Huggies VS Pampers review

Huggies VS Pampers Review

Something that a lot of new moms worry about when they have their first baby is how to choose the best nappies for their baby.

It seem the most common choice for moms here in South Africa are Huggies VS Pampers. They are certainly the two most premium brands available and are both excellent quality.

The topic of which one is best is always a hit on my Facebook page whenever I ask it, often getting hundreds of responses with moms saying which nappy they love best. So I thought perhaps it is time to have this debate here on my website for a change.

I’m going to share my own personal feelings about Huggies and about Pampers since I used both of them. So I will share my experience from each one honestly in this Huggies vs Pampers Review.


Pampers for Girls

With my first baby we received lots of packs of nappies at my baby shower. It looked like we would be kitted out for at least a year. Little did I know I would be changing her nappy every 2 hours in the beginning so this huge pile of nappies diminished very quickly!

The beauty of receiving so many packs of nappies is that we got a whole stack of different brands which made choosing which nappy to use very easy by the time all the packs were finished.

Among these packs of nappies we received a Pampers Premium pack. What stood out for me and my husband was the softness of the nappy. The tags were stretchy and the entire nappy was the softest by far.

So the decision was made, our baby would be a Pampers Premium baby.

When I went to buy our first pack of Pampers Premium the first thing I saw was that it may be the softest and most comfortable nappy for our daughter but it was also by far the most expensive nappy on the shelves.

I discussed the price with my husband and we decided that since it was the best we would stick with it and pay the heavy price.

Over time I noticed that every time I bought a pack, without fail, one of the nappies had a tag that either was already off or that tore when I tried to put the nappy on.

In all honesty I should have contacted Pampers and complained. When you are buying the most expensive nappy that money can buy, the fact is that tags should not fall off the nappy.

The only other issue we ever had with Pampers Premium nappies is that when my daughter was about 18 months old the nappies started leaking often at night and sometimes broke.

I have to also admit that at this time she was taking down about 3 to 4 bottles of milk every night so there was a lot of liquid she was taking in. Still a nappy should last at least the night right?

She had just started potty training so I decided to change to the Pampers Girls Pull Ups. These were also the most expensive pull ups on the market and worked very well for us. I can’t remember ever having any issue with the Pampers Girls Pull Up nappies.

Huggies for Boys

When my son was born I had a very small baby shower with just a few friends so we only got a few packs of nappies. The assumption was that I would buy Pampers Premium for him so I never paid much attention, I just used the nappies.

When all the baby shower nappies were finished I didn’t think about it, I just bought Pampers Premium because you know they are the best right?

It turned out that no they aren’t! Every time my son made a poop it escaped the nappy, all the way up his back. No dealing with a two year old daughter and a newborn baby is hard enough thank you, I don’t need a poop covered newborn.

I spoke to another mother that had sons and she said that also happened with her sons and she insisted that you need to buy Huggies for boys.

Huggies Gold is the premium nappy of the Huggies range so I hoped they would be as soft as the Pampers Premium. I have to admit I was disappointed, they were not nearly as soft and stretchy.

That is not to say it was uncomfortable, but it did not have that same premium feel to it.

That said, never again did I have a poop covered baby with Huggies Gold so really I shouldn’t complain.

Huggies Gold is pricey but not as expensive as Pampers Premium. However I have to say that when I compare the overall quality of the nappies Huggies Gold does come out tops.

I haven’t had a Huggies nappy break on me, not the tag bit nor a nappy bursting from too much wee. I have also not had any unpleasant leaks.

My Final Verdict Huggies vs Pampers

Looking back now If I had to go back and choose again, I would probably go for Huggies Gold for both my children simply because I believe that it is better value for money.

I can’t say that Pampers is bad though, because I was a happy Pampers mommy for nearly 3 years.

Another very important thing that has become very clear now is that Huggies is more customer orientated for sure. In my last post on my Facebook page (which is embedded below) I tagged both Huggies and Pampers.

