Post # 16
Cory_loves_this_girl: Total illustration of how every baby is different! We love the Costco ones and don’t like the Target ones. I’m glad I never got around to having an actual diaper stash before my son was born! (Especially since I would have gone for the more expensive, Eco-friendly ones which I’ve found to all be pretty awful. Earth’s Best? More like Earth’s Worst.)
Post # 17
MsYankee: I love the idea of the diaper fund. I’ve heard a few recommendations to buy a pack of diapers every paycheck. But if we had done that with my last pregnancy, which ended in a second trimester miscarriage, we would have been stuck with all the diapers.
We do have a giant change jar (it’s really an empty gallon water jug) which we put all our change / small loose bills in. Usually we cash it in around the holidays to help offset the cost of presents and other holiday expenses. This year it will go towards the baby, if everything goes well.
Post # 18
LizLemon: When you do get around to needing to buy diapers use a shopping website like Krazy Coupon Lady. I suggest you familiarize yourself with couponing now so it’s not such a challenge later.
You can search diapers on the website and all the current week’s bargains will come up. Often you can use a manufacturer’s coupon (the kind you get in the Sunday newspapers), and a store coupon on the same item. Many stores have their own rebate programs like CVS and Target, plus when you get home you can submit a photo pf your receipt to Checkout 51 and Snap.
Info on cashback apps
Post # 19
I’m a fan of Amazon mom, but I wouldn’t purchase too many diapers until you know what works for your baby and also what size he/she will be at birth and also if your baby has super sensitive skin. There are alot of unknown variables at the moment. My son is in the 90th percentile so blew through his size 1, 2, and 3 diapers within 5 months! The ultrasound and tests suggested my son would be 6-7lbs TOPS at birth. Um, he was 8lbs 4oz!
He wore maybe a total of 10 newborn diapers, and that’s it. Boxes of diapers also take up alot of space. I’d just start saving for diapers and not purchasing them until the baby is born. Plus, how much would you really save if you started stocking up on them now vs when the baby is born? Diapers didn’t end up as expensive as i thought. Baby clothing shopping sprees though…that is another story hehe
Post # 20
They can go through NB, size 1, and size 2 pretty quickly so dont overbuy
Post # 21
So for my baby shower on the invite I wrote bring a pack of diapers and get entered to win a surprise. So everyone brought one to two packs of diapers and they won a bottle of wine. I ended up not having to buy diapers until recently and my daughter is almost two.
Post # 22
Oh and plus when my daughter out grew a pack of diapers I brought all the unopened boxes to the store to exchange them for a diffrent size. Sorry for the second post
Post # 23
I just wanted to echo not to buy any now, regardless of how good of a deal it is. I have several boxes of cloth diapers sitting in my nursery after a miscarriage– it’s not what you need! I would save up and start clipping coupons. Many won’t expire until you’re closer to your due date.
Post # 24
+1 to the suggestion to just have a diaper fund rather than stocking up on diapers. We ended up stocking up in the form of buying cloth diapers, then once baby was born we realized that we just weren’t up for the extra work of cloth diaper laundry (I know cloth diaperers always say it’s not that much extra work when you’re already doing baby laundry, but when it’s hard to even get regular laundry and cleaning done, adding in diaper laundry just seems like way too much!).
As far as what works for us, we really like Target’s Up & Up diapers, which are also about the best price we’ve found (with Cartwheel coupons and the sales they regularly run). Our daughter is in the 99th percentile, and she was wearing size 1 in the hospital – at 1 month, she’s about to grow out of them, so if you do stock up, don’t buy too many boxes of the small sizes, because you never know what size baby you’ll have (my husband and I are both shorties and were 6lb babies – I don’t know where this little Amazon came from!).
Post # 25
I hardcore diaper coupon. I’ve been essentially paid to “buy” diapers from CVS.
drug stores are are your best bet if you really want to diaper coupon. Cvs, rite aid, walgreens.
I only use CVS because they’re close and i love their policies. They allow for you to use the store coupons like a cvs coupon and a manufacturer coupon like huggies coupon on one item. It’s called stacking.
target allows this as well. they also are an alternative to extreme couponing because they have sales where you get a $10 gift card when you buy 2 boxes for 24.99. And then sometimes there’s target coupon, manufacturer coupons, and cartwheel. Every 6-8 weeks they also put a coupon out like get a $25 gift card when you spend $125 on baby items And there is usually a gidtcard offer on diapers when they offer this. So you can buy 4 boxes of diapers and $25 in wipes or something… You’ll get back $45 in giftcards.
All the ad’s and sale/coupon match ups are online. I use a site that publishes cvs ads 2-3 weeks in Advance so I can order coupons from clipping services or trade with people. Target ad isn’t out as early, usually only a few days before the sale starts.
Post # 26
Target has been the best place for diaper deals that I’ve found. I use Pampers, she was in Pampers Swaddlers until size 4 and then switched to Pamper cruisers and use Pampers Baby Dry at night. I tried Up and Up, Huggies, and Costco and they all made her break out in rashes. We got a good amount of diapers at our shower too but I had a decent stockpile before my daughter was born. Most stores will let you return/exchange diapers in case you get too many of a certain size. I would recommend not buying more than 1 pack of newborn, my daughter came home in size 1 diapers (she was quite the chunker). There are usually some sort of Pampers printable coupons you can find if you google it or on coupons.com Then you can use one coupon, plus a Target coupon if there are any, plus Target Cartwheel on one box of diapers (print coupons for each box) and try to stock up when they’re having a gift card sale. The best price I’ve found at Target was a $20 gift card when you buy 2 boxes of pampers for 34.99 plus there was a $20 off $100 baby coupon and then additional coupons.
Post # 27
A friend of mine who coupons would pick up a pack each time she grocery shopped, with whatever brand she had a good coupon for that week. I’ve heard some stores will allow you to exchange an unopened package for another size, if needed.
Post # 28
LizLemon: I started early on, around 10w or so (I’m now 24w5d). Each week I’d just take whatever coupons I got from the newspaper or internet to the grocery store with me for my weekly shopping, and whatever was on sale I’d buy & use my coupon. I’ve gotten all different brands & sizes.. I’ll continue to do this each week (sometimes if there aren’t any good coupons/sales I won’t get any that week). I have a good supply of newborn & size 1, I’m going to start focusing now on sizes 2 and up. I also buy wipes when they’re on sale.
I had a friend give me almost 200 newborn diapers she didn’t use, which was awesome! That bucket is full of opened ones then she gave me 4 unopened packs.
My stockpile (I’ve since added two more bags)