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 🙂