Diapers...Diapers....Diapers!!!

Patrice - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Im expecting a baby girl in May, and I am really confused about which brand and how many diapers to buy in each size. Being that babies grow so fast, is Sam's Club too much? Or is it a good idea to buy in bulk? Please help!!!

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They don't grow that fast! I'd buy bulk, but make sure it's worth it sometimes it's a few cents cheaper at Target. We have been using the Luvs brand, they're the cheapest name brand and seem similar to pampers (in my opinion). Target brand didn't hold up for us.

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Be careful how many diapers you buy if you buy Newborns because you baby may be too big to fit them when she is born.  We got a lot of Newborn sizes and though my daughter fit into them for about 7 weeks, I still had to take a few boxes back and exchange them. She is now 9 weeks old and is in 1's. If you do get a lot of them, ask for a receipt in case you need to exchange them.  If you have yet to have your baby shower, ask for more size 1's and 2's.  We have used both pampers swaddlers and huggies natural fit.  Both work great.  Target often has the boxes of 120 on sale but also keep an eye out for coupons in the newspapers as they tend to have several.  The hospital will usually send you home with some also.  Hope this helps.

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Christene - posted on 07/17/2011

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At the baby shower for our first, we received every brand of diaper you can imagine. As far as the best, I would have to say I LOVE Pampers. However, Parent's Choice is gaining prominence, and I find we are using just about everything from them in our house, including diapers. They are second best to Pampers, for half the price. I used to think buying in bulk was a bad idea because I would be left with a lot of unused diapers, but once they reach a certain point your kid stops really growing for a while. My daughter has now been on size three for almost a year, in which case I found buying in bulk has really been helping.

Karen - posted on 07/16/2011

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Buying in bulk is a must!! With my girls, LUVS were the best for dryness and leak protection. For the boys I had to use Huggies because they would leak in the front with LUVS (something to do with the position of the wetness). Don't be afraid to ask friends and family to help out with diaper supply. Most friends and family members want to help and don't know what you need/want. Diapers are a perfect answer because you will always need them in all different sizes and it is an inexpensive purchase when a family or friend buys a pack every now and then. Enjoy!

Keisha - posted on 05/13/2009

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These ladies gave you some good pointers...I agree with everything pretty much; dont stock up on newborns or size 1's, buy in bulk at places like Sam's and if not there go to Walmart or Target....never go to the grocery store!!!!, and keep an eye out for coupons...got a dollar off coupon from Target at checkout just yesterday. '
Also, I swear by the Pampers brand! They seem to work the best for us, as the Huggies, Luvs, etc. always seemed too small or didnt fit right. With that being said, you can see that there is no consensus on which is the best...lol :o) Its really a matter of preference for the parent, try them all out and you'll see which works best for your baby.

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Be careful how many diapers you buy if you buy Newborns because you baby may be too big to fit them when she is born.  We got a lot of Newborn sizes and though my daughter fit into them for about 7 weeks, I still had to take a few boxes back and exchange them. She is now 9 weeks old and is in 1's. If you do get a lot of them, ask for a receipt in case you need to exchange them.  If you have yet to have your baby shower, ask for more size 1's and 2's.  We have used both pampers swaddlers and huggies natural fit.  Both work great.  Target often has the boxes of 120 on sale but also keep an eye out for coupons in the newspapers as they tend to have several.  The hospital will usually send you home with some also.  Hope this helps.






Everything April said is pretty much exactly what I was gonna say!  At my baby shower I recieved SO MANY newborn diapers!  I ended up having to donate about 2 full boxes to the Health Department because no one gave me gift reciepts and the store wouldn't let me exchange them.  As for how many newborn diapers to buy?  Your baby will probably go through about 10 diapers a day so that's 300 in a month.  She'll probably wear the newborn size for the first month to month and a half...depending on her size at birth and how fast she grows.  I wouldn't get any more than a few boxes at a time if you're buying bulk...if you need more you can always go back and get them.  Like April said, I would concentrate mostly on stocking up on the size 1's and 2's.  I know it doesn't seem possible that your baby will grow that fast but she will!   I've tried all the different brands of diapers and it's easier to tell you what NOT to buy : Parent's Choice (Wal Mart brand).  We had horrible leaks with those diapers...so bad that Wal Mart Corporate sent me a coupon for a free box of White Cloud.  White Cloud was great and less expensive but they don't sell them anymore.  Luvs is the other brand that I can't stand.  Not only do they leak but they feel like the old plastic diapers to me.  Right now we're using Huggies.  They seem to work better for an active 18 month old.  But when he was tiny, like under 6 months, we used Pampers.  One last thing to remember, something I didn't realize until I had to go up sizes.  Every time you go up a size, you get less but pay the same amount.  I wanted to throw that out there just so you know and don't have a "Joy" moment when it dawns on you at the store lol.   Good luck and congratulations on your baby girl!

