*There they are….my little diaper consuming divas.
Diapers are one of the biggest expenses you’ll encounter when raising a baby (second only to formula). And this expense can vary widely depending on where you buy them, what brand you choose, etc. Since I’ve become quite an aficionado of diaper purchasing over the years, I decided to share my tips with you.
Size doesn’t matter (so much)
Try to buy diapers in bulk if you can and stock up when there are sales or you have coupons to use. Don’t stress too much about whether you’ll use them all before your kid outgrows them. Diaper sizing is more of an estimate than an exact science. A lot of moms have found their children can continue to wear a particular diaper size 2-3 pounds after they exceed the max weight. As long as you’re not having any leaks…keep wearing ‘em.
The price is irrelevant
Immediately ignore the price you see for the box and find out how much you’re paying per diaper and per wipe (you may need a calculator for this). Companies package diapers and wipes differently, so just because the box is cheaper doesn’t mean you’re getting a better deal. A good rule of thumb for getting the best deal diaper and wipe prices is as follows:
Diapers – Size 1: 17 cents or less, Size 2: 15 cents or less, Size 3 and 4: 20 cents or less
Wipes – 2 cents or less
Lose your brand loyalty
When we had our first daughter, we were pretty infatuated with Pampers and that handy blue stripe indicator. I mean….how did anyone know a baby’s diaper was wet before this invention? Now that I’m more of an experienced parent, I’m here to tell you that our parents got along just fine without any kind of blue stripe and you will too. Our second daughter gets “whatever diapers and wipes are on sale”. And that means buying generic too. If you notice that the generic wipes are more irritating or the diapers don’t absorb as well, definitely switch to another brand. But it’s worth the savings to try them out.
There is a 1st time for everything
Popular online retailers like diapers.com and Amazon offer great discounts to get you to try their services. New customers to diapers.com get 20% or $10 off diapers depending on the size. Moms, Dads and eligible caretakers can sign up for a 30 day trial to Amazon Prime through their Amazon Mom program and get 20% off diapers and wipes plus free shipping.
Clip or click those coupons