Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers: Huggies Face-Off

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If you’re confused by the difference between Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers diapers, you’ve come to the right place.

This article breaks down all the differences and similarity between Huggies two popular diaper lines.

I’m trained researcher who has been analyzing different diaper quality since our first baby was born. I’ve written over 20 in-depth diaper guides, each with experimental testing and extensive real-life testing on our baby (my comparison of Pampers and Huggies is one of my most popular posts).

Plus, unlike other reviews, I actually tested both Little Movers and Little Snugglers on our baby at the same time so I could get a true side-by-side comparison.

You’ll also find my absorption experiment results so you can truly understand how these diapers perform at keeping your baby dry.

Keep reading to find the perfect Huggies diaper for your baby.

Key Points of Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers

No time to read the whole article? Here are the main differences between Little Movers vs. Little Snugglers

  • Little Snugglers are available in all sizes; Little Movers start at size 3.
  • Little Movers are more durable than Little Snugglers.
  • Little Snugglers are softer and gauzy on the outer shell compared to Little Movers.
  • Little Movers are designed for more mobile babies.
  • Little Snugglers are designed for more delicate skin.
  • Both diapers are similarly priced.

If that’s all you need, you can check current prices for Huggies here:

Huggies’ also offers a chart comparing their diapers. Their chart is nicely done but doesn’t capture the little details of using both diapers in real-life. That’s why I wrote this guide that highlights our actual experience using these diapers on a 1-year old.

front of huggies little movers and little snugglers diapers next to each other with a red ruler for scale
Side-by-side of Huggies Little Snugglers and Little Movers diapers

Size of Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers

Huggies offers Little Snugglers in size preemie (< 6 lbs.) to 6 (>35 lbs.). Since Little Movers are designed for mobile babies, they start at size 3 (16 – 28 lbs.) up to size 7 (> 41 lbs.)

Here are the measurements of the two diapers to give a size comparison:

Little SnugglersLittle Movers
Between Legs3.5″3.0″
Front waistband10.5″10.5″
Back waistband10.5″10.5″
Stretch of back elastic3.0″3.5″

Little Snugglers and Little Movers are very similarly sized. Little Movers are a little more tapered between the legs and have more stretch in the back elastic than Little Snugglers.

back of huggies little snugglers vs. little movers diapers with ruler for scale
Back waistband elastics of Huggies Little Movers vs. Little Snugglers

The diapers reviewed in this article were size 4.

Durability of Huggies Little Movers and Little Snugglers

Our baby is the perfect diaper tester for durability because she is currently trying to strong-arm off her diaper herself regularly (much to my chagrin).

She also drinks water like a sailor so she tests diapers to their limit.

Overall, Little Movers are more durable, especially when I am having to put back on the same diaper repeatedly.

In pulling and stretching on the elastic parts, Little Movers elastic feels noticeably stronger than Little Snugglers. The photo below shows the waistband elastics.

back waistbands of huggies diapers: little snugglers on top and little movers on bottom.
Elastics in the waistband of Little Snugglers and Little Movers diapers

As seen in the size chart above, the back waistband elastic stretched about a half of inch more than Little Snugglers, indicating the the elastic is holding tighter in these diapers.

Both diapers feature Huggies’ “grip strips,” the purple lines in the photo below, that are supposed to secure the diaper fastening better.

Personally, I dislike the grip strips and find them to be more trouble than they’re worth.

front waistbands of huggies diapers: little snugglers on top and little movers on bottom
Purple “grip strips” on Huggies diapers

Little Snugglers with their softer layers get caught up on the grip strip after taking off and on the diaper. The softness of Snugglers felt a little more likely to snag on the grip strips and wore a little easier than the Movers.

That said, both diapers handedly the weight of sagginess well. They also stayed in place great, even in the face of her trying to wrestle them off.

They both did this markedly better than the Target Up&Up diapers we were using before this round of Huggies testing (I’ve done a full comparison of Up & Up and Huggies too).

Absorption of Little Movers vs. Little Snugglers

In real life testing on our baby, both diapers handle a lot of liquid well.

Our baby drinks like a fish (for real, she often chugs three water bottles as she goes to sleep which is … not ideal). She definitely challenged these diapers and both did a good job mostly keeping her dry.

When on our baby, I didn’t notice a difference in absorption performance and felt confident reaching for either diaper when she needed a change, even for overnights.

Both diapers also did well on overnight testing.

