The Cost of Diapers

With diapers being one of the many double expenses for twins, I did a lot of research into diaper prices, and I hope that it will help someone else! All prices listed are unit prices. I always went with the largest quantity to get the best deal, unless a smaller size was the same unit price.

My girls were born at 37 weeks. They were 4 pound 11.5 ounces, 17.5 inches and 5 pounds 4 ounces, 18 inches. During the first 3 weeks, we were going through 6-10 diapers a day per baby. For newborn diapers, we tried Pampers Swaddlers, Target Up&Up, and Babies R Us. The hospital sent us home with Pampers Swaddlers. I was pleased with them but not with the price. We next tried Target. I felt the quality and fit in the waist was similar to Pampers for a much better price. However, the leg holes were a little big for our girls, and we did have some leaks. Babies R Us had a very similar fit to Target, but seemed more plasticy than the other brands. Luvs seemed to be a great compromise for fit and price. They were the smallest fitting diapers (especially for their skinny legs), which was helpful for minimizing leaks, and are the cheapest name brand. However, they don’t have a wetness indicator, which was disappointing because our tiny girls make tiny pees. It got easier to tell when it was pee and when it was just poop as the days went on, though. FYI: Honest Co sent me 8 diapers to try, when I signed up for a free trial, and they also don’t have a wetness indicator. They were the largest diaper of the newborn ones we tried, as well.

We ended up going with Target’s Up and Up diapers. Luvs were probably my favorite for fit and value, but my preference wasn’t great enough to justify the price differential. I know different diapers fit babies differently, so we will see if we continue to love Target’s diapers as the babies change sizes!

At 4 months, the girls weighed 10.5 pounds and were 24.5 inches. We were finally ready for size 1 diapers! We tried Huggies Snug & Dry first, and while I liked the quality, they were too big for our girls’ skinny thighs (3rd percentile for weight and 52nd/61st percentile for height…). The Huggies Little Snugglers are softer inside and also have smaller velcro flaps. This meant that I was able to get the waist tighter than with the Snug & Dry because I could put one velcro tab high and one low. There is also elastic in Huggies’ waist bands which is a huge selling point. No more back blowouts! Overall, these fit really well, but they are one of the most expensive diaper options! We next tried Pampers Swaddlers, and I loved them! They fit well and had a layer that seems like it is supposed to keep pee off the skin. Unfortunately, they are one of the more expensive brands of diapers, though. Next we tried Luvs, and they seemed to be a good fit and a decent bargain, but there is no back elastic. The Walmart brand reminded me of the Babies R Us brand. The fit was fine, but they seemed plasticy. They along with CVS and Target all have back elastic. If it is important to you, the Pampers and Huggies Snug & Dry do not have wetness indicators.

Even though I want to go with Pampers, I think we will be trying the Target brand for size 1, as it will save us $22/month. The great thing about size 1 diapers are they are cheaper, and we are using less per day! I have been buying diapers, formula, and wipes at Target because they often do a $15-25 gift card with a $100 or $125 baby purchase. I haven’t used Amazon because I can’t use my Similac and now Luvs coupons.

Here is some more feedback on the pros and cons of the various brands:

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3 thoughts on “The Cost of Diapers

  1. Wetness indicator? Seriously????? Soon you’ll be experienced enough not to need this (and you thought 20x a day was enough experience….)!. For us the “blow out” issue never went away – no matter the age/size they over achieved on this front. Usually when wearing clothes that were more difficult to change…. We tried many and found Luvs to consistently perform well at a decent price. Pampers are the gold standard (I was an original test baby!!!!!), but not worth the exaggerated price. Costco are $25.99/192 with free shipping until 10/23….


    1. Haha well the wetness indicator is also nice for not having to open the diaper and check it. Although at this point pretty much if they aren’t eating their diaper probably needs to be changed… Our problem with blowouts was that they were in preemie clothes and we didn’t want to buy too many outfits because we figured they wouldn’t be in them long. Thank God we are finally fitting in some newborn month clothing! I don’t know about Costco, but Sam’s doesn’t carry much in the newborn size. No Sam’s generic in the newborn size and not much of the name brands in newborn sizes.


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