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Diaper Mythbusters (or How Not to Buy Diapers)

When I was pregnant, I was very proud of my self control. I didn’t run out and purchase a million baby outfits because I knew I could count on gifts and hand-me-downs. I kept from buying new furniture for the nursery outside of the crib, because I knew everything else could be collected and repurposed from our house. I didn’t even spend much on maternity clothes since I was mainly working at home and lived in my pajamas. So, I patted myself on the back for being so frugal.

Turns out, I was secretly engaging in crazy behavior and I had no idea.

For some reason, I spent most of the pregnancy collecting diapers. On some level, this is good planning because your baby is very likely to need diapers. Unfortunately, I was under the influence of five I’ve-never-had-a-baby-before myths. They are as follows:

MYTH #1: If you don’t have diapers before the baby is born, you’ll have to go out in a blizzard to purchase them as soon as the baby arrives…probably before you even change out of your hospital gown.

FACT: They give you diapers at the hospital to tide you over and you’ll be surrounded by people who want to do things for you. They will be thrilled to pick up a pack of NB size diapers.

MYTH #2: Your child will poop ten times a day for the next three years.

FACT: Your child will poop ten times a day for a few weeks. After that, diaper consumption goes down quite quickly.

MYTH #3: You will be able to accurately predict how many of each size diaper you will need as your baby grows.

FACT: You are not magical. You can’t possibly know that.

MYTH #4: You will save money if you take advantage of every diaper sale and coupon discount.

FACT: If you end up buying three or four times the number of diapers that you needed, you won’t save any money.

MYTH #5: You won’t have any time after the baby arrives to run to the store for diapers until the child is a toddler, so you better do all of that shopping now.

FACT: One – Amazon delivers diapers for free. Two – you will look forward to getting out of the house, even if it’s just to go to Target. Target will become one of the predominate motivations for actually putting a bra on and brushing your hair.

Anyway, I thought all of those myths were true and I bought a lot of diapers before Eva was born. A LOT of diapers. I can’t give you an actual count, but I can tell you that I had everything from preemie diapers to size 5 training pull-ups and although Eva is currently a size 3, she’s wearing size 2 diapers because we have more than 300 size 2 diapers left in the house. Because Mommy is a crazy person.


The salt in the wound? I totally wanted to do cloth diapers and spent over $200 on a really nice set of cloth diapers to use for Eva. I also bought a crapton of cloth diaper detergent. Eva has yet to wear a single cloth diaper, however, because we’re desperately trying to use up the disposables. At this rate, she’ll get into cloth diapers right around the time she’s ready to potty train.


Le sigh. I guess we’re ready for the next kid.

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  • Reply Tiffani

    It does happen. But if the box isn't open, the stores are happy to exchange them, even without a reciept (we did do this a couple of times)

    New trip to Target!

    October 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply LisaJ

    Exactly what Tiffani said. If you used your debit or credit card, Target will look up your receipt for you. You can donate diapers. Maybe friends will buy them off you. Save for shower gifts.

    And for your cloth diapers, think about Why you wanted to use them and then use them.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing

    #5 cracks me up! cause, heading off to the grocery store or target is like "mom-get-away" time for me & my youngest is already 5! 🙂

    November 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm
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