I Want to Still Luv You, Butt You’ve Changed

 

Dear Luvs,

Let me start off by saying that I really used to love you.  You and I have been together for months now, and it’s been great.  Your low price and dependability just couldn’t be beat, especially when I could get 180 of you through Amazon Mom for $25.97.  I sung your praises to the heavens on those months where I snatched up an extra 20% off coupon in my favorite parenting magazine, making you an unheard of $18.55.  I mean, come on – $.10 for each and every one of you was just too good to pass up!  You traveled through the mail in record 2 day time and were eagerly waiting for me at my back door when I got home from work.  I didn’t even need to clip any coupons to entice you to jump into my shopping cart. 

I bragged about your great deal to all of the other mommies at daycare.  We all agreed that we shouldn’t have to pay more for other wanna-be diapers when our kiddos were only using you for their daily dirty work.  You delighted me with your capabilities.  Little Bud stayed dry and happy all night long so I couldn’t complain.  We loved your Blues Clues fashions and stretchy sides.  You really did do a magnificent job.

Now that I have buttered you up with compliments, I will get down to the real reason for my letter.  I went online a few weeks ago and made my usual purchase of you through Amazon.  As always, Little Bud and I eagerly awaited your arrival.  When you showed up, I first noticed that your packaging had changed.  Your box said you now had increased absorbency.  I was astonished.  How could you be any better than you already were? 

Upon opening your box, I immediately saw that you had undergone a makeover.  I can’t say I was really thrilled with your new look.  A purple monkey!?  But I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt – to each his own after all.  I was initially impressed at how much thinner you looked!  You have definitely lost some weight.  However, your overall size hadn’t seemed to change, so you still covered all of Little Bud’s important parts. 

Your overall quality has seemed to diminish this go around.  Your tabs have gotten papery thin and don’t seem to want to stretch as much as they used to.  Definitely not a great thing for Little Bud’s ample thighs.  That first night since the new you made its appearance, you failed me miserably.  Not only did you not absorb the pee, you got all huge and smooshy.  I was awoken by the sound a squalling baby who was wet from chin to belly button – thanks for that. 

 Of course I was angry!  You have never treated me like this before.  Did I do something wrong?  I realize now that I should not have cursed you so soon.  I think maybe you took offense to that and now have stopped working at all.  I thought that maybe a different venue would toughen you back up.  So off I sent you to daycare with the understanding that Little Bud only needed you to remain faithful throughout the day – no more nightshift for you!  Apparently you weren’t happy with that arrangement either.  I became convinced of it after carting home bags of poopy clothes on 3 consecutive days. 

It pains me so much to admit that maybe you are loosing your touch.  I want to still love you, but you have changed for the worse.  I don’t want to be a diaper snob, but I will admit that I had to cheat on you with that guy Pampers down the street.  He was there for me when you let me down.  I have come to count on him so much over the last couple of weeks that I am going to just put it out there – I want a diaper divorce.  It saddens me to no end to have to leave you, but I need someone that I can count on.  Call me when you get yourself together and maybe I will consider taking you back.                                                        

 Signed,

A Mourning Mom, Former Luvs Pee-H-D

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Veronika Smith, Editor Veronika is a full time working mother of the two craziest, greatest boys ever, ages 9 months (Little Bud) and 10 years (Big Bud). This Kentucky mom holds a degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a second degree in nursing. She is a slave to all gadgets that promise to make her life easier and increase her "productive abilities". With her most recent family addition, this obsession has stretched to include the wonderful world of baby-sized gadgets! She also has a passion for fashion and the nose for a great deal. Several friends have (unflatteringly?) referred to her as the bargain bloodhound. They don't call her the coupon queen for nothing!

21 COMMENTS

  1. I have to say that I thought the change in print was just adorable. However, this change was just not good.
    My son woke one morning shortly after the change, soaked! This had never happened before so we gave them the benefit of the doubt and stuck with them. Only a few days later he woke up from a nap, again soaked. This time he had only had the diaper on for maybe 3-4 hours.

    Needless to say, we finished up the box and have since moved on.

    Some changes are not always for the best. It’s a shame, I was a huge Luvs fan!

    Glad it’s not just us 🙂

  2. I’ve also noticed the change. I’ve had two diapers literally fall apart after not being on my son for very long at all and leaving those crystals all over him. I’ve had tabs pull off rendering the diaper useless and my son broke out in the absolute worst diaper rash that I couldn’t get to heal which I think is from the diapers. I’m very disappointed in their so called improvement.

  3. To start I love your post, writing style – everything. And I completely agree! My oldest is almost three & we have always used Luvs…. Now I hate the design, pictures, color, material, quality… they completely blow up, and the outside is rough and my youngest is all red on his thighs where it rubs because even though they appear thinner – they certainly seem bulkier. SO dissapointed in my once diaper love Luvs… Thanks

  4. We had recently switched to Luvs because on a trip to BJs they were out of the size Pampers I needed. At the store they told me to give them a try because if I wasn’t happy I could bring them back for a full refund. Since I had to get something it sounded great.

