Together with a panel of judges, Smart Parenting conducted tests on different products essential in daily baby care, following specific criteria. The results showed a close fight among the product contenders per category!
The laundry detergent brands were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
For cleaning ability, four white cotton shirts were previously stained equally with one tablespoon of chocolate-flavored milk and one tablespoon of baby food, and then allowed to dry for two days. On the day of the testing, the stained shirts were pre-soaked for 30 minutes in washtubs.
The panelists then checked how clean the shirts were without scrubbing first. Afterwards, four panelists were randomly assigned one of the four laundry detergent brands each and were asked to scrub the shirts using their hands 100 times, within 10 rounds of 10 scrubs each, and checking after each interval which laundry detergent was most effective in removing the stain and making the shirt cleaner and whiter.
For scent, each of the shirts was sniffed and the ingredients were also checked to determine the mildness of the laundry detergent.
Pigeon Baby Laundry Detergent displayed remarkable ability in lifting away food stains after a 30-minute soak, and a fixed number of scrubs. Pigeon Baby Detergent comes in a concentrated formula that effectively removes stubborn stains, and contains no artificial coloring, so it’s safe to use for both hand- and machine-washing.
DISPOSABLE DIAPERS CATEGORY:
The disposable diapers were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
To simulate urine and match its salinity, a mixture of one teaspoon of salt and blue food dye at a temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius was used.
For absorption speed, 150 ml of the mock urine solution was poured into each of the diapers via a beaker and funnel. Panelists timed how long it would take for the liquid to be fully absorbed by the diapers. The diaper which absorbed the liquid most quickly wins.
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For dryness, using a different set of diapers, the same amount of simulated urine solution was poured and timed for 60 seconds after absorption. A sheet of paper towel and 2-kilogram weights were then placed on top of the diaper for a total of five seconds before being removed. Each of the paper towels for the diapers was evaluated based on its wetness/dryness.
For skin protection, the panelists had to rub down the whole length of each diaper in a circular motion 30 times using oil film paper. The oil film with the most absorbed oil, cream or lotion will indicate which diaper has a protective layer or mechanism that protects baby against wetness. As an additional precaution, rubber gloves were used by the panelists as a barrier between their hands and the film to ensure that only the oil from the diapers were absorbed.
For stretchability, each diaper was stretched to its full length and measured.
For softness, the panelists were blindfolded and were made to feel each diaper.
When it comes to fastest absorption of liquid, driest diaper surface, presence of skin protective layer, and maximum stretchability of the waistband for baby’s comfort, Pampers Active Baby has it down pat.
BABY WIPES CATEGORY:
The wipes were tested based on cleaning ability, mildness, after-feel on skin, mildness of scent, size of individual wipes, texture, thickness, and presence of skin-caring ingredients (i.e. Vitamin E, chamomile, etc). Each panelist was given a sample of all the baby wipes brands being tested and did her own testing at home.
Based on our panelists’ experience, Pigeon Baby Wipes has the right feel of wetness and softness on the hands, and even contains chamomile for added skin benefits.
BABY SKIN LOTION CATEGORY:
Baby skin lotion brands were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
•Scent (“amoy baby”)
•Absorption into skin
The labels were checked and compared based on the number of ingredients, the chemical and/or additives content, as well as if the product was indicated as “hypoallergenic”. The panelists were instructed to use one brand per day for testing purposes or to use their knowledge/research of the brands for judging.
Each panelist was given a sample of all the baby skin lotion brands being tested and did her own testing at home.
Based on panelists’ testing and observation, Baby Sebamed Baby Lotion has the closest “amoy-baby” scent which and lasts all day. Sebamed claims that it is pediatrician-recommended, and has a pH value of 5.5 which reinforces the natural barrier of skin.
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BABY SKIN CLEANSER CATEGORY (Regular): Baby Skin Cleansers (Sensitive and Regular) were part of the take-home tests. Regular skin cleansers were judged on mildness on skin, and freshness of the scent.
Judges attest to Johnson’s Baby Bath Milk + Rice’s gentle cleansing formula with the rich combination of proteins and nutrients for the skin.
BABY SKIN CLEANSER CATEGORY (Sensitive): Baby skin cleansers (for sensitive skin) were judged on mildness on skin, and freshness of the scent. These skin cleansers have “for delicate skin” or “gentle enough for newborns” on their labels.
The panelists found both Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Physiogel Cleanser effective for baby's sensitive skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanseris a mild, gentle skin cleanser that cleans as it soothes. The panelists agree that it is a simple,yet highly-effective way to care and cleanse baby’s skin.
Physiogel Cleanser is a gentle face and body skin cleanser that can be used with or without water. It is soap-free and cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
As observed by our panelists, Oilatum Bar for dry, sensitive skin gently cleanses skin without drying, and is suitable for children and infants. It is recommended by dermatologists and known to soothe common skin irritations like rashes.
Out of the all the popular baby brands in the market, the following have made the cut. Smart Parenting recognizes these as the most recommended brands when it comes to baby care. Look for them on your next visit to the grocery or department store!
All tests were conducted by the Smart Parenting Best for Baby Awards panel of judges. The methodology was designed to mimic real –life usage per product category, while standardizing key variables like amount of liquid poured on diapers, number of hand scrubs for detergent, etc.
Smart Parenting reserves the right to present winners at its own discretion.