New Baby Diapers: How Many Do You Really Need?

New Baby Diapers: How Many Do You Really Need?

New Baby Diapers: How Many Do You Really Need?

Can someone just tell me how many?

When it comes to getting ready for baby, one of the final things you'll need to do is buy diapers. 👶 And boy does it start to feel "real" when your shopping cart is filled with actual diapers!

Can you buy them after you bring baby home? Sure, but why not make it easier on yourself and stock up ahead of time. Trust me, getting out of the house the first few weeks is rough and if you've got the diapers at home, you'll be thankful to have one less thing to do.

The question I had as a soon to be mamma was "how many of these should I buy?" so I decided to let you know how many I bought and how it went.

I'll caveat this with the obvious fact that every baby is different. Following the recommendations below will get you as close as you can, but depending on your baby's size and growth, you may need more or less! Don't worry, Amazon's got your back.

Here's what I bought:

Newborn Diapers:Newborn Diapers

  • Brand: Huggies Snug n' Dry
  • Purchased: Amazon.com
  • Price: ~$24 for a box/ $.17 per diaper
  • Qty: 1 Box of 140 Diapers
  • How many left? Used the whole box and then we were ready for Size 1. We had about 10-15 newborn diapers that we decided to just use until they were gone. They were a little snug for baby and I think it caused a few 'blowouts' that probably could have been avoided with Size 1 diapers, but hey, we didn't want to waste any and they weren't enough to really donate.

Size 1

size 1 diapers

  • Brand: Huggies Lil' Snugglers
  • Purchased: From Costco, although Amazon tends to have better deals
  • Price: ~$37.49 for a box/ $.19 per diaper
  • Qty: 1 Box of 192 Diapers
  • How many left? Used the whole box and then we were ready for size 2. Wouldn't order more than this.

Size 2

box of 192 diapers

  • Brand: Huggies Lil' Snugglers
  • Purchased: From Costco, although Amazon tends to have better deals
  • Price: ~$37.49 for a box/ $.21 per diaper
  • Qty: TWO Boxes of 174 Diapers
  • How many left? Baby is 3 mo and we are still using size 2 diapers. Ordered a second box as we should be in these for a while until we hit 18 lbs.

I recommend stocking up on sizes NB-size2 and you'll be all set for the first 3 mo of baby's life! After then, you'll be able to get out and about to get what you need!

Huggies vs. Pampers

In the end, they are both pretty much the same. I heard some horror stories for some of much cheaper brands, so I stuck to the more 'premium' huggies little snugglers product because the first few months you need all the help you can get!

I did get some Pampers from the hospital, but ended up liking Huggies better because they seemed to fit our baby better, so I' guess we're a Huggies family.

Cost-wise they are pretty much the same. Costco also sells Huggies so thats a win too. Have yet to try the Kirkland brand but they also focus more on selling the larger size diapers than the smaller baby ones. They start at size 2 or 3 I believe. 

Cost Comparison

Wondering the best place to buy diapers. You might be surprised. Amazon has the best prices that I've found so far and if you combine their prices with the Subscribe & Save options, you can save an additional 20% off of their retail prices.  I target a price of as close to $0.20 per diaper for a great price. 

When I did a head to head comparison of Costco vs. Amazon, they came out almost exactly even. However, both places run sales every so often where you can stock up. Costco has a $5 off or a $7.50 sometimes that makes them come out ahead, but I've also seen Amazon run a few of these manufacturer promos too. 

Another little secret if you're a die-hard Costco fan is that they will ship diapers to you for free and they arrive in about 2 days, just like Amazon.

Adding on Cash-back Rewards

If you're looking to save even more, you can get 5% cash-back from Costco on purchases you make if you have the right membership level. So if prices are the same, that might be a good deal. 

Alternatively, you can also get the Amazon credit card to pair with Prime Membership for an additional 5% back on all your purchases too. We waited too long before doing this and it's been a huge benefit for us in how we shop. 

 

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