Friday, March 23, 2012

Diaper Wars

When I was pregnant with my little guy I wanted to know what the best brand of diapers was so I could register for that brand. So I did some research on the subject and what I found was that there was no best brand. Some people absolutely loved a certain brand and would only buy that brand, other people absolutely detested that brand and would only buy another brand. Some people bought and used whatever was cheapest. The thing I came away with was that every child and family is different and you have to find out what is best for you and your little one. Well this was entirely unhelpful as far as registering but it did give me an idea for an awesome baby shower present. There were 3 other girls at my church who were pregnant at the same time I was so I bought 1 pack each of several different brands of newborn diapers and divided them up between myself and the 3 other new moms. (I also wrote verses and encouragement on the diapers so we would be encouraged when doing the dirty work those first few days, and I included a pack of sensitive wipes) It was a pretty good gift and well received, but unfortunately did not give me the desired results of knowing which diapers would work best for my baby. The reason for this was that my little guy was born 2 weeks early and it took him a little while to start pooping and peeing like he was supposed to. He only had 1 poop in the first 2 weeks home and when he peed it was just a tiny little amount (yes I talked to the doctor and we were keeping an eye on the situation). So anyways I used the variety of diapers those first few weeks because they were open and I didn't want to run the risk of him growing out of them before I could use them. So because there was barely anything in his diapers when they were dirty I didn't have much to base my evaluation on. I ended up deciding that I liked Huggies the best because the wetness indicator was the easiest to read and most accurate. This was important to my sleep deprived brain. Well time went by and my little guy got much better at eating and so therefore better at filling his diapers. A couple weeks ago I noticed that I was changing at least one blow out diaper every single day. This seemed a little much to me so I began to question whether I was using the best brand of diapers for my little guy and if my sleep deprived mind's random choosing of Huggies was actually the best choice. So I decided to redo my evaluation. Over the next couple weeks I will be posting my evaluation of several different brands of diapers including the name brands (Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs) and a few store brands (Parents Choice, Up and Up, may do a few others, we shall see). I will be evaluating for softness, absorbancy,  fit (for body shape comparison m little guy is 4 months old. He wears size 1 diapers and size 3 mo and 3-6 mo clothes. He is long and skinny - 25 in long, 12 lb 13 oz), blowout rate, price, deals available, availability on Amazon (Amazon mom has some of the best deals around, may do a post on that soon) and any other criteria I feel is worth mentioning. I hope this info helps you as much as it does me. Feel free to comment and let me know if there is any brand or criteria you want me to add!

Posts to Come:
Diaper Wars 1: Huggies Review
Diaper Wars 2: Pampers Swaddlers Review
Diaper Wars 3: Parent's Choice Review
Diaper Wars 4: Luvs Review
Diaper Wars 5: Pampers Baby Dry Review
Diaper Wars 6: Up and Up Review
Diaper Wars 7: Huggies Little Movers
Diaper Wars 8: the New! Huggies Little Snugglers #MC #sponsored
Diaper Wars Wipes Edition: WaterWipes Review  #WaterWipes #IC #ad

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