I’ve been changing diapers for two years, seven months and 20 days straight.
OK, that’s not true. My husband and I got a roughly month-long respite between the time Chloe started potty training and the time Sloane was born.
Still, that’s a lot of dang diapers. And we’ve got another 10 months to go before we can even think about ditching them for good.
But do you know what I hate more than changing diapers?
Paying for them.
By the time Sloane starts using the potty, we will probably have spent about $2,000 on nappies.
If I were a better woman, I would have used cloth diapers with both of my kids. I could have saved hundreds of dollars and probably would have done my karma a favor by keeping so much waste out of landfills.
Instead, we went with the environment-destroying disposables.
At first we used the BJ’s store brand, Berkley & Jensen. Depending on the size of diaper, we were paying between 14 cents and 16 cents apiece.
We could have found other diapers cheaper (Luvs are about 12 cents each at Walmart and Target), but a friend had recommended these as the best.
A couple of months ago, I heard about Amazon Mom. It’s an Amazon Prime membership that gets you the usual free two-day shipping, as well as 20 percent off diaper and wipe purchases when you sign up for subscribe and save. With subscribe and save, you set up a schedule (every month, every seven weeks, whatever) to have diapers delivered to your house. I ended up getting Luvs shipped to my door for 17 cents apiece.
The convenience factor was awesome at first. But I overestimated how often I would need deliveries, and the diapers piled up. As Sloane grew, I ended up with a bunch of diapers in the wrong size.
You can get a free, three-month trial of Amazon Mom. Be sure you don’t agree to auto-renew your membership. And you can change your delivery schedule at any time – just don’t forget to do it.
But I canceled. Now I troll the pediatrician’s office and the Sunday paper for manufacturer’s coupons. I’ll wait for that brand to go on sale, then try to stack the coupon with a store-issued coupon.
If you have your debit card linked to a Target account, you can get an additional 5 percent discount when you buy them there, plus free shipping if you order online. Or if you shop at Tops, you can get $20 off for every $100 you spend on diapers, using your BonusPlus card.
Yes, I think I’ve finally got this diaper thing all figured out. Just in time to (hopefully) be done with it soon. That is, unless we try for a boy.