For the past 15 months, I’ve been wrapping my baby’s bum in paper diapers. I chose to go the disposable diaper route, to be honest, because I didn’t have the patience to do cloth diapers. When it comes to pee and poop, I want the business to be done and not carry it with me.
Anyway, during, that 15 months, I’ve tried the diapers listed below and kept a mental recorded of what I liked and what I really didn’t like. I tried them all, mainly to get the most for my dollar.
According to the LA Times, “Every child is slightly different, of course, but generally you change smaller children a bit more often than bigger kids. So, the differences in per-unit costs still tend to leave you with a relatively stable daily cost of about $2. (That's based on 10 daily changes per infant and six changes for toddlers.) The weekly cost amounts to $14, which comes to $728 annually.”
I’m a penny pincher, so if I can save some cash on diapers, I will. This is what I found:
Luvs – 108 ct. @ $17.99 = $0.16 per diaper
I love LUVS! I found that you get the bang for your buck with these diapers. We were Pampers people from day one because that is what the NICU used. But I didn’t want to spend so much on them. Luvs had a new advertising campaign a few months ago and it worked on me. I bought them and fell in love. We haven’t had any leaks, even when my boy sleeps 12 hours at night. What I also like about them is that when the diaper swells with liquid, they don’t get too big and heavy. That means I don’t have to change out my Diaper Champ as often. Luvs also have a nice scent but it’s not too strong. It covers that diaper smell pretty well.
Pampers – 112ct. @ $25.09 = $0.22 per diaper
I would think that Pampers are worth the money, if you want to spend it. But I don’t think they are any better than Luvs or Walmart brand. The only thing that might be better is the printed pattern on the diaper is cuter and the scent is stronger. That’s it. I’ve also noticed that they are not as wide as Luvs, so they don’t cover the butt as much. I haven’t had any leak with them. They also don’t swell as much, so they make less waste.
Huggies – 86ct. @ $19.79 = $0.23 per diaper
I have never used Huggies. I refuse to buy them because I think they are too expensive. Yes, I’m stubborn.
Walmart – 96ct. @ $13.97 = 0.14 per diaper
Don’t be scared of the Walmart brand, Parent’s Choice! These are great diapers and are CHEAP! They don’t have much of a scent, which is okay by me. But I could smell the pee in the morning when my son got up. That was the only time the odor bothered me. They are not too wide around the butt but I’ve never had a leak with them. They don’t swell much when full of liquid, which I like because it make less waste in landfills. I really don’t have anything negative to say about them!
Meijer – 144ct. @ $20.00 = $0.14 per diaper
Target – 96 @ $14.99 $0.15 per diaper
These diapers seem to be exactly the same to me. My sister only bought Meijer diapers for her daughter and loves them. I have friends that swear by Target diapers. I don’t like either of them. They work and I’ve never had leaks with them. They are cheap and cute. But they swell so much when they are full of liquid! I have to change my Diaper Champ more often when I use these. I really don’t like that these diaper make more waste. Another plus with Target and Meijer is that their size charts are a little bigger, so you baby can stay in a size longer, which will save you money. As the diaper sizes go up, so does the cost.
So there you have it. This is my review of diapers. We regularly use Luvs but I buy Walmart brand when we are tight on money. Those are my go-to diaper brands. I buy to what features are most important to me, especially cost.
What diapers do you use? What do you like about them?
(Note: these prices are based on Size 3 diapers priced in the Chicagoland area and were only tested on a baby boy.)