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I've used a few different brands of nappies since I had my son (now 2 1/2) and the ones I was most disappointed in for value have to be Pampers Baby-dry, for these reasons:
*They do not fit well (though this might just be the shape of my son!) and can leak easily.
*They have sticky tabs than can stick to the child's skin, unlike Huggies and Superdrug own brand which only stick to the nappy.
*The tabs can come off with not much pulling - annoying with a wriggle toddler (and means I've ended up wrapping them with duct tape - embarrasing if you forget before they go to playschool!).
However, the bit I really disliked about this brand is that quite a few times (at least 4 times in the couple of months I used them), if they got slightly more than a little wet, they can burst and all the crystals from inside that I assume soak up the liquid, come out and stick to EVERYTHING which takes forever to clean up and is quite horrible. It's bad enough when it happens in the daytime, but it also happened at night and I don't like to think how long my little boy had the stuff all over his skin. They definitely need to be stronger to stop this happening.
I have been using Pampers Baby Dry since my son was around 5 months old, and I think they have let me down on just 3 occasions, which is pretty good going considering he is now 16 months old! He has progressed to Size 5 now, which is why I am putting my review in this size category, although I think all of the nappies are the same standard and quality, whatever size they are.
Pampers nappies have been around since 1961, making them 46 years old. They began with pins in the sides instead of sticky tabs, which were not introduced until the 1970's. The 80's saw the biggest change of Pampers, with the nappies being made thinner, elasticated around the legs, and sticky tapes which could be moved many times without ruining the nappy, and the nappy weight was decreased by 50%. The 90's saw gender specific nappies by Pampers, pink for girls and blue for boys but Pampers returned to Unisex nappies again at the end of the decade. Pampers standards have remained the same since then, and they have kept improving the nappies with the additions of a sleep Layer, and Caterpillar flex, which I will go into more detail about a little further on.
*Pampers Baby Dry*
Pampers Baby Dry have changed a couple of time in the relatively short time I have been using them so I will do the review with the most modern additions included in the review. They are available in different packet options; a carry pack contains 30 nappies, and costs around £5.98, and an economy pack has 54 nappies and costs £8.98, although most supermarkets have offers on the nappies i.e. Buy 2 Economy Packs for £16, saving you £2. You can also buy them in Jumbo Value Packs, but I am unsure of the price of these, I think it is around £11.99 but don't quote me on that! The box contains around 75 nappies.
The packaging is very different to the one shown on Ciao, and is much more modern! It is still the same shade of green, but the logo has changed very much. It is now written in white lettering on the green background, and with a yellow heart above the word Pampers. There is a picture of baby on the front, with the size in the bottom left corner of the packet. The size block is a different colour according to the size of the nappy, the colours are dark green for mini (2)orange for midi (3), red for maxi (4), purple for maxi+ (4+), blue for junior (5), dark blue for Junior+ (5++) and green for extra large (6). The baby dry logo is also located underneath the Pampers name in a maroor coloured setting, with yellow writing.
There are 2 logos for the latest additions to the Pampers Baby Dry range. The older addition is Caterpillar Flex, and this is indicated by the coloured Caterpillar trail outside the size colour block. On newer packets, it is shown by a small caterpillar by the size block. This has been a great addition to the nappies actually, I much prefer using these nappies since they have introduced it to the range. Basically the side tabs which you pull around the side of your baby are now elasticated so that they expand and decrease with your babys stomach during the night and the day, and I find the nappies are a much better fit for Harry around the waist now. The newest addition, so new it has only been on packets for around 10 days, is the Extra Sleep Layer. Pampers have inserted another absorbent layer into the nappies in order to help them absorb baby's wee during the night a lot more and keep it away from the babies skin. I find the nappies are much more absorbent, especially in this weather when my son is drinking a lot more, and they don't leak as well, which is amazing considering how much my son wees in the night!! This logo is stars and moons around the size area as well.
The nappies themselves are quite pleasant to look at. They have a coloured strip along the front at the top, which is meant to be in line with your babys waist. The colour of this varies, and has different designs on it on each nappy, from dogs to bears to the Caterpillar. The size tabs you stretch around from the back to fasten onto the front are a green colour on the newer nappies, white on the older nappies, and feel sticky and easily cling to the band on the waist, and I have never had this fail to stick in all the month I have used them. The rest of the nappy is a basic white colour, but has a few picture dotted all over the front, spirals, stars, trumpets and other little designs, just to make it a bit more interesting I suppose! Strange that they bother really because I don't really pay attention to it, and it only gets thrown in the bin afterwards! The inside of the nappy is now a strange green colour, if I am honest it looks a bit strange, almost mouldy (sorry!) which is the extra sleep layer but if it works, I don't really care what colour the inside of the nappy is.
