This may be the most popular question out there for moms: which diaper is better? We don’t expect much from a diaper. We just ask that they be affordable, hold in the mess and sometimes we'll splurge for cuteness. There are two major brands of diapers available: Huggies and Pampers; these are the two biggest brands of diapers on the market and they are ones that moms trust the most.
Sometimes it can take a while for a parent to find the right diaper for their baby. They have to try multiple different brands and sizes before they find that perfect match. When they finally get their hands on something that works, they don’t generally stray from it. Instead, they become avid followers and devoted fans of their diaper brand of choice.
There are some among us that think "a diaper is a diaper, there really is not much difference." Those people are wrong. There is much more to it than just a piece of cloth; they are all manufactured and produced differently. It is all up to what works best for mom, dad, and baby.
We are going to go through 20 major points between the two brands as we try to figure out which one is the winner.
20 Huggies Tabs
All diapers have tabs on them, those nifty little pieces that help to hold the diaper together. Thank goodness they are there, or we wouldn’t know how to keep a diaper on. The primary goal of a diaper is to stay on the baby, the tabs help. Let’s talk about the tabs on Huggies diapers. They seem to fall short of the mark.
Tabs on the Huggies diapers are not part of the diaper itself. They are attached to them by another piece of fabric. This can create quite a problem. A lot of parents notice that when they use Huggies and they are trying to change their baby’s diaper, the tabs keep folding back in. It may not seem like a big deal, but we need to be making mom’s life easier, not harder.
19 Pampers Tabs
It appears that Pampers has won this round, as their closure tabs are a lot better and more user-friendly. Their tabs may not look as pretty or nice, but they are an attached part of the diaper, so when the diaper is opened, the tabs stay where they are supposed to be. Mom does not have to keep fishing them out.
They also attach more firmly, they have a more Velcro-like appeal making mom feel more comfortable that they will stay in place. Another large difference with the closure tab, is when the Pampers diapers are closed, it provides a more complete seal around the hips, keeping the diaper firmly in place.
18 Pampers Design A Bit Too ‘Boring’
If you thought Pampers was off to a really good start, you are right, but they do have some flaws. While we understand that a diaper is meant to do one thing, it doesn’t hurt if they are cute. It’s good for all those cute photo ops of baby in their diaper. Pampers has been called out for not having the most esthetically pleasing diapers.
They seem to be trying to change that, they came out with their Pampers Pure line, which have cute little otters and hearts all over them. However, they are much more expensive than their regular line. For now, parents have to stick with the plain-old Sesame Street characters.
17 Huggies Design Is A Win
Huggies has a much cuter appeal and has turned a lot of parents on their side. Their classic design is Mickey Mouse, but they also have brands that sport different Disney characters. They have a line that is covered in Winnie the Pooh. Parents find these a much more attractive choice than Big Bird and Elmo.
At the end of the day, a diaper is a diaper, and the priority is to make sure that it does its job the way it is supposed to. If a diaper is leaky, it doesn’t matter who is on the front. If the way a diaper looks is truly that important to mom and dad, they are better off doing cloth diapering, which comes in a large selection of colours and patterns.
16 Huggies Cord Clearance
Diapers that are made for newborns are very specifically designed. They are designed in a way that leaves room for the umbilical cord stump. A baby is born with some of their stump still attached, it takes a few days for it to dry up and fall off, and we need to be careful about diapers in that time.
Diapers that are specifically made for preemies or newborns will have a dip in the front, allowing room for the cord. How do these compare? It turns out that a lot of parents find that the Huggies cord cut out is a lot better for babies. That they allow more room for the cord.
15 Pampers Cord Clearance
Pampers did not make out so good in the umbilical cord clearance section. They don’t have as big a space as Huggies does for the umbilical cord, but they have made up for it. Parents noticed that their diapers were made to fit just a bit looser, so they care or the cord and catch all the mess at the same time.
