(Closed) Stocking up on diapers

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
4035 posts
Honey bee

icedraggin:  Not sure on your other questions, but personally I would wait until I was pregnant to start buying baby related items. By then, you will still have 8+ months to stock up.

It’s not that diapers won’t last, but it could take a long time to conceive and seeing the diapers around might create more anxiety.

Also, until you start familiarizing yourself with a brand you like and try it out (who knows, your child could have allergies/get rashes from certain brands), it’s a gamble to buy a lot of something. What if you want to switch brands or go with a different type? The money you “saved” would be wasted.

I would suggest waiting personally.

Post # 3
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

icedraggin:  I don’t think there is a huge difference, but I would probably stick with the same brand.  I’m TTC, and honestly I would advise waiting until you have gone through a cycle of TTC before you start buying baby stuff.  It could take a while, and it is truely a rollercoaster of emotions.  Having big items around like diapers might be rougher than you think if it takes a while.  Personally, I might wait until you know how you handle it.  You will still have 9 months to stock up if you get pregnant right away.   

Post # 4
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, I do like pampers over the huggies.  The huggies so far just leak a lot for us (I use them overnight and travelling).  It might just be the way they fit her body, so I imagine it could change for every baby.

The good thing is most places will exchange out a box of diapers for a different brand or size.  So you’d probably be okay with stocking up and being able to exchange an unopened box if you didn’t like that brand or didn’t need that size anymore.  I received 2 boxes of huggies and after the first one I went and returned it for store credit (or you can exchange).

But it’s also hard to tell how long they will be in what size, so hard to tell how many you need.  Babies grow pretty fast the first three months so you might not use as many NB or size 1 diapers as you think you will.  My baby is 4 months and has been wearing size 2 since about the 3 month mark.  Or maybe your baby will be smaller and you’ll be in them longer.  There’s no way to really know.

Post # 5
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The brand of diapers that fit DS best changed constantly. as his body shape changed over time due to regular baby growth, one brand would stop fitting well, so I would start the hunt all over again. when he was a newborn Luvs fit horribly, but when he was 2 they were the only brand that fit. IMO, it may be a waste of money to stock up on a diaper that ends up not fitting your child well.

Post # 6
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I preferred pamapers when my kids were babies.  With my son, I had no idea how much diapers would be and how many I would need.  With my daughter, I knew I would need a ton, so I bought them every paycheck while I was pregnant.  I am not even kidding.  I did not buy many in the newborn size though.  If you have a big baby, you won’t need many of those and if your baby is small or normal, you can still make due with the 1s.

Post # 7
192 posts
Blushing bee

icedraggin:  I’ve used pampers and huggies, though I have heard Target’s brand is good too! Be careful, don’t buy too many. I bought a bunch and my LO almost skipped size 2, went from 1 to a 3 in like a month. And I bought waaay too many size ones.

Post # 9
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

icedraggin:  Honestly, I’d wait. Babies come in all shapes and sizes. Our son needed newborn diapers right off the bat rather than size 1. We had stocked size 1. granted they didn’t go to waste, but you don’t realize how much crap you accumulate throughout pregnancy from showers, family, friends, and after baby. it all takes up space that you might need for something else. Once DS grew out of newborn diapers (which only took a few weeks), he lasted only a few weeks after that in size 1 before we moved on to size 2.

As far as brand I’d stick with the same brand if you can. We use Pampers, and it really depends again on size and shape of your baby. Some diapers fit better than others. We find that Huggies are very saggy on him and they leak. Pampers Swaddlers fit perfect.

Post # 10
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Don’t do it.  We endEd up trying several brands before deciding. Not to mention we have bounced around in sizes. 

Post # 11
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please do not do this until you are pregnant.  What happens if you stock up and for some unknown reason you can’t have a child? Then what?  As PP said you won’t know what works for your child until you have said child. We started out with Pampers and I tried different kinds due to cost and nothing really worked. We now do use Huggies about the same costs.  And you will not know how big or small a baby be born. My child was born a premie we ended up having to buy premie diapers. 

Post # 12
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

icedraggin:  I wouldn’t stock up brcause you never know what brand will work for you or how many in each size you will need. I have always been able to find decent deals on diapers when I need them and never felt I should have stocked up. 

If you do decide to do it, check if the store allows returns (I think target does even for openned packages)

Post # 13
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would wait. I stocked up on the Babies R Us brand diapers since they had them on sale on Black Friday. They ended up leaking so bad. I returned all the unused diapers and exchanged them for Huggies which work perfectly for us. 

Post # 14
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There will always be deals and coupons. I agred to wait. TTC is definitely a roller coaster,  you may or may not have problems in getting pregnant,  or you may not like the ones you got. 

Post # 15
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Everyone I know uses Pampers, either Swaddlers or Baby Dry.  I hated Huggies and they seem to leak a lot. I’m not sure about store brands.  I’m also a couponer and I think you should start stocking up as super deals come along.  Pick a price point per diaper and a store with a good return policy (Target seems to have some of the best deals and we had no problem exchanging diaper sizes or brands or anything because we had a registry there).  I stocked up before baby and have been able to exchange anything over what I needed for the next size up.  I wouldn’t stock up on Newborn size and you probably don’t need a ton of 2’s.  My daughter has seemed to be in 1s (that’s what she came home in, she was too big for newborn) and then 3s the longest.  Also start looking for deals on wipes, that’s a great item to stockpile.

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