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Pampers Baby Dry Review

Comfy and durable, but isappointing performance where it counts for absorption and health
Pampers Baby Dry
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.28 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Comfy, durable reasonable price
Cons:  Disappointing absorption and health benefits
Manufacturer:   Pampers
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 4
  • Leakage - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 3
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 4
  • Durability - 5% 9

The Skinny

The Pampers Baby Dry diaper is a somewhat below-average diaper with no real stand out features and disappointing performances in most of our tests. This product is comfortable and durable, but it struggled with the other test metrics, including absorption and leak protection. These metrics are two critical functions of a diaper and are the make-or-break features you shouldn't compromise when choosing a diaper. The Baby Dry option has a friendly price and a soft feel, but the moisture transfer and lack of absorption make 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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Pros Comfy, durable reasonable priceGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyDurable, comfortable for baby, affordableDurable, comfy, lower price, good leak protection
Cons Disappointing absorption and health benefitsLess durable, below-average leak preventionAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendlyNot eco-friendly, no considerations for health
Bottom Line Comfy and durable, but isappointing performance where it counts for absorption and healthA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency performance but less than stellar leak protectionTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bankDurable and cozy diaper with good performance for the price, but it lacks for ecology and health considerations
Rating Categories Pampers Baby Dry Sensitive Protection Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Kirkland Signature...
Absorption (40%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
6.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Comfort (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Health (15%)
3.0
6.0
3.0
7.0
3.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
4.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
1
Durability (5%)
9.0
4.0
3.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Pampers Baby Dry Sensitive Protection Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Kirkland Signature...
Type of Diaper Traditional Green Green Traditional Traditional
Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Not Listed
Perfume-Free No Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No No No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes Yes Yes
Eco-awards

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 its designs even today.

Pampers Baby Dry was also reviewed in our Overnight Diaper Review in size four compared to the size one tested in this review. The Baby Dry performed much better in our tests for absorption in size four than it did in size 1. The Disposable Diaper Review has newborns and young infants in mind, while we geared the overnight review toward choosing diapers for older babies with increased overnight urine output.

Performance Comparison


We like that the Baby Dry is soft and smooth with no rough edges or...
We like that the Baby Dry is soft and smooth with no rough edges or poky parts that might agitate sensitive skin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The Baby Dry diaper is very comfortable compared to the competition. 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. This diaper also performed well in our tests and research for durability, with fewer reports of faulty tabs and SAP leaks than much of the competition.

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. It did perform about average for leak protection, but coupled with the poor absorption (see below), it isn't anything to rave about.

The amount of mock urine that transferred from Pampers Baby Dry to...
The amount of mock urine that transferred from Pampers Baby Dry to the test paper indicates that baby's bottom will likely be moist because the liquid is not locked away in the core of the diaper.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


The Baby Dry diaper performed poorly in our tests for absorption, arguably one of the most critical functions a diaper really should do well. This product earned well below-average scores for the group leaving a significant amount of wetness on the test paper.

This photo of the Baby Dry leak test shows the "mock urine" as it...
This photo of the Baby Dry leak test shows the "mock urine" as it leaked out of the diaper and the test paper that absorbed the urine when it should have been locked away from baby's skin.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

With the poor absorption of liquid waste, the 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. This test alone should be enough to have you looking elsewhere.

The Baby Dry is not very durable and the contents are somewhat vague...
The Baby Dry is not very durable and the contents are somewhat vague according to the Pamper's website.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

However, if that doesn't convince you, we also didn't like that Pampers' disclosure of materials 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.

Conclusion


Overall, the Pampers Baby Dry diaper had low scores in critical metrics, which resulted in a disappointing overall score. With critical metric tests like absorption disappointing testers and lower eco and poor health results, we think parents will be happier choosing a different, higher-scoring diaper. Even if cost is a driving factor in your decision process, cheaper options scored higher in this review.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz