Did you know the average household spends between $750-$1,000 on diapers per child!? That is literally so so crazy. It struck me that if I could save money here, we could substantially lower our out of pocket costs. I decided that stockpiling and couponing for diapers was going to be my new hobby!
To start, I went through dozens of Pinterest pins and online searches to find a few different mom’s charts on how many diapers their baby used. I ended up with four different sets of numbers. Two ended at size three so I decided to do the same. Here are the averages per size for the following four babies.
Size One- 160
Size Two- 640
Size Three- 684
Total Diapers- 1,699
Size One- 280
Size Two- 560
Size Three- 1,368
Total Diapers- 2,460
Size One- 770
Size Two- 924
Size Three- 756
Total Diapers- 2,646
Size One- 552
Size Two- 893
Size Three- 1,329
Total Diapers- 3,008
There is a pretty HUGE range of diapers between sample A and sample D. So I decided the best way to approach it was to average out the numbers. I hope this helps to create a good reference to how many we will need. Here are my averages.
My Average Diaper Quantities:
Size One- 440
Size Two- 754
Size Three- 1,034
Total Diapers- 2,453
I felt pretty confident so I decided to start buying according to those numbers. Now the important part was to make sure I was getting my diapers at a great price. I looked online for price averages, however that didn’t really help. A lot of people’s average price per diaper was a lot lower than I would be able to get because they were buying store brand diapers. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s awesome. In fact I love it! However, since I was buying so far in advance I had to make some choices.
All of the people’s comments that I read online that were advocating to NOT stockpile diapers warned repeatedly about the same two things. One, apparently some diapers can expire. Two, they cautioned that not every baby reacts well with every diaper. There can be allergic reactions, fit problems, etc. I did some research and we decided to only buy Pampers Swaddlers and diapers from The Honest Company. I chose the Pampers Swaddlers because out of literally a dozen different review sites and mommy blogs they were almost always the first pick, and if not, always second. A vast majority of hospitals use these diapers too. They also never expire, though exposure to light and extreme humidity can cause the slightest of discoloration (I wasn’t worried about that). I also decided to include The Honest Company because I love what they stand for and their commitment to healthy, great quality baby products. (I actually blogged about their house products free trial – they have one for diapers too – a few months ago. Since then I also have started using their lotion and we have their shampoo & conditioner! I really like this company)!
Choosing those two name brand diapers and choosing not to include any store brands DID effect my price point. Obviously, to start with these were more expensive than a Target or Walmart brand diaper. It is totally worth it to me, however. I feel confident in the brands I chose and that I won’t run into problems. (Just in case, I of course didn’t break the seal on any boxes. Most stores will allow for exchanges or store credit returns. Also, if I have a surplus of diapers many stores will let me exchange the box for a different size).
At the end of the day, the average Pampers Swaddlers diaper costs around $0.31 a diaper. I decided to try to never spend more then $0.20 a diaper. Generally I stayed a few cents below, but a few impulse buys did lead to going over that price goal by a few cents. To get discounts I combined store promotions, store discounts, manufacture coupons, and store coupons. The place I found the best deal on Pampers was always Target. (I didn’t think of it until literally this week, but I wish I had opened a Target debit card. You get 5% off of every purchase, so that would have been even more savings! We are talking about opening one soon). I only bought the Honest Diapers online so I could take advantage of membership benefits.
My best overall deals were from my short lived membership with the Honest Company. My husband and I each created an account and took advantage of some serious promotions before discontinuing our accounts. At the time they were offering one free bundle after you order your first bundle. So we payed for the 240 diapers, then got another 240 diapers free! Plus, when I referred my husband to the membership I was given a $20 credit. You can see how you could use this to your advantage. Our very best deals came from this! Plus, you can cancel at any time with zero fees.
As I mentioned before, we also had a lot of great luck with Target. Every other week or so Target offers a gift card when you purchase so many of the advertised product. If you have the patience to wait it out, every so often they offer a $15 gift card with the purchase of two boxes of Pampers diapers. On top of that you can use up to one manufactures and one Target coupon per box. This provides a great deal! Also, if the box has somehow been damaged (for example, smashed) they will extend a 10% discount, but only if you ask. I know that a slightly smashed box is not going to alter my diapers in any way, so I took advantage of this when applicable.
For sizes newborn, one, and two my averages out cost per diaper was $0.12!! (Remember, this is in comparison to the Pampers average of $.31 a diaper!!) That is nothing to scoff at!! We are currently working on our size three stash, but I’ll be sure to update this post once we have more data. I don’t know what to expect as our average for those diapers seeing as how the price per box remains the same, but quantity drastically drops. This will be where the coupons will really matter!
We plan on buying about half of our expected needs for size three, but then putting the amount of boxes we will still need on our baby registry. We also will register for size four and fives. If people feel drawn to offer those as a gift, we will be spending even less on diapers! Overall, I estimate that we have saved about $335 on diapers so far. That is pretty great in my book. Overall, I am beyond thrilled with the success we have had with our baby on a budget progress!!
We currently have bought 1,879 diapers. Plus someone just gave us another 25 for free! I ended up buying a few more size two than I needed, but they were part of the free bundle so I didn’t mind at all! We might need them, and if not- I know several pregnant ladies who might be able to! I’m so excited to see how much savings we accumulate!
To answer your questions, half of baby’s closet is entirely Diapers! Haha. That’s where we’re putting them!