Friday, October 2, 2009

Recovering Diaper Snob

I'll admit it. In the past I have been a bit of a snob...a diaper snob, that is. Starting with my oldest, I used ONLY Huggies or Pampers, whoever was better at the time (Doesn't it always seem like they are always changing something or other about their diapers? One will change then the other will one up is a diaper game of leap frog). Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't insist on Supremes, but it was Name Brand diapers for my kids.

There were a few times that I did try store brand diapers, but my experiences with them were definitely negative. I usually ended up with leaking, torn tabs, and occasionally the whole diaper would fall apart.

So, for years I insisted on name brands...rarely condescending to buy LUVs (And with 5 kids, all who insist that they are NOT ready to potty train until they are 3 and a 1/2, I have single handedly kept the diaper industry afloat). But fast forward to the current economic crisis. My grocery budget was not increasing and my money was not going as far. I needed to find a way to cut back, so I started buying LUVs diapers. They were fine, no complaints...but grocery prices continued to grow...and I had a week where my grocery budget was a little extra tight...I paced back and forth, eyeing the Parent's Choice diapers (Wal Mart Brand); their discounted price was calling to me. But my mind was haunted by discount diaper nightmares...leaking, torn tabs, and falling apart..Oh My! But I gave in to the siren call of money saved and the yellow package made it's way into my cart. I hoped that I wouldn't experience buyers remorse at each diaper change.

I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. They came equipped with everything my name brand diapers had. Stretchy fit, cloth like feel, even the stretch side tabs! Each week it got easier to put that yellow package in my cart, passing by the red, green and purple packages who still whispered to me that they were better. I am now a convert to Parents Choice diapers. They run about half the price of Huggies and Pampers, and about 30% cheaper than LUVs. For this Mommy of five, with two in diapers, the savings are huge.

I did try the Target brand diapers about a month ago, and I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. They were not as soft, their side tabs not as stretchy, and I experienced night time leaking.

- Christine

Posted by Christine of Random Thoughts With Chris

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