When we first started trying to get pregnant with Autumn, I was determined to save as much money as I could getting ready for our her arrival. It was my way of making myself feel prepared- if I could be as prepared as possible for the baby, then maybe I would be ready for motherhood. I don’t know that I was really ready for motherhood, but I saved a ton of money.
The biggest cost of having a baby
If you are breastfeeding your baby (and if you aren’t that’s okay too!), then buying disposable diapers is the next highest cost. I was considering cloth diapers, but I wasn’t wholly committed to the idea,so I started stocking up on diapers in newborn, size 1 and size 2 disposable diapers. I followed the diaper deals on Money Saving Mom, mostly I played the drugstore game and got rock-bottom prices that way.
After a while, I got savvy and realized that I really didn’t want to spend the money to put Autumn through diapers until she was two. Baby Center estimates that it costs $72 a month to put disposable diapers on your baby. For two years, that’s over $1,700! That’s just crazy. Even if I saved 50%, it’s still going to cost me more than $800. So, I had this many diapers when I stopped stockpiling:
- 2 small packs of newborn diapers (my family has big babies, I didn’t know if I would even need them, but I did use them for a few days, so it was nice to have them)
- 7 packs of size 1 diapers, in various brands and types.
- 9 packs of size 2 diapers
- I also ended up getting some diapers in various sizes during my baby shower that I added to the stockpile that I didn’t bother to count. By then I was so tired I didn’t even care.
For baby Logan, we asked for a case in each size for diapers, but we actually registered for some new inserts and reusable wipes. If I’m going to be home all the time and I already have cloth diapers, I might as well use them
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My tips for other stockpiling mommas
We ended up switching to cloth diapers just a little before the disposable diapers ran out because we didn’t really have the money to buy more diapers, so even though I wasn’t crazy about the idea, I put on my happy face and decided to enjoy it for the money-saving opportunity it was. I highly recommend using cloth diapers, because it isn’t just a financial decision, there are a lot more benefits to using them than just saving money.
I don’t regret having disposable diapers for the first little couple of months after Autumn was born because honestly, meconium is gross and I did not want to wash that nasty stuff out of diapers. I have read that it washes out just fine, but I don’t want to find out. We’re going to have one case of size newborn and size 1’s on hand for baby #2, just because it’s nice. My advice is to get what you can for free, but be prepared to do both. Buy a few all-in-one cloth diapers (so you don’t have to worry about washing all the pieces separately) and even if you just use those at home, you’ll still save yourself money.
I would love to hear your thoughts about diaper stockpiling leave me a comment and let me know that you have done and what worked well for you.