I recently gave birth to my third child. As any parent of a newborn will tell you, we go through a lot of diapers. We received many packages of diapers as gifts. While we received all kinds of different diapers, two brands that were most frequently given to us. We received a couple of packages each of Pampers Swaddlers and Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers.
Our daughter is now three weeks old and we’ve had a chance to use both types of diapers. While both brands of diapers are good, I have noticed some differences in them. I have also priced both Pampers Swaddlers and Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers in stores. The diapers are comparable in price, but are they comparable in quality?
Let’s take a look at each diaper’s claims. On the Pampers website, Pampers Swaddlers diapers claim to have a five star absorbency rating. They also claim to have a liner that keeps runny messes away from baby and soft overlapping fasteners. On the Huggies website, Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers claim to have a leak lock to absorb moisture faster. They also claim to have all-around stretch for a snug fit.
The first thing I noticed when I used the Pampers Swaddlers diapers was the liner in the diapers. It looked like a weaved quilt and was very soft. Just as their website claims, Pampers Swaddlers diapers absorbed the runny bowel movements that my newborn often has. The Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers do not leak, just as their website claims. However, Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers did not absorb the messy bowel movements as well as Pampers Swaddlers diapers. I also noticed that after sleeping in the Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers all night, my newborn would have little gel beads from the diapers on her bottom.
Pampers Swaddlers diapers claim to have soft overlapping fasteners. However, I noticed when I was using Pampers Swaddlers on my daughter, the fasteners seemed rather stiff. They were also pretty large and could easily scratch her delicate skin. The Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers had small, soft fasteners. These fasteners are small enough not to scratch the baby.
On the cosmetic side, Pampers Swaddlers diapers were slightly stiff on the outside. This made them seem bulky between my daughter’s legs. The Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers were more conforming to the baby’s body and overall softer. However, they seemed to balloon when wet. This made them a lot more bulky than the Pamper Swaddlers diapers.
Both Pampers Swaddlers diapers and Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers are very good overall. They both have qualities that I like in them. They both are similarly priced. Pampers Swaddlers diapers have excellent absorbency. They just need to work on making the diaper fasteners a little smaller and more soft. The Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers are very form fitting and have wonderful fasteners. They just need to work on making the diaper more absorbent without having the gel beads.
Since we have both diapers in our household right now, we’ve come to a compromise. For daytime use, Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers are the better choice. They have the flexibility to move with my daughter, which will be a huge plus as she gets older. At night, when our daughter will be wearing the same diaper for a long period of time, we use the Pampers Swaddlers. They will keep the moisture and any bowel movements she may have away from her. This should help deter diaper rashes.
So, overall both Pampers Swaddlers diapers and Huggies Baby Shaped Fit diapers get a huge thumbs up.