Feb. 28, 2018
New babies go through a mountain of diapers. By one estimate, the average newborn will need more than 2,700 diaper changes in their first year.
If you want to save money on disposable diapers, the clear price winner is Amazon Family (available only to Prime members) coupled with its Subscribe and Save program, according to secret shoppers at Consumers' Checkbook.
Amazon was significantly lower than local stores, including Walmart, which was the lowest-priced brick-and-mortar store. Other price leaders: Sam's Club, Costco and Target.
Another way to save a lot of money, Checkbook found, is to buy the store brands
"Store brands, like Walmart and Target brand were about as inexpensive as jumping through all the hoops to join Amazon Prime and then the Subscribe and Save program," said Checkbook's executive editor Kevin Brasler.
When it comes to diapers, buying in bulk is almost always cheaper on a per diaper basis. Just don't buy too many at first. You need to make sure that brand works for you baby.
"With a newborn, don't run out and buy 500 of size 1 diapers because little babies outgrow those diapers very quickly, a lot faster than you expect," Brasler said. "With infant-sized diapers it's OK to buy small packages, but once your kid is a size 3, 4 or 5, definitely buy in bulk."
Read Checkbook's report on diapers and infant formula