How to Stockpile for Baby!

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When it comes to planning for your baby’s arrival, or really anything regarding babies, everyone has an opinion. Some people swear you shouldn’t buy diapers in advance, while others insist that you should.
I’m not here to tell you if you should or shouldn’t.

You clicked on this title, so I’ll assume you’re planning on stocking up on baby supplies before your baby is born! I’m here to give you a rough guideline on how many diapers to buy in each size, which diapers to buy, how much to pay per diaper, and give you some tips I wish I’d known before my baby was born.

Consider this a comprehensive overview of all things diaper related.

How to Stockpile Diapers. Diaper 101. All the things you need to know before you stockpile for your baby.

Okay, maybe not ALL the things. But lots of things.

Here we go.

How do you know how many diapers to buy for baby?

Well, the short answer is: you don’t. You kind of just estimate. All babies are different (that’s such an annoying phrase, but its true). But lots of moms out there have blessed us with data from their babies. They have kept track of how many diapers their baby have used in each size, in order to share the results with you. You can read a ton of blogs to gather & average data, but this is meant to be a comprehensive guide. I’m here for facts and data.
These results are an average of four babies’ diaper usage up to size 3. I’ll list all my sources at the end!

Average diaper usage up to size 3:

Newborn: 225
Size One: 440
Size Two: 754
Size Three: 1,034

I’ll break these numbers down to “even” numbers later, assuming you’re able to finish up that last pack before sizing up. We’ll calculate for using up entire packages, which you may or may not be able to do.
We’ll come back to this!

How do you know WHICH diapers to buy?

I bet you’ve already guessed the answer: you don’t! You wing it.

I believe most hospitals provide you with Pampers Swaddlers during your stay, and send you home with some too! Typically, newborns do the best with these diapers. That being said, Pampers one of the most expensive diapers, costing you just about 30 cents each (if you buy the $40 Giant Pack) but the reassurance is worth it to me.

How I stockpiled for my baby:

My plan was to use Pampers in the Newborn Size, then try Huggies first when we hit Size 1. I opened up a small package just in case we had a reaction. And, SURPRISE: Huggies are so much better. More absorbent, and a nicer fit. Read my post all about it here!
If Huggies didn’t work for us, I’d exchange my stash and go back to Pampers.
I was wary of Luvs and generics, as people seem to either violently hate them or absolutely love them. You probably should read my post linked above to know the whole story & why I prefer Huggies. If I were to do it over again, I’d skip Luvs. If you’re curious, and would like to try them since they’re one of the cheapest options.. I recommend buying a small pack to try first.
I won’t be including them in my list.

We’ve covered the how many, and which brands I recommend you try. Let’s discuss my favorite thing: prices! A major perk to starting a stockpile when you find out you’re pregnant is TIME. It’s gonna be a long 40 weeks, mama. You have time to watch sales and only buy when it’s a good deal.

How much should you spend per diaper?

First things first, you need to figure out how much you’re willing to spend. A few things may influence this. Are you willing to coupon, or do you plan to just wait for sales? Are you an Amazon Prime member? If you aren’t already, you can get a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime if you use my link here.

Do you want to order online or shop in store? How much time do you have? Consider all these things! If you’re willing to put in more time and effort, you can certainly get better prices.

Here is some math done for you in my Master List of diaper prices!

Diaper Price MasterList Kayla Haas

It breaks down how much both Huggies and Pampers diapers cost regular price, at each size, in varying package sizes. NB is always calculated for the Huggies Little Snugglers or Pampers Swaddlers line, where 1-5 are Snug & Dry / Baby Dry. Again, all data is calculated using price found on the Target app.

Please feel free to share, download, print out, whatever you want with this Master List! I have a printed copy in my purse, and my couponing binder. It’s super helpful to have stuffed in my bag in case I find a sale I wasn’t expecting! If I can find diapers for less than this “standard” price, I’ll buy some!

The biggest money saver for me, was shopping at Target and watching sales on Amazon.

Savings at Target come in multiple ways:

  • 5% off every day with your Red Card. They offer a debit & credit card!
  • The Target app has Cartwheel! You can add discounts and manufacturer coupons to your digital wallet. You scan at checkout, and boom! Instant savings.
  • Target seemingly always runs a deal where if you buy $100 worth of Baby Department products, you get a free $20 gift card back at checkout. That’s 4 cases of diapers for $80. Uh, yes please!

These three things, in addition to using paper manufacturer coupons, was how I built my giant stockpile.

What if you don’t want to shop in-store?

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If not, you should be! Get your free trial hereIf you create your baby registry using my linkyou’ll get a 10% completion discount to finish buying the stuff of your registry. More details when you follow this link.

If you buy the large cases of diapers on Amazon, you can get them for almost as cheap as they are with Target’s $20 off sale. Its a fraction of a penny per diaper difference. In addition, there’s often coupons you can apply when you purchase.