    I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy when we started using them. The feel, the absorbency and the price – how could you beat it. Then on top of that we were buying them from BJs with a coupon each time. Like you said, unheard of!

    Then we got a new box for overnight (both of my boys have always worn a size bigger overnight or they leaked). Yep, the purple monkey box. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have had to change the sheets in the crib. I keep trying to give them the benefit of the doubt and look back to what he ate and drank before bed. There has definitely been more liquidy type things (fruits, juice, milk, etc.) when we’ve had the leaking problem, but I still don’t think it should be happening. I guess I don’t have to keep giving them the benefit of the doubt since it’s obviously not only me!

    Unfortunately we’ve used too many of them to return them (I think) so we’re going to have to deal and make the switch again back to Pampers when this box runs out. For during the day I’ve just been clock watching and changing diapers every 3 hours (at the most) so we don’t have any problems. Sometimes they are completely dry and others soaked, but not leaked so that’s good.

    So annoyed and frustrated. We had just found them! Why would they do this?

  5. I love the new luvs!! I have a 13 month old little girl and I used to wake up in the middle of the night with a screaming baby with the old luvs. The new luvs are great for my little girl, no more poopy clothes or wet sheets for in our house and a well rested mom!!~~just saying~

  6. You could also try the Sam’s club brand if you have one near. After they don’t fit in Swaddlers anymore we use those. I never calculated the per diaper cost, but they are more absorbent than Pampers even. We switched when potty training our oldest thinking that if he was more wet than with Pampers he might potty train faster. No luck there, but we did safe some money. Luvs never worked for us

  7. I completely agree with your whole post! I’ll add to it to say: dear luvs, we were only acquaintances but I was thinking of adding you as a friend until these new diapers gave my daughter blisters on her sweet little tush.

  8. ive been a pampers fan for years but have recently been using targets brand,i am pleased with them and im going to continue to buy them. i never liked luvs lol

  9. Autumn – I agree! The Up & Up diapers are by far my favorite ones and I normally buy those. But the Luvs deal on Amazon was just too good to pass up! Oh well…guess Mr Luvs will have to go to daycare afterall until he’s gone : )

  10. The Target Up & Up diapers are fabulous, and cost about the same as Luvs. I have a girl, so I can’t speak from personal experience about absorbency of boy messes at night time, but I did give some to a friend that has a boy, and she made the switch immediately.
    They also don’t have that chemical-smell that Luvs have.
    (I buy the Earth’s Best diapers on Amazon Mom for $25/month at 140 diapers, and we are pretty excited about that. Go Amazon Mom!!!)

  11. Sherry – Thanks for the heads up! The next time I’m ready to buy, I will have to check out the Pampers deal on Amazon. So much for me trying to save a few bucks if I end up trashing the diapers : )

  12. My husband and I also noticed the change and call the new diapers “pineapple butts”. Hate them! We got lucky with one big box purchase from Amazon and the next box was the “pineapple butts” we were trying to avoid from Target! The diapers are different in shape and absorbancy. Our three month old is wearing size 3!(just to fit her thighs, the diaper part is huge, but the legs were so small!) We got lucky with the last box of size 5s for my son…but dread the next round. Hope potty training happens soon for him!

  13. all I can say is Procter and Gamble (the manufacturers of both Pampers and Luvs) have really screwed up on the diapers department this year. They say they have “ultra leakguards” in the “new improved” diapers when all they have are cheap leaky messes. Lessoned learned- don’t mess with whats not broken. We LOVED Pampers cruisers for my 3 kids currently in diapers ($40 a week!) but now we have switched to Huggies. BTW love your writing style

  14. I letter from my heart. This weekend my daughter wet
    through the new Luvs on a 2.5 hour car ride! She was telling me she
    was wet about an hour after I changed her and I had no idea she was
    sitting in a puddle of pee for the remaining hour and a half. Now
    she wants her diaper changed immediately after she goes and I don’t
    blame her…if anything, getting through the already purchased case
    may help us potty train!

  15. Totally agree! I’ve loved LUVs for three years now. As a
    Canadian, I would travel to the States JUST to stock up on my LUVs
    diapers. I wasn’t very impressed when I noticed the changes after
    my last purchase. Like you, I gave them the benefit of the doubt,
    but totally prefer the old version, and am sad to see such a good
    thing take a turn for the worst. Here’s hoping LUVs gets back to
    basics!

  16. Ohh this is too bad! I just converted to Luvs after being a diehard Pampers Sensitive user. I size up at night with Huggies Overnites, so maybe that’s why I haven’t had the same experience.

  17. I haven’t used Luvs for awhile, but I heard someone else
    saying they changed for the worse. We’ve been using Pampers Baby
    Dry diapers, and they work very well. Using the Amazon deal you
    described above, they’re only a couple of bucks more per case than
    the Luvs.

  18. I too have noticed the change, but I wanted to comment
    mainly on your writing style. Love, love, love it. Good job! Write
    a book on something…we’ll buy it!

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