When mommies started responding to my Pampers vs Huggies post about which nappy they preferred, Huggies responded to the mommies. Where mommies have said they have been unhappy with Huggies they have given a customer care line and showed that they do indeed care and look after their customers.

Pampers have not appeared at all. It makes me wonder if they would have responded to me if I had complained about their nappies breaking?

Anyway, I love a company that responds to its customers. Let’s face it here, even the best products can be faulty at times so not everyone will be happy with the same nappy right? But when the company wants to try and help solve the problem and when you feel like your complaint has been heard it can make a big difference to your day.

So thumbs up Huggies, my personal opinion is that you win this round.

So which nappy do your prefer? Huggies vs Pampers?

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  1. Pampers responds if you contact them directly but their response is condescending. They also send vouchers which most stores do not accept.

  2. I used Huggies gold for my son! The old ones (the green ones) at that time they brought out the denim look as well. He is now 9 years old and those Huggies gold fitted well and held alot. I use pampers active baby for my daughter as they fit her better and Huggies pants during the day for her

  3. I also find Huggies do interact with the mommies and daddies alot more and hold alot of competitions which is nice

  4. I’ve tried both. I felt Pampers was better all around.

  5. Its the strangest thing, I tried huggies for my little girl and with out fail every time she wee’d she was soaking wet right through to her onsies. As soon as I switched to pampers it stopped and we never had the issue with it again. But when it came to pulls ups we had to change brands as the fit just wasn’t right and we had endless issues.

  6. I have used both Huggies and Pampers and find that the 12 hour pampers nappies works for my little boy. No leaks or spillage.

  7. 3 babies later and i still love Huggies have only used Huggies gold girls and now for boys.

  8. I heard that Huggies Gold is better for boys and Pampers is better for girls, not sure why. As a mom of two boys, I have tried most nappy brands on the market. My first boy was the test subject, he used Pampers, Pampers Premium and finally until Huggies Gold. My second born has been a Huggies baby from the start. I haven’t had the leaks, messes, etc. From Huggies Gold which we experienced with the Pampers the first time round. I stick with what I know and trust, which is Huggies Gold.

  9. I’m a new mommy of a 2week old boy. I’ve purchased both Huggies and Pampers. Verdict: I prefer the Huggies Gold. Reason being is that I love the poo pouch on the nappies for that runny poo. Also, the sizes are way more accommodating to kg. You can use it for longer before going onto the next size nappy.

  10. When my son was born we used huggies. Then later we switched to pampers…he is now 2 (showing no interest in potty training) and we have a wet bed and little boy almost every morning. We tried going a size up…still no luck. I think I should give Huggies gold a try! Thank you for sharing this post!

  11. Pampers 2nd time mom and always used this brand

  12. My boy is now potty trianing. I tried Huggies in the beginning and then again when he was a little more mobile, but found they didn’t last through the night. Definately had more leaking. I use Pampers on him. I did found amongst my friends though, that it really differs from baby to baby. Some of them swear by Huggies. I suppose you must try different brands and find one that works for your baby.

    • Margot yes I think that is totally true. Each baby is different not only in shape but also in skin type so sometimes one brand of nappy might cause skin irritations on one child but not another. It is really important to try different brands and types of nappies. I found getting nappies at my baby shower a godsend so I could try them all out.

      And just like you said different nappies for different babies, I used Pampers Premium for my daughter and Huggies gold for my son and it was perfect.

  13. I love huggies. I’ve used pampers too but I find huggies has a better fit and I prefer the little fastening strips to the pampers ones. Had a few leaks when using pampers but I’ve never found that with huggies.

  14. Huggies huggies!

    NO leaks,
    Fits perfectly!

    My second born is on her way and allready stocking up in only huggies!

  15. Huggies

  16. I’ve been using pampers for my baby girl since her very first day and she is turning 1 in 2 weeks and we’re still using pampers. We switched to pampers pants around her 8th months to now. I’ve never tried Huggies, not that I don’t like it but pampers hasn’t given me a reason to change or switch to huggies or any other. So I think pampers rock 🙂

  17. Definately Pampers. I used it for both my boys, no leaks, no nappy rash, dry nights. Best nappy ever.

  18. I used Pampers Premium with my firstborn which is a girl and are using it again now for my little boy. Having read this blog and the opinions of the other moms I am definitely going to give Huggies Gold for boys a try!

