Huggies vs Pampers 2022: Which Brand of Diapers Is The Best?

When you become a mother, you’re not just seeking for things that will benefit your child, but also for products that will benefit you. This article will compare and contrast two of the most popular diaper brands on the market: Huggies and Pampers.

We got opinions from both sides—one is a Huggies fan, and the other is a Pampers fan. This is what they had to say about each diaper brand.


1. Size Charts
2. Materials
3. Pricing
4. Availability
5. Pampers Product Line
6. Huggies Product Line
7. Eco-friendly Diapers : Pampers Pure vs Huggies Special Delivery
8. Overnight Diapers : Huggies Overnight vs Pampers Overnight
9. Diapers for Active Babies : Pampers Cruisers vs Huggies Little Movers
10. Conclusion / Our Take

Pampers vs Huggies: Similarities & Differences

1. Size Charts

Both brands have similar size charts that range from newborn (under 10 pounds) to size 6 (35 pounds or more). However, Pampers offers diapers in Size 7 (41+ pounds) for heavier toddlers.

Sizing labels are available on Huggies and Pampers diapers packaging.

a. Pampers Size Chart

(Baby weight (in pounds))
Size P : < 6 lb
Size N : < 10 lb
Size 1 : 8-14 lb
Size 2 : 12-18 lb
Size 3 : 16-28 lb
Size 4 : 22-37 lb
Size 5 : > 27 lb
Size 6 : > 35 lb
Size 7 : > 41 lb

b. Huggies Size Chart

(Baby weight (in pounds))
Size P : < 6 lb
Size N : < 10 lb
Size 1 : < 14lb
Size 2 : 12-18 lb
Size 3 : 16-28 lb
Size 4 : 22-37 lb
Size 5 : > 27 lb
Size 6 : > 35 lb

2. Materials

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Huggies and Pampers use similar materials. If you’re concerned about what is added into your baby’s diaper, both brands are free of parabens, latex and elemental chlorine. 

a. Huggies Diapers Ingredients - Disposable Diapers

- Top Sheet (Inner Lining): Polypropylene and polyethylene
- Absorbent Padding: Superabsorbent (sodium polyacrylate), wood fluff pulp, polypropylene, polyester, and polyethylene
- Backsheet (Outer Lining) : Polypropylene and polyethylene printed with colorants
- Waistband, Inner Flap, Leg Elastics: Polyurethane, polypropylene, and polyethylene
- Fastening System: Polypropylene, synthetic rubber elastic
- Dyes : Printed with colorants. Colorants can be either dyes or pigments, which may contain heavy metals, irritate baby’s skin and cause diaper rash.
- Chlorines : Uses elemental chlorine-free bleaching (ECF)
- Adhesives
- Fragrance and lotion free

b. Pampers Diapers Ingredients - Disposable Diapers

- Top Sheet (Inner Lining) : Made of polypropylene and has a thin layer of lotion.
- Absorbent Core: Non woven made of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PET) fibers, wood pulp, super-absorbent gel in the core
- Backsheet (Outer lining) : Made of a polyethylene film
- Chlorines : Uses an elemental chlorine-free process to purify the fibers
- Colors: Uses pigments for colors which they claim are non allergenic and skin safe
- Fragrance: Used at very low levels in each diaper

3. Pricing

Pampers and Huggies are nearly identical in price. 

On Amazon, Pampers diapers cost between $0.25 and $0.35 per diaper, while Huggies diapers cost between $0.20 and $0.30 per diaper.

Go for the Huggies if you want to save a few cents.

4. Availability

Both are available in over 50 countries worldwide. 

Huggies: Costco, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Shoppers Drug Mart.

Pampers: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Shoppers Drug Mart

5. Pampers Product Line

a. Pampers Pure Protection - Best Diapers For Sensitive Skin

Designed to help skin stay dry and healthy, Pampers Pure Protection diapers lock wetness away from skin for up to 12 hours for outstanding leakage protection with skin-loving care.

Their designer, boutique prints make Pampers Pure just as precious as they are protecting. We’ve thoughtfully chosen all of our ingredients to care for your baby’s precious skin. Our exclusive, plant-based liner is enriched with shea butter to help nourish and protect skin while our outer cover is enhanced with premium cotton, making Pampers Pure Protection diapers irresistibly soft and breathable.

