Hormone Disruptor Alert | Not Fragrance-Free | Poorly Made
Huggies are a popular brand, and honestly we have no idea why. Although we know they “work fine” for many, they are pretty bad diapers all around and there are much better options out there on pretty much all counts. While this review is for Huggies Little Snugglers, it is true of most other Huggies brand diapers too.
Things We Don't Love
- Dyes and Fragrances: Huggies are bleached, have fragrances, and have some pretty nasty dyes.
- Cheaply Made: The sodium polyacrylate sometimes comes off of these diapers and balls up against baby’s skin. This can’t be good.
- Commercial Characters: Huggies has Disney characters on all of their diapers, which we don’t like. At the risk of sounding like a total bah-humbug, it just feels like it turns our babies into unwitting advertisements, indoctrinating them into a commercialized culture that, while totally fine in small doses, is maybe not as fine with constant exposure. #endrant
Huggies Little Snugglers Diaper Alternatives
- If You Want Super Soft Diapers without the Nasties… Bambo Nature diapers are as soft and fits as well, especially after size 1. Aden + Anais, Pampers Pure, and Parasol diapers are super soft and come in great prints. All three options are more expensive than Huggies Little Snugglers.
- If You Want a Similar Price Point Minus the Nasties… Earth's Best and 7th Generation Free and Clear diapers are both only slightly more expensive, perform similarly well, and have no added fragrances. Target Up & Up diapers have no added fragrances and are slightly cheaper than Huggies Little Snugglers, though none of these options are as soft.
- If Cost is a Concern… If money is tight, less expensive alternatives include Target Up & Up, or even cloth.
Total Cost of Ownership*
- $1400 – $2200/child (list)
- $1100 – $1800/child (subscription with Amazon Prime)
*Total cost of ownership was calculated using a few arbitrary averages, knowing full well that no baby is average. We used approximate weights from height/weight charts to determine how many days the average baby would be in each diaper size. These are the numbers we used:
- 30ish months as the arbitrary average potty training date, though this is “early” for some and “late” for others
- Five Newborn diapers/day on the low end and fourteen Newborn diapers/day on the high end, for 40 days
- Seven Size 1 diapers/day on the low end and ten Size 1 diapers/day on the high end, for 60 days
- Seven Size 2 diapers/day on the low end and ten Size 2 diapers on the high end, for 110 days
- Five Size 3 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 3 diapers/day on the high end, for 160 days
- Five Size 4 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 4 diapers/day on the high end, for 180 days
- Five Size 5 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 5 diapers/day on the high end, for 365 days.