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Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin: Product Review

When my wife and I started thinking about having a second child, it became important to take our health, and our baby’s possible health seriously. Our doctor recommended, among other things, that my wife take a Prenatal Multivitamin. Now that our daughter is among us, my wife continues to take the same multivitamin, as it is recommended for breastfeeding mothers as well as expectant ones. The last bottle we had was branded Materna, however my friendly Costco pharmacist assured me that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing.

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin

During pregnancy, the mother’s stores of vitamins and minerals are heavily solicited, as the growing baby requires a lot of these to… well, grow. Taking a prenatal multivitamin helps maintain the mother’s health by ensuring that she doesn’t run out of these essential nutrients herself.

For example, many mothers report having teeth issues during and after pregnancy, such as pain, decay and cavities; this is caused by the fact that the growing baby is leeching the calcium to grow its bones directly from the mother’s bones and teeth, as not enough is available elsewhere. An easy way to avoid this is by taking a calcium supplement. Don’t forget the magnesium.

Taking a prenatal multivitamin can also help ensure the health of the baby, by helping reduce the risks of neural tube defects, the most well-known of which is Spina Bifida. Here are the active ingredients and components of the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamins. Feel free to compare them to more expensive vitamins.

  • Beta Carotene- 1500 mcg
  • Vitamin A – 300 mcg RAE
  • Vitamin E – 13.5 mg ATE
  • Vitamin C – 85 mg
  • Folate (folic acid) – 1000 mcg
  • Vitamin B1 – 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin B2 – 1.4 mg
  • Niacinamide – 18 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.9 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2.6 mcg
  • Vitamin D3 – 10 mcg
  • Biotin – 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 6 mg

And now, for the minerals:

  • Calcium – 250 mg
  • Magnesium – 50 mg
  • Iodine – 220 mcg
  • Iron – 27 mg
  • Copper – 1000 mcg
  • Zinc – 7.5 mg
  • Chromium – 30 mcg
  • Manganese – 2 mg
  • Molybdenum – 50 mcg
  • Selenium – 30 mcg

For those of you who’d rather check out the label, here it is; I trust that I’ve reproduced it faithfully and more legibly above!

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Kirkland Signature Prenatal Vitamins active ingredients

Now that we’ve established that the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin contains exactly the same thing as the brand-name Materna, which was confirmed by a pharmacist, what about price?

Once again, Costco comes through: the Kirkland Signature Prenatal Multivitamin costs only $8.79 (plus tax) for 300 tablets, for a minuscule price of $0.0293 (less than 3 pennies) per tablet. That’s pretty cheap for something that’s important to the health of my wife and my child. Just for comparison, the Materna costs about $18 per bottle, for less tablets, and so is about 3 times more expensive, in real terms. It’s still not much when you’re talking about health, but why throw money out the windows?

Dutailier Ultramotion Glider and Ottoman: Just In

My wife and I are expecting our second child very soon; our little girl could be born right now and she would not be particularly premature. So any day now. Daddy’s freaking out. But enough about that. I’m a big fan of the old saying that says:

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.

So obviously my wife and I are shopping for stuff for the baby. One thing that is particularly high on her list is a new rocking chair, for nursing. The one we had for our first child, I inherited from my grandmother. Despite new cushions, it is hard, uncomfortable, narrow – even for my wife – and short-backed, so no relaxing. Here is the new chair we got!

Dutailier Ultramotion Glider Rocker and Ottoman

Dutailier Ultramotion Glider Rocker and Ottoman

We did not buy this new. We shopped around a little, and even on special, chairs like these that include the ottoman are anywhere from $225 to $500 and over, plus taxes.

For this kind of money, we can tolerate a rocking chair that has been gently used. For comparison, check what is available on Costco.ca.

The only difference that I can see between the new, 2015 Costco model and ours is that the newer one has a mechanism to block the chair in place, while ours doesn’t. Considering we are buying a rocking chair, that didn’t seem very important.

The Dutailier Ultramotion Glider and Ottoman we got used from someone on Kijiji has a few light stains on the sides, and the cushions are not as puffy as a brand-new one. Of course, the new one will set you back over $500, plus taxes, while we paid $100 for ours. On top of it all, this nice chair is made right here in Canada; feels right to keep our money here (even though we bought it second hand) and the quality matches and exceeds all expectations.

A hundred bucks still seems like a lot of money, but my wife’s comfort as she nurses is paramount. She’s happy, so I’m happy. Hopefully the little one will like it, too!

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Product Review

Having a young child at home, it is normal that baby wipes are on my usual shopping radar. Fortunately, since I can buy them in such huge quantity (thank you Costco) I don’t need to shop for them quite so often. I usually end up buying whatever’s on special, which is why I had so much of the Huggies Natural Care wipes, but this time I got caught with my pants down… no specials! So I purchased what used to be my second-favorite wipes, the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes.

