Stocking up on Diapers, How Many do you Need?

Preparing for your baby is such an adventure. I can still remember how excited I was to prepare that first nursery with all of the things I would need and staring at the tiny clothes imagining my first born son in them. Stocking up on diapers is a must because in those first few months running to the store in the middle of the night is the last thing you want to have to worry about.

Now that I have had four kids I have a pretty good grasp on how many diapers I will need, but this is a guideline. Keep in mind that you will get samples of newborn diapers from the hospital, in my case they have sent us home with 2-3 packages of newborn diapers. My babies have typically only ever needed one extra pack than what they send us home with and chances are you may get some as a gift. You can return your diapers for different sizes too. With that in mind I would suggest stocking up on diapers sizes 1, 2, and 3. A good rule of thumb is to try to price your diapers between $.10-$.15 per diaper. The larger the diaper size the more it will cost as there are less per box. If you can find diapers within this price range you want to stock up!

Where to Stock up your diapers?

You may think this is a strange question…but it isn’t. Trust. me. I have been in so many “sticky” situations where I have been saved by my secret stash of diapers. There is nothing worse than being in a situation where you have a blow out situation and nothing to do about it. That is why in the first couple of months (before your baby starts solid foods) I pack an extra outfit too. EVERYWHERE! Put an extra outfit in the car, in your purse, and even at a friend/family members house if you visit often enough to warrant it.

Stocking up diapers on the go:

In Your Car: I like to keep diapers and wipes in the back pocket of the seats of the front two chairs. I make a small changing station with a changing pad, small toys, and plenty of diapers and wipes. It can be tricky to find a diaper changing friendly bathroom so I use my car as a diaper changing station a lot. Make sure to check your car before leaving on long road trips!

In Your Purse/Diaper bag: This is obvious. BUT, make sure that you check your diaper bag before you leave any where. You never know when you will be stuck in a situation where you need more than you think.

Around the House: I like to set up diaper stations around the house. I got the brilliant idea from a neighbor who has 8 children and she set up a changing/diaper station in her kitchen. It was a separate part of the kitchen away from the food, but it was a place she ALWAYS was and she had it set up to take care of a diaper quickly with a changing pad and all the things you would need to change a diaper. I like to have a little area for diapers on each floor of the house. When my babies are newborns I set up a changing station right next to my bed so I can change their diapers without having to get out of bed. My favorite type of bed to use for a baby is a pack n play with a changing table attached so I can sleep and change the baby right next to my bed, but still have it be it’s own special place.

In Your Stroller: 

Earlier this year I was traveling with my husband and my small baby in Boston and I had a greater understanding of what life is like as a city dwelling mom with no car. All I had access to with transportation was my stroller and public transportation.

We had the awesome opportunity of going to a Red Sox game, one of my husband’s life long bucket list items. My son came with us because we didn’t know anyone in the area and he ended up having two blow outs that day, with the last one being at the game. My extra outfit was already dirty from an earlier blow out and all I had left was a clean onesie, a clean diaper/wipes, and a sleep sack. I wasn’t able to find a changing station so I had to make do with the bathroom that I had. Thank goodness I have a fair-tempered baby and we came back to the game with a fresh diaper, a onesie and technically a half naked baby (underneath the sleep sack) I was so grateful I had packed EXTRA diapers/wipes in my stroller that day.

On that same trip I ran out of wipes and found a nice fellow mom to help me out. If you are in a dire situation don’t be afraid to ask for help. I have done this a few times both on the giving and receiving end and have been happy to do it! Helping a fellow mama out always feels good.

At your Parent’s house:

We spend a fair amount of time spending time at my parents house. We like to have extra diapers and wipes there. We also stock the house with bibs, small spoons, baby food, and baby medicine. You never know when you might need it!

How many to Stock up?

Every child has different needs when it comes to diaper size, and diaper change frequency, so this is simply a guide.

Here is a general guide of what you may need:

Typically newborns will go through 8-10 diaper changes in a day. As your baby starts to sleep through the night you will have less diapers to change, so you will go through 4-8 diapers a day.  Breast fed babies may go through more diapers as it takes less time for their bodies to digest.


Depending on how much room you have to work with you may want to start with 2-3 large packages of size 1, 2, and 3. Stocking up before your baby comes is a great idea so that you can take advantage of great sales that happen before you are in desperate need of them. My babies stay in size 3 and 4 for a long time, so you may want to wait and see how big your baby is at that point to know how many of those you may need. Diapers take up a lot of space, so you probably don’t want to go too crazy!

Here is a general guide for what you may need:

  • Newborn – 196 diapers
  • Size 1 – 770 diapers
  • Size 2 – 924 diapers
  • Size 3 – 900 diapers
  • Size 4 – 588 diapers
  • Size 5 – 1176 diapers

The best way to stock up on diapers is to shop the sales and combine them with a coupon if you can!

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Right now Sam’s Club has a great offer on diapers/wipes right now for $10 off a purchase of 2 Pampers diapers or wipes items, or $18 off a purchase of 3 items (no coupon required!) Sam’s Club offers services such as Scan & GO and Club Pickup to bypass the register and make stocking up even easier. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.