Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Long Overnight

As anyone with a baby or toddler knows, one of the more frustrating things is the amount of laundry that you have to do. It's a strain on you, and more importantly, the environment...all the washing and drying has an impact on our energy usage, and beyond that, it's just not cool.

I've used Pampers since M was born and felt they've worked well until the last six months or so. Recently she's been soaking through her diaper about 20% of the time, so that 20% means I am washing blankets, sheets and pajamas at an abnormal rate. More so, my poor child is sleeping in some seriously wet ick.

So when I was offered the chance to try Huggies Overnights I jumped at the chance. M took to them immediately; her new diapers with LIONS on them. LIONS! The world was alight with the sounds of a happy child strutting around the room in her new sleepytime diapers and all was well with the world.

The first night was epic. Not only did M wake up with what J termed the biggest load in the history of the world, but she was perfectly dry. I was in love. Huggies and I were a match made in heaven, I was sure of it.

But things went a bit downhill after that. We used the diapers every night for the next two weeks and M soaked through her diaper at least 60% of the time. Each morning it happened I would wake up in anticipation and more than half the time I was crushed. Why was my new love foresaking me? What had I done? Where had it gone wrong? Was it me?

The questions mounted. We tried different strategies; a looser fit one night, a tighter one the next. At one point J put his foot down. No More Huggies. It's not a move he makes often, so I knew it was serious.

Mayhem insued. The LIONS! M was hysterical. She loved her new diapers. She needed her new diapers like a kitten needs milk. The LIONS! But J wouldn't budge. And my washer and dryer were begging for a reprieve.

I was left with no choice. Huggies Overnights and I had to break up. But I've read a number of other reviews and others are having much more success. I think it's safe to say that no one diaper fits all. So don't just take my word for it - be sure to check out all the reviews at Parent Bloggers. I hear if you leave a comment at Parent Bloggers you have a chance at winning a free package and then you can see for yourself.