All new parents are going to need diapers, but how many diapers are needed? What size? How much will the diapers cost? I have been asked these questions a few times by new parents, so I wanted to share this information for anyone who needs it.
The best deals on diapers are usually when the diapers are bought in bulk, but you don't want to buy too many of a size that the baby will grow out of quickly. With our first baby, we were so worried about her growing out of the newborn diaper size, that each time we went to the store we bought the smallest pack. (We went to the store a lot that first month!)
After a couple of months of buying diapers, I started to figure it out. I started ordering them on-line from Wal-Mart, and began to track the diaper usage. I tried a couple of other diaper brands during that first month, as well as the Honest delivery service for a couple of months, but in the end, I was happy with Pampers. Below is a photo of the diaper usage.
One thing I noticed is that babies go through a lot of diapers in the beginning, but the price per diaper is a bit less. Then, as the babies get older they use less diapers, but the price per unit is a bit higher. So overall, the amount of money spent each month stays pretty steady until the baby is potty trained. By purchasing from Wal-Mart online, the cost was just under $50 per month. This time, I am using Amazon Family, and I'm hoping to save a little more money this time.
So? How many diapers will you need? Here is a best guess based on my babies:
Newborn - 256 diapers (This will last about a month.)
Size 1 - 234 diapers (This will last about a month.)
Size 2 - 612 diapers (This is 3 XL boxes, and will last about 3 months.)
Size 3 - 1,674 diapers (This will take you through your baby's first birthday!)
Size 4 - 932 diapers (I imagine you will be a diaper expert by now.)
Size 5 - 560 diapers (This will hopefully take you up through potty training!)
Overall, it cost $48.21 per month to diaper my baby, for a grand total of $1,192.43 for the first two years, which totaled to 4,268 diapers.