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As a parent, the moment your little one is born, you want to ensure their comfort and protection. One of the first things your baby will experience is wearing a diaper, something they will do every day for many years! This is why Pampers diapers always offer the best comfort, dryness and protection, plus different styles to maintain that comfort at any age or in any situation. Our guide to Pampers diapers explains how features like the wetness indicator work, plus the differences in styles like Pure Protection, Baby-Dry, Cruisers and more!

Pampers Diapers: How They’re Made

Are Pampers Diapers safe? As a loving and concerned parent, you might wonder about the safety of any diaper that touches your little one’s skin, which is a common question. Yes, Pampers diapers are safe, but to understand their features and the differences between styles, it helps to know what’s in a Pampers diaper and how they’re made.

Pampers Diapers: How They’re Made

Each part of a Pampers diaper has its own special role in keeping your baby safe, comfortable and dry. The power is in the layering, and the main components of Pampers diapers are:

  • Top sheet. This part of the diaper is in contact with your baby’s skin, so it’s made of super-soft fibres. The top sheet draws wetness to the inside of the diaper, keeping your baby’s skin dry and comfy.

  • Absorbent core. The core is made up of special materials that absorb and lock away wetness, protecting your baby’s skin from irritation.

  • Backsheet. The outer covering of the diaper prevents any wetness from being transferred to your baby’s clothes or bedding.

  • Stretch fastenings. Used on traditional-style diapers (not pants), these soft and flexible repositionable strips help you get a perfect fit every time.

  • Flexible elastics. Likewise, our diapers' elastics help provide a gentle fit that moves with your baby’s body.


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What Are the Ingredients in Pampers Diapers?

Pampers diaper elastics are non-allergenic, and all layers contain soft, breathable materials that are safe for your precious little one. The power comes from the layering, but Pampers does use a few additional ingredients in our diapers to guarantee wetness protection and comfort, but all remain sensitive to your baby’s skin:

  • Super-absorbent gels. This type of material is used in many products that absorb wetness, starting with granules that turn into a gel as they absorb your baby’s urine. Surprisingly, these granules can absorb 30 times their weight in liquid! The gel is non-toxic and safe for your baby, and Pampers conducts safety tests on all diapers and other products.

  • Colours. Some Pampers diapers have colours, used in design or to create a clothing-like appearance. We use pigments rather than dyes, as dyes can cause an allergic reaction. The pigments are non-allergenic and skin-safe.

  • Fragrances. Parents across the world have agreed that they prefer their baby’s diaper to be super soft with a fresh scent. To achieve this, Pampers diapers use low levels of non-toxic and non-irritating scents clinically proven not to cause diaper rash. Of course, you can also get non-scented Pampers diapers, too!

Additionally, Pampers diapers are also dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, plus free of parabens and latex. Pampers is the no. 1 pediatrician-recommended diaper brand, and some styles are independently reviewed and accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.

What Are the Best Pampers Diapers for Babies and Toddlers?

Pampers diapers offer great protection and comfort, and each has a different feature to suit your baby or toddler’s age and character. For example, a navel-friendly shape and soft, breathable top sheet are must-have features for a newborn baby. On the other hand, the convenient-on-and-off style and leak protection of Pampers Easy-Ups could be just what your active toddler needs to stay dry on the playground. To help choose the best diaper for your baby or toddler at each stage of development, check out the descriptions below. For a side-by-side comparison of our diapers and pants, keep reading for our diapers feature finder.How often should you be changing your little one’s diaper? What the video below to find out!

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The Difference Between Pampers Diapers

We know that there are several Pampers diapers to consider, so you might be curious about the differences in one style versus another. We offer eight diapers and pants for your baby and toddler, so you’ll always have an option, from newborn to a preschooler and whether your little one is sleeping, playing, or swimming!

Pampers Swaddlers

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With a navel-friendly shape and soft, stretchy flexi-side wings, Pampers Swaddlers diapers are perfect for newborns and young babies. They gently wrap your infant’s delicate skin in the softest comfort, ensuring breathability while pulling away wetness into a super-absorbent core to help prevent irritation. They come with a handy wetness indicator to let you know when your baby might need a change.

