Huggies Little Snugglers Vs. Pampers Swaddlers (New Born)

Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Pampers Swaddlers
Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Pampers Swaddlers | Source


I wanted to use cloth diapers on my new born, however she arrived 6 weeks early and I was left with little choice but to use disposable diapers until she was big enough to fit into cloth. This gave me the opportunity to use and compare the two big name diaper brands, Huggies and Pampers.

While these products look almost the same and tout similar perks, they were not created equal.

Huggies closure tab
Huggies closure tab | Source
Pampers closure tab
Pampers closure tab | Source


The size of the new born diapers are the same with both brands and the design looks almost identical with the exception of the closure tab shape and waistband. Both brand diapers work the same, however the Huggies tabs presented some problems.


First, the tabs are not part of the Huggies diaper itself, but merely attached to the side of the diaper. This causes problems when putting the diaper on baby. The tabs flop and fold into the diaper, making more work for the parent who has to continually fish the tabs out and manoeuvre them into place.

The tabs are on stretchy material attached to back of the diaper which means that baby's sides were not covered by diaper if the waistband folds in. Moreover, the stretchy material is flimsy and a rushed or unmindful parent is apt to yank the tab right off the diaper.

Lastly, I discovered that the round shape meant there was less tab surface holding onto the waistband. When baby is active, the Huggies diaper tabs become loose and required frequent refastening to make sure the diaper doesn’t fall off. And, yes; the diaper does fall off. We had an unpleasant episode of baby pee leaking all over, because the tab on one side had come undone and the diaper had skewed enough that baby wasn't properly covered.

While the Pampers tabs are not as visually aesthetic, they are a more solid part of the diaper. When you open the diaper and pull out the tabs, they stay there. The tab placement ensures that the diaper wraps completely around baby, so her hips were fully covered. No matter how active baby is, the tabs stay put.

The tabs give Pampers a huge advantage over Huggies in function.

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Visual Appeal

Huggies has a cute Baby Pooh Bear pattern with colourful print while Pampers sports the Sesame Street Babies. While the commercial invention and prostitution of “Baby” versions of beloved characters is offensive to me, I’d much rather look at “Baby Pooh” than the slightly creepy Sesame Street Babies.

The Huggies brand gets my vote for this category.

Huggies waistband (left) vs Pampers (right)
Huggies waistband (left) vs Pampers (right) | Source

Umbilical Cord Clearance

The Huggies brand umbilical cord cut out has better clearance of the belly than the Pampers umbilical cord notch, however I found that the top of the Pampers brand diaper above the waist is loose enough that it does not interfere with or irritate the umbilical cord in any way.

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Liner Comparison

Huggies also has a Dry Touch® liner made to quickly pull moisture away from baby. This equates to an extra layer of what looks like quilting on the inside of the diaper. We've discovered that these diapers use silica gel to lock in wetness. Daddy found little silica beads on baby when changing her wet diaper which was both annoying and disturbing. After a bit of online research, I discovered that ironically, the "leak lock" technology ... well, leaks. The leakage of silica onto babies wearing Huggies diapers is common complaint from parents.

The Pampers diaper lacks the extra quilted layer, however I found that it is not necessary. During my first “baby pees when the diaper is off” experience, I grabbed a Pampers diaper to use as a shield and discovered that this brand soaks up wetness immediately (thank goodness!). There has also been no appearance of silica with Pampers, however when baby pees, the diaper occasionally emits an unpleasant chemical smell.

Yellow = Dry
Yellow = Dry | Source
Blue = Wet
Blue = Wet | Source

Wetness Indicator

Both brands have a wetness indicator in the form of a yellow line that runs down the middle of the diaper from front to back. When the diaper is wet, the line turns blue.

Do I find a wetness indicator useful? Not really. I find it near impossible to miss the heavy bulk and smell of a wet diaper. I’ve never needed an indicator in the past and never think to look for one. This is a pointless “perk” for me, however Daddy finds the indicator priceless.

It's slowly grown on me, but I'd rather a diaper with a “poop indicator” so we don't have to do the "sniff test" to find out if baby left us a present.

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Problems with Huggies

Too much diaper!!
Too much diaper!! | Source
Even with a double gusset, these diapers gap around the leg!
Even with a double gusset, these diapers gap around the leg! | Source
Not only is there a gap, but the waist tabs are coming undone already and baby isn't even back in her pyjamas!
Not only is there a gap, but the waist tabs are coming undone already and baby isn't even back in her pyjamas! | Source


Despite their acclaimed Baby Shape® design, the Huggies new born diapers leave an excess of material hanging down between the legs. This bulge will not go away regardless of how high you hike the diaper up baby’s crotch or tightly you secure the waist tabs.

