How Much Do Diapers Cost?
When planning to have a baby, the cost of everyday items like diapers is important to take into account. Most babies are in diapers for 2-3 years. so this cost will be with you for a while. There are many different brands of diapers from which you can choose, and most stores even carry their own store brand for a discounted price. Because each baby is different, the brand of diaper that works best for you may not be what works best for others.
How much do diapers cost?
- An average size box of diapers will cost between $15 and $25. Because each box usually contains between 60-100 diapers, this price per box translates to a price per diaper (unit price) of $.15-$.40 . The smaller the size of diaper (newborn or sizes 1-5), the more diapers will fit in the package so the more you get for you money. However, as the child gets older, and therefore in bigger size diapers, he will need to be changed less often, so things even out somewhat. Meijer sells many different brands of diapers for $20-$25 and sells its own brand for $15-$20.
- An economy-size box of diapers will usually contain between 200 and 280 diapers and will cost around $45-$50. This works out to a unit price of $.16-$.25. Costco, for example, sells an economy pack of Huggies brand diapers for $43.99.
- For the first year, it is estimated that a baby will use an average of 5 diapers per day. This is a total of approximately 1825 diapers, which gives a yearly cost of about $460.
- When a baby is 2-3 years old, he will only use 3 or 4 diapers a day. This is a total of approximately 1278 diapers, which gives a yearly cost of about $320.
- For example, a box of Pampers Skin Dry Diapers that contains 192 can retail for $47 to $57. Another brand such as the Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers retails for $33 to $42.
Cost per Change
Newborn (up to 8 pounds)
2 to 4 weeks
12 to 15
Size 1 (8 to 14 pounds)
10 to 12 weeks
10 to 14
Size 2 (12 to 28 pounds)
12 to 15 weeks
10 to 14
Size 3 (16 to 28 pounds)
12 to 15 weeks
7 to 10
Size 4 (23 to 38 pounds)
12 to 15 weeks
5 to 8
Size 5 (More than 28 pounds)
22 to 25 weeks
5 to 8
What are the extra costs?
- About half the time a diaper needs to be changed, wipes will need to be used. These must be purchased separately. Boxes of baby wipes can start at $5 depending on the quantity needed.
- Due to the nature of diapers, it’s highly ideal that a special trash can is purchased to help contain the smells. A popular seller such as the Diaper Genie can at $40.
- Sometimes the baby will have a diaper rash which will require diaper cream such as Desitin.
- Waterproof diapers that are designed for the beach and pool can cost extra. These packs often come with 8 to 12 diapers, and they will cost $7 to $20 per pack.
Tips to know:
- If considering cloth diapers, be sure to factor in the washing expenses as well as a pick-up service if one is selected. These services can cost anywhere from $40 to $60 per week.
- Children are going to react to different diapers. Each child is going to be different so make sure that you find one that doesn’t cause daily rashes or leaks. There is material out there that can cause breakouts.
- All diaper sizes aren’t created equally. A size three with one brand may be different with another. Always check the packaging to know what weight they recommend.
- On average, it’s best to budget at least 6 to 10 diapers per day for your child. This will wildly vary depending on your child’s age and how often they go to the bathroom throughout the day.
- Follow the recommended size chart issued by the brand. Follow this because it will give you the opportunity to pick out a brand that will give your baby a snug fit.
- Since your baby/toddler will need diapers for the first two+ years of their life, consider purchasing in bulk. While they can outgrow sizes, you can always set them aside if you have plans for a child in the near future.
Top brands to consider:
- Earth’s Best
How can I save money on the cost of diapers?
- Almost all brands of diapers have coupons available. Some brands such as Pampers even have rewards systems for frequent users.
- Store brand diapers are usually the cheapest way to go; however, sometimes the quality is not the best and the diapers leak. Try different brands to see which ones work for you.
- Sites such as Diapers.com give new customers more than 20% off their first purchase.
- Consider using services such as Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service. This service will automatically ship you the diapers, depending on how often you want them. When you sign up for this service, you can save up to 20% on each purchase.
- Before heading to the local store, check for either brand or store coupons. Diaper coupons are fairly easy to find online.
- You will notice a large difference between some brands. While it may be tempting to save a few extra dollars, you will quickly find that the cheaper ones can leak and cause a lot of problems.