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

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For the best Pampers diapers for overnight comfort and uninterrupted sleep, our most absorbent diaper offers up to 12 hours of extra protection. Your baby will avoid skin irritation from wetness, but they’ll also sleep comfortably thanks to breathable liners and softness that feels like a blanket rather than a diaper. The nighttime designs are a cute touch for getting your little one into a bedtime mood!

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If you’re particularly concerned about what are the ingredients in Pampers diapers, consider our purest option. Pampers Pure Protection diapers are created with premium cotton, soft plant-based fibres and other thoughtfully selected materials to ensure gentle protection on your baby’s skin. Additionally, the diapers are made with 100 percent renewable electricity, and the packaging is from plant-based materials derived from sugar cane.

Pampers Baby-Dry

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Pampers Baby-Dry diapers keep your baby dry through the night with air channels for breathable comfort and three layers of absorbency to lock away wetness for up to 12 hours. While your baby plays or sleeps, flexible wings and reinforced leg cuffs ensure a great fit and additional protection against leaks. The top sheet that comes into contact with your baby’s skin is soft like cotton for an extra comfortable night’s sleep.

Pampers Cruisers

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Pampers Cruisers offer our best comfort fit. Staying dry and comfy will be a priority as your baby grows more active, and Cruisers can keep up with all that energy and movement! Using a unique 3-Way Perfect Fit system plus elastics with twice the grip and leak barriers on the legs, you and your little one can enjoy comfortable and worry-free play for up to 12 hours. They come with a handy wetness indicator to let you know when your baby might need a change.

Pampers Cruisers 360°

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The difference between Pampers pants and diapers all comes down to the fit. Cruisers 360° are just like typical Cruisers but with a unique fit that features a flexible all-around waistband that adapts to your baby’s tummy, creating a gap-free fit that goes on in one swift movement. A super-absorbent core locks away wetness instantly, and double leg cuffs help prevent leaks. But what makes Pampers Cruisers 360° a parent-favourite is the easy-to-change feature. The flexible all-around waistband comes off with easy-tear siding and rolls up with tape for simple disposal.

Pampers Easy Ups

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As your little one grows older, you’ll need something that works like a diaper but fits and feels like cotton underwear. Pampers Easy Ups are great for transitioning to “big-kid” underwear when potty training. The all-around stretchy waistband and soft double leg cuffs fit your little one’s body for maximum comfort and leak protection that lasts up to 12 hours. Easy Ups go on with a single pull, and you can simply tear the sides and roll up the diaper with tape for easy changing and disposal.

Pampers Splashers

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Pampers Splashers are the perfect diaper for the pool, beach, or any water activity! The 360-degree waistband provides an all-around fit, and dual leak-guard barriers around the legs make sure nothing gets out. The no-swell core won’t become heavy and engorged with water, while the swim-inspired designs give these diaper pants a great “real swimwear” appearance.


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Pampers Diapers Feature Finder

Now that you know a bit more about Pampers diapers and what might be the best option for your newborn, older baby, or toddler, we made it a little easier to compare the difference between styles. The chart below is an easy way to compare and find the features that work best for you. For example, use our feature finder to compare sensitive Pampers Pure Protection vs. Swaddlers or to find the difference between Pampers Swaddlers and Baby-Dry diapers.

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Wetness indicator

Soft materials

Plant-based fibres

Premium cotton

Navel-friendly shape

Dual leak guard

Stay-put waist

360° Fit

Easy-on and-off

Adorable designs

Click on the individual features of Pampers diapers to learn more:

Quick Guide to Pampers Diapers Features

Good diapers lock in wetness to keep it away from your baby’s skin. This is important to protect against irritation, diaper rash and chafing.

Pampers diapers with a super-absorbent core quickly pull wetness away from your baby’s skin and lock it away for up to 12 hours of leak-free comfort and dryness.

Today’s diapers are so good at locking in wetness that it’s not always obvious how full they are from their outward appearance. Our wetness indicator makes it easy to tell: A line on the diaper turns from yellow to blue, letting you know at a glance that it might be time for a change.