Pampers Pure Protection diapers are free of chlorine bleaching, fragrance, parabens, and natural rubber latex and are hypoallergenic. 

– Clinically proven to be hypoallergenic
– Up to 12 hours of protection
– Wetness Indicator

b. Pampers Swaddlers - Best Overall Pampers Diapers

Wrap your baby in a diaper that’s 2x softer and the #1 choice of hospitals, Nurses and Parents. Its comforting Heart Quilts liner provides breathability and comfort while pulling wetness and mess away from the skin. In addition, Air Channels help distribute moisture evenly, providing up to 12 hours of protection, while a Wetness indicator tells you when your baby might need a change.

– Soft, stretchy sides and breathfree liner
– Dual Leak-Guard Barriers
– LockAway Channels (absorb wetness and lock it away from skin)
– Wetness indicator
– Hypoallergenic

c. Pampers Baby Dry - Budget Diapers

Designed to help keep skin dry and healthy, Pampers Baby-Dry diapers feature LockAway Channels to absorb wetness and lock it away from skin for up to 12 hours of dryness. Plus, new and improved Dual Leak-Guard Barriers help protect where leaks happen most for all-night sleep protection.

Pampers Wetness Indicator changes color when baby is wet, so you know when it’s time for a change. Gentle on baby’s skin, Pampers Baby-Dry diapers are hypoallergenic and free of parabens and latex (natural rubber) and are Skin Health Alliance, dermatologist approved. Ships in 100 percent recyclable box! For trusted protection trust Pampers, the #1 pediatrician recommended brand.

– Air-dry Channels (breathable dryness)
– 3 layers of absorbency
– Wetness indicator
– All-around stretchy sides and soft
– Hypoallergenic

d. Pampers Cruisers - Best Diapers for Active Babies

Long-lasting fit and protection for the most active babies! Pampers Cruisers have 2x stretchier sides for a comfy, secure fit that stays put, even when they don’t. With Dual Leak-Guard Barriers that gently seal around the legs and bottom to stop leaks where they happen most. Pampers Wetness Indicator lets you know when your baby might need a change.

Cruisers come in a variety of stylish prints, all with trusted Pampers All Night Protection. Plus, Pampers Cruisers are hypoallergenic and free of parabens and latex, so they’re gentle on your baby’s skin.

– Unique 3-way fit (adapts as the waist, legs and bottom)
– Dual leak-guard barriers
– Stay-put waist (strong grips*)
– Lock-away channels (absorb wetness and lock it away from skin)
– Hypoallergenic

e. Pampers Cruisers 360° Fit - Easy On & Easy Off

Unlike regular taped diapers, our 360 Gap-Free Fit stretches around your baby’s waist and doesn’t gap on their back. Forget securing diaper tape, Cruisers 360 Fit is quick and easy to pull on your little wiggly one and easy to remove with Easy-Tear Sides. And for easy disposal, simply rip, wrap and roll the diaper then secure with the attached disposal tape.

To keep your baby’s skin healthy, Cruisers 360 Fit locks wetness away from skin for up to 12 hours and is hypoallergenic – free of elemental chlorine bleaching, parabens and latex.

– All around stretchy waistband (360° stretch)
– Easy on & Easy off (easy to put on and tear off)
– Easy disposal (roll up the sides and tape close for easy disposal)
– Lock-away channels (breathable dryness)
– Hypoallergenic

f. Pampers Swaddlers Overnights - Best Overnight Diapers

A restful night’s sleep starts with the right protection. For dry nights, Pampers Swaddlers Overnights are designed with extra absorbency to lock wetness away from skin for up to 12 hours. Designed to keep skin dry and healthy, Pampers Swaddlers Overnights are the only nighttime diaper with a BreatheFree LinerTM that wicks away wetness and mess, allowing your baby’s skin to breathe.

Our Soft Flexi-Sides provide a soft cushiony stretch for a secure and comfortable fit. Plus, they feature eight nighttime prints for the sweetest dreams. For protection that’s gentle on your baby’s skin, Pampers Swaddlers Overnights are hypoallergenic and free of parabens and latex.