Each box of Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes contains 9 packs of 100 wipes each, and costs $19.79 (Canadian dollars) , for a cost per wipe of 2.2 pennies. Here are the product specifics for these wipes:

  • Product Name: Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes
  • Purchased: Costco
  • Costco (Canada) Item Number: 394485
  • Price: $19.79 (bought at full price)
  • Quantity: 900 wipes per box, 9 individual packs
  • Cost per wipe: $0.022
Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes (Costco Item number 394485)

The reason I didn’t use to like them as much as the Huggies, despite the fact that their packaging makes them quite a bit more user-friendly, is that they are quite wet. With a very young child, going through many diaper changes every day, it was an issue, since I could hardly let him run around with no diaper on!

That’s over now, and I believe that these baby wipes offer the best bang for the buck.

These wipes are made with Tencel, a strong natural fiber that is exceptionally soft, absorbent and strong. We all know ‘strong’ and ‘tear-resistant’ are important here! They are hypoallergenic, fragrance- and alcohol-free, and just to soothe your conscience, are made from 100% renewable resources.  To learn more about Tencel, follow this link.

I’ll see how long this box lasts us. It should be a while, since he is starting to be toilet-trained, but in any case, at 2.2 pennies a wipe, I really couldn’t go wrong!

September 2014 Update: I have another kid on the way, so I’ll need to start stockpiling these again! Actually, I’ll probably make a whole new post when I start buying them, since the packaging changed.

January 2015 Update The new kid is definitely on the way. She should be born within the next few weeks, so imagine my surprise when I noticed that the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes are on special this week at my local Costco. Check out the new packaging:

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Ultra Soft (New packaging)

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Ultra Soft (New packaging)

Since the Canadian dollar tanked, and these wipes are made in the USA, they have gotten more expensive. The regular price is now $21.99, which bring up the per-wipe cost to 2.4 cents. This is not a huge increase on the previous 2.2 cents.

The boxes I bought were on special, however, $4.15 off, which brings the cost down to $17.84 per box, or 1.98 cents per wipe, significantly cheaper than before. Doesn’t seem like much, but I’ll bet we’ll be going through lots of these.

For those who were curious about it, you’ll have noticed that the new box, and each individual package are smaller than they used to be, significantly so. Each box still contains the same number of wipes, and the wipes themselves seem to be the same size. It seems to me that this is one of Costco’s process improvements in the packaging as a way to save on shipping, just as they did with the cashew jars by making square instead of round (to fit more in a truck).

Huggies Natural Care Plus Review

As I have a young child, still a toddler, diapers and wipes comprise a not-insignificant part of our monthly and daily budget. It doesn’t look like much, but when you do the total at the end of the year… yikes! So getting the best product, at the best price is paramount.

My wife and I experimented with both the Huggies Natural Care Plus baby wipes, and the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes, and we found that the Huggies offered better performance, at a similar price when bought on special.

Now I’ve heard from other parents exactly the opposite, but the Costco’s Kirkland wipes are too wet, and contribute to giving our kid a rash, so they’re out. We get only the Huggies Natural Care baby wipes now. Here’s a look at the box.

Huggies Natural Care Plus (Costco item #331833)

Huggies Natural Care Plus (Costco item #331833)

Here are a few specifics about the product, availability and price. I know that the price will vary from region to region, but there you have it.

  • Product name: Huggies Natural Care Plus Wipes
  • Purchased: Costco
  • Costco Item Number: 331833
  • Regular price: $26.49 (bought on special, $6 off)
  • Quatity: 1,120 wipes per box
  • Cost per wipe: $0.0237

As you can see, the cost per wipe comes out at just over 2 pennies each, which is really not that bad, and that’s if you were paying full price, not the discounted price I got. In that case it would be about 1.8 cents each.

Here’s what the box contains. I have left our child’s MegaBlocks in the picture for scale purposes, even though it probably wasn’t entirely necessary.

Huggies Natural Care Plus wipes (Costco item #331833), content of box

Huggies Natural Care Plus wipes (Costco item #331833), content of box

What I like the most about these baby wipes is that they work for our child: they are just wet enough to clean well and deeply, and not too much as to contribute to a rash or excess humidity. They are easy to handle and rip off from each other relatively easily – a one-handed affair if you use the provided boxes.

They Huggies wipes come in 5 large, resealable bags of 224 wipes each. It is easy to transfer them from the bulk bags to the dispensers. Each box contains two dispensers, one ideal for the diaper bag or a day trip, and the other for home.

Ironically, what I appreciate from these wipes, namely the boxes and the big bags, are also a drawback, as you actually have to refill the boxes, unlike with the packages of Kirkland Signature baby wipes.

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