Swaddlers and Baby Dry are both varieties of diapers sold by Pampers, which is owned by Procter & Gamble. Both types are quite absorbent and will keep your infant dry and comfortable. Young infants, however, are more prone to diaper leaks than older babies. This is because they are on a liquid diet, so their solid waste is much softer than older babies, who have incorporated cereal or other table foods into their diets.
Both Baby Dry and Swaddlers are absorbent, but each type of diaper has different absorbency methods. Baby Dry boasts 12 hours of dryness for your baby, which is useful for overnight diapering or on longer car trips. Swaddlers now has Pamper's newest innovation in absorbency, Dry Max. Dry Max is an absorbent gel inside the lining of the diaper that sucks up moisture even more efficiently than the absorbent fluffy pulp in other diapers.
No matter how absorbent diapers are, however, they will occasionally leak. Sometimes, this has to do with the quality of the product, but more often than not, it happens because the diaper has not been fastened properly or does not fit the infant well. Newborns are so small that diapers sometimes just do not fit well. Sometimes, there is gaping at the legs or around the belly.
Swaddlers often fit better than Baby Dry for newborns because they fit more snugly around the legs. The newborn size in Swaddlers also has a cutout for your infant's umbilical cord stump. This is a nice feature for new parents who may be worried that the top of the diaper could irritate the stump. Both Swaddlers and Baby Dry incorporate stretch in the side tabs, giving the diaper a snugger fit for your baby.
Of the two diaper types, Swaddlers are softer. This is because this line of diapers is geared toward newborns and young infants who are more likely to be sensitive to new fabrics against their skin. The Swaddlers have a soft, mesh, inner layer that touches your baby's bottom and creates a separation from their looser stools. Baby Dry does not have such a layer, presumably because older babies have more solid stools. A mesh layer would be pointless in those situations. Both diapers feel soft against your baby's skin and are efficient at keeping your baby dry.
Cost is a tricky tool for making a decision about diapering. Your baby will go through thousands and thousands of diapers before becoming potty trained. It is likely you will try several brands and varieties before settling on the best for your family. The best way to assess the cost of a box of diapers is to look at the cost per diaper, instead of the cost per box. As a child grows, he will wear larger and larger diaper sizes. Diaper companies use the same size containers, regardless of the size of the diaper. As a result, you will purchase fewer diapers for the same amount of money as your child grows. Infants use significantly more diapers each day than older babies, but understanding your cost per diaper can help you make an informed decision. As of 2010, in the Pampers family, newborn diapers are approximately 24 cents each, for both Swaddlers and Baby Dry. As babies grow, the unit price per diaper increases about 3 cents with each size.
Making a Decision
Because both Swaddlers and Baby Dry are made in the newborn size, you are faced with a choice. The mesh layer and the new Dry Max technology make Swaddlers a better choice for newborns. Since Swaddlers do not come in any size above 2, you will eventually have to make another choice--either to try Baby Dry diapers or move on to another product. There will be plenty of diaper changes for you to test out many diaper varieties while your baby is still small.