如何给自己的宝宝选择合适的尿布可能是每个新妈妈要面临的问题，如今对于多数JMs来说，可能使用的都是disposable diapers，可能是年景不太好又是年底，DEAL似乎比较多，好象不少准妈妈已经考虑给宝宝屯点尿布，可是屯什么的尿布，屯多少可能是大家比较关心的问题，不过这个问题实在不好一概而论，因为Every baby is different，想就这个问题，分三个部分来介绍一下，仅供大家需要时参考啊！
首先简单介绍一下市面上常见的disposable diapers，一类是全国性的品牌，即national brands，最常见的如pampers，Huggies，LUVS等；另一类是商店品牌，即store brands，即各销售店家自己的品牌，如Target、Walmart、Costco、Kroger、CVS自己开发的diaper产品，质量也许不如national brands的好，但价格通常会比较便宜。
此外，diapers通常按宝宝的体重分不同大小，从Newborn、Size1…上去，然后是training pants一类；并按包装的大小，会有不同的名称，如Jumbo、Mega、Super Mega、Value Pack、Economy Box等，各包装内diapers的数量也可能会因品牌不同、大小不同而不同，所以diapers便宜与否通常都是以同一大小每片尿布的价格来作比较的。如果你问我，宝宝从小到大用了多少尿布，花了多少钱，我可真回答不上来，不过有一点很肯定的是，我们多花了不少钱，因为以前我们买东西似乎都是原价，后来才听说有人买东西几乎从来不买原价，颇为诧异；以前倒是看到别人用COUPON，只是疑惑过，也没细研究，所以也将我了解到的与JMs分享，这些将在第二和第三部分中涉及，并最后提一下布尿布使用(cloth diapering)的问题。
在介绍众人关于各品牌diapers的意见之前，先说一下我们的经验啊，我家两个宝一直用的是Pampers，从Swaddlers，到Cruisers，不过后来training pants用的是Huggies Pull Ups，觉得都比较好用。Pampers有两个系列，一个是baby dry(NB，size 1,1-2, 3, 4, 5, 6)，另一个是swaddlers(NB, PS, size 1, size 1-2, size 2, size 2-3), cruisers(size 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)，再后面就换成了Easy Ups(size 4T, 5T, 6T)，好象通常称为pull-on diapers，象underwear一样，是宝宝要potty training的时候穿的training pants，Huggies的称为Pull Ups。不同size的diapers有不同大小的包装，称为Jumbo，Mega，Super Mega，Target box，Value Box，Economy Box，Economy + box。因为不同店或不同时候卖的一箱内diapers数目可能会不同，所以不能笼统地说一箱diapers的价钱，而是要说某个牌子某size、一箱n片diapers的价钱是多少。具体这些在第二部分将一目了然。
Pampers Swaddlers are available in the following sizes:
● Newborn- up to 10 lbs
● Size 1- 8-14 lbs
● Size 2- 12-18 lbs
● Size 2/3- 14-22 lbs
＊ First Impressions
Pampers Swaddlers are very soft with a light baby powder scent. The diaper has stretchy tabs and elastic sides for baby's legs and a mesh-like material inside the diaper. The diaper is white and features Baby Sesame Street characters. The newborn size has a cutout for baby's umbilical cord.
＊ In Use
The diaper is simple to put on. It is easy to tell which side of the diaper is the front and which is the back (wasn't the case with Huggies, where the busy designs cover the entire diaper). I like the fact that the diaper is white, as this gives a visual of whether there is poop in the diaper, (just in case the smell doesn't give it away). The tabs work well, even when removed and adjusted a few times. In the four months of using Pampers Swaddlers, I've never had a broken tab. Pampers Swaddlers aren't perfect and we have experienced 4-5 blowouts over a 4 month period. Sizing is true to the weight suggestions on the box. My daughter weighs just over 12 lbs and is wearing a size 2. My baby has normal skin and we only use baby wipes when she has a dirty and not when she has a wet diaper. She hasn't had any issues with diaper rash while wearing Pampers Swaddlers.
● Soft diaper vs the paper-like consistency of cheaper diapers
● Moisture is wicked away quickly from baby's skin
● Light baby-fresh smell
● Available at all major retailers
● One of the most expensive disposable diapers available
● Breastfed baby poop tends to ride up the back of the diaper and sometimes through the leg openings, causing a mess
＊ In Summary
There is a reason why most hospitals outfit newborn babies with Pampers Swaddlers. It's a quality diaper that does a great job of removing moisture away from baby's sensitive skin immediately. The softness of the diaper is hard to compare with any other diaper brand. Pampers Swaddlers perform a great job of containing lots of pee and poop without too many leaks. I'm planning on using Pampers Swaddlers until we move on to the next step in diapers- Pampers Cruisers, perhaps?
2．Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive
My almost four-week-old baby was born weighing only 5 lbs. 15 oz., so everything besides preemie diapers were too big for him. Right after his birth I had to run out and buy preemie diapers for the first 2 and a half weeks. However at about 3 weeks, I decided he was finally big enough to try and move him up to newborn diapers. Target was out of Pampers Swaddlers size N, so I decided to give the Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers a try. I also thought it would be nice to have a wetness indicator since as a very small baby it was hard to tell when my son was wet.
＊ First Impressions:
This diaper looks identical to any other Pampers Swaddlers diaper except that it has a faint yellow line down the center to indicate wetness. The diaper has the cute little Sesame Street characters on it and is sized just the same as the regular Pampers Swaddlers.
＊ In Use:
The Sensitive diaper performed just as well on my son as the Pampers Swaddlers did, and we had no leaks at all (always a plus). The only real difference I noticed was that I ended up changing my son a little less often, which would probably make up for the difference in the number of diapers you get by buying Sensitive instead of the regular ones. In newborn size, you get 34 diapers in Sensitive verses 40 if you bought the regular Swaddlers. I really liked the wetness indicator, especially for little ones because they get so upset when you change them that it is nice not to have to upset them quite so much. The faint yellow line would turn to a blue tint as the diaper got wetter and would continue to travel from the front of the diaper around to the back. I also noticed some small little gel like balls on my sons skin that I am not sure what it is, but it did not seem to bother him or his skin.
＊ In Summary:
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers are more expensive than the regular Swaddlers, but if you use the wetness indicator as a guide of when to change your baby, then you might actually end up breaking even on price compared to the regular Swaddlers. I would definately not hesitate to buy these diapers again, especially if the store is out of the regular Pampers Swaddlers.
3．Pampers Cruisers Ultra Absorbency
I found out about the new Pampers Cruisers Ultra Absorbency diapers in a BJ's coupon magazine advertisement back in late May. It said that Pampers Cruisers with Ultra Absorbency last up to 12 hours, and immediately I was excited. I had always been forced to use Huggies Overnites if I wanted any chance of a dry bed in the morning even though I liked Pampers Cruisers better. But now I had a choice! I was using Huggies Overnites in size 4 for my 22 month old son along with a diaper doubler and was still finding myself changing the sheets on his crib a few times a week at a minimum. Not to mention that the Huggies Overnites were costing me $0.28 per night plus another $0.10 for the diaper doubler and it wasn't even working all of the time. My hope with these new Pampers Cruisers was to use them to replace the Huggies Overnites and the Diaper Doubler.
＊ First Impressions:
These diapers fit my son exactly the same as a Pampers Cruisers diaper does and look extremely similar on the outside. They even have the same characters on them, just slightly different designs, but with a quick glance I can't tell the difference between the two. Inside however they have the same netting as Pampers Cruisers do, with one thing added: a green section that I think gives you the added absorbency. Kind of a cross between Cruisers and Baby Dry.
Pricing at BJ's:
The box costs $37.99 at BJ's. I have yet to see these diapers anywhere else, but maybe someone else has seen them somewhere. I am surprised that my local Target doesn't have them yet. The recent BJ's coupon flyers have a $4 off coupon for these diapers, and on top of that you can use a manufacturers coupon ($1.50). So I got my box for $32.49 before taxes.
● Size 3 = 132 diapers which with the coupons amounts to 24.6 cpd
● Size 4 = 116 diapers which with the coupons amounts to 28 cpd
● Size 5 = 100 diapers which with the coupons amounts to 32.5 cpd
● Size 6 = 92 diapers which with the coupons amounts to 35.3 cpd
＊ How did they work?
The first night I tried them I decided I would try them without a diaper doubler, and they leaked. I was a bit disappointed, but my son drinks so much all the time, especially with the heat of the summer and running around that I was willing to give it another chance the next night. And the same thing happened. Now they may work alone for someone else, but for me they just didn't, however with the diaper doubler they always held up perfectly for me. So now I am hooked on these diapers along with the diaper doublers for night-time diapering. In fact I love them so much that I will never go back to Huggies Overnights again.
＊ Are they worth the extra money?
In my opinion, for night-time use or even for a time like a trip where it might be hard to change your kid as often as you'd like, these diapers are well worth the extra money they cost beyond the price of Pampers Cruisers. However they are just too expensive for me to use them all the time. These are the perfect diaper for everyone who prefers Pampers Cruisers over Huggies and who uses Huggies Overnite diapers.
4．Pampers Baby Dry
Today, I will be reviewing the Pampers Baby Dry diapers. I have found that the Pampers Baby Dry diapers are most comparable to the Pampers Cruisers diapers.
Pampers Baby Dry come in sizes 1-6. The weight guidelines for each size are detailed below:
● Size 1 – 8-14 lbs. / 4-6 kg
● Size 2 – 12-18 lbs. / 5-8 kg.
● Size 3 – 16-28 lbs. / 7-13 kg.
● Size 4 – 22-37 lbs. / 10-17 kg.
● Size 5 – 27+ lbs. / 12+ kg
● Size 6 – 35+ lbs. / 16+ kg
I paid $9.98 for a Jumbo pack of 40 Pampers Baby Dry Size 3 diapers at the local grocery store (compared to 35 Pampers Cruisers Diapers in a Size 3 Jumbo pack).