I’ve also performed absorbency experiments on Huggies diapers and they outperform nearly ever other diaper I’ve tested, save Pampers which had similar performance as Huggies (don’t miss my Huggies vs. Pampers analysis).

Below you can see an animation of my Huggies absorption experiment, where I added pours of water and tested with a paper towel after to see absorption speed and capacity.

huggies snuggler diaper absorbing liquid animation

Huggies absorbed all the liquid quickly and was dry almost immediately after the first half of the pours.

Even at the highest amount of liquid, the Huggies were essentially dry after a 10 minute resting period.

Features of Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers

While Huggies Little Snugglers and Little Movers are generally similar, there are some structural features that distinguish the diapers

The different features of Little Movers and Little Snugglers include:

  • Little Movers have stronger elastics
  • Little Snugglers have umbilical cut-out in size 1 and below.
  • Inner liners are different on the diapers
  • Tab shapes are slightly different
comparison of little movers vs little snugglers diaper tabs
Diaper tab comparison of Little Snugglers and Little Movers

The diapers also share many of the more “luxury” features you’d expect from a name-brand diaper. Both diapers offer:

  • “Grip strips” to help secure the waistband
  • Back pocket waistbands for blow protection
  • Size up indicators
  • Wetness indicators

Ingredient Lists

Both Little Snugglers and Little Movers are fragrance-free diapers. They are also latex-free and elemental-chlorine free (source).

While Little Snugglers are marketed as diapers for delicate skin, they have the exact same ingredient list as Little Movers:

  • Little Snugglers ingredients: Wood pulp, Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polyrurethane elastics, Polyolefin Elastic, Adhesives, Colorants, Printing Inks, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyester
  • Little Movers ingredients: Wood Pulp, Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polyrurethane elastics, Polyolefin Elastic, Adhesives, Colorants, Printing Inks, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyester

Likely, the delicate skin feature comes instead of the diaper inner shell lining and its ability to keep a baby’s skin dry. You can see the difference in the inner linings below:

close up comparing the inner lining of huggies little movers vs little snugglers diapers
Inner linings of Huggies Little Snugglers vs. Little Movers

Overall, Huggies does a nice job of including an ingredient list with explanation for each ingredient on their website. You can find Huggies’ Little Snugglers ingredient list here and Little Movers ingredient list here.

Comfort of Little Movers and Snugglers

In general, Little Snugglers are softer than Little Movers. The inner liner of the diapers are softer and a little more velvety on the Little Snugglers.

Looking at the linings, Little Snugglers have a more visible quilted pattern than the Movers. Indeed, the Little Movers liner feels more smooth and sleek compared to the Snugglers.

The elastic around the legs also feels softer on Little Snugglers, which makes sense since Little Movers’ elastic is stronger.

Close up of the diaper elastics that go around the legs of huggies diapers
Leg elastics of Little Movers and Little Snugglers Huggies diapers

The outer shells of the diapers feel comparable in terms of softness and comfort.

Cost Comparison

Huggies Little Movers and Little Snugglers are similarly priced. At the time of this writing in August 2023, the diapers were the same price or nearly the same price at the stores I checked.

Sometimes, you’ll find either Little Movers or Little Snugglers on sale but not both. I bought the Little Snugglers reviewed in this article because they were on a 40% sale when Little Movers were full price.

Huggies are name-brand, premium diapers and that is reflected in the price. You can save a lot of money by considering a store-brand diaper instead (over half off in some cases).

My favorite store brand diaper right now is Amazon’s Mama Bear line, you can check out my Mama Bear experience for more on how they perform.

Conclusion: are Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers better?

So, which diaper reigns supreme: Huggies Little Snugglers or Huggies Little Movers?

Overall, both Huggies Little Snugglers and Little Movers are great diapers. They’re more luxury, name-brand diapers and perform accordingly.

You’re likely going to like either of these diapers, with their more premium features and solid absorption performance.

For us, I personally preferred using the Little Movers during the day when our baby was running around like a maniac. They held up a little better to her activity level.

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That said, Little Snugglers also did a good job staying on and outperformed store brand diapers like Up & Up’s in terms of working on an active, mobile baby.

If you like a softer feel, Little Snugglers is for you. You could also do a combination of using Little Snugglers at night and Little Movers during the day.

Looking for more on Huggies? See how they fare against Up & Up diapers or against Mama Bear diapers.

About the Author

Elizabeth Jon is a Ph.D. researcher whose work focuses on pregnancy and education. At Shoestring Baby, she uses her skills to research baby name trends, in-depth baby gear reviews & money savings ideas for parents.

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