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Huggies Little Snugglers Review

Great at preventing leaks, but the poor absorption is disappointing
Huggies Little Snugglers
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.32 List | $0.32 each (in 156-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Few leaks, comfortable
Cons:  Poor absorption, not eco-friendly, no disclosure
Manufacturer:   Huggies
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jul 28, 2017
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  • Absorption - 40% 2
  • Leakage - 20% 8
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 5
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 1
  • Durability - 5% 7

The Skinny

Huggies Little Snugglers are a cozy, comfortable diaper with soft fabric inside and skin-friendly closure tabs and motion points. This diaper is well-constructed and feels durable enough to put up with whatever baby dishes out, which is somewhat difficult to obtain while staying comfortable. This diaper also performed well in our tests for leakage with no leaking in our tests and few leaks reported by users on Amazon. Unfortunately, this diaper is not great at absorbing liquids, which is arguably the most critical function of any diaper. Poor results in absorption tests resulted in a lower overall score and a diaper we don't recommend.

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Pros Few leaks, comfortableGreat absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendlinessAbsorption, comfy, durable, better healthGreat for health, eco-friendly, comfyGreat health, good absorption, eco-friendly
Cons Poor absorption, not eco-friendly, no disclosureHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage leakage and eco-friendlinessAverage for leaks and durabilityPossible leaks, not so cozy
Bottom Line Poor absorption means potential for skin irritation and diaper rashEarth friendly, healthy choice that works greatKeeps baby drier in a cozy, durable diaper that has better health statsComfy, healthy option with performance where it countsBest green bang for the buck that works well with a top health score
Rating Categories Huggies Little... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Absorption (40%)
2
10
9
6
8
Leakage (20%)
8
8
6
6
5
Comfort (15%)
8
3
8
7
6
Health (15%)
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9
5
Eco Friendly (5%)
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8
4
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Durability (5%)
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Specs Huggies Little... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Type of Diaper Traditional Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Not Listed Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Not Listed Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No 99.9% No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes Yes No
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back Yes No Yes No Yes
Eco-awards FSC Certified
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
EcoCert
GOTS Certified
Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark
FSC Certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

Huggies Snugglers is made by Huggies, which is a Kimberly-Clark Baby and Childcare Brands company. Huggies is a well-known brand with new and seasoned parents alike, providing a variety of diapers and wipes for different needs.

Performance Comparison


The closure tabs and motion points on the Little Snugglers are soft...
The closure tabs and motion points on the Little Snugglers are soft compared to the competition and unlikely to irritate sensitive skin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The best thing about this diaper is it has fewer leaks and performed well in our tests for leaks with little to no mock urine escaping the diaper. Additionally, Amazon users also report fewer leaks with this diaper in real-world use. These results earned the Snugglers an exceptional score for leakage, one of the highest in this review.

Notice the leakage pan for the Snugglers is dry, but the absorption...
Notice the leakage pan for the Snugglers is dry, but the absorption paper is soaked through across the span of the paper.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also like how cozy and comfortable this diaper feels compared to the competition. It scored just below the high for comfort. The fabric is soft, but more importantly, it has soft motion points where baby's joint will move, and it has tab closures that aren't rough or poky like some of the competing diapers we tested. This diaper also scored above average for durability, which is often hard to do while remaining comfortable.

The Little Snugglers were no match for 100ml of mock urine in our...
The Little Snugglers were no match for 100ml of mock urine in our tests for diaper absorption. This diaper scored only 2 of 10 for this test.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


Unfortunately, there is more to dislike than like for this product. The most disappointing test results were for absorption, where the Snugglers earned one of the lowest scores for its ability to absorb liquids and trap them inside the diaper away from baby's skin. In our tests for absorption, the Snugglers had more moisture transfer to the test paper than most of the competition with only two other diapers scoring lower than the Snugglers. We think, above all, a diaper should absorb what baby dishes out and help prevent it from sitting against baby's skin to help prevent skin irritation and possible diaper rash.

We dislike the lack of transparency from Huggies on all their diapers. While the Huggies website says the Little Snugglers are fragrance and lotion-free, it does not say much else about what is in the diaper or whether or not it is free of other known allergens like chlorine, dyes, or latex. In general, the website fails to offer any disclosure on ingredients or what it has or what it lacks, which is something we think all manufacturers should offer to parents so they can make an informed decision.

While the Snugglers are super soft, we don't like that Huggies...
While the Snugglers are super soft, we don't like that Huggies doesn't offer anything in the way of material or content disclosure for these diapers which prevent parents from making informed decisions.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also dislike that Huggies isn't making any effort to improve the eco-friendliness of this diaper. While any disposable diaper isn't ideal for the environment, some brands are making choices that increase the potential for biodegradability, or they are using materials that are renewable like bamboo or corn SAP. Little Snugglers had one of the lowest scores for eco-friendliness.

The Huggies Little Snugglers are comfortable and cute with Disney...
The Huggies Little Snugglers are comfortable and cute with Disney characters and a useful wetness indicator.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Huggies Little Snugglers are a comfortable and durable diaper that scored well in our tests for leakage, which is half the battle in finding a great diaper for baby. Unfortunately, this diaper struggled to keep moisture locked away in its core, which could lead to skin irritation, diaper rash, or moist clothing yours and baby's). So, even though these diapers are comfy when dry and don't leak as much as the competition, they don't provide enough absorption to do the trick or justify the price.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz