Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...
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.