Pampers diapers are the only diapers we use in our home. We have tried other brands (both name-brand and generic), but our son breaks out in a small rash when these other diapers are worn. We began with the Pampers Swaddlers, and when our son grew out of those, we tried the Pampers Cruisers. Because the store was out of Cruisers one day, we decided to try the Pampers Baby Dry. The Pampers Baby Dry Diapers are wonderful, and we are pleased to know that for the same price, we get several more diapers. We also feel that the quality of the Pampers Baby Dry diapers is the same, if not better, than the Pampers Cruisers.
When you first remove the Pampers Baby Dry diapers from the packaging, you notice the fun Sesame Street characters on every diaper. For younger babies, this may not be something he or she would notice, but our ten-month-old loves Elmo, so he is elated when he sees Elmo on every diaper. (Elmo is on the back of every diaper, and the front is decorated with different Sesame Street characters including Grover, Zoe, and, of course, Elmo!)
Another feature of notice out of the packaging is the faint scent of baby powder. In my opinion, this can be a positive and a negative feature. Baby powder is a scent associated with babies, so in that aspect, the fragrance is a positive attribute. However, sometimes when the aroma of baby powder is mixed with waste, the resulting smell can be rather repulsive.
As a Mom, I notice the flexible sides that are perfect for a child who breathes heavily in his sleep or whose stomach expands when he eats! The Pampers website refers to these as Caterpillar-Flex tabs. The website advertises that the tabs “expand and contract with your baby”.
Out of the packaging, I also notice the fitted shape of the area that fits between the legs. This is perfect for my crawler/walker who is always on the go. The tabs are sturdy, but when our baby is crawling or walking around just in his Pampers Baby Dry Diaper, sometimes he is able to pull the tabs away or a toy will do the job for him. Other moms who use the Pampers Cruisers diapers have said that this rarely happens with the Cruisers diapers. Moms that I know that use the Pampers Cruisers over the Pampers Baby Dry also have commented that the shape of the Pampers Cruisers is better for their baby’s body. I haven’t personally noticed that much of a difference.
The diaper is marked so one will easily distinguish the front from the back. The diaper is easy to put on, a nice feature for any aged child, and I like the UltraAbsorb Core, which keeps moisture away from my child’s sensitive skin. This UltraAbsorb Core also helps me tell if my baby is wet or not. When the child wets the gel in the core, the core becomes the consistency of jelly. That way I don’t have to open the diaper or “smell” my baby to see if he is wet.
As mentioned before, we have not had any diaper rash with these diapers. These diapers are good night diapers as well. Our child sleeps up to 11 hours per night, and the diapers are not soaked through when he wakes. Don’t get me wrong…they are full, but our son’s skin or pajamas are not wet. When I did try Huggies, my son leaked through several nights. While we have been using Pampers Baby Dry Diapers, our son has had a few loose stools, both in the morning and at night. While using these diapers, we have had very few blow-outs. I attribute this partly to the diaper and partly to the fact that we do not put our baby into diapers that are too small for him. If he has a blow-out, we move up a size, and the problem is usually remedied.
● Better value than Pampers Cruisers Diapers.
● Fun Sesame Street characters on each diaper.
● The baby powder scent can be pleasing.
● Caterpillar-Flex tabs are great for baby’s expanding and contracting tummy.
● Shape of diaper is a good fit for baby’s body.
● UltraAbsorb core keeps baby and clothing dry, even through the night.
● Available in sizes 1-6
● Available at all major retailers
● Gifts to Grow rewards program offered by Pampers
● More expensive than other brands that are readily available at major retailers.
● The baby powder scent can be unpleasant.
● Caterpillar-Flex tabs sometimes come undone.
● Shape of diaper may not be a good fit for all babies.
● Some feel that disposable diapers are not a good choice for the environment.
Pampers offers a rewards program on their website called Gifts to Grow. You can enter codes from packages of wipes and diapers to earn points, which can be spent on items ranging from toys to freebies like gift cards and diapers.
Because these diapers are expensive, I keep my eyes open for deals and coupons. One thing I have noticed about Pampers coupons is that they are usually in the P&G brandSAVER that is in most major Sunday newspapers once a month. Also, Pampers occasionally sends coupons through the mail. I usually have friends and neighbors collect the coupons in the P&G Brandsaver for me.
Purchasing the Pampers Baby Dry Diapers in a value box (204 Size 3 diapers) at Babies R Us has been the best deal I have found so far. Currently, the box sells for $40.69. When you subtract the usual $5 off coupon they run from time to time and a $1 manufacturer’s coupon, you come away with a total of $34.69. For a box that holds 204 diapers, this averages $0.17 a diaper.
Comparably, Pampers Cruisers Value Boxes sell for the same price of $40.69. When you use the before mentioned coupons you pay $34.69 a box. There are 160 diapers in the Cruisers Size 3 Value Box, so each diaper averages $0.22. I am not sure the Pampers Cruisers is worth $0.05 more a diaper.
Pampers Baby Dry Value Box - $40.69 – 5.00 – 1.00 = $34.69 / 204 = $0.17 a diaper
Pampers Cruisers Value Box - $40.69 – 5.00 – 1.00 = $34.69 / 160 = $0.22 a diaper
Also noteworthy is the new Rewards"R"Us program you can join for free. It is offered through the Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores or online. Through this program, if you buy value boxes of Pampers diapers, you can easily earn 1 Free Pampers Value Box (72 ct. - 252 ct.) when 9 Pampers Value Boxes are purchased. This is just another way to save money on diapers!
★ I think that baby dry are a waste of money. I have tried a lot of diapers out there and think that you can get better diapers for less.
I have a girl and a boy. One will be 2 and the other is almost 5 months. I have tried diapers that I hated on my daughter on my son just because I heard that some are better on a certain sex. So I have given BABY DRY afair chance and I found them lacking both times.
If you are going to buy Pampers I say go for swaddlers and cruisers. Yes they are a few cents more but they are worth it.
P&G also make LUVS. I believe that if you are going to compare BABY DRY to any other diaper that LUVS would be that diaper.
They are almost exactly the same and LUVS cost less.
They have the same shape, the same colored lining that is supposed to absorb the liquid away from the skin (only LUVS lining is blue and not green) and the Tabs strecth just about the same since they have changed them. You can also tell the front from the back very easily. *BOTH DIAPERS GIVE MY KIDS THE SAME RASH!*
I am guessing it is due to the colored liner.
The differences are:
● LUVS have slightly smaller tabs (but they stick just as well).
● Instead is Elmo and his friends you get Blues clues characters.
● LUVS is at least $2 cheaper.
● LUVS new diapers are mostly white.
● LUVS do not offer coupons as often or the reward points. Coupons can be found online if you are willing to trade for them.
I love Cruisers. Cruisers are just like swaddlers with a different outside. The outside is not as soft, but then again, your baby is older now and doesn't have such delicate skin. The inside is the same. I think they are worth the money even if you can't get them cheaper than BABY DRY.
My oldest son, Kai, still has a hard time waking up and going potty in the middle of the night. He just sleeps too hard and hasn’t grasp the idea of having to wake up to use the bathroom yet. Needless to say, Pull Ups have been on my list for bargain shopping for about two years now. Two weeks ago, I decided to try Pampers' new Underjams because I had a coupon. They were on sale, and my son is getting older and soon will not fit into Pull Ups. I was hesitant at first, because I always thought Pull Ups worked great for my guy.
＊ First Impressions:
The design is cool and fresh; the feel of the Underjam is slightly softer than their intended competitor, Huggie’s Goodnites. And just like the picture on their website (www.underjams.com), the tops of the Underjam don’t peek out the top, making it more discreet. There are no cartoon characters or bright colors on the Underjam. The colors are green for the boys Underjams, and pink and purple for the girls Underjams.
＊ In Use:
Like I said above, I like how the Underjams stay below the belly button, unlike other training pants that go past the belly button. The absorbancy seemed relatively the same, but when he did wet the Underjam, it didn’t bulk up and get hard, like so many other brands of pants do. The Underjams never leaked, they didn’t irritate Kai’s sensitive skin, and the best part? Nothing ended up on the bed all 16 nights he was in them. I also like the support system you actually get from Underjams; WebMD has partnered with Underjams and Pampers to help understand and answer questions on prolong bedwetting.
＊ In Summary:
I actually prefer the Underjams now to the Pull Ups and Goodnites. Not just because of the performance, but I also came to the realization that my son is getting older, and soon he won’t be able to wear Pull Ups anymore, and Goodnites are not a good fit for us. He, like his mother did when she was his age, is having his bed wetting carry on as he gets older. The price for these are pretty steep—they’ll run you anywhere from $15.99-$18.99 regular price, before coupons. But if you have a child that is older and is having problems wetting the bed still, I highly recommend these. You can also go to the site right now (www.underjams.com) and request a free sample and read tips and articles on adolescent bed wetting. I know I will be buying these whenever they go on sale!
6． EasyUps vs. Pull-Ups
This review is based on trial and error both before my three-year-old was potty trained and after. I also used the diapers with my 16 month old, who REFUSES to lay down for a diaper change. Both are boys. I use Pampers Cruisers at night for the 16-month-old.
My three-year-old is pretty much potty trained during the day. He only wears disposable training pants at night, and even then he’s amazingly dry. I was going to try some store brands, but I still have two packages of Pampers EasyUps, and he’ll probably be completely finished before I use those up. The rest of this review is based on the amazing 16-month-old and his hatred for diaper changes.
EasyUps vs. Pull-Ups
EasyUps uses Dora and Diego. This is a negative for me because I hate that they try and rhyme the word Dora with “Explora”…but hey, that’s just me. Pull-Ups uses Disney Cars and Princesses…my boys seemed to be fine with this. Huggies also has a design that disappears when wet. (EasyUps looked like they did, but it never disappeared…and since they don’t get bulky, visually checking is the main way to see if they are wet/full.
