Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Save on Essential Baby Products (and a Chance to Win a $100 Target GiftCard!)

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Alright new moms (or moms-to-be)... I have a quick tip for you.

A lot of time, brand name diapers are overrated.

Of course, I was on the big-name bandwagon when I was pregnant.  I thought I was wasting my money to buy store brand diapers.  My big concern was quality - what's the point of buying diapers if they leak everywhere?

Brand names have their place, but I'm here to tell you - my best tip for saving on diaper costs is to find a quality off-brand that works for your child's everyday use.  And in our family, we're big fans of Target's up & up brand diapers.

I've written about up & up diapers several times in my Favorite Baby Items posts.  We've loved these diapers from the time that Emma Ramey was a little baby.  Now that she is only wearing diapers while sleeping, these are our go-to for nap time.  And now, Target is making the up & up diapers even better with the addition of cotton to the core!

Adding cotton to the diapers adds softness and increases the diapers' natural absorption capabilities.  Cotton fibers can more readily absorb moisture to help keep babies drier.  In fact, cotton fibers can absorb up to 25 times their weight in water.  Cotton is also stronger when wet, which minimizes the risk of tears and leaking in up & up diapers.

These diapers have a wetness indicator for newborn-size 2 diapers (another tip new moms: those little wetness indicators are so helpful when you're dealing with frequent newborn changes).   All up & up Diapers have elemental chlorine-free (ECF) fluff and soft hypoallergenic liners.  

The best part of these diapers?  You can get the protection and quality of a brand-name for much less.  In fact, I stick to up & up diapers because they're often cheaper than buying name-brand diapers with sales and coupons.  It's kind of nice that I can find a deal without having to scout out the best sales/coupons... one less thing to worry about!

While you're at Target, check out their up & up baby wipes as well.  These are offered in scented, unscented, and sensitive skin varieties... we've used the scented kind for months now. They're made with botanic (i.e. plant-based) fibers blended with cotton to create an absorbent, ultra-soft, and durable wipe. These are gentle enough to use on baby's face and hands... in fact, we often keep a pack in the kitchen for clean-ups!

These are hypoallergenic and made from plant-based materials. They're perfect for on-the-go - we love the ease of using the flip-top lid. And once again, they're normally cheaper than seeking out sales and coupons on the name-brand wipes!

You can check out Target's up & up baby products at any store or on their website.  And another hint: check their Cartwheel app to see if there are any deals available for their diapers/wipes... I often find a discount there!

One of you is going to win a little bit of cash towards your next Target purchase!  To enter for your chance to win one $100 Target GiftCard, answer the following question in a comment on this post: "What do you love about up & up products?"

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