Chemical Smell from Pampers Diapers

Updated on March 08, 2012
S.F. asks from Ogdensburg, NY
9 answers

I just had baby number 2 and she was a very healthy 9 lbs so newborn diapers were a little too small for her. So we went straight to number 1's. We still had a few packages from my first that we never used up and were using those before buying anymore. My Mom bought me a box of the same type of Pampers diapers the other day and I just started using those ones yesterday. As I said I had been using the leftover ones from my first born before dipping into the new package. But.... the diapres taht my Mom bought seem to be giving off a horrible chemical smell when they are wet. I know that it isnt my daughters pee because I have other Pampers Baby Dry diapers that were also left overs and Ive used a few of those in between the ones that my Mom bought and they dont smell at all when wet. Has anyone had thiis happen to them and if so is it normal? what is the cause of the smell? should I be calling the 1-800 number on the package? What is up with the stink?

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answers from Fort Wayne on

I hate pampers we used huggies then I found the SAM's club brand Members Mark and LOVE them. If you have a Sam's give them a try. I never had the chemical smell and they kept the mess in.

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answers from Dallas on

There ARE chemicals in pampers diapers, that's what absorbs all the urine. You are smelling chemicals, because that's what pampers are.

The ammonia in your daughter's urine, is probably just reacting with the chemicals in the diapers. There has been all kinds of controversy surrounding pampers diapers, because of them causing chemical burns and reactions. You can do a google search and a lot of information is out there. If your daughter experiences some kind of reaction, definitely call the number and report it.

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answers from Salinas on

My kids are way past the diaper stage but we rarely used regular disposable diapers as they are filled with harmful chemicals. We used cloth or sometimes natural ones for convenience.
Below is a link to a site that claims to know what's in them. Don't have time to look into it now but when I researched it years ago I was surprised more people didn't take it seriously. Babies spend 24/7 with these things against their skin, often wet, for years. For me personally it was an easy fix to avoid them.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Bug and Kari are right...there are many chemicals in these diapers.

Seventh Generation makes a chemical-free, chlorine-free disposable if you want a disposable that is very protective and reliable.

You'd be shocked by the types and amounts of chemicals in baby products. Remember that what you put on or against baby's skin is absorbed into her system. Keep it clean with products from Burt's Bees (best diaper cream!!), Weleda, Earth's Best and Seventh Generation. There are many others, but these are the brands we used the most - they were very effective and well worth it!

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answers from Lakeland on

All diapers are made with chemicals that is what you are smelling and that is what is against your babies skin. There are a few brands that make them without chemicals.

Seventh Generation is one of the brands.

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answers from Fort Collins on

Cloth diapers are an easy solution and pretty easy to use these days. We use a diaper service cuz I don't want to/don't have time to wash them myself. It is the same price as buying Huggies regularly. We still use disposable for going out. Makes me feel better about not exposing DS to the chemicals all day every day, though.

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answers from Albuquerque on

Diapers are made with TONS of chemicals. Your old ones just had time to air out. We switched over to non-chemical ones (Seventh Generation) and then went full force and did cloth. It was so much more gentle. But a ton more work.

Don't worry about the smell... it's actually kind of normal. If you don't like it, though, there are alternatives!

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answers from Lake Charles on

Any time I used baby dry i smelled that.. I mainly used the cruisers and now I use the swaddlers then will switch to cruisers.. they fit better and didn't have the same smell. It's more than likely your daughters urine reacting with the absorbency chemicals in the diaper.. probably normal but really annoying I'm sure.



answers from Albany on

Send Pampers an e-mail with the complaint. Something like, I always use your product, But the last package I bought has a strong chemical smell. They will send ya some coupons.

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