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Stocking Up on Diapers

With a little one on the way I’m trying to decide whether or not it’s worth it to stock up on diapers. Between Rite Aid, CVS and Amazon there are quite a lot of deals that enable savvy moms to buy diapers for 90 to 95 percent off the retail prices.


A lot of the coupon blogs I read have lists of sizes to buy and suggestions on brands to purchase, but it seems slightly insane to stock up on diapers before the baby comes. However, it seems even crazier to wait until after the baby is born and pay full price for them.

While I don’t have a child towing along behind me, it might make sense to stock up on products while I have the time to scour sales and clip coupons, but I also know that some diapers work better for some babies and some even have allergic reactions to others.

So, I’m not exactly sure if I should start looking through the sales circulars or if I should just avoid diaper shopping for the time being. If I purchase diapers in advance and they don’t work out I suppose I can always donate them.

If I can buy a pack for just a dollar or two then it might be worth it. On the other hand I don’t want to waste time shopping for things we won’t use.

Anonymous

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

Pampers contains perfum which is why most babies react to it, also baby wipes themselves have a lot of harsh chemicals as do all the johnson and johnson products. Read the labels less is more for ingredients and stay away from anything with perfume added

One Frugal Girl

Wednesday 8th of June 2011

@Anonymous - Thanks for the advice on trying different brands before stocking up on any one type! Great advice.

@SarahA & Anonymous - I never would've considered the Target brand. Thanks for the suggestion.

@Sass & CF - After sales and coupons I purchased a pack of Pampers for $1 yesterday. If I can find diapers for one or two bucks a pack I'll probably try a few different brands for the little one. I won't go out of my way to buy them, but if I'm out taking advantage of other cheap offers I'll certainly pick up a pack or two. If all else fails I'll return or donate them as CF suggested.

CF

Wednesday 8th of June 2011

I would definitely stock up. I used to work at a Babies R Us store, and new parents would always tell me how quickly their new babies would go through diapers.

If you have extra, I'm sure you could donate or return unopened bags to the store for credit towards other items. :)

Sass

Tuesday 7th of June 2011

My child is now almost 17, so its definitely been a long time since I had to buy diapers. However, it seemed, especially those first few weeks, that she went through them faster than we would have ever imagined! Perhaps, maybe you could try a happy medium and stock up on a few packages of different brands to try when the specials are really really good?

If your baby has issues with one certain brand, you'll have to try others anyway, so maybe a couple of different options when they are at unbeatable prices? If it doesn't work out, you haven't made a huge investment, but if it does, then you're ahead of the game!

Anonymous

Sunday 5th of June 2011

I would wait. When I was pregnant with my first everyone bought me huggies diapers. Unfortunately they gave my daughter a huge rash and they leaked on her like crazy!! Target diapers worked great on her. You never know which will work best until you try them out.