Stocking up on diapers?

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Astolate's picture
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Stocking up on diapers?

I really want to start stocking up on diapers but as DS is 5 yrs old it's been awhile since I've had a newborn. Any moms who have BTDT recently or just remember from previous babies how many diapers a newborn goes through a day in the first month? I'm thinking somewhere around 300 for the month (10 diapers/day) is a good estimate and if I buy too many newborn ones I can just exchange them for a larger size as long as I don't open them.

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Every kid is different, but 10 a day at first sounds like a safe bet. Like you said, if you end up with extras you can always exchange the full packs for the next size if need be Smile I am not sure on how long other kids usually last in a size, but mine have all come home needing preemies, and none have grown fast. DS2 was my fastest to go through diapers, and he is 3 now and wearing size 5's (just at night)...DS1 is 6 and can still fit into size 5's... not that hes needed them in a while lol. DD will be 2 on Thursday and shes in size 3, or 4, depending on the brand.

For my boys I loved pamper's swaddlers. DS2 had to have the sensitive ones at first because his skin was so sensitive. I found that with DD they leaked too much, and that Huggie's Snugglers worked the best. I know our hospital sends people home with a pack of the huggies snugglers Smile I have kind of started looking at where the diapers are the cheapest, and I have actually found that you can find good deals on line... though, once they are here, and you run out, its easier to go to the store. I am thinking of ordering a big pack on line, and then go to the store once those ones and the ones from the hospital are gone. My sister also gave me a bunch of newborn Luvs brand diapers... though, I never used them with the other 3 at that size.

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We only went through 1 pack of newborn diapers. If Aiden was in disposables he would have been in 3s the longest, so if I were going to stock up on diapers I'd be buying more of those. Why not just put the money to the side each month to save up for diapers instead of stocking up? . Plus what if you end up hating the diapers you've picked up?

Baby Cheapskate does a diaper round up each week. http://www.babycheapskate.com/
Amazon Mom is fantastic for disposable diaper prices most weeks, especially with their subscribe and save. Before we switched to cloth, I bought all of our diapers through them.

I'm really grateful to be using cloth from day 1 this time. I have everything I need already and only spent $30 for newborn stuff. The rest we already have from DS.

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I'm doing cloth diapers for this one, so besides what they have at the hospital and the little bit of diapers we had some people get us before we they knew we were cloth diapering we are all set.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Why not just put the money to the side each month to save up for diapers instead of stocking up? . Plus what if you end up hating the diapers you've picked up?

We live pretty much paycheck to paycheck so my mom is buying us diapers and I'm hoping to get a lot at my baby shower that I can just exchange for the brand I use. I know that if an unexpected bill pops up and I have money saved I'll use the money for that instead of diapers. I really loved Pampers Swaddlers Newborns for DS so I plan on using them again, so I know I'll like them unless they've drastically changed in the last 4 years. When the baby gets to a size 2 or 3 we will switch to Luvs since I found out that not only do they have the added bonus of being on the cheaper side but we tended to have less blowouts with DS in them.

I'd love to cloth diaper but I just don't think I have the patience for it. It seems like a lot of work to keep up with and we can't afford a diaper service. I plan on going back to school or work in the spring so it wouldn't be fair to expect my sister in law (who will be watching DS2) to take care of that since I'm not paying her to watch him - plus I doubt she'd agree to it even if I asked. DH would be absolutely no help in that department......

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Planning on about 300 sounds about right. We DD she was in newborn size for about a month, DS was only in newborn for 2 weeks, but in size one for a month.

Right now I still have to buy pull ups for DD at night, so I've just starting buying the smaller packs of diapers for this little one as well. The extra $10 per week doesn't make a huge dent in the budget and it make me feel more prepared.

I'm going to have to check out amazon mom, around here it seems like all the kids are the same age/size so I often go in to get diapers, and they don't have the size I need which is super frustrating to have to then load the kids up and head to another store.

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Pampers is NOT the same anymore. Their new stay dry gel crap actually leaked all over DS once. A lot of moms have gotten rashes from them because of the change. It's not all of them though, but anything with dry max I think it's called? It was one of the things that got me to change to cloth. Every single disposable but 7th generation gives DS a rash unless I completely cover him in thick diaper cream. That got annoying fast. Sad It really isn't too hard to keep up with cloth at all. Washing is a part of my normal routine now that I don't give it a second thought. There are a few working moms who CD on the CD board here.

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Dry max is different than the swaddlers. It sounds like you do what I do with my boys... switching to luvs once they are in a size 1 or 2 or so... I tried doing that with DD, but she leaked out the sides, so I switched to Huggies snug and dry. I am with you Angela, I do NOT have the patience for cloth diapers. I have several friends that do cloth, and I think its great they do, I just dont have that ambition. To each their own, I say. And, if your SIL is willing to watch your LO for free, then I wouldnt push for cloth either if she isnt comfortable doing it.