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Huggies Snug And Dry Vs. Little Snugglers: Which Diaper To Choose For Your Baby?

Updated on 16 April 2022 • 13 minute read

 

Overview 

Choosing the right disposable diapers for your little one can make a big difference in preventing blow-outs and also how many times you’ll need to change them. It may also affect the amount of money you’ll be spending on these baby products and whether your child might experience rashes or sensitivity issues.

Many parents choose the most popular diaper brands, such as Huggies and Pampers. Younger babies usually start with diapers with velcro straps, then move to pull-ups when ready for potty training.

Snug & Dry and Little Snugglers are two of Huggies’ most popular diaper options. 

What are the differences between these diapers? Which can offer more absorbency, fewer diaper changes, and more value for your money? Find out more below.

 

Factors To Consider In Buying Your Diapers

Different diapers have varied features, but these are some of the most important factors you should consider in picking the right ones for your child:

  • Absorbency 
  • Can keep baby dry for a longer time
  • Wetness indicator lines
  • Softness
  • Stretch and fit
  • Safe materials
  • Snug fit for comfort
  • System to prevent leakage

 

Similarities: Huggies Snug & Dry Vs. Little Snugglers

These features are offered in both diapers:

  • Chlorine-free wood fluff pulp
  • Wetness indicator
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Lotion-free
  • Stretchy waistbands for a perfect fit
  • Fast-absorbing liner
  • Huggies Leak Lock system that can offer up to 12 hours of leakage protection
  • Umbilical cord notch for the smaller (preemie and newborn) sizes
  • Same price for the largest size available (size 6 for 35+ lbs: $0.53 per diaper)

 

Also, neither diaper had a recall.

 

What’s The Difference Between Snug And Dry And Little Snugglers?

Huggies Snug & Dry Highlights

  • Its newborn size ($0.24 per diaper) costs less than Little Snugglers ($0.32 per diaper)
  • Cute Walt Disney Mickey Mouse designs
  • Liner that can keep your baby’s skin dry

 

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers Highlights

  • It has a preemie size (1-6 lbs), 30 pcs: $9.57
  • GentleAbsorb liner (newborn to size 2)
  • Soft, stretchy waistband
  • Pocketed waistband (newborn to size 2) that may help prevent diaper blowouts
  • Double grip straps

 

Learn more details about these two Huggies diapers below.

 

Huggies Snug And Dry Diapers

Prices

  • Size N (newborn, 6-9 lbs), 108 pcs: $26.45
  • Size 1 (8-14 lbs), 124 pcs: $25.36
  • Size 2 (12-18 lbs), 112 pcs: $37.67
  • Size 3 (16-28 lbs), 100 pcs: $43.58
  • Size 4 (22-37 lbs), 88 pcs: $25.36
  • Size 5 (27+ lbs), 76 pcs: $25.36
  • Size 6 (35+ lbs), 62 pcs: $32.77

 

Note that these were the diapers’ prices when we wrote the article. Please check Huggies’ website or your favorite online store for current prices.

 

Key Features

  • Material: Chlorine-free wood fluff pulp (chlorine may cause airway inflammation) (1)
  • Product Safety: Free from phthalates, a toxic chemical that may affect your baby’s normal development. (2)
  • Size Range: From sizes newborn to 6 (35+ lbs)
  • Fit: Elastic waistband, inside flap, and leg opening for a gentle but snug fit
  • Absorbency: Superabsorbent (sodium polyacrylate)
  • Absorb Channels: Absorbent padding that can pull liquids and keep them away from your baby’s skin
  • Wetness Indicator: Yes; changes color when wet
  • Leak Protection: Contoured shape that may provide better leak protection
  • Air Channels: Breathable outer cover
  • Umbilical Cord Cutout: Yes
  • Hours of Protection: May provide up to 12-hour leak protection

 

Other Special Features:

  • Free from natural rubber latex, a potential allergen that may cause hives, rash, itching, or skin redness (3)
  • Babies with sensitive skin may also show severe latex allergy symptoms like breathing difficulties, scratchy throat, wheezing, and runny nose. In worst cases, a severe allergic reaction can lead to confusion, drop in blood pressure, rapid or weak pulse, and even death. (3)
  • Free from fragrances
  • Paraben-free (parabens are chemicals commonly used as artificial preservatives but may cause hormone and endocrine disruption, skin irritation, and possible fertility problems) (4)
  • Four-layer liner that may provide better absorption
  • Cute Walt Disney Mickey Mouse designs
  • Elastic back, which can offer a snug fit and prevent leakage at the back (when your baby is lying on their back)
  • Designed to help keep your baby’s skin dry

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

What Is Wrong With Huggies Diapers?

