You walk into the baby department at Target, Walmart, Sam’s, wherever. You stroll along the 100 foot wall of diapers. So many to choose from.
Huggies, and Pampers, and Luvs, oh my!
Which do you choose?
Are you a creature of habit, always choosing the same brand? Do you look for the picture of the baby butt model who is strategically photographed to be ever so adorable? Do you forgo all disposable options and use cloth diapers? (If so, what are you doing in this aisle anyway?) Do you buy whatever you have a coupon for? (That’s usually me.) 😉
Here’s my take. I am not loyal to any one diaper brand.
- Poop and Pee
They end up in the trash.
Yes, I want quality. Yes, I want to avoid leaks and blowouts. But I am not going to spend half of the cost of a college education on something that I throw away 5-8 times a day (give or take).
After four years of diaper purchases, I have learned a few things.
As a pregnant woman preparing for her first child, I just took Walmart and Target prices as standard. I bought the top brands and figured that I was getting a good price. After a while, I discovered sale patterns and the price points that I considered to be a good deal.
How much do I pay for diapers?
My price point is around 15 cents per diaper, give or take a few cents.
Right now a 92-pack of Pampers Size 4 sells for $24.99 at Target. That is 27 cents a diaper.
Now it might not seem like a big difference, paying 27 cents or 15 cents. But it does add up.
Let’s say you go through 1,000 diapers (easily done).
- At 26 cents you are paying $270.
- At 15 cents you are paying $150.
- That’s a savings of $120.
Let’s say you go through six diapers a day. You would go through 1,000 diapers in about 5 1/2 months. Over a year, you would save around $240.
To me, that’s a nice chunk of change to save on diapers.
How do I make sure that I buy diapers around my price point?
I just have to shop around. That doesn’t mean that I go from store to store, calculator in hand, checking diaper prices. It’s not an obsession. It’s just knowing how to shop for them.
I watch for sales. Target, quite frequently, will run gift card deals (purchase two packs of diapers and get a $10 gift card). Combine those gift card deals with coupons and you can usually find a way to come close to that price point.
CVS will often have deals where if you purchase $30 in diapers, you get $10 in CVS rewards. Combine that with CVS store coupons and manufacturer coupons and you can get a pretty sweet deal.
How do I know which brand is good?
Just try them all! I have not been afraid to go beyond the name brands.
Print doesn’t matter to me. My babies have never really been diaper commercial babies. They don’t toddle around all day in just a diaper. Especially in winter. Brrr!
Here is my experience with some of the brands:
- Honest Company: I love the Honest Company. I value their commitment to quality ingredients and materials. They have CUTE diapers. (My kids are obsessed when the commercial comes on with all the babies walking around…) They work great, but they are pricey at around 38 cents a diaper. I have only used these when I signed up for a subscription trial. If you haven’t tried their products and want to, this is a good way to go.
- Huggies: I love Huggies. I like all their different varieties, but normally just go with the Snug and Dry. I usually get them at CVS or Target when they have a gift card or rewards offer. When you combine those offers with coupons, anything under 16 cents each is great buy.
- Target Up and Up: I have used Up and Up since day one. These have been my go-to brand if no one has a sale, but since moving to a bigger city, there is usually at least one place with a good sale when I’m in need of diapers. I think the quality of this brand is great, and I like that they don’t seem to use scents or dyes in their diapers.
- Pampers: There was a time when I boycotted Pampers, mainly because they gave my son the worst diaper rash ever. The Pampers Swaddlers that they used at the hospital didn’t bother him, but the boxes that had the “Dry Max” were the culprit. Apparently, I wasn’t the only mom who noticed this problem. Since then, the company has removed the dry max feature. I still buy them occasionally, and they work just fine.
- Luvs: I think I’ve only used Luvs once. They worked fine, but to me seemed a little stiff. (Not judging Luvs moms! This is just my experience.) I guess I just didn’t “live, learn, and get Luvs”….or so the commercial goes.
- CVS: I was pleasantly surprised after trying these, and I have turned into a repeat customer. There doesn’t seem to be any scent or dye in the diapers. Every few weeks, CVS seems to have a rewards offer on these diapers, and you can get them for under $4 a pack. The print has the most hideous hippo I have ever seen, but who cares! 🙂 They work, and I haven’t had any leaks.
- Cashwise: Cashwise carries the Top Care brand. I just recently discovered them after they had a Buy One Get One Free deal. I thought, Why not try them? I’ll give ’em a whirl! They work fine, and Clifford the Big Red Dog graces their front.
- Seventh Generation: This is a great brand, and like the Honest Company, I value what they stand for and the quality of their products. They are brown, so they do look like you are putting a brown paper bag on your baby, but they work great. 🙂
- I have even tried the grocery store brand at Teal’s Market in small-town Lisbon, North Dakota. And guess what? They worked just fine!
When I think of it, I haven’t tried two of the biggest store brands out there: Walmart and Sam’s Club. A friend once shared that she had bad luck with the Walmart brand, so I guess Parent’s Choice hasn’t really been my choice. I really should try them out. Maybe some of you have had great luck with the brand!
So as you can see, I am fairly open-minded when it comes to buying diapers. They all pretty much work the same.
Oh, I forgot to mention this! I have even experienced cloth diapers. I got to babysit the sweetest little boy who wore them. I was unsure at first how it would work out, but they are super easy! You just throw everything into the wet bag, and that’s it! I didn’t have to deal with the washing, but it sounded like that was easy, too!
The point of this post:
Don’t be afraid to try other options. Generic seems to always have a negative connotation. Even as I was writing about Cashwise diapers, I felt a little uneasy (or even a little embarrassed!) about sharing. What are people going to think of me for buying grocery store diapers?! But they worked for me.
It’s nice to have choices. It’s nice to know that I am paying a fair price.
It’s like some people say about mixing food on their plate….In the end, it all ends up mixed up in your stomach anyway.
Disposable diapers are kind of like that. In the end, they all get pooped in and thrown away.
Be a wise and informed consumer. Keep making choices that are right for you and your family, but know that there are always other options.
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