Expensive Isn't Always Best!May 14, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
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When my daughter was first born, I was like every new mother, intent on purchasing only the most expensive diapers on the market. I quickly learned that as my daughter grew and moved into larger size diapers, less diapers came in a package, and I was shelling out quite a bit of money for diapers that were only half way doing their job. Even the most expensive brands would leak or blow out, leaving me with a mess.
I began experimenting with store brand diapers when once again, I experienced mess after mess with the name brand ones. I went through several different diapers, Southern Home, CVS, White Cloud, Dri Bottoms and more. I found that most worked just as well as Pampers but at half the cost. Don't get me wrong, those diapers weren't necessarily perfect, but they did their job, and most importantly, none of them leaked!
When choosing a disposable diaper I have a few key things that I look for. I like the cloth outer covers on most of the diapers, but I'm not particular about the outside as long as it holds the mess on the inside! Most name brand diapers have the cloth cover, i.e. Pampers & Huggies, but even cheaper brands such as Drypers and store brands have the cloth outer cover. The outer cover also varies in how soft it is to the touch. For instance, the cloth cover on the Pampers Baby Dry isn't quite as soft as the cloth cover on the Drypers.
Most diapers with the cloth cover use Velcro closures. I have found this to be both a blessing and a curse. The advantage of the Velcro closures is that they can be removed and then placed back on the panel again without losing any of its hold. Most sticky closures lose their grip when removed only once. What I have encountered with a lot of the Velcro closures though is that they rip easily, ruining a perfectly good diaper. Most store brands I have used use a combination of Velcro and sticky closures.
The biggest diaper test of all would have to be bed time. Extra wetness accumulates in the diaper, and, if it can't hold that extra moisture, will spill out, onto baby's skin, clothes and sheets. I have used both name brands and store brands throughout my daughter's eleven months, and have found that in comparison, some less expensive brands, and even store brands just held the wetness better. For instance, Pampers Premiums leaked, while Luvs did not. Huggies leaked while the Toys R Us brand Especially For Baby did not.
Another important factor when choosing between name brand and store brand is how dry the diaper will keep baby's skin. If a diaper won't pull moisture away from baby's skin, a nasty rash could develop. A few of the store brand diapers that I tried pulled the moisture down, keeping it away from my daughter's skin, and some did not. When I came across one that did not, I simply went on to the next.
Another thing to consider is that the store brand diapers tend to run a bit smaller through the waist of the diapers. When my daughter was in a size three in the name brand diapers, she was wearing a four in the store brands. The legs of the store brand diapers did not differ from the name brands, and fit wonderfully, despite my daughter's chunky legs. If you decide to try store brand diapers, you might want to try purchasing them one size bigger, just to be on the safe side.
To sum it up, expensive is not always the best. I finally settled on the Toys R Us brand diaper, as it costs less than Pampers and Huggies, and even Luvs but work even better at preventing the leaks! Don't hesitate to experiment when choosing a disposable diaper. You will find, just as I did, that through experimentation, you will find particular things that you like and dislike about every diaper out there! Eventually, you will come across one that you love. Whether it be a store brand or a name brand, find one that performs exactly as you expect and you and your baby will be much happier!
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