Choosing the Best Diaper for Your Baby

As a parent, the moment your little one is born, you want to ensure their comfort and protection. One of the first things your baby will experience is wearing a diaper, something they will do every day for many years! This is why Pampers diapers always offer the best comfort, dryness and protection, plus different styles to maintain that comfort at any age or in any situation. Our guide to Pampers diapers explains how features like the wetness indicator work, plus the differences in styles like Pure Protection, Baby-Dry, Cruisers and more!

Pampers Diapers: How They’re Made

Are Pampers Diapers safe? As a loving and concerned parent, you might wonder about the safety of any diaper that touches your little one’s skin, which is a common question. Yes, Pampers diapers are safe, but to understand their features and the differences between styles, it helps to know what’s in a Pampers diaper and how they’re made.

Pampers Diapers: How They’re Made

Each part of a Pampers diaper has its own special role in keeping your baby safe, comfortable and dry. The power is in the layering, and the main components of Pampers diapers are:

  • Top sheet. This part of the diaper is in contact with your baby’s skin, so it’s made of super-soft fibres. The top sheet draws wetness to the inside of the diaper, keeping your baby’s skin dry and comfy.

  • Absorbent core. The core is made up of special materials that absorb and lock away wetness, protecting your baby’s skin from irritation.

  • Backsheet. The outer covering of the diaper prevents any wetness from being transferred to your baby’s clothes or bedding.

  • Stretch fastenings. Used on traditional-style diapers (not pants), these soft and flexible repositionable strips help you get a perfect fit every time.

  • Flexible elastics. Likewise, our diapers' elastics help provide a gentle fit that moves with your baby’s body.

What Are the Ingredients in Pampers Diapers?

Pampers diaper elastics are non-allergenic, and all layers contain soft, breathable materials that are safe for your precious little one. The power comes from the layering, but Pampers does use a few additional ingredients in our diapers to guarantee wetness protection and comfort, but all remain sensitive to your baby’s skin:

  • Super-absorbent gels. This type of material is used in many products that absorb wetness, starting with granules that turn into a gel as they absorb your baby’s urine. Surprisingly, these granules can absorb 30 times their weight in liquid! The gel is non-toxic and safe for your baby, and Pampers conducts safety tests on all diapers and other products.

  • Colours. Some Pampers diapers have colours, used in design or to create a clothing-like appearance. We use pigments rather than dyes, as dyes can cause an allergic reaction. The pigments are non-allergenic and skin-safe.

  • Fragrances. Parents across the world have agreed that they prefer their baby’s diaper to be super soft with a fresh scent. To achieve this, Pampers diapers use low levels of non-toxic and non-irritating scents clinically proven not to cause diaper rash. Of course, you can also get non-scented Pampers diapers, too!

Additionally, Pampers diapers are also dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, plus free of parabens and latex. Pampers is the no. 1 pediatrician-recommended diaper brand, and some styles are independently reviewed and accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.

What Are the Best Pampers Diapers for Babies and Toddlers?

Pampers diapers offer great protection and comfort, and each has a different feature to suit your baby or toddler’s age and character. For example, a navel-friendly shape and soft, breathable top sheet are must-have features for a newborn baby. On the other hand, the convenient-on-and-off style and leak protection of Pampers Easy-Ups could be just what your active toddler needs to stay dry on the playground. To help choose the best diaper for your baby or toddler at each stage of development, check out the descriptions below. For a side-by-side comparison of our diapers and pants, keep reading for our diapers feature finder. How often should you be changing your little one’s diaper? What the video below to find out!

The Difference Between Pampers Diapers

We know that there are several Pampers diapers to consider, so you might be curious about the differences in one style versus another. We offer eight diapers and pants for your baby and toddler, so you’ll always have an option, from newborn to a preschooler and whether your little one is sleeping, playing, or swimming!

Pampers Swaddlers

Pampers Swaddlers

With a navel-friendly shape and soft, stretchy flexi-side wings, Pampers Swaddlers diapers are perfect for newborns and young babies. They gently wrap your infant’s delicate skin in the softest comfort, ensuring breathability while pulling away wetness into a super-absorbent core to help prevent irritation. They come with a handy wetness indicator to let you know when your baby might need a change.

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

For the best Pampers diapers for overnight comfort and uninterrupted sleep, our most absorbent diaper offers up to 12 hours of extra protection. Your baby will avoid skin irritation from wetness, but they’ll also sleep comfortably thanks to breathable liners and softness that feels like a blanket rather than a diaper. The nighttime designs are a cute touch for getting your little one into a bedtime mood!

