Pampers Swaddlers have long been a popular choice for their cloth-like softness and absorbency, particularly for overnight use. The diapers' stretchy tabs are easy to use, and the smaller sizes feature a wetness indicator that can be a lifesaver for rookie parents, reviewers say. However, some parents wish for an elasticized waist that would better contain solid messes. Swaddlers are also among the more expensive traditional disposables on the market.
Soft and absorbent. The overwhelming majority of parents say Pampers Swaddlers are soft and absorbent. An independent lab test also confirms good absorbency compared to 19 other diapers. However, a small but vocal group of reviewers say the diapers, which lack elastic at the waist, aren't good at containing up-the-back blowouts. Sizes newborn, 1 and 2 feature a wetness indicator that turns blue, which parents find especially handy. Most reviewers say the diapers are not bulky and the tabs are strong and stretchy, helping them get a better fit.
Perfume too strong for some. Pampers Swaddlers are a traditional disposable diaper that contain petrolatum, stearyl alcohol and aloe barbadensis leaf extract, among other ingredients. The diapers are not biodegradable or compostable, and a few reviewers say they dislike Swaddlers' powdery scent. While the boxes may not specifically say so, Swaddlers do contain Pampers' Dry Max technology. Dry Max uses superabsorbent polymer (SAP), like other disposable diapers (Pampers calls it "absorbent gelling material"). In 2010, some parents complained that Dry Max diapers were causing diaper rash and pushed for a recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in September 2010 that there was no reason to believe Dry Max was causing diaper rashes, and complaints have abated over the past couple of years.
Review Credibility: Excellent In lab tests of 20 disposable diapers, Pampers Swaddlers were ranked sixth, and first among traditional disposable diapers. Spurrier praises the diapers' softness, absorbency, fit and wetness indicator. However, they are expensive, not particularly eco-friendly and have tabs awkwardly placed by baby's skin, she says.
Review: The Battle for the Best Disposable Diapers, Juliet Spurrier, Nov. 15, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Pampers Swaddlers diapers earn 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 1,300 reviews on Amazon.com. Nearly all reviewers say the diapers are soft and very absorbent, and they like having the wetness indicator on smaller sizes. A few parents say they found the powdery scent overpowering, while others complained of rashes. Others say they wish the back of the diaper did a better job of containing blowouts.
Review: Pampers Swaddlers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Pampers Swaddlers earn 4.7 out of 5 stars in more than 270 user reviews on Buzzillions.com. The diapers are praised for being absorbent, soft and very adjustable, but some reviewers still complain of leaks. Others say the diapers are expensive.
Review: Pampers Swaddlers Diapers XL Case -- Sizes 1, 2, 3, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of February 2013
4. Domestic Randomness
Review Credibility: Very Good This parenting and home blogger loves Pampers Swaddlers for their softness and absorbency, saying they hold up even for 10 to 12 hours overnight. She likes the wetness indicator, though it might not be as sensitive as the one on Huggies Little Snugglers. She also likes Pampers' reward program. However, the diapers lack a stretchy waistband that helps with fit and they are more expensive than other brands, she says.
Review: Diaper Wars Review 2: Pampers Swaddlers, "Randomly Fascinated", April 4, 2012