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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

Size

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

Count and Price

200 diapers for $34.89

($.17 per diaper)

126 diapers, $36.99

($.29 each)

Decoration

Tiger cub

Elmo

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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Walk of Shame – Cheap Diapers

I’ll admit it – we’re drowning in baby expenses – food, diapers, wipes, swimming lessons and daycare. Add to that New York City rent, working at a nonprofit and well, you can do the math. It’s tight. So last week when I went to buy diapers – again – I got cheap. There were Duane Reade generic diapers on sale for $5.99. So I bought them.

You can guess what happened… That night I woke up to the cries of a very uncomfortable baby. He had soaked through his pajamas and bed sheet. Here’s where the really shameful part comes. After this mishap, you would think that I learned my lesson and got him better diapers. Nope, I couldn’t make myself waste the $6 so I sent them all to daycare for them to use on him there.

The very next day when I went to pick him up he was in a different outfit. His teacher informed me that he had soaked through his clothes and sheets during nap time. I acted shocked by this turn of events (even though I knew full well that would happen).

Finally, I went to buy the Huggies diapers and threw out the Duane Reade generics, but I did hang my head in shame the whole walk to CVS.

Jen

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Let’s Read~ A Review

In part of my effort to increase the likelihood of Becca speaking (reading and writing) Spanish and English, I requested all of the books from my local library on that topic. I’ve decided to review Leamos! (Let’s Read!) for Everything Educational Thursday. Let

Let’s Read! 101 Ideas to Help Your Child Learn to Read and Write (Leamos! 101 ideas para ayudar a sus hijos a apredenr a leer y escribir) by Mary and Richard Behm (2000) was one of those books that I had requested and one of the first books that I read because it was really easy to flip through.

As promised, there were 101 activities in the book and they were all numbered and placed in chronologically order. Technically, this book is not specifically about raising a child to speak Spanish and English. Rather it is a book that is written in Spanish and English. So just like the title (Leamos!; Let’s Read!), each reading idea is written in English and Spanish.

In general, I found the activities to be fairly basic reading ideas and didn’t read anything revolutionary. Instead, it reminded me of some of the things that I know that I should be doing with Becca but I don’t always do. I also found a couple of cute ideas that I might incorporate into our lives:

#35. Your Own Museum

I liked this idea for when Becca gets a little older. Basically, instead of Becca just gathering a bunch of treasured odds and ends in her room (or scattered around the house), I should set-up a little museum for her. She would write a description for her item on an index card and then proudly display it in her museum. I could definitely see myself dedicating a shelf or two to this in her room. It would definitely help to showcase what she has become attached to as well as to weed out the junk from the “museum quality” items.

#63. Answering Questions

This one would be good for a long car trip. In this activity, you explain to your child where you are going and talk to him/her about what to expect. As part of your discussion, you ask your child to come up with a few questions they would like answered on the trip (“Will we see any cows? “, “How many times will we stop?” or “What does the ocean look like?”). While on the trip, your child will be on the lookout for the answers and place it on the index card. I also could see myself asking my child to make some predictions about the trip and might ask them to participate in planning the trip beforehand. In this way, they can check their predictions or see if we have stayed on the planned route. I definitely could see these taking some of the angst of a long car trip.

#84 Understanding Commercials I thought this was an important suggestion because children are bombarded with commercials. In this activity, Mr. and Mrs. Behm suggest that you talk to your children about the commercials they see. You can ask them to identify the product being advertised. You can also ask them to differentiate between the facts and opinions included in the commercial (this is an essential skill) and you can ask them to rate the effectiveness of the commercials (thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs sideways). By doing this, you are not only helping your child to understand the concept of the commercial but you are laying the groundwork for him/her to be an educated consumer.

There are a few other cute ideas but those were the three that really stood out. I will definitely use them when Becca gets a little older. This book, although basic, was a good refresher for me and would be helpful for a parent who does not have a background in education.

SUMMARY:

Leamos!; Let’s Read by Mary and Richard Behm (2000) provides simple activities to increase your children’s reading comprehension. It is probably best for parents who have children between the ages of 3 1/2 to 7 years old. Since it is such a quick and simple read, I would recommend checking it out from the library (plus it is difficult to find through Amazon).

Happy Reading!

Mary Kate

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Totspot – The Place to Be

Check out: www.totspot.com.

