Why Trust Us
We’ve been rating and reviewing diapers since 1994 (and actually diapering babies since 1993!). In addition to hands on changing and cleaning, we have also dived into a number of lab tests of disposable diapers. We also evaluate consumer reviews, as well as our own message boards. We also tap into our extensive readership of clothes diaper devotees.
Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!
Money Saving Tips No One Tells You About Buying Diapers!
1. Buy in bulk.
Don’t buy those little packs of 20 diapers—look for the 80 or 100 count packs instead. You’ll find the price per diaper goes down when you buy larger packs. That’s why drug stores are usually the most expensive place to buy diapers—they sell diapers in smaller packages, with the highest per diaper price.
2. Don’t buy in grocery stores.
We compared prices at grocery stores and usually found them to be sky-high. Most were selling diapers in packages that worked out to over 25¢ per diaper. Of course, sales and coupons can lower those prices—some grocery chains aggressively price diapers as a loss leader.
3. Use coupons and gift cards.
Yep, it doesn’t take much effort to find high-value coupons for diapers. If you have to make a late-night emergency diaper run to the grocery store, use these to save.
When friends ask you what you’d like as a shower gift, you can drop hints for gift cards. That way you can get what you really need, instead of cute accessories of marginal value.
4. Cloth diaper fan tip: used cloth diapers can be a big savings.
Many of the best brands of cloth diapers last and last and last. So you may see them for resale on parenting boards. Prices are usually way under retail. This is a good way to try out a brand before investing the big bucks on buying them at retail.
If you want to buy new, however, consider introductory or trial deals. Many cloth diapers have special introductory or trial packages with built-in discounts. Before you invest hundreds of dollars in one brand, give it a test drive first.
Top photo credit: Jonathan Borba
How we picked a winner
We evaluate diapers with in-depth inspections, lab tests and parent interviews. We look for overall leak protection comfort and comfort. We gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over 1 million copies in print), tracking diapers (both cloth and disposable) for quality and durability. The reliability of diaper brands is another key factor. Since we’ve been doing this since 1994, we have developed detailed profiles of major diaper brands that help guide our recommendations.
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