  • Parents Tawanna and Kelly Rice filed a class-action lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the makers of Huggies Snug and Dry diapers, last August 2021 in a California court. (5)
  • They alleged that the company falsely advertised and defended the diapers as safe for babies.
  • According to the lawsuit, the company told customers that Huggies products can’t cause a chemical reaction with stool or urine and may be safe on delicate skin. Also, the company reportedly claimed that pediatricians and other health professionals have evaluated the products.
  • Tawanna and Kelly picked the diaper for their son because it’s from a trusted brand. They continued using it despite their son showing some discomfort because they weren’t sure what was causing it at first.
  • But two weeks after using the product, their son developed possible chemical burns in areas covered by the diaper.
  • In the lawsuit, the couple detailed that they first thought it was due to the brand of wipes they were using. They added that they couldn’t believe at first that diapers were causing their son’s injuries.
  • They applied antibiotics and moisturizing ointment recommended by their doctor. They also stopped using the wipes. But the problem persisted.
  • According to the couple, their son’s chemical burns only began healing after they switched to another diaper.
  • They believe that Huggies concealed information about their products’ safety. The lawsuit also cited several complaints from other parents regarding the product.
  • The class-action lawsuit seeks over $5 million in damages from Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The case is still pending.

 

Cons

  • Possible problems with leakage and absorbency
  • Some parents complained about the diapers causing diaper rash or possible chemical burns.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

I was fortunate to receive so many diapers at my baby shower, that they lasted about 2 months! I received pretty much every brand out there, which gave me a chance to truly know which brand worked best and by far, it was Huggies. They not only keep my baby dry and comfortable, I haven’t experienced any blowouts — where with the other brands, it was a common occurrence! Definitely sticking with Huggies going forward.” – Reviewer on Huggies’ website.

I bought this diapers after having disastrous results with another brand (Luvs). I don’t think I’ll be purchasing anything but Huggies from now on. My daughter is teething and has had some major blow outs, but thankfully they have been contained within the diapers this time around. Also, she hasn’t experienced any overnight leakage or rashes with the Huggies.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

Decided to give these a try after searching for top diapers. We are so glad we did. The diapers do such a great job that we can leave our newborn with them overnight and she wakes up dry and without any urine scent. They do a great job absorbing and do not leak. We stocked up on Kirkland Costco brand because that’s what everyone recommended. Those were really thin compared to these Snug and Dry Huggies and didn’t absorb or hold as much. Thank goodness that Costco has a good return policy. – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews

This product doesn’t leak pee or poop which compared to other diapers like target brand, however it gave my newborn son a HORRIFIC reaction (angry red, peeling skin and little pimples) on his groin area which has taken over a week to heal so far and we’re still working on it. Lots of air drying and washing lots of different cloths that are being used to contain/pee and poop in the meantime with VERY frequent changes. The pee absorbency of the diaper is great, however the beads from the front of diaper leaked out all over him within 3 hours, which is a huge issue in the evening as the diaper boasts providing upto 12 hours of protection.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

I bought these about a week ago and my son (2 years) has been peeing through them at every nap time. I had used the little movers and never had this much of a problem. The little movers didn’t make it overnight, but definitely made it through naps. He wakes up soaked unless I use 2 diapers. Now I have a huge supply of diapers that I’m not happy with.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

We bought Pampers almost exclusively with our first child, but these Huggies diapers were cheaper and they’re a well known brand. So I thought I’d try them out. I hate them, I hate these diapers! The design is a fail. They don’t fit snugly. The opening at the legs are a bit loose. The diaper doesn’t come up in the back very far at all. When the diaper comes off, the Velcro straps curl inward and rest inside, in the mess! They stick to the wipes, and to itself making it difficult to wrap up. And finally, these diapers are not very absorbent. It boasts of 12 hour protection. I wouldn’t dare to leave it on for more than an hour, but probably even less than that. The diaper leaked. More than leaked, my baby was soaked through her clothes all the way up her back. And I had just changed her not that long ago, it’s not like it was already at capacity. This happened twice! A diaper has one job: contain the mess. It should be able to absorb the amount of one urination. Will I buy these again? It’s a no from me.” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Huggies Little Snugglers

