questionshuggies or pampers?

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My expertise is limited to baby girls. That caveat aside, I found that chronic leakage signals that it's time to move up a diaper size. The poundage guidelines on those packages are complete babysh*t.

We went with Huggies over Pampers (and Luvs) because they are unscented. Baby crap smells bad enough without a cloying floral topnote. So to us, the perfume was just extra unknown chemicals (possibly including phthalates) touching the baby.

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We stayed Pampers all the way although I suggest avoiding the ones with Dry Max if you haven't used them already, get the baby dry ones. The government might have said they couldn't prove those were causing the super diaper rash, but we've had friends, nursery workers, and pediatricians with enough bad experiences to warn us away from Dry Max.

Huggies would not stay closed at the top for our baby boy and we regretted even trying them, if all else fails diapers.com has a lot of people that leave reviews on the different diapers available.

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neither you should use cloth, they are better for the baby, because of what tygerdave said.

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luvs. They're cheaper and work fine.

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With both of my boys it was trial and error. I had to buy different brands until I found one that worked. On #1 we used Pampers until he was about six months and then we switched to Huggies. #2 went with Luvs the whole way.

Good luck in finding the one that works best. Hopefully, you will be able to get some sleep soon.

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Personally, I'd suggest looking for a local diaper service. That way you don't have to buy anything, you keep the diapers out of the landfills, and someone picks them up, and gives you nice clean ones.

You can also just go to your own cloth diapers at your home, but I realize I'm probably shouting into the wind...

As my daddy used to say, from tea towels to pee towels, and back again (and tea towels are another thing most of you have probably never seen).

Just for reference, I used nothing but cloth diapers when my daughter was small.

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The Poop on Eco-Friendly Diapers article on Wired.com suggests cloth diapers aren't all they're cracked up to be: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/04/63182

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@shawnmiller: I used cloth because it was easier, cheaper, less diaper rash, and they usually potty trained earlier. I bought my first stock from a diaper service company and later purchases I found at a consignment stores. I found this online store that sells used: http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=137 the covers are great.

It was easier because we always had diapers on hand, no need for a midnight run to the store. They had less diaper rash because they knew immediately that they were wet/soiled and were cleaned & changed quicker. And they were more self-initiated on potty training. The diapers we didn't sell back made good garage rags.

My family laughed about my use of cloth because I was a model as a baby and I did runway shows for Pampers in the 1960's.

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@shawnmiller: You know, I just read that article, and they said that bio-degradable diapers weren't all that wonderful. They also pointed out that cloth diapers had an advantage for baby boys, and it's one you might want to consider. I recommended the diaper service only because most parents nowadays don't seem to want to fuss with the diaper pail and all.

I saw nothing in there that suggested cloth diapers weren't a good alternative.

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Some kids just leak/blow out their diapers no matter what (although the advice to move up a size when you are getting a lot of leaks in a row is sound).

We usually went with Walmart diapers because they really seemed to do better than the name brand ones for our kids. It's all a crap shoot, so just buy a small package of each and try them all until you find what you like.

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@hobbit: ABSOLUTELY! AMEN!

I started out using disposables on mine and had tons of blowouts and leaks. They smelled SO bad too.

Changed to cloth and no more blow outs, no more leaks, no more diaper rash, and no more smell. Yeah, the kid still poops in the diaper, but you just dump it in the toilet and the stinky goes down. There's something about when urine mixes with the chemicals in disposable diapers that also causes a nasty stink. Can't be good for baby. Cloth doesn't do that.

Cloth diapers are SO much easier then they used to be, They really aren't any harder then disposbales, except for having to do a load or two more laundry each week. They have velcro and snaps, some even have a built in waterproof barrier. Lots of cute designs and patterns.

And much more healthy for baby bums.

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@shawnmiller: Actually, that is stating that the eco friendly disposable diapers aren't all that great, it is NOT saying that cloth diapers aren't.

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I was going to mention the rising scrotal temp for boys, but didn't have a link and was going by memory. I see shawnmiller's link has that info

"German researchers found that the scrotal skin temperatures of baby boys were significantly higher when they wore disposable diapers than when they wore cloth. While the scientists called for more research, their article suggested that prolonged use of disposable diapers as infants was an "important factor" contributing to the decline of sperm production among adult males. Proctor & Gamble conducted its own study and also found that scrotal skin temperatures increased for boys in disposable diapers, although not to the degree that the German scientists showed, Kuta said.

Read More http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/04/63182#ixzz12owqv1Ev "

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You are correct - Pampers first, then Huggies.

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I used mostly cloth diapers with my four kids and used a diaper service, since I had two kids in diapers for a few years. If we were going on a prolonged trip, I would use disposable and found that the store brand ones worked as well, if not better than the name brand ones.

I found the cloth diapers were great and caused less issued. One son would get bad rashes if we used disposables on him.