To make taking care of your baby’s umbilical cord stump easier in the first few weeks, Pampers Swaddlers diapers have a navel-friendly shape—a cut-out on the front that goes around the umbilical stump. This helps the stump to heal by keeping it dry and exposed to air.

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The all-around waistband of Pampers Cruisers, Easy Ups and Splashers is made of super-soft, stretchy materials that flex to your baby’s shape, helping to prevent gaps and leaks.

To ensure a comfortable fit and reliable protection for even the most active babies and toddlers, Pampers uses a unique 3-Way Perfect Fit System that consists of

  • large and soft waist wings that stretch for ultimate comfort no matter how much your baby moves
  • strong holding tapes that grip securely for a long-lasting fit
  • wide tapes that hold the diaper in place for a secure fit.

Double leg cuffs gently wrap around your baby’s leg to help prevent leaks comfortably, without chafing or restricting your little one’s movement.

The all-around stretchy waistband makes it easy to put our pants on with just one pull, no matter how squirmy your baby or toddler is! Taking them off is even simpler—just tear the sides and remove the diaper.

The cute designs on our diapers are eye-catching and fun for your baby, and they’ll also bring a smile to your face. Some of our designs match the type of diaper. For example, Swaddlers Overnights have a nighttime theme, while Splashers feature aquatic and seaside motifs to look like real swimwear.

The drawings on Pampers nappies contain non-sensitizing pigments that are non-soluble in water, so they can’t penetrate your baby’s skin.

Some Pampers diapers feature an easy disposal system for when your baby starts to get more and more active. Just roll up the diaper (with the mess still inside) and secure it with the pre-attached tape.

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Used in Splashers, the no-swell core prevents the material inside the diaper from becoming swollen and heavy with water when you use it in a swimming or paddling pool.

The premium cotton, soft plant-based fibres and other thoughtfully selected materials help ensure that Pampers Pure Protection diapers are hypoallergenic and gentle on your baby’s skin.

The correct diaper size is essential and keeps your baby as dry and comfy as possible while preventing leaks and blowouts. Here are some tips on choosing the right size for your little one:

  1. Buy an assortment of newborn sizes. You won’t know in advance what size diaper your newborn baby will need until after they’re born, so it’s good to purchase a small selection of infant sizes and bring them to the hospital.
  2. Stock up. When deciding how many diapers to pack in your hospital bag, keep in mind that a newborn baby can go through as many as 10 or 12 diapers a day! But don’t worry, that number drops to around 6 to 8 a day after a few weeks.
  3. Anticipate growth. Newborn babies tend to grow quickly, so you may only need enough of the smallest size to last a few weeks.
  4. Use our diaper size guide. If you’re unsure what size is the best fit for your baby or whether it’s time to move up a size, use our diaper size guide.

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Pampers diapers are the no. 1 Pediatrician-recommended brand, so they’re the best on the market. The best type of Pampers diaper depends on your child's age and the situation. For example, you should use Pampers Swaddlers for newborns but switch to Cruisers as your baby gets more active.

Yes, you can use Pampers Baby-Dry diapers for nighttime and sleeping. They (along with all Pampers diapers) provide up to 12 hours of dryness. However, we also recommend Swaddlers Overnights for sleeping, as they have even more absorbency.


No, Pampers Pure Protection diapers aren’t biodegradable or compostable, but they do include incredibly safe ingredients for your baby and the planet. They use sustainably sourced premium cotton and other plant-based materials and are accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.

We recommend using Pampers Swaddlers Overnights for nighttime, which is just a slight absorbency upgrade from Pampers Swaddlers diapers. Plus, they contain no chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens, or latex—all providing a safe and comforting sleep.

Pampers Swaddlers are for babies and toddlers of any age, but you’ll also find newborn sizes that protect your baby’s umbilical cord stump. They’re soft and absorbent, but Baby-Dry diapers take absorbency to a slightly higher level with five layers of wetness protection.

Pampers Baby-Dry diapers aren’t much different than Cruisers, but they do feature different fits. Cruisers are perfect for older and more active babies, as they move with your baby’s actions and feature a tear-away waistband for easy-on and easy-off convenience.

