The Pampers Baby Dry diaper is average with no real stand out features and below-average performance in most of our tests. Except for being one of the most comfortable diapers we tested, this product had disappointing scores for most other metrics, including absorption and leakage. These metrics are two of the most critical functions of a diaper and are the make or break features you can't compromise. The Baby Dry option has a friendly price and a soft feel, but the leaking and moisture transfer makes it a poor choice. This product is also disappointing for health and eco-friendliness with no disclosure on materials or specifics on what the diaper may be free of like perfumes, latex, chlorine, etc.
Pampers Baby Dry Review
Pros: Comfy, reasonable price
Cons: Below average leakage and absorption
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|Pros||Comfy, reasonable price||Great absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendliness||Absorption, comfy, durable, better health||Great for health, eco-friendly, comfy||Great health, good absorption, eco-friendly|
|Cons||Below average leakage and absorption||Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable||Average leakage and eco-friendliness||Average for leaks and durability||Possible leaks, not so cozy|
|Bottom Line||Poor performance for leakage and absorption||Earth friendly, healthy choice that works great||Keeps baby drier in a cozy, durable diaper that has better health stats||Comfy, healthy option with performance where it counts||Best green bang for the buck that works well with a top health score|
|Rating Categories||Pampers Baby Dry||Nature Babycare||Babyganics||Bambo Nature||Free & Clear|
|Eco Friendly (5%)|
|Specs||Pampers Baby Dry||Nature Babycare||Babyganics||Bambo Nature||Free & Clear|
|Type of Diaper||Traditional||Green||Green||Green||Green|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Corn Based Plastics|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Our Analysis and Test Results
Pampers is a brand name synonymous with babies and diapers. It is a name most parents know, and many hospitals use them. Pampers is a Proctor and Gamble company that has the distinction of helping to invent the modern disposable diaper in the 1950s. In the 1970s, Pampers came out with tape closures instead of pins, and the 80s and 90s saw the creation of a thin diaper, gelling material, elastic legs, and refastening tabs. Pampers continues to advance their designs even today.
The Baby Dry diaper is very comfortable compared to the competition, scoring very near the top for this metric. It has a very soft fabric on the inside and skin-friendly closure tabs with no pokiness or rough edge that can chafe sensitive skin. The motion points and elastic are also smooth to the touch with no binding areas or abrasive parts.
Other than the comfort factor, there wasn't much we liked about the Baby Dry. It does have a reasonable price, but the below-average scores in most metrics make even the lower price unattractive.
The Baby Dry diaper performed poorly in our tests for absorption and leakage, arguably the two most important functions a diaper really should do well. This product earned well below-average scores for the group in both absorption and leaks.
With the poor absorption of liquid waste, baby's skin will be continually wet, which can lead to irritation and possible diaper rash over time. The inability of the diaper to keep urine locked away also means it tends to leak and can result in wet clothes, bedding, car seats, and more. These two tests alone could be enough to have you looking elsewhere.
However, if that doesn't convince you, we also didn't like that Pampers disclose of what is inside the diaper is somewhat misleading and vague. They don't seem to be making an effort to create an eco-friendly diaper either. This diaper earned some of the lowest scores for baby-health and eco-health, and to make things even worse, the Baby Dry diaper also scored below average for durability. It isn't the worst in the group, but it could result in using more diapers if they fall apart or have faulty tabs.
Overall, the Pampers Baby Dry diaper had low scores in most individual metrics, which resulted in a low overall score. With key metric tests like absorption and leakage disappointing testers and lower durability and poor health results, we think parents will be happier choosing a different, higher-scoring option even if it may cost a little more. However, even if the cost is a factor in your decision process, there are cheaper options that scored higher in our review.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz