Luvs Diapers

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Luvs Are Not for Rash-Prone Babies

Jun 24, 2006
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:affordable, durable, no leaks, fit fairly well

Cons:lining stays wet which causes/irritates rashes

The Bottom Line: Moms with children who have fairly hardy skin who aren't prone to rashes will save money with these lovable pups. Red, raw tushies stay away!


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. We’ve since used Luvs in size 3 and 4. It’s not perfect, but it does the job.

THE BASICS
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 Blue’s Clue’s 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 don’t detect any). They also don’t 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 4’s for about $18 (19 cents per diaper) at Target. I’ve seen Luvs diapers at Babies R Us and many grocery and discount stores.

INGREDIENTS
Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

SIZES
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

ABSORBENCY
I think we’ve only experienced one major leak with these diapers. They’re not our staple brand so it’s possible that this minimal amount is due to low usage. Although these resemble the Baby-Dry brand, they don’t 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.

I’ve been lucky with my daughter. Her skin is fairly hardy and she really hasn’t had many rashes. The few she’s 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 haven’t 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 she’s been running around. They haven’t 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 don’t 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 doesn’t seem to bother my daughter, is the bunching of the inner padding. It doesn’t 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 doesn’t seem to notice and the diapers don’t leak out.

DURABILITY
I’ve 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 shouldn’t crumble and stick to my daughter’s skin. The top layer shouldn’t shred. The tabs should easily open and close without losing their stickiness. And, of course, the tabs shouldn’t break off during normal usage.

Luvs lives up to my definition of diaper durability. They’ve never fallen apart. I’ve never seen any gel beads leak out onto my daughter’s bottom. And I don’t think the tabs have ever broken off while I was fastening them.

OVERALL
For babies, like mine, who aren’t prone to constant rashes, these are a solid choice. They feel soft, they fit well, the sizes haven’t been way off, they don’t fall apart, and we haven’t had any leaks. It’s harder to find coupons for them, but they are consistently cheaper than Pampers’ other well-made diapers. That said, they don’t 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 I’m 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.

www.luvs.com

Here are some other diapers I’ve reviewed:
Huggies
Kirkland Signature
Pampers Baby-Dry
Pampers Swaddlers


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