Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...
June 30, 2007
Newborn Diaper Usage
One of my brother's friends had a baby a few months before I had mine, and they gave out the web address of their blog so that friends and relatives could keep up with the news. One detail caught my eye: they wrote that they'd been told to allow for 200 diapers for the first month, but that "those people don't know our baby--we used 500!"
I've never tracked my babies' diaper usage, but 500 sounded high. It's not the first time I've seen estimates that seemed high: because I had twins, I'm always reading about and hearing about twins, and I would keep hearing about twin newborns "going through an entire package of diapers per day." Diapers for newborns are typically sold in packages containing 40-56 diapers. If the twins were sharing a 40-pack a day, that would be 600 diapers per twin in the first month; a 56-pack a day is 840 diapers per twin per month.
I've seen high cost estimates, too: in the cloth vs. disposable debate, figures are thrown around about how many hundred dollars per month it costs to keep a baby in disposables, and the number always seems higher than I feel like we spend--but who knows, maybe it just disappears into the rest of the shopping and I don't notice it.
So now I had to know: how many diapers does MY baby use? and how much does it cost? I brought a notepad with me to the hospital, and as soon as the nurse put Henry's very first diaper on him, I started tracking how many we used. Looking back on it, I realize it would have been way WAY easier to keep track of how many packages of diapers we bought, but never mind that, I didn't think of it, let's just go with what we have and not discuss how dumb I may or may not have been.
One month seems like a good time to check in. Does this mean he is one month old? NO HE IS NOT I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT. Also, Henry is right now outgrowing newborn-size diapers, so the next package I buy will be size 1, which changes diaper count and cost: going from size newborn to size 1 is the only time you get more diapers for the same price; after that, you get fewer and fewer diapers for the same price.
So here is the report: In one month, Henry used 180 diapers. The newborn-size diapers I buy are sold in packages of 40 diapers, and probably I missed recording a diaper change or two, so let's round it up to 200 diapers, or 5 full packages.
I buy Target brand diapers, which cost $5.75 for a package. So Henry's diapers for one month--5 packages--cost me $28.75. It'll cost me less next month when I can get 56 diapers for the same price as I spend for 40 now.
William's diapers cost us more, though, when he was a newborn. The Wa1mart diapers I was using at the time (we didn't have a Target near us then) didn't work on him; he kept leaking out of them somehow, with the diaper dry and his outfit soaked. Memory fails me, but I think I bought Luvs because they were the least expensive of the brands. Memory fails me again when I try to remember how much a package of Luvs cost, but I know it was more than the store brand ones, so that would make his diaper use more costly.
Posted by Swistle at 2:43:00 PM