The Unintentional Pampers Challenge

All size 4: Pampers (crushed in the diaper bag), Huggies, Kirkland/Costco, and Babies R Us. Which do you use?

I’m so annoyed right now.

Due to our basement renovations, the Hsu house is extremely loud from time to time. It’s totally fine, and we knew it would be that way, and our contractors have graciously given us no less than 24 hours notice when we’re going to have a extra loud day. Today was one of the loud ones, so we got up, had breakfast, made a Target run, then came over to my in-laws’ house for nap times (my kids aren’t having the glorious double nap right now, so “nap times” can be anywhere from 2-5 hours). My in-laws are absolutely wonderful for letting us interrupt their days and their home by letting us come over, eat, watch tv, make messes and require quiet for naps. That being said, I’ll move on to the real point of this post.

I almost always use Pampers diapers. I thought about cloth diapering with J since we were “parenting pros” (HA HA HA) but Hubby nixed it. I wasn’t that sad. We’ve tried Huggies, Babies R Us brand, Costco/Kirkland brand, and a few others that are cheaper than Pampers. But in our experience, especially with bigger babies/toddlers, Pampers is the way to go. My in-laws keep a stock of diapers at their place, mostly cheaper ones since they’re sorta emergency diapers, used only for short periods of time and never for overnight, and I’m just super grateful that they’re there, because when I’m coming over with the kids, I don’t even bring a diaper bag. ((The photo above is Pampers (diaper bag crushed and all), Huggies, Kirkland/Costco, and Babies R Us, and all are size 4.))

Today, J went down for his nap first, right when we got there. Nothing was out of the ordinary… I put a fresh diaper on him, gave him his swaddle (my kids both sleep with one) and his bottle of warm milk, and he went right to sleep. He slept for three hours! HALLELUJAH! However, he had woken up with wet pants, because his Huggie (same size as the Pampers he always wears) had leaked. It wasn’t as if I left him for his nap and he drank several cups of water. He NEVER leaks at nap time. Sometimes at night, but never at a nap. So of course I changed his pants and went on about my business.

Right before J woke up, EK fell asleep, without drinking anything I might add, watching a movie (a special privilege since we’re at her grandmother’s house – she doesn’t do that at home) on the couch. As far as I know, she had a dry diaper on, because we’d just had an accident in the Pull-Up right as the movie started.  Her diaper was a Kirkland brand (from Costco, size 4, which is her normal diaper size – yes, same size as J. Yes, that is a wonderful phenomenon.) She woke up in a puddle on the couch.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Two leaking naps, in two different brand diapers that aren’t our usual, and at someone else’s house, no less?! I felt terrible… Not only am I already doing my laundry over here (no laundry available at our place during the basement reno) but I’m causing more laundry and wrecking the couch. Or my kids are. Or we as a family are. Ugh. Good thing I have forgiving, wonderful in-laws who love me with my messy kids.

Moral of the story: I may never buy anything but Pampers ever again. Has anyone else have tried and true Pampers stories? Has anyone had good luck with the off-brand diapers?

7 thoughts on “The Unintentional Pampers Challenge”

  1. I swear by Pampers — we used Huggies for a bit with Caroline because they were given to us, but I hated it. My girls are smaller than the Hsu babes and they work just as well for us!


    1. I also swear by Pampers. I feel very fortunate to be able to afford them, and I truly believe they are the hands down most reliable. I have recently started using Amazon Elements diapers bc I’m an Amazon lover and according to reviews they are comparable, but the jury is still out (haven’t been using long enough). We use sizes 2 (ready to move to 3 on the next delivery) & 6. The advantage is of course the Amazon Mom and Subscribe & Save discounts, and the perfectly timed, right-to-my-door delivery. I’ll keep you posted.


      1. Thanks! I’d love to hear about how they’re working… I also love Amazon Mom and the ease of that process. If you have a good experience, I may be trying them out!


  2. I love pampers especially on younger babies. I had no luck with huggies, or babies this brand. have been using LUVS from size 4 on Kollins and haven’t had any problems, they are made by pampers. They are about $10 cheaper for the big box at Sams Club. I bought target brand to give them a try this weekend because I got $40 back in gift cards. I really hope they work!


    1. Yeah, those Pampers Swaddlers are so nice! I have never tried Luvs, but you’re not the only one to suggest it. I might try those out next time I’m at Babies R Us! Let me know about the Target brand… a couple of other people said they liked Up&Up as well.


  3. we use honest during the day and have never had a leak! they are a little more expensive, but if you sign up for the bundle they throw in wipes for free! plus the prints are super cute and i feel better knowing they are free of harsh chemicals and almost 100% biodegradable. at night we use the huggies overnight diapers.


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