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Great Product --- But Why the Confusing Product Differences Pampers? (Read for explanation on Dry-Max vs. Non-Dry Max),
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This review is from: Pampers Swaddlers Newborn 240 Diapers (12 packs of 20) (Health and Beauty)Most hospitals I know of will use these Pampers Swaddlers diapers for babies born in the hospital. I am sure many of you are buying these because it was what your baby first used at the hospital.
I have been ordering these exact diapers (either from sellers Trend marketing or Planet Stuff, both "fulfilled by Amazon") for about a month now for my newborn (born 6lbs 7oz). They fit her great and we have not had any leaks or blowouts (knock on wood). They are soft, seemingly comfortable for her, and I do not believe that it irritates her skin.
Here comes the tricky part.
As you may or may not know, Pampers has something called "DRY MAX" that is added to some diapers to make them more absorbent. These extra substances may or may not irritate your baby's skin. Search online and you will find that many people have complained about having DRY MAX in the diapers and it giving their baby a rash.
To convolute things even more, go to a local store that sells diapers and you will probably find that some Pampers Swaddlers packages say "with Dry Max" on them and some dont. So Pampers makes two versions of Swaddlers, one with Dry max and one without? WRONG! (well, according to Pampers themselves that is wrong).
Straight from Pampers themselves:
1. Any regular Pampers Swaddlers (non-Sensiitive versions) diapers have Dry-Max
2. Pampers Swaddlers SENSITIVE do NOT have Dry-Max
So, what about these diapers? They are marked as Pampers Swaddlers (non-Sensitive). So we assume they have Dry-Max in them right? WRONG! Pampers does it again and confuses us even more --- order these (from the sellers i listed) and you will notice that packaging has a special little symbol on it that reads "SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL PRODUCT". What's that all about? I contacted Pampers again:
"Thanks for writing!
There is some packaging that is normally not offered at the retail level. These Swaddlers are going to be plain white for the hopsitals, and the make up of the diaper is like Swaddlers Sensitive. "
So there you have it. Even those these are marked as Regular Swaddlers, they are a special hospital version and do NOT have Dry-max (a.k.a. are made like Swaddlers Sensitive).
whew, that was confusing!
When my baby moves up to size 1, i will go straight to Swaddlers Sensitive and not even deal with this dry-max vs. non-drymax fiasco (note: many people are happy with dry-max too! just depends on your baby!)
hope this helps!!!!
edit* just wanted to mention, in the Amazon picture for this product you can actually see the special symbol. It is a white circle with a + in the middle, and around it says "Specialized Hospital Product"
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2011 7:17:00 PM PST
This is a wonderful review and thank you for all the time you put into writing it....but I wanted to let you know this is no longer the case. I placed an order based on your review and sadly what I received DO have the dry-max and are not marked with the special hospital product symbol. Thankfully amazon offers the free returns because these are going back. Dry-max created bad burns on my little ones in the past and I am not about to chance it again with a newborn. :o(
Posted on Nov 24, 2011 7:28:46 PM PST
thanks for your feedback! :)
i am sorry to hear that you did not get the "specialized hospital product" diapers.
just curious (and for the benefit of other readers here) --- which seller did you purchase from? I had always purchased from "Trend Marketing fulfilled by Amazon" or "Planet Stuff fulfilled by Amazon" and always received the non dry-max versions. Did you order from one of them? Maybe they changed their stock.
Posted on Nov 28, 2011 9:10:51 PM PST
Thanks for taking the time to share your research. It answers a lot of questions. I have been a preschool teacher for years and have found that pampers always seem to be a better diaper. It was so confusing reading through all these mixed reviews. Knowing that this specific pack is designed for hospitals and does not contain dry max technology explains why people find them to leak more than other swaddler packs. I am due in January and will be ordering a pack of these, as newborn skin is more sensitive I wold prefer to start without the dry max technology. Diapers are so expensive and you get through so many of them I think this will be a great starter pack, and after using them for a week or so I can then decide if I need to switch to dry max or not. Thanks again, as I almost changed my mind on buying these until I read your post.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 10:26:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2011 5:44:18 AM PST
My purchase was from Planet Stuff fulfilled by Amazon
UPDATE: I reordered from Trend Marketing and they are indeed WITHOUT dry-max! YAY!! Pleasantly surprised and very satisfied!
Posted on Jan 23, 2012 12:25:13 AM PST
Thank you so much for your review! I have already removed all dry-max products off my registry and am only registering for the sensitive products only. FYI, Huggies Pure and Natural has the absorbent filling that causes rashes as well and it not for sensitive skin.
Posted on Feb 21, 2012 8:34:21 PM PST
I was very happy to read your comprehensive post and excited to get the hospital product. I just ordered this product and am disappointed that I did NOT receive the product with the symbol. I am deciding whether or not to send back or just keep. My babies are not born yet so I don't know if they have issues with Dry Max but I'd prefer not to risk it.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 9:33:09 PM PST
did you order from Trend Marketing?? There product is not marked as hospital but I have discovered as long as there is no sesame street character on the outside of the package they are indeed for hospital use and without drymax. I have ordered them several times and they continue to be without. Hope this helps!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 11:31:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2012 12:11:29 AM PST
The box I ordered from trend marketing (which shows up as medical supply management in my order history) did not have the hospital symbol on the packs either. I had not opened the box until after returning home with my baby. But I realized that the packs we were given in the hospital did not have the symbol on either. The diapers looked the same as the ones from the hospital (pampers symbol on front instead of sesame street characters). My baby did fine with them. Once I got through newborn size I switched to the regular swaddlers (which have sesame street characters) which I have had no problem with either. My baby did have sensitivity to wipes though, I recommend using pampers sensitive wipes, that's what the hospital used and I could also order in bulk from amazon.
Posted on Feb 27, 2012 2:20:55 PM PST
Kat K says:
Swaddlers Sensitive DO have Dry Max in sizes 3 and 4.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 1:27:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2012 1:29:05 PM PDT
A. Colvin says:
I recently ordered these from Trend marketing too and was about to send them back because I was afriad to risk it. (no hospital logo on packages or box either) But if I open one and there is no sesame street character, does that mean they are without drymax?
I asked Pampers and they said they would be "all white" if they were the hospital ones, and of course I didn't remember to ask if that meant the wetness stripe would be missing as well...