Friday, April 25, 2014

Good Diapers For A Good Night’s Sleep (Review)

Having 4 kids in the family, we try to save on our expenses whenever we can and we usually sourced for the cheapest diapers and kept a look out for promotions etc.  In short, we were not brand loyal but price conscious.  Because we do change brands sometimes, the fitting may be different across the brands and that had led to leakages at times.  My 29 months old Stacci still wears her pull-up pants at night when she sleeps.  Just last month alone on 2 separate occasions, we had her waking us up in the middle of the night to complain that she wet her bed, our bed!  Was it excessive urination, improper fit or did our regular pull up pants actually get thinner?

When accidents happen, all of us (both kids and adults) are affected as we sleep in the same room, on the same bed.  We have got to wake the kids up or carry them elsewhere so that we can change the bed sheets and quilt covers.  But this is not the end of the troubles as this is very often followed by tantrums and crying later in the morning when we wake them up for childcare.  Sleep is a very precious thing for working parents and even more crucial for mommies during confinement.  Having cranky kids early in the morning really spoils everyone’s mood and makes one wonder if the savings at the expense of our sleep, were really worth all the trouble?

However this time round our lucky little Louie received a gift of love from Procter & Gamble as daddy managed to get some Pampers Baby Dry (Size 1) for him to try out.  Besides being gifted the odd packs by friends when they visited our newborns, this would actually be our very time trying out Pampers on a more “regular” basis.  As with most brand leaders, their products are not exactly the cheapest in the market but I am guessing that there must be something really right that the company is doing in maintaining its market share.  I mean, how many times does one hears of the words pampers and diapers being used interchangeably?  Very often I would guess and I think Pampers must be good but I had to test it out on Louie to confirm.

The best assurance I got came from a lady with 5 solid years of experience in taking care of 6-8 newborns every year.  She is none other than our confinement lady, Aunty Kam, whom we employed recently to take care of mommy and my little 10-day old Louie.  I had to employ one this time because I needed to give my wife the rest she deserves, especially when this is likely to be her last pregnancy.  Aunty Kam’s eyes went wide open when she saw me home with the 5 packs of Pampers Baby Dry and when I asked her if this brand is good, she replied “of course lah!” without any hesitation.  But she added that it is not cheap, even in Malaysia.

Aunty Kam actually highlighted an overlooked feature of the diapers, and that is the wetness indicator.  I had read every single word on the packaging and researched online but there were nothing official on the wetness indicator on Pampers Baby Dry diapers, which made me wonder if it was a recent new improvement for local market.  Anyway it is a single yellow line that runs across the diaper vertically from the front to the back and turns to blue the diaper gets wet from urine (it doesn’t change color from coming in contact with stool though).

The selling point of Pampers Baby Dry diapers would be its 12 hours overnight protection with its additional sleep layer (making it a 3-layered diaper as compared to 2 in most other brands), as well as its wide ultra-absorb area.  One can always try to avoid waking up for night feeds by (1) putting the baby to sleep later, (2) trying to feed baby more for the last feed or even (3) supplementing the last feed of the day with milk formula (if baby is on full breast milk) so that baby will be fuller and less likely to wake up.  But all these efforts will come to naught when you have to wake up in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby due to wet diapers, or the need to change bed sheets due to leakage!  Best tip for a good night's sleep would be babies donning GREAT diapers. Not all diapers are made the same, and some supermarket house brands are so HORRID that I do not ever want to be reminded of again.

No hard-selling because this is only the fourth night that baby Louie is using Pampers Baby Dry diapers, however I am glad to report that we encountered ZERO accidents so far and Louie’s bottoms are still looking as healthy as can be!  For more information on Pampers and its range of products, do visit their official website here.

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