Stocking up for baby?

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elleon17's picture
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Stocking up for baby?

Anyone else starting or going to stock up before the baby comes?

I like spreading the cost out and making use of coupons and sales as they come up, so I'm stocking up on diapers, ziploc bags (for breast milk & baby food), and wipes.

I'm curious if there is anything else anyone can think of that would be good to look out for and stock up on early.

My list for diapers is (I cloth at home, but this LO will be in daycare, so I'll need diapers as well)

NB = 1 big box
Size 1 = 2 big boxes
Size 2 = 3 big boxes
Size 3 = 5 big boxes
Size 4 = 5 big boxes

30 containers of wipes

LaurenE's picture
Joined: 06/19/10
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I still have one in diapers so I want to avoid buying extras as long as I can! Ha! I did have some newborn and size 1 given to us so I have a little bit.

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Looks like a good list! Personally I wouldn't stock up on size 4's, or even 3's but that's because we have next to no storage space. Baby isn't wearing size 3's for at least 4 months and I wouldn't have the room to spare.

I will likely grab a bunch of boxes of size 1's. My kids don't wear NB size at all since they are usually nearly 10 lbs at birth. I am still buying a big box of 5's every month for my 1 year old and a box of Pull-ups each (for bedtime) for my 5 and 4 year olds, every 2 months. We are bedwetters here Smile I don't even want to imagine the Costco trip when I have to start buying size 1's too.....ugh.

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Well, I don't really stock up on diapers. My goal is to get my 4 year old out of night time pull-ups! My 2 year old is dry all night... not my 4 year old, poor thing. Anyway, we have a Costco membership, and they run coupon specials on diapers every 3-4 months. So, when they do that I typically buy a few boxes (ends up being about $32 a box for close to 200 diapers), and that usually carries me over until the next time they run another special.

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We'll have space once I get DH to clear out the spare room closet. It's mostly his stuff that he doesn't want to get rid of, but I don't want out. (72" fish tank, deer head, beer neon sign, etc)

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We use cloth diapers and wipes but I still *need* to get a few more. I think I got rid of some of the newborn diapers that I wasn't a fan of, so I'll want to buy a hand-full of new ones. Ok, partially it's just because I LOVE cloth diapers...shhhhhhh, don't tell hubby! Anyways, I'd be leery about getting too many bigger ones too. A long time to store PLUS who knows if baby will get that big. When my DD potty trained I think she would have been the equivalent to a size 4. Is that right? 25 lbs? Anyways, ya, storing fro 2.5 years and never using them would suck!

We do using disposables sometimes...like when we go on vacation or camping for more than 3 days...but we'll worry about that when we cross that hurdle. Biggrin

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Sandra: You're YDS is in 5's?! My 18 month old is in 3's. LOL Love it!! Biggrin My DD is still "learning" to hold it at night, but DH was a bedwetter so I think we're going to be in the same boat as you and will be doing pull-ups for a looooong time.

I'll probably get a box of NBs and a few of 1's, then wait until I start getting low. The only thing I like to be well stocked up on is wipes! I use them for everything aside from wiping bums. Smile

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"akpufa" wrote:

Sandra: You're YDS is in 5's?! My 18 month old is in 3's. LOL Love it!! Biggrin My DD is still "learning" to hold it at night, but DH was a bedwetter so I think we're going to be in the same boat as you and will be doing pull-ups for a looooong time.

I have big boys Smile When my DD was 2 and my DS1 was 6 months old, they wore the same size diaper - 5. LOL! I moved Emerson up to a size 5 around his 1 year birthday. My boys never even wear NB size, and they only stay in the Costco brand size 1-2 for about 8-10 weeks. Then they are pretty much in to a size 3 by the time they are 3 months old.

DH and I were both bedwetters (until the age of 12, both of us) so I doubt our kids have much of a chance.

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Well, I don't really stock up on diapers. My goal is to get my 4 year old out of night time pull-ups! My 2 year old is dry all night... not my 4 year old, poor thing. Anyway, we have a Costco membership, and they run coupon specials on diapers every 3-4 months. So, when they do that I typically buy a few boxes (ends up being about $32 a box for close to 200 diapers), and that usually carries me over until the next time they run another special.

Yeah, we will be buying the pullups for DS, and DD who is 2 can hold it, or at least wake up. I don't know how to "fix" bedwetting.

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DD's in diapers for naptime & night. She keeps telling me we need to buy diapers for the baby. But I'm not planning on stocking up. I just buy them as I need them. Especially at the beginning since DD grew out of every size so fast just like Sandra's kiddos. We had her in NB's for 1 week (I bought one small bag) until her cord fell off (it had a cute little opening for it). And she was also in size 4's well before a year. So I never know how long size 1/2 will last. And in general, I'm not a stocker upper of any sort.

elleon17's picture
Joined: 01/26/09
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I"m not worried about buying the sizes wrong because my grocery store will exchange with no questions asked for a different size. Wink

I think I'm really just trying to shave costs off where I can. If the baby starts daycare @ 3 months, we'll go from $800 a month to $1600 a month in daycare :eek:
I freaking out a little bit by that number, so I'm trying to adjust the budget, if even just slightly by buying ahead while there is more discretionary spending. lol!

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Is there any chance your daycare would CD? Ours does and honestly that's part of why we chose it. Diapering is SO expensive and especially when you own all the cloth anyways.