Before kids, I went around to the area stores ( grocery to mega-colassal stores and Baby Backwards R Us) to price out Name brand and generic. I have tried them all and too be honest, it is not so much about price (though I won’t touch Pampers at all because they are pure extortion in cost) it is about how many I can get in bulk at a reasonable price.
What I discovered is this, name brand ( IE: Pampers) are the most expensive across the board. The cheapest I found are Fitti’s which with two children in diapers, the diaper does not contain pee and poop is always a blow out. People, diapers are for just containing poop and pee. Why spend a buttload of money on diapers - even with the evil and wicked incentive of Pampers Points ( or whatever the hell it is) to apply to Fisher Price/Little Tykes toys. If you bought a regular diaper, you could afford to buy that toy anyway wihtout paying shipping and handling and getting a billion baby related things stuffing your mailbox ( Unless you like that kind of thing.) ( I have a thing about Pampers, can’t you tell?)
You will find alot of mom’s say, " But my little Susie has never had a rash wearing Pampers." Yeah, little susie has been changed every three hours faithful since she was born. (The second child is changed every six hours and the third on alternating tuesdays.) Neither of my children have had rashes with the cheapo diapers until one hot summer day after being on a trampoline in the hot sun for too long, they both got a rash. (They now associate trampolines with rashes.) Rashes come from heat and unless your child has ultra sensitive skin (my daughter has excema) there is NO NEED to buy into the rash guard diapers.
What you need to do as a parent is figure out how much mula it costs you to just run into a store and pick up another round of poop containment systems. Because, and pay attention here folks, **you cannot not just run into the store for diapers. You ALWAYS end up getting a bunch of other things along the way **
So, the $3 savings from Huggies to Dryers is flushed down the toilet when you pass a sale on potato chips…follow me.
One of the best things over all I have found is the Baby’s R Us brand (the name escapes me now) which comes in a box like
Size 2 - 168 / Size 3- 145 and so on. For around $12-15 dollars.
That can be nearly a months supply.
Sam’s has great prices for their house brand ($18 maybe, it’s been awhile) but Costco isn’t worth it as they only do either Huggies or Pampers and it’s like $26 a box. Yikes.
As for wipes, the best price I have discovered over all (and I look at these things) is for either a 6 or 8 pack wipe refill of the Target Brand for about $6.99.
As for diaper genies and their spawn, instead of buying one or the other full price, check into a local baby resale store. You can usually pick up one for $10-15 bucks. I never used one, I have a metal kitchen garbage can that has a very seal tight lid on it. when I open it, it is the smells of hell, but when it is closed, you can’t smell anything. When the kids are toilet trained ( we are anticipating 2015) I can take out the plastic liner inside and toss it (as it has absorbed all the smells) and just use it as a regular trash can. Can’t do that with a diaper genie.
Now, both little Ujests are into pull ups and the brand name Pull Up is very good, but Target has won me out for price and fit overall, maybe $8 over $13.
I would just like to state - are you still reading this? - that I originally wanted to do cloth diapers for many reasons like I’m saving the enviroment and all that, but mainly, in the long run, cloth is absolutely cheaper. (for me it is, i have free water so washing isn’t a problem and I hang dry lots of things in good weather.) It’s the up front cost of $200 on up for a weeks supply.
BUT - if you factor in that is the cost of at least the first three months of life in diapers…it aint’ so bad. I was talked out of cloth by all sides and I still regret not giving it a chance. ( I would have used disposables for travel and long car rides.)
Oh, and one more thing, and it is minor, but the closures on the diaper are either velcro ( I like) or tape, which is a pain in the ass to restick successfully if your child picks at it. My two bits.