Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between the different Huggies ranges?

Huggies has developed a range of different nappies to ensure we have a nappy that meets the needs and budget of all Aussie families. Huggies Essentials is our new value^ range designed to provide up to 12 hours of reliable protection with Huggies trusted absorbency. Our other Huggies Ultra Dry and Huggies Ultimate Ranges feature a number of additional benefits for your baby. Both feature tailored absorbency^ - Huggies Ultra Dry is designed for comfort and dryness, and Huggies Ultimate is our best care for skin.

^ Not available on Huggies Ultimate Newborn and Size 1.

Range Name Huggies Ultimate Newborn Nappies Huggies Ultimate Nappies Huggies Ultra Dry Nappies Huggies Essential Nappies Huggies Ultimate Nappy-Pants Huggies Ultra Dry Nappy-Pants Huggies Little Swimmers
Size (Weight guide) Size 1 -2 Size 3-5 Size 3-6 Size 1-6 Size 4-6 Size 4-6 S, M, L
Which Nappy is right? Designed to care for delicate newborn skin. All the feature of Huggies Ultra Dry plus Our Best Care for baby’s Skin. Comfortable and soft protected designed specifically for the girls and boys. Reliable absorbent nappy. Designed for the energetic baby who starts wriggling around at change time Plus our Best Care for Skin. Designed for the energetic baby who starts rolling and wriggling at change time. Enjoy water without having to worry about little accidents, because you never know when they are going to go.
Dry Touch Layer   X X   X    
Targeted absorbency specific for boys and girls needs   X X   X X  
Gentle Absorb Layer X            
Up to 12hrs Leakage protection X X X X X X  
Wetness Indicator X X X X      
Breathe Dry Cover X X X   X X  
Wide back pocketed waistband X            
Gentle Balm   X          
Aloe Vera and Vitamin E   X     X    
Stretchy waistband X X X X   X  
Resealable pant sides         X   X
Pull-Up pant design         X X X
Disney Designs Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh Mickey Mouse Mickey and Minnie

Toy Story
(size 6 only)

(size 6 only)
Mickey and Minnie

Toy Story
(size 6 only)

(size 6 only)
Finding Dory

Q. What is the difference between boy and girl nappies?

Because boys and girls have different absorbency needs, Huggies Nappies are designed to have absorbency where your baby needs it the most. Boys produce a greater concentration of urine at the front of the nappy where girls have a relatively even distribution of urine with a slightly higher concentration in the middle to the back of the nappy. Huggies Boy and Girl Nappies have been developed based on extensive testing with both Australian and New Zealand babies to maximise dryness and minimise leakage during the day and night for all babies.

Q. Please explain the weight range guide that appears on the Huggies Nappies packs.

Huggies Nappies are available in a range of sizes to suit every stage of development. Every Huggies Nappies pack features a weight range table to help parents select the most appropriate nappy for their baby. The weight chart is designed as a guide only with fit and comfort differing from child to child. This range is used as there is so much variation in baby's shape and build. This variance is reflected in the weight guide, which shows a slight overlap between each of the sizes.

The Huggies range of nappies includes:

Size Weight Range
1 Up to 5kg
2 4 to 8kg
3 6 to 11kg
4 10 to 15kg
5 13 to 18kg
6 16kg and over

Q. What is the gel I have found on my baby's skin?

Huggies Nappies contain a super absorbent ingredient called Polyacrylate, which is mixed in with the nappy padding. This material turns liquid into gel, helping prevent nappy leakage. Occasionally this safe, gel material will seep out of the pad and onto your baby's skin. The gel material is quite safe and will not harm your baby in any way.

Q. How do I remove the gel from my baby's skin?

If you notice a small amount of gel like material on your baby's skin simply remove it with a baby wipe or a damp washcloth.

