Baby Gear: Diapers and Wipes

So now that we are almost out of newborn-sized diapers, I thought I’d write a review of the diapers and wipes we’ve tried so far. This amounts to three brands: Pampers, Huggies, and Parent’s Choice (Wal-mart’s brand). These will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 hearts with 5 being the ideal diaper/wipe and 1 being something I wouldn’t even give as a gag gift because they shouldn’t ever be regifted to anyone that might attempt to actually use them for their intended purpose. Commentary will follow ratings. We’re using hearts because my blog thing doesn’t offer stars. Oh, and you might not want to refrain from eating while you read this. Unless you can read about poop and eat without gagging at the same time.

Diapers (Newborn Size)

Pampers Swaddlers ♥♥♥♥♥
Pros: They fit very well – nice and slim, without getting bunchy in the front. They hold a LOT. Like all the way through the night, lot. Like 11-12 hour lot. Now, they stop resembling diapers at this point and kind of look like over filled water ballons but we only had 1 leg leak one night in these. Also they have that cute yellow to blue “wetness indicator.” Although I don’t normally need a stripe to tell me if the diaper is wet. Pretty much because his diapers are always wet. Oh, they also absorbed the poop mostly too. They have a weird weave material (see also in “Cons”) between the baby booty and the absorbent core. By the way, breastmilk baby poop, if you are unfamiliar, is pretty liquidy with a “seedy texture.” Basically it has little chunks and is the color of bright mustard. Hopefully you’re not eating a turkey sandwich right now.

Cons: The weave stuff holds the seedy parts of the poop onto his skin so it dries out some and is harder to get off. Also they are the most expensive of the diapers and it’s hard to find coupons for them.

Bottom Line (Get it??): These were by far my favorite of the three brands we tried. But due to the cons they cannot be the ideal diaper so they are docked half a heart. Sorry, Pampers. {Edit: I have since gifted Pampers back their other heart half. I don’t care about the cons. After revisiting other options, they’re my favorites by far.}

Huggies Snugglers ♥♥♥½
Pros: Stretchy bands at top and back that give a nice snug fit. They have a good umbilical cord cutout that would have been nice if he’d have been a little bigger when he was born. We had to fold the band down for awhile because he was so little even though he was in Preemie size. By the time he got big enough to unfold, his belly button was all tiny and cute and sorta half-outey and we didn’t need the cutout. Sorry… his belly buttion is totally cute though. These also have good absorbency and a wetness indicator. They do a good job absorbing the poop and don’t  seem to leave dried out spots on his booty as much as the Pampers. These were best when he was skinny as the stretchy spots, now that his belly is a little bigger, don’t lay very flat and end up with a boodgy (yes, that is a perfectly acceptable made-up word when it comes to diapers) spot in the front. This gets worse when wet.

Cons: The boodgy spot, of course. Also, even though these have an elastic-y back band to them, we still had a blowout on an overnight diapering. Plus, the tapes on the front are skinny and accentuate the “waist” effect on him. And now that he’s bigger he umbilibal cutout makes them a little short in front, resulting in a less than ideal fit.

Bottom Line: The Huggies are mid-priced and generally you can find coupons more readily for them but I prefer the fit and function of the Pampers.

Parent’s Choice
Pros: *Sigh* They were cheap. That’s really the only pro I can give you. They were thin? Sooo…. I could stash more in the diaper bag? Really, I can’t give you much more than that. And that’s a stretch.

Cons: They leaked. Poop, pee, didn’t matter. They absorbed to a point and then just quit and ran out the sides. Or the back. Other than the night leaking (after he’d been in a diaper ALL night) we hadn’t had any other leaking issues until we tried these. The poop just sat on top of the diaper and didn’t absorb in at all. The fit was also terrible. I had a hard time getting the tapes on the front right. Almost like there wasn’t enough to the top of the diaper. They are super thin and papery feeling. *shudders* I don’t like ’em. But I hate to just toss them since I know he won’t be in NB size much longer. So I just change him more often. Unless he poops a lot at one go and then we change clothes too. And forget about leaving him in them overnight. *more shuddering* He’d be swimming by morning. *gack* So we use the few Pampers we have left for nights and these during the day.

Bottom Line: I would never buy these again. If the husband hadn’t had tossed the receipt for them we would have taken them back as they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I am not 100% satisfied. But I’m receiptless so I’m stuck with them. And I’m cheap so I don’t want to throw them away. And giving them to someone would just be mean. {Edit: I lied. After a day of two leaky diapers, three onesies and two pairs of pants, I’m done with these things. I think we are going to attempt to take them back regardless of the receipt situation. And a friend of mine’s sister just gave us a bunch of leftover diapers from her baby… whew!} {Update: Wal-mart took them back, no problem.}

[Side note: Just in case you thing I’m a terrible Mommy for leaving my baby in the same diaper all night long, a suggestion was made to me by another NICU mom (that she got from a NICU nurse) to not change him during the night because it adds stimulation he doesn’t need and will hinder him from going back to sleep as fast. We were having trouble with him taking forever to fall back asleep during night-time wake ups. He might do better now but I’m not willing to risk it. No baby booty has been harmed by this experiment so we’ll just keep on keeping on.]

By the way, remember when they had separate diapers for girls and boys? And the absorbent areas were in different places? And the tabs were sticky instead of velcro-y? Weird.

Ok! Now it’s time for wipes. Conveniently we tried out wipes from the same brands.


Pampers Sensitive ♥♥
Pros: Unscented and gentle. These are pretty large when unfolded so one will generally work if you can master the whole wipe and fold thing.

Cons: These are super thin and flimsy. They do the job, but I find them hard to work with because they are so thin. It would probably be easier for me to just use two wipes each time but dangit, I’m cheap. Although sometimes I have no choice.

Bottom Line: I don’t prefer these. I’m interested to try another type of Pampers wipe to see if maybe just the sensitive ones have this problem but I don’t see that the sensitive part does anything special for me except not add another something stinky to the process.

Huggies Natural Care ♥♥♥♥
Pros:  Medium-thick and decent sized. While they are thick they are still pliable and seem to do a good job of cleaning him up.

Cons: I don’t really have a bunch of cons for these except they aren’t as thick as the other wipes we’ve used and they are more expensive, even if they are not terribly expensive.

Bottom Line: These are good wipes and I definitely like them better than the Pampers ones.

Parent’s Choice Unscented ♥♥♥♥♥
Pros: These are really thick really heavy duty wipes. I was very pleasantly surprised when we used these. I got a small package at the shower and these have turned out to be my favorite wipes so far. They come in unscented as well as regular scent (why would I want scented wipes?), they can be bought in large boxes like the other brands, and they are cheaper. Wins all around.

Cons: I really don’t have any.

Bottom Line: We will probably return the other box of Pampers wipes we have and get these instead. Because the Huggies ones aren’t a bad second to these we will keep the ones we already have. Yay for finding a less expensive option!

So that’s it for my review on NB diapers and their brand’s wipes counterparts. Tune in next time after we broaden our horizons and try new things.