Pros: affordable, durable, no leaks, fit fairly well
Cons: lining stays wet which causes/irritates rashes
The first time I tried Luvs on my daughter, she was wearing size 3 diapers. We had just had some horrible experiences with Huggies and some less-than-stellar experiences with Pampers Baby-Dry. I was weary of the whole diaper industry but still willing to try something new in hopes of finding an affordable, comfortable, and absorbent option. Being that my daughter was only around 6 months old I knew we still had a long way to go before we could say goodbye to the disposable tushy covers so I figured I should find at least one brand that I could consistently rely on. Weve since used Luvs in size 3 and 4. Its not perfect, but it does the job.
Luvs is a disposable diaper made by Pampers. It resembles Pampers Baby-Dry in many ways. It has a soft, clothlike cover and is basically rectangular in shape. It has stretchy leg gathers and large, sticky tabs that also have a Velcro portion. Like a Baby-Dry diaper, the waistband on a Luvs one does not stretch. The only adjustable part is the tab, which can be pulled tighter and fastened more toward the center of the front cover. Luvs diapers currently sport the unisex Blues Clues pup on the front band, where the size number is also printed. The inside border color, which shows through on the outside of the diaper as a lighter shade, is lavender.
Unlike Baby-Dry diapers, Luvs does not have a baby powder scent (the box claims they have a fresh scent, but I dont detect any). They also dont have a super-absorbent blue center strip. Instead, they are a bit more bulky with a little more inner padding.
Luvs diapers are available in sizes 1 through 6 (from 8 to over 35 lbs.) and in many package sizes. I recently bought the 92-diaper box of size 4s for about $18 (19 cents per diaper) at Target. Ive seen Luvs diapers at Babies R Us and many grocery and discount stores.
Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Size 1............8-14 pounds
Size 2............12-18 pounds
Size 3............16-28 pounds
Size 4............22-37 pounds
Size 5............over 27 pounds
Size 6............over 35 pounds
I think weve only experienced one major leak with these diapers. Theyre not our staple brand so its possible that this minimal amount is due to low usage. Although these resemble the Baby-Dry brand, they dont lock away moisture as well as it does. Instead, when diapers are fully saturated, the top layer feels wet. In fact, when diapers are only moderately full, the top layer feels fairly damp. For babies who are prone to diaper rash, this could lead to some serious irritation.
Ive been lucky with my daughter. Her skin is fairly hardy and she really hasnt had many rashes. The few shes had have been food related. During one of those outbreaks, we were using Luvs diapers and I had to switch to another brand for a few days because these seemed to make her rash worse. I guess because they stay wet and the moisture irritated her already raw skin. But during non-rash periods (most of the time), these diapers havent caused any irritation.
COMFORT AND FIT
While my 26.5 lb. 19-month-old has had to move up to size 5 diapers in some of the cheaper store brands, including Kirkland Signature, she can still comfortably fit into size 4 Luvs. The feather-thin side tabs, however, tend to bunch up a bit after shes been running around. They havent irritated her thighs or waist, but it looks a little less comfortable than some other brands.
But the leg gathers fit snugly. Despite their stretchiness, they dont dig into her upper thighs. Some cheaper brands leave red marks where the elastic falls. The non-elastic waistband is soft and looks comfortable. The diaper feels plush and stays put. The only possible discomfort, other than the wetness, which under normal conditions doesnt seem to bother my daughter, is the bunching of the inner padding. It doesnt break up like the Kirkland diapers, but it does sag and looks like it makes walking more uncomfortable than with the thinner Baby-Drys. Still, my daughter doesnt seem to notice and the diapers dont leak out.
Ive only used disposable diapers on my daughter so there was never any expectation for longevity. But I do expect a diaper to hold up overnight. The inner gel shouldnt crumble and stick to my daughters skin. The top layer shouldnt shred. The tabs should easily open and close without losing their stickiness. And, of course, the tabs shouldnt break off during normal usage.
Luvs lives up to my definition of diaper durability. Theyve never fallen apart. Ive never seen any gel beads leak out onto my daughters bottom. And I dont think the tabs have ever broken off while I was fastening them.
For babies, like mine, who arent prone to constant rashes, these are a solid choice. They feel soft, they fit well, the sizes havent been way off, they dont fall apart, and we havent had any leaks. Its harder to find coupons for them, but they are consistently cheaper than Pampers other well-made diapers. That said, they dont lock away moisture as well as the more expensive alternatives, which means more irritation for rash-prone babies. Because the inner lining stays wet, I would not use these on a child who already has a rash.
The one odd thing about this diaper is the lavender color. I have no problem with it for my little girl, but Im not sure how many moms would use it on their little boys.
FROM THE MANUFACTURER
Contoured Shape: Great leakage protection without the bulk.
Blue Sides and Leg Cuffs: Stretchy to fit your baby.
Cottony Fabric and Great Original Scent: Feels soft and smells fresh
Cloth-Like Fasteners: With large fastening areas that can be used again and again.
Blue Quilted Backsheet: A quilted design with a cloth-like backsheet.
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