Alyssa - posted on 05/13/2009

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If you buy newborn size, dont buy more than a bag or two because if your baby is big, she might not even fit in them. Our little boy never worn newborn diapers. He went straight to size 1, which he wore for a few months. Now he's 5 months and wears size 3 already. We buy our boxes at Wal-Mart and use huggies.

Aisha - posted on 04/10/2009

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Pampers newborn swadlers is almost always a safe bet in the begining. I had a preemie my first time as a mommy so I had lots of size 1-2 experience but now I have a full term little boy. 3 1/2 months old now and in size 3 diapers. My two year old just got out of size 3. Needless to say I have a lot of left over 1-2 and now have to deal with bringing them back or giving them away.



So I agree with Ashli! Only buy a couple at first because each child is different and if you think you know how long they will be in a size of diapers, Think again! Your little one will throw you for a loop.

Jessica - posted on 03/14/2009

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Pampers Swaddlers were great for my daughter and they were recommended to me by other moms that would them to work well. I give them as gifts now.



As for buying ahead of time, a friend suggested to me that every paycheck while they were expecting, they would buy a pack of diapers. I didn't do every paycheck, but once a month I bought a jumbo box of diapers. It really helped out in the beginning when I couldn't leave the house.



In regards to the sizes, sizes 1 & 2 are the best to buy now and maybe a pack of newborns. Most people I know moved into size 1 within the first 3 weeks after bringing baby home. My daughter took a week but she was almost 9lbs at birth.



Hope this helps you in some way.

Malinda - posted on 03/14/2009

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One other thing I will say is that we started with Huggies, but my son developed what seriously looked like terrible bruises on his thighs. We panicked and took him to the doctor only to discover that it was ink from the diapers (Huggies have Mickey Mouse on them, and the black ink looks purple/yellow when it leaks). We moved to Pampers after that and found them to be much softer and work better for our son. But they are probably the most expensive brand out there...

Malinda - posted on 03/14/2009

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Consider cloth. They can be a little big on a newborn, but last *so* much longer and are *so* much cheaper than disposables. They stretch, and bigger diapers don't matter as much. We started wtih disposables, and like others have said our son started out too big for the newborn size and we often still had diapers left over after he switched sizes (which seems like it can happen overnight). Since we switched to cloth we've used the same size prefolds and covers for months.

If you have your own washer and dryer (and often even if you don't) they really are a good method - and not nearly as messy as most people assume they are.



There is a "Cloth Diapered Munchkins" community that would be a great resource for questions if you decide to consider/expore this route.

Joanna - posted on 03/14/2009

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My mommy friends and I were just discussing diapers. It seems like different brands fit different body types better or worse. I've never been blessed with the rollie-pollie babies, mine all tend to be kind of skinny. Pampers have always fit my kids the best and I like their absorbancy. I have friends who have beautiful round babies, who say Huggies fit their's best. One of my friends swears by Luvs, but when I tried them on my kids poop always shot up the back or out the leg bands.



You might want to skip the newborn diapers and just start with the size 1's. Newborn's don't fit for very long unless you have a really small baby, and if you have a really big baby they might not fit at all. Size 1's seem to work fine on average sized newborns.



Make sure to sign up on all the different brand name's websites to be on their mailing lists. They'll send you coupons.

