Usually though, I get my diapers at CVS when they have a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" sale or "Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off" on their CVS brand diapers. The Snoopy ones work pretty well. I've not had any problem with them and I've used them on both of my children. When they go that cheap, I stock up and buy 1-2 months worth.
By Karen from Thrifty Mommy
I use the store brand diapers (Pull-Ups). If there's a Fred's store near you they have them for $5.00 per pack. They are thicker and absorb more than the expensive brands.
I use cheap store brand diapers during the day and the expensive pampers at night when leaks are more likely to occur.
We try to get away with the smaller sizes for as long as we can. The smaller the size, the more in the case.
Before our son was born, we asked for Diaper Service as a baby shower gift. It was a little expensive but we used way more diapers than some of the other expensive baby items we received. They would take away the dirty ones and deliver clean ones every week. This got us through the first several months when the most diapers are being used. We switched to disposable after that, which was easier to deal with but harder to tell when the baby needed to be changed.
A few hours later, I would go out and take all the diapers and rubber pants down off the line, fold them, and stack them on top of the baby's dresser top. Easy! Cloth diapers are the best! If you do go cloth, I suggest the two piece diaper method meaning flannelette diapers, either prefold or flat fold, and rubber pants. You will also need some baby diaper pins too. It's the best cloth diapering way going, even if it is old-fashioned by today's standards. (01/02/2006)
By Chuck R.
My sister in law asked that her children receive diapers as gifts for Easter, Christmas and birthdays until they were about 2. Don't be shy about asking for diapers when people ask if you need anything for baby.
A lot of people may disagree, but those cheap, off brand diapers are not a better buy. Often the tapes don't hold or the diapers leak. I tried them and not only did we use more, but my sons wound up being allergic to them.
Diaper services were just not affordable for me. I tried cloth diapers, but frankly could not tolerate the smell and wound up doing extra loads of laundry on a daily basis. Between the extra detergent, diaper covers and all, I'm not sure I saved anything.
You might also consider cutting back on other things that you think you need for baby, but don't really, such as lots of wet wipes, lotions, oils, and powders. Use wash clothes that can be washed and reused. Baby powder and oils have actually been shown to cause respiratory problems in babies. They don't need them. Use baby wash for shampoo or vice versa. I used Ivory soap in bar form, because my sons were allergic to everything.
Also, Luvs diapers has one of those leakguard guarantees, go ahead and use it! We had gotten a pack of Luvs once where a couple of the diapers split on the side and the absorbent "beads" from inside fell out, even though my son wasn't extremely wet. I followed the instructions Luvs gives online for the guarantee, and got a refund check for the price of a pack of diapers. In essence, a free pack of diapers--can't beat that! Hope these tips help!
By Lisa from WI from Kenosha, WI
Cloth all the way!
I have 9 kids ages almost 17 down to 1. Disposables are not in the budget as I do not work...outside the home!
I always request disposables for shower gifts and they usually last through the first 3-4 months when their fannies are so tiny.
I have used all sorts of fancy diapers and rubberpants...but the best, for me, has been doubled up flat fold and prefolded. Oh an pins..velcro wears out and doesn't hold up.
I honestly just put the dirty diapers of all sorts into the diaper pail..no soaking or anything. I run the diapers ONLY through a complete wash cycle to rinse then run the load again, adding bleach..stopping for 15 minutes to soak..then turn it back on to finish out. THEN another wash cycle..add the rubber pants. DO NOT BLEACH them!!! Then into the dryer...remove the rubber pants after about 10 minutes. Sounds like alot of stinky work, but it is not so bad. I have saved almost $8000 over 16 years.
Oh and potty training... sooner with each kid. the last one, was trained by 19 months..before he'd finished nursing!
We used cloth out of financial necessity all these years..it can be done even in this modern age!
Lauri in NC
Remember to figure out the price per diaper. I have found that .14/diaper is the cheapest so far. I have purchased Luvs on sale with a coupon for .14/diaper and the regular price of off brands are running .14/diaper.
I am looking after my Aunt who needs diapers. http://www.goldenagemedical.com is the cheapest place to buy adult diapers that I have ever found. They have terrible SEO - they don't show up on any searches, but they sell attends and depends at unbelievably low prices. I don't know if they sell baby diapers or not - I don't think so, but maybe. Cheers, Dave
The best advice money can buy in saving money on diapers: train your baby as soon as possible.
I see too many young parents allow their children to go as far as age 3 even into 4 years of age in diapers. Yikes! Its down right lazy, its down right bad hygiene that they are teaching their children.
How can cloth diapers be reused after your child is potty trained? We use the diaper service quality prefolds. I have more than 8 dozen diapers of various sizes so I need more clever ideas other than "use them as cleaning cloths".
By mutti from IL
You could consider sewing them into pads/pantyliners for your own personal use. They are very absorbent and with a flannel backing they could be near leakproof.
Be sure and sterilize them first. E. coli, intestinal bacteria, transmission of disease from childhood immunizations, are all considerations. Talk to your pediatrician.
You can bury them in the garden and they will disintegrate and return to the earth as matter. Use them as weed control in and around bushes, plants, trees; instead of the black mulch liners(cover them with dead leaves, pine needles or or a small amount of mulch, or your own mulch from your C-mas trees or lawn waste) this should use up a lot of them. They are organic, do not have to be sterilized for this purpose, just washed.
You could donate them to a women's shelter. They have tight budgets and do a great job of providing a safe place for women and their children.
One idea I just came across is using them as re-usable swiffer dry or wet mops. Maybe you could tie dye them and make into re-usable shopping bags or garden totes? Use your pinking shears to cut into small rectangles or squares to make fabric softener sheets that can be re-used. Clean your windows with them. I like the idea of making giant hot pads for tables to hold large casserole dishes. Maybe you could use them for easy to sew slippers? Good luck. :) Personally I would put a few in a pail with some homemade furniture polish and all purpose cleaners along with the recipes, with a few other goodies for bridal gifts!
Could you dye them and sew together for beach towels or make soft toys from them? I'm not sure what prefolds are.
Marg from England.
I like the idea of donating them to a woman's shelter. What an unselfish, generous act that would be.
Sell them on www.diaperswappers.com.
I dont know how old your children are now but you could cut them in squares and have the children put their hand prints or draw pictures on the squares with paint and then sew the squares together to make a memory blanket for you.You could take some of their old baby clothes and make squares to put between the diaper squares this will give it more color.
Marg, I think "prefold" means these diapers have a double thickness area in the middle. Someone correct me if I'm wrong? Any you don't want can be donated to your local crisis-pregnancy center. Just sterilize them, as someone mentioned.
Those things make awesome rags & dishtowels! And they last forever, I've had some of mine for ten! I have a bunch for dish towels & as they get stained or torn I throw them in the rag box.I use them for everything from dusting,washing walls, cars, kids, cleaning dvds (they are virtually lint free), etc. Throw them in the wash with soap & bleach, throw them away when they finally fall apart.
Don't be a label snob. Kirkland was the best for my now 11 year old. When my now 20 year old was diaper age, they were just coming out with the velcro "good" diapers. A lot of stores will take back their brand if they don't work properly. Use a few and then decide.
Potty train them at a proper age. By 3+ years, they should be out of diapers, especially for day time!
P.S. Kirkland baby wipes are awesome for lots of things, I was sad when we didn't need to use them in bulk anymore. Now I use the Huggies Aloe for makeup brushes, car "handwashing", etc.
By Michawn from CA