I know some of you are going to cringe, but I'm a tried and true Pampers Swaddlers/Cruisers devotee. I started out with swaddlers in the hospital, and had a few packs from my baby shower. After that, I tried a few lower cost options, Luvs, Pampers Baby Dry, the Babies R Us store brand... At the time, none of these had the flexible tabs around the waist. I'm pretty sure now that my daughter needed those flexible tabs, because each of the diapers I tried leaked and some of them gave her a rash.
One diaper in particular, the Pampers Baby Dry, still makes me shudder when I think of our experience. We had an appointment for pictures at Target. Running a bit early, we stopped at Panera for a quick bite and to waste some time. I found a nice booth in the back where I could eat and nurse discretely. Just as Sweetpea was done nursing, I could tell she was dirtying her diaper. Then I could feel it - on my stomach!
I managed to get my clothes rearranged and headed straight for the bathroom. Luckily I hadn't dressed Sweetpea in the outfit I was planning for our photos, because she had managed to leak out the top of her diaper all over both of us. There is nothing quite like trying clean first your 3 month old and then yourself when you're both smeared with poo. Thankfully after much wiping and some help from a couple of sweet strangers, we were clean enough to go back out in public. The photos actually went quite well. When we got home, all of those diapers went into the donation bin - there was no way I was going to use them again! Swaddlers/Cruisers are the only diapers that we've never had leak, and after that experience, I'm a bit gun shy to try anything new...
What kind of diapers do you use? Have you tried several, or found one you liked and stuck with it? I'd love to hear your stories, and while you're at it, head over and join the fun at Momfessions.