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Sam's club is definitely the best way to go. However, don't buy too many newborn or size 1 diapers because you never know how fast your child will grow! Also, you never know if your baby is going to be sensitive to a particular brand so I would avoid stocking up on larger sizes before she's born. We had some leftover because our son grew out of them too quickly. We probably go through a case from Sam's every three weeks or so. Hope that helps.

Amie - posted on 03/14/2009

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It depends on the baby. Some grow really fast, others not too much. What we've done with ours is buy one package of the Huggies newborns. With only one of ours have we had to buy a 2nd package of newborns, the other two grew out of them so quickly they went right into the size ones. Just remember to watch the umbilical cord if yours grows that fast too. Our oldest lost hers in her diaper. lol.
We buy the boxes of Huggies diapers. Usually go through 2 in a month. Our youngest went in size one's for about 2-3 months, size 2 for almost 3-4 months, then size 4 up until her first birthday. She's been in size 5 since then.. she's 21 months now. She's gone through a growth spurt though so if she doesn't get some pudge back on her we might have to go back to size 4. lol She's tall just like her siblings.
We chose Huggies because the cheaper brands we found leaked, especially at night. Got tired of washing pee'd on sheets and blankets. lol. Pampers too we found the smell, the perfumes/powders they use in them bothered our kids. So again, depends on the child which brand you use but we've never had a problem with the Huggies. =) I know there's some others available too that we don't get here in Canada, at least not that I've ever seen. And I'm not sure what Sam's club is so can't tell you if it's too much. lol.

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You may want to see if your doctor can give you an approximate birth weight. My daughter is almost 7 weeks old and is still wearing newborn diapers. She weighed 7 lbs. at birth. FYI, Pampers Newborn diapers are a little smaller than Huggies Newborn.

Christine - posted on 03/14/2009

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I have bought diapers from Sams club for my newborn. I wouldnt buy the newborn size though. I bought the Pampers size 1-2, I think the box has 248 or something redicious for like $38, which isnt bad. My son is 4 months old now, and he is still able to squeeze into that size. He is a lil porker though :) Definately worth it though. Best of luck!

Tracy - posted on 03/14/2009

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Yeah, I agree with the other posters, buy bulk in the bigger sizes, they seem to stay in them more than the newborns and 1s! Pampers swaddlers are THE best for the newborns 1 &2's then i went to huggies, and the huggies natural fit or supreme are the best for the bigger sizes. The seem to fit better, they are narrower in the crotch area, appear to be more comfortable i think!

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2009

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We buy our diapers from Sam's. Like previous posters have said don't buy a lot of newborn because you don't know how long the baby will wear them. My son was 9 1/2 lbs so he never wore newborn.....luckily most of my friends knew I was going to have a big baby (my husband is 6' 9") and only bought size 1 and up. Also, at Sam's you can buy the size 1-2 in Huggies and I think there is like 264 diapers in a case. I know these lasted like 6 weeks for my daughter when she was a baby and it was only like $35. I do buy diapers from Target or Walmart  when they are on sale and if I have a coupon because Sam's doesn't take coupons so they are sometimes cheaper there. But overall I use Sam's.....I also buy my formula there too because it is cheaper.....they just don't always have the formula that I use so when they do I stock up!!! Good Luck and congrats on your soon to be little one!!! :)

Chantel - posted on 03/14/2009

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I would buy bulk. They don't grow that fast but not in newborn. My daughter only wore newborn fo a couple of weeks!!

Karri - posted on 03/14/2009

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I would buy in bulk.  Like you said, babies grow fast.  Buying bulk saves money.  I would buy either pampers swaddlers or huggies natural fit.  They work the best. 

Kathy - posted on 03/14/2009

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I have a ten month old. I usually buy his at Walmart. I usually buy him two boxes around the first since I am on fixed income. We use Pampers he is in size threes right now we get a 100 in a box for 21.00 dollars so that is two hundred for 42.00 dollars. he doesn't really go thru that much unless he is sick or teething. I usually keep extras around since I have a niece that is the same age as he is and can wear almost the same size.. Hope this helps. U can try the Sam's club. Another reason we use Pampers with Andrew is because with my oldest he couldn't wear the cheap ones so every so often I would have to buy him a pack of Pampers so decided to go on with the Pampers

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