New parents face a wide range of challenges. One of these challenges is dealing with diapers. Not only can diapers get very expensive, but simply figuring out which ones to buy can seem nearly impossible.
Whether you’re dealing with diapers all on your own or have given this responsibility to your nanny, it’s quite useful to know some of the ins and outs of this aspect of raising a baby:
Despite what companies may try to convince you in their commercials, the single most important aspect of diapers is their fit. You can buy diapers with the latest and greatest technology, but if they’re too loose, they’re still going to leak. Because fit can vary quite a bit between different brands, the simplest way to figure out what works best is to buy a small number of diapers from a few different brands. After you get a chance to try out the different brands on your baby, you’ll be able to see which one fits best. Keep in mind that when you’re deciding which trial brands to buy, store brands can work just as well as name brands. Just because generic brands don’t have the same marketing budgets as bigger brands doesn’t mean they have inferior quality diapers.
How to Save Money
Once you’ve figured out which diapers work best for your baby, you or your nanny can start focusing on finding the best deals on them. The simplest way to save money on diapers is to use coupons. Not only will you want to clip any coupons that come to your home, but you can also ask family and friends to help you out by doing the same. Additionally, some of the best diaper deals can now be found online. Since there are blogs and forums dedicated to collecting these coupons, you can benefit from the combined efforts of parents from all over the country.
Another way to save on diapers is to ask for them as gifts. Even though it may seem strange to someone who’s single, any parent is going to completely understand why you would be thrilled to receive diapers as birthday presents. Keep in mind that there are plenty of other creative ways to minimize the cost of diapers. For example, if you have multiple friends who also have babies around the same age, you may find that forming a type of diaper coop with them allows you all to save a considerable amount of money.
Also keep in mind that while you can almost always save money on diapers by purchasing them in larger quantities, it’s important to avoid going overboard. The reason is if you buy a ton of diapers at one time, you may find that your baby outgrows that specific size before you have a chance to use them all. While buying in bulk can work great, just be sure to do a quick calculation before committing to a purchase to ensure that you’re not overdoing it.