– All night protection
– BreatheFree liner
– Soft diapers
– Hypoallergenic

6. Huggies Product Line

a. Huggies Special Delivery - Best Diapers for Newborns

Made with responsibly sourced plant-based materials, Special Delivery diapers are clinically proven hypoallergenic for sensitive skin and dermatologically tested. They do not contain any harsh ingredients – fragrance-free, paraben-free, lotion-free, free of elemental chlorine bleach. This diaper locks away moisture for absorbent protection and has a 100% breathable cover to provide maximum airflow to help keep baby’s skin dry and protected.

The soft flexible leg cuffs help keep the mess in, while the back pocketed waistband helps prevent diaper blowouts. Easily and conveniently know when it’s time for a diaper change with the wetness indicator – yellow line turns to blue when diaper is full.

– Wetness Indicator
– Fragrance-Free / Hypoallergenic
– Soft, Stretchy Back Waistband
– Fast Absorbing Liner
– The Softest Diaper
– Responsibly Sourced Plant-Based Materials

b. Huggies Little Snugglers - Huggies Diapers for Sensitive Skin

Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers are designed for gentle skin protection to help support clean & healthy skin. Little Snugglers’ feature Huggies’ GentleAbsorb Liner, a layer that quickly draws moisture away and provides premium softness & breathability. The absorbent Leak Lock System helps eliminate leaks for up to 12 hours, offering unbeatable protection* that helps keep baby’s skin comfortable & healthy.

Little Snugglers feature a Pocketed Waistband to help prevent diaper blowouts & contain the mess. Plus with Huggies’ wetness indicator you’ll know when baby is ready for a diaper change. Little Snugglers disposable baby diapers are hypoallergenic & dermatologist tested. They’re also fragrance free, lotion free, paraben free, and free of elemental chlorine & natural rubber latex.

Preemie & Newborn sizes also feature an umbilical cord cutout to protect your baby’s belly button while it heals.

– Wetness Indicator
– Fragrance-Free / Hypoallergenic
– Soft, Stretchy Back Waistband
– Fast Absorbing Liner
– Double Grip Strips

c. Huggies Little Movers - Huggies Diapers for Active Babies

Huggies Little Movers Baby Diapers are designed for active babies! Our #1 Fitting Diaper, * Little Movers baby diapers feature a contoured shape and SnugFit Waistband that helps eliminate gaps at the legs & waist. Double Grip Strips hold the diaper in place and help prevent sagging while crawling, walking & running.

Huggies’ DryTouch liner absorbs wetness on contact to help keep skin clean & healthy, while the absorbent Leak Lock System helps eliminate leaks for up to 12 hours of protection. Little Movers now feature Huggies’ Pocketed Waistband to help prevent diaper blowouts (NB-Size 2).

They also include a wetness indicator to let you know when baby is ready for a diaper change. Plus with Huggies’ SizeUp indicator, you’ll know when it’s time for baby to move up to the next diaper size. Little Movers disposable baby diapers are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, lotion free, paraben free, and free of elemental chlorine & natural rubber latex.

– Wetness Indicator
– Fragrance-Free / Hypoallergenic
– Soft, Stretchy Back Waistband
– Fast Absorbing Liner
– Double Grip Strips

d. Huggies OverNites - Diapers for Overnight Protection

Say goodnight to midnight changes with Huggies Overnites Diapers. Our most absorbent diaper, Overnites are designed to help keep your baby sleeping longer. Huggies’ DryTouch Liner includes extra absorbency & locks away moisture for up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

With a contoured shape for better leak protection & Double Leak Guards around baby’s legs, Huggies Overnites help prevent nighttime diaper leaks & allow your baby to rest comfortably. These disposable overnight diapers also feature Huggies’ SnugFit Waistband with Double Grip Strips for a secure fit, perfect for babies starting to roll & toss during sleep. Plus a breathable outer cover helps keep skin dry & comfortable, while Huggies’ wetness indicator lets you know if baby needs a diaper change before waking.

– Wetness Indicator
– Fragrance-Free / Hypoallergenic
– Fast Absorbing Liner
– Double Grip Strips
– Extra Absorbency for All Night Protection

Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers provide up to 12 hours of long-lasting protection with our trusted Leak Lock System. Featuring improved leakage protection,* Snug & Dry absorbs wetness in seconds and helps separate moisture from baby’s sensitive skin. With a contoured shape for better leakage protection, Snug & Dry Diapers help prevent leaks while baby is sleeping, crawling and walking. In addition, a wetness indicator changes from yellow to blue when it’s time for a diaper change.

