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A great night’s sleep is any parent’s dream – that is, a good one not only for our baby but for ourselves as well. And we all know, if our baby doesn’t sleep well, neither will we. One of the keys to a good sleep means that our baby is comfortable. The quality of a nappy makes a huge difference to the way our children sleep at night. I suppose it’s the same as underwear. We all have comfortable, worn-in underwear we love; it fits nicely, feels soft and is not scratchy and irritating. The cut makes it sit in the right spot – not too high nor sagging too low. And, let’s face it, even though our babies can’t articulate that, I’m sure they feel the same way.
We’ve all had those moments when we look at the way a nappy hung on our child or how it fitted and thought,
That looks SO uncomfortable!
So naturally, when we see things like “dry”, “comfortable”, “doesn’t sag” on the packaging, we rejoice!
Imagine my excitement as a new blogger to be contacted and asked to review new nappies that have just come onto the market! There’s something so exciting about getting a package delivered to your door, even if it’s a bag of nappies. In addition, it was awesome to even have a note addressed to me attached with a ribbon. Nice touch!
So, I opened the nappies (I love opening a new pack of nappies…don’t ask me why!) and was instantly amazed at how thin they were. I’ll never forget tearing open a bag of Pampers when my daughter was a newborn and thinking,
There is no way such a thin nappy will could so much wee!
I was pleasantly surprised!
Again, this time, I was struck by how compact they were.
And ladies, I must say that when I see what pictures are on nappies, it definitely influences (in a small way) what I think of the nappies. That’s another thing I noticed straight away. There weren’t the usual cartoon characters but rather beautiful pictures of baby animals with bubbles and bunting. I feel if you put cartoons on the front, it always is a gamble as to whether your child (if they’re old enough) will like them or not. I do know of a child who refused to wear nappies with certain pictures. And, interestingly enough, when I showed these new nappies to a friend, one of the first things she commented on was also how sweet the pictures were! It’s the small details, guys!
So now, to try them out…
As I put them on, I noticed that the tabs were quite thin. (Personally, I think it would fit and hold better with thicker tabs and maybe some elastic at back of the nappy so there’s a little more give.) I did also notice quite a strong scent – not unpleasant and obviously there to hide any unsavoury odours – but it did make me wonder what products had been used in the nappy as the smell was quite artificial. It could possibly be the smell of the baby lotion in the nappy that Pampers have added to the nappy to protect the skin from developing a rash. The nappy has been clinically and dermatologically tested to make sure that it respects any sensitive skin. I was really pleased to see that there was a wide, netted area, clearly the anti-leakage barriers, that was elasticised with a soft but taut elastic. I was pretty confident that it would difficult for much to escape!
The main change to the nappies, apart from the obvious external pictures and new design is that they have two air channels down the centre of the nappy. These are created by sewing the lining and the inner together, creating two distinct depressions. The aim of this is to ensure that the baby’s bottom stays dry because of air being able to reach its bottom and circulate throughout the nappy to prevent creating a moist and hot environment that breeds nappy rashes.
At night, this is especially important because – let’s face it – we don’t want to get up in the night to change a wet nappy! So it’s great news that not only have Pampers thought of a way to absorb the wee with absorbent micro-pearls that lock the wetness away and ensure the nappy doesn’t sag, but they’ve also thought of a way to keep our babies dry with these new air channels. There is also what they call a “dry-layer” on the surface of the inner to keep the wetness away from the skin. And for those of you who have tiny babies, there is a wetness indicator that changes to blue when the nappy is wet. I would say it gets fairly obvious the older they get because of the increased volume!
After my daughter had worn the nappy through the night, I checked to see how dry her skin felt and was suitably impressed. She was only slightly damp, and having a full nappy, that is quite amazing! She certainly wasn’t wet! The two air channels were distinct indentations in the full nappy, making me confident that they had done what they were designed to do.
Sadly, crisis hit this week. The week I try to review nappies, my daughter starts teething. So much for the promised great night’s sleep for us! I had to change her in the wee hours because when she teethes, she has a lot more dirty nappies, something we haven’t had to worry about during the night for ages! And, of course, if she sleeps with a dirty nappy, she develops a rash! So, no fault of Pampers on this occasion. The great night’s sleep was lost, not because of a wet nappy but a dirty one. The rash was not the result of having a faulty nappy with no way for air to circulate, it was because of prolonged skin contact with an acidic poo.
However, about four hours later, when I changed her out of her night nappy that had ended up not doing the twelve-hours-of-dryness test, her nappy had leaked on one side. I put it down to rookie error and changing her by the light of a torch and not making sure the nappy was fanned out rather than tucked in around her leg.
But, it happened again a night or two later and it was quite a substantial leak. It seemed that the nappy had leaked out of the leg hole as it was mostly wet down her leg. This time, I had made sure that I had properly checked the leg holes after putting on the nappy. When I took it off, it was filled to overcapacity, I’m sure! The nappy was bulging but not sagging. But unfortunately, I could no longer see the air channels. The seams on the inside seemed to have gone. On the outside, one remained partially joined. Now, my daughter was born early therefore was small at birth and it has happened to us before that she’s leaked because she’s been too small for a larger size but the quantity of her wee has forced us to upsize anyway. So maybe it’s that. But I was a little disappointed when the nappy seemed not to hold the wee as well as promised. I must say, however, that, ironically, I had a good night’s sleep and she didn’t wake up any earlier than normal even though she had soaked through her clothes.
On two other occasions, she felt slightly damp to the touch, as if the nappy just could not hold any more. Again it could be that we should upsize but she is well within the weight suggested for the size we have. So, I would say that maybe the new nappies need to be revisited for the quantity that they hold. Or maybe my child just has an enormous bladder!
But, this aside, I have to say kudos to Pampers! Well done, for asking mommies to try out your product and give real feedback! Because, let’s be honest, we all want to hear from moms just like ourselves who have tried them out and put them to the test! It’s nice and all very well to read “endorsed by paediatricians and dermatologists” on the packaging but we don’t know who these guys are! Pampers have been brave! They haven’t just tested their product in a science lab with only clinical variables. No, they’ve asked real moms to use them on real children to test their product and have given them the freedom to post their findings without editing what is said in the posts. And we know when we’re being taken for a ride! I would much rather listen to a mom with first-hand experience, stating both the things she liked and the things she thought needed improving than a brand name trying to sell itself with false advertising! Good on you, Pampers!Tags: #ad, #PamperAirMagic, #Pampers, #PampersAirMagicMoment, #sponsoredpost, advert, babies, baby, disposable nappy, disposables, mommyhood, motherhood, nappies, nappy, new nappy, review, sponsored, toddler, toddlers