Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Diapers: Pampers vs Huggies vs Store Brand

Since this week is a Celebrate Baby week, I thought it would only be appropriate to talk about baby related stuff. And what better topic than diapers?

I am ashamed to admit that I have never tried cloth diapers. It's a little late right now, because my little guy is 21 months old and I am desperately trying to get him to go on the potty. Lately he's been running around the house without a diaper and leaving a mess (pee & poo) behind him in every place possible. But most of the time, he's still wearing size 5 Pampers Baby-Dry.

Since I know the world of disposable diapers pretty well, I thought I would share which ones I personally like the best and which ones are a complete fail. I've tried a variety of brands including store brands and brand names. Whoever tells you that store brands are just as good, has obviously never tried brand name diapers.

My favorite brand is Pampers. I am not a fan of P&G and their company's products which are filled with chemicals, but they do know how to make good diapers. Pampers Baby Dry are the thinnest and stretchiest diapers I've tried and they do a great job of absorbing liquids. I've never had any leaks, even when they are worn overnight. The only problem some might have with Pampers is that they are scented (mild baby powder-type scent). I don't mind the scent and even kind of like it. Don't waste your money on Pampers Cruisers as they are basically the same diaper and I actually like Cruisers less. 

Huggies for me come second. I know that many prefer Huggies over Pampers because they are unscented. Huggies are thicker than Pampers and they blow up (with pee) a lot faster. They do also absorb wetness pretty good, but not as good as Pampers. Same thing as with Pampers about Snug & Dry vs Little Movers, they are pretty much the same diaper.

Costco Kirkland diapers are apparently also made by Kimberly-Clark (manufacturer of Huggies). Thus they are very similar to Huggies in style and in how they work. If I had to choose a store-brand, it would be Kirkland. They are are best store-brand diaper I've tried and although not quite as good as Pampers or Huggies, they are stretchable, soft and absorb well.

Target Up & Up Diapers are of a lower quality store brand diapers. I don't think it's worth it to save a couple bucks and have your child be uncomfortable. They feel very plastic-like, not very stretchy and only absorb a pee or two after which they become completely soaked. 

Superstore Teddy's Choice Diapers are the worst diapers I've ever tried. I can't believe people say that these are their favorite. They are completely plastic, rough, not stretchy, have small plastic closing tabs which cut skin. They will only absorb one pee and leave a red marks where the sides came in contact with skin. Not worth it. 

After my experience with store brands, I decided that it's not even worth it to try them and see if I can save some money. Plus if you combine sales and coupons on Pampers & Huggies you might even get them cheaper than store brands. For me, number one concern is my child's comfort and I wouldn't put him in anything I didn't think was comfortable.

Which disposables or cloth diapers are your favorite?


Faith and Family Reviews said...

We usually use cloth, but my mil has been supplying us with disposable. I think they are the store brand at Jewel or Dominick's. Usually store brand has worked well for us. There have been one or two brands in the past that we did not like, but I cannot remember which ones now.

Cloth diapers, I like the prefolds and a cover that has snaps (Bummis). We did try gDiapers in the fall and they worked well too. It was just a whole new system that I would have to invest in and it did not make sense to switch since I had a cloth diaper system that has worked well for over ten years.

There are so many choices now that no two moms will ever agree, but it is fun to learn from each other so we can know what works the best/worst.

scody said...

It's not too late to try cloth! There are great options for cloth trainers and the word out there is that little ones 'train' faster when using cloth!
I loved prefolds for my first but my second is now almost 1 and so squirmy! So I try and get my All-In-Ones through the wash quick for easy changes!

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Yeah pampers and Huggies are on the top on list of brands of diapers. But I think Pampers are thinner than huggies and pretty good for kids. My cousin always buy pampers for her 1 year old son.

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