Snug & Dry disposable diapers are hypoallergenic & fragrance free. They’re also free of parabens, elemental chlorine & natural rubber latex. 

– Wetness Indicator
– Fragrance-Free / Hypoallergenic
– Fast Absorbing Liner
– Featuring a Mickey Mouse Design

7. Eco-Friendly Diapers : Pampers Pure vs Huggies Special Delivery


a. Similarities

- Both contain a wetness indicator
- Neither are biodegradable, therefore both will end up in landfills
- Both provide up to 12 hours of leak protection
- Both are hypoallergenic
- Neither contain fragrances or parabens

- No chlorine bleaching or latex
- Plant-based materials : Uses sustainably sourced cotton and fluff pulp along with plant-based fibers.
- Chlorine-free fluff pulp is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification forest management standards.
- Uses renewable energy and recyclable packaging

– Great for sensitive skin (hypoallergenic)
– Super soft material

– They are not for overnight diapers, left alone for a long period of time, these will leak.
– Pricey

- Free of elemental chlorine
- 23% Plant-based materials

i. Huggies Special Delivery Review

– They are super soft, and you will know that as soon as you hold them in your hands.
– They are good for sensitive skin
– Variation of cute prints that comes in the box, so you don’t have to look at the same prints repeatedly.
– Leak protection, absorbency and comfort are top notch to say the least.
– Comes with pee indicator

– They are not biodegradable thus not as environmentally friendly as I would like in this price point.
– They are not for overnight diapers, left alone for a long period of time, these will leak.

8. Overnight Diapers : Huggies Overnight vs Pampers Swaddler Overnight


Huggies Overnites is more reliable compared to Pampers Overnights in terms of leak prevention during overnight use. Huggies Overnites features a high waist that help prevent leaks. Huggies Overnites also uses softer materials compared to Pampers Overnights.

Some users claim that Pampers Overnights fills up quickly and would get so packed and heavy that the diaper would curl, leaving the baby wet and uncomfortable.

Huggies Overnites have saved me from having to wash my baby’s sheets every day. I started using them with my second child and loved them! When my third child came along we found out quickly it would be a “must have” for him as well.

If you have issues with your little ones peeing through their diapers at night, look no further!! This is the best thing out there! You will not regret it.

I buy the overnites for night time and the snug and dry for day time and nap time.

7 month old kept waking up at 4/5/6 AM and sometimes didn't really seem that hungry. So I decided to give these a try. She has been sleeping now consistently until 7/7:30AM. Pretty much a 10/11 hour run. Been such a lifesaver! I think she was just uncomfortable with the normal diapers. I only use these for night and there's been NO leaks or issues whatsoever! When I traveled recently with her, I made SURE to grab one for each night AND the flight so she was comfortable.

We have tried some other overnight options with disappointment; finally gave these a try and literally switched all of his diapers to Huggies. We have only had one leak in several months and that was because of not great placement. These diapers are sometimes so filled when we wake up yet no leakage. My son never seems uncomfortable in them.

b. Pampers Swaddlers Overnight Reviews

I almost didn’t buy these based on reviews saying they are the same as regular pampers BUT as a scientist I remembered that the thing that creates the absorbency is in between the cloth layers. It sucks up the liquid which is why a wet diaper bulges and is so heavy. So I decided to try these and they are AMAZING! 

We use pampers swaddles during the day and he was peeing through them (well more they reached full capacity so his pee would sneak out the top since he sleeps on his stomach now)...he has not had a single leak with these! I know we are only 4 days in but that tells me they are without a doubt more absorbent than the regular ones. So Pampers is not trying to be sneaky and rebrand its normal diapers as overnight. I’m so glad I bought these and I highly recommend!!

Before I purchased these I saw that in the reviews people mentioned that they were the exact same diaper as the normal swaddlers. That worried me until I remembered that it’s not the outside, it’s the INSIDE. The inside has extra absorbency and it does it so well! We have used these at night for my son for a week now and haven’t had any issues! With the regular swaddlers he would fill his diaper so full that it wouldn’t leak but would actually just soak through the diaper onto his clothes and bed. From night one these haven’t done this at all! He can be in it for 12 hrs at night, pees A TON, and his clothes are perfectly dry in the morning! Very happy with them!