It is always good to make sure the diapers you are using have enough space for the cord, because we don’t want the cord getting caught on anything that could cause it to rip. This could lead to a painful infection for a sweet little baby.
14 Huggies Leak-Proof Liner … Leaks
This is the big one. When using diapers, the thing that concerns parents the most is how well they hold everything in. We don’t want any leaks. We spend our days cleaning up enough messes to not add any more. Huggies claims to have a leak-proof liner in their diaper, ensuring that nothing is getting through that diaper.
Turns out they should be careful what they claim, because they do in fact leak. Huggies diapers have a separate layer to their diaper, full of silicone beads. This is meant to grab the moisture and pull it away from the baby, soaking into the diaper. Turns out a lot of parents were finding these little beads on their baby when changing, showing that they do leak through.
13 Pampers Is Built Tough
This may be another category that Pampers is going to win. Pampers does not have this extra layer that Huggies has, but apparently, they don’t need them. It turns out that Pampers is a great brand when it comes to soaking up the mess and making sure there are no leaks. The only downside is when a Pampers diaper is full, it can omit a chemical-like smell.
At the end of the day, it is hard to announce a winner in this category because there are always going to be leaks. There will always be diaper leaks and blowouts with every baby and every diaper, we are just aiming for less in general. It seems like Pampers is more reliable.
12 How Is Huggies Little Blue Line?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell when a baby has peed, and only peed. We check their diaper, and sometimes we change them even when they haven’t done anything. It is always a good idea to frequently change your baby’s diaper, but we are aiming for less work. Blue line indicators were a great invention.
Huggies has a blue line indicator, which means a line on the front of the diaper turns blue if the diaper needs to be changed. These line indicators are normally on diapers that are meant for younger infants. Some parents find them very helpful. There are no complaints with Huggies blue line.
11 Pampers Little Blue Line Test
This category is a hard one, and it may not even be that fair. A blue line is a blue line, and Pampers has them too. On their swaddlers, aimed at younger babies, they have the little yellow line that turns blue, and it does exactly what it says it will. It looks like the two brands are tied with this one.
Some parents find this not really necessary. That feeling a diaper is enough to know if your baby has gone to the bathroom. A good way to measure the wetness of a diaper is to take a dry diaper and add one tablespoon of water to it. This is how a diaper feels when it is “full.”
10 Huggies: All In The Fit
At the end of the day, what may matter most to parents is if their baby is comfortable. They can’t really tell us, so we have to assume things. How do the two compare when it comes to how they fit on the baby? There are flaws in each. Parents have found that Huggies diapers leave an excess of material hanging down between the baby’s legs.
This bulge between the legs doesn’t seem to go away no matter how high the diaper is placed on the legs. There also appeared to be a gap in the leg parts of the diapers that made it not seal so well. It seems like Huggies are made more for chubbier babies.
9 Pampers: Do They Really Swaddle?
Pampers has a brand of diaper called Swaddlers. They claim to hold to your baby comfortably, as if they were being swaddled. Babies love to be swaddles, so this should be a perfect brand for new parents. According to a lot of mom’s out there, Pampers was a much nicer fit for their babies. There was still a slight bulge between the legs, but not nearly as big as Huggies.
Every baby is different, and it may take some trial-and-error for mom to find the right diaper that will fit their baby perfectly. However, it looks like Pampers has a slight advantage over Huggies when it comes to how comfortable they fit.
8 How Much Money For A Huggies?
Another big issue with diapers is how much they cost. A lot of parents are choosing to go with cloth diapers, because it is eco-friendlier, and it is cheaper. Parents may spend a bit of money in the beginning, but once they have a supply, they don’t need to run to the store every month to stock up on more diapers for their little one.
So, how do the two compare when it comes to cost? It turns out, they are about the same when it comes to the cost. All amounts will be in Canadian dollars, but at Walmart, mom can get a pack of 216 diapers for $37.28. This is about 17 cents per diaper. These prices are approximate and don’t count into sales or coupons.