Pampers Pure Protection

Pampers Pure Protection diapers

If you’re particularly concerned about what are the ingredients in Pampers diapers, consider our purest option. Pampers Pure Protection diapers are created with premium cotton, soft plant-based fibres and other thoughtfully selected materials to ensure gentle protection on your baby’s skin. Additionally, the diapers are made with 100 percent renewable electricity, and the packaging is from plant-based materials derived from sugar cane.

Pampers Baby-Dry

Pampers Baby-Dry diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry diapers keep your baby dry through the night with air channels for breathable comfort and three layers of absorbency to lock away wetness for up to 12 hours. While your baby plays or sleeps, flexible wings and reinforced leg cuffs ensure a great fit and additional protection against leaks. The top sheet that comes into contact with your baby’s skin is soft like cotton for an extra comfortable night’s sleep.

Pampers Cruisers

Pampers Cruisers

Pampers Cruisers offer our best comfort fit. Staying dry and comfy will be a priority as your baby grows more active, and Cruisers can keep up with all that energy and movement! Using a unique 3-Way Perfect Fit system plus elastics with twice the grip and leak barriers on the legs, you and your little one can enjoy comfortable and worry-free play for up to 12 hours. They come with a handy wetness indicator to let you know when your baby might need a change.

Pampers Cruisers 360°

Pampers Cruisers 360°

The difference between Pampers pants and diapers all comes down to the fit. Cruisers 360° are just like typical Cruisers but with a unique fit that features a flexible all-around waistband that adapts to your baby’s tummy, creating a gap-free fit that goes on in one swift movement. A super-absorbent core locks away wetness instantly, and double leg cuffs help prevent leaks. But what makes Pampers Cruisers 360° a parent-favourite is the easy-to-change feature. The flexible all-around waistband comes off with easy-tear siding and rolls up with tape for simple disposal.

Pampers Easy Ups

Pampers Easy Ups

As your little one grows older, you’ll need something that works like a diaper but fits and feels like cotton underwear. Pampers Easy Ups are great for transitioning to “big-kid” underwear when potty training. The all-around stretchy waistband and soft double leg cuffs fit your little one’s body for maximum comfort and leak protection that lasts up to 12 hours. Easy Ups go on with a single pull, and you can simply tear the sides and roll up the diaper with tape for easy changing and disposal.

Pampers Splashers

Pampers Splashers diapers

Pampers Splashers are the perfect diaper for the pool, beach, or any water activity! The 360-degree waistband provides an all-around fit, and dual leak-guard barriers around the legs make sure nothing gets out. The no-swell core won’t become heavy and engorged with water, while the swim-inspired designs give these diaper pants a great “real swimwear” appearance.


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Pampers Diapers Feature Finder

Now that you know a bit more about Pampers diapers and what might be the best option for your newborn, older baby, or toddler, we made it a little easier to compare the difference between styles. The chart below is an easy way to compare and find the features that work best for you. For example, use our feature finder to compare sensitive Pampers Pure Protection vs. Swaddlers or to find the difference between Pampers Swaddlers and Baby-Dry diapers.


Pampers Diapers Feature Finder
 Pure ProtectionSwaddlersSwaddlers OvernightBaby-DryCruisersPampers Cruisers 360°Pampers Easy Ups
Dryness protection12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours
Wetness indicator

Soft materials

Plant-based fibres

Premium cotton

Navel-friendly shape 

Dual leak guard

Stay-put waist    

360° Fit   


Easy-on and-off     

Adorable designs


Click on the individual features of Pampers diapers to learn more:

Quick Guide to Pampers Diapers Features

Good diapers lock in wetness to keep it away from your baby’s skin. This is important to protect against irritation, diaper rash and chafing.

Pampers diapers with a super-absorbent core quickly pull wetness away from your baby’s skin and lock it away for up to 12 hours of leak-free comfort and dryness.

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Pampers diapers are the no. 1 Pediatrician-recommended brand, so they’re the best on the market. The best type of Pampers diaper depends on your child's age and the situation. For example, you should use Pampers Swaddlers for newborns but switch to Cruisers as your baby gets more active.

The Bottom Line

Choosing the best diaper for your little one might seem a little daunting at first, so we hope this guide has made it easier to navigate the differences between the various Pampers diapers and their features. Using the right diaper at each stage of development will help keep your baby smiling with dry, comfortable and healthy skin. Remember that with the Pampers Club app, you get rewards for all your diaper purchases. Feel free to stock up now—Pampers diapers do not expire, and you’ll go through more than you probably realize!

How We Wrote This Article
The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.

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