Disposable Diapers: Name Brand vs. Generic
Ok, so I’ll admit it… I use disposable diapers and I love the ease and convenience of them. I always thought that I would only use the most expensive name brand diapers because “my children deserve only the best”. My friends will all attest to the fact that I was a sold-out Pampers snob with our first child. So often they commented on it that it’s now just kind of a running joke, especially since I only buy generic diapers for our second child. Oh the things I have learned in my four years of motherhood!
With two kids in diapers, we quickly realized that it was not financially feasable (or smart) for us to spend $150 a month on diapers. Before I would even consider buying generic diapers, I did my research by polling my friends and of course online searches. But honestly, the best research I did was actual trials on my own baby. Here is what I found:
Pros: soft outer cover, form fitting, held overnight well, cute designs, available everywhere, coupons readily available, Pampers Gifts to Grow program, goes up to size 7
Cons: most expensive disposable per unit
Pampers Baby Dry
Pros: held overnight well, few leaks, cute designs, available everywhere, coupons readily available, Pampers Gifts to Grow program
Cons: not very form fitting, not stretchy (somewhat restrictive), almost as expensive as Pampers Swaddlers/Cruisers
Pros: soft outer cover, stretchy tabs, held overnight well, cute designs, available everywhere, coupons readily available, Huggies Enjoy the Ride program
Cons: not very form fitting, had many poopy leaks (especially in the first few weeks of life while breastfeeding), about the same price as Pampers
Pros: soft outer cover, moderate absorption, cute designs, available everywhere, cheaper than Pampers and Huggies
Cons: not very form fitting, somewhat restrictive, needed larger size because of lack of stretch
Parents Choice (Wal-Mart brand)
Pros: soft outer cover, held overnight well, never had a leak, less than $15 a box for 80-100 diapers (sizes vary)
Cons: only at Wal-Mart, harder to detect fullness from outside “feel”
Up and Up (Target brand)
Pros: soft outer cover (similar to Pampers), held overnight well, form fitting, cute design, about $15 a box for 80-100 diapers (sizes vary)
Cons: only at Target, seems to get full faster than other brands, harder to detect fullness from outside “feel”
Overall, we have been really happy using the Parents Choice and Up and Up diapers. Admittedly, we kept our son in Pampers longer than we would have liked because he was difficult to potty train and Pampers went up to a size 7, but just changing one kid to store brand diapers saved us over $50 a month!
What has your experience with store brand/generic disposable diapers been? How many brands of diapers did you try before deciding on the right one for your child?
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