No, Pampers Baby-Dry diapers are not toxic. They’re independently reviewed and accredited as “skin-safe” by the Skin Health Alliance and use breathable materials that are hypoallergenic without any parabens or latex.

Pampers Cruisers diapers come in sizes three to seven, so from about 7.25 to 18+ kilograms, which is about 7 months and older. It’s important to choose a diaper by weight and fit rather than age since the correct size will provide more protection.

The Bottom Line

Choosing the best diaper for your little one might seem a little daunting at first, so we hope this guide has made it easier to navigate the differences between the various Pampers diapers and their features. Using the right diaper at each stage of development will help keep your baby smiling with dry, comfortable and healthy skin.Remember that with the Pampers Club app, you get rewards for all your diaper purchases. Feel free to stock up now—Pampers diapers do not expire, and you’ll go through more than you probably realize!

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How We Wrote This Article
The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.


Which Pampers diapers are best? ›

Best Overall

Because of their superabsorbent material and uniquely designed liner that helps protect your little one from wetness, Pampers Swaddlers are our top choice.

How do you pick Pampers? ›

If you can't comfortably fit two fingers under the waistband of the fastened diaper, it's time for a bigger size. You may need to go up a size if you notice red marks on your baby's tummy or thighs when you remove the diaper. If the diaper isn't fully covering your baby's bottom, choose a bigger size.

What is the difference between Pampers Swaddlers and regular Pampers? ›

While Pampers Baby Dry has an absorbent top layer made from polypropylene and polyester, Swaddlers have a super soft absorbent top layer made of polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyester. This makes the liner in the Pampers Swaddlers much softer to the touch than that of the Baby Dry.

Are Pampers Baby Dry or Swaddlers better? ›

Pampers is a highly recommended diaper brand for babies of all ages and both the Swaddlers and the Baby Dry diapers are great options. Swaddlers Diapers are typically chosen for their softness and for being a great newborn diaper while Baby Dry is consistent in absorbency and is a great night time diaper.

What diapers do pediatricians recommend? ›

What diaper brand do pediatricians recommend? There are dozens of diaper brands on the market, but Dr. Vernovsky says there is one brand that's typically recommended over others. “Overall, the most recommended brand for diapers is Pampers,” she explains to Verywell Family.

What are the disadvantages of Pampers? ›

Potentially more irritation.

The plastics and dyes in disposable diapers may sometimes give your baby a rash, especially if they have sensitive skin. Not every disposable diaper will do this, but “hypoallergenic” diapers that are less likely to bother your baby are also more expensive in most cases.

Is it better for diapers to be too big or too small? ›

Bigger diapers are capable of handling more waste as they have more absorbent material. However, diapers may also leak because they are too big. Make sure that the diaper fits snugly around the waist and thighs by running your fingers around the edges and checking that there are no gaps.

Are Pampers Swaddlers and active baby the same? ›

Definition. Pampers Swaddlers are super soft and absorbent diapers that are ideal for sensitive skin, whereas Pampers Cruisers are soft and comfortable diapers designed for active babies.

When to stop using Pampers Swaddlers? ›

What Age Are Pampers Cruisers For? Rather than being for a specific age, Pampers Cruisers are for mobile babies. If we had to pin down an age, we'd say six months as this is the average for crawling.

What are Pampers Swaddlers used for? ›

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

Designed to keep baby's skin dry and healthy, Swaddlers Overnights keep wetness away from skin for up to 12 hours. They're designed with Soft Flexi-Sides that provide a soft cushiony stretch for a secure and comfortable fit.

Why did Pampers Swaddlers change? ›

Changes to Pampers Swaddlers

For the Swaddlers line the focus was to stop poopy blowouts. The absorbent patch length was increased and they improved the leg cuffs.

What size Pampers do babies use the most? ›

Most babies will start in the Newborn size (which also has a cut-out in the front for the umbilical cord) then ultimately spend the majority of their diapering days in size 4, the most popular size on the market.

What are the 3 types of diapers? ›

Several options exist for diapering your baby – disposable diapers, cloth diapers, and flushable diapers.

