As a new parent, I'm open to trying just about any brand of diapers. (I'll switch only if they aren't working for us.) I did a basic google search and the closest answer I found was this one:
I'm not sure how accurate the information is on wiki.answers, so I wanted to check on moms4mom. Also, does the price differ greatly based on the size of diapers you buy or where you live?
I have some concrete first hand information for you:
My wife and I have been buying our daughter's diapers and wipes almost exclusively at Costco. We buy Huggies diapers, and Costco's Kirkland brand wipes. We track all household purchases with personal finance software, and I had specifically set up a category for the baby stuff at Costco. I've gone back and analyzed the numbers representing the time period from when my daughter was 1 year old to 3 years old. The results:
Over those 2 years, we spent about $1400 (Canadian dollars) at Costco on diapers and wipes. That comes to about $58/month. I would gross up that amount by about 15% to account for the odd times when we didn't buy at Costco, i.e. about $67 per month. It was probably a little higher when my daughter was an infant (0 - 1 year old).
Presently, with the Canadian dollar being so close to the U.S. dollar, I don't expect there's much difference in Costco's price for diapers and wipes.
So, I would suggest the estimate of $60-$100 you found above is completely reasonable. If you don't shop at a warehouse club or otherwise pay attention to prices, you'll probably come in closer to the top end of that range.
I get the store brand diapers and wipes at Wal-Mart and Target. While I don't know the exact amount I spend each month, it is easy to tell just by looking at the prices on the shelves, that the store brands are quite a bit cheaper than the name brands.
However, you need to bear in mind that no disposable diaper is one size fits all body types. What may fit well on one child may leak like a sieve on another. I'd say start with the cheapest brand available and work up from there until you find the one that does not allow leaks or explosions.
answered 22 Jan '10, 15:26