We recently drove our six, three and one year old 30 hours straight through from Seattle to Minneapolis. Since we knew that each stop we made along the way would be cumbersome and that my middle child still doesn't give us much advance notice before needing to go potty, we told my three year old that she would have to wear a diaper, even though she's a big girl now. My son wears diapers anyways, so he didn't need convincing, but I figured that I should get the most absorbent diapers I could for both of them. I had seen Pampers Extra Protection diapers at Target a few times, saw the "great for travel!" indication on the packaging, and grabbed them. While I'm not disappointed in their performance, I am also not likely to go out of my way to find them again.
Recommend this product?
About the Extra Protection diaper
A little longer in size than a typical Pampers diaper, the Extra Protection Pampers have an extra blue-green pad lining the inside of the diaper. I immediately noticed that this lining is not as thick as the one in the Huggies Overnites, which is a plus. While the Overnites' padding is effective, it is also extremely bulky, reminiscent of postnatal monster pads, and something I am convinced would not be comfortable to wear to bed every night.
The outside of the diaper is typical Pampers: white diaper, stretchy blue velcro tabs, and a cute picture of Elmo across the top. Being diapers intended for sleep time, Elmo is usually in his pajamas with a cuddle buddy.
The Extra Protection diaper in action
Before we left for our trip, my son had a few soaked-through nights, so I tried these diapers out on him for a week. In the mornings, his diaper was full, but his tummy and jammies were dry, so everything looked like a 'go' with this diaper.
On the trip, I put the Pampers Extra Protection diapers on my two youngest, and their clothes stayed dry for the whole drive, while my son's diaper was full of pee after an eight hour stretch of milk-and-sleep. My daughter actually only soiled her diaper about two or three times for the entire trip out and back, and she complained more about the fact that she had to pee in the diaper than about how it felt. Apart from the bedtime part of the drive, we changed the kids every four or five hours, and their skin was dry, with no diaper rash issues.
The new Pampers Extra Protection diapers worked well for us, both at bedtime and on a long car ride. I do have a few concerns though. For one thing, they are extremely difficult to find (I have only been able to find them at Target). They aren't even under the "Products" section of Pampers' website, as of September 4, 2009.
My biggest issue, of course, is the one I have with all Pampers. My daughter weighs 29 pounds. We bought the size 5 Extra Protection diaper, which is intended for weights of 27+ lbs. So, why is the fit snug around my daughter's narrow hips? Luckily, she is pretty much out of diapers now, so I don't have to worry about this with her, but it makes me wonder how long these diapers will be useful for my 24 pound son.
If you have an issue with Huggies Overnites, I would give Pampers Extra Protection a shot. If they were more widely available and didn't cost nearly 50 cents a diaper ($10.79 for a pack of 26), I would fall in love with these, but as it is, they are just okay.
*Special thanks to sblaydes for adding this to the Epinions database.
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