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Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Review

Generally average diaper with poor absorption
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Price:   $0.33 List | $0.34 each (in 128-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, soft
Cons:  Poor leakage and absorption,
Manufacturer:   Pampers
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jul 28, 2017
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RANKED
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  • Absorption - 40% 4
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 7
  • Health - 15% 4
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 4
  • Durability - 5% 7

The Skinny

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers are soft with friendly closure tabs and cuffs. The diaper has added aloe lotion to the inner liner to help calm irritated skin and a wetness indicator, so you know when to change the diaper. Unfortunately, this diaper did not score well in our tests for leakage or absorption with an inconsistency in test results that indicate poor quality control from diaper to diaper. We also didn't like the lack of consideration for health and eco-friendliness with the use of chlorine and lack of disclosure when it comes to how the diaper is made and what is used. Overall, the higher price and below average scores make this a diaper we don't recommend.


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Pros Durable, softGreat absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendlinessAbsorption, comfy, durable, better healthGreat health, good absorption, eco-friendlyGreat for health, eco-friendly, comfy
Cons Poor leakage and absorption,Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage leakage and eco-friendlinessPossible leaks, not so cozyAverage for leaks and durability
Bottom Line Generally average diaper with poor absorptionHigh performing, healthier option that is Earth friendlyTop performance where it counts with a comfy feel and durable designBudget-friendly green option with great health and eco scoresHealthy, eco-friendly choice that gets the job done
Rating Categories Pampers Swaddlers... Nature Babycare Babyganics Free & Clear Bambo Nature
Absorption (40%)
10
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4
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9
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8
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6
Leakage (20%)
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5
10
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8
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6
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5
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6
Comfort (15%)
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7
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8
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6
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7
Health (15%)
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4
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Eco Friendly (5%)
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Durability (5%)
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Specs Pampers Swaddlers... Nature Babycare Babyganics Free & Clear Bambo Nature
Type of Diaper Traditional Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Elemental Chlorine-free Totally Chlorine-free Totally Chlorine-free Totally Chlorine-free Elemental Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free No Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No 99.90% No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes No Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes Yes No
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 FSC Certified Rainforest Alliance Certified Nordic Eco-label FSC Certified Asthma-Allergy Denmark

Our Analysis and Test Results

Pampers is a popular company owned by Proctor and Gamble and is known for making diapers and wipes. Pampers is commonly found in hospitals and is often the first diaper babies wear after birth. Proctor and Gamble was one of the first to develop the disposable diaper. They were first developed by a chemical engineer working for Proctor and Gamble named Victor Mills. In the 1950s, he began working on the disposable diaper and as the years went by, the company added tape closure tabs, elastic legs, and refastening tabs, and they made the diapers thinner with gelling material.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive is a soft diaper with wetness indicator.
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive is a soft diaper with wetness indicator.

Performance Comparison


This comparison chart provides the overall score of each diaper tested in this review for a quick overview. The Swaddlers sensitive is shown in blue.


The subsections below detail what we like and dislike about the Swaddlers Sensitive diapers based on our test results.

Swaddlers Sensitive has a soft inner layer that rests against baby's skin.
Swaddlers Sensitive has a soft inner layer that rests against baby's skin.

Likes


Swaddlers Sensitive diapers only scored above average for durability and average for comfort with all other metrics coming below average. This makes the Sensitive a product without much to like because it is generally average.

The closure tabs and cuffs on the Swaddlers Sensitive are very skin friendly.
The closure tabs and cuffs on the Swaddlers Sensitive are very skin friendly.

This diaper is fairly comfortable with non-abrasive tabs and cuffs. The fabric is soft, though not as soft as some other products we looked at. The diaper is relatively smooth at the motion points, but the elastic on the back is only about average.

The absorption test results for the Swaddlers Sensitive diapers were inconsistent  with some indicating less moisture transfer and others excessive transfer.
The absorption test results for the Swaddlers Sensitive diapers were inconsistent, with some indicating less moisture transfer and others excessive transfer.

Dislikes


Swaddlers sensitive scored slightly higher than regular Pampers Swaddlers when it comes to leaks with a 5 of 10 as opposed to 4. However, this is still below average and not that impressive given that the high for the group is 8.

It scored even lower for absorption and equal to regular Swaddlers with a 4 of 10 in our tests for absorption. Part of the problem with absorption was an inconsistent result across multiple diapers from the same and different packs. This indicates a possible quality control issue where some of the diapers locked moisture away fairly well while others did not. Either way, moisture on the test sheet indicates that the diaper could leave moisture next to baby's skin.

The Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive had significant leakage in our tests  but the absorption tests were inconsistent with some good and some bad results.
The Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive had significant leakage in our tests, but the absorption tests were inconsistent with some good and some bad results.

The Swaddlers Sensitive diapers earned 3 of 10 for health and eco-friendliness, keeping in line with their non-sensitive counterparts. Pampers has a vague disclosure on how their diapers are made and the Sensitive version has added aloe that the regular version does not. Given that some babies can be sensitive to any additional additives it is a strange decision to call the aloe version "sensitive". These diapers are not free of lotion, chlorine, dye, or perfumes, and it does not have an allergy certification.

Conclusion


The Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive is similar to Pampers Swaddlers but with added aloe to the inner liner that is supposed to help sensitive skin. This diaper is a little on the spendy side and didn't score above average in any metric but durability where it came in one point above average. This product earned disappointing scores for leakage and absorption, which are the two most important functions of a diaper. If it leaks or doesn't absorb liquids then it isn't doing its job as a diaper.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz