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Product Review: Huggies Pull-Ups vs. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants

Mom of 2, Rosa has worked with non-profits to provide educational and health programs for local children, and improve the local workforce.

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When our daughter was born, we went through the same struggle every parent seems to face:

Huggies or Pampers?? Which brand of diapers will work best for our baby and cause the least damage to our bank account??

At the time, we tested both Huggies Little Snugglers and Pampers Swaddlers and found Huggies lacking. When Baby hit size 3 in diapers, Pampers began to give us problems. We had leaks and actual soak-through problems after a few hours. We reluctantly switched to Huggies and, although we still hated the silica beads, Huggies fit Baby better and the absorbency was much better.

When we had our second child, we started to use generic brand diapers to save money. That was okay for a while, but as our daughter moved into toddler sizes, we found that they just didn't absorb enough to make it through the night. So, we were stuck with almost same dilemma we started with:

Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants or Huggies Pull-Ups?

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Here's the comparison I've done and my conclusion ...

Front and back views of both diapers

Front and back views of both diapers

Design

Up until this stage, both Pampers and Huggies diapers were petty much the same in design and size. However, when it comes to training pants, the Pampers are actually longer than the Huggies brand, as you can see in the photo below.

The designs similar in that they pull on like underpants, have gussets around the legs, and are decorated with cartoon characters. They both sport wetness indicator designs that fade away when your child pees and are almost identical with the very big exception of Huggies having an easy-open design, which I will elaborate on later in the review.

Colour for Huggies was removed so you can better see the Pampers diaper under it.

Colour for Huggies was removed so you can better see the Pampers diaper under it.

Visual Appeal

Both companies use cartoon characters to decorate their diapers; Huggies sports famous Disney Characters while Pampers has Dora the Explorer for girls and Go, Diego, Go! for boys*. The diapers are meant to be bright, vibrant, and engaging, but only Huggies manages to pull this off. The Pampers diapers have more muted colours in comparison.

My daughter found the Huggies diapers more interesting and fun. At the time, she wasn't familiar with any of the characters, but she found the Disney images more engaging. She'd say, "Princess!!" or point at an image and name it, such as "Fish!" for Flounder.

(*Note: I don't know if it's because I'm in Canada, but we only had Thomas the Tank Engine for boys.)

Huggies has easy open sides which makes opening them a cinch.

Huggies has easy open sides which makes opening them a cinch.

To open the Pampers, you have to actually tear the diaper apart at the seam.

To open the Pampers, you have to actually tear the diaper apart at the seam.

Easy-open sides

Right here, I have to say, I freakin' LOVE the Velcro-like strips up the sides of the Huggies diapers. While the side seams of the Pampers may tear properly when pulled on, the Huggies open and close easily every time.

Liner Comparison

Pampers claims their diapers holds 25% more than the other leading training pant. While I can't speak to the percentage, we found that they did a better job of absorbing the pee and keeping it from leaking.

Wetness Indicators

The wetness indicator is simply the image fading in the crotch. We found it completely pointless as this stage. The bulk of a soiled diaper is very obvious and as we potty trained, frequent trips to the meant the diapers stayed dry for most of the day.

Fit

When my daughter was younger, being a preemie affected how diapers fit. By this age, she was "normal" toddler size and shape. I expected both diapers to fit properly.

Pampers fit both my kids and kept up with with high energy antics.

Huggies fit, but leaked around the legs or slid off.

Price

Having recently come off of buying generic diapers for my kids, I was a little perturbed (okay, a LOT) to discover that the price of Huggies and Pampers training pants are yo-yo'ing from under $20 a box to $36 on a regular basis.

As of June 2021, the Amazon Prime prices are: A 56 count box of Huggies Pull-Ups is $ 35.99CAD (64¢ / diaper) while a 60 count box of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants is $ CAD (33¢ / diaper).

Pampers Easy Ups 3T-4T

Girls Style, 66 Count = $29.97 ($0.45/count)
Boys Style, 74 Count = $26.98 ($0.36/count)

Huggies Pull-Ups 3T-4T

Girls Style, 60 Count = $26.56 ($0.44/count)
Boys Style, 66 Count = $29.97 ($0.45/count)

With the exception of the Pampers Easy Ups for boys, the cost per diaper is almost identical for the others.

Conclusion

I love almost everything about Huggies, but sadly, they failed to perform (again).

Perks

Pampers rewards. A bit of a hassle to collect and input into the site, but - WOW! The cool things we earned were awesome.

Huggies offered zero perks besides how soft their material is, both inside and outside.

Thinking About Cloth Diapers?

When our first child was born, we did a ton of research to find the best cloth diapers and made a huge financial investment in the cloth diapers we thought would suit us best. And then, we discovered a few hitches to the "eco-parent dream". Here is my review of Flip Hybrid Cloth Diapers.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Rosa Marchisella

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