Post # 1
So I’m starting to think about pre-stocking diapers & wipes. Not too many because I expect I might get some at the shower. And I just don’t know how my baby will do with a specific brand. But I also don’t want to be sending my husband to the grocery store to pick up diapers last minute in the middle of the night!
Regardless, I’m kinda gauging it by Baby Bargain’s recommendations.
Newborn (2) 36 count
Size 1 (5) 84 counts
Just wondering for your baby how close is their estimate? I realize all babies are different and ours might use less or more.
Post # 3
ooh I’m interested in this. we decided to not cloth diaper and I’d love to start stocking up.
Post # 4
We had some diapers already on hand, but we ended up having to run out and buy some after getting home from hospital because although my baby was full term, she was so small she was in preemie diapers. She used those for at least 3 weeks, then we switched to newborns. She probably could have worn those for a long time, but at about 6-8 weeks my husband started buying the huge boxes of size 1-2 diapers at Costco and that is what she has been in ever since. She is starting to get a little big for size 1 and could probably wear a size 2. She was four months old last Friday.
I think for the first three months, we went through about 10-12 diapers a day. Now we probably go through about 6-7. My SIL went through 16 diapers a day in the beginning.
Post # 5
DS was 10lbs 9oz when he was born and never fit into newborn diapers. He was in size 1 diapers for about a 6-7 weeks, then only fit into size 2 diapers for 3-4 weeks before jumping to size 3 diapers. He’s been in size three diapers for a while.
DS went through about 10 diapers a day for the first few weeks. We went through 2 cases in the first couple of weeks. I think each box had about 150 diapers in it, so we had about 300-350 size one diapers on hand when he came home from the hospital. We switched to cloth around 4-5 weeks old. His umbilical cord took forever to fall off, and he was in disposables until then.
DS was the same size as Darling Husband was when he was born, so I was expecting a large baby. He measured large at a 37 week ultrasound and a 39 week ultrasound too. I would probably have another pack of neworn diapers. If you are going through 10 a day, 2 packs will only last 1.5 to 2 weeks. If he outgrows them, you can always exchange for a larger size at a later date.
Post # 6
Newborn diapers are only good up until 8lbs. Most babies don’t wear them for very long. I wouldn’t buy any newborn diapers until after your shower. Most people will buy those one’s first.
Post # 7
My daughter was in newborn size for a month and I had only received one small pack of them at my baby shower so I had to run out and get some. I would just get a pack of newborns close to your due date and tape the receipt to the package. Then if your baby is too big you can easily return them for a bigger size.
Post # 8
@mwitter80: actually, I think several are good up to 10 lbs.
Newborns need their diapers changed 10-12 times a day, so 2 packs of 36 is only about 3 days worth of diapers. Knowing your physique, you’ll probably have a 6-7lb baby (my mom told me it’s genetic from the mom, so your SO’s birth weight is irrelevant), so you may need a few more packs. But like mwitter said, it can be best to wait until after. So maybe just start with 2-3 packs.. But you can always donate what you don’t use as well.
Size 1 they’re in for a little longer, up to two months depending on how fast they grow. I think 5 packs is good. They still range in 8-10 diaper changes/day, so that is enough for nearly two months.
Post # 9
My thought was for now to purchase size 2s. Then wait till after the shower and see where we stand.
Does anyone know if all stores (Walmart, Target, Babies R us, etc) allow you to exchange unopened diaper packages for other sizes and/or different brands? Thanks!
Post # 10
From what most moms have told me, stocking up on diapers can sometimes backfire because you never know how long your baby will use certain sizes, unless you buy them from a store tha allows you return unopened packs. Some babies skip newborn sizes altogether so perhaps its best to just buy a few of the 1st few sizes and then wait til the baby arrives.
Post # 11
I know for sure that Wal-Mart and a couple of our local supermarket chains allow exchanges. You can ask at Target and Babies R’ Us before buying, though.
My thoughts are to buy just a couple packs of newborn diapers, since you’ll like come home from the hospital with an open pack. Another couple packs will likely tide you over the first week or so, and then you can re-evaluate if you need more, want to try a different brand, need to go up a size, etc… Addie was in newborn diapers for the first month of her life (born at 6 pounds, 11 ounces), but she has always been kinda long and skinny. It wasn’t a big deal to run out for diapers and formula, though, even in those first couple weeks.
ETA: I’ll also add that we had a couple packs of size 1 diapers we never used before Addie grew out of them. I put them in with the rest of my baby storage items, and now I already have a stash for #2! So, if you have the storage space, and you know you’ll have more kids, it’s not an issue to hold onto them for a couple years.
Post # 12
Yup, that’s why I’m hesitant to buy too many but on the other hand I also want to take advantage of good deals I am seeing now so I’m not paying full retail last minute.
So my intention is to “stock up” from stores that will let me exchange if need be.
Interesting! My one SIL is tinier than me but my nephew was over 9lbs when born!
Post # 13
We only bought a few at the very beginning (our baby actual was in Newborns for a while) and then used Diapers.com and got a discount once he got into size 1 and 2 diapers.
The other thing to think about is – not ALL diapers are equal. We had some we got at my shower and they were horrible (leaks) so if we’d stocked up on those they would have all gone to waste.
Advice would be don’t stock up on too many early on. Once they’re bigger is the time to stock up (like when they’re in size 3).