Leading up to Baby Girl’s arrival, money’s been making a mass exodus from our wallets. And it may slow, but it ain’t gonna stop once baby arrives, either. One of our biggest new expenses in the upcoming months will be diapers. It’s bad enough knowing we’ll be changing about 7,000 diapers before our little girl is potty-trained. But finding out that we could be be paying upwards of $2,500 to do it? Nah, I’m good, thanks.
For a split second, Johnny and I had a discussion about cloth vs. disposable. Initially Johnny wanted me to consider cloth because cloth = hundreds of dollars saved. I say “initially” because I nipped that consideration in the bud real quick by saying I’d be washing dirty diapers in the same load as his dress shirts. I sometimes make threats to get my way.
The dress shirt threat aside, Johnny left the ultimate decision to me. So we’ve decided to spend the extra moolah on disposables. Once that was settled, my next task was to find the BEST diaper. “Best” is quite a relative term, I know. But for me, and most moms I think, it means two things: best bang for my buck while — in all but worst-case scenarios — still keeping everything that comes out of my baby inside of the diaper.
Like any mother-to-be, I asked around, and the word on the street came back with three favorite diaper brands:
- Pampers Swaddlers
- Huggies Little Snugglers
- Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers
I’m sure there are other great ones I have yet to hear about (please share your favorites). But starting with those three brands and some other well-known generic store brands, I did some calculations, which is rather risky coming from me. This is what I found when it comes to monthly diaper costs:
Bulk vs. Non-Bulk
Another consideration is buying in bulk. By buying in bulk, we can save anywhere from $15 to $40 per month, or almost $500 per year. That’s some serious dough.
Some Other Considerations
Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom: I admit that I’m somewhat obsessed with Amazon. Great deals, delivered to my door, yatta yatta yatta. Amazon has recently combined their Prime (free 2-day shipping) and Mom (20% off diapers, wipes, and other family essentials) programs for $39/year. You can get all the deets for signing up here. The convenience and the money savings have made Prime a worthwhile subscription for us.
After running the numbers, we’ll definitely be buying generic diapers in bulk. And while the verdict is still out on the best brand for our buck (cost + quality), we’re currently leaning toward the Costco generics. Buying in bulk means we’ll soon have diapers and wipes bursting from every drawer and stored beneath every piece of furniture in our baby girl’s nursery. But we’ll be saving money so we don’t mind.
What about you? Are your wallets suffering from a diaper dilemma? Do you have diaper-buying tips and tricks you’d be willing to let us in on (pretty please)?