I have never had these nappies leak on me, and my son always seems super comfortable in them, even now he is running about like a complete nutter. The only occasions in which the nappies haven't been a success is when my son has had a VERY bad tummy and I don't expect them to hold everything in those cases! But 99% of the time, I am so happy with these nappies. I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone, especially for a night time nappy because for me they are unbeatable for absorbtion.
One thing I will say is do not go by the weight guidelines on the front of the packet all the time. For example it says size 4 is for up to a 40lb baby, yet my son is 25lbs and outgrew size 4/maxi nappies many many months ago! I just go by how they fit my son around the waist, and expecially around the top of the thighs, as he always gets red marks around his legs when the nappies are becoming too small. Also, if they are not absorbent enough, you tend to need to go up a size. Here is a list of the sizes and amount of nappies you get...
Baby Dry are available in the following sizes:
2 - Mini - 3-6kg/6-13lbs - 45 nappies Carry Pack - Not available in economy pack
3 - Midi - 4-9kg/9-20lbs - 38 nappies Carry Pack - 70 nappies in economy pack
4 - Maxi - 7-18kg/15-40lbs - 34 nappies in Carry Pack - 62 nappies in Economy pack
4+ - Maxi+ - 9-20kg/22-44lbs - 32 nappies in Carry Pack - 58 nappies in Economy Pack
5 - Junior - 11-25kg/24-55lbs - 30 nappies in Carry Pack - 54 nappies in Economy Pack
5+ - Junior+ - 13-27kg/29-60lbs - 28 nappies in carry Pack - 50 nappies in Economy Pack
6 -Extra Large - 16+kg/35+lbs - 24 nappies in Carry Pack - 44 nappies in Economy Pack
Pampers Baby Dry are made by Procter and Gamble, and you can find out much more about the entire Pampers range by visiting their website www.pampers.com. If you sign up to the website, you get regular samples and money-off coupons which makes the nappies much more affordable.
Balm, Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Aloe Barbadensis.
Other products in the Pampers Nappy Range:
Pampers Total Care New Baby
Pampers Baby Dry
Pampers Active Fit
Pampers Easy Up Pants
Pampers Feel and Learn.
Thank you for reading, hope this was helpful to you!
I first used Pampers 11 years ago with the birth of my first child. I tried other brands, but either they leaked or did not fit him comfortably. I used tem again 8 years ago with my second child, and got the same great results, so with the birth of our daughter this year, Pampers were on my shortlist of baby items to buy.
This time around the version I tried was called Pampers BabyDry and it seems to be a good name for this product. My little darling seems to save up all she has in her system and tries to flood herself out of her Moses Basket. This nappy has done remarkably well in stemming the tide despite her greatest efforts. I have only had leaks a few times, and they were actually due to user error (Mummy did not put on securely enough!).
The inner lining is of excellent quality; her skin has stayed very dry and I have had the good fortune to only have to resort to nappy cream after eating something I should not have prior to nursing. Most certainly that is not the fault of Proctor and Gamble!The tapes are also of good quality. I can unfasten and refasten as often as needed without having to resort to sticky tape repairs. Anyone who has had the misfortune to have to try this knows the frustration I am talking about!
All in all, I am very pleased with the quality of this product. We will continue to buy it.
I first wrote this review a long time ago. I have to amend this now as after using these happily for quite some time, my daughter suffered a mishap from the gel. Some leaked out from a small manufacturing fault, and it got in her nose. Apparently the gel can be quite dangerous if inhaled. We switched to cloth as I refuse to use something that has potentially lethal parts to it, such as the gel. Most disposable brands have it, so we are off the disposables! Basically, the problem is that the gel continues t absorb up to ten times its weight in liquid, so if inhaled will dry out the lungs, tand as it does so, apparently swells and can obstruct the lungs. if swallowed, it will aborb liquid as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract. Apparently this one of the reasons they place warnings on the bags saying not to let small children play with nappies. Personally, I think they should have to be more specific with the warnings.
As a busy mother of 5 children I have always used disposable nappies and since I had my 1st child 11 years ago pampers have always been my nappy of choice until recently.. My son (no.4) is not a particularly large boy but recently I have noticed that pampers junior nappies no longer fit either round the waist or around the crotch area and when he is in them he "leaks" at night. After a paricularly bad night we discovered Huggies nappies and not only do they fit a lot better and don't leak at night he also needs a size smaller in them and therefor we are getting more nappies for our money making them more economical as well.
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