  19. Huggies it last longer i dont wake up @ nyt ,good comfort n good fit for my bbu gl

  20. Huggies Gold is a better fit.

  21. Ive always used pampers premium care since the birth of my baby. I was completely happy with it and paid the price to give my baby the best. However since she was about 7 months ive noticed leakages and didnt understand why. After reading the post about pampers vs huggies i decided to give huggies a try. Baby is now 10 months and ive already purchased my 2nd pack of huggies gold for girls. I find it stays throughout the night and i havent had any leakage problems. Im loving it! I do wish it was softer on my babys bum though. I guess its a matter of trial perhaps every baby is different so not all nappies will work the same for every baby but im glad that you brought this topic up cause i never imagined i would give huggies a try and i did!

  22. I only use Pampers. I’ve tried to use Huggies, and I find they don’t keep my baby’s bum as dry as Pampers

  23. Pampers all round for my girl. Pampers fit snugly (into all the creases) and keep baby dryer for longer periods of time (especially when it comes to sleeping through the night) where huggies in my opinion doesn’t have the same retention and leaks.

    With baby becoming more active and starting to sit – Pampers holds in place and doesn’t slide and NO leaks from either being wet or soiled.

    So #Pampers, #PampersvVSHuggies – Pampers win hands down!!

  24. HUGGIES Gold all the way. It is super absorbent. My baby can go for quite long hours with just one diaper, where as with Pampers it gets a lot heavier sooner. I simply love huggies gold and it’s not that pricey if you had to compare to the amount of diapers is used in a day. Although the red pack huggies is not so great. Gets bulky rather to quick.

  25. Pampers Premium Care

  26. It depends on the age… I use Huggies and then get to the stage where it leaks, then use pampers for a while till that leaks and so on… 🙂 #loveboth

  27. I used Pampers premium for my son, and really loved them ( despite the hefty price tag) the Huggies leaked, so we opted pampers. Now Im expecting a girl, so we’ll have to see what works for her! 🙂

  28. Pampers Premium!!!! Huggies leak within the first half hour, tried both with my daughter and sons. Must admit I prefer Huggies when it comes to pull ups.

  29. I love Pampers, i used only Pampers for all 4 kids. My youngest is 12 months old. I did use other brands but with no success, they got a horrible skin rash on their bum. I switched back to Pampers and will not go back to any other brand again….

  30. My girl is currently using Pampers Premium but must say that nappies are leaking.
    Ive complained on Pampers website and im still waiting for vouchers.
    Ive decided to go over to Huggies Gold and im very impressed.

  31. Pampers werk die beste sover vir my dogtertjie van 7maande! Die nommer met die plus werk lekker!

  32. I used pampers for my daughter 7 years ago, had no problems until the birth of my second daughter last year. she had a very bad nappy rash about a month ago. I took her to a Doctor and was advised to switch to Huggies Gold for girls, since then the rash is gone and she is all good and happy.

    Huggies gold for girls works for us!!!!!

  33. Wow. Very useful info. I use pampers and also have the poop problem with my son. All the way to his back i change clothes 4-6 times a day! I thought all the nappies would so the same. I am definitely going to buy huggies next time to try it out.

  34. I cant really choose one of them as i used huggies that worked perfectly from birth and now now later stage i use pampers active. Therd are so many different nappies that you can pick and choose between pampers and huggies.

  35. However i can also say going trough comments i also had twice a pack of nappies where 3 of the nappies are strapless i reported also no pamper so they know as it was the active they said they will send me a voucher which they pulles back as there was problems on voucher so they send me a big pack of pampers premium care. Which i think was awesome nappies are so expensive.

  36. I use pampers and never had any problems with it it’s a best choice

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