Since I have a three-year old, I am very familiar with diapers! Three and a half years ago, when we were given baby showers, we received many different brands of diapers. I thought that was great, since it gave me a chance to decide which brand of diapers I liked best. I soon found out that Huggies and Pampers both are fantastic in many ways. The main difference I found between Huggies and Pampers was the shape. Since all babies are shaped differently, a mom needs to consider which diaper brand fits her baby’s bottom best. For me, that meant Huggies. I know several people who find Pampers the best for their baby.
Since I am still using Huggies, I will tell you all the wonderful things I like about that brand. Huggies fits my baby well and does not leak. The best feature about Huggies is that their diapers hold a LOT of water. We found out just how much water a Huggies diaper can hold in a comical way. Last summer, we had our kiddie pool out for our then 2-year old boy to play in. I forgot to change him into a “swim diaper.” He splashed around in the water for quite a while. His Huggies diaper kept absorbing for at least 30 minutes. The diaper grew and grew. It actually expanded to four times its normal size before it finally burst. My husband and I both got a big kick out of this. It proved a point though: this diaper has a phenomenal water retention ability. Another wonderful feature from Huggies, is that they have developed a diaper that keeps water away from baby’s bottom. This is very important. Any mom who has had to deal with diaper rash, should be thankful for this! Diaper rash is that painful condition that causes baby to scream anytime you bring a diaper wipe within three inches of baby’s skin. Most, if not all, babies get diaper rash at some point in their lives. However, I tried to prevent the rash as much as possible. Huggies has provided a valuable tool that helped me accomplish this.
Huggies diapers are expensive when compared to the generic brands. I have found that Walmart’s price is significantly cheaper than any other store. A giant box costs $19 or $20. The smaller the diaper size, the more diapers they put in the box. Most diaper companies send out coupons on a regular basis. Once your name gets on “the list,” you will receive coupons for diapers for several years after you need them. I can usually get anywhere from $1-2 off any size box. With the coupons, the price for Huggies at Walmart not only beats the price at grocery stores, but also the price of any discount diaper store I have seen online.
One week, when I was out of diapers and a little short on cash, I decided to try a generic brand of diapers. Instead of Huggies, I purchased the Aldi brand of generic diapers. I paid about half the cost of the Huggies brand. Unfortunately, the money I saved ended up being not worth it. Frankly, the generic diapers from Aldi did not hold their water. They leaked. My son developed a diaper rash that lasted the entire time I used that box of diapers. I went through the Aldi diapers twice as fast as I would go through the Huggies diapers. By that reasoning, the Aldi diapers ended up costing as much as the Huggies I normally buy. I learned again that “you get what you pay for.” Using the generic Aldi brand meant more diaper changes, more outfit changes, and more diaper rash problems.