EasyUps seem to have a softer, cottony feel to them and they look as if they have good elastic to keep leaks away in the leggings. However, the sides get worn super easily and tend to break down, yet at the same time are very hard to tear when you need to change a messy “diaper."
Pull-Ups seem itchy, hard and scratchy compared to Pampers, yet my little one never seems to complain. There seems to be less elastic and more gaps in the legs (like they might leak more), but they have NEVER (knock on wood) leaked. The sides also seem to be Velcroed together, which again would seem to break down easier, but they have never come apart…and actually are quite easy to remove during dirty messes.
They are both similar. There is a blue wetness liner in both and neither seems to have a smell (except that which my boys add). And like I said before, they don’t swell.
I chose to try “pull up” diapers on my 16-month-old because he hates to lay down for diaper changes. Both brands have served this purpose well. While for the last three years I have been a brand snob and religiously used Pampers brand diapers, I might actually continue to buy the Pull-Ups. They don’t look comfortable, but the little one doesn’t complain, and they seem to work better in the tearaway side department. Since I know I’ll still be buying these for awhile, I might look into some cheaper store brands, since I only use these during the day.
＊ What about Feel n Learn vs. EasyUps?
● Price is a bit higher for Feel n Learn
● Did my son “feel” wet…nope! Did he tell us when he had to go…nope! That really seemed to be the only difference between the two, and since the price was higher for the “feel” part of the Feel n Learn, just go for the EasyUps if you want to use Pampers brand.
上面其实已经比较了Pampers Easy Ups与Huggies的Pull Ups，我们选择Pull Ups可能也因为大宝当时喜欢Disney的Cars，用起来也方便，所以就没有买过Easy Ups。下面看看Huggies Diapers的情况啊。
Huggies Snug and Dry
Sizes available and weight guide:
● 1: up to 14lbs.
● 2: 12-18 lbs.
● 3: 16-28lbs.
● 4: 22-37lbs.
● 5: over 27lbs.
● 6: over 35lbs.
Regular retail price: $10.29/Jumbo at Target
Just to be fair, I decided to try these diapers on both of my children for the review. I have a 22 month old girl and a 5-month-old boy. My son is breastfed. I am currently using Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers..
I bought two Snug and Dry Jumbos. One pack of size 2 (48 ct.) and one pack of size (34 ct.). I used a $1.50 coupon on both packs, making each jumbo only $8.79 (.18 a diaper for size 2 and about .26 a diaper for size 4.
＊ First Impressions
● I was very pleased with the appearance of the diaper. Both sizes are mostly white with Mickey and Minnie mouse on the front accompanied by a few colored circles. The size is clearly printed on the back making it easy to tell which side is which. I loved that the size was printed on the back. This is a feature that makes it easier for parents with more than one child in the same kind of diaper, especially if they are close in size.
● The outside of the diaper isn't as soft as Pampers but feels much nicer than some store brands. The inside is different as well. It is very smooth and soft. It looks pretty absorbent.
● I have noticed that the Snug and Dry diapers seem to run a bit smaller than the Supremes in length but are less bulky. I have also noticed that Pampers cheaper variety of diapers runs a little smaller as well.
● The tabs seem wonderful. They are extremely stretchy.
● The diapers have a gathered, almost elastic kind of stretch around the leg holes and even across the back. The Huggies website calls it an "all-around stretch for a super-snug fit". My first impression of this feature is that it could be great at keeping the mess that comes along with a breastfed baby in the diaper.
＊ The smell:
These diapers do have a fresh and clean smell to them. It is not a very strong smell but it is there. I think that it is very nice.
＊ In Use
I have used these diapers full time for a little over a week.
＊ The fit:
● The diapers fit both of my children well. They stay put on both of them, even my very active daughter.
● They are easy to unfold and put on. This is great for people with squirming children. I can open it up with one hand.
● The tabs are probably the best I have ever seen. They are very stretchy and stick really well. The tabs are more like Velcro and less like tape which makes repositioning them easy. I have never tore a tab off either.
＊ In action (used on the 22 month girl):
● I had no leaks all week with my daughter. None.
● She didn't get a rash either like she usually does when we put her in anything besides Pampers Cruisers.
● These diapers do puff up a little when wet but I don't consider that to be a bad thing. That eliminates guess work.
● I noticed a strong urine smell when she woke up in the morning after wearing the diaper all night. There was no smell during the day though.
● The tabs stuck well and we had no problems with the diaper staying in place. I even liked that the diaper was mostly white because it didn't show through my daughters light colored clothes.
＊ In action (used on the 5 month old boy):
● The diapers I put in my son did leak a few times. I have to say that I expected this though since every diaper I put on him has leaked. The stretch in the back did keep him from having blow outs as I had hoped. When he did leak it was from the leg holes. I honestly think that the only reason he leaked was because of how thin he is. My son is 27 in. long and only about 13.5 pounds. We have trouble with getting a good fit because he is tall enough to need a size 2 when his waist and legs could still fit in a size 1. After a few days of using then full time on my son I started to only use them during the day and have been more than happy with the results.
● Again, we had no problem with diaper rash at all. My son has pretty bad eczema and these diapers didn't even agitate it.
● I didn't notice the strong urine smell that I experienced with my daughter at all.
● We had no problems with the tabs at all and I adjusted the quite a bit while trying to get the best fit on my skinny boy. They stuck great. The diaper stayed in place just fine too.
In my opinion these diapers can be most closely compared to the Parent's Choice brand from Wal-Mart. They are very similar. I would definitely use these diapers again. They didn't bother my kids skin at all. They are a great bargain, and coupons are easily found. The only cons that I can come up with are that they don't absorb my sons stools away from his skin like the Pampers Swaddlers. And my son leaked through the leg hole.
Are gDiapers Worth the Extra Cost?
With washable outer layers and flushable pads, are gDiapers a good compromise between disposables and cloth? Are they worth the money?
After hearing a bunch of mixed reviews on gDiapers I decided I had to give them a try! I loved the fact that they are eco-friendly and disposable-cloth combo. Almost like the best of both worlds.
I bought the gDiaper starter kit at WholeFoods which comes with two cloth diapers, a swish stick, 4 liners and 10 flushable pads. The starter kit was about 28.00 dollars, and refills (which I did not purchase) are between 27-30 dollars for a pack of 30! The diapers themselves are super cute. I've always wanted to do cloth diapering but am A) Lazy and B) intimidated.
Anyway, "loading" the diaper seemed a bit daunting at first and was a little discouraging. The "pad" is a big rectangle that you fit into the elastic rimmed liner that snaps onto the cloth diaper. I thought this could be a bit of a chore, especially with a wriggly baby. But once you do one or two its not a big deal at all. I started in the morning because I didn't know how absorbent they are and didn't want to risk laundry if they were a complete wash. After my son got up we changed him out of his disposables and into the gDiapers. They fit nicely under his clothes and didn't look bulky at all.
The diapers were pretty absorbent. You have to change them a little more often than regular disposables, but not as often as I thought. I didn't have any leaking issues at all, and they handled poopy diapers pretty well. I decided to give them a try at bedtime. Luckily my son had woken up in the middle of the night for a non-diaper related issue, and I checked his diaper and saw that there was a small wet spot. This was 1am and he had gone to bed at 8:30. I decided to see if it was a fluke so I changed his pad and put him back to bed. While although he wasn't soaked at all when we got up, there was another wet spot.
So all in all, if they weren't so expensive I would consider using these part-time at home. But definitely not at night!
We used the gDiaper with our daughter since she was born. We decided it was a little expensive to use the disposable (biodegradable) inserts that fit inside all the time so when we stayed home we just used a cloth diaper insert. I have been very happy with the gDiaper up until just these past few months. Now that she is older I find the absorbancy is not that great (she is now 16 months). We are having another little one this February and will be using the gDiaper for her during the first year. They are very very cost effective. I just bought two starter packs (One starter pack = $30.00 for a set of 2 diapers and 4 liners as well as about 15 disposable inserts) I then bought reusable cloth diapers (the old fashion kind) and used those. I have written a long e-mail to many of my friends giving details on how we use them and would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.
Read more gDiapers reviews at SustainLane, Inhabitots, and epinions.
四、Natural Choice "Green" Disposables
I decided to give Natural Choice diapers a try; I took the plunge and bought a case from Amazon on the Subscribe and Save program. They ended up being cheaper than premiums and just a little more than some store brands.
＊ First Impressions:
My first impression when I opened the bag was that they looked like the “brick” diapers. They resemble Luvs in shape but are longer on both sides. They have a muted design of turtles and mushrooms and feel a little papery. I checked out the tabs, they have a little stretch to them; nothing like a premium but more then most store brands; also there is a slight gathering at the top of the back. The only thing left is to give it a try.
＊ In Use:
Getting the diaper on my son was easy enough, they really are longer than any other diaper, and I like the way they fit. The tabs stick; I have not tried to redo them, but I think they would do fine as long as you don’t try to move them ten times.
We used these all day and had great luck, I was concerned he would not like the paper feeling, but they soften up nicely, and he never even flinched at the change. I made sure they didn’t irritate his thighs, and we have had no issue with that. These diapers gather nicely there and keep everything in. Also I have found that the slight gathering in the back plus the fact that this diaper is longer has kept a lot “in” that we have normally found “out” if you know what I mean. The night time usage.
＊ In Summary:
Since receiving the Natural Choice diapers a little over a week ago, this has been the only diaper I have used and I will keep using them. They ship right to the house on a schedule and not having to run out and get diapers with kids in tow is worth this extra price up front. All in all I will keep using them.
More about Natural Choice Diapers: According to the product description, these diapers use "20-30% less petroleum-based materials than the leading brands." The outer covers are made from annually-renewable plant fibers. The diaper as a whole uses 30-40% "more sustainable materials than the leading brands" with "comparable features and performance." Read more about these diapers and about Amazon's deal.
