I think stockpiling diapers is the greatest thing ever and I plan to post even more on this later, but with the big deal at Walgreens this week, I thought I’d share a few tips.
This “suggested stockpiling chart” was shared on the Babycenter.com Coupon Thread. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the original poster was:
Stocking up on diapers? Here is the recommended quantity to get for each size!
Size/QTY/# of diapers (based on jumbo packs)
1 10 (~440 diapers)
2 22 (~946 diapers)
3 24 (~888 diapers)
4 18 (~594 diapers)
Here are the average corresponding “weights” for diaper sizes:
Newborn (up to 10 pounds)
Size 1 (up to 14 pounds)
Size 2 (12-18 pounds)
Size 3 (16-28 pounds)
Size 4 (22-37 pounds)
Size 5 (over 27 pounds)
Size 6 (over 35 pounds)
If you are stockpiling for your first baby, most babies are not in newborn-sized diapers for very long (my son was 10 pounds, 6 ounces at birth, so he was already in size 1 at the hospital!). You get to bring home the package of diapers they give you at the hospital and that is usually newborn-sized, so one additional package of newborn-sized diapers (unless you have a preemie or very small baby, which isn’t something you really “plan” for) should be fine.
Stockpiling can be a bit tricky because you never know how your babies are going to grow. I have found that my kids always moved up to the next size before they reached the maximum weight listed on the diaper package. As your baby gets bigger, you will find that you can always go up a size, but once the diapers are too small, they are too small.
From my experience, we went through a lot more size 3 and 4 diapers than anything else and my kids stayed in those sizes the longest. We weren’t in size 2 diapers very long at all and size 2 really overlaps with size 1 and 3. (Again this is just my personal experience). Here are my recommendations based on my two children (one boy, one girl):
Size/QTY/#of diapers (based on jumbo packs)/# of diapers in package
1 10 (~440 diapers) ~44
2 12 (~480 diapers) ~40
3 24 (~888 diapers) ~35
4 30 (~900 diapers) ~30
And….a diapers question: Are you brand loyal when it comes to diapers?
With my first child, I was “brand loyal” and pretty much only bought Pampers. With my son, I have been less discriminating. I have pretty much stuck with “name brands” though. I bought a store brand once with my daughter, and they leaked everywhere and it wasn’t worth it to me. I haven’t tried a store brand since then. Plus, if you can get Luvs/Pampers/Huggies for free or close to free, why not? For the most part, I end up buying Huggies because there are a lot more coupons for them and they seem to go on sale a lot more than Pampers. I actually really like the new design of the Huggies, too (the Gentle Fit and Natural Fit). Plus, I get the rebate back from Caregivers Marketplace, so sometimes I end up getting paid to buy diapers. You can’t beat that!