Friday, March 22, 2013

friday fun finds: simply right diapers

i used to be a diaper snob. with my first couple of kids, i somehow felt that i had to buy the most expensive diapers for their sweet little buns. i remember standing in stores like sam's club and staring at the diaper aisle. there were two options: one box of diapers that held the name brand version of disposable diapers and one box that held the less expensive brand of diapers. there were only two options so the price comparison was easy. still, i somehow always went with the more expensive option. surely, paying more money would mean that i was a smarter mom, right?

then i had a friend that looked at my diapers and said, "do you really think it's worth the extra money? you do realize they hold poop, right?" yeah...that changed things for me. why was i so concerned with buying the more expensive diapers? was it because i really believed those other diapers did a better job or was it merely because i was concerned with what people thought of me personally if i bought the more expensive brands? 

when it came down to it, i was worried about a few things. number 1: i wanted to take care of my sweet babies well. i was worried that the different diapers would not be as soft on their baby skin. number 2: i was tired of cleaning up newborn poopy explosions. who likes to do that, right? number 3: i was honestly concerned that people would judge me by the types of diapers i purchased. this one still makes me cringe as i take a frank look back at my former self. as a younger mother i was so worried that people were critiquing aspects of my parenting that it clouded my judgement. 

then, one day when money was really tight, (let's be honest...it usually is when you have as many kids as we do) i purchased a more inexpensive brand of diapers. the earth didn't shatter. people didn't look at me differently. the poop stayed in as well as it had with any other type of diaper. something else happened as well. there was a freedom that came from removing certain expectations on myself. why was i so bound up by appearances? these are the little disposable wonders that hold poop, for crying out loud! why was i thinking that paying more for them made me somehow better? freedom from worrying that you are messing things up is something that seems to plague mothers everywhere. letting go of one little piece of that unrealistic worry started an avalanche. i was saving money. my baby was happy. i was happy. things were good.
i have been using a package of SIMPLY RIGHT diapers and wipes from sam's club. the diapers have all of the elements that i like in a disposable diapers: the quality is excellent. they have elastic around the legs, elastic at the back of the diaper to keep "things" from climbing up the back, and good, extra stretchy side panels that were easily attached and unattached. my baby is one the move and these diapers have worked great as i've been chasing him all over, everywhere, all the time. 
the SIMPLY RIGHT wipes are just as helpful. they were thick and easy to use. i especially liked the packaging on the wipes better on this brand as the latch keeps little hands from leaving a huge pile of baby wipes on the floor when you walk out of the room. my kids don't have sensitive skin so allergies are not a problem but the wipes are hypoallergenic and fragrance free, just in case. they are soft and clean well. what more do i really need? the best part? these wipes are just as good (with a better latch and packaging) than other brands but cost less. why would i throw money away on more expensive products that are for wiping up poop?
i figured it out and when i stopped purchasing name brand diapers and wipes, i saved close to $400 a year. seriously. that's a lot of starbucks. most importantly, i'm a smarter mom than i was when i started. i can be more proud of myself for being frugal and still finding a great product than i ever was of myself for spending money unnecessarily. plus, i can reward my good shopping habits with a chai tea latte. now that is smart parenting! what about you? what products do you love that save you money and allow you to reward yourself in little ways during this parenting adventure?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Products.