I am a diaper snob. There\\\'s just no easier way to put it. We have tried many store and brand name diapers and haven\\\'t found one that performs to the consistency that Pampers Baby Dry does for us. So I jumped when given the chance to review Luvs Bear Hug Stretch
diapers. I\\\'m still looking for that during-the-day diaper that will keep my 10 month old son dry and comfortable without breaking our bank as premiums can do.
Sizes available, weight guide and number of diapers in a jumbo pack:
* Size 1 (8-14 lbs) 58
* Size 2 (12-18 lbs) 50
* Size 3 (16-28 lbs) 40
* Size 4 (22-37lbs) 34
* Size 5 (+ 27 lbs) 30
* Size 6 (+ 35 lbs) 26
Luvs were a great value compared to other diapers. A jumbo pack of size 4 cost $7.99, without coupons.
＊ First Impressions
As most reviewers seemed to notice, my first impression of the diaper was that it felt very papery, thin and scratchy. I was surprised to notice that the tabs had more stretch than an Earth\\\'s Best or Parent\\\'s Choice diaper tab and were pretty similar to Pampers (see photo of Luvs compared with Cruisers, left). Luvs had a strong but pleasant baby powder smell. I could smell the powder through my son\\\'s clothes throughout the day. Even when he had one of his \\\"trying new foods situations\\\", the powder smell overpowered any offensive odors and actually made changing easier.
＊ In Use
The fit: The fit of Luvs was true to size. Having a heavy wetter, we\\\'ve moved up to a size 4 recently for the extra room. The Luvs size 4 gave him the extra room and similar fit as Pampers. When the diaper is full, the \\\"blue leak guard core\\\" expands, making it easy to feel and know when to change the diaper. The leg elastics were not as tight or strong as other diapers but I found that if I tucked in the extra gathering, it made the seal around his legs tighter. Originally I thought the rough, papery feel of the
diaper would irritate his chunky thighs, but there was no irritation or complaint from the little man at all.
And although the tabs are less stretchy than other brands, I was able to pull them enough to make a good fit around his waist that stayed put. I didn\\\'t need to readjust the tabs or the diaper, which is a definite plus when your subject is constantly squirming.
In action: I was pleasantly surprised at Luvs\\\' performance. I have a heavy wetter that usually needs at least one change during the night. We were able to go several nights without a single diaper change and without leaks in the morning. I have had leaks with every other brand and in the week we\\\'ve used Luvs, have not had one yet. My son is also in that crawling, scooting, climbing, rolling, tumbling stage that keeps him on the move all day long. The diaper didn\\\'t shift or loosen and kept him, his clothes, and my furniture dry.
There was one \\\"situation\\\" that would have given us a nasty blowout if I hadn\\\'t been aware of it right away. This was directly related to the lack of stretch on the legs and didn\\\'t happen again once I tucked the leg gathering inside the diaper.
This self-proclaimed diaper snob will be using Luvs as our daytime diaper. The diaper performed as good as, if not better at times than premiums or other brand name diapers we\\\'ve tried.
2．Luvs with Bear Hug Stretch
I first tried Luvs back when there was that great $3 off coupon a few months ago. As you can see from my review, I was pretty happy with them even before they came out with the new and improved version with Bear Hug Stretch. I was even happier to get an email offering me a free pack for review.
If you liked Luvs before, you're going to like them even better now. The blue leak-guard core is still there, along with the money-back guarantee. As far as I can tell, the only thing they fiddled with was the tabs, adding stretch to the back tab and narrowing/contouring the front tab. The stretch tabs are only available in sizes 3 and up right now, but they're working on the smaller sizes. If you're shopping for Luvs, look for the Bear Hug Stretch icon on the packaging to make sure you're getting the new version. Stretchy tabs are a little change that can make a big difference when it comes to fit and value. Here's why:
Many people have said that Luvs run small, and to expect to go up a size to get a good fit. But going up a size is that it means paying a higher price per diaper, which can all but negate the savings you'll get by switching to Luvs over Pampers Cruisers or Huggies Supreme. You'll be paying about three cents more per diaper for a larger size. With the "old" Luvs, I was about to have to go up to size 5 with my rather slim two-year-old, since the non-stretch tabs were barely able to reach around to the front of the diaper. How relieved I was to strap a Bear Hug Stretch diaper onto my son and find that the tabs almost meet in the middle! It's the stretch that makes for a gap-free fit, and a gap-free fit means fewer wet pjs and "up the back" accidents.
The bottom line? Luvs work great for my toddler both overnight and for daytime. The stretchy tabs and sides make for a great fit and will allow younger, more leak-prone babies to wear them. There's nothing not to like, except for another kind of bottom line, which I mentioned in the last review: Due to the scarcity of Luvs sales and coupons, buying Cruisers or Huggies Supremes at $8-9 with a good coupon can be a better deal, per diaper, than buying Luvs full price. Here's what Luvs has to say about coupons:
"You told us you love coupons, so that’s why we are now offering them on a limited basis. We don’t want moms to have to clip coupons in order to save, so we make sure Luvs moms are getting a low price on our diapers every day. But we realize how much moms value coupons, so keep an eye out. Every once in awhile you might see Luvs coupons in your Sunday paper, inside our packaging, mailed to your home, or offered direct from retail stores. Unfortunately, coupons are not available on Luvs.com."
"Every once in a while?" Come on P&G, show us some coupons!
The size 4 jumbo I received had 34 diapers.
Here's a link to an FAQ page about Luvs. You'll definitely want to take a look if you have multiples.
If you're looking for a store brand with stretch, try Walgreens Premium Comfort Stretch.
3．I Luv Luvs, but I Luv Deals More! (Luvs Review)
Luvs has just launched a new publicity campaign, All You Need is Luvs, hot on the heels of that awesome BOGO Target coupon from last month. They've added "Bear Hug Stretch" sides, a feature you usually see only on premiums. You should start seeing the new feature in stores soon. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a flurry of sales and coupons to go along with the launch.
Like many of you, I picked up some (pre-stretchy sides) Luvs recently. Here's my review:
＊ First impressions:
Made by the same people who make Pampers, Procter & Gamble, Luvs even have the familiar talc-y smell like Pampers do. The tabs, which are sticky and have velcro, are narrower than Cruisers. The diapers have a high waist, like Cruisers. There are fewer gathers at the waist than Cruisers, but they fit my son very well with no gaps. They sport a "Blues Clues" design.
＊ In use:
One thing that makes Luvs unique is the blue "Leakguard Core," a diaper doubler-type strip that runs down the center of the diaper to pull moisture away from the edges. They even come with a "Leakguard Guarantee." Just remember to save your receipt. Note: If you have a boy, you're probably used to seeing a diaper that's puffy up front when wet. These get puffy lower down as a result of the blue strip. I guess it felt different for my son, since he asked "what's wrong?" a couple of times as he pointed to the lower "bulge." It wasn't a big deal for him, though.
In short, both my husband and I thought the Luvs were great for daytime and nighttime use. They even got us through a stomach virus wth nary a mishap. And that's without the stretchy sides. I would have no problem buying these instead of premiums, and I plan to do just that.
Here's a Caveat: There's a problem with how Luvs are priced in stores. The price to beat on a jumbo of Luvs is $6.88 (see the sidebar). Luvs sales and coupons are fewer and farther between than are sales and coupons for Pampers and Huggies, so your chances of even getting a jumbo for $6.88 aren't so great. The price to beat for Pampers Cruisers is $7.99, and I ALWAYS have coupons for at least $1.50 off of that, which makes the sale price for a jumbo of Cruisers effectively $6.51. That's LESS than the best price I could get on Luvs--unless I REALLY stocked up when there was a Luvs sale. See my point? Luvs are too expensive for their marketing niche. Hopefully, we'll get some good sales and coupons with the new campaign.
I do know of one way to get a great deal on Luvs, and I've already signed up. Check out Amazon's Subscribe and Save program, which allows you to get Luvs for less than 15 cents each with free shipping (but stick with Luvs; the program's pricing on Pampers & Huggies is too high). 1-800-Diapers also has decent Luvs prices, though you have to order $50 to get free shipping.
＊ First Impressions:
Seventh generation is “committed to reducing the amount of dioxin created by manufacturing.” Most diapers are bleached which creates toxins like dioxin but Seventh Generation diapers are chlorine free. According to the package exposure to dioxin has been directly linked to birth defects, cancer, environmental and reproductive disorders. Reading this was food for thought because, of course, I want the best for my child. Exposing him to dioxin sounds frightening.
Opening the package, the first thing I noticed was the brown color of the diapers. They are plain without fragrance or ornamentation. They also feel very papery to the touch on the outside. This worried me because I was concerned about the comfort factor, but my concerns were alleviated as soon as I opened the diaper. These diapers are surprisingly soft; although they are not as soft as premium Pampers, they are on par with Luvs and actually softer than Huggies Soft and Dry.
＊ In Use:
The diaper fits true to size, my son wears a size 3 (16-28 lbs) and is within 5 pounds of the high range of these but they were perfect with no gaps and room for him to grow. The noticeably different design element is the front tabs. They do not stretch as far back as I am accustomed to but the sticky tabs had a substantial amount of stretch so there were no problems.
These diapers are highly absorbent and performed extremely well; with regular use there were no leaks or blowouts. The diaper wicked away the wetness from the skin and initially I actually had to feel the diaper on the inside in order to tell if it was wet. Overnight they worked like a charm. My son slept in them for nine hours and the diaper was totally full but that is to be expected in that span of time. They only unusual thing I noticed is that when the diaper is full it puffs out and away unlike other diapers that stay flush to the skin. This actually is a good design because it keeps the wetness away from the baby’s skin.
Overall I would recommend Seventh Generation diapers. These diapers are environmentally friendly and manufactured without the creation of harmful toxins. They perform as well or better than standard diapers. However, using “green” diapers comes at a cost. I purchased a package of 35 diapers for $10.99 at Babies R Us, translating into a whopping .31 cents per diaper. Despite the possible exposure to dioxin using standard diapers I cannot stray from my diaper cheapskate mentality. On average I pay .14 cents per diaper for Luvs and Huggies but if I find a great sale and have coupons I will definitely purchase Seventh Generation diapers.
