What’s in My Baby’s Diaper?

The experts at Pampers carefully choose each diaper component based on both its safety profile and excellent performance in helping keep baby’s skin dry and healthy.

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All Pampers products and materials undergo rigorous safety and performance evaluations before they come into contact with baby’s skin. Find out more about the safety process and what we don't add to Pampers products.

Did you know… Pampers understands that caring for babies’ happy, healthy development includes caring for the world they grow up in. We’re continually innovating to reduce the environmental footprint of our products and packaging. For more information on our commitment to environmental sustainability, look here.

  • Adhesive
  • Petrolatum
  • What is it?
    Commonly used in personal care products for lubrication and moisture protection. In diapers, it is part of a lotion that helps maintain healthy skin.
    Did You Know?
    Petrolatum is used in many types of lip balms.

  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • What is it?
    Not the same as rubbing alcohol or other drying alcohols, stearyl alcohol is widely used for its moisturizing properties. In diapers, stearyl alcohol is a component of the lotion, designed to help maintain skin health.
    Did You Know?
    Found in some baby skin cleansers and diaper creams. It’s also used in the food industry.

  • Cellulose
  • What is it?
    Soft, fluffy fibers that are derived from wood pulp to help absorb liquid. A key component of the diaper core, cellulose helps keep baby dry.
    Did You Know?
    We use an FDA-approved method for dioxin-free purification of the fibers.

  • Elastics
  • What is it?
    Elastics are stretchy materials used in diapers to provide flexibility and improved fit.
    Did You Know?
    Commonly used in the clothing industry to make garments, sportswear and socks – including baby socks or clothes.

  • Fragrances
  • What is it?
    Scent is included at a very low level in an interior layer of the diaper to provide a more pleasant experience.The amount of perfume in a jumbo size bag of diapers is less than 1/8th of a teaspoon. The perfumes used in Pampers diapers are safe for baby’s skin, are non-sensitizing and are not expected to cause any allergic reaction.
    Did You Know?
    Pampers Powder Fresh Scent has been used in diapers for more than 20 years.

  • Pigments
  • What is it?
    Colors in Pampers diapers are safe, non-sensitizing pigments used for fun design and to indicate different components of the diaper. We don’t use disperse dyes.
    Did You Know?
    Pigments are commonly used in a wide range of products, including food packaging, colored contact lenses, textiles, toys, paper, school chalk and crayons.

  • Polyethylene and Polypropylene
  • What is it?
    Soft, high performance fibers – like those used in athletic wear – with a safe use history in a variety of consumer and personal care products. These fibers are included throughout the diaper for baby’s optimal comfort and performance.
    Did You Know?
    From the football field to produce aisle, polyethylene and polypropylene are durable enough to get the job done, but also safe for baby.

  • pH-Sensitive Material
  • What is it?
    Material that reacts based on exposure to wetness. This strip of material changes color when it comes in contact with urine, letting parents know when it’s time for a change. Did You Know?
    Similar to the pH scale you learned about in science class, the strip indicates when baby’s urine hits the diaper.

  • Polyester
  • What is it?
    Spun into a soft fiber, polyester is used to help absorb wetness while providing comfort for baby.
    Did You Know?
    Polyester is used in insulated clothing, for furniture, pillows and medical garments.

  • Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs)
  • What is it?
    When dry, super absorbent polymers (SAPs), or polyacrylate polymers, are small crystals that look like table sugar. When wet, SAPs become a durable gel that locks liquid away to help avoid rewet and keep baby dry. More than 400 studies have evaluated SAPs to ensure they pose no safety risks, even if accidentally swallowed.
    Did You Know?
    Clinical studies have indicated that using disposable diapers with super absorbent polymers (SAPs) better absorb wetness and allow baby’s skin to maintain dryness, preventing leaks and promoting overall skin health.

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