A few weeks ago, we shared about our obsession with Target! Jessica shared this adorable picture of her son eating Target "pa-corn" and reviewed some of their new beauty products.
We had a great response from you all, so today we are sharing our secret for the number one way we save on baby supplies: buy generic! And since we share four kids between us, we have tried a lot of different brands of generic baby supplies. Our number one choice is Target's up & up brand, hands-down. We buy all of our children's medicine, diapers, wipes and even formula (Hilary's pediatrician recommended it over Enfamil!) at Target, and we only purchase the up & up brand when we do! Here are our top 3 favorite/most-used up & up brand baby products:
Diapers. Probably the most expensive thing you buy for your little ones is diapers! Formula is pricey for sure, but you only buy it for a year or so. Diapers on the other hand are something you use all day and for the first few years of your children's lives! I shudder to think how many diapers I've used between two kids over the last few years. *shudder* When I was a new mom, I tried different brand-name and generic diapers at other stores, but one day I tried using the up & up brand (since I was already at Target drooling over their clothes), and I never went back!
Here's why I use Target up & up brand diapers:
Price, price, price! They are dramatically cheaper than most name-brand diapers.
They are super absorbent. Both of us have struggled with leaky diapers, but up & up brand diapers rarely leak, even at night. I always buy them one size bigger than my baby needs and it keeps them dry at night.
Gentle on the skin. My son has terrible eczema, and a lot of other brands of diapers would irritate his super-sensitive skin. I have never had him get a rash or outbreak around the edges of the diaper, which has happened with other brands.
When I went to Target to get diapers today, I noticed that they've improved their diaper design. The up & up diapers now have a cotton-enhanced layer, which is supposed to absorb liquid better and reduce leakage, but is still super soft on the skin (crucial for little ones with sensitive skin!). I was happy to see they are still the same price (sometimes when companies improve their products, the price goes up too) as the original diapers. They still have the same cute design and stretchy waistband so the diapers fit my super, super busy, constantly moving son!
Diaper Wipes. I use the up & up brand sensitive skin diaper wipes all. the. time. Here's why I love them!
They are hypoallergenic. Any mom who has a little one with eczema knows that just because wipes are labelled "sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic," that doesn't mean it won't irritate your baby's skin. However, the up & up wipes don't irritate my son's skin. At all. Just finding wipes that don't hurt his skin was an amazing moment.
Price, price, price! The wipes are also super affordable and come in individual packs, 3-packs and 9-packs (which is what I normally buy).
Durability. My biggest pet peeve is when you are changing a diaper, you go to grab a wipe and it falls apart before you can use it! Target's wipes are super durable. Like you can scrub poop off a carpet with them and they won't fall apart (and yes, we've had to do that before...). And because they are strong, you don't have to use as many to clean up a blowout, which saves you money in the end!
A flip top lid. I love the flip top lid. The wipes don't dry out and it makes it easy to throw them in a diaper bag.
And one of my favorite newer products is this:
Diaper Pail Refill. I received a Diaper Genie II from a friend when I was pregnant with my daughter and I've used it faithfully ever since! However, over the years, the refills have gotten more and more expensive. I was SUPER excited to see that up & up now makes their own version of the refill ring and it is $2.90 less than the name-brand refill! Woo-hoo! $3 doesn't sound like a lot, but over time, it adds up! In the past, we've used garbage bags to save money, but they are not nearly as efficient as these bags when it comes to minimizing smell!
When you have kids, every little dollar saved counts! Even saving $3 on the diaper pail bags refill meant I could grab three art books from Target's dollar spot for Christmas gifts! Hooray!
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