8 Knock-Off Kid Products Better Than The Brand Name Version
Kids are expensive. And springing for name-brand versions of the things you need to keep them healthy, alive, and not crusted in old food and dried saliva is even more expensive – why waste money on the fancy brands? Save your pennies for that college fund instead. (Or for that Mommy Juice fund. You do you, okay?) Here are eight
cheap-o knockoffs generic equivalents that are at least as good as the famous brands.
1. Pampers diapers
Pampers diapers are incredibly absorbent, snug, and have cute Sesame Street characters on them. Target’s store-brand diapers meet two of three of those qualifications, and cost about 30% less, which is a price I’m willing to pay not to have Grover’s blue furry face smiling out at me from a broccoli-laden pants-load. Also, Target’s diapers actually have a generous enough waistband to fit my son’s adorably generous waist.
Costco wipes are just as odorless, just as damp, and they come conveniently sized in bajillion-packs so that you only need to go shopping for them once between your kid’s birth and the happy day he’s finally potty trained.
3. Nutri-Grain bars
My requirements for cereal bars are 1.) they come in wrappers so that I can throw a dozen of them in the diaper bag for when I need them, and 2.) they are filled with some food- or food-adjacent substance. The real Nutri-Grain bars come in a variety of a dozen or more flavors; the super cheap store brand, Shurfine, only comes in ‘blueberry’, ‘strawberry’, and ‘who care, you’re going to eat it anyway’.
4. Similac formula
Of course the very best formula is whichever kind you can get your baby to actually drink. Store-brand formulas (cough, Target again, cough) has literally the exact same funky-smelling powdered nutrition in it as Similac and Gerber. Plus, I never bloodied my finger on the foil lining in the Target containers like I did with the Similac version. It’s okay, kids, that just means extra iron for you!