience in the world: but, from what I've seen, nappies don't come much worse than these.
With the first four (Size 1) nappies I used on my newborn son, we had a total of four wet beds, and I mean everything from his clothes through to the waterproof mattress cover was soaked. And how the biology works behind a little boy weeing up his back and underneath him is beyond me, but somehow, it happened. These four were for babies weighing 4-11lbs in weight apparently, and at 9lb 9.5oz and dropping to 8lb 13oz by Day 3, he was well within this, if not at the higher end, or so I thought. I honestly didn't think that this would matter, as he was still within the guidelines. He wasn't (and isn't) a particularly chubby baby either, just very long. But still.. four out of four. Coincidence?
The second pack of nappies were size 2, for babies weighing 6-13lbs, and I knew for certain he was in the middle of this range. Yet our son seemed to suffer a worse fate with the final four. I apologise profusely for the detail and mental images, but what can you expect reading reviews on nappies... We had poop leaking up his back, down his legs, seeping through his clothes, everywhere! It seemed as though he may as well have not had a nappy on at all. In a word, it was horrific, but thinking this was a one-off, I still continued with the last of the samples. Oh dear... It happened again.
My son is exclusively breastfed, and thus I admit his movements are probably runnier than if he were fed infant formula. This may well even be the cause of the problem, but surely a nappy should be able to cope? Not all babies are bottle-fed nowadays..
Yes, they work out a few pence cheaper per nappy (roughly 8p per pack instead of the 11-12p I'd pay for Pampers, I believe) however the money spent washing bed sheets and baby grows etc outweighs this saving by a mile. I honestly expected more from the Mamia brand, seeing that it has won awards and so many mums swear by them.. but not me.. oh no!
In fairness, the nappies did seem quite soft and baby never seemed uncomfortable or particularly fidgety when wearing them (until disasters struck, that is!) but really, how much of a positive is this when he might as well have been wearing cotton undies for the amount they absorbed or kept in.
I'm sorry, Aldi, your nappies may be amazing for some mums, but I've had my fair share of extra washing loads that I don't see myself buying any in a hurry. I doubt I'd even use any more free samples if I were to be given some again.
Would I recommend? Not in a million years based on my own experiences. But other babies seemed to have faired better with the Mamia nappies. All I can say is don't go out and buy months' worth of them only to find that you have the same problem as I had. Although, of course, every baby is different and I cannot guarantee that the same would happen to any other. I certainly wouldn't wish it on anybody, however! Haha!
** Bounty packs, for those who don't know, are a series of "Giftbags" handed out to all expecting mums-to-be in the UK by their midwives or healthcare providers, full of useful information and leaflets as well as money-off coupons and free samples of bits and bobs that may come in handy when baby arrives - such as stretch mark creams, Sudocrem, wet wipes, and sometimes nappies plus a lot more. **
Nothing strikes me as worthy of cost-benefit analysis more than buying disposable nappies. They are relatively inexpensive, many different brands are sold, and there is one prevalent design. Buy ones that are too costly and you're throwing money out with the bins. Get ones that are poor quality and the end result can be disastrous. Our son kept getting a rash from the big brand ones, so as a result we've tried about half the brands on the market.
The Aldi Mamia nappies are the best that we've found so far. They don't contain any obvious chemicals, no gooey green layers against your babies skin. I was initially concerned that this meant they wouldn't be as effective, but our son regularly goes overnight without needing a change or leaking. These nappies are just as good as the more expensive brands, but without the thoughts of chemicals affecting your little one. The nappy waist fits extremely well, my son was always comfortable in them. In addition, with the ubiquity of Aldi throughout Ireland and the UK, you can always rely on a store nearby. This made things a lot easier for us any time that we were travelling.
The final, and potentially most important advantage of the Mamia nappies is the cost; a large pack of these nappies is easily cheaper than a pack half its size of big brand nappies.
My little boy is 12 weeks old and I want the best of everything for him. If you'd have told me 2 months ago I'd be using Aldi nappies I'd have laughed! I originally had him in Huggies organic cotton newborn nappies (which were great for the first week and v reassuring to have organic BUT thereafter they started leaking). We moved on to Pampers newborn which were ok apart from a funny smell (see below) and quite a few leaks.
I'm afraid i was a bit snobbish about buying these nappies. I used to shop in Aldi when I lived in the city centre and found it to be great for more premium things like flowers and wine- selling better produce than the sainsbury's local/tesco metro, as well as being cheaper. So now I feel a bit daft for not trying the aldi nappies sooner!
A few people had mentioned them to me but I didn't REALLY listen until I was at a baby massage class & two of the mums (one a GP and one an A&E doctor) were chatting about their aldi nappies. I looked round and all 8 babies in the class had the same nappies on... (except mine- in pampers) I started to think I was missing a trick... Crazy that it took a doctor's recommendation!
