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Pampers Baby Dry ReviewPrice: $0.17 List | $0.21 each (in 204-pack) at Amazon
Pros: Comfy, reasonable price
Cons: Below average leakage and absorption
Bottom line: Disappointing performance where it counts for leaks and absorption
Chlorine-Free: Elemental , Chlorine-free
The Pampers Baby Dry diaper is average with no real stand out features and below average performance in most of our tests. With the exception of 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 important functions of a diaper and are what make or break features you can't compromise on. The Baby Dry option has a nice 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.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Pampers is a brand name synonymous with babies and diapers. It is a name most parents know and many hospitals use. Pampers is a Proctor and Gamble company that has the distinction of helping to invent the modern disposable diaper. Victor Mills, an American chemical engineer working for Procter & Gamble began inventing the 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 chart below provides a comparison of the overall scores for each diaper we tested in this review.
The sections below outline what we like and dislike about this product and what we discovered during testing compared to the competition.
The Baby Dry diaper is a very comfortable diaper compared to the competition with an 8 of 10 score that is only one point lower than the high for this metric. It has 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 a 4 of 10 for absorption and 5 of 10 for leaks, both are below average for the group.
With the poor absorption of liquid waste, baby's skin will be continually wet. This can lead to irritation and possible diaper rash over time. The inability of the diaper to keep urine locked away also means it has a tendency to leak which 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 and they don't seem to be making an effort to create an eco-friendly diaper either. This diaper only earned a 2 of 10 for health and 3 of 10 for eco-friendly. This diaper also scored below average for durability with a 5 of 10. 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 scored below average with most individual metric scores coming in below average as well. 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 cost is a factor in your decision process there are cheaper options that scored higher in our review.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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