Diapers top the list of things that we have spent the most money on since having our son. Who knew that a little human could go through so many diapers! Our little guy runs through upwards of ten diapers a day- yes a day! One thing that I wish I would have known is how many diapers I would need of each size so that I could have started stocking up on diapers. Now that we are well into our diaper journey, I feel that I have a good understanding of how many diapers new moms will need and I am excited to share this so you can begin stockpiling and creating your diaper stash!
When creating your stockpile I highly recommend buying in bulk to save yourself time and money! We save a ton of money by buying our household items in bulk from Sam’s Club. We always stock up on diapers, wipes, toilet paper and paper towels. Sam’s Club offers a one month supply box of diapers, but I was excited to learn that Sam’s Club now exclusively offers a two month’s supply(!!) of Huggies® Little Movers. The two month supply box is only available for a limited time, so we made a trip to our closest Sam’s Club last week to stock up on diapers!
If you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership I highly recommend getting one- the savings more than make up for the small membership fee. You can click here to find the Sam’s Club closest to you. You can also shop Sam’s Club online and take advantage of free shipping and instant savings coupons. The Huggies® Little Movers Two Month’s Supply has a $6 instant savings coupon!
Diaper Stockpile Guide- How Many Do You Need?
Newborn- 6 to 9 lbs.
Don’t listen to those people that tell you that you will not need newborn diapers! Unless you give birth to a sumo wrestler you will need them! Newborn diapers fit babies up to 9 lbs. so you are most likely going to need to have some on hand, and if you don’t- my prayers are with you mama!
The average newborn weighs 7.5 lbs. and gains weight at about half an ounce a week, meaning you will likely be in newborn diapers for about a month or so. If you go through an average of ten diapers a day, for 31 days you will need around 310 diapers, or 10 packs.
I suggest 10 packs of Newborn diapers or 2 Sam’s Club Economy packs.
Size 1- 8 to 14 lbs.
After the first month, a baby will gain an average of 2 lbs. per month- putting you in size 1 diapers for 2.5 months or so. If you go through an average of ten diapers a day for 2.5 months you will need around 770 diapers, or 22 packs.
I suggest 22 packs of Size 1 diapers or 4 Sam’s Club Economy packs.
Size 2- 12 to 18 lbs.
There is some overlap with Size 1 and Size 2 diaper weights but let me tell you a little trick! Size 1 diapers are cheaper than Size 2’s so always go with more Size 1’s to save your family money! Since we stocked up on enough Size 1’s to get us to 14 lbs, we will only need enough of Size 2 to get us to 18 lbs. At this point babies gain an average of around 1 lb. per month. Based on these numbers, your baby could be in Size 2 diapers for about 4 months. If you go through an average of ten diapers a day for 4 months you will need around 1,240 diapers, or 39 packs.
I suggest 39 packs of Size 2 diapers or 7 Sam’s Club Economy packs.
Size 3- 16 to 28 lbs.
Around this time babies often decrease to only using 5-8 diapers per day. Let’s use the higher range to cover our butts (hehehe). If we are still gaining about a lb. per month your baby could be in Size 3 diapers for a while. I recommend switching over to Size 4’s at 22 lbs. to save money by using the Huggies® Little Movers 2 Month’s Supply pack. If we do this, we are in Size 3’s from 18-22 lbs., so about 4 months. If you average 8 diapers a day for 4 months you will need around 992 diapers, or 37 packs.
I suggest 37 packs of Size 3 diapers or 6 Sam’s Club Economy packs.
Size 4- 22 to 37 lbs.
If we continue using 8 diapers a day while your baby is 22 to 37 lbs. you may be in Size 4 diapers for a long time! If we use 8 diapers a day for six months, you will need 1,488 diapers or 65 packs.
I suggest 65 packs of Size 4 diapers or just 5 packs of Huggies® Little Movers 2 Month’s Supply from Sam’s Club.
Babies will generally hit the 22 lb. mark by one year of age, and most are in diapers until almost 3 years old- so this is where you will spend the bulk of your money!
That is over 175 packs of diapers- whoa! You are probably seeing $ signs. The good news is that you can buy diapers in bulk and save yourself a ton of money and time! Click here to access the $6 instant savings coupon from Sam’s Club and stock up on the limited time 2 Month’s Supply box of Huggies®!