When I was pregnant with my daughter, dear friends hosted a baby shower for me, stocking me up with all sorts of clothes and supplies for the advent of my little one. What was the greatest gift of all? DIAPERS. We did not fully comprehend the great treasure we had been bestowed until theory became reality when purchasing began. Little details became more important. How much could a diaper hold? Which brands had the useful color barometers that showed how full a diaper was? Which diapers were more likely to leak, get soaked through, or do little to impede a blowout? Did the diaper have tabs that caused cuts or chaffing? How easily could a diaper be ripped? Was a diaper made with anything that would cause irritation for sensitive skin? All these factors mattered as they can alter the rate of diaper changes, making the cheap grab actually more expensive through practice. For the newly initiated, trial and error was in order.
At the time, we were quite poor. We were one of the families woh had been hit hard and sent reeling by the recession. We accounted for every penny. While the challenges of poverty are not something I’d generally recommend, I am thankful for the lessons I learned from it. As new parents, those lessons came in immediate use. Like Stone Age hunters, my little family scoured the land for prime products and cheapest choices. A good deal was only as good as the product obtained. In the spirit of the hunt, here are five great online options for finding what you need to diaper your darling one:
- Amazon Mom Amazon is a great deal when it comes to shipping – it is free when it is over $35.00. With the Amazon Mom program, you receive 20% off diaper subscriptions, plus an additional 15% off if you use the Subscribe & Save option. Free two-day shipping is available on ALL orders, so you can have something personally pleasing as well as practical come to your door. https://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/welcome
- Diapers.com True to the name, this company provides a wide selection of brands. Depending on brand selected, you can receive 5-15% off with an autoship order. Free 2-Day delivery or faster is possible if you order more than $49.00. http://www.diapers.com/
- Ordering directly from Stores Keep more green in your wallet by going generic: Walmart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have significantly cheaper in-house diapers available ranging from $0.12 -$0.27 per diaper.
- The Honest Company Stylish, safe, eco-friendly, and well-awarded, for $13.95 you can get newborn through size 6. You can save up to 35% a week if you choose the Bundle & Save subscription. https://www.honest.com/
- Thirsties Outlet The modern cloth diaper averages around $18.00, but at Thirsties you can find options as low as $7.75 in a variety of patterns and colors! Some types run out more easily than others, but the company is informative as to how many are in stock and when they will restock if desired. Cloth diapering is not for the faint of heart in staying on top of your laundry, but it is a serious money saver – especially when it comes to bigger sizes and potty-training time. Once you acquire your desired number, you have unlimited use. http://www.thirstiesoutlet.com/