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:

Anywhere between $60 and $100 a month not including wipes.

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?

asked 20 Dec '09, 14:04

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I read the blog http://babycheapskate.blogspot.com/ and they have a weekly diaper deals post each week. If you're looking to cut costs, this is a potential way to do that. I can't speak to the price of disposables, though, as we use cloth :)

(21 Dec '09, 03:43) Fun2Dream

Here's a related question that came up at BasicallyMoney.com about the cost of real nappies / reusable / cloth diapers: http://www.basicallymoney.com/questions/1284/do-real-nappies-reusable-cloth-diapers-really-save-money

(02 Apr '10, 12:54) Chris W. Rea

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.

UPDATE: I just came across a good article at cashmoneylife.com discussing Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers. Here's a quote from the article that's specifically relevant to this question:

Contrast that to disposable diapers, which must be purchased for each use (raise your hand if you’ve ever used 3 diapers to complete one change because your baby decided changing time meant going time). Prices for disposable diapers also vary, ranging anywhere from roughly $.10 each to over $.25 each. Babies will use anywhere from 6-10 diapers per day, putting your average cost at roughly $.60-$2.50 per day, or about $20 to $75 per month (depending on brand and number of diapers used). Figure roughly 2 years or more of diapers and you are looking at $480 – $1800 literally thrown away.


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p.s. if you're interested in budgeting in general, check out http://www.basicallymoney.com ;-)

(20 Dec '09, 16:11) Chris W. Rea

Thank you! My fiance and I have been doing some pretty careful budgeting and financial tracking for about a year now. We wanted an idea of what to trend in terms of baby expenses. I'll be sure to check out your site!

(21 Dec '09, 08:39) Artemis

You're welcome, and thanks for checking out the site!

(21 Dec '09, 14:23) Chris W. Rea

+1 for Costco. Everyone told us the same thing... buy Kirkland brand from Costco. So far its proven to be the cheapest place we've found so far.

(21 Dec '09, 17:25) KPW

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.


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And to help with this, I know that when we were expecting our first all the big companies seemed to know somehow and we kept getting samples from various places. I diaper here, a formula coupon there. Save these, because you can use them for your test to avoid needing to buy a whole package of something that might now work.

(25 Jan '10, 04:51) Joel Coehoorn
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