I have a preteen and teenager and they’re both girls. Pray for me, please! When we found out that we were pregnant with our little boy it was both a surprise and a little scary. Who would’ve thought we’d be starting all over to diaper changing and bottle-warming while also managing to deal with college fairs, prom and middle school.
But oh! What a wonderful little journey this LO has been! He’s the perfect addition to our already zany family and he brings more joy to each and every one of our days. I knew he would, but it seemed daunting at first. How would we prepare for him? Could we do anything up front to save some money?
One of the things we did do was to stock up on diapers and wipes. You can never have enough, right? Well you actually can. There is no perfect science to this but I found a great site that helped me figure out how many of each size I should buy.
Sometimes I bought more of one size than the site suggested and that was really because I didn’t want to really spend money on Newborn size diapers. They don’t seem to last long in that size especially since you pretty much stop using them after the baby’s umbilical stump dries and falls off. I was never picky on brand either. I bought the ones that were the best price. With that said, the brands I purchased were Luvs, Pampers and Huggies. Luvs usually being the best price.
While this site has two average amounts of diapers used in each size you may find yourself using more of one size than the other. I ended up buying mega packs, which contain upwards of 150 – 200 diapers in each box. Just adapt your numbers and try not to go to overboard. At one point we had towers of diaper boxes all over the house. Use the space you have so your home doesn’t look like a diaper factory. Under the crib worked really well as well as closets and the garage. Like any other stockpile you create remember you’ll need space. In-laws and other family members may also have some space for your stockpile, if needed.
I scoured the Internet for the best prices in supermarkets, online, baby shops, drug stores, just about everywhere! And stock up we did. He’s five months old and I haven’t had to purchase a pack of diapers yet! I did go overboard buying one extra jumbo pack but I donated that pack to a friend having her little one. I didn’t feel bad at all that so far I’ve only had one extra pack of diapers. Also, it’s a good idea to keep them in the boxes for a couple of reasons.
- If the store you purchased them from accepts returns. Babies R’Us accepts returns of any item that was purchased from your registry. If you end up having extras and you purchased them from your registry/Babies R’Us, you can return them or exchange them or another size. (Confirm with your store as policies are always changing)
- If you can’t return them keeping them in the box looks much better if you gift them to someone. Even if they’re still in the shrink-wrap.
Because of my stockpiling I didn’t end up asking for diapers on my registry but guest still purchased some. You really can’t plan for that or even help it. Good luck!
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