Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Great Diaper Experiment

This past week, Mr. Rochester and I have begun what we are referring to as "The Great Diaper Experiment". Since Trotwood was born, we have not purchased any diapers ourselves up until now. Many of our friends, families, and coworkers just gave us diapers at showers or if they had smaller sizes their kids had grown out of. Some of the diapers were loose and out of packaging so other than the diaper size, we weren't sure what type of diaper we were using. Some diapers given to us were older versions of current day brands which are not made anymore while other diapers were types you could only purchase online. So, we aren't really sure which diapers work the best for Trotwood. We are very grateful to everyone for all of the diapers we were given -- to me, a diaper is a diaper. I don't care if someone gave me a bag of diapers that is two years old, we could still use it and it was free!

However, now that Trotwood is in size 2 diapers, we recently purchased all different diaper brands in size 2s to see which diapers we like the best. We have a selection of Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, and Parents' Choice. I've heard that the Sam's Club, Member's Mark diapers are good but I'm hesitant to purchase them because you have to buy them in bulk and...what if we don't like them? So, what types of diapers have you found that you like the most?

I also want to commend my friends who are currently using, or even intending to use, cloth diapers. I applaud and admire you. I too would like to help save the environment, but I am going to have to do it another way since I must opt for the ease of using disposable diapers.

11 comments:

Desiree said...

We used Pampers for Derek because it had a points system kind of like kool aid did in the 80's to get toys and stuff. For all of our other kids that have been in diapers we have tried a few brands. Huggies has never made the mark. THey always leak, give a rash and leave little crystals on the cheeks. Parents choice we have only used a few times with no problem. We use Members Mark for Chase and they work great (plus they are in bulk) Pampers work great too but are pricey and with more than one kids it can add up. I have never been tempted on the cloth side of the issue since I have some serious problems with germs and nasty things that make me want to puke.

Desiree said...

Oh and if you do try members mark and don't like them make a diaper cake for a baby shower.

Doodle On Yoo said...

We really liked LUVs or Huggies. Raedin and Afton are both using Huggies right now. We tried Pampers but it gave our babies rashes around the legs. Target brand is pretty good as well and not at all expensive. We are using the huggies now mainly because of coupons and they are awesome for how much Raedin can fill them!

Laina said...

I am doing reusable cloth diapers and couldn't be happier. Save money and much less of a mess. You should think about it. I can answer any questions you may have, especially since I have done my research cause in a couple of months I am opening my own online store to sell them.

Sarbear said...

For all three of my kids a diaper is a diaper and they all seem to work about the same. I go with whatever if cheapest which usually turns out to be Sam's club or Costco brand ones.

Lately we are tempted by cloth diapers. I've just found out that there are some fairly inexpensive ones that use disposable inserts as well as cloth inserts. Some more expensive ones are also flushable and biodegradable. Interesting stuff. (I can't believe I just typed that about diapers.)

James and Sarah Narramore said...

When Mak was first born I loved the Pampers that we recieved. Like you we received our diapers and didn't have to buy until she was in 2's. We've tried everything cuz we didn't have to buy our own for a while. What I like is the Huggies it seemed to hold more then the Pampers did. The parents choice weren't my favorite and I haven't tried anything else since I like the Huggies.

Kel said...

With Baby B's special problems, we haven't found any diapers that keep her unsoiled at night. But like some others have experienced, Pampers gave her extra rash around her legs. I think it's trial and error for every kid.

If you're worried about buying large quantities of an off-brand, you could ask to try (or buy) a few from a friend who uses them.

Kel said...

P.S. - We use Huggies. We think they work best for Baby B., but we still have explosions and leakage every night. We also use disposable hospital pads in her crib, so we don't have to wash her sheets every single day. You can find them at Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, wherever. This might be helpful to know if Master Trotwood ever has a few days of diarrhea.

Anne said...

for us, Huggies are the BEST. with any diaper, you need to make sure you are streatching out the edges good so the leak protection actually works. i think most leak problems are from diapers that aren't put on right to begin with. with huggies, they have a triple wall, and the outermost edge should be out, creating a slight "ruffle." if it is tucked in, stuff might just sneak past...

we never had good luck with pampers, but the only ones we ever used were free, so maybe you just get used to whichever you end up choosing, and figure out how they work.

look at all these diaper opinions! ha ha.

Kate said...

lol. lucky you not to have bought a diaper yet! We used Pampers with Lucas--he leaked out of EVERYTHING else. So, i bought some for Norah. I've heard that the newly redesigned target diapers/up brand work well, but not necessarily for newborns. You can buy huggies at coscto, if there is one, so that's what most of my friends do. good luck!

Miss Summerson said...

This is great! It is kind of funny that we all have so much to say about diaper brands!

Desiree - that's a great idea to use the diapers in a diaper cake if they don't work well for us. Next time we are at Sam's we may take the plunge and get some.

Laina - I knew you were using cloth diapers and I have seriously considered it but I think my main deterrent is...well, it's a new frontier for me and I'm not sure how it would work for us at the moment. I think that is great you are opening up a shop! I may be brave and try them with our next baby.

Kelly - I never thought of getting the disposable hospital pads for his crib in case of major blowouts. So far, we haven't experienced any major overnight accidents but I will definitely keep that in mind if he starts having them.

Well, so far we haven't had any problems with any of the diapers we've tried. I think we are liking the Huggies Little Snugglers and the Luvs best at this point but I think the real test will come when he has a major blowout. So, the experiment continues...