So you’re a (wo)man on a mission, a parent on a budget. It's hard to keep yourself fiscally responsible with a new kid around. I know you just want to give that jubilant little face everything, but don't forget that you have 18+ years to make your child as happy as can be. Right now, it’s more important to keep them as healthy and secure as possible. I know diapers weren't the first thing on your mind when you became a parent… And if it was-- I doubt it was in your list of pro’s. When you're constantly removing, taping, throwing out, or whatever else a person can do with a diaper, you don't want to feel like you're being wasteful especially on the financial level.
After all, it's not like you can just leave your kid in one diaper a day-- you're trapped in this war between a quiet home and a fuller wallet. Don't worry, though-- that's what brought you here. So how does one remain sane when it comes to diapers?
Here’s an idea: have a baby shower. Both moms and dads can have big celebrations where people gift things for the arrival of the new baby. Not only will you fulfill a joyous milestone, but you’ll probably get a few, if not a lot, of free diapers, bottles, clothes, etc. Then you just sit back and rake in the baby merchandise. Look at you-- parenting like a pro.
That being said, you don’t want to keep ALL of the diapers. Odds are, most people will get you newborn sized diapers, and those won’t last you very long. Take a couple, head to your local Target or Walmart and exchange them for a few larger sizes. It’s common to have to use sizes 3-4 the most. You’ll pay the difference at checkout, but your purchase is definitely cheaper than it would have been!
Look for deals. Yes, diaper deals DO exist. Try and take advantage of all the possible savings from your favorite brand by visiting their website online or checking in stores for coupons. Brands, like Huggies, will often offer loyalty, or rewards, points as well which you can save and buy diapers with later on.
Don't knock store brand products. Just like drugstore makeup, off brand clothing, etc., store brand diapers do the job for a lot less. I'm not telling you to put your bundle of joy into a bundle of cheap waste catchers, but when you're on a budget, you do what needs to be done.
Don’t be so quick to move up a diaper size. The bigger the diaper, the less will be given to you in a package-- which means you spend more on less. That’s definitely not what we want. Most diaper sizes continue to fit children comfortably for a longer time than that stated on the package without leakage or any other sort of issue. And even if you do seem to have a leaky diaper, try adjusting the way you put it on. Target areas of overflow by pulling the diaper up in the necessary places, and a “small diaper” becomes just right in no time. And trust me, you will definitely know when it’s time to move up. Babies have a tendency to make their issues very clear.
Tons of websites target new mothers by offering deals for diapers, formula, baby clothing, etc. Take advantage of it while you still can. All you really need to do is become the Google master I know you already are, and hunt for your savings. As long as there are babies, there will be deals. Try websites like Amazon Mom that help you save 20% on diapers with the subscribe and save option. They also send out $1-$3 coupons from time to time. The best part? Free shipping. It’s almost like you scoured every diaper brand at the store, but in reality, you saved without even stepping outside your home!
And as a final option: try going diaper free. Cultures around the world have raised their children to be potty-trained before they turn a year old, and hey, with all the money you would save on not buying diapers, this may be well worth the effort. This method does not mean you will not buy any diapers, just significantly less.