七、NatureCare Baby Diapers
I first saw Nature BabyCare diapers in our local Target (around $8.99 per jumbo). I had never heard of them before, but decided I'd try them. I use mainly cloth diapers, but was looking for a more eco-friendly option than the big-name brands for when we were traveling and had babysitters over.
＊ First Impressions:
The packaging itself claims to be compostable, so my husband and I will have to try that. The diapers are plain white with a gentle leaf design - prettier than Seventh Generation, I think, but they also appear less contoured than some of the other diapers. They are a little bit stiffer than big-name diapers, as well.
＊ In Use:
My biggest complaint with the diapers is the tabs. They stick securely, but don't re-stick very well - they're good for maybe one readjustment. They seem to leak just a little more than other diapers if I forget to flatten the diaper out all the way; the gather around the thighs bunches into the diaper. But with my baby's chunky thighs, this happens no matter what diaper brand I use! Leakage out the back never happens, and our daughter has no diaper rash issues (she always seems to have mild diaper rash with conventional brands, but not with cloth or any of the "natural" choices we've tried). The diapers are slightly stiffer, but they also slide around less on her, and offer more coverage than the Seventh Generation brand. When full, they do feel different - where conventional diapers absorb everything in and still feel the same, these feel more compressed. So she does protest a little more when they get full, which usually happens after she's worn them about 3-4 hours - but that's no different than any diaper. Night-time use works as well as anything else I've tried.
＊ In Summary:
With many landfills, no diaper truly biodegrades completely. However, the compostable package (obviously we don't try to compost the diapers) is living up to its claim. It is taking longer than leaves and grass to compost in our backyard compost bin, but we had a long, cold winter. I've learned that it's better to go up a size when the baby's at the top of the range for a particular size - or at least, for my baby it is, because she's so round! Because these diapers are available at Target, where I shop anyway, this is the brand I primarily use when I need to use disposables. They aren't perfect, but they work just as well as anything else, and the price is comparable to any other brand.
Nature BabyCare diapers are available at Target, ecofriendlybabies.com, drugstore.com (where' they're sold under the name Nature Boy & Girl) and diapers.com. Nature BabyCare also offers wipes and bath items.
八、Snug N Cozy by Little Tykes
I first discovered this brand when I was looking for a diaper that would keep my then 2 year old son dry through the night. I tried all the premium brands and had success with the Snug N Cozy diapers. Now that I have a newborn (size 1), I thought I would give them a try again!
＊ First Impressions
When I lived in Texas, I was able to find this brand at our local Target. Now I can only find them in Big Lots, both in the Boston area and in Louisiana. A package of size 1 cost only $6.00 for 58 diapers—about .10 a diaper.
I took them out and the first thing I noticed was the diaper was completely white! When I used them before, they had a cute sun, moon and stars pattern on the front. Now the entire diaper is white except for a very small bar code on the front. This initially made it difficult to figure out the front from the back, but I got used to looking for the bar code or just feeling for the tabs.
The diaper is slightly thicker than the premium brands. The waistband is not stretchy but the leg openings and tabs are stretchy. They appear to run slightly larger than the premium and store brand diapers.
＊ In Use
The tabs on the Snug n’ Cozy diapers are equal to those of other diapers and have good stretch and flexibility. The diapers are high in the back and front like the premium brands. They puff up when wet similarly to the other store brands--a bit lumpy and firm but we did not encounter any leaks. They even kept my daughter dry through the night when she can sleep up to 12 hours straight.
The negative aspects of this diaper are that it does not pull moisture away from your baby and that it is difficult to tell the front from the back.
The positive aspects of this diaper are that we did not have any leaks, overnight or with poop. They are also the most inexpensive diaper I have found.
In summary, these diapers might not be pretty, but they work great!
Bonus: I contacted the company about the change in the diapers design and they sent me some $2.00 off coupons!
The Target brand diapers are a great deal since you can get a jumbo pack for $5.74. It is very rare to find any jumbo pack of diapers for this cheap. I’ve tried just about every disposable diaper possible over the last 27 months since my first kid was born and even more so recently since I have two in diapers. My all time favorite diapers have been Pampers so far.
How Many Diapers per Jumbo Pack?
● Size 1- 56 diapers = 10.25 cents per diaper
● Size 2- 48 diapers = 11.96 cents per diaper
● Size 3- 40 diapers = 14.35 cents per diaper
● Size 4- 34 diapers = 16.88 cents per diaper
● Size 5- 30 diapers = 19.13 cents per diaper
＊ First Impressions
These diapers are a great price and even better if you buy the super mega packs or the box, but I just bought a jumbo pack for starters. The diapers are mostly white with little bugs, lady bugs, frogs, and grasshoppers all over them in green. The areas where the tabs connect have little colorful dots along with some more bugs in them. In the picture below you can see a size 2 Pampers Swaddlers diaper on the left and a size 2 Target brand diaper on the right side.
The size of the Target diaper is an identical match to the Pampers diaper. These diapers have a papery feel to them and are not nearly as soft as Pampers are.
＊ In Use
I change my 6 month old son every 2 hours like clockwork during the day, so I have not experienced any leaks in the week I have been using these diapers. I also can always tell immediately after my baby has pooped, so I have not experienced any blow-outs. My son has not experienced any diaper rash while using these diapers, which was surprising to me since he has always gotten diaper rash in Huggies Snug and Dry diapers. Also, the papery feel of these diapers did not seem to cause any problems with my son. I haven’t tried these diapers for over night use, but must say that they work great during the day.
The only real drawback that I can find with these diapers is that the tabs are not stretchy in the least bit, which makes it difficult to fasten them on a wiggly and rolling six-month-old baby. When using these diapers, it is very important to fully open them up (as shown in the picture below) before removing the old diaper because otherwise they are difficult to open up while in the process of putting on the diaper. I love how you can put on Pampers Swaddlers while on the fly and how their tabs are nice and stretchy so that a moving baby is not real issue. These are not like that, so I think they would probably be even better for an older child who knows better than to wiggle or a newborn that can’t yet wiggle and roll.
＊ In Summary
I am going to continue to buy these diapers for daytime use for my six-month-old and start using them on my 27-month-old since they will save me money and time on hunting down diaper sales, but I will continue to try and find a diaper with stretchy tabs in the meantime since that is what I really love and cherish about my Pampers. These diapers are super cute, which is something that is usually sacrificed when choosing a store brand diaper.
I've pretty much been a paranoid first-time mom who sticks with the tried-and-true, but I figured that Baby Cheapskate should have something to say about store brand diapers. I decided to start with Target. I bought some of the Target diapers with the Carebears on them. $5.74 for 40. Sweet!
One of the big questions on the message boards is about which store-brand diapers to try. Of the brands available in the Atlanta area, people seem to prefer Walmart's White Cloud and Target's premium diapers, though CVS brand and Kroger Comforts are listed as well. Word has it that many store-brand diapers are even manufactured at the same factory. It's important to note that people recommend the store's premium diapers, not the cheapest of the cheap.
My first impressions upon opening the package were that the diapers were thinner than either Pampers or Huggies. The texture was comparable with Huggies Supreme. The tabs were not stretchy like Pampers (Huggies tabs are a bit stretchy, but not as much as Pampers). The diapers had gathers around the legs and waistband similar to Huggies. The waistband was not quite as stretchy as Huggies and much less stretchy than Pampers. So far so good.
The diapers fit my kid well. He writhes about on the changing table like a fish out of water, so stretchy tabs help me get the diaper on him when I use Pampers. No such luck here. It was also difficult to unfold the diaper with one hand (the folds are attached to each other). IMO, the tab issue was the biggest difference between Huggies/Pampers and Target diapers.
I didn't take it easy on these diapers. Some say that store-brand diapers are fine as long as you're vigilant about changing the kid often or as long as the baby only wears them during the day, but I treated these diapers like I treated the premiums. They performed well. The diapers' absorbency reminded me of Huggies Supreme, but the "magic absorbant gel stuff" is lumpier when wet.
So my first foray into the world of generic or store-brand diapers was a success. The price of the Target diapers is fantastic, and I plan to buy them again. I do recommend buying the smallest pack and giving them a try, though whether you like them or not will probably depend whether they fit your kid well and upon your kid's particular...um...elimination habits.
十、 Kroger brand
Are Kroger Comforts a Comfort?
Kroger diapers are considerably more expensive than Target's premium store-brand. a 40 ct. jumbo pack was (regular price) $6.99--no less than I pay when I take advantage of a good Huggies/Pampers sale and use a coupon.
＊ First impressions:
The diapers are soft and thicker than Pampers, Huggies Supreme, or the Target diaper. The tabs are stretchier than those of Target's diaper, but nowhere close to Pampers. I like the cute zoo animals on the front--no licensed characters!
＊ In Use:
The waistband of the diapers, due to the stretchiness I suppose, was more generously-sized than Huggies, Pampers,or the Target diapers. We had some overnight leakage with the Comforts which seemed to be a volume issue. To be fair, we also had a leak this week with Pampers Cruisers. It does seem that the Kroger diapers allow more moisture to sit next to baby's skin, resulting in some redness and rash.
So in the end, the Kroger Comforts weren't horrible, but they did cause some discomfort in the Baby Cheapskate household and we probably won't buy them again. They're relatively expensive for a store brand. Why spend the same money on store-brand as you would on premium? Luckily, Kroger's store brands carry the "Try it, like It, or get the national brand free" guarantee.
