Best forParents looking for an absorbent diaper that’s ideal for babies on the move
Top BenefitsGood adsorption, made for active babies, less bulky than some other diapers
ConsiderationsNo wetness indicator
Bottom lineDesigned for active babies, Pampers Cruisers have plenty of stretch and offer good absorption, plus re-fastenable tabs make quick checks and changes easy
Kids come in all shapes and sizes right from day one, which means finding the perfect diaper fit can feel a little like a Cinderella scenario. You want them to be secure and comfortable with good absorbency and no leakage—especially once they get really mobile. After testing out a range of diapers in our lab and getting feedback from families, one thing is clear: Pampers Cruisers might just be the diaper equivalent of a glass slipper.
Available in sizes 3 to 7, Pampers Cruisers got top marks for quality from our testers, who applauded their secure tabs, supreme absorbency, comfortable fit and lack of leakage. Almost three-quarters of parent testers said Pampers Cruisers are better than other brands they’ve used in the past.
In our lab testing, we found this diaper absorbed liquids fairly well. Although the diaper didn't immediately absorb the liquid, it didn’t remain in the top layer long enough to cause discomfort, and the inner liner kept fluids away from the sides and back of the diaper. Liquid does spread nicely through the diaper and up the walls of the inner liner, preventing leakage. These diapers aren’t very stretchy around the waist and legs, so you’ll need to make sure you purchase the right size to avoid leaks.
Nighttime is prime leak time, but most parents said they'd feel confident using these diapers on their kids overnight. On the rare occasions they leaked, our testers said it happened when their child was sleeping on his stomach and there was a significant amount of liquid.
Pampers Cruisers don’t feel quite as soft or as breathable as some of the other diapers we tested, but on the plus side, the tabs are secure and don’t get worn out or tear. They also feel nice against baby’s skin, reducing the risk of skin irritation. Our testers also appreciated the thin, non-bulky fit and reported that their kids were able to move around freely and seemed comfortable wearing the diapers. These diapers do have a fragrance that some parents may not be keen on (our editors weren't fond of it).
Most of our testers said it was easy to get these diapers on and off their baby. They noted that the tabs release and re-fasten easily when needed without losing their stickiness, which is especially helpful in diapers like these that are designed for babies and toddlers on the move. One mom even said she finds these diapers make it easy to change her son while he's standing up. Parents also told us they find it easy to toss dirty diapers without any spills or leaky messes.
While Pampers Cruisers are a mid-price range diaper, most parent testers said they were happy to pay a bit more for the quality and brand reliability.
With a snug, streamlined fit, great absorbency, good wetness distribution and little to no leakage, Pampers Cruisers are one of the top performing diapers. Our editors were impressed with how well they locked in liquids, and almost all of our parent testers (87 percent) rated their ease-of-use good or very good. Not only would they recommend them to other parents, they all said these diapers are worthy of the Today’s Parent Approved seal.