When I got past my first trimester, I thought that my mommy-related dizzy spells were over. But once I gave birth, they were back. This time, my hormones were not the culprit, but the variety of baby products in the market! Shopping actually became a chore for a certified shopaholic like me, because I would get dizzy just looking at the myriad baby products! It’s so difficult to choose the ones our babies really need, the ones that are worth our hard-earned penny, and the best among the rest.
Good to know that Smart Parenting’s Best For Baby Awards was actually founded to help mothers make only the BEST choice for their babies!
“It has always been our mission at Smart Parenting to be able to inform readers the best products for kids out there and I think, this Best For Baby Awards is one great step to be of service to our readers,” editor-in-chief Mia Fausto-Cruz says.
Among the baby products tested? Disposable diapers, of course!
When Raviv was still very young, I admit that I use to think that all diapers were created equal, and that some were pricier just because they choose to air TV commercials and high overpriced models. So as a certified kuripot mom, I used to buy whichever was the cheapest. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the cheapest diapers were causing my Raviv’s sensitive skin have rashes! I soon learned that when it comes to choosing a disposable diaper, performance and quality should be a top priority to ensure that their baby’s delicate skin is protected. Through different tests by the Best For Baby panel, Smart Parenting has discovered that Pampers Active Baby is the best disposable diaper in the market!
Smart Parenting’s Best For Baby Awards was comprised of panelists from Smart Parenting magazine and Summit Media: Editor-in-chief Mia Fausto-Cruz, senior staff writer Rachel Perez, art director Jenny Inumerable-Suarez, and group publisher Christine Sandejas. Nanny trainer and blog My Dearest Nanny’s Menchit Ordoveza and mommyfleur.com’s Fleur Sombrero also took on the challenge and were surprisingly delighted with the results.
The best thing about these panelists? All of them are mothers.
It also helped that most of the panelists who did the testing and who actually tried the take home products were mothers. “Mothers are very maselan with the products they use on their children. It needs to not only be effective but at the same time, very safe for their kids. Their opinion really matters on choosing the best products,” Mommy Fleur adds.
Nanny trainer Menchit Ordoveza found the Best For Baby testing process interesting too. She says, “I didn’t really expect (anything). Today we were able to do it the most scientific way. For Menchit, she feels that “it was fairly judged.” To ensure this, Smart Parenting masked the diapers and used controlled testing environments for each tests – be it through standardizing amount of liquids or using reliable systems of measurement, among others.
For the disposable diapers test, the Smart Parenting Best For Baby panelists were tasked to review the products according to a five-point criteria: dryness, absorption speed, comfortable fit, softness, and skin protection.
Here’s how the tests went:
To gauge a diaper’s ability to absorb wetness and still keep baby’s skin dry, a controlled amount of liquid was poured onto each disposable diaper and a sheet of tissue paper was pressed on top of the diaper’s top sheet afterwards. After pressing, Pampers Active Baby had the driest tissue paper, symbolizing that baby’s bottom will still remain dry in the diaper even after baby pees.
2. Absorption speed
To measure how fast a diaper is in absorbing pee, the same amount of liquid was poured onto each disposable diaper. The panel discovered that Pampers Active Baby was able to absorb the liquid faster than the other diapers in only 40 seconds! This means that in Pampers, baby’s bottom will not be soaked in wetness for a long time.
3. Comfortable fit
A “stretch test” was conducted on each of the diapers to measure how long its waistband can expand. Pampers Active Baby’s stretchy sides expanded the most, ensuring that the diaper will adjust to baby’s movements and still fit perfectly.
To determine how soft the disposable diapers are, a “touch test” was employed wherein each of the panelists felt and stroked the top sheet material of the diapers to check if it’s coarse or smooth. Pampers Active Baby had a cotton-like softness which is good for baby’s sensitive skin.
5. Skin protection
Lotion on disposable diapers helps create a barrier to protect baby’s skin against friction and irritation caused by wetness from pee or poo. For this criteria, an oil film was rubbed against the diapers’ topsheet and the diaper which left a visible oil mark onto the film validated presence of lotion. Pampers Active Baby was the only diaper which showed presence of baby lotion on the topsheet.
Smart Parenting ed-in-chief Mia also encourages moms to test their baby products as well. “If you’re a new mom, you can actually do these tests at home. You can tell the one that’s best for baby and you could try it out first.”
Watch the video of the actual testing here.
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This is why Pampers Active Baby was the best disposable diaper!
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