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On a side note, have you ever been to a doctors office (not Dr. Who) or hospital and seen the paper rolls that they have for covering exam tables? I bought two or three of those things, made a bracket for the changing table, and walla! no more papertowels or excess usage of baby wipes when changing the monster.

Just an FYI. Once all the mothers started seeing what I had on mine, they all went and had them put on theirs. If all else fails, mount a papertowel rack on the changing table and use as needed.

Our changing table was set up more like a nascar pitstop than a baby changing table. It was efficient. I hold the record for fastest change.

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Responding to the OP's question: Yes, for our son we used Pampers at first then switched to Huggies. A few sizes bigger now, I'm trying Pampers again (because I think they can be had for significantly less via Amazon's Subscribe and Save + Amazon Mom deals) ... and last night he leaked. Will try again for a few days and see if it was a fluke or what. But for newborn Binary Boy, Pampers are indeed the way to go. (Note that I have not tried cloth diapers nor indeed any other brand.)

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Just read through Consumer Report's wisdom on diapers. Cloth diapers can save you money, though maybe only (or definitely more so) if you wash them yourself, which takes a lot of time (and, I imagine, is smelly). As for disposables, they say keep your baby in the smallest size comfortable that you can since the larger the diaper the higher the cost. Also, a diaper that's too large can leak (since it's not sealed up tight - yet we have tried larger diapers BECAUSE of leaks, thinking that they'd absorb more ...). Also, to save the most money, buy in bulk (Amazon Mom and Subscribe and Save, or Costco/Sam's Club, are great for this). But don't buy a ton of the newborn size because the kid will grow out of them quickly.

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@shrdlu: "On the face of it, cloth diapers appear to be the best way to avoid additional waste dump in landfills. But laundering cloth diapers does appear to suck up a lot of water, which could present a problem in drought-afflicted areas."

I also think I remember the "No Impact Man" had a similar thought about disposable vs. cloth and effects on the environment. But maybe I'm wrong about that.

Apparently when I was a little one diaper services were all the rage and my parents used one... until I broke out with a massive diaper rash. That was the 70's though.

Part of me wishes I would have stated in the original question to disregard cloth diapers because we've taken a massive tangent... the other part of me enjoys hearing everyone's experiences. This would have been a great discussion on Kids.Woot.

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We like the fit and feel of Pampers best for our toddler, and have since he was born (the starter pack from the hospital actually included Pampers). We have tried half a dozen brands (including Huggies, which we didn't like much), and have settled on Target brand for daytime diapers and Pampers for nighttime. Target ones are not as soft or absorbent, but a decent fit and you can't beat the quality/price ratio. We tried cloth diapers very briefly, but our little one has really sensitive skin, and he had a really bad rash the whole time we were trying them.

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Pampers for newborns - yes.
Huggies def fit better through the crotch for toddling.
Additionally - Huggies overnights are the most absorbent diapers my family has ever seen.
Good Luck.

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I usually just hose them off. If I'm away from home, I carry a few ziplock bags and a bottle of water to rinse them off.

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Sheez @shawnmiller takes a little paternity leave and the servers go down, if they overheated maybe you can switch them to cloth diapers for the next time they crap out on you. :-p

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I used Luv's for my little guy for the first few months because that's what my mom used for me lots of leaks. I found that after about 6 or 7 months they didn't hold him. We needed something that can absorb a lot very quickly as we discovered he had a large bladder and peed ALOT!! We switched to Huggies and had no problems. We used wal-mart brand when in a crunch, but when he would wet them sometimes little particles came of the diaper and that didn't seem safe to me. Switched to Pull-Ups (Pampers) when it was potty training time with no memorable leaks. As for cloth...I was too lazy yet very eco conscious.

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@shawnmiller: Um if you consider how much laundry you are already doing with a new born the diapers and covers doesn't add that much, I hate that excuse which is one that the proponents of plastic diapers use all the time.

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@hobbit: Really? Personally, I assumed that if one used cloth diapers then they would always be done in a separate load by themselves - you wouldn't want poo swirling around in there with regular clothing, would you? Is that incorrect?

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It depends... If I am going on a weekend bender, and don't feel like getting off the barstool, I prefer the huggies. They seem to be extremely absorbent, and don't chaff when I get up for the walk home. Pampers, on the other hand... They are good for tailgating. Just don't sit down in them when they are full... MESSY...

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@gwintner: I believe you pre rinse those first anyway, solids do not go in the wash.

But this is why I believe in the whole diaper service, let them take care of it.

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@claudicina: You must have a really small nether regions, I would have taken you for a Depends Man.

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Came in here to say "Depends", got beat by @claudicina.

My kids are 13, 11 and 9. They wore Pampers for the duration of needing undergarments of an absorbent nature and me and Mrs. durkzilla were extremely happy with them (kids and diapers).