Check out my Master List of prices to determine what regular price is, and figure out if a deal you’ve found elsewhere is actually a good deal!

Mistakes I made:

I didn’t keep all of my receipts for the diapers I stockpiled in store. Some, yes. But not all. Not having a receipt makes exchanges more difficult.. not impossible, but difficult.
My advice to you would be to tape your receipts directly to the packages of diapers. Or have a folder/envelope where you save them ALL. Do whatever you have to to make exchanges easier. Because you’ll need to exchange some at some point.

Side note: only stockpile unscented wipes. I wish scented wipes didn’t even exist. Why do we need unnecessary fragrance to irritate tiny baby butts? We ONLY use Huggies unscented natural wipes. (Affiliate link, again, because we use these exclusively)

Average number of diapers used:

Huggies Snug & Dry are our favorite!

NB: Two 104 ct cases of Pampers Swaddlers
Plus the diapers the hospital gives you for free.

Size 1: Three 148 ct cases of Huggies, plus one small 44ct pack. Open the soft pack first. If baby does good with these, continue to use Huggies as they’re cheaper/more absorbent. If baby reacts, but did well with Pampers, return Huggies for equal quantities of Pampers. Most babies do well with Huggies, though. I don’t know anyone who’s baby has an issue with them.

Size 2: Five 140ct cases of Huggies Snug & Dry, plus one or two 38ct soft packs. Lily was in this size for a while. I think we used more than this average.

Size 3:  The list recommends 1034 diapers. If you buy 8 cases of Huggies 132ct, that will give you 1056 diapers.

There you go!

If I think of anything I’ve missed, or learn new information, I’ll continually edit this post to keep it updated! Do you have any tips or advice you think I need to add? Let me know in the comments below!

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Diaper Stockpile Kayla Haas

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11 Comments

  1. October 23, 2018 / 10:21 am

    There is a ton of great info here. Diapers are the worst thing… we went through with my little one too quick! Thanks for sharing these great tips.

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      They’re so expensive for tiny people to just poop on them. It’s the worst! Thank you for reading!!

  2. October 23, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I’m a Huggies fan for my babies too! Thank you for the thorough post. I just had baby #5 prematurely (she’s doing great!) so we hadn’t purchased diapers yet–I’ll definitely be using this number guide for our stockpile!

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      I’m happy she’s going good! I hope this works for you. You’ll probably need a lot more NB size since she’s a preemie!!

  3. October 23, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Yup, Huggies is the only brand I like! This is great info for my next baby, thanks!

  4. October 24, 2018 / 12:34 am

    i didnt do much stockpiling for my baby with diapers, because we used cloth instead…so it was stockpiling in a way, lol, just different. this is sill a great resource!

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 9:38 am

      I wish we could’ve done cloth! We lived in an apartment with shared laundry and I couldnt bring myself to be *that* person washing diapers in the single machine in our building!

  5. October 24, 2018 / 9:34 am

    This is a great post! I thought I had a pretty good stockpile ready for my last baby but I WAY underestimated how many size 1 diapers I would need. I ran out after a month! I wish I had seen this post before I had him.

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 9:40 am

      I way underestimated the number of wipes we’d use per diaper change. My husband in the beginning would use 7 wipes to clean a poopy diaper.. New dads are funny. Lol!

  6. Kaitlin
    April 16, 2019 / 11:45 am

    Both of my daughters was in newborn for 2 months they was 6 pounds when I had them and didn’t stay in size 2 at all .. we tried pampers and huggies on them and for some reason they could never use huggies.. we end of using Luvs and for the most part they do alright on smaller babies .. my youngest is in size 6 now I think I change her 15 times a day sometimes .. she does drink a half of gallon a water a day tho and they do leak every now and then. So that’s frustrating. Walmart’s parents choice are good for smaller babies too I’d say size 4 and under but at size 5 and 6 they don’t hold NOTHING. I’d be better off letting my child where a napkin lol . I have to use sensitive everything with my babies wipes bath wash etc.. I was wanting to stock pile for the next baby we plan to have but decided to put up a Mason jar and put money in it and when I go grocery shopping I get a gift card and put it up so we don’t use it . I got a lot of diapers I never got to use on my babies sense they was so sensitive But got to help out a woman I met who didn’t have hardly anything for her baby so that was aweaome

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      April 16, 2019 / 11:59 am

      Buying gift cards and putting them aside to save for baby is such a good idea! The temptation to waste the money is always there when the gift card is in your wallet!

      It’s so crazy how all babies are so different with what diapers work for them! Since I’ve written this post, my daughter is in size 4s now and we still only use Huggies. She never leaks out of them, but that might be because of the way they bulk up it’s super noticeable. She never goes long enough where she could pee enough for it seep through.

      How wonderful of you to be able help that woman out! I know a girl that’s expecting, working and going to school full time, and I’m looking forward to give her everything of my daughters that I can.

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