When my husband and I were expecting for the first time, with twins, we received and purchased a LOT of diapers, from different brands, in different styles.
We have since had more children (though one at a time), and have tried out a lot of different diapers, especially thanks to some diaper-themed baby showers my friends threw for me.
Some brands worked better for different babies. Some we needed to make sure we were using the proper diaper sizing.
Generally, our children are tall and skinny. We’ve had mostly girls, but one boy baby too.
Here’s what we think about several of different diaper brands out there.
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Because I am a price-conscious consumer, I am also going to list the price for each brand of diaper, using a Size 3 diaper as the standard across the brands (using Amazon’s current pricing – Feb 2020).
My diaper reviews will share what I think the pros and the cons are for each diaper brand.
Huggies Snug and Dry Diaper Review
Pros: Cheaper, coupons widely available, Huggies rewards program
Cons: Leaks, bulky, wrong fit on my girls
Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Review
Pros: Thin, soft, smell good, great fit, Dry Max, wetness indicator, belly button notch, Pampers rewards program
Cons: More expensive and coupons not as good or as available. Didn’t always catch the poo up the backside. Caused at least one child to get a rash. Distinct strong diaper smell.
Pros: Thin, soft, adorable, didn’t leak, free of fragrance, chlorine bleach, parabens, latex, and hypoallergenic, wetness indicator.
Cons: Slightly stiff, more expensive.
Pros: Large box, decent price. Fit well, cute design. Soft.
Cons: Costco membership needed, no coupons.
Parent’s Choice (Wal-mart) Review
Pros: Cheap, fit well
Cons: Don’t breath well, not soft
Pros: Lowest priced diapers, cute dot-design, chlorine free, parabens free, perfume free. RedCard users can save 15% when they subscribe. Target runs diaper/baby deals often.
Cons: Hard, bulky, plastic-like, don’t breathe, see the design through clothes, sag down.
Pros: Cheaper, money-back guarantee, soft, wetness indicator. Prime members can get 20% off when they subscribe.
Cons: Some tabs would rip off when putting it on the baby. Sometimes leaked. Rougher sound to them, distinct smell.
Pros: Keeps in messes, wetness indicator, doesn’t sag, soft, breathable, unscented, affordable.
Cons: Only available at Sam’s Club. Not always great at keeping baby dry through the night.
I am a member of both Pampers and Huggies Reward Programs, and I recently won a $10 Visa Prepaid Card from Huggies’ Enjoy the Ride Program! It was one of their Instant Win Games, and I won! I just received it in the mail.
However, I am generally very unimpressed with the Huggies’ Reward Program. There are very few items in the rewards catalog, and everything else is either an instant win or sweepstakes. Not really worth earning the points for the most part, especially considering one package of diaper is not worth a lot of points, and their wipes worth even less.
I really don’t like their wipes: often too dry and I don’t like that they are perforated together.
The Pampers “Gifts to Grow” program is a much better program. There’s a considerable reward catalog, with things you actually want, along with sweepstakes and instant win games.
Plus, Pampers gives you more points for one package of diapers or wipes, meaning you earn more points faster. Their wipes are good, though too expensive.
However, both of these rewards programs are on their last year of their programs, and will end December 31, 2011.
So, I think we’re going to become a Luvs family, though I love Pampers. Cost and comfort and fit are all there with the Luvs, and my sensitive skinned Lisa won’t get diaper rash.
What have you found to be the best diapers for you kids and why?