Prices

  • Size P (preemie, 1-6 lbs), 30 pcs: $9.57
  • Size N (newborn, up to 10 lbs), 128 pcs: $41.13
  • Size 1 (up to 14 lbs), 198 pcs: $50.44
  • Size 2 (12-18 lbs), 180 pcs: $50.99
  • Size 3 (16-28 lbs), 156 pcs: $48.80
  • Size 4 (22-37 lbs), 140 pcs: $50.74
  • Size 5 (27+ lbs), 120 pcs: $50.44
  • Size 6 (35+ lbs), 96 pcs: $50.44

 

These were the diapers’ prices when we wrote the article. Please check your favorite online store or Huggies’ website for current prices.

 

Key Features

  • Material: Chlorine-free wood fluff pulp with soft, cottony liner
  • Product Safety: Free from phthalates
  • Size Range: More options available from preemie size to 6 (35+ lbs)
  • Fit: Snug fit with double grip strips (for sizes 2-6)
  • Absorbency: Superabsorbent (sodium polyacrylate) padding
  • Absorb Channels: GentleAbsorb Liner may pull liquids and keep them away from your baby’s skin
  • Wetness Indicator: Yes; changes color when wet
  • Leak Protection: Contoured shape can provide better leak protection
  • Air Channels: Breathable outer cover
  • Umbilical Cord Cutout: Yes (preemie and newborn sizes only)
  • Hours of Protection: May provide up to 12-hour leak protection

 

Other Special Features:

  • Pocketed waistband (newborn to size 2) may help prevent diaper blowouts
  • Free from natural rubber latex, a potential allergen
  • Free from lotions, parabens, elemental chlorine, and other toxic chemicals
  • Double grip strips may be stronger than regular adhesive tabs to help keep the diaper in place while your child is actively moving around.
  • Extra soft around your baby’s legs to prevent chafing

 

Product Recall

  •  None

 

Cons

  • Some parents complained about the diapers possibly causing chemical burns or diaper rash.
  • Lots of complaints about low quality and absorbency

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews 

We first got these at the hospital when our baby was born and when we got home we used the pampers swaddlers and it didn’t compare. We’ve been buying Huggies ever since! It’s stretchy and coverage is awesome. Keeps everything inside for the most part (except those explosions from time to time lol).” – Reviewer on Huggies’ website.

I have four children and have tried just about every brand of diapers there is. Huggies Little Snuggles are definitely the best for the price. I like that the band is stretchy so the diapers have a comfortable fit. The diapers are really soft and have a cute design. They have no smell which I prefer. The absorbancy is excellent and I don’t have as many blow outs. I’ve never had any allergies with any of my four children with these diapers either. They also have the wetness indicator so I know when baby needs to be changed.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

I have tried many different diapers: Honest, Target, every Pampers, every Huggies, Target, Kroger and Albertsons diapers, Seventh Generation, Luvs. It’s difficult to find Huggies Snugglers Size 4 in the store. I have to use Amazon. I like Snugglers because it doesn’t soak through quickly like Pampers, is soft yet sturdy like Honest, and isn’t paper thin like Luvs. Also hugs better around thighs. The best part- the poop trap at the top back of the diaper so that you have some extra insurance on a blow-out!!” – Reviewer on Amazon.

 

Negative Reviews 

I loved the Little Snugglers we got in hospital, they were honestly the best diapers we’ve ever used (and after four kids that’s saying something) but once my son got large enough for size 3 the diapers changed, oh the names the same but its a completely diaper. And its a bad one. Honester once you hit size three they become so sub-par that you might as well be buying no-name brand, in fact it would probably work better. Every time that I can’t find a better brand and I have to buy these I cringe. Don’t get them.” – Reviewer on Walmart.

I bought a box of your size 6 diapers for my daughter and they literally gave her a chemical burn we were in the hospital due to her being burnt by your diapers would NOT recommend these diapers to any one my daughters bottom side is blistering bleeding and really red thank to the diapers never have this issue with pampers.” – Reviewer on Huggies’ website.