9. Diapers for Active Babies : Pampers Cruisers vs Huggies Little Movers


- Both are designed for active babies because they are stretchable and flexible. 
- Both include a wetness indicator. 
- Neither are designed for newborns so their diapers come in Size 3 (16-26lb) onwards. 

a. Safety
- Both diapers are hypoallergenic
- Both are paraben-free

Pampers Cruisers diapers do not contain ethanol/alcohol, latex, PVC, BPA or chlorine.

The Huggies Little Movers diaper are fragrance-free, lotion-free and chlorine-free. It does not contain natural rubber latex.

b. Absorbency
Pampers Cruisers features Lockaway Channels that help keep moisture away from your baby’s skin. It also distributes wetness evenly throughout the diaper, preventing buildups that could lead to leaks or diaper blowouts.

Huggies Little Movers provides 12-hour protection and absorbs moisture from your baby’s skin, ensuring that it remains dry and healthy. It also features a back-pocketed waistband, which helps lock in the mess and prevents leaks.

c. Rank at Amazon’s Best Sellers in Disposable Diapers
- Huggies Little Movers is #7
- Pampers Cruisers is #14

d. Pros and Cons

i. Huggies Little Movers
- Affordable
- Suitable for active babies

- Some users claim that these diapers may cause rashes

ii. Pampers Cruisers
– Slim design
– Good for sensitive skin, no rashes

– Some claim that the side straps tear too easily
– Absorbency is not reliable

e. Reviews on Amazon

This brand of diapers have been reliable for all of our 3 kids. 5 years of experience with these.

Definitely the best for overnight. They hold very well and DO NOT LEAK!

We tried different brands from cheaper prices to similar priced ones. It is worth paying this price. When trying cheaper brands and pee leaked out at night it became such an inconvenience to wash covers and blankets. These are not perfumed, like other diapers priced similarly.

The only reasons these will leak is if wrong size is on child, if it's small on child. Get the right size. Get these

We have tried a lot of brands of diapers and my daughter is allergic to most all of them. We had Huggies snug and dry but they kept giving her spots on her booty and were not keeping snug while walking or playing and would turn sideways. We switched to these and they have the tab to keep them in place so 2 tabs to help keep them in place and with a toddler in these, these are amazing! And we love them because they keep in all the moister from overnight through the morning until she gets up and they don’t leak! I highly recommend for any toddlers that are busy body like mine!

Love these. We were using the Huggies dry & fit but the started leaking poop around the leg area now that he is older (9 months). I have been extremely happy with the little movers. They are softer, have a better cut for a better fit and most importantly No leaks.

I will seriously never buy any other diaper. I love pampers because they never leak and my boy is always comfy in them. They don't sell size 7 in most stores so I'm now buying them online. They are one of the only diapers that fit my son, he's a big boy!

I bought 2 boxes for my granddaughter who is big for a 3 yr old (yes were are trying to potty train) however there is barely a difference if any with size 6. The issue when you stretch the tape part it tears. I ripped through 7 in just one day. I will never purchase these from the Pampers brand again. These are very thin and not as absorbent as other brands.

Trying to find a size 7 diaper is nearly impossible. Had hopes for this one but it’s super thin and definitely doesn’t absorb up to 12 hours. First night of trying it, my little one leaked right through. Going to try goodnites toddler next.

10. Conclusion / Our Take

If you’re looking for daytime diapers or diapers for active babies, we suggest you choose Huggies Little Mover. Huggies Little Movers feature a contoured shape and SnugFit Waistband that helps eliminate gaps at the legs & waist. Their Double Grip Strips hold the diaper in place and help prevent sagging while crawling, walking & running.

For babies with sensitive skin, we suggest you choose Pampers Pure Protection. These diapers are clinically proven to be hypoallergenic. Their plant-based liner is enriched with shea butter to help nourish and protect the skin. Meanwhile, Pampers Premium Protection uses premium cotton for their outer cover, making them irresistibly soft and breathable.

If you’re looking diapers for overnight protection, we think Huggies OverNites is the better option based on user reviews. Huggies Overnites are designed to help your baby sleep longer without any accidents. Their Dry Touch Liner provides extra absorbency and locks away moisture for up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

However, do note that every baby is unique. If your new diapers are causing rashes or discomfort for your baby, we recommend you consider switching to another diaper.