The current nappy (that I am quite happy with but is not sold here) that we use with my almost 2year old does not make newborn or size 1 nappies. With a new baby expected soon I wanted to buy some newborn nappies however to take advantage of the bulk nappy deals I would have to risk committing to a stack of nappies I have not tried on a baby or even held in my hands to inspect.
Instead I ordered a sample of a few of the brands I was interested in such as bambo, and tried them out on my 2 year old. 2 nappies in a sample gives a good trial and I ordered the two sizes in bambo that over lap his weight range to get a good feel for how the brand fits overall.
For purely aesthetic, these were my pick. I love the simple design and they fit and absorbed well. Also had the softer feel of the three brands I trialled. To be honest I ended up asking my son which of the three he wanted to wear again as my chosen method as you can't really go wrong here. But I felt confident with going ahead with a big bulk purchase only after getting to use and see these samples.