Considering Your Options : Pampers vs. Huggies
When you become a parent certain products that heretofore had no significance to your life are suddenly vital to your very survival. One of these things is diapers. And youre going to be going through lots of them. Consequently, thinking about what you need out of a diaper becomes a major consideration.
The first thing to do is narrow down the options, and this discussion assumes that those options focus on disposable diapers, rather than cloth. Of the top disposable diapers, Huggies and Pampers are the most familiar and popular. The Huggies vs. Pampers debate is ongoing, and while this discussion is an attempt to offer objective data, its not likely that the debate will end any time soon.
Both brands of these disposable diapers are very similar, but there are differences consumers should be aware of that might pertain to particular tastes, baby habits or situations.
The key attributes most people want out of a disposable diaper are absorbency, fit, adjustability, comfort of material, and composition your babys tender skin can be affected by any number of chemicals or fabrics that make up modern synthetic materials. Since disposable diapers are by nature more expensive than cloth ones, a higher price is already expected, but price can still be a factor. You want the best disposable for your money since youre already facing a new budgetary demand that can last up to five years.
Huggies have been around since the 1970s and were the first real competition for Pampers. That competition has continued until the present day. Huggies come in sizes from premie to toddler 6, wearable by kids up to 7 years old. They are available at warehouse stores like Costco and Walmart, but also at grocery stores and most likely your corner pharmacy. These diapers have a loyal following and have grown in popularity to become a highly competitive disposable diaper brand.
- Pure & Natural
- Little Snugglers
- Little Movers
- Little Movers Slip-On Diaper Pants
- Snug & Dry
- Snug & Dry Plus
If you want the most absorbent Huggies product, a wise choice is the Pure & Natural, which have the added benefit of being composed of some sustainable materials including organic cotton. Huggies are not exactly famous for their light carbon footprint, but Pure & Natural Huggies could ease your mind a bit. They are comparatively pricey, but thats the price you pay for renewable hypoallergenic materials. For a price break try Little Snugglers, the Huggies baby-shaped style for newborns and babies. These include a urine alert that changes color to let you know if anybodys been active lately.
When babies get older they start moving around like nobodys business. Huggies Snug & Dry diapers provide 12-hour protection and are designed with a flexibility that keeps them snug no matter what crawling and wiggling adventures your baby might engage in.
Toddlers with still more increased mobility will benefit from Little Movers, while Little Movers slip-on diaper pants help them learn how to put on their own pants. These form-fitting diapers have adjustable elastic sides so that your baby might get the idea to pull them on without any help from mom or dad. Little Movers make changing quick and easy just pull them on. Adjustable Velcro tabs make transitioning to a new size a gradual process, which causes less stress for everyone. Fit is vital to toddlers who are more mobile, and Huggies Little Movers fit the bill.
In 1961 Pampers revolutionized the disposable diaper industry with their innovative designs, and they have not stopped innovating since. Before Pampers, disposable diapers were super thick and bulky a far cry from todays all-in-one designs using super-absorbent polymers. Just like Huggies, Pampers range in size from xs (premie) to about 7. The main differences between Pampers and Huggies are price and variety.
- Swaddlers Sensitive
- Baby Dry
- Extra Protection
- Easy-Ups Trainers
- Underjams Absorbent Night Wear
- Splashers Swim Pants
Pampers are arguably the most popular brand of disposable diapers in the world, and they are consistently rated among the top disposable diapers by Consumer Reports. They cannot be beaten for variety. Pampers varieties include swimmable diapers, Easy Ups trainers and diapers that can be worn all night for long-lasting protection.
For newborns and small babies, comfort goes hand in hand with absorbency as a priority. Babies are much more likely to have bathroom malfunctions than toddlers as they have less control, and their sensitive skin is susceptible to irritation. Pampers Swaddlers are highly rated, absorbent and very comfortable for little babies although many mothers complain about their strong baby powder fragrance.
While Pampers revolutionized the diaper industry by offering a more affordable alternative to cloth diapers and services, as disposables go they are now on the slightly more expensive side. This is undoubtedly due to their well established reputation. And it is a fact has allowed the makers of Pampers to experiment and come up with a roster of products that allow infants and kids considerable flexibility customized for activity and age.
Pampers Easy Ups and Underjams are performance diapers that allow older toddlers to move without leakage, as well as offering a great way to transition out of the diaper phase and into self-sufficiency. Their Splashers swim pants offer a unique opportunity for toddlers to enjoy unrestricted pool time or long days at the beach. The snug fit of Splashers prevents leaks, and they are designed specifically for use in water, which means they wont swell or bloat like other diapers. If youve ever been poolside and had to deal with a diaper-related meltdown, you know how useful a product like Splashers can be.
Both Huggies and Pampers have their market share of loyal followers, and users of either brand arent likely to switch. But whether youre Team Pampers or Team Huggies or if you havent decided yet below are some features from both brands that might help with that tough and important survival decision.
|Huggies||Inexpensive||Lots of leakage complaints|
|High absorbency||More stretchable in back than in front|
|Have eco-friendly variety||Rough elastic leg cinches|
|Stretchy tabs for easy fitting|
|Many varieties including waterproof||Strong fragrance|
|Soft, cloth-like feel||Cheaper brands can offer similar performance|
|Low leakage very snug||Some varieties are restrictive|
The Bottom Line
At some point you might be confronted with an emergency and forced to use whatever is available. Many users have complained that Huggies leak, but they are also quite absorbent and easy to change in a pinch. Many users dont like the strong fragrance and higher price of Pampers but their consistent snugness is likely to give you peace of mind while you sleep. Both of these top brands are top brands for a reason, and it ultimately comes down to baby size, activity, and age.
At the end of the day, choosing a brand of diapers is equal parts consumer preference, brand loyalty and utility. Some parents love Huggies, some love Pampers, some choose value over quality, others balance quality with value, and still others shell out the extra coin for quality above all. Parents interested in the Huggies vs. Pampers debate have already narrowed down their preferences to disposable diapers, so a good place to start is ease of use. In our estimation, in terms of absorbency and comfort the two most important factors to most parents, Pampers wins.
Do you agree or disagree? Do you think Luvs should be included in the argument? Let us know in the comments below!