On average a family goes through more than 2500 diapers in the first year, and your baby won’t be fully diaper trained until they’re three years old. That’s a lot of money to spend on anything, even worse when it’s just going in the trash.
One option to reduce your costs are using cloth diapers. These cost more initially to establish a good supply of diapers that will give you enough for each stage, so start buying early to spread the cost out. You also need to have the space for soaking, washing and drying the diapers, so if you just have a small cupboard laundry space or shared laundry facilities, and no good drying space, maybe cloth is not a good option for you.
There are different types of cloth diapers, different styles and of course a good range of designs. Do some reading on-line about the different types and decide what will suit you best, then search for a local supplier or on-line supplier who can provide the basic requirements and extra supplies you will need as your baby grows.
If you just can’t bring yourself to use cloth diapers, big savings can also be had on disposable wipes and diapers — enough savings in fact, that’s you’ll be kicking yourself that you never followed these diaper discount saving tactics!
1. Use Coupons
This is a good way to save money on diapers and wipes. If you look around, you can almost certainly find discounts of $1 or more for the major diaper brands such as Huggies, Luvs, and Pampers. If you combine this discount in with any sale price you find, you can save a lot of money on diapers. I can almost always get a pack of diapers for $5 or less and wipes for $1.00 or less.
2. Don’t Upsize too soon
The bigger the size of the diaper, the less diapers are going to be inside the package — and the more money you are going to pay!
The diaper box will recommend the size of diaper per weight of the child. Often children can wear smaller diapers than the suggested recommendation. If they still fit fine and there are no leaks, then stay with the smaller size. If the diaper starts to leak, THEN change up the size. This means you can save money as larger sized diapers tend to be more expensive.
3. Watch Package Sizes
One of the biggest tricks to saving is to think in terms of how much you pay per wipe or diaper rather than the price per diaper package. The reason is simple: not all packages will carry the same amount of diapers. An example: Pampers Soft Care baby wipes will give you 72 wipes per each package while the Pamper Sensitive wipes give you 64 wipes per single package. Both of these products cost the same (depending where you buy them of course), but if you choose the package with MORE wipes, you get 8 more wipes per each package, which adds up to nearly 10 percent more for the same price! This may be a small difference in amount per package, but it can really add up over time.
The same logic applies to other baby products such as diapers. For example, the Huggies Snug and Dry will give you 42 diapers in size 2 vs the Huggies Little Snugglers size 2 which give you only 36 diapers per package. Both of these products are priced about the same, but one gives you MORE for the money.
One trick you can use is to buy up diaper products when you spot a particularly good deal (a sale for example). If you buy as much product as you reasonably can, you are guaranteeing some long term savings, even if you pay more up front for the bulk you buy.
5. Try Various Brands
Don’t feel you have to stick with a single diaper brand. Yes you may have a favorite brand, but if you are willing to try out other brands, you may be able to maximize your savings as not all brands are priced the same. Some brands are cheaper given the same quantity of product offered. You may find from week to week that Huggies are the cheapest diaper brand, but other weeks Pampers might be cheaper. Typically, these national diaper brands are the cheapest, but sometimes the smaller Store brands (i.e. generic brands) may win out in price too. Give Cosco and Target branded diapers a try — you may find they are the cheapest of the bunch (though not always).
Note that some store-branded diapers do have a return policy, so you can try them and if you don’t like the diapers, get a full refund. With this policy in place, you don’t have anything to lose.
6. Buy in Bulk
Similar to the Stockpile tip, Buying Diapers in Bulk will always save you a lot of money. You can get huge discounts if you are willing to buy in quantity. In fact, if you buy diapers online from places like Amazon and Diaper.com, you can buy in bulk for even more savings (Amazon even as the Amazon Mom program where you save 20 percent on all diaper purchases if you join the membership along with free shipping).
To get maximum discount from Amazon:
- You sign up for Amazon Mom: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/welcome
- Once you’re signed up, you automatically qualify for15% off your diapers.
- Look at the selection of diapers. Find your favorite brand!
- To get the extra bonus 5% off, select “subscribe & save” when you checkout. This means paying for multiple (2+) deliveries of diapers up-front, but it’s worth it.
Diapers.com have regular sales, free delivery on bulk orders and returns if you are not satisfied.
7. Sign up for Amazon Baby
Amazon also has a number of sales on baby items, including diapers on their Amazon Baby section. Sign up there to get access to Diaper Discounts.
Assistance for Low Income Families
Government help, such as WIC and food stamps, will not assist in buying diapers, even if you would consider it to be an “essential” for your family. You can buy candy with food stamps, but diapers are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, will not accept a child who arrives without a day’s supply of disposable diapers, because they will not supply the diapers for you. Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of childcare centers. If parents find themselves in a situation where their child is being turned away from the childcare center, it could affect their ability to work and get the income they need that goes into every day expenses.
Luckily, The National Diaper Bank Network sees the importance in obtaining clean diapers for babies of low-income families. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every baby in the United States can be clean, dry and healthy.
If your family is struggling to obtain clean diapers, they can go to a diaper bank closest to them. A diaper bank is a nonprofit group that collects, stores and helps distribute free diapers to homeless shelters, food pantries, family service agencies and faith-based organizations. If you wish to find a diaper bank closest to you, check their database at http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/need-diapers-now/