Q. What are Huggies Nappies made from?

As you can imagine, Huggies nappies are made up of quite a few ingredients. They are broken down into the following:

  • The padding inside Huggies nappies is made of a mixture of wood pulp and what we call Super Absorbent Material. The Super Absorbent Material is a Polyacrylate crystal, which absorbs moisture and is the main absorbency material in our nappies. This turns into a gel, minor amounts of which can sometimes be found on your baby's skin during use. Don't worry it will not harm your child in any way.
  • The nappies are held together by glue.
  • Huggies have a cloth like outer cover.
  • Inside the nappy below the liner, there is what's called a surge layer. This is made of polypropylene and polyethylene and helps with rapid absorption, spreading the urine equally throughout the nappy.
  • There is no latex used at all in the manufacture process.

Q. What’s the DryTouch Layer made from?

Our DryTouch Layer is made from polyester blend, similar to what would be found in everyday clothing

Q. Do Huggies nappies contain the anti bacterial ingredient Triclosan?

Triclosan, while commonly used in many other consumer products such as anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes, is not used and has never been used in Huggies disposable nappies. In fact Huggies Nappies are clinically proven to help prevent nappy rash and all ingredients and the components of our nappies are rigorously tested prior to use.

Q. Why has my baby's nappy started to leak at night?

All our Huggies Nappies are made to set design specifications. Most parents find the fit and performance of Huggies Nappies are far better than any other brand on the market for their babies. That said we know every baby is very much an individual so the occasional leakage problem can occur.

The factors that can sometimes lead to leakage are the many movements your baby makes everyday, the quality of the nappy you use (Huggies Nappies are highly absorbent), the nature of your baby's bowel and bladder habits and the size of the nappy your baby is wearing.

We are constantly striving to improve our nappies and prevent leakage altogether. To that end, Huggies Nappies feature a soft, stretchy waistband, so the nappy adjusts to your baby's shape, making it even more comfortable and secure for baby. Huggies Nappies also feature leak guards around the legs to providing a layer of protection from messy leaks.

The weight range on each of our packs is a guide only and quite often moving to the next size up will stop the leakage issues.

Q. Do you make nappies for premature babies and where can I buy them?

You can find out more about our range of nappies for premature babies and our tiniest hugs here. Or you can call Huggies Consumer Advisory Service on 1800 028 334 (Australia) for your nearest supplier.

Q. I have accidentally put a nappy in the washing machine, how do I remove it?

Huggies Nappies contain a super absorbent ingredient called Polyacrylate, which is mixed in with the nappy padding. This material turns liquid into gel, which traps liquid in, and helps prevent nappy leakage. In a machine wash the nappy would have absorbed an enormous amount of water. This combined with the washing action would have resulted in the nappy disintegrating into small pieces, most likely clumps.

You will need to clean both the washing machine and any clothes that were in the wash with the nappy. Firstly, remove any large particles that remain in the machine. Remove and clean the machine filter. Once the filter is back in place run a normal wash cycle with no clothing in the machine. If you like, add some anti-bacterial rinse to the cycle to eliminate any germs present.

Once the machine is clean, re-wash any clothes that have nappy particles on them. If any item of clothing is severely affected, wash it separately by hand and then re-wash it in the machine. Once again add some anti-bacterial rinse to the wash if you desire. Clean the washing machine filter again once the cycle is completed. If there are any remaining particles on your clothes remove them with a lint brush once the clothes are dry.

Q. Can I buy Huggies Nappies overseas?

Huggies Nappies are manufactured and sold around the world and are readily available in many countries. Huggies Nappies are generally designed and manufactured according to the needs of the local market. For this reason, the features and absorbency levels may differ from country to country. Generally a premium, high performing Huggies Nappy is usually available and is likely to satisfy people familiar with the Australia/New Zealand product.

The Huggies Nappies available in Australia are also available in New Zealand, and some of the Pacific Islands including Fiji, PNG, Nauru, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu. Sometimes third parties will import product intended for sale in other countries and these may look different in both colour and design. If you have any queries, please contact our consumer advisory service.

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