Why are Pampers Baby Dry so thin? ›

The diapers are soft and flexible to be comfortable enough for baby to wear all night long. One of the reasons these diapers hold so much wetness while still feeling thin when they're dry is because of the absorbent gelling material inside them. The gel, when it is dry, looks almost like hard little pebbles.

Are Pampers baby dry just for night? ›

Product Description. Pampers Baby-Dry Night Nappy Pants provide better overnight protection* for a peaceful night's sleep thanks to a boosted core that absorbs wetness instantly for up to 12 hours of dryness. Try Pampers Baby-Dry Night Nappy Pants for up to 12 hours extra protection. Use with Pampers baby wipes.

Are Pampers Swaddlers good for overnight? ›

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

Pampers Swaddlers are a popular daytime diaper choice among many new parents, so it's no surprise that their overnights are also a top pick. They're just as soft as regular Swaddlers on the outside but have an extra layer of absorbency on the inside for 12 hours of overnight protection.

What is the number one selling diaper? ›

Pampers are the bestselling diaper across most big retailers, and for good reason. Their super-soft feel is comfortable for baby and their flexible fit means fewer poopsplosions. The Swaddlers line includes a wetness indicator as well a newborn design that makes space for the umbilical cord.

What brand of diapers do hospitals use? ›

We partner with hospitals, maternal healthcare professionals and families to deliver innovative products for newborns. Nearly 1,200 birthing hospital in the U.S. trust Huggies® brand diapers as the first diaper worn by nearly 1.5 million babies every year*.

How long should a baby stay with Pampers? ›

Experts recommend that you change your newborn's diaper every two to three hours, or as often as needed. Why? Your little one may urinate as often as every one to three hours, and have between two and five bowel movements a day.

Is there a lawsuit against Pampers? ›

A class action suit has been filed against Proctor & Gamble on behalf of all purchasers of Pampers diapers or “Easy Ups” containing a new “Dry Max” technology, which have been linked to reports of severe diaper rash, blisters, chemical burns, infections and other problems.

Why did Pampers fail in Japan? ›

Tough market, tougher competition

Japanese producers, known for quality and innovation, began to overtake the Americans by creating diapers more suited for smaller Japanese babies and packaging more suited for smaller Japanese apartments.

How do you know if Pampers are too big? ›

If you notice excessive gapping at the legs and waist, the diaper may be too large for your baby. Let your baby gain another pound or two and then try again.

How do you know if a diaper is too big? ›

Check the waist

A diaper should close easily without having to tug and pull at them. Also, consider the rise of the diaper. A properly fitting diaper should come just slightly below your little one's belly button. If it's fitting a little more like a low rise, it's time to move on up!

How many Pampers do babies need? ›

How many newborn diapers do you need per month? Babies can go through up to ten diapers a day, though yours might need more or less. To be on the safe side, plan for up to 70 diapers per week, which is 280 newborn diapers in your baby's first month.

How many Pampers should a baby use in a day? ›

A daily average of 10 to 12 diapers over the first month of a baby's life means that your baby may go through around 300 or so diapers in his first month of life! Once your baby is older than 1 month, you may notice fewer soiled diapers. Babies between 1 and 5 months old typically go through 8 to 10 diapers per day.

Should you change diaper before or after feeding? ›

Change Before You Feed

This usually wakes babies up enough to get them to take a full feeding. If that wakes your baby too much, change their diaper first, and then feed them. If you change the diaper after you feed your baby, you risk completely waking them again.

How often should you do diaper free time? ›

Remove their nappy for 5-10 minutes, and, aim for some nappy free time at least once a day during playtime. You could also combine it with tummy time for an added benefit, and to allow for even more little bottom airing time. Make it a part of your daily routine.

How many diapers do I need for the first 3 months? ›

Size 1 (8 -14 pounds): Most babies need size 1 diapers until 4 months of age, and they'll soil about 8-10 diapers each day. Therefore parents can plan to buy around three to four boxes, based on 164 diapers per box.

Which Pampers are better Pampers or Huggies? ›

Both diapers are similar in terms of their functionality, and both of them work well for babies. However, Pampers obtains a higher score based on better absorbency and fewer leaks, and fewer babies develop rashes with Pampers than Huggies.


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