Friday, January 29, 2010

Let's talk diapers

If I may, I'd like to take the floor for a moment and talk about something near and dear to my heart...diapers.

If I had to list things I'm intimately acquainted with, diapers would be at the top of my list. I have been shopping for, purchasing and changing them for almost 5 years. It was only a little under a year ago that we finally potty trained R. At one point we were buying 3 separate sizes and pull-ups.

Just like the commercials say, in the beginning I bought the expensive diapers. Whoever worked in the newborn diaper marketing department should receive a hefty raise. It was the picture of the tiny baby on the front and the term "swaddlers" that sold me. I didn't give a rip if they were absorbent or not. They had the animals on them that matched our nursery theme. What more did I need to know?

I quickly learned about absorbency after several night changes and lotsa wet sheets later...

Then, a mere 12 months and 2 weeks after R was born, little L came along. Now we were buying twice the diapers and twice the formula, so we had to cut back a bit. I was almost embarrassed to *gulp* buy the generic brand. I felt like less of a mom if I didn't buy Huggies or Pampers. Surely the other parents shopping in the diaper aisle were whispering about me as I quickly grabbed the "Giant Eagle" brand off the shelf. (Actually, they probably were whispering about me, but not because I bought generic, but because I was such a spaz about it. I'm completely serious here...this is not me taking creative license (as I sometimes do!) be a first-time parent again!

And guess what...I actually like the generic brands better.

There. I said it.

Not only do they cost less, but they also, er, hold more. Sure, maybe Pampers do smell like baby powder, but once they are *ahem* used, they just smell like baby powder scented poop.

Luvs were on sale today, so we went with them instead of the GE brand. And I have already had to change M and E twice--each--because they wet through. So now I have twice the laundry.

My favorite "generic" brand? Well, I'll try to be as unbiased as I can, but I warn you it will be difficult because: I. Love. Target.

Target's Up & Up brand is awesome. So inexpensive and fits well. We do have some wet throughs here and there, but NOTHING like what I had today with Luvs.

So, any comments? Any other brands I should try? We are always looking for quality at a decent price here in our house.

**By the way...I have not been compensated in any way by any of the brands mentioned here. These are just my personal experiences with different brands.**


  1. We use this kind that we get from the PX for Maddie. They have clifford the big red dog on them. Not sure, but I think you have said that Target does too, so they may be from the same company. Hoping to soon be done with those altogether and to have Maddie potty trained by the end of the new box we bought.

    This time around. The very beggining was filled with 1 package of pampers, 1 package of huggies (because the generic brands do not have the size newborn), then 1 package of generic like we use for Maddie and now we will never buy another diaper for Killien again. We are using the Bum Genius 3.0's Which are a cloth diaper that goes from 7-35 lbs. We might end up buying a few more of these, but no more disposables. I have used one so far (just to make sure he was big enough to fit in them before we ran out of disposables) and let me tell you these babies can hold a lot. I'm excited to see how well they work as he gets older, but I have heard nothing but good things as far as leaks go. This is a plus as he has some crazy peeing abilities i.e.: peeing out on the left hand side of his pants, yet having a wet pee patch on the back of his right shoulder?????? I don't understand. LOL

  2. Linds, do you have a diaper service or do you have to wash them yourself? That would be a deal breaker for me...I don't do poop. Well, not scrubbing it out of cloth, at least. I met a woman at the mall once who had those, and I looked them up online. I thought they were expensive. I guess in respect to how much I pay on all the disposables, they aren't.

    What's up with Killien?? That's funny about his aim. ;) Love ya. Thanks for commenting! Can't wait until you live closer! XOXO

  3. I'll wash them myself. I'll let you know how that goes as I am doing my first tomorrow. We have this cool sprayer that connects to our toilet though so before they get thrown in the washer I just hose them off into the toilet. Makes it easier.

    Yeah the initial investment was steep as we spent around $500 for 23 diapers, the sprayer, a wet zipper bag for our diaper bag, and a wet bag for the diaper genie. However, when we figured out that we have already spent well over $2,000 on disposables for Maddie it didn't seem quite as bad, plus we put aside the money slowly throughout my pregnancy so it wasn't such a big amount at one time. Also you can get them a bit cheaper if you buy them in a larger quantity.

    Can't wait till we are closer too. Also, I have no idea about Killien's aim.

  4. Mandy, I just found your blog through Lisa's and I have four kids too! I love target diapers, but can't handle the parent's choice generic from walmart b/c they leak on my kids. I just got my second potty trained, but b/f that I had three in diapers!

  5. Hi, Tyne!
    Thank you so much for commenting. We are two of the few...the warriors with many kids, as my friend Heidi says. =) I will check out your blog as well...


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