My blog has been so “my family is the WORST” lately or “let’s talk about my odd pregnancy skin ailments” that I thought I would switch things up.
Let’s talk about poop.
Except not really, because gross.
But the fact of the matter is that babies poop. From what I hear, more than I could ever imagine. This is currently giving me night terrors.
But the thing that scares me the most is not having the money or means to support this tiny poop filled child I’m currently gestating. So I have begun a diaper stockpile. And it is SERIOUS.
Like….I have a lot of diapers. And still not nearly as many as I will actually need. We’re currently building the stockpile with the first year in mind. I read a couple of articles about stockpiling and went with the numbers from one author who also had a daughter. We’ve been trying to buy small packages of various brands and varieties for a couple of reasons:
1. If we hate that brand we can work through it quickly and not be stuck with it.
2. If she suddenly outgrows a size we won’t have to waste a whole case of diapers.
I’ve also read that Walmart will exchange diapers with or without a receipt, as long as it’s a brand they carry, so we’re sticking with the major brands. This means that if we way over purchase on size ones we can exchange unopened packages for size twos. Huggies and Pampers mostly are what I’ve been getting, although i did buy one pack of Luvs the other day because I had a coupon. I have heard mixed reviews about Luvs, so we’ll see.
That’s the other linchpin that’s holding this whole thing together-coupons. There’s no point in doing this without using coupons. I’m trying to not pay more than $0.15 a diaper, although I have gone over that in the interest of being prepared by the time she gets here. Sometimes the coupons just aren’t what you want them to be and you have to suck it up. But buying at the commissary as much as we can so we don’t have to pay tax has been a big help too.
The other day I did break my small packages rule because target was having a sale where if you buy two cases of diapers you get a case of wipes free. Score. That totally happened.
I’ve been keeping notes on my phone of how many we have vs. how many we hope to have by the time she arrives. Here’s what I’ve got:
Size 1: 123/160
Size 2: 224/640
Size 3: 175/684
That’s a total of 554/1700. Just for the first year. See why I wanted to get started? And again, these are all just estimates based on research. Charlie could be completely different and have us running to the store constantly to exchange, but I kind of look at is as a special diapers savings account that is taking over my entire hall closet. I’ve been hesitant to buy many newborn sizes for two reasons: 1) I’ve heard that lots of babies outgrow them quickly and 2) I feel like if I get any diapers as gifts that’s the size that people will give me. In fact, the ones I have already were a gift. And allegedly the hospital might give us some too.
My newest strategy is to get as many things as I can at Walgreens right now so that I build up my balance reward points. I’m well on my way to a $10.00 off transaction. Yesterday we got an EXTRA 5,000 points just for having a $30.00 transaction (of floss, toothpaste, a new toothbrush, and then easter candy-don’t judge). I can get a lot of diapers at the $0.15 rate if I get to subtract $10.00 from the total. AND use coupons. Basically, I’ve gone diaper insane. I’m like one of those extreme couponer ladies. I like to occasionally open the door to the hall closet and admire my stash. I hate it when Chief gets the sizes out of order when he’s trying to add in. It makes me cranky and I have to fix it.
Only three and a half months to go until D-Day. I shall be prepared for the poop. Anyone else stockpiling?