Everyone knows that having a baby is an incredible expense, diapers, crib, pack n play, toys, clothes, and the list goes on. So when we got pregnant that was a concern so we (meaning me) did a lot of research in best products but also keeping everything as low as possible. We also have wonderful family and friends (thanks everyone!) that were unbelievably generous with gifts both at our baby shower and otherwise to help us. Stuart’s parents gave us a wonderful crib and my mom gave me the rocking chair I use every night to nurse and both have been blessings. The biggest cost I was planned for however was the one that sticks with you for a long time, diapers.
That being said I got a little attached to Pampers because the reviews you read everywhere pretty much rave about them. So we spent the last several months of my pregnancy starting to stock up during sales and using coupons and registered for Pampers as well.
With my son being 10 weeks old today, (it goes SO fast!) we have had to buy diapers a few times already. It’s incredible how quickly those huge boxes go when you use 10-12 per day, or more when he decides to poop every 20 minutes for an hour and a half..
That being said, Pampers are too expensive for us to buy exclusively. So we have tried a few other brands in between while we continued to work through the boxes we already acquired. We’ve only tried 4 brands so far but I found one that I am using for now that I am very happy with so I have halted the search temporarily!
Keep in mind that how diapers work can vary by age, gender, even just child. And that there are also a lot of different versions of each diaper, pampers swaddlers vs cruisers for example. It’s always worth going back and trying a brand again if what began working stops after a while.
Huggies – HUGGIES Little Snugglers
The hospital I delivered in used Huggies Little Snugglers. My son was only in the newborn size for about 10 days before we had to switch to size 1. So we only used about 5 days worth of Huggies that the hospital gave us. Thank goodness they give you whatever is left over from the pack they open for you! And We had just started the second pack the morning of the day we went home. Yay free diapers!
So we only had a couple leaks with them, and it may have been because they were a little small (You’ll notice there is a HUGE difference between sizes in diapers) but the size one’s were still too large so we stuck with it a couple extra days.
Pros: very absorbent, left him clean, soft, cute Winnie the Pooh patterns (the theme of our nursery!)
Cons: a little loose around the legs
Best price – $0.14/each size 1
Pampers – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
As I mentioned, we had a nice little stockpile of Pampers in size 1 (and other sizes still downstairs!). I have enjoyed them quite a lot. My husband pretty much exclusively uses them when he does the diaper changes because they rarely leak. In fact, only if he is tipped over while sleeping in his car seat or swing, so, you know, gravity.
Pros: Super absorbent, keeps him dry (even overnight!), rarely leak, fit wonderfully, soft, cute Sesame Street characters
Best Price – $0.16/each size 1
So Luvs are the lowest priced brand name diapers I have found. My mom bought us a couple of boxes of them with coupons at Walmart for as low as $17-18. So being unable to pass up the potential for that kind of pricing I was excited to try them.
I’ve used them for a few weeks now and found that we change him several extra times each day. We also have to change his clothes several times and do extra laundry when the diapers leak. This being the case, it’s not worth the price at this time.
Pros: Price, fit well
Cons: Leak, leave him wet, have to change more often
Best Price – $0.10 size 1
We were in the market for a different diaper and another mom suggested the Little Journey Aldi brand. I was quite excited to try them because the price is wonderful.
I have been using them for a week now and they seem to be very similar to Pampers in every way but at 1/4 the cost, 200 diapers for less than $20! So I’ve been using them all day and Pampers at night.
Pros: PRICE, super absorbent, fit really well, keep him dry, soft, no leaks (so far)
Cons: Availability – can’t be bought online and Aldi is not all over in the US
Best Price – <$0.10 each size 1
We are going to continue using the Aldi brand whenever we live near one, considering their low cost and high quality. I will finish up the Pampers as overnights since they work well.
I only change his diaper if he poops at night. He sleeps 6 hours overnight consistently the last 2 weeks so why ruin a good thing with potential extra changes!
What works for your little ones? How has it changed as they have gotten bigger and started moving around more? Let me know in the comments!
PS. If you are nursing check out what I consider to be The Nursing Necessities.