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Huggies vs. Pampers: Which Diaper is Best?

This is the king of all debates in the disposible diaper world: Are Huggies or Pampers the better diaper for baby?  There are definitely many other brands of diapers on the market, but Huggies and Pampers and probably the two most prominent and popular.  I have personally used both brands and to me there is a clear winner.  But first, here is my experience in using these popular diaper brands.

The first type of diaper we used on baby were Pampers Swaddlers provided by the hospital.  The first thing I noticed was how soft they were.  They claim to be “blankie soft”, and indeed they are extremely soft to the touch.  They also come with a built-in strip on the diaper that changes color from yellow to green when the diaper is wet so you have a visible marker when baby needs to be changed.  The Swaddlers also have an indent in the newborn diapers for umbilical cord care.  We continued to use Pampers for the first few weeks of our son’s life.  We experienced some occasional leaking but overall were very happy with the Pampers.

We also tried Huggies Snugglers for some time.  They have similar qualities of the Pampers Swaddlers, with a wetness indicator and umbilical cord care indent in the diaper.  They didn’t seems as soft as the Swaddlers, but were still fairly soft to the touch.  However, they did feel more stiff than the Pampers.  The thing I definitely did not like about the Huggies was the fit.  The cut and the tab system is different than that of the Pampers, and it simply didn’t fit as well with our baby.  We had more problems with leaks as well.

We have since gone back to using Pampers since we overall had a better experience, although now our son is out of the Swaddlers and now only fits into Pampers Cruisers.  The Cruisers are not as soft as the Swaddlers and more stiff.  I wish Pampers made all of their diapers as soft as the Swaddlers.  The Cruisers also don’t have the wetness indicator, which is really unnecessary for an older baby anyways.  We are amazed as to how much the Cruisers hold.  Our son can sleep in them all night and not have any problems with leaks.  They have the classic Pampers fit, which has definitely been superior to the Huggies in our case.

When trying to decide the best diaper for baby, it is important to remember that your baby is unique.  What worked best for us might not work best for you.  You may find that Pampers are the best diaper, or possibly even Huggies are the best fit for your baby.  I just know that in our experience, Pampers were the definitely best for our baby.

Which diaper do you find to be best for baby: Huggies or Pampers?

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    1. Posted May 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      When my daughter was born at Christmas time, 2008, I was given a box of infant Pampers. Pampers tabs have an adhesive that can stick to skin. Within the first week, when I was changing my newborn, the adhesive stuck to her very delicate skin and ripped it off. I was shocked and months later thought that the skin colour would return to the area. Now, in May, 2010 she is 17 months and she still has a white scar on the inside of her leg from the incident. Her pigment will never return because it appears as though the melanin layer of newborn skin is very close to the surface. This is a terrible and forever scarring design flaw of Pampers Infant size diapers. After the incident I concluded that cloth diapers with velcro would be safer than trusting a mamoth corporation to make an ethical design for the skin of newborn babies. I wish there was a class action suit for this design flaw because I would join it in a heartbeat. Shame on you Proctor & Gamble. andrea (luma380@hotmail.com)

    2. Posted May 22, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink


      I am sorry to hear about your troubles with Pampers. Did you ever contact the company? Good for you for using cloth diapers, though.

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