They also also leave a gap around baby’s legs, regardless of their double gusset leg design. No matter how I adjusted the diaper or waist tabs, I could not create a snug fit around the legs. It seems that Huggies are made for babies with chubby legs only and the Dry Touch® liner is no protection against leakage when baby has a squishy bowel movement.

When baby finally reached a respectable 7 pounds, I expected the gussets to fit better around the legs. They did. Unfortunately, the waist no longer fit properly. The tabs were so low that they cut into the top of baby's legs when she tried to move. I tried securing the tabs higher on the waistband, but the problem was the low anchor point of the tabs. The next size up (Stage 1) was still too big for baby making it a no-win situation with the Huggies.

The Pampers Preemie diapers fold perfectly around baby’s bum and when the diaper is affixed around her waist, the legs gussets seal nice and snug. I was confident that the fit would continue to be just as superior when baby finally reached 5 pounds and could fit into the less expensive new born diapers. This was the case. However, just like the Huggies, the Pampers new born diapers also has excess material between the legs that cause unwanted bulk (although not as big) and a slight gap around the leg. Unlike the Huggies, the interior gussets seal snugly, eliminating the likelihood of leakage. Moreover, the Pampers continued to fit nicely when baby reached 7 pounds.

Bonus points to Pampers for a great fit.


[Price in 2012] Both Huggies and Pampers brands offer new born diapers in a 36 pack for $13.97 CAD. This works out to 38.8 cents per diaper. Neither brand has the advantage in this category.

UPDATE Feb. 2015: A 36 pack of Huggies Little Snugglers newborn diapers is $29.95 CDN (83¢ / diaper) while a 36 pack of Pampers Swaddlers newborn diapers is $22.99 CDN (64¢ / diaper) ... WOW, that's a HUGE price difference!

Conclusion: Huggies failed to perform

These two diapers seem to be clones of each other, right down to price. While the Huggies brand appears to be higher quality due to their special perks, those perks could not propel them above Pampers in functionality.

The fit was the biggest deciding factor for me. One package of Huggies was enough of a nightmare that my darling baby went right back into Pampers and there she’ll stay until she’s big enough to fit into cloth diapers.


When Baby hit size 3 in diapers, Pampers began to give us problems. We had leaks and actual soak-through problems after a few hours. We reluctantly switched to Huggies and, although we still hated the silica beads, Huggies fit Baby better now and the absorbency is much better.

For a while, we used President's Choice diapers, but as she moved into toddler sizes, they stopped fitting properly and just didn't absorb enough to make it through the night. So, we were stuck with the same dilemma: Huggies Pull-Ups or Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants?

What About Cloth Diapers?

When our daughter reached 8 lbs and was finally big enough to fit in cloth diapers, we did a ton of research to find the best ones and made a huge financial investment in the cloth diapers we thought would suit us best. And then, we discovered a few hitches to the "eco-parent dream". Here is my review of Flip Hybrid Cloth Diapers.

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MummyDearest 4 years ago from Kildare, Ireland

I had tried both Pampers and huggies and found that Pampers is a much better nappy for my son. Unfortunately, huggies failed me several times and it leaked. So I only bought Huggies once and have been with Pampers till today.

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New 2011 Mom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

I HATED Huggies for my daughter until just recently. It seemed that the Huggies would leak more than the Pampers, or even generic named diapers. After she became more mobile and sleeping through the night I got a free sample of Huggies and Pampers diapers. I used the Huggies on her first, because I had bad luck with them before, but they ended up being better than the Pampers! No leaks, messes leaking out anywhere, and they seemed to feel good on her as well. I should have started to use Huggies on her a month or two ago for when she slept, but that's ok.

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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

It's been a few years now since my daughters were babies, but I change around 50 nappies a day as a nursery nurse. At work we use pampers on babies up until around 1 year old. I find that when they are mobile, the Huggies seem to fit better. I love the fact that there is a wetness indicator, as this can be so time consuming in the nursery. Informative article and well researched. Voted up and useful.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you, ladies for your comments. I was debating trying Huggies again when my little one is ready for a bigger size to see if they perform better. After reading your feedback, I feel encouraged to follow through on that.

Lauralulu 4 years ago

We experienced the complete opposite in the comparison. Pampers (not dry max) created blisters from the chemicals they use to absorb the wetness. I myself and my baby prefer silica on him every once in a while and no chemical burns. Thought I would add my two cents.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you for sharing your experience, Laralulu!

