This season Huggies is rolling out some designer disposable diapers at Walmart stores nationwide. Parents will be able to diaper their little one’s behind in a limited edition camouflage design or a diaper meant to resemble actual denim jeans. The denim diapers aren’t a new fad. These actually hit the baby diaper scene last year and were a big hit. So big in fact, that Huggies sold 60 million of them. There’s more than just style to the new Huggies Camo Diapers as well. For each pack purchased, Huggies Every Little Bottom program will be donating diapers to military families (up to 500,000 diapers total). It’s nice that a disposable diaper company is giving back, but it’s hard to ignore the crowded landfills and the other cons that come along with disposable designer diapers.

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Cost is a huge factor when it comes to designer disposables, especially when you think about how they just end up in the trash. According to USA Today, designer diapers can cost up to 20% more than conventional diapers. For example, you can score regular old Huggies for 25 cents per diaper at Walmart while you’ll pay 26 cent per denim diaper and 27 cents per camo diaper. In this case, we’re just talking pennies, but those pennies you spend on your baby sure add up fast. Less design-inclined store brand diapers can help you cut costs down to 15 cent per diaper. If you use reusable diapers you can save even more. Depending on the brand of reusable or disposable diaper you choose, it’s possible to save $600-1,200 over the entire time you diaper your tot.  Beyond cost considerations though, there are some major eco-problems with disposable diapers, and even more so with designer disposable diapers which almost always come in a smaller pack (more outside packaging to toss).
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The USA Today piece quotes advertising psychologist Renee Fraser as saying, “It’s all about moms getting compliments from other moms. Babies don’t compliment each other on their diapers. Moms do… Most parents thrive on having their kids praised.”  However, if it’s simply diaper kudos you’re after, costly designer disposable diapers aren’t necessary.  Today’s reusable diapers are far from the boring, white cloth diapers of days gone by. Today’s cloth diapers are insanely cute and come in a rainbow of amazing designs and colors. For example, we love gDiapers, Charlie Banana, FuzziBunz and AppleCheeks, and that’s just for starters. There are tons of adorable cloth diapers out there. Plus, with reusable diapers, you get that awesome designer style, without the ongoing designer prices, along with relief from the green guilt of tossing all those diapers in the trash. If you do decide to go with disposable diapers we won’t hold it against you, but do aim for a less toxic disposable diaper brand. If you are interested in making the switch to adorable reusable diapers, check out how to find the right cloth diaper for your baby.