Question from one of my readers…
I am looking to stock my brother and his wife really up on diapers before their baby is due in March. Beings you just had little Maveric recently, I was hoping you could give me an idea of how much you stock up in each size for one baby. I had twins, and it was several years ago, so I forgot how fast they go through each size, and about how fast they go through a pack of diapers, and how much only one baby would go through! LOL Since you are the queen of stocking up, I thought of you to help me make a plan for helping them out! Thank you for all your hard work on the site (you too Matt!) and all the great deals you help us all get! Also, I have seen a lot better deals on diapers than wipes except for that one really good $2 Pampers coupon of course we’ll never see again! What is your stock up price on wipes? Is that wipes deal next week at Rite Aid any good, or just okay? I really appreciate any help you can give me to help them get off on the right foot!
Well I have to say this is a hard question, and I am not sure if I have the right answer. There are so many variables, depending on who changes the baby and how big they are. For example I thought I stocked up ok for Maveric, but who new the little chubbers was going to be busting out of size 1 in less than a month. He is currently wearing a size 3 (only 5 months old) the same size his 3 year old sister fits in (she is a tiny little thing).
Brand also seems to play a large role in size. I find most store brands are less “stretchy” and a little smaller. Where Huggies or Pampers, cost more (unless you use coupons) but seem to be a bit bigger and fit better.
When I had my first baby I was so excited to change his diaper and I seemed to go thru more diapers than needed. He would be wet so I would change him…then within seconds he would pee or poop again. I soon learned to open his wet diaper (not taking it all the way off), wipe him with a baby wipe. Strap the diaper up…sure enough he would pee again. I then wipe him again, and put a new clean diaper on, which stays dry longer.
Remember the post I did here, How many wipes does it take to change a baby? Well it really depends on who is doing it.
When babys are little you seem to go thru alot more diapers. But as they get older the number goes down a lot. Right now I use anywhere from 5-10 diapers a day on average. Normally closer to the 5-6 range. When I stocked up for the birth of Maveric I went ahead and bought 8 packs of size one ( which was way to many for his chubby bottom). It was fine I just gave the unused packs away as Baby Shower Gifts to Friends.
My stock up price for Wipes is $1 or less, I seem to be able to find them at that price every 3 months or so.
So I am now asking my readers the same question, how many diapers do you by….and at what price do you stock up?