Holly: My Word on Wipes
As a new mom I said that I didn’t want to get too caught-up in name brands. I wanted to use the most effective products. And, by effective I mean both effective to use and cost- effective.
When it came to diapers I started with Pampers but moved to the Kirkland Brand and then to Huggies. I LOVED the Pampers Sensitive with the color strip on the front. The color strip turned blue when wet so you knew if your baby needed a diaper change. I wish they had this feature on larger diapers! Anyhow, as Brett got older the Pampers seemed to leak. I had heard good things about the Kirkland brand (at Costco) so I bought those. I really have no complaints about them. One time I was at Costco and went to buy diapers and realized that the Huggies diapers were less than one half of one penny difference in cost so I decided to go with the name-brand (going against my original idea of not using name-brands just to use them). I currently use Huggies. I found them to fit better as Brett got older and they fit her well and absorb her massive amounts of pee. Now, everyone has diaper preferences. In fact, a few of my girlfriends sware by Pampers and others use generic brands (see Lisa’s blog).
I have a similar story about wipes. Originally I only used the Pampers Sensitive wipes. I really love them. Mostly because they are so soft. However, as Brett got older I thought I would try a less expensive brand to save money. Again, I decided to try to Kirkland brand of wipes. I used about two packages and decided I just didn’t like them. While they were thick they just weren’t soft and soft is a big deal to me. So, I switched back to Pampers Sensitive.
I was running low on diapers and wipes and went to Costco to buy them. Costco was doing a special that if you bought Huggies diapers AND wipes you would save $9! That is a nice savings, if you ask me, so I decided to go ahead and get both.
When it was time to reload my wipe warmer I filled it with my Huggies Cucumber Melon scented wipes. At first they were fine. However, in the middle of a particularly messy diaper change I reached for a wipe and, as I pulled it up, it tore! In fact, it tore a small piece off! I frantically reached for it again and it tore again! This is not a fun situation when you are holding down a wiggling child on a changing table and trying to get a wipe! This had NEVER happened before.
I finally opened the top of the wipe warmer and just reached in to grab wipes. I thought this might be a one-time occurance but, unfortunately, it has happened more than a few times now. I guess the wipes just aren’t as sturdy as the other brands I have tried. If you don’t use a wipe warmer then this probably isn’t a big deal but if you do then this is a pretty big incovenience.
As for the remainder of the Huggies wipes, I will use them in the car and may give some away. Next time I’ll just spend a bit more money and go back to the wipes that I like the most- the Pampers Sensitive.
NOTE: Costco does not sell Pampers (at least not in my area) so that is why I don’t mention it as an option when I am shopping there.