十一、Whole Foods brand
Whole Foods' 365
＊ First Impressions:
When I first opened the package, I was shocked that the diaper was white. I expected that unbleached look of 7th Generation diapers, so I was a little suspicions of the diaper at first. As I pulled the first diapers out, I thought they seemed rather stiff, but upon opening the diaper, I was amazed to find that it did not stay that way. The inside is much softer than the exterior. Undoubtedly packing so many in to one package caused it to seem stiff at first, and while they are not as soft as a Pamper, they are comparable to a 7th Generation diaper. Further inspection revealed that there is no front/back decoration, and the tabs are quite stretchy and moderately sized (not too big or too small). The diaper looks similar to a Pamper in that you can see a more absorbent center lining. The diapers appear to be thin, but not necessarily taper cut through the crotch for ease of movement. There is a decent amount of elastic around the legs, and the back is gathered slightly to keep the mess in.
＊ In Use:
Since we have been using these, we have not had any leaks or rashes, even during extended wear. They hold an absurd amount of pee—much more than the old 7th Generation , but the same probably as the newer version of their diaper. Our son has tolerated every diaper I have thrown at him, so I don’t think his skin is particularly sensitive. Someone whose child is more sensitive should probably chime in if they’ve had issues with the 365.
I can unfold the diaper with one hand, and because I am used to 7th Generation not having markings, I had no problem mixing up the front and back. The tabs are super stretchy, and if you stretch them all the way, they go back to their starting position, so no worries on stretching out and the diaper falling off! Also, they stayed secure and could be refastened multiple times without losing their sticking power.
I was concerned about the shape of the diaper, but once it was on my son, he had no problems and it did not seem as bulky as I thought it would be. Also, when wet, it puffs out more like a Pamper rather than the 7th Generation , which I think feels hard instead of puffy. All poop was contained appropriately, but our son is 18 months old, so the messy poops are (for the most part) past us.
＊ In summary:
If the Whole Foods in my town ever gets the right size in stock, I would probably use this diaper. I am still curious as to what they are using to make them white, but the overall function of the diaper is excellent. Our son repeatedly fell asleep in his stroller without being changed for long stretches of time, and we had no problems with leaks. Overall, a nice alternative to 7th Generation.
1．Walmart White Cloud
＊ First Impressions:
This diaper seems identical to the Target premium diaper except for the substitution of cute John Lennon elephants for Care Bears. The waistband is stretchy and the tabs are somewhat stretchy, but not very. The cover is not as soft as some store brands, but is more papery. The diaper is thin, but rectangular rather than baby-shaped. There is one large gather around the leg opening with one small inner gather. The tabs are crossed envelope-style in the back, so you have to spread the back out before you put it under the baby.
＊ In Use:
Like the Target diaper, this diaper needs to be unfolded before being placed under the baby. This, plus the lack of stretchy tabs, makes it hard to recommend this diaper if your kid is a wiggle worm on the changing table. We had no urine leakage with these diapers and no rash, but we did have two poop-escape episodes (stomach bug) which I believe wouldn't have happened with Pampers Cruisers' double leg gathers.
＊ In summary:
I just don't know why people love these White Cloud diapers when Target diapers are virtually identical and cheaper. White Cloud is fine for non-newborn, non-wiggly babies (between four and ten months, maybe) and babies who aren't prone to runny, messy poops. I probably won't buy this diaper again (I just don't go to Walmart very often), but I do plan to give the virtually-identical Target diapers another chance--just not when a big poop seems imminent.
2．Parent's Choice (Walmart)
＊ First Impressions:
When you open a pack of Parent's Choice diapers from Walmart, there isn't much to get excited over. They're rather plain, white and with very little decoration. There are some doodles on the waistband where the tabs stick to hold the diaper on the child, but no licensed characters. There also isn't any pleasing (or annoying, depending on your perspective) fragrance. Simply put? It's just a diaper. And at $5.74 for a pack of 40 size 3's (YWMV - Your Walmart May Vary), they're the right price too if you're tired of paying twice as much for the premium brands. These diapers are even cheaper than Walmart's other diaper line, White Cloud.
I tried them initially because I had several friends who swore by them. They all laughed at me and my Huggies-buying self. They assured me that the Parent's Choice diapers performed just as well for a fraction of the cost. The thing is, I'm fairly picky when it comes to store brand diapers. I've been frustrated with Luvs for years because they lack (or used to lack, at least) an elasticized waist in the back. I found an elasticized waist was essential for keeping in those nasty poop leaks.
＊ In Use:
I had no problem putting this diaper on my very active toddler. But then, I've learned in recent months to prepare the diaper before commencing the diaper change (I spread the diaper out and lay it next to the changing table for easy access). And the diaper fits surprisingly well. My child is a little on the small side but there are no issues with gapping and the diaper definitely sits up high enough as long as I am careful to securely fasten the velcro-style tabs on the waistband. Perhaps most important, we've had very few leaks with this diaper. I have found that if we try to put off diaper changes longer than we normally would have that we will experience leaks. But as long as you change the diaper regularly, you should have no problems. You may want to consider a different diaper for overnights if you have a particularly big wetter at night. Also important: We haven't had any troubles with diaper rash. My oldest son had terrible rash so I'm always on the lookout. So no rash = a very good thing!
＊ In Summary:
These diapers are everything you've heard they are. You just about can't beat the price. We're able to buy a giant box of size 4's that last our child almost an entire month for under $15. Considering the price of everything else these days, you have to take your deals where you can get them! I would still recommend sticking with a premium diaper (Pampers, for instance) for those early newborn days and perhaps something a little more heavy duty for overnight. But these diapers perform great and I haven't had any complaints in the last year that I've been using them. It's the perfect balance of inexpensive and performance and I try to recommend them to everyone I know.
Costco has been working on its own diapers for a few years and it has introduced several new features and improvements since last year. Given this effort, they no longer sell Pampers in their stores and your only choices for diapers are Huggies Baby-Shaped or Kirkland Signature. However, they only offer Kirkland Signature in sizes 3, 4 and 5. Every size is priced the same at $29.99, but each size has a different number of diapers in each case ranging from 184 to 140. Since it is Costco, the price is pretty much stable unless they have a coupon once or twice a year.
＊ First impressions:
The diaper is thicker than Pampers Cruisers or Publix Premium. The cover is soft; however, not as soft at the Publix Premium. They have elastic gathering in the middle and fit well in between the legs. The back and front waistband have a fair amount of stretch, yet the tabs don’t refasten well. Each size has a different animal printed on the front, and some random designs on the back. The design is a little too busy for my taste especially when you can see the pattern through the lighter summer fabrics of children’s clothes.
＊ In Use:
Since the Kirkland signature diapers are thinker, they also tend to be lumpier when wet. They performed well overall and my daughter didn’t experience any rashes. There were a few “overflow” issues at night time in the upper back area. I never had any leg gather incidents, all the incidents resulted from the back not fitting snugly on my daughter. These diapers tended to fill up our diaper disposal system much faster than other brands.
In summary, these diapers are a great value and as with most store brands you can return them if you are dissatisfied with them. Yet, I would still prefer to purchase Pampers Cruisers on sale.
1．BJs Warehouse diapers
＊ First Impressions:
These diapers come in large quantities only – there are 162 in the size 3 box. All sizes at this time are approximately $23.99. The Berkley & Jensen diapers are white, and this particular size has yellow ducks across the top. There is no embellishment on the back and they are unscented. What struck me first was how thin these diapers appeared. Also, they are not nearly as soft as Pampers Baby Dry and were stiffer with a paper-like feel. The diaper is rectangular with elastic Velcro tabs, though the elastic doesn’t stretch very far. There also are double gatherings around the legs. Something I liked immediately was the stretchy gatherings on the front and back. I also liked that the absorbent portion covered much more of the diaper.
＊ In Use:
Throughout the trial, I had no leaks and no rashes. There were a few BMs that I thought were certain to escape, but the stretchy gathering across the back saved the day. I found this diaper very easy to unfold with one hand. The elastic tabs were great if baby was still, but because they didn’t stretch very far were a little difficult when baby was active. The Velcro is excellent, though, because it is a large tab and easy to adjust. Also, there were no marks on my baby’s legs from the tabs pinching which seems to happen every once in a while because he’s so chubby. One complaint is that the absorbent material feels lumpy when wet and doesn’t really puff up like Pampers.
＊ In summary:
These seem to be a good deal for the money – especially if you already have a BJ’s membership. They hold up well and are a good alternative to other store brands. I wouldn’t necessarily rush out to get a membership in hopes of saving tons on diapers, though. Membership should be figured into the cost. Target brand diapers or Luvs on sale with a coupon are about the same price.
2．BJs Warehouse Brand Baby Wipes
BJ's Warehouse has three different boxes of wipes, but since I had never tried them I decided to buy the cheapest box they had, which was regularly priced $9.99. However in BJ's monthly magazine there is a coupon for $3.00 off their wipes, diapers or formula. So right now with the coupon you can get 480 wipes for $6.99, or 1.46 cents per wipe.
＊ First Impressions:
BJs wipes come in packages just like Pampers wipes do. They're the small 80-count refill packages with the sticker on the top that you peel back to get a wipe out. They look just like Huggies wipes with the cute little bear on them. And boy are they a good price right now. You get 6 packages of 80 wipes in a box.
＊ In Use:
BJ's wipes work just as well as Huggies wipes do, are a little more moist, and are larger in size per wipe than Pampers wipes. In fact they measure 6.8 inches by 7.9 inches. Their size and moistness made me find myself using less wipes than I normally used when I used Pampers wipes. I really do like them.
＊ The Bottom Line:
Using the BJ's coupon on these boxes of wipes, I got a great deal. BJ's wipes work just as well as the Premium wipes brands, but they're a lot cheaper. However, without a coupon, Target's wipes are cheaper than BJ's, so I am going to stock up on Berkley & Jensen's wipes right now while the coupon is still valid. After that I will probably go back to Target's wipes since they are cheaper than BJ's regularly-priced wipes at 2.08 cents per wipe.
1．Walgreens Premium Comfort Stretch
＊ First impressions:
When you think of red diaper packaging, what do you think of? Huggies Supreme? Well, you're clearly supposed to with the Walgreens Premium Comfort Stretch diapers. I saw the packaging and the fact that they were placed intentionally right next to Huggies Supreme (but closer to the front of the store), and I was all like, "Oh, you think you're just as good, huh?" And they were all like, "try us!" They were on sale, so I did.
