There are many different levels of diaper-stocking parents and I classify myself as a Category 1. A Cat. 5 being those who use every nook and cranny of their storage areas for diapers. Many of the advice pages I’ve found cater to this extreme form of diaper stocking, and for me, that’s just not something I’m interested in nor have the time for. So here’s my advice for stocking just enough diapers and wipes to make your first few months with baby easier on you. After all, being a single mom means anything that makes your life a little easier is more than welcome.
Compare prices at different stores – I use Walmart’s Savings Catcher app, which gives me a refund if any cheaper prices are found at competing stores. If you don’t typically shop at Walmart, or want to get the best price immediately, look up advertised prices on your preferred brand of diapers before you head out for your shopping trip. Prices can vary by as much as a couple of dollars on each pack; we’re not taking pennies here, people. That adds up really quickly.
Use your 3-month diapers.com 20% discount on your pre-birth purchases – I’ve partnered with diapers.com so you receive a 20 percent discount on your first three months of orders. (Offer is valid for 3 days after you click the link with discount code WOW3MONTHSA, so bookmark this page until you’re ready to sign up!) If you sign up too soon, you won’t get the most bang for your buck. Wait until your stock runs dry after baby is born so you can truly get the most out of your discounts.
Buy a variety of sizes and quantities – Babies grow quickly. If you stock up on only size, you are going to have excess of a size that no longer fits your little one and none of the next size up. According to average baby-size charts, your baby can be anywhere from 8-12 pounds at 3 months old and up to 17 pounds by 6-months; and these numbers are just average estimates so if you have a chunky baby, he could be higher!
Buy too many (or any) newborn diapers – First-time parents (me included!) think newborn babies will fit in newborn sizes, when the truth is newborn size is meant for babies 5-8 pounds. This means you’ll get 2 weeks of use max. You can get away with size 1 diapers for most newborn infants so only buy a pack or two, if you even want to go that route at all.
Buy a pack of diapers or wipes every time you go grocery shopping – Babies go through approximately 10 diapers / day, give or take a few depending on the day. If you start buying a pack of diapers during your first trimester once a week, or once every other week, you’ll have bought enough to get you through the first 6 months without seeing a difference in your expenses! I recommend alternating between buying a pack of diapers one week and a pack of wipe refills the next, but you could buy one of each at every grocery trip if you wanted to stock more.
Buy the largest pack available – Let’s say you start buying diapers at roughly 10-12 weeks pregnant, if you are buying packs of 80-100 count diapers every week, you’re going to have an outrageous stockpile and no way of knowing if you have the right size for your baby. In the end, you’ll be donating diapers and running out for the right size once baby is here. So avoid the guilt of over-buying.
Hopefully these tips will help you save time, money and frustration in the long run.