G&T rule is in effect.

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@hobbit: It's all about a good effective tuck job. The absorbency is really the best in the back.

man did I take this thread into a whole other direction

Sorry @shawnmiller! My childish instincts could NOT be subdued! :)

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@claudicina: just don't want you.....oh never mind @jumbowoot would censor me for that thought. (looks for The Friends Episode where Pheobe dates the jock she met in the park)

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@hobbit: That thought might deserve a PM on the other side... Now I'm insanely curious!

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im sure the co2 generated per diaper in manufacture and launder far outweighs the co2 generated in the manufacture of a disposable. (think cotton farming, harvest, manufacture, transport, transport back and forth to service (optional) laundering - heating water, running machine, drying, treating the wastewater, etc.

landfills are not an environmental issue - they are generally places we WANT to fill up with stuff. and disposable diapers are not toxic so no worries about the groundwater.

dont be a dummmy - your boy will thank you for killing his sperm before it becomes an issue anyway.

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@vinithehat: facepalm You don't really believe what you just said, right? You were "joking" right?

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A similar experience. I had a baby 12/2009. We used Pampers Swaddlers for the first few months. They were really soft and also what the hospital used, so we just stuck with them! But then, after baby learned how to roll over on his tummy at night we had to buy nighttime dipes. The only ones that worked well for us (didn't leak at night) were the Huggies Nighttimes. Then all the controversy on Pampers Dry Max came out, so we switched to Huggies for his daytime dipes too.

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Let me start off with, I never had a problem at all with Pampers DryMax. In fact, Pampers has stated they were putting DryMax in the dipes before they changed the label, and no one was complaining then. But anywho...

I used Pampers for my babycakes when he was a newborn, because I loved their Swaddlers and I couldn't find Huggies in a preemie size like I could Pampers. The ONLY reason I switched to Huggies was because I get beaucoup Huggies coupons in the mail, therefore making them more economical. I HATED Luvs (though they are manufactured by my beloved Pamper's owner P&G) and though people raved about Target brand, I found them to be nothing more than a giant wad of cotton sitting on my son's crotch. I've never tried any other diaper, nor did I even consider cloth. I'm far too lazy for that mess, and I don't wanna look at poop more than I have to! And... to be perfectly honest, I don't care that much about dipes filling up in landfills or whatever.

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HUGGIES!!!!!!!!!!! My 21 month old boy would pee through his Pampers overnight every time we use them, the same goes for Luvs. I was having to change his sheets every night, sometimes twice a day if he peed through them whle taking a nap. Huggies Little Movers are GREAT!! I haven't bought anything but Huggies for months. Pampers swaddlers were okay when he was a newborn, but after that, they were HORRIBLE.

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I've known people who followed the hippie/crunchy approach to diapering (at least with young toddlers): no diapers, or underpants, or pants, at all. You just let the kid wander around in a dress or gown and do the business wherever and whenever they feel the need.

The idea is that the kid will get tired of soiling him- or herself and naturally gravitate toward using a toilet. In the meantime, of course, it's totally disgusting for everyone except the ideologically committed (or lazy?) hippie parents.

I'm sympathetic to the idea that traditional societies used effective low-tech solutions to solve a lot of problems. But come on, even Cro-Magnons didn't just let it fly wherever they happened to be standing. And even dogs don't poop where they sleep.

Disposable diapers? Cloth diapers? My answer is "yes".

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That right there is why @jason toon gets paid to write.

Edit: Although I find it just a little sad that his reputation is so low on here.

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@thepenrod: that is because he is a man of few posts, that was actually his first one over here.

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@hobbit: Yes, but I just figured that since his reputation precedes him, it should be higher. :)

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@hobbit: I hope so. I'm a little slow today.

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Costco has diapers like Pampers.

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@claudicina: oh does that mean you finally got to your PM?

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Son was a very heavy pee-body at night. We ended up using diaper inserts to give extra absorbancy so he could go through the night. Worked great. Kinda like these....

http://www.amazon.com/Tranquility-TopLiner-Booster-Diaper-Inserts/dp/B000FCH1XM

(Keep in mind that son is 20 yrs old so this was many years ago. No idea what brand we used. We tried cloth for a few weeks. Hated it and went disposable.)

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Huggies leaked all over when we tried them. Pampers Cruisers and Swaddlers have always worked the best. I think skinny babies need Pampers and chunkier tots need Huggies.

Also, we used cloth for about 75% of the time, I highly recommend using the Bum Genius one-size all in one diapers, they are super easy and fit all the way from birth to potty training (we take out the insert and use the outside for swim diapers during the summer).

If you're interested, check them out here: http://www.bumgenius.com/products.php

I have always liked NIcki's diapers for ordering them....... http://nickisdiapers.com/