Have you tried generic diapers?

So we did it today! We bought a big box of Costco diapers- 200 to be exact. Since I have never used them before, I thought I would review them here. I would love to hear your experience with generic diapers as well.Mr. O and I had waited a little too long to buy diapers and found ourselves in a bit of a jam. We had about 3 or 4 more diapers left which would get us through today. Due to blue laws, we weren’t able to shop at Target and instead found ourselves at Costco. Costco, for whatever reason, only carries two types of diapers, Huggies and Kirkland (the Costco brand). We have never used either brand with Becca and therefore found ourselves in a predicament.

Which brand do we buy?!?! Which will be more reliable? Diapers are one of those products you don’t want to mess around with or you will have a mess on your hands. As a result, we have stuck pretty exclusively with Pampers (Swaddlers and then Baby Dry). But here we were, we needed diapers and Pampers wasn’t an option. I am such a loyal Pampers fan that I floated the idea of heading over to CVS or Walgreens to get my beloved Pampers. But we were here, the diapers were here and diapers are diapers, right? Right?! After much discussion, we opted to go with Kirkland (the Costco brand). I’d heard they were ‘pretty good’ and they were the cheaper of the two choices.

So here’s my analysis of the two brands:

Kirkland vs. Pampers Baby Dry

Kirkland Signature Premium Diapers(Costco Brand Diapers)

Pampers Baby Dry


3: 16-28lbs 3: 16-28lbs

Count and Price

200 diapers for $34.89

($.17 per diaper)

126 diapers, $36.99

($.29 each)


Tiger cub


Feel of the diaper

When folded, the Pampers diaper is wider and feels ‘thinner’ then the Kirkland diaper.

The Kirkland and Pampers diaper have a similar feel. Although the Kirkland actually feels a little ‘softer’.

Back of diaper

The Kirkland diaper has more ‘elastic’ in its back band. This means that it starts smaller

and expands further than the Pampers diaper. It seems as if this would help the Kirkland

diaper accommodate different body types and sizes better.

Front of diaper

The front of the two diapers is a similar size. The Pampers

diaper has an additional tab on each side. This may accommodate

the lack of elastic on the back of the diaper.

Leg Band

Both diapers have two leg bands on each side. The inside band on

the Pampers brand appears to be a little longer which might help which

might help keep things in a little better (we shall see!).

Diaper pad

The pad in the Pampers brand is slightly wider and has a green/yellow tint

to it. The Kirkland brand is clearly white with no tint and is a little longer than the Pampers brand.

First Day: So far, so good! Becca has had two diaper changes and the Kirkland have held up. She will be wearing it overnight so that will be a good test for them. However, the big test is still ahead. Will it hold when it really matters or will we have a ‘blow-out’ on our hands? Keep your fingers crossed and I will keep you updated!

Update: She slept from 10-6:45 *yeah* and the diapers did well. She only had pee overnight (which is pretty typical) but the diaper was pretty full and held up.

Day 2: Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad new. Little Becca had a blow-out which required a change of her pants and her top. Unfortunately, she was unaware of the scientific study I was undergoing and did it while her grandma was in charge. Therefore, I am not clear on whether this was beyond what Pampers Dry would have handled or not.

The good news- Becca had another ‘poo-poo’ moment and this time the Kirkland diapers easily contained it all.

Day 3: The diaper held up overnight again. It also handled another poop diaper. So far, these diapers seem to be pretty equal to the Pampers Dry. I have heard Pampers Cruisers are better than the Pampers Dry. So I might try them the next time I buy Pampers.

Day 4: The diaper once again held overnight. It was an extremely full diaper (including poop) but it all was contained.

Week 1: I still only have good news to report. I have actually had less diaper accidents with the Kirkland than with the Pampers Baby Dry.

Week 2: Another successful week with Kirkland. We only had one minor leak due to a “blow-out”. With the Baby Dry, it was pretty typical to have to change outfits at least once.

Week 3: Still really liking Kirkland! They have definitely stood up over time! We have had no ‘leaky’ diapers this week!!! Ironically, I was just given some pampers cruisers and will now have those to compare to the Kirkland.

Case 1: Well, we finished the first case and bought a new one. Overall, we still continue to be satisfied with the diapers.

Recommendation: After using one case of these diapers and starting the second, I would definitely recommend them. They are as good (if not better) than Pampers Baby Dry. In fact, I would recommend these over Pampers Baby Dry. In the future, I might try the Pampers Cruisers (if I had a coupon) but as of now we have become a Kirkland Signature Premium Diapers family. I will continue to give occasional updates as appropriate.