7 Are Pampers Too Expensive?
So that is how much Huggies cost, but how does Pampers compare when it comes to cost? We all want more bang for our buck so let’s see how far it will go with Pampers. For 198 diapers, mom is looking to spend about $37.28 at Walmart. Which works out to be about 19 cents per diaper. As you can see, Pampers is slightly more expensive than Huggies, based on the fact that there are more Huggies diapers in the box for the same price.
It is always smart to try and stock-up on diapers when you see them on sale or bring coupons with you because they can get expensive after a while.
6 Let’s Talk Baby Wipes: Huggies
These companies make a lot more than just diapers, they also have an array of baby wipes to make sure that no baby’s bottom goes unwiped. So, how do their wipes compare? When we compare the two of them, moms have found that Huggies wipes are a lot tougher than Pampers. Which is good, because nothing is used more than baby wipes when you have a little one.
You will find yourself using those bad boys for just about everything. It is also noted that Huggies can feel a little rough which may be good for cleaning a table, but not the delicate skin of our babies.
5 Let’s Talk Baby Wipes: Pampers
Pampers has their own line of wipes, but how does it compare to Huggies? Well, they don’t appear to be as thick as Huggies, but not a lot of people have found they tear. This is good news when mom is in the middle of changing a particularly dirty diaper. The last thing she wants is a mess on her hands from a torn wipe.
They also appear to be wetter than Huggies, making mom feel more secure that she has given her baby a good wipe clean. With anything that is manufactured, there are bound to be some defective products that leak through, but it turns out that both brands of wipes stand up pretty well.
4 Which One Is Truly More Popular?
Now for more general categories. Each company declares that they are loved the most by moms everywhere, but we know that can not be true. One company must be better, or sell more, than the others. To figure this out, we need to look at the numbers for each company. We are going to look at the global market share. This will tell us what percentage of the diaper market each brand holds. Essentially, who sells more diapers.
Pampers holds about 35% of the global market share, and Huggies holds about 22% of the global market share. Sorry Huggies, the numbers don’t lie, and it looks like Pampers is the more popular brand.
3 Pampers Has Bigger Sizes
Parents change a lot of diapers over the years, and they reach a point when they wonder when they will finally be done. There is no one answer, as each child is different and takes their time to be done with diapers. Some children potty train young, and some children need just a little bit more time to develop. The good news is, Pampers will be there for you.
Huggies sell diapers that go up to size 6, but Pampers has a size 7. Pampers is making sure that your little one will always be protected no matter how old they are. Huggies claim their diapers can last until a child is 7, but each child is different, and their body may not allow them to fit into their largest size.
2 Variety Is The Spice Of Life
A new mom can feel flooded with options walking down a diaper aisle in a store as there are so many choices to choose from. How does anyone know what one is right for them? The answer is: a lot of trial-and-error. However, one company must have more variety than the other, right? Well, wrong.
Each company has six variations of diapers. Or they did, up until recently, both Huggies and Pampers have had six variations, but Pampers has recently revealed a new variation. They have introduced the Pampers Pure, more of a natural diaper. They were tied for so long, it seems like Pampers decided to take the lead on this one.
1 Back To Basics: How Do They Feel?
Sometimes, the simplest test will tell us a lot about the diaper. Have you ever just held a Huggies and a Pampers diaper? They feel very different. Huggies feel very ‘plastic’ in nature, while Pampers feel more like a soft fabric. This has led a lot of parents to choose Pampers as they feel that their baby will obviously be more comfortable in something that feels soft in their hands.
At the end of the day, it seems like both brands have their pros and cons, and it is almost impossible to declare a winner. It seems like Pampers has edged out Huggies but by only the smallest of margins. The best thing to do is to just use what one works best for your family.
References: experieencedmommy.com, wehavekid.com, diffen.com