Absurd Claim made by Pampers about Cloth Diapers*** edited

A tipster sent me an email with this quote:

Did you know that one of the causes of colds in babies is the wetness that cloth diapers cannot absorb?  With Pampers disposable diapers, your baby can stay dry all night and is less likely to get a cold than he would with cloth diapers.

That’s because Pampers diapers absorb and lock away 100 times more wetness than cloth diapers do.

Keeping skin in its perfect, natural state.

This was allegedly excerpted verbatim from an online survery about Pampers on an unnamed survey site.

There are so many things wrong with this statement. I will dissect it.
“…one of the causes of colds in babies is the wetness that cloth diapers cannot absorb…”
Colds are caused by GERMS. Babies catch germs from their environment.
“cannot abosorb”
This is implying that the cloth diapers are not even taking wetness in. What I’m sure they meant to say is that disposable diapers have a stay dry layer. What, what was that? This just in: SO DO MANY VARIETIES OF CLOTH DIAPERS! Suedecloth and microfleece wick moisture away from baby’s skin. While cloth diapers are only as good as the materials used to make them, those materials are predominately found in nature and not a chemistry lab; they are plenty aborbent enough that the baby will not be laying in a pool of urine come morning time.
“…your baby can stay dry all night and is less likely to get a cold than he would with cloth diapers.”
Your baby can also stay dry all night long in cloth diapers. I will admit that night time cloth diapering can be a challenge for many families, but this doesn’t mean that there is no way to acheive success. I don’t even use cloth diapers with stay dry liners at night. I have used prefolds and fitteds, both of which usually leave wetness against the baby. And yes, that diaper stays on him for 10-12 hours. My baby has not gotten a cold yet this season, and I am sure the cold he got last year was not a cloth diaper related one. I am almost positive, since that time last year we were using disposable diapers for some of our night time diapering needs while I battled repelling issues with my pocket diapers.

I also want to note that our babies sleep indoors where it is warm.  Do your babies sleep in tents outside?  My baby sleeps in a comfortably heated bedroom with fleece pajamas.  The temperature outside may get well below freezing but he is dry, he is comfortable, he is leak free, and most importantly, he has never caught a “cloth diaper cold.” Edited to add:It was brought to my attention that it is just not possible to get a cold from being wet and in freezing temperatures. This is surely uncomfortable, but even if that were true that is a far cry from a wet cloth diaper overnight in a warm room.

Methinks Pampers is threatened by the rise of the “real” diaper.  What do you think?  If you are upset by this new marketing ploy there are many ways to reach Pampers.

***I did not personally see this quote on the webpage and cannot verify it as true.  However the tipster has no reason to falsify this information and believe it to be true.

By Phone:

(1-800-PAMPERS (726-7377)

By Written mail:

Attn: Pampers
The Procter & Gamble Company
PO Box 599
Cincinnati OH 45202

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/Pampersvillage

And email:

Pampers Customer Service Form

Edited to Add Thanks to the commenter Cloth Diapers for Us made I decided to track down the Nigerian article about cloth diapers. This made the rounds of twitter a while back. Basically, Pampers had a promotional tour to debut a new 3- Way Fit disposable. The claim made was that “Studies by child psychology experts he said shows that, ‘As babies embrace new movement and play ideas, their creativity increases through body movements and expression'”

How does this relate to cloth diapers? “Pampers is endorsed by the Pediatrics Association of Nigeria and recent studies with global academic experts show that Pampers delivers superior sleep quality over cloth diapers, resulting in babies’ improved learning and social interaction.”

Another absurd cloth diaper claim. Pampers has claimed that cloth diapers contribute to babies catching colds, and that children in cloth diapers develop at a slower rate (or fail to thrive) than children in disposable diapers. My son can get around quite well in his diapers, and he is a social butterfly. I guess all of our cloth diapered babies should just be sent to the “special school” because they have been severely impaired by cloth diapers. PSHAW.
You can read the entire article here: Vanguard: P&G Introduces Pampers 3 Way Fit Diapers.

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  • Fire Dancer

    i used pampers on my son for the first 5 months of his life and when i would change him, both of us would constantly sneez, cough, and wheeze because of the fake powder scent in them, which, by the way pampers, does not block the very strong, overpowering urine odor that is caused by the chemical reaction of the urine with the nasty chemicals that are put in your diapers.i have asthma and those diapers did not help the matter at all. so i finally said enough of that, as well as the constant blowouts and switched to cloth, which a very good friend of mine bought because i could not afford the innitial start up cost because of the diapering system that i chose to use. no more sneezing or wheezing, no more dry patches of skin, no more fake powder scents, and no more blowouts. shame on pampers for making a product that alot of babies and moms cannot tollerate! “keeps the skin at it’s natural state?” haha! do not make me laugh! dry patches all over his diaper area and lower back, as well as a constant fever around his anal opening is not a healthy state! get a grip on reality here! now5 months on from switching to cloth, we are still using it and cannot be happier.

  • Karen

    Sounds like more dastardly behaviour by big corporations who are selling a product in Africa where it is not needed! There are familes starving themselves already to buy the formula they were told that rich white women used, now the disposeable diaper. Of all the things Nigeria needs, Pampers are not on the list.

  • FireDancer

    Pampers has done it again! This time, they came out with a diaper that is 20% thinner and keeps babies up to 2 times drier than the older Pampers. Well, last week P&G shares dropped a great deal, I am assuming, because of these horrible new diapers. These new versions called dry max, had been sparking many many complaints from Pampers users because they are causing severe chemical burns. According to one of Pampers spokespersons, the materials in the new diapers are not new, they just replaced the paper pulp, i am thinking, with more Sodium Acrylimide Acid. Good job Pampers! Not! Take your “new diapers” and put them far far away from helpless babies who are being hurt by your productt! You people make me sick! Oh and the claim that diaper rash decreased 50% ever since disposables were intruduced is complete crap! In fact, the incidents of diaper rash has increased some 76% ever since disposables came on the market. Get your facts straight Pampers! Quit making all of these mother’s complaints sound like nothing, when in fact, the complaints are a serious issue! Take them seriously and quit brushing them off! All you people care about is making money! You do not give a rats behind about the health of our youngest consumers! A diaper does not need to be as thin as a regular pair of underwear to perform well and be comfortable. My child has never ever had a leak or a blowout in his cloth diapers and those things are pretty thick, yet very comfortable to him as well. In contrast, he would kickyour lovely, super thin, very absorbant diapers away and scream and cry during a diaper change, and the diapers would constantly blow out as well so that i was doing loads of laundry every day instead of every 3 days with cloth diapers. And this is where Pampers claims are pretty dangerous. I read in an FAQ about 30 minutes ago that if a child ingests some of the SAP, that it passes harmlessly through the digestive tract. If a pet ingests as little as 5 grams of the stuff, the animal could die! Oh yes, that stuff is quite safe for ingestion. Hahaha. Sorry this post was so long. I just needed to get this off of my chest.

  • I don’t generally respond to articles but may in this case. Amazing 🙂

  • Huh. Amazing that my daughter has been in cloth almost her whole life and has had only one cold, which she caught from my mom when she gave it to both of us. One cold in 16 months. Funny. And we use cloth overnight and, oh yeah, she climbs UP her slide, climbs into boxes, and has incredible fine motor skills. She can stack blocks and run and climb and she loves other kids and tries to do what they do. How unfortunate that her social growth and mobility are stunted. What makes me the sickest is that people actually *believe* the garbage and lies that these companies are spewing. Urgh.