It’s now January, 2008 and we continue to be satisfied with the diapers. They are definitely worth giving a try.

Two Years later, 2/16/09, I continue to receive comments on this post.  I also continue to use the costco diapers.  Recently, I used a few of the pampers which did well.  However, I still prefer the price, convenience and reliability of the Kirkland.  I also rely on the wipes.  I can’t recommend them enough.  As we get closer to potty training (ugh!) I am really going to miss these diapers.

M. Kate



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19 responses to “Have you tried generic diapers?

  1. mkate

    I just spoke with my friend, Courtney, who recommends Kirklands baby wipes as well. I will have to try those out!

  2. Momma Calla

    Target brand was decent.

    CVS brand was excellent. Comparable to Pampers. However, the sizes were in the store sporadically. The solution would be to call ahead.

  3. mkate

    Good information to know. I was ambivalent about target (at the time, I was using Pampers swaddlers which I really liked a lot) so I might try them again. For CVS, I don’t go there often enough to buy from there.

  4. lbdenver

    Here’s a vote for 7th Generation diapers. I must admit, I have always scoffed at anything 7th Generation because while you might feel good about using it, your house certainly wasn’t getting any cleaner. But we found ourselves out without diapers and some friends had what seemed like a brown paper bag diaper for us to use – 7th Generation. I was delighted! They are really built better than Pampers (and certainly Huggies) – they are tougher and have a great wide, all-the-way-around elastic waistband that keeps all of the goodies from climbing down legs or up backs. I buy them on 1800diapers.com so they are less expensive then they might be. Happy diapering!

  5. Court

    I was at Costco today and found out that Pampers makes the Kirkland diapers…..

  6. mkate

    That’s interesting…

    I actually was at Costco as well today and bought the larger size (4). I like that the weight for size 3 and size 4 overlap. Size 3 goes up to 27 lbs and size 4 starts at 22 lbs. Becca is not quite 27 lbs but she may very well be before we finish the next case so I bought the larger size.

    I continue to be a fan (and love the price!)

    Mary Kate

  7. Edie

    Thanks for undertaking this “scientific” study and for posting your results! We’re expecting (although not for awhile) and I was interested to see if Costco diapers were good, since saving a few dollars each month can really add up.

  8. Diana

    Thank you so much for this review! It really helps!!!!

  9. Niki

    Thanks, this really helps for a first time mom. I have heard so many mixed reviews..more good than bad, but I think I will start to stock up with kirkland.

  10. katie

    Thanks for writing this!!! We’re in the same situation as you were- 5 diapers left and we need some TODAY! We have a 13 mo old and another on the way in 3 months so every penny we can save of diapers counts!!! Thanks again!!

  11. Steve

    Hi there. How long would a case of 216 size 1 diapers last a newborn? Am I going to be buying these every week or every month?


  12. mkate


    I would guess about a month. With a newborn, you can go through about 10-12 diapers a day so that is about 21 days for the case. But I would guess it would last closer to a month.

  13. Steve


    Very exciting!

  14. Karen

    Thank you for this review! I was in Costco last week trying to find someone with a baby in the cart that may tell me if they use these diapers – they had size 1 in for the first time so I was hoping to try them. I love Pampers and will check these out.

  15. ana

    this page helps me knowing alot of things about diapers and see what is the best for my baby

  16. Kate F

    I’m almost done with my first case of the Costco Kirkland’s and love them. I wasn’t sure about getting them when I saw that and Huggies were all that Costco had, but when I saw a guy throwing three cases of one of the larger sizes in his cart, I asked and he gave them a glowing review. They’ve had less leaks for us than the Pampers we received at our baby shower and did about as well as the Luvs and Huggies that we’d been given.
    Also, I believe they are actually made by Huggies and not Pampers. With the exception of the cartoon character on the diaper, the look/style is exactly the same as the Huggies we had been given and I had done a search online on the Kirkland’s and had found several people saying they were generic Huggies.

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  18. Elizabeth

    Your post was great! I too am a Pampers/Kirkland fan. Kirkland diapers are just as good as Pampers. And I couldn’t agree more with your statement on Kirkland’s wipes..they are wonderful!

  19. Josefina Zuniga

    I tried the brand b loved which you can find at Big Lots. I love thay brand and I can honestly say that the diapers are better then huggies, pampers or luvs. They are so light that is hard to believe how it can keep your baby so dry. The best part is that they’re super affordable!

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