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Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Review

Generally average diaper with poor absorption
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.35 List
Pros:  Durable, soft
Cons:  Poor leakage and absorption,
Manufacturer:   Pampers
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jul 28, 2017
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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.

Update — July 2020
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers have been discontinued. Pampers Pure is another sensitive skin friendly option from Pampers.

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Pros Durable, softGreat 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 leakage and absorption,Hard 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 in an average diaper with few eco-health effortsEarth 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 Pampers Swaddlers... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Absorption (40%)
4
10
9
6
8
Leakage (20%)
5
8
6
6
5
Comfort (15%)
7
3
8
7
6
Health (15%)
4
6
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9
5
Eco Friendly (5%)
4
8
4
6
6
Durability (5%)
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Specs Pampers Swaddlers... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Type of Diaper Traditional Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
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 Yes No
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No 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

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.

Performance Comparison


Swaddlers Sensitive has a soft inner layer that rests against baby's...
Swaddlers Sensitive has a soft inner layer that rests against baby's skin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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...
The closure tabs and cuffs on the Swaddlers Sensitive are very skin friendly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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

Dislikes


Swaddlers Sensitive scored slightly higher for leakage than other diapers from the same brand. However, they still came out below average and were not that impressive given that there were some diapers that didn't leak at all.

It scored lower in our absorption tests. 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, leading to diaper rashes.

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

The Swaddlers Sensitive diapers had a very low score 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 main difference in the Sensitive version is the added aloe that the regular version does not have. 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.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive is a soft diaper with wetness indicator.
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive is a soft diaper with wetness indicator.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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