I decided to give it a go-
The first ones I bought were the size 2 nappies at £2.99 for 48 Yes. £2.99. 6.8p per nappy. That was about 1/3 of the price of the pampers...
I have since bought the size 3 nappies at £4.49 for 56- 8p per nappy- signicantly cheaper than even own brands from other supermarkets
Let's face it- doesn't matter how cheap nappies are- if they don't work well than there's REALLY no point as you end up with a sad baby, piles of dirty washing, and a worn out parent.
THESE NAPPIES ARE BRILLIANT!
They don't leak- unlike Huggies and Pampers they remain watertight and even held on to a series of very runny poos (apologies for the gory details)
They don't have the (quite scary) chemical smell that pampers have- I don't know what it is but it doesn't seem right for a newborn's precious skin to smell like that
They look "cute"- so you can forget worrying about any aesthetic worries. The only way you'd know this was a budget nappy was if you are in the smart-mums-buy-aldi-nappies club!
A top buy.
ADDED BONUS-At the moment (July 2013) aldi are giving away 50% coupons for wipes/nappies if you sign up online
When little one arrived on New Years we were all stocked up with huggies little ones nappies, and pampers.
After about 3 weeks I was sick to the back teeth of he amount of leaks! No matter what we did we just could not get on with them, so we switched to Aldis Mamia Nappies. Best thing we ever did!
These nappies are so secure, we maybe have a leak once every few weeks - and usually as a result ofus doing it up a little looser!
They have a lovely design with animals iver them making them interesting for the kids - my little one sits and pulls at it trying to get the animals off to play!
The tabs are great - never break and give a really solid attachment.
Absorbency wise - I could not ask for more! On the rare nights when little one will sleep through it will hold all moisture - up to 12 hours as the pack describes!
Now everything I have mentionned is convenient, of course, thats what all parents want. But most importantly, is it comfortable for baby? YES!
With other nappy bands little one would rub at it and fidget, especially when just wet. With these, its like they arent there! No bother to him at all!
Now, the price...
Pampers average - 10-15p per nappy
Aldi mamia average - 8-11p per nappy
So, these are comfortable, secure, minimal fuss AND cheaper!
What more could we ask for mums and dads?!
All in all, 10/10 for these nappies, highly recommended - thankyou Aldi!
I'm a mum with a 16 month old so nappies have been a big thing in my life for over a year!
Once I'd exhausted all of the freebies and vouchers I received for the premium brand nappies I decided to try a cheaper brand, I'd never really shopped at Aldi before but I decided to try their Mamia nappies. My son was in size 3's the first time I used this nappy and I still use them now that he's is a size 5.
The nappies are packaged in an oblong shape with a carry handle, the packaging has a perforated side to "easily" open the pack however I have never been able to do this easily with these nappies or any other brand. Similar to premium range nappies the packaging has a photograph of a baby wearing the nappy and a mum on the front.
There are 40 nappies in a size 5 pack for £4.49 (11.2p per nappy). YES £4.49!!! That's more than half the price of the most popular and expensive nappy brands, even when the more expensive brands are on offer it works out cheaper.
The nappies are a good size and fit my son well (he was a 10lb baby at birth), there is no chemical smell and the nappies have pictures of animals on I've never had any leaks with these nappies, the fit is great and they look cute.
The only thing I have had problems with is stock...my local Aldi seems to run out of size 5's on a Saturday morning and they don't restock until Monday also Size 5 seems to be the biggest nappy size that Aldi do, they don't do a 5+ and the size 6 is a pull up pant.
After my fiasco of an experience with Huggies I had decided that I would just stick to Pampers.
When I received a sample of four nappies of the Aldi Mamia brand and saw that it had received some award as well I figured it would do no harm to give it a try. And I am glad I did, as I was surprised to find that they are of excellent quality, and nearly half the price of leading brands or better. I am using the size 3 ones at present which are 8p apiece.
The design is quite similar to all nappies, with a waistband with pictures on them, velcro straps on both sides and elasticated lining around the thighs to prevent leakage. The lining material is of standard thickness and very absorbent and comfortable on the skin.Also the elastic lining is of good quality and I have had no experience with leakage so far.
I use these on a regular basis for my baby, including at night and it seems to be holding up very well to 5-6 hours of urine. I haven't left it on for longer as I dont like the idea of being in the same nappy for longer than that. I usually only change my son once in the night as it is very difficult for me to wake up. I have not had any major problems with nappy rash so far as I usually leave him nappy free for a while during the day.
I am very happy with this product, especially considering the price. The only problem is that there is no Aldi near me so I have to go especially to get the nappies. I do wish they would stock them in other places, as you cant buy them online either.
Having been buying the expensive brands of nappies whilst my son was small I was dubious whether I should down grade when I was trying to lower my shopping bills, however on consideration I decided I would give it a go. I started buying shop brand nappies and found them alright, but of a lower quality somewhat to that of the leading higher priced options on the market, but about a month ago we run out of nappies...ahhhh!!
I rushed to Aldi as that is my closest supermarket and had no option other than to purchase the own brand nappies called mamia. They come in a rather pleasant green plastic packaging with a toddler wearing the nappies printed on the front, much like the other brands available, and they don't look cheap at all, but I reserved judgement until they were actually given a proper test drive so to speak.
I was surprised that they are very good quality, in my opinion on par with the hugely more expensive brands that are on the market. They were £4.99 per packet of 42 which works out around 11.9p each which is fabulous value for money especially in these harsh economic times when the cost of everything is going up. I bought size 5 but there are other sizes available all at around the same price.
The nappies are quite thick to give a high level of absorbency, but they are not too thick so as to be uncomfortable for my little one running around, they have the usual elastic cuffs around the legs for added protection against leaks. They are lovely, soft and breathable so caused no irritation at all, the tabs to secure the nappy around the waist are Velcro style with elastic, stretchy sides for added comfort and ease of use and I found them extremely secure, I had no problems with the Velcro loosening after a while with the movement of my son and boy does he put them through their paces. Even clambering in the park caused no leak issues at all. The waist band is also a soft material and seemed snug and comfortable without having to be tight, and have cute colourful animal pictures around the front of the waistband which my son likes, making appreciative distraction when my son is not in a cooperative mood.
They also stand up to the challenge of keeping my sons bed dry throughout the night, as yet no leaks at all which is absolutely amazing.
Considering the considerable price difference between these and the leading brands on the market, I was incredibly impressed by the lack of difference in quality. My son has not had any issues with discomfort or irritation and I am now converted to these nappies and these will now be my nappies of choice.
The nappies were very absorbent and fitted extremely well and coped extremely well with the vigour's of my 2 year old. They have earned the Mother and baby award best disposable nappy 2010-2011 and silver practical parenting disposable nappy award and were also the LBP winner for their nappy award, so are very highly rated by many leading parenting sources.
I am considerably impressed with these nappies and would highly recommend these to anyone with a very active toddler as they are more than up to the job and are at a fantastic price.
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I have taken to shopping around in order to find the cheapest prices for my groceries and Aldi has become a firm favourite for my fruit and veg purchases.
As I had tried a variety of Aldi own brand products with mostly success I decided to try their own brand nappies as I was running low on my stock at home.
The nappies had also been conveniently placed close to the tills.
The look of the product is very professional, the packaging does not look cheap. The 48 nappies are sold in a plastic aqua marine/green coloured pack. There is a happy smiling baby depicted on the front and an equally as happy mother in the background. The Mamia Logo is written in white with the slogan 'making little people happy' in yellow underneath.
I paid approximately £5.38 for 48 nappies, size 4/4+, with a weight range of 7-20kg or 15-44lbs. This works out at just over 11 pence a nappy. Quite competitive unless one of the leading brands has a special offer (I'm always on the look out for bogof etc).
Once out of the packet, the nappy as with the packaging also looks good quality. It is predominantly white with a green trim at the edges. There are various jungle animals waving on the front and a larger one sitting on the green waistband. On the back of the nappy, the larger waving animal is rear facing I assume to indicate which way the nappy should be put on (the other animals are still facing forward strangely enough!).
The nappies are quite roomy and have flexible comfy fit sides. The fastening tapes on either side are re-sealable, quite stretchy and allow for a lot of movement. They refasten very well and don't come undone.
They are however quite thin although do absorb urine as well as other leading brands. I had been using the nappies for around two weeks without any leaks, this includes night usage although I do change my sons nappy at around 11pm, it is then changed again around 6am - if I am lucky! So the longest he has worn the nappy is for approximately seven hours.
You will note that I state 'had been using', I stopped using the nappies three days ago. My son has never suffered from nappy rash apart from the lightest of pink colouration. In the past when I have spotted this I have applied extra cream and his bottom has reverted to its usual colour.
About a week ago I noticed this mild discolouration and adopted my usual practice, expecting a healthy bottom within a few hours. Unfortunately not. The redness began to worsen. I applied lots of cream and I mean lots but it did not work. Within a couple of days the redness has become a mottled rash. My son was in a great deal of pain when I changed him, it was extremely upsetting for both of us.
It did not instantly occur to me that it could be the nappies that were causing the problem. I began monitoring this BM's, what he was eating etc just in case he was 'pooing' more often than usual but he didn't seem to be.
Once the nappy idea popped into my head I brought out my supply of size 5 Huggies - bought on special offer, what a surprise! A little big but useful to test my theory.
Amazingly the rash improved over night. It was still sore but nothing like it had been the previous day, A day later the rash had all but disappeared, a slight discolouration but nothing more.
The packaging states that the nappies are extra absorbent and ultra dry but from my experience they do absorb but unfortunately - whatever protective layer is used on the nappy shielding baby's skin does not work and the urine rests on the skin - ouch!
I certainly will not be using these nappies again and would recommend others not to do so. I feel so guilty and will not be compromising on price in the future.
I now have my happy, smiling baby back, hurray!
0 Dooyoo stars in this case.
These nappies have gained awards, and with this in mind, I was attracted to buying them. I've tried all the nappy brands under the sun, from the top of the range brands to supermarket own; the only ones I've steered clear of to-date is the Tesco Value ones.
Any Mum will know just how expensive nappies can be, and I've found these to be cheaper than even the top brands on special offer. They are just under £5 for 48 size 4/4+ so incredible value especially once you've tried them and realise how good they are!
They have an attractive design like all the branded makes of nappy, and the exterior feel is again very comparable, with a soft outer covering. Nicely padded in the right areas internally, they feel a little thicker than the leading brand (Pampers Active Fit) but not as thick as the Huggies tend to be.
Shape wise on my daughter, they are a little bulky between her legs when compared to the Pampers, but again comparable to other supermarket brands. They wear nice and high around the back, and have good firm tape closures that will refasten if you undo them.
The big test of course, is how dry they keep my daughter, the pattern of absorption, and if there are any leakages. I am happy to report that they work incredibly well at keeping my daughters skin dry and pulling moisture away from her bottom. She's worn them for 10-12 hours at night without any issues of liquid leaks or nappy rash. Liquid collects where you'd expect it to and doesn't seem to get into the section around her bottom (where she lies), which is great.
Two packs in, and I have only had one nappy leak solids, and this was due to it being full of liquid as well. I've had issues with Pampers Babydry leaking if my daughter has done slightly runny pools, so these beat that brand hands down.
I cannot find any fault with these apart from maybe being slightly wider/thicker between the legs, and my toddler hasn't seemed to be bothered by that at all as she toddles about, so for me it's a 5/5 and well done to Mamia and Aldi!
The Mamia brand of nappies can be bought from Aldi at a very decent price consistent with supermarket's own brands and bargain brands from Wilkos, etc. In fact, I would say they are very similar with these kind of brands overall in terms of their quality, having tried quite a few different brands myself.
The sizes of these nappies are very similar to Tesco's own brand of nappies and I have never experience a problem in terms of dryness, absorbency or flexibility. I tend to buy the big brands such as Pampers when I have vouchers that make the price more reasonable and consistent with the cheaper brands and then I only use the Pampers nappies overnight when the nappy is going to get most use! However, on occasions where I have used Mamia nappies overnight, there has never been a problem.
I wouldn't say that there is anything particularly new or innovative about these nappies, but the price is good and there is nothing wrong with them, so I am a fan!
As every mum out there on a budget knows nappies can be very expensive.
I usually buy Tesco's own brand of nappies as I have tried many over the last 3 1/2 years and found these to be the best value for money. Asda's own leave gel/crystals on baby if left on wet too long, and since changing the design about 2 years ago pop open at the drop of a hat, I'm just not generally keen on Huggies as they feel too bulky and Pampers are great but expensive.
Anyway, trying to cut down on our food bill at the moment I was shopping at Aldi when I spotted their own brand nappies. I pay around £7.29 for 56 nappies in Tesco, but the Mamia nappies were around £5.50 for 50 nappies, great I thought almost £2 of savings.
I picked up a packet to try them out, I could only find one review on the inter-net about them and it said they were as good as brand name nappies so how could I lose?
They look just like pampers nappies, the tabs (velcro type material) are really enclosed into the nappy so they take a little while to fold out, they seem to be a bit hit and miss with some of them sticking really tight and others flying off. The first night I used them on my 16 month old his nappy ended up in the bottom of his sleeping bag (he is a master at stripping off though!). The nappies have a picture of a frog on the front which is the same on every nappy in the pack.
Ok, so maybe I will just use them during the day to avoid night time accidents? At first they seemed really good, however, once my little one has had a wee they lose their shape really quickly. They sag between the legs terribly and when you take them off they lose their shape altogether if wet. If only soiled they are ok, they hold in the smell as well as any other nappy I have tried. The leg cuffs seem tight enough without being too restrictive and I have had no poo down the leg incidents yet!
I would not really recommend these unless you are on such a small budget that you have no other alternative, personally I will be going back to Tesco as I think the extra £2 is well worth it.
I have tried a vast range of nappies over the past 3 years and the best value for money have to be Mamia nappies from Aldi. They have never leaked even over night! They feel the same as Pampers,my children have never had nappy rash and you get the same amount of nappies in a pack as other branded packs but are £2.00 cheaper. They also have wipes in the same make which are drastically cheaper than the leading brands but are just as thick and pleasent smelling.