one thing about me: i am a huge fan of generic. saving money? heck yeah! but you know, sometimes generic products do let me down. and then, you’re back to using the name brand stuff so you ended up wasting money that you were trying to save in the first place.
in an effort to help you figure out what’s worth your money and what’s not, i give you…
my baby up&up (target brand) product review! full honesty here, folks. and i kept to the top consumable items; we’re talking powder, cream–the works. anyone else feel like they’re just dumping this stuff into a bottomless pit (ie. your baby)? i sure do!
so let’s get started.
1. up&up diaper pail refills. negatory. at roughly 5 bucks a pop, you expect you’re getting a bargain. okay, so i didn’t do a diaper count exactly, but i felt as though i was emptying out my diaper genie waaay more often than when i was using name brand refills. let me spare you even further; if you shop at costco, these babies are about 5 bucks each as well! name brand! if you prefer not shopping at a place where it’s black friday every day, i recommend going the amazon subscribe & save route at about 5.50-6 bucks each.
2. up&up cornstarch baby powder. i used to use strictly burt’s bees thinking i was doing my baby right by shopping all natural. it turned out, he was highly allergic because burt’s bees uses an ingredient called limonene which is…as you guessed, a compound found in lemon rind. and cleaning products. why, burt’s, why?! i loved you so! you couldn’t separate the beeswax chap stick from me, but baby powder…i curse you! or do i? using cornstarch only powder (talc-free) on my baby’s bottom proved that it was actually gentler on his skin and my wallet :-). yessss. win, target! win!
3. mild up&up baby wash+shampoo. nope. left my babe’s skin drier than…something really dry…saltine crackers? elephants? i’m missing the mark here…as soon as the bottle was finished, i used the bottle as a bath toy and purchased more aveeno baby wash. with oatmeal and its gentle formula…i’m just bitten and i can’t go back, i guess. just totally spoiled here. currently even using the johnson & johnson oatmeal body wash but it’s not living up to my precious aveeno baby. sorry!
4. up&up baby wipes, sensitive skin. so after using pampers sensitive, which i HATED (oily, smeared poop around, way too much moisture), i was relieved to find this target brand wipe. it has just enough moisture so you’re not waiting forever for your kid’s butt to dry so you’re not trapping wetness in their diaper (hellloooo, diaper rash!) and it’s cleans really nicely. but! oh, but! i was discovering that against my previous favorite, costco brand diaper wipes, i was now using about six wipes per poopy diaper when i was used to using only three. the wipes are just too darn small. so at two cents a wipe, you’re actually losing with target brand. so, costco for the win!
5. up&up creamy diaper rash ointment. so i was initially used to destin brand diaper cream after switching from burt’s. that stuff is awesome. it nicks a rash in the butt (pun intended?) so quickly and it’s creamy and stays put. with up&up, the consistency is different (i would say up&up is a bit less thick) but equally as effective. i could live with that if that means a bit more savings because destin is expensive! side note: don’t use babies r us brand diaper cream. it just stinks.
here ya go. i hope i saved some of you a bit of trouble stockpiling on those consumables that you will spend years purchasing boatloads of ;-). good luck!