Walgreens has pulled out all the stops with their premium diaper: with stretchy waistband and tabs, Land Before Time dinosaurs plus purple graphic stripes down the front à la Pampers Supreme. These diapers even have a "Unique Wetness Indicator" that consists of little dinos all over the front of the diaper. They're baby-shaped, but the back of the diaper doesn't rise as high as Pampers Cruisers do in the back.
＊ In use:
The Walgreens diapers are easy to put on a squirming one year old due to the stretchy tabs and waistband. This diaper seems to pull moisture away from skin better than the other store brands I've tried, though I have yet to figure out the "Unique Wetness Indicator." It doesn't seem to do anything: the dinosaurs don't change color or disappear. We didn't have any leakage or blowout problems with this diaper.
＊ In Summary:
Walgreens Premium Comfort Stretch is an expensive store brand diaper at full price: $7.99 for 35 diapers. I would buy them again if I could get the jumbo for less than $6. Otherwise, I'd stick to Pampers Cruisers on sale & with coupon. Surprisingly, they lived up to their hype. If you like Huggies Supreme, you'll like this diaper's performance. So far it's the best of the store brands.
2．Walgreens Comfort Stretch Supreme
I found the Walgreens Comfort Stretch Supreme Diapers at our Walgreens for $5.99 for a jumbo pack. I think that the price was a promotional sale as they are $8.99 online. I only saw these diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6. It seems that they have smaller sizes in the Comfort Stretch Cloth-Like Diapers. The diapers themselves have a cute bear design over the whole of the diaper with a variety of colored toys sprinkled over the Velcro area. The edges are colored purple. There is no contour to the sides of the diaper. Instead, the diaper is relatively square from top to bottom.
How Many Diapers per Jumbo Pack?
● Size 3- 35 diapers
● Size 4- 30 diapers
● Size 5- 26 diapers
● Size 6- 22 diapers
＊ First Impressions
On first glance, there's nothing particularly special about these diapers. If they were full price, they wouldn't really be much cheaper than a pack of Huggies. The diapers are papery like many other brands, and feel relatively thin. The thin aspect is actually kind of nice if you don't have a heavy wetter. There's no sense in having a ton of absorbent layers if you don't need them. They're comparable in size to the Huggies snug and dry, which we also use on occasion.
＊ In Use
While using these diapers, we never had any leaks or blowouts. They absorbed well and my daughter seemed relatively comfortable. However, they have HUGE tabs which need to be unfolded before placing the diaper under your kid. (I find that annoying). My 7 month old is a peanut of a kid, but has chunky thighs and the tabs on the size three diapers seemed to chafe since they were so big. I think those with skinnier babies will like these as the leg hole is a bit shorter. One thing I didn't like much was the purple stripe along the edge. I found that it always looked as if she had poop in her diaper, even when she didn't. (And with gas, I can't always trust my nose).
Despite my small hesitations, the diapers worked really well both during the day and through the night. I think if I had a heavy wetter, night time use wouldn't be possible. The tabs are somewhat stretchy and they can be adjusted, which is a plus. I think they're a bit expensive for what you're getting and with coupons and sales, I believe I can find Huggies at a cheaper price than what these run for at full price. However, with a sale, these are among the cheaper diapers on the market and definitely can hold their own. They're marketed as a "Supreme" diaper, but I found them to be more in the class of most other store brands, not the more premium brands.
＊ In Summary
I don't think I'll continue using these diapers, mainly because the tabs seem so large on my daughter. But I like knowing that in a pinch, they're good diapers that perform well. I also like a little more contour to a diaper as I feel it contributes to a better fit. If these diapers were consistently a good deal cheaper than Huggies, I'd probably convert for part time, but as it stands, I'll most likely be a Huggies user when given sales and coupons.
Although CVS diapers, regularly priced at $8.99, are pricey for store-brands, I recently scored some for free by combining some ExtraCare coupons and bucks. Here are my impressions and opinion after using them for about a week:
＊ First Impressions:
CVS has two "levels" of diapers, and neither one says "premium." I decided that the Explorers, which feature Snoopy on the front, are the premium diapers because the name is meant to evoke Pampers Cruisers and because they are slightly more expensive per diaper than the "ultra soft" diapers. The diaper is thin coming out of the package - less bulky than Kroger. I see no discernable difference between the outer fabric/paper of these diapers and any others. The waistband is not stretchy, Leg openings are as stretchy as other premium/generic diapers.
＊ In Use:
The tabs on CVS explorers are shorter than those of other diapers; you have to kind of reach under the baby to grab the fasteners. This is occasionally tricky with a resistant almost-toddler, but it's not that bad. The diapers are high in the back like Pampers Cruisers; in my house that's a good thing, poop-wise. They puff up when wet similarly to the other generics--a bit lumpy and firm like Huggies Supreme. The fasteners stayed put. The biggest negative with CVS Explorers, as with Kroger diapers, is that wetness is not pulled away from the baby's skin. When baby wears a wet diaper for a long time, such as overnight, rash can develop.
In summary, the CVS Explorers are good for daytime use, but too costly unless on sale.
CVS has two types of generic diapers. They sell Supreme along with Ultra Thin. I bought a pack of 35 CVS Supremes for $9.49. I have used G Diapers and Pampers primarily with occasional use of Huggies if they happen to be on a good sale. My only prior experience with generics was with the Especially for Baby kind when my son was 4 months old. He is currently 12 months old. We experience problems because he is average height for his age (30 inches), but has absolutely no tummy since he only weighs 18 pounds.
Sizing of CVS Supreme:
● Size 1: 8-14 pounds
● Size 2: 12-18 pounds
● Size 3: 16-28 pounds
● Size 4: 22-37 pounds
● Size 5: Over 27 pounds
● Size 6: Over 35 pounds
＊ First Impressions
My first impressions were while we were still at CVS. Pampers were on sale at the same time for $9.99 while the CVS Supremes were only 50 cents cheaper for $9.49. With such a small price difference, I had high expectations for these diapers.
The diapers are primarily white with a dark green stripe on the front. It makes it very easy to tell the front from the back even in a dark room. There are green outlines of the Caillou characters from PBS. I had never heard of the show, but it's a cute little baby with giraffes, lions and other zoo animals. They have the papery feel, but they are about the same thickness as a Huggies diaper. The inside lining is just an absorbent pad which didn't leave my son as dry as the Pampers do.
＊ In Use
You have to open up these diapers before you take off the old one. Unless you are blessed with an extremely patient and still child, you can not open it one handed. My major difficulty is that the tabs on the back are folded back into the diaper. I had to get my son exactly in the middle of the diaper so I could reach the tabs after he was laying on it. There were still many times when I would have to lift up one of his sides to grab a tab. The tabs were also similar to Huggies with very little stretch.
My son doesn't cry when his diaper is wet so sometimes he's in one for a little bit before I can change him. I noticed if he wasn't changed immediately while wearing these he would start to get a rash. He has never had diaper rash before. I'm assuming it's because these don't have the meshed liner that Pampers do. We had the occasional leaks, but only at night and never to the point where he got very wet. There was one blow out, but I think even Pampers wouldn't have held that day.
＊ In Summary
They aren't bad diapers, but I didn't really feel like I was saving any money. If I would some day run out of other diapers and nothing was on sale, I would buy them again. We aren't very big on cartoons in our house so the design was a refreshing change from Sesame Street and Winnie the Pooh.
This is my first-ever generic diaper experience. My 26 lb. 14-month-old outgrew the "absorbency" on size 4 diapers way before she outgrew the weight (who knew such a thing could happen) and a mere 26 diapers in a jumbo pack was what pushed me over the edge.
On a recent shopping trip however I was delighted to discover they had supposedly "improved" their previous product. The box claimed promises of "accordian stretch" and a new "dry lock layer." I may have still refrained from temptation if it were not for the fact that between an Advantage Buy coupon and a Publix Baby Club coupon I took home a box of 64 size 5 diapers for $10.99.
My first impression was "Wow, these are big!!!" When placed next to a size 5 pampers they are actually almost equal in length, yet the shapelessness of the Publix diaper makes it look especially long. The design was simple - and quite cute, in my opinion. The leg gathers did not seem very elastic (but bear in mind I have spoiled myself with Pampers, the seeming Cadillac of diapers, for the last 14 months). I do not notice any particular smell, but I have never really been phased one way or another by this characteristic. The waist band tabs are very similar in material as the tabs on Huggies, but with the limited stretch of Luvs. They are large though - and therefore easy to work with. They stick better than Huggies and are easy to remove and re-stick. The diapers are thick like a Huggies Natural Fit, yet they have that non-cloth-like feel of Luvs.
I was very nervous about my first "trial run" with this diaper. I have a fair-skinned red-headed baby who seems to be sensitive to EVERYTHING. They fit great. The legs didn't seem to gather tightly around her chubby little thighs yet their seemed to be such an abundance of coverage in general that I felt confident already. It seems I was right. We have used these diapers hard core for the last week and I am beyond impressed. They don't seem to absorb and "pull" waste away as the magical Pampers do, but they cover so much area that everything stays inside (safely tucked away). We have had no mishaps what so ever. I do change them more often than I would a Premium diaper because I do have concern that the waste is touching her skin. Yet there are no irritations to date.
All in all, I would definitely buy these diapers again. Only if I had coupons, however, because the price doesn't really justify going against my personal favorite. The box of 64 would have been $18 had I not combined the two coupon offers.
They are for all intents and purposes a very dependable diaper. I am curious to know how much their "changes" affected my experience versus the prior Publix review on Baby Cheapskate, but hopefully they did make a legitimate attempt at bettering their product.
