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Thanks, Pampers!

Ok, I had to laugh when I read this press release from Proctor and Gamble (makers of Pampers). Pampers Dry Max Rash Denial.

Now, I have no idea what the truth is here. I have not talked to any of the parents involved. I have not seen the rashes. I do not know what specifically was changed in the new diapers.

I do know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating, so there must be a fair amount of evidence. I have actually used DryMax diapers on my daughter and while they leaked like crazy, they did not give her a rash. (Life lesson, always pack more diapers than you think you’ll need so you don’t have to carry a soggy child into the drugstore for emergency diapers on a 2 hour outing that lasted all day! Their “12 hour” diapers proceeded to leak through every 1 1/2 hours for the rest of our day – a properly stuffed pocket diaper lasts her 2 1/2 hours or more.)

But here is what I think is funny – not only is P&G is denying any possibility that there is a real problem – they are blaming cloth diaper “promoters” for the rumors. The problems are being reported by people who use disposables regularly – not by people who use cloth diapers. Duh! The Facebook page where parents are complaining and begging Pampers to return to their old diapers is certainly not populated by thousands of cloth diapering parents since we don’t care what Pampers does. All of those parents are sposie users.

It amazes me how politicians and big companies now blame “Mommy bloggers” when they take a public relations hit. Yes, we mommy bloggers write about many things, and it sucks to be you if you make a bunch of us mad. But come on! How can you blame Mommy bloggers when major news outlets like Reuters are covering the issue?

I do want to thank Pampers for one thing though. Many new cloth-diapering parents tell me that they had never considered cloth diapers since they did not “know that anyone still used those.” Well, Pampers just announced publicly that not only are cloth diapers still a choice, but they implied that cloth diaper users don’t have to worry about chemical burns from their diapers (the truth at last!). Not only that, they just publicly stated that we are a force to be reckoned with – even if they were trying to blame us for their current reputation nightmare.

Thanks, Pampers. We love you and your petroleum-based, landfill-clogging, wallet-skimming products too!

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4 Responses to “Thanks, Pampers!”

  1. sara w says:

    i’m one of those disposable diaper moms. i’m on your blog because i’m looking to switch to cloth diapering. my son who is 7 months old was unfortunately one of the many kids that i believe reacted to the new pampers dry max. i don’t have a picture–but i did see some posted on facebook–and all the pictures look similar to my son’s reaction. i wouldn’t describe it as a rash. it looks like someone to a cheese grater to my son’s bottom.

    i’m really dissapointed in pampers and how they are handling the situation. these “rumors” are not being perpetuated by cloth diapering moms or moms that are advocates of other brands. my son had no issue w/the old pampers and our 2.5 yo was raised on them. but now, i have no choice but to look into alternatives. i can’t exactly potty train my 7 month old!

    anyways, pampers no more…and i’m looking forward to my cloth diapering adventure! thanks for the great info on here.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you! I am glad to hear from one of the moms who has seen the rash in person – though I am sorry to hear that your poor little one had to suffer with it. Cloth diapering is fun, and so much easier than most people think it will be. You will also find a lot of cloth diaper articles on my other web site http://www.littlefornow.com.

  2. rebeccajoyc says:

    I have been using Pampers “orginal” cruiser faithfully until they changed it last Sept/Oct. (My Daughter is now 2 1/2). I have not used the Dry Max, but was outraged and got no where with P&G when they changed the original with the netted “dry weave” with absorbency all the way to the bum and they replaced it with a thinner diaper with no dry weave (removal of this cause rashes) and the absorbent material stops midway up the bum. Literally, paper thin from mid-bum back, which is a problem when a girl sleeps on her back! The excuse P&G gave was parent feed back triggered the change to make a diaper thinner so kids could walk easier. Well, taking bulk off the back has no effect on walking ability and my child walked in the original diapers at 10 mos. I am now searching for alternatives, as it’s not a huge problem with the 2 1/2 year old, but I’m currently pregnant and not sure where to go now. I would love to try cloth as I have not been impressed with any disposable options and I’m looking at at least another 2 1/2 years of diapers. I’m just stuck because there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on which cloth is best.

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think there is any diaper that is perfect for everyone. While a lot of people make it sound like there is ONE perfect diaper, everyone has different needs. After looking at everything in my shop, most of my customers choose either prefolds and Thirsties covers or Tiny Tush one size diapers. If you contact me through the contact form at http://www.littlefornow.com I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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