I’ve been using Pampers pretty much since my Gator Noodle came into this world. That’s what they gave me at the hospital, and that’s what I stuck with. He was never small enough to wear anything in a newborn size, so they gave me a pack of size 1 Pampers Swaddlers. I had to fold them down because, at that time, only the newborn size had the bellybutton notch in the waistband.
I loved how soft they were, and I also really liked the color change when they got wet. As a new mom, I hadn’t yet had enough time to really know how to tell the difference between a dry and wet quality diaper by feeling the outside. It felt dry on the outside. It was pretty absorbent inside, too, so he felt dry when I opened it. It wasn’t until later that I could tell by pinching the outside of the diaper if it was a squishy (wet) or a solid (dry) situation. It was also nice to be able to peek and do a quick visual check when walking by the bassinet so I’d know if I needed to get the changing pad out before picking him up.
When my son was about 2 months old, a friend of mine brought me a pack of Parent’s Choice diapers to try. I had already been using Parent’s Choice formula, and I knew I loved it, so I figured why not? Oh, I figured out exactly why not later. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure plenty of people have used Parent’s Choice diapers and loved them. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t do it, not after experiencing the luxury that is a Pampers Swaddler. The Parent’s Choice diaper felt more plastic on the outside, and my son’s little bum stayed bright red where the diaper touched. I don’t think that the Parent’s Choice diaper was to blame specifically; just that something in it irritated my son’s skin. That’s not a defect in the diaper. It’s just a sensitivity in my son.
I tried Pampers Baby Dry when he was around 7 months old. I liked the lower price and the diaper well enough, but I noticed that it sagged a bit more and would sometimes leak around the legs. The diaper itself was quite absorbent, but I noticed that as my son crawled and climbed around more, the diaper would shift around and liquid would leak out before it had a chance to be absorbed. I really preferred the flexible fit of the Pampers Cruisers, so I finished out that box and went back.
It had been well over a year since then, and times were a little tight on the pocketbook, so I decided I’d try to see if I could find a less expensive diaper that suited my needs.
You can find the article detailing the differences in the diapers I tested here.