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The Thursday Review: Diapers. Brand name vs No name

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My Experience

When Sawyer was born we were lucky enough to live across the street from a diaper warehouse that sold cheap diapers. At that time I was a strong advocate of no name diapers (life brand, teddy’s choice etc.). I mean, why would you waste your money on something that they are going to pee and poo on and end up in the green bin (in Toronto we compost diapers). Anyways, as I understood it, fit rather than brand was key since it was ill fitting diapers that would leak or cause diaper rash.

Once Sawyer started moving, no name just didn’t cut it any more. I found that they would always leak and the money I was saving on diapers I was wasting on cleaner! Specifically, I preferred Huggies because they were cut bigger and Sawyer was a big boy.

Finally at the age of two he outgrew size six so.we had to switch him to Pull Ups. Again we tried all brands of training pants, but only Pampers Easy Ups did the job. Thankfully he was potty trained a few months after.

With the girls (since I anticipated.they’d be small) I invested in newborn diapers. As far as I know, you can only get these in brand name, but it’s worth it. They have a cut out for the babies umbilical stump and a wetness indicator so you can make sure baby is peeing (especially if you are a first time parent). Sawyer was almost 9.5lbs at birth and too big for these!

Now that I had been shopping for diapers and had a car I was buying Pampers for them because win sales and coupons they would only cost a dollar or two more, and I collect Pampers points (that you can use to buy items from their website).

I can’t say for sure it’s the diapers because there is a gender difference, but the Pampers never leak! I took it for granted that I would get peed on with Sawyer, and that he would get diaper rash occasionally. Yet here I am, four months in (times two little bums) and not had a single diaper rash and maybe only one or two leaks. I also find you can leave the diapers on a little longer as well. We are now up to size three.

So, in conclusion, I will admit that brand name diapers are better than no name. No, I would not pay full price for them, but with a little planning you can often find them for a comparable price and its totally worth it.

Wipes? Eh, no name is just fine. Even a damp cloth is fine of they just peed. Wipes do, however, make great make-up removing cloths at a fraction of the price ๐Ÿ™‚

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “The Thursday Review: Diapers. Brand name vs No name

  1. When our son was born, he was close to 10 lbs and we never even thought so using no name diapers. My husband is Polish and in their language a diaper is literally called “pamper” (although I am sure it is spelled differently). So we received mainly pampers products at our shower. My cousin had two kids and had gave me the rundown on her experience with diaper brands, telling me how she preferred Huggies for her second child and Pampers for the first. So, with that knowledge, we were open minded but decided we preferred Pampers because they didn’t smell as bad and looked cuter. I liked the swaddlers an the wetness indicator. We tried a Huggies diaper and they leaked. We tried Pampers, and they NEVER leaked (only when they were too small and there were blowouts). When it was time for our son to go to Pull-ups, we tried pampers easy ups and hated them! We found them so bulky and the material inside bunched too much. We went to Costco and bought a giant box of Huggies Pull ups and never went back to Pampers easy ups. The pull ups were very thin (which is what we were used to because we used the pampers swaddlers and then the Pampers Cruisers with 3 way fit and technology that allowed them to be thinner and absorb more! Love these diapers! Anyway, diaper brands will be solely dependent on your child, their reaction to that brand and whether or not they fit their body type. It’s all a learning experience! Ps. You can make your own baby wipes rather cheaply, but I love the sensitive pampers wipes, and yes they make awesome make-up remover wipes! I have also recently heard from other parents that Costco’s Kirkland brand have the wetness indicator and work great! Something to try I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted by Sarah | June 17, 2013, 2:24 pm
    • Thanks for the comment. I guess I am not the only one. Very good point about each child being different. I found huggies were good with Sawyer because he was big and they were sized bigger (at least 5 and 6). I should write pampers and ask them to sponsor me! LOL

      Posted by Shannon | June 17, 2013, 5:39 pm

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