Diaper Diaries: Stockpiling Diapers How Many of Each Size


How Many Diapers Do I Need

So baby is on the way and you wonder just how many diapers you need and how much money it will cost. Should you stock up on diapers and wipes before baby arrives? How many of each size should you buy? Well this post series is going to track our adventures in diapers and wipes with our new baby girl. We decided to use Pampers Swaddlers, I have heard good things and really I wanted to stick one brand to start with in case there are any problems. Other than normal diaper rash I don’t foresee there being any problems, but you never know and if I have a hodgepodge assortment of diapers and wipes it will be hard to narrow down what could be causing a skin irritation. So this brings us to my first tip:

Don’t Be Scared to Stockpile because you can Exchange Unopened Diapers.

Your stockpile of diapers will most likely be started by family and friends who give you packs of diapers as gifts at showers. That is fantastic as you can never have too many, but you may get an assortment of brands or too many of one size. You can return them for store credit. You probably don’t know where they came from but most likely it is from one of the main stores in your town, for us that was Wal-mart or Target.  Both stores were really great about taking back the diapers, they would scan the barcodes and either give us credit or say it wasn’t from there. Between the two stores we were able to exchange the brands we are not using for Pampers.  If I had a pack I couldn’t return I would still use them but I wanted  to start out with as many of the same brand as possible. So now we have quite a stockpile of diapers ready for baby’s arrival, but I have not opened them incase we need to return them for bigger sizes.

A great place to start your stockpile from is diapers.com, they accept coupons and they take returns orders placed up to a year ago (they will even pay for shipping). Use my code to get 20% off your order: KATE0863

When thinking about your diaper stockpile you need to look at the size guides, Pamper Swaddlers are as follows:

N: up to 10 lbs
Size 1: 8-14 lbs
Size 2: 12-18 lbs
Size 3: 14-33 lbs

I have read that some babies were able to stay in a size a little longer than guide suggest and some a little shorter. If your baby is leaking through the diaper it is probably time for a bigger size.

Our Diaper Stockpile

This is our first baby so I will be really interested to see how we go through our stock pile. I may have way too many size Ns but like I said most of our diapers are unopened so I should be able to trade them for different sizes. Also, all of our size N diapers were gifts. The diapers I already exchanged I replaced with size 1 and I will worry about size 2 and 3 when baby needs those sizes.

Here is our Break Down:
Size N: 264
Size 1: 439
Wipes: 727

I will update how we go through our stock after baby has arrived and our diaper adventures begin. What do you think? Do I have a crazy amount? Have you ever had problems returning unopened diapers?

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