Publix premium diapers are priced smack dab in the middle of the storebrand diaper range listed on the sidbar. Not bad, but not that great, ether. And I hope you like them, because you have to buy the equivalent of the supermega (2 jumbos). If the price were any higher, you could easily beat this deal buying Pampers/Huggies on sale and using coupons.
＊ First impressions:
The diaper is thin and rectangular coming out of the package. They're definitely not baby-shaped. For this reason, they seem a little wide between his legs. The waistband isn't stretchy, but the tabs are, and I've decided that with the storebrands, that's the way I prefer it. I dig the cool geometric design--no Disney, Sesame Street, or Care Bear marketing in sight--darn refreshing! These diapers remind me most of the CVS diapers (which are more expensive).
＊ In Use:
The Publix premium diaper puffs up when wet like Pampers do, but a bit lumpier. We didn't have any leakage issues due to volume, but again, the storebrands lack the special liner that the premiums have that pulls wetness away from the skin. For whatever reason, we did not have the rash with these diapers that we did with Kroger diapers. However, we did have several episodes where the poop goes all the way out to the edges of the leg gathers. Could be my kid, could be the diaper. Who knows? Pampers Cruisers have a double-gather system that eliminates this for the most part.
＊ In summary
I bought these diapers because I had a great coupon, and I'd buy them again if I had a great coupon. My kid eats solid food (well okay, he only eats Cheerios and applesauce this week). Because of the leg-gather poop issue noted above, I don't recommend using this diaper with a milk/formula only baby or if you've already had poop-leakage trouble with Huggies or Pampers.
Albertson's Baby Basics
When my first son was born, we were given many different brands of diapers as gifts. When we were out of the newborn size and needed more, we decided our favorites had been the ones with the frogs on them, or rather, Baby Basics Diapers from Albertson's. We were sad when we moved a month later to a state with no Albertson's. Now that I have another baby boy in diapers, and live in Albertson's territory again, I was anxious to see if I still loved them. They no longer have frogs on them, but they still are my diaper of choice. Here's my take:
＊ The Price:
The best thing about any store brand diaper is the price. The prices on these just went up a bit, but at $7.49 for a jumbo (40 size 3 diapers), they are still a good deal. You can also buy them in bulk if you're buying size 3 or larger ($21.49 for 144 size 3s). The jumbo packs go on sale quite a bit, in fact, I just stocked up on them at $4.99 each!
＊ My Thoughts:
They fit my eight month old son perfectly and don't get too bulky or lumpy when they get wet. They do have a bit of an elastic waist and good elastic gathering at the legs. We use them overnight, and don't usually have any problems. I haven't had any trouble with broken diapers (we've used other brands where it seemed like every other diaper had a broken tab). Pee leakage is more of a problem than poop leaking, for us, and really most of the leaks come about ten minutes after I think I should change his diaper and don't do it. In order to compare with the premium brands, I once bought a pack of Pampers to use (but I do not remember which kind of Pampers, maybe Cruisers). I thought the Baby Basics brand did just as well, if not better.
I feel that these diapers work just as well as the big name brands. The fit is great and they are easy to put on. If your child is prone to big blowouts, these probably aren't the diapers for you. If your child tends to pee a lot overnight, you may want to use a different diaper then.
十九、A Diaper Odyssey
1．A Diaper Odyssey Part 1
As you may know, I've been reviewing store brand diapers for the past three months. Here's a summary of what I've learned. It's long, so I'm splitting it into two parts. This part is about savings. Check back Thursday for part two, quality.
I don't know what I thought would happen if I tried store brand diapers. I suppose I envisioned pee running through them like coffee in a filter, soaking baby's clothes, his parents, and the furniture. I won't even describe the horrible poop scenarios I had imagined. But I was brave, readers, and my son's perfect little bum became a product tester for your benefit. I tried six premium store brand diapers available locally: Kroger Comforts, Publix Premium, Walgreens Premium, CVS Explorers, Target Premium, and Walmart White Cloud. Fatima, a.k.a. The Shopping Queen tried and reviewed the Costco Kirkland Signature diapers. Here's what I've learned:
Part One: The Savings:
There are two rules in diaper deals. The first is to know the per-diaper cost. The second is to stock up when you find a great deal. Premium diaper pricing is supposed to be confusing. That way you won't be able to keep track of the cost per diaper; Pampers Cruisers Size 3 comes in three different size jumbo packs alone. Don't get caught without a calculator. Plus, when I find a great deal, I stock up. I try to have a month's worth of diapers on hand. That way, I never have to pay full price because I've run out.
In the year that I've been tracking prices, there has been, I think, ONE week when neither Pampers nor Huggies was on sale. For a good sale, the CPD (cost per diaper) for Huggies Supreme and Pampers Cruisers size 3 is about 20 cents. There's no need to ever pay more than this for a size 3 or smaller diaper. Also, be wary of bulk packages. Premium diapers are often MORE expensive when you buy mega or super mega packages.
Store brands do go on sale, but not as often, and some go on sale more often than others. Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens diapers can occasionally be bought BOGO 50% off or BOGO Free. Other stores, like Target, rarely put their diapers on sale. It is also rare to find a coupon for store brands, though if you join the stores' baby clubs you'll probably get a few. Here is the CPD (at regular price, size 3) for the store brand premiums:
● Target 14.3
● Kroger 17.4
● Publix 19.7
● CVS 23.6
● Walgreens 22.8
● Walmart 14.4
● Costco 16.2 (plus membership fee costs)
As you can see, the CPD for store brands varies a lot. Publix, CVS and Walgreens price their diapers about the same as the Pampers and Huggies CPD, so I would only buy these diapers again if they're on special. Bottom line, so to speak: If pennies are what matter most to you, stick with Target or Walmart, or be braver than I was and try the non-premium store brand diapers.
2．A Diaper Odyssey Part 2
In part two, I discuss and compare the quality and features of the premium store brand diapers I"ve reviewed over the past three months:Target, Walmart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, and Publix. Click here for Part One, Savings.
Part Two: Quality
Quality is important in a diaper, non? Let's take a look at how the diapers stack up against each other and against Pampers Cruisers and Huggies Supreme, my benchmarks:
The store brands I tried surprised me by being so much alike. Store brand premium diapers perform like the non-premium major brands both in fit and quality. On the whole, they were more like Huggies than Pampers in fit, features, and absorbency. Volume was not an issue with any of the diapers I tried. They did, however, have a few important differences: size and stretchiness of waistband, fold, and stretchiness / length of tabs. Before you can choose the best store brand for your baby, you'll need to consider the following:
● Do you have a newborn?
● Is your child extra chubby or slender?
● Does the baby hate having his/her diaper changed?
● Does she/he eat solid food yet?
● Does the baby have frequent diaper leaks even when you use premium diapers?
● Is your baby prone to diaper rash?
If you have a newborn, or if the baby's diaper leaks frequently, it's best to stick with a diaper that fits well through and sits high on the waist, and has good leg gathers. The Kroger diaper has a high, but generously-sized waistband and is closest to Pampers Swaddlers. The CVS diaper has a high waistband, too, but it's not stretchy. The leg gathers of all seven diapers were the standard double gathers. Huggies Supreme has triple leg gathers, but I haven't found that this makes a difference in performance. For our newborn, nothing fit for the first few weeks except Pampers Swaddlers.
A kid who is difficult to change and moves around a lot when you try to get the diaper on benefits from stretchy waistband and tabs. You'll also want a diaper that you can unfold with one hand. The Walgreens and Kroger diapers have both a stretchy waistband and stretchy tabs, but nothing beats Pampers Cruisers for one-handed diapering. Plus, if you have a crawler, you'll want a diaper that's not bulky for ease of movement. The Kroger diaper is the bulkiest diaper of our seven brands.
If you have a baby who is prone to diaper rash, you may be better off sticking with a premium brand. In my observation, Cruisers are best at pulling moisture away from baby's skin. Huggies Supreme are second best, and Walgreens does a good job, too. Or you can use the store brands during the day when you can change her more often and save the pricier premiums for night time.
Urine leaks are due to either volume or poor fit. Make sure there aren't gaps around the legs or waistband and change the baby frequently. Good double leg gathers and a high waistband are important for babies with loose or extra-plentiful stools. Need I say more? Try the Walgreens diaper.
Some babies are hard to fit: The Walgreens diaper has a smaller waistband than Huggies Ultratrim, while the Kroger diaper has the largest waistband of the diapers we tried.
The cheapest of our diapers, Target and Walmart, are very similar in fit and quality. They're best for slimmer, solid food eating babies who don't have any of the other issues listed above. Rumor has it that a few of the diapers on my list are manufactured by the same people who make Huggies. The Publix diaper is very similar to the Target and Walmart diaper, but is overpriced. If you like Huggies Ultratrim then by all means try the Target or Walmart.
All the diapers hold pee and poop. How well they do so depends on your baby's size, developmental stage, and elimination specifics. There's absolutely no reason not to try store brand diapers. Take my recommendations above, or just jump in and try a brand and keep trying them until you find one that works.
The amount you'll save depends on how you like to shop. If you like finding deals and clipping coupons, then you might try stocking up on premium diapers when there's a fantastic sale and buying store brands when there's not, because if you're good, you can get Pampers and Huggies at store brand prices or less. See how low you can get your CPD without sacrificing the features and quality you need in a diaper. If you're not a bargain hunter, but you want to save money, then store brands are definitely for you. Either way, if you're really good, you'll save a nickel to a dime per diaper. That's one to two hundred bucks a year.
此外，Amazon通常可以找到更多的产品review，JMs如果有兴趣，可以找找看。总的来说，别人的意见仅供参考，宝宝到底适用哪种diaper以及选择何种diaper，可能试用了才知道，如果条件允许，选择popular的national brand先试用可能好用的机会大些，或者可以先试用绝大多数人反映比较好的store brand。
听JMs的反映，LUVS还是不错的，如果买Pampers Baby Dry，就不如干脆买LUVS了；另外宝宝很小的时候用Swaddlers比较好，size 1,size 2，3号之后用别的品牌似乎差异就不那么大了。