Kaitlin 4 years ago

I prefer huggies for my son... I tried using pampers one night... I put 4 on him and he peed through 3! Never had that problem with huggies.... Just a better fit for him I guess

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

WOW! Sounds like that was a rough night! Thanks for sharing!

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Helna Reneesh 4 years ago

Oh i prefer pampers from all the other brands its really worth th price ur hub is really informative

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Glad you found it helpful! Thanks for commenting :-)

Mom of 4 4 years ago

I have an allergic reaction to almost every diaper brand but Huggies so have used them for all of my kids except my 2nd. He would get rashes as soon as huggies would touch him so we used the pampers brand for him n honestly I hated them. They were always falling on the sides or he would leak thru constantly, I just had the worst experience with them. The huggies however, yes they use silica but if u change them right away n the diaper isn't left they do not get it all over their bums. My twins just turned 1 last month n never have I had that happen to me. Also the closures I like the biggies cuz its harder for them to undo when they r older n tryin to take their diapers off. My kids r super active n do not take naps, they have not napped during the day since 5 months of age n the huggies movers r a perfect fit for them.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Allergies is an interesting issue that doesn't usually get mentioned. I'm curious what Huggies uses that would cause rashes in your son. Perfumes? Dyes? Or the materials? Thanks for sharing your experience with these brands.

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wizardofodds 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

I completely agree with your conclusion! When I was testing the diapers for my first, I came to find that Pampers did outperform Huggies!

miranda 3 years ago

We prefer Huggies. We actually had the opposite experience on everything, except the tabs. We tried pampers for a week and they did not fit our son well. He continually leaked out of them and they bulged at the bottom. He also seemed irritated by the pampers. This was extremely irritating considering we wgiveneral packages of pampers. Since switching to Huggies we could not be happier.

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I Am Rosa 3 years ago from Canada Author

@ wizardofodds - Thanks for your feedback!

@miranda - Very cool info. Thank you for the details. It's always interesting to hear about other people's experiences. I suspect each child is different (even in the same family). We actually found that once our daughter hit size 3, Pampers gave us problems and we had to switch to Huggies! We still hate the silica beads, but the fit is better now and so is the absorbency. Funny how things work out - I'll have to add an update to this article!

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ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

Interesting hub and comments. We used cloth with our daughter, but because of our son's frequent blow-outs, we searched high and low to find something that would contain the mess. Pampers won for us. We did usually move up to the next size before his weight indicated we should move, when they started leaking. For pull-ups we prefer Huggies.

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I Am Rosa 3 years ago from Canada Author

Blow out suck! lol Glad that you guys were able to find diapers you could rely on! I find it interesting to see that other parents are also having to switch between brands as their child grows. Thank goodness for variety and options!

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topkidsreview 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

I think that Huggies are the best. They will hold every thing in and I have never had a problem with them. They are just so easy to use and keep everything in.

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I Am Rosa 3 years ago from Canada Author

Glad to hear they work so well for your family! Thanks for the feedback, topkidsreview :-)

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KatieLynn2011 2 years ago from Arkansas

I prefer huggies for my daughter. I bought some pampers one time and they burned my daughter every time! But I've found that the off brand diapers work just as well

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I Am Rosa 2 years ago from Canada Author

YIKES, KatieLynn2011! Poor baby :-( We just recently tried Pampers Pull ups (they were on sale cheaper than the store brand) and the chemical stench was horrific! Instant migraine :-( I'm so glad you've been able to find something that works good for your daughter :-)

cheyenne2014 22 months ago

We are a huggies family as of right now, my daughter also got chemical burns from pampers, ive never had an issue with silica beads, but tge snugglers are made with different material now than what's shown above. I love how soft they are and ive never felt a "wet" pee diaper because it soaks up moisture so well. Shes blown out a couple diapers but what baby hasn't? I found she doesn't as often when i make sure tge inner leg bands are stretched aroumd her leg and not left folded it. I love my huggies snugglers

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I Am Rosa 22 months ago from Canada Author

Hey cheyenne2014; Thanks for sharing your experiences! ..... Ahhhh, bootie blow-outs .... *shudder* lol

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MarloByDesign 16 months ago from United States

I find that Huggies leak much more than Pampers. I dislike Huggies immensely - too many soaked-through clothes!!

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I Am Rosa 16 months ago from Canada Author

Hey MarloByDesign! Do you think if you sent Huggies a bill for all the extra laundry they create, they'd change their design??? LOL

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