Before my first son was born (sometime around the beginning of my third trimester), I read a blog post about stockpiling diapers. It sounded like such a great idea. Of course, I wanted to save money on diapers, and what better way to save than by taking advantage of promotional sales? I was already making a weekly trip to stores to stock up on household items for free or nearly free, so why not add diapers to the list of things I bought there?
Many websites provide estimates for the number of diapers you might need in the first year of your child’s life.
If you search the internet, you’ll find a ton of diaper approximations that look similar to the list below:
- Newborn: 6 packs (approx. 216 diapers)
- Size 1: 4 packs (approx. 160 diapers)
- Size 2: 16 packs (approx. 640 diapers)
- Size 3: 19 packs (approx. 684 diapers)
I had no idea if these numbers were accurate, but I wanted to buy at least a few packs before our first little bundle of joy. I skipped the newborn sizes (all ultrasounds estimated my baby would be pretty large) and cut ahead to sizes 1 and 2. I didn’t go crazy, but I did amass a small mound of packages.
I bought the cheapest diapers I could find through sales and coupons and built a stockpile in various sizes. I proudly stacked them in the closet, feeling accomplished with all the money I had saved.
Or so I thought.
Unfortunately, those stockpiling efforts were a complete waste of time. Despite my best efforts, my son’s diapers consistently leaked.
After a few nights of consistently waking up wet, preventing any chance of restful slumber, I gave up on that brand of diapers and promptly replaced them with Pampers. Wouldn’t you know my son didn’t suffer a single leak after switching brands?
I am now a loyal Pampers fan. I’ve tried a few other brands (received as hand-me-downs and free samples), but none of them were as soft and absorbent.
Pampers isn’t always the cheapest brand, but I consistently find great prices in drugstores, Walmart, and Amazon with coupons and sales. The quality and peace of mind are worth every penny.
Pampers Premium Care Review
Pampers recently released Pampers Premium Care, which contains the following features:
- Absorb Away Liner: Pulls wetness and mess away from baby’s skin
- Breathable Material: To keep air circulating around the baby’s skin
- Extra Absorb Channels: Helps distribute wetness evenly for up to 12 hours of protection
- Wetness Indicator: Lets you know when your baby might need a change
- Available for purchase at Walmart later this month
I bought a box of size 3 diapers to try on my youngest son.
The first thing I noticed about Pampers Premium Care diapers is how soft the material feels. Unlike similar brands, the texture is soft, not stiff or rigid.
The material is just as absorbent as other Pampers we’ve tried. The absorb-away liner and extra absorb channels kept my son dry throughout the day and night without any leaks or blowouts.
Premium Care diapers also contain the patented wetness indicator that is ultra helpful for new parents. As a new parent, it is often difficult to determine whether or not your baby needs to be changed.
Thanks to the wetness indicator, you don’t need to guess. You look at the yellow stripe down the center of the diaper. You know it’s time to change the baby if it turns blue. The indicator is also helpful when grandparents and other family members babysit. If they aren’t sure if the baby is wet, tell them to look for the blue line.
I think the baby animal designs are adorable from a purely aesthetic standpoint. The package I received contained lots of pastel-colored tigers, hippos, and elephants in the top center of each diaper, which matches our nursery’s jungle theme.
And although neither of my boys struggled with allergic reactions, it’s still nice to know the diaper is hypoallergenic. Pampers Premium may be the brand to try if your little one tends to break out from disposable diapers.
These diapers seemed slightly larger than the Pampers Swaddlers my youngest son wears. Although the weight range is the same for both packs of diapers, there appeared to be more wiggle room between the Premium Care elastic around his legs.
You get more diapers in the smaller packs, and size 1 contains more diapers than size 2, size 2 more than size 3, etc. So if they run slightly larger, that would be a minor money-saving advantage as your child can wear the smaller size for longer.
I cannot say enough good things about the Pampers brand. In addition to the package of diapers, I received a Pampers memento box and book. Inside was a note that read:
Every day with your baby is like a new page in your story, so use this book to write those promises and keep your memories of every special moment.
Motherhood does feel like one long story waiting to unfold. What will happen along the way? How will our relationship strengthen? Who will my child become? I keep journals for both of my boys, and I couldn’t agree more.
I am a HUGE fan of Pampers, and their leak protection is unlike any other brand we’ve tried. We now use their diapers and training pants exclusively.
On a side note: I couldn’t write about Pampers without mentioning their rewards program. If you use Pampers or plan to use them in the future, sign up for the Pampers Rewards Program.
Each package of diapers contains a code you can enter on the website or through the Pampers Rewards app on your iPhone. It takes mere seconds to join, and you can earn rewards ranging from free photo prints and calendars to toy shopping carts, scooters, and JCPenney gift cards. I’ve received hundreds of dollars worth of products in the last three and a half years.