Jim (my hubby) found this amazing site and I am totally addicted. It’s an easy way to set up a website for your little ones that tracks everything going on in their lives. This is great for us because basically our entire family lives in Florida or places other than New York. Before finding this site we uploaded pictures on picasa and videos on YouTube and emailed updates to family, but everything seemed so disconnected.

Totspot has it all. You can keep up with your kiddo’s firsts, growth charts and write journal entries telling everyone about all the “cute little moments” family and friends far away are missing. You can also upload pictures and videos. After you get your page up and running, you just send an invite to friends and family and they can view your child’s page and keep updated. They can even leave comments for your little one. I’ve only been using this for a few days but already I feel so much more connected to our friends and family that are all over the place. It’s a one stop shopping type of place. People can stop in and find out everything that’s going on with John Patrick. My sister-in-law loved it so much that she set up pages for her boys too so now John Patrick has “friends” that he shares pictures with.

And as Jim put it: “Now I don’t have to feel all this pressure to create a really amazing website for John Patrick”. This is just a really fun and easy way to keep track of everything going on with your kids and keep everyone connected.

Do I sound like I work there or something? I wish! ha ha

Jen

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The Wonderful World of Diaper Bags

As I start the process of mentally preparing myself for work, I have gathered great advice from other mothers (thanks Mary and Rachel). One tough subject is diaper bags. I was completely lost about how many bags I need, when I need them, which are good for what? So I am summarizing all the tips and advice that I’ve prodded from other people. I’m sure I’ll have to revise my plan a dozen times. But this is my plan for now.

**Note: With daycare coming up, I’ll be the first to admit that we are flat broke. So all these diaper bags are hand-me-downs from family members or bought on a gift card.

Here are all my diaper bags (thanks Leslie).

Diaper Bags Galore

THE PLAN

Big bag 1.) This is the biggest bag I have. My plan is to use this one when we are going to be gone all day or traveling. It’s huge but it also has a wide shoulder strap that is comfortable and balances the weight well.

Tiny bag 2.) This one is my smallest one. I plan on using this when I need to just run around the corner to the grocery store or other quick trips.

quilted bag 3.) This is a really soft quilted bag. I think this will be my “daycare” bag. It can hold a lot but is also quilted and can be scrunched up into a small space (for example, a cubby). So I can leave it at daycare while I’m at work.

red bag 4.) This is my favorite. It is a red canvas bag that is waterproof. It also has clips that will secure it to a stroller. And I think it is the perfect size – big enough to hold everything I need but small enough that I don’t feel like I’m carrying a piece of luggage. This bag will be my weekend bag for going to the park or shopping or whatever else we may be doing.

  • Another great tip I picked up – stock all the diaper bags if possible. That way I can just pick one up when I need it and I don’t have to worry about transferring items.
  • My last tip – I am going to put all my cosmetics and loose ends in one small make-up bag. That way, when I do need to transfer personal items, I’ll only need to transfer a wallet, phone, and make-up bag.

Well, this is the plan anyway. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m sure the diaper bag learning process has just begun. Who knew diapering was so complicated?

Jen

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Costco Diapers and Wipes (Kirkland)

Quite a while ago, I posted about trying out the Costco’s Kirkland Brand Diapers. At the time, I was very happy with them and now. Over seven months later, I continue to be extremely satisfied with the diapers and highly recommend them.

Since venturing into generic diapers, I have also tried the Costco’s Kirkland Brand wipes and have been very satisfied with them. My friend, Courtney had recommended them so I figured they were worth a try. Until now, I have been sticking witht the Pampers Sensitive Wipes. The Kirkland wipes are definitely comparable to the sensitive wipes. I will admit that I did not do the same thorough comparison as I did with the diapers so I am not sure how they compare pricewise. I definitely love the convenience of just picking up a pack of wipes along with our diapers and not making an extra trip.

On a side note, we have also switched to Kirkland paper towels, tissues and toilet paper and have been very satisfied (just in case you were wondering!).

M. Kate

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Latest List of Recalled Products

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission provides e-mail alerts of the latest recalled products.

Thanks to this service, I realized that the following products were recalled:

Sling RingGraco High ChairTeething Key Ring

Here’s the link to sign up for your alerts:

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

I am sometimes amazed at the products that need to be recalled. I have seen a 1/2 dozen teething rings that were recalled! I was shocked to see that I was given one of the recalled teethers as a gift (the ironic part is I thought the ring seemed a little hard for Becca to ‘chew’ on). I have found this e-mail alert to be unobtrusive and helpful. I also occasionally search the site for items.

M. Kate

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