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Tried Many Different Types of Diapers, Pampers was the Best!
on August 15, 2011
I am a first time mother of a healthy baby girl, and this diaper thing was all new to me. My baby is 9 month old, and this info is what I learned over the last few months that I can share with all of the new parents. For me, Pampers are the best diapers, as I am often clumsy in putting on the diaper, and all of the various types of Pampers are extremely forgiving in not failing even if improper strap placement occurs. They are also the most absorbent diapers on the market in my opinion. In terms of buying Pampers, Amazon offers the best deal: 30% off if enrolled in Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom plus no state sales tax. Even if you use store coupons, manufacturer coupons, weekly ad sales, etc, the retail stores cannot compete on price. A downside to Amazon is that you may have to wait 2 weeks in the mail for the diapers, but I always stock up ahead of time so for me it wasn't a problem. It should be noted that Amazon's best price occurs when it periodically offers a $2 Pampers e-coupon on top of the the 30 % savings, but it is best to be logged into your account to see and "clip" the coupon under the Special Offers section.
There are different types of Pampers, and these are my impressions:
* Pampers Swaddlers. These are my favorite diapers because of the thinness, softness and super-absorbancy. I also loved the witness indicator found in their sizes N,1, and 2. It should be noted that Swaddlers' Dry Max technology is controversial, as some parents claim that the diapers' gel leaks and thus causes diaper rash. This has never happened to me. Truth be told, I like the Dry Max, as they make the diapers super-absorbent, and thus causing less diaper rash for my baby. Another downside is that they have a slight perfume that make them smell like baby powder, but the smell is not strong enough to bother me or my baby. I could get Swaddlers on Amazon up to size 3, but I decided to switch at that point, as my baby began crawling and it make sense to use Pampers Cruisers, which are designed to be stretchy for a moving baby.
* Pampers Sensitive. I do not understand how Sensitive is any different from Swaddlers, except that sizes N, 1 and 2 don't have Dry Max. I stuck to Swaddlers since they were cheaper and seemed just as good as Sensitive. Sensitive goes up to size 4, so for those parents who hate Cruisers and wish they could get size 4 Swaddlers, I would buy these given that they are so similar in design.
* Pampers Baby Dry. These diapers do not have the Dry Max technology, but they are still extremely absorbent. I find that it lives up to Pampers's claim of lasting through an entire night. Overall, while I prefer the Swaddlers because they are thinner, softer, and more absorbent, I still like this diaper, and often buy it because it is cheaper than Swaddlers.
* Luvs Ulta. Okay, okay, officially these are not Pampers. I still include them because they have the same manufacturer as Pampers. If I were more cost-conscious, I would buy these diapers as they are very good diapers sold at an awesomely low price. Luvs is a bulky diaper, so I am willing to spend the extra cents for Pampers. Other solid cheaper diapers are Parents Choice and Babies R Us. They are not soft and are bulky, but they get the job done. Wal-Mart's Parents Choice is particularly good for me as they have very large diaper straps that make them super-easy to put on.
My impressions of other diapers on the market:
* Wegmans. They need to go back to the drawing board with these diapers, as these are just bad diapers that fail like crazy on me.
* Huggies Pure and Natural: If there was a beauty contest on good-looking diapers, these diapers should win. Not only do they have a pretty design, they are super soft as they are made out of aloe and organic cotton. I breast-fed my baby, so I was excited by the claim that these diapers have a pocketed waistband that is good for holding the runny messes that are particularly common with newborn breastfed babies. Alas, I still found Pampers in being better able to handle the messes. Overall, I do not like Pure& Natural as they are expensive, run small and are not super-absorbent. If you get these diapers, buy the larger sizes.
* Kirkland Supreme Diapers: Huggies makes Costco's storebrand diapers, and in their design, they looked to me similar to the Pure and Naturals. Unlike the Huggies, they are latex free. I only used one box and never bought again, as I was disgusted that I had to throw out most of my diapers because they were too small in size. Again, favor the larger size if you buy.
* Target Up and Up: These diapers do not have a noticeable smell like Pampers, and they are latex and chlorine free. I had difficulty placing the straps correctly and thus they failed on me.
* Huggies Little Snugglers/ Snug and Dry/ Little Movers: I wish that I like these diapers as they are cheaper than Pampers due to frequent store sales and plentiful manufacturer coupons. I am not sufficiently careful with the placement of the diaper straps, thus causing my baby to suffer abrasions and the diaper to fail. They seem more absorbent to me than Huggies Pure and Natural, but not as absorbent as Pampers.
Hope all of this info is useful to you and good luck with your baby!