I bought the little smugglers small pack to try out yesterday. They are poor quality, smell weird, and they are not soft at all. The absorption is not the greatest but not bad. And I could care less about the prints. The diaper quality on the outside looks and feels cheap too. I do not recommend this diaper for any baby however maybe try their special delivery if you like Huggies. I may try those if they have a small package. I feel bad putting this on my 7 week baby I am probably not gonna finish the pack and just disregard them.” – Reviewer on Huggies’ website.

 

Which Huggies Diaper Is Best?

Here are our recommendations to help you choose between these two diapers:

 

Choose Huggies Snug & Dry if:

  • You’re looking for more budget-friendly diaper prices (example: newborn size $0.24 per diaper vs. $0.32 per diaper for Little Snugglers)
  • You prefer cute Walt Disney Mickey Mouse designs
  • You want a more absorbent option
  • You don’t mind that it’s involved in a lawsuit regarding product safety (alleged chemical burns) 

 

Choose Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers if you’re looking for:

  • More size options (includes preemie sizes for 1-6 lbs)
  • More comfortable option
  • Breathable diapers with a GentleAbsorb liner and soft, stretchy waistband
  • Pocketed waistband that can help prevent diaper blowouts
  • Double grip straps for a better fit

 

Why Choose Huggies?

Here are some features that you can find in most styles or variants of Huggies diapers:

  • Wetness indicator
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Fast-absorbing liner
  • Leak lock system
  • Multiple layers of protection
  • Elastic waistband and legs
  • Disney prints or patterns
  • Huggies coupons and rewards
  • Huggies Cares

 

What’s The Difference Between Snug And Dry And Little Movers?

Huggies Snug & Dry Highlights

  • Smallest size: Size N (newborn, 6-9 lbs), 108 pcs: $26.45
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.24
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 62 pcs: $32.77
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.53
  • Snug & Dry has more size options (newborn to size 6) than Little Movers (only from sizes 3 to 6).

 

Huggies Little Movers Highlights

Little Movers has the following extra features:

  • Smallest size: Size 3 (for 16-28 lbs), 156 pcs: $48.80
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.31
  • Biggest size: Size 7 (for 41+ lbs), 80 pcs: $59.98
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.75
  • Pull-up diapers
  • Double grip straps
  • Soft, stretchy waistband
  • Unique contoured shape

 

What’s The Difference Between Huggies Little Snugglers And Huggies Special Delivery?

Huggies Little Snugglers Highlights

  • Smallest size: Size P (preemie, 1-6 lbs), 30 pcs: $9.57
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.32
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 96 pcs: $50.44
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.53
  • Costs less than Huggies Special Delivery
  • Double grip strips
  • Cottony soft liner

 

Huggies Special Delivery Highlights

  • Smallest size: Newborn (up to 10 lbs), 132 pcs: $46.99
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.36
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 96 pcs: $53.99
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.56
  • The brand claims that it’s the softest diaper
  • Made from responsibly sourced plant-based materials

 

What’s The Difference Between Huggies Snugglers And Huggies Snugglers Plus?

Huggies Little Snugglers Highlights

  • Smallest size (preemie): $0.32 per diaper
  • Biggest size (6): $0.53 per diaper
  • More size options (preemie to size 6) than Little Snugglers Plus (newborn to size 2 only)

 

Huggies Little Snugglers Plus Highlights

  • Starter kit with two diaper sizes per pack
  • Smallest size: Newborn (up to 10 lbs, 104 diapers) to size 1 (up to 14 lbs, 22 diapers): $31.99
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: around $0.25
  • Biggest size: Size 2 (12-18 lbs), 174 diapers: $42.99
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.25
  • Sold exclusively at Costco.com and Costco Wholesale
  • Only available in sizes 1 and 2

 

What Is The Difference Between Little Snugglers And Little Movers?

