How To Save Money on Diapers (10 Tips for Parents)
There is nothing quite as exciting as the arrival of a new baby. Of course, most parents know that it will significantly impact the family budget, but hey…isn’t that just a part of life? We start looking at ways to plan for college and know there is so much more to it than feeding and clothing our little ones as they grow. But one fact often seems to slip by unnoticed. Of course, you know your baby will need diapers, and you have a vague idea that it is a considerable expense. Still, nothing prepares you for the stark realization – baby diapers are expensive, and you need a lot of them! In fact, the average cost of becoming a new parent is around $900 for the first year alone.
In the first month of life, newborns usually have their diapers changed 8 to 10 times a day. And over the first three months, babies will go through about 700 diapers. The good news is that the days of changing diapers every two hours won’t last forever! A baby’s bladder grows with age, so you’ll have to change fewer diapers as they get older–only 5 to 6 diapers a day after six months.
Calculate the Price Per Diaper
Once you know how many diapers your baby will go through in a week, you can start calculating the price per diaper. This is the best way to figure out how much you’ll spend throughout your baby’s first year.
Different package sizes can make it hard to compare products, but the unit price is the best way to determine the better deal. Unit prices are especially important when figuring out whether that big box of diapers is a good deal. If it is, stock up!
For example, if a package of 37 diapers costs $23.89, the unit price is about 65 cents per diaper. But if you buy 132 diapers at $42.99, they’re 33 cents each; and if you buy 164 diapers at $44.97, they’re only 27 cents each.
Join Reward Programs
Baby product and formula companies often offer reward programs for new parents. This is a great way to get free or discounted products for your little one. You can sign up for these programs online or by contacting the customer service department at the company.
If you’re loyal to a particular diaper brand, check if it has a rewards program, newsletter, or membership you can join.
Many well-known brands — including Huggies and Pampers — have apps where customers can receive coupons and earn redeemable points for gift cards and other items. Every little bit counts! And don’t forget to look into store rewards programs.
For example, Target, Walmart, and Stop and Shop have programs that reward points for shopping, which you can use towards future purchases. And Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program lets you sign up for deliveries on a set schedule to save money.
Check out our in-depth post on Huggies rewards vs Pampers rewards!
Swap Out With Friends
There are often extra diapers sitting around after a baby outgrows them, and you are not alone. Speak to friends and family who have older babies and see if they are prepared to pass down any extras they have that their child has outgrown. Then, pay it forward by passing your extras down to someone with a smaller baby.
Shop During Sales Seasons
To keep track of the best deals, download mobile apps for the stores where you shop and check them each week. You can also sign up for store or brand newsletters, which will alert you to sales. Another way to find deals is by joining online moms’ groups, which can help you save even more money by combining online coupons with sales. Finally, be sure to buy a small package to test on your baby when trying out new brands. There’s no point in stockpiling a bunch of diapers that your little one can’t use.
Try Store Brands or at Least be Willing to Vary Brands
A strange type of brand loyalty emerges once you have a baby. You settle on a brand of diaper, shampoo, or rash cream. But unless it’s formula, no rule says you can’t vary these brands, provided there is no adverse reaction to it.
Good quality store brands and generic brands of diapers may be a cheaper option for you. Test them on your baby first to see if they work well before buying a larger quantity. You can also check online for sales and coupons to save even more.
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Have a Diaper Shower
Baby showers are a fantastic way to celebrate the arrival of your new baby. However, they can also be a great way to help you save some money. Having a diaper shower before the baby’s birth also makes things easier for guests. No baby registers to trawl or agonizing over what to get.
Use Cloth Diapers
This tip will make your mother-in-law proud. I know mine thought disposable diapers were a complete luxury when I had my son. But cloth diapers are becoming increasingly popular as parents try to save money. They are also much more eco-friendly. In addition, diaper services will collect and clean your dirty diapers. This will obviously come with a fee, but it will still be less expensive than disposable diapers.
If you’re expecting a new baby, it’s a good idea to stockpile some diapers from the minute you see the two blue lines. Newborns go through many diapers, and an ample supply can help you when money is tight. If you’ve collected them over the nine months before the baby arrives, it’s a little easier on the budget.
Check out our separate post for Diaper Stockpile Calculator!
Make sure the diaper fits well and is put on properly
A diaper that doesn’t fit well will leak and must be changed more frequently. The same applies to diapers that aren’t put on correctly. Diapers can hold a surprising amount of liquid before they must be changed, but only if they fit well.
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Reach Out To a Diaper Bank
About a third of U.S families struggle to afford diapers, spending as much as 14% of their income on them. If you are struggling to afford diapers, the National Diaper Bank can help. This nationwide nonprofit is dedicated to eliminating diaper needs in America. It provides access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods.
How Many Diapers Will My Baby Really Need?
When trying to figure out how much you’ll need to spend on diapers, you first should look at your baby’s age and weight. This will give you an idea of how many diapers you will need to purchase each week. There is no set amount of diapers that you will need. All babies are different, and their needs vary. As their diet changes with age and you introduce new foods, you’ll probably go through a few more diapers than usual as their tummy adjusts.
Also, remember that some babies are in diapers for less time than others. For example, some babies are potty trained in as little as 10 months, while others can go until they’re ready to go to kindergarten. This will also affect how much you spend on diapers.
As your child gets older and their costs continue to go up, it can be challenging to manage all of these expenses. However, there are some ways that you can save on your little one’s diapering needs without cutting too many corners. Here are some great tips to help you save money on diapers and other baby essentials.
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Wrap Up- How To Save Money on Diapers
Diapers are an essential and unavoidable part of raising a child. Unfortunately, they can be costly, but if you are frugal, you can save a surprisingly large amount of money. However, you need to really weigh up your options carefully. It may be tempting to bulk buy thousands of unbranded diapers, but often, the poorer quality means they must be changed more frequently. As a result, they could cost you more because you are using twice the amount. Poor-quality diapers can also cause rashes and allergic reactions that are less likely to occur with a quality, tested brand. If you keep this in mind and follow our tips, you will find a solution that works for you and your pocket.
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