What’s in a Pampers Nappy?

What's in a Pampers Nappy?

As a mum, you know that the most important thing about a nappy is that it helps you to keep your baby dry and comfortable. You may wonder how nappies are made and what materials are used to make this everyday product so reliable.

Pampers are Designed with Babies in Mind

Disposable nappies have come a long way since 1961 when Victor Mills, a P&G engineer and researcher, was inspired by his baby grandson to design a better disposable nappy.

Today's Pampers nappies and pants are made from soft, breathable materials that move with your baby as he plays and sleeps each day. Like most modern disposable nappies, Pampers have a layered construction, which allows the transfer and distribution of liquid away from the baby to an absorbent core where the liquid is locked away from the baby to help keep him comfortable and dry.

How Nappies Work

  • A baby's urine first channels through a protective inner liner, also called a top-sheet. Pampers top-sheet has a thin layer of mild lotion to help maintain your baby's skin health by protecting it from wetness.
  • The urine then passes through the absorption layer, which is made from cloth-like polyester fibres that are both soft and effective at quickly absorbing liquid and moving it away from your baby's skin.
  • The distribution layer captures the urine flow and transfers it to the absorbent core, which is the storage layer of the nappy.
  • The distribution layer captures the urine flow and transfers it to the absorbent core, which is the storage layer of the nappy.
  • The outer cover of the nappy, also known as the back-sheet, is made of a breathable film topped with soft cloth-like fibres to help prevent wetness from transferring to baby's bed or clothes.

Did you know? Over the years, with the introduction of super-absorbent gel, the incidence and severity of nappy rash has decreased significantly, which helps to increase your baby's comfort and helps keep baby's soft skin healthy.

Super-absorbent Gel

Absorbent gelling material is an important component of all Pampers nappies. It is used in the core of Pampers nappies to absorb wetness and keep your baby dry. Super-absorbent gel has been widely used since the 1980s in a variety of consumer products including nappies, feminine hygiene products and food packaging.

Super-absorbent nappies offer significant skin health benefits; by trapping wetness away from baby's skin, they help keep the skin drier and healthier.

When added to Pampers nappies, the super-absorbent gel is dry and granular, like sugar, but forms a gel as it absorbs liquid. In fact, it can retain up to 30 times its weight in liquid, locking it away to help prevent wetness from coming back to the surface of the nappy and help keep babies drier.

What if the gel touches my baby's skin?

Occasionally, you may see small beads of gel from the nappy on your baby's skin or bedding, but the gel is non-toxic and will not harm the baby. Gel that appears on the skin can easily be removed by gently wiping your baby's skin.

Is the gel safe in my baby's nappy?

Like all materials and ingredients in our nappies, Pampers conducts tests to evaluate the safety of this ingredient – adding to the large body of evidence that shows the safety of this gel for baby s skin.

Across the industry, the safety of super-absorbent material has been proven in more than 400 consumer safety tests studying every way in which a person could come in contact with it – through skin contact or accidental ingestion by babies or pets. Each study has consistently demonstrated the safety of this material.

The Colours in Pampers Nappies

Some Pampers nappies have colours designed to give the nappy a more clothing-like appearance. Pampers uses pigments for these colours, not dyes, because some dyes can cause allergy. The pigments we use are non-allergenic and skin safe. They are also commonly used in other consumer products, contact lenses and food packaging.

Pampers Nappies and Fragrance

We've asked parents all around the world which products they prefer for their babies and they've told us that they prefer nappies with a soft, baby-fresh scent. The perfumes are used at a very low level in each nappy and have been carefully selected and evaluated to be non-irritating to the skin, nor cause skin allergy or sensitisation.

Our Commitment

There's nothing more important to us than your baby. That's why you can count on us to provide you with safe, high-quality products to help you protect and care for your child. As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments or ideas.

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