When the kids were young, I think our most expensive item that we had to purchase, due to the quantity with four children, was probably diapers. I tried cloth diapers for a short time with my first born but that didn’t last for long. Too many diaper changes to keep him dry and too many loads of laundry. Since this is one of the biggest expense in a young family’s life, especially if you have multiple children, it’s best to seek out alternative places to buy diapers at less cost.
We used to go to an outlet warehouse that sold diapers in bulk at a much lower cost than buying them in a store. I’ve researched and found that this store still exists but under a different name and they now have two locations whereas there was only one when we were buying diapers. If you live in the Toronto area, this place is Diapers N’ Kids Wear Factory Outlet. They have 100 diapers per case for $11.99 for size 1, up to size 6 diapers, 100 per case for $23.99. That’s $0.12 per diaper for their smallest size and $0.24 per diaper for their largest size. Then they also have premium diapers, pull-ups and cloth diapers. Buying diapers in bulk will save you a bit more than buying name brand diapers. Their website lists their prices of all their products.
Researching the prices at Walmart.ca, Pampers size 1 diapers are about $0.15 each and size 6 diapers are $0.29 per diaper. Huggies diapers cost the same as Pampers. Costco sells Kirkland Signature diapers, size 1, for $0.20 per diaper and $0.38 per diaper for size 6 – even more than Walmart’s Pampers and Huggies diapers!
I remember when we were buying these diapers. We literally had a room set aside for diapers because we had three children in diapers at one time and all in different sizes. When we went to the “diaper factory” as we liked to call it, we would stock up on several bags. I think the prices are not too far off what we were paying back in the early 90s. I remember we would drive over to their store on a Saturday morning with all the kids in the car. My husband would run in and get the diapers while I stayed with the kids. At that time, they had pink diapers for girls and blue diapers for the boys. Anyone remember that? Supposedly the pink had more padding in the front for girls and the blue diapers had more padding in the back for boys. My husband and I didn’t worry whether we got pink or blue – we just needed diapers at a cheap price. So, while there would be a huge line up for the blue diapers, my husband would zero in on the pink diapers, grab the sizes we needed and be out of the store in no time. Some people commented that we must have a lot of girls. Nope – 3 boys and 1 girl but it made no difference what colour they wore, as long as they did their job, and in the end, as my husband used to say, they all end up brown anyway!
The downside to these diapers, because they are after all factory rejects, is that sometimes the tape that holds the diaper wouldn’t stick or there wouldn’t be any tape at all. Many times my kids could be found with electrical tape, masking tape or duct tape holding on their diaper. As long as it held the diaper on, we went with it. Some thought it was unreasonable to put a pink diaper on a boy. The baby doesn’t know and he won’t be scarred for life because he wore a pink diaper. Don’t forget, when you go out of the house, baby is wearing clothes so no diaper can be seen anyway.
Look for diaper factory outlets in your area. There are a few online now where you can save and even have them delivered but check their delivery costs because that may up your diaper price. Some will deliver for free if you live within their city limits. The cost of diapers can add up so it’s worth scoping out the prices of these outlets because they will give you a large amount of diapers for a much lower price than name brand stores. With multiple kids in diapers for at least 2 years, sometimes longer, that adds up to a lot of money saved.