Before I was a parent I heard all kinds of stories about diapers. Buy them in bulk! Buy the best! Buy the cheapest! Pampers are for boys; Huggies are for girls. Forget diapers and just go for infant potty training (a real fad, by the way, which would have been no doubt the fastest way to forcing me into a complete and utter mental breakdown).
One thing I promised myself: I'm not spending a lot of money on diapers. I mean, seriously, what's wrong with Lucky Ducky Diapers? One diaper is the same as another, right?
The other thing I promised: I will learn how to diaper my child so that all their yucky fluids stay where they are supposed to stay, thereby avoiding what is known in parent lingo as "the blowout." It couldn't possibly be that difficult. Not more difficult than teaching kids to write an MLA formatted research paper. Not more difficult than following the convoluted X-Files storyline. And for pete's sake, I read through Ulysses. I think I could figure out how to diaper a baby.
Yeah, about those promises...
It's easy to be a parenting expert before you actually become a parent. Once I became a parent who would actually walk around the house with yellow poop smeared on my shirt I realized the real truth: I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING. Especially when it came to diapers.
I quickly discovered that Lucky Ducky Diapers weren't working in my favor. Those slightly higher-priced name brand diapers? That is the price of sanity. I have been a big fan of the Pampers Swaddler diapers for the tiniest of tushies, although they aren't great for the long haul through the night. As soon as we could get Sydney into step 2 diapers, we were buying them at Costco because I was smart enough to realize that buying in bulk -- over the course of almost 3 years -- was going to save us some money. Fortunately, Costco carries Huggies Supreme diapers, which fit her nicely, and were relatively leak-free.
Now that the blessed Syderini is practically potty-trained, we have cut back on our diaper consumption (ew, gross mental image there) considerably. However, she's still wearing diapers for night time because waking up in the middle of the night to change the sheets on her bed is a surefire recipe to wake me up and keep me up for the rest of the night. It's a real waste of adrenaline, let me tell you.
For the last month or so we've been using Huggies Overnites, and they've been working like a charm. The first couple weeks she used them, she didn't have any accidents. And while I don't think the diapers themselves had anything to do with her staying dry, they certainly weren't convincing her to empty her bladder either (you know, by making her think of waterfalls and puddles and raindrops).
Last week she woke us up in the middle of the night to let us know that she was "all wet." Indeed, she was soaked and so was her bed. I was about to toss scorn upon the overnight diapers when I heard Jason remark loudly, "Good grief!" as he was changing Syd's diaper. Turns out Sydney had been squirrelly before bedtime, thereby throwing Jason off his game, so he had accidentally put one of Julianne's diapers on Syd. Yep. Those Step 2 infant diapers are worthless in keeping a toddler dry during the night. So the wet clothes/wet bed could not be blamed on the Overnite diapers.
I will admit I'm not sure exactly what makes the Overnite diapers different from the regular diapers, but they have managed to do their job. (POST EDIT: I just read the box description, and evidently they are extra absorbant. That's why they don't leak! Hooray!) I'm guessing that Sydney feels a difference when she doesn't quite make it through the night, because every time that's happened she wakes us up and wants a new diaper. Fortunately, she doesn't need new jammies or new sheets too.
I can give my hearty stamp of approval on the Huggies Overnite diapers (aside from the misspelling of "overnight"), and if you'd like to have a chance at winning your own box for that little potty-trainer in progress all you have to do is leave a comment over at Parent Bloggers Network. They like to give away stuff, and I'm guessing you like to get free stuff. It's a win win really.
If it weren't for one other potty-training product to review, I think I'd probably be out of stuff to say about potty training. We did it. It's done. Yippee. While we aren't a dry household (thanks to Jules, and also thanks to that Willamette Valley Riesling I have in the fridge), we are a household where more than half of us wear underwear.
You know you're a parent of a toddler when that kind of trivia is worth talking about.
Now if only we could figure out how to stop the "I get a treat for going potty" tradition without causing any real heartbreak...