Huggies Little Snugglers Highlights

  • Smallest size (preemie): $0.32 per diaper
  • Biggest size (6): $0.53 per diaper
  • Traditional-style disposable diaper
  • More size options (preemie to size 6) than Little Movers (sizes 3 to 7 only)
  • Cottony soft liner

 

Huggies Little Movers Highlights

  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.31
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.75
  • Pull-ups
  • Double grip straps
  • Soft, stretchy SnugFit waistband
  • Unique contoured shape

 

Other Huggies Diapers

Overnites

  • Smallest size: Size 3 (16-28 lbs), 132 pcs: $49.64
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.38
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 84 pcs: $49.64
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.59
  • Nighttime diapers
  • Double grip straps

 

Little Swimmers

  • Smallest size: Size 3 (16-26 lbs), 20 pcs: $9.99
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.50
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (32+ lbs), 17 pcs: $9.99
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.59
  • Designed for swimming and getting wet
  • Absorbent material that doesn’t swell like regular diapers
  • Snug fit to contain messes
  • Adjustable waistbands for quick changes

 

FAQs

Are Huggies Snug And Dry Being Discontinued?

No. The product hasn’t been discontinued. The brand even claims that they have improved these diapers to make them less bulky and more flexible for your baby’s comfort.

 

Are Huggies Snug And Dry Good For Overnight?

Huggies claims that these diapers can provide up to 12 hours of protection and may be used overnight. The snug-fit elastic waistbands may also help prevent leakage when your baby is lying on their back.

 

Is Huggies Cheaper Than Pampers?

Diaper prices can vary, depending on many factors, including brands, sizes, and styles. Pampers can have a slightly higher price tag between comparable products of the two name brands.

Here are some price comparisons for similar Huggies and Pampers products:

 

Huggies Overnites Vs. Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

Huggies Overnites 

  • Smallest size: Size 3 (16-28 lbs), 132 pcs: $49.64
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.38
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 84 pcs: $49.64
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.59

 

Pampers Swaddlers Overnights

  • Smallest size: Size 3 (16-28 lbs), 116 pcs: $42.94
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.37
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 72 pcs: $42.94
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.60

 

Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants Vs. Pampers Ninjamas

Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants

  • Smallest size: Size 2T-3T (16-34 lbs), 124 pcs: $45.18
  • Smallest size: $0.36 per diaper
  • Biggest size: Size 4T-5T (38-50 lbs), 99 pcs: $45.23
  • Biggest size: $0.46 per diaper

 

Pampers Ninjamas

  • Smallest size: S/M (38-65 lbs), 44 pcs: $26.94
  • Smallest size: $0.61 per diaper
  • Biggest size: L/XL (64-125 lbs), 34 pcs: $26.46
  • Biggest size: $0.78 per diaper

 

Other Diaper Options

Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Baby Diapers

  • Smallest size: Size 1 (8-14 lbs), 100 pcs: $23.08
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.23
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 50 pcs: $22.94
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.46
  • Premium fit
  • Chlorine-free diapers from natural and renewable plant-based materials
  • Wetness indicators

 

Dypers

  • Smallest size: Size 1 (up to 10 lbs), 264 pcs: $80
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.30
  • Biggest size: Size 5 (28+ lbs), 120 pcs: $80
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.67
  • Plant-based disposable diapers
  • Eco-friendly
  • Chlorine-free pulp
  • Responsibly sourced bamboo outer layer

 

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Disposable Baby Diapers

  • Smallest size: Newborn or size 1 (8-14 lbs), 252 pcs: $45.49
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.18
  • Biggest size: Size 6 (35+ lbs), 104 pcs: $46.98
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.45
  • Nightlock Technology that may lock wetness away from baby skin
  • Free from parabens and latex
  • Triple leak guards
  • Budget-friendly prices

 

Andy Pandy diapers

  • Smallest size: Newborn (7-10 lbs), 132 pcs: $39.97
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.30
  • Biggest size: XL (26+ lbs), 72 pcs: $39.97
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.56
  • Premium bamboo disposable diapers
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • The brand claims it’s naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial

 

Mama Bear Gentle Touch

  • Smallest size: Newborn (up to 10 lbs), 120 pcs: $35.12
  • Smallest size, price per diaper: $0.29
  • Biggest size: Size 7 (41+ lbs), 80 pcs: $30.74
  • Biggest size, price per diaper: $0.38
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Breathable outer cover
  • Budget-friendly prices

 

 

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-swimming/faq-20058124

(2) https://noharm-uscanada.org/issues/us-canada/phthalates-and-dehp

(3) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/latex-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20374287

(4) https://www.ewg.org/what-are-parabens

(5) https://www.classaction.org/media/rice-et-al-v-kimberly-clark-corporation.pdf

 

 

 

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