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Huggies vs Pampers Diapers – Is One Really Better?

Before I dive into this review, let me say that I have personally tried both brands of diaper and have come to these conclusions solely on my experience with each and how best they worked for my baby.

Now every baby is different and will have different “bathroom” experiences, if you know what I mean. So in my quest to find the differences between the huggies vs pampers diapers, I was trying to see if changing brands would alter a previous outcome.

Each parent will have their preference based on how well the diaper fits as well as the quality of the diaper.

Finding that one special brand is the difference between “poop leaking out and staying in”.


Thickness and Size

I initially started with Pampers because I especially loved the designs and the diapers just looked more fun to me.

I found that the Pampers were thicker and also ran bigger than the Huggies.

My baby wasn’t exactly a tiny one, so I think this is what made me stick with Pampers for so long. I liked the bigger feel because I felt like it could hold his body better and better protect against leaks.

Upon trying Huggies after, I found that a size 4 in Pampers would be bigger than a size 4 in Huggies (about size 5). So I had to go a size up with the Huggies diaper to maintain the same fit on my little one.


  • Pampers was thicker and bigger compared to Huggies


Wetness Factor

Maybe I overreacted with this one because every diaper is going to get soaked whether we want to deal with it or not.

Wetness Factor

But I don’t like the feeling of a wet, squishy diaper when I take it off. It somehow feels like you’re playing with urine in your hands and I would rather not have thought in my head.

I felt like the Huggies diaper felt a bit more soaked than the Pampers when I would remove them in the mornings, after a night’s sleep. This would also happen regardless of how long they were on for, either during the day or during the night.

This comparison was between the Pampers Baby Dry and the Huggies Snug and Dry

The Pampers, I felt, retained the urine in a more “concealed” way, if you can call it that, compared to the Huggies. I rarely felt “wetness” on the diaper itself after removing the Pampers, unlike the Huggies.

This could also be due to the makeup of the materials used in each brand and how thick they were as well.


  • Pampers held the urine in much better and left the diaper feeling “less wet” after removal


Blowout Holdout

Oh man! If I could get $1 million for every time we’ve had a blowout, I could retire today!

Mind you, the first blowout was with my husband so I don’t envy him one bit! I’ll let him cherish his special daddy moment!


Before my little man started to move around, I mainly used Pampers because as I said, I found they fit him better as he was a bigger baby.

But once he started to move around and scoot on his butt, we started a whole new ballgame!

I would have multiple blowouts in the same day!

It would mostly come up through the back of the diaper because as he moved around, it would squish up against his bum and scoot up and out of the diaper.

Imagine having to change his whole outfit multiple times a day, not because I had a lot of clothes and wanted him to wear them all before he outgrew them. But because they were so badly ruined that I wanted to just toss them all in the garbage!

My mom had to try to convince me to wash the soiled clothes instead of trashing them. She would say, “Back in my day, we never had the option of throwing them out. We had to wash them, hang them to dry in the sun and put them on again”. That’s the English version haha (We’re Jamaicans).

I had to quickly change my mindset because my poor little guy would end up with nothing to wear.

My sisters suggested I change the brand to Huggies as they’ve used it and swear by it! So I gave in!

I tried out the Huggies and noticed a HUGE DIFFERENCE!

Not only did the number of blowouts start to decrease, I could count on one hand how many times I have had blowouts since then.

The elastic at the waist on the Huggies made all the difference! I found that the Pampers didn’t fit as snug around the waistline, which is where poop often escaped.


  • Huggies was much better at containing blowouts, which is major in my books!



Overall I find that Huggies tend to be cheaper as a brand. The price between the Pampers and Huggies diapers is not usually huge, maybe a buck or two.

But over time, saving a buck or two adds up. So for long term savings, I would recommend Huggies.



Which Do I Recommend?

I’ve heard parents time and time again swear by one brand or the other. So I really think it comes down to personal preference.

For long term and overall quality, I would say Huggies worked better for us.

If you want a comparison between disposable and cloth diapers, click here.

Reason being, I had to eventually switch from Pampers to Huggies because of the blowout situation. If not for this, then maybe I would have stuck with Pampers for the long haul.

Price wise, the difference is small, but still noticeable. However, I’ve found that Amazon can ease the burden because of their subscription option.

You can get either the Pampers or Huggies diapers through subscription on Amazon which will take a huge load off your shoulders when it comes to shopping. Plus, you’ll end up saving a few bucks if you chose a monthly subscription.

Who likes lugging around big boxes of diapers through the store? Definitely not me! Which is why I found the subscription option very convenient. You can also just update the size as you go along.

So that’s my synopsis of each brand, and what worked best for my baby.


What’s your experience like with either brand? Share in the comments. Are you a Pampers lover or Huggies fanatic? And why? Thanks for reading 🙂


∼ Shantaye

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6 thoughts on “Huggies vs Pampers Diapers – Is One Really Better?

  1. Cris May 23, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I had this same debate with myself and ended up preferring the Huggies as well. I had an 8 pounder so he went straight from size 1 to 2 very quickly. Then he wore size 3 for a while but they were always more secure to me.

    • Shantaye May 23, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      Yea I keep beating myself up that I didn’t switch sooner because of the explosive situations lol I really loved how the pampers felt because I left like they held in the wetness so much better for us, but the huggies just fit much more snug at the waistline to prevent spills.

  2. Robert M Doyle June 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Very helpful review. I will keep this in mind, especially the part about an Amazon subscription order. That really does relieve the stress of running out!

    • Shantaye June 14, 2018 at 3:29 am

      Oh the subscription sure does help Robert. Thanks for taking the time to read and hope I gave you some information you weren’t already aware of. Thanks so much.

  3. Muhammad Sayyid June 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Shantaye, you make reading about pee and poop fun! I don’t have those situations to deal with now but I faintly remember my frustrations, I had quite a bit of fun reading this post. Your conclusions were not definitive but I can understand. You chose Huggies because of untoward circumstances. More power to you and I know your husband would approve. Great article, nice writing.

    • Shantaye June 14, 2018 at 3:31 am

      Thanks a lot Muhammad. And yes I chose Huggies because of the blow out situations, but I also know that some parents swear by Pampers, and they also worked well for us up to a certain point. So just trying to give both points of view so readers can get an objective opinion. Glad I could provide a fun way of looking at “messy situations” 🙂

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