Baby Diapers: How Much Should I Plan to Spend on Baby Diapers?

One of the things many parents overlook when preparing and budgeting for a newborn is the cost of diapers. Newborns go through many diapers a day, and the cost can add up. Here is a great tool to help you plan for diapers in your budget.

When considering how many diapers a newborn goes through in their diaper journey it is no surprise how diaper costs can add up! This leads many of us to the question, how long will my baby use diapers?


In the first year, this chart indicates that you could be buying around 1,040 diapers in the first year alone! According to Investopedia, “The average child will use more than 2,700 diapers in the first year alone, which can add up to more than $550 (based on an average price of $0.20 per disposable diaper).“ As you can see, the costs of diapers will add up quickly! You can also learn from a great story on how many diapers this mom budgeted for and how she was able to accurately stockpile diapers for her newborn. Read more about her story here


After the first year, the baby will be using fewer diapers so you can expect the costs to slowly decrease. It is always going to be impossible to tell when every baby will be ready to start potty training because every baby is different and that's great! Some babies are ready to start potty training as early as 18 months, and some won't be ready to begin potty training until they are 3 or 4 years old. The key is just to be patient when working with your baby on potty training.


Additional resource: How to Change Your Baby’s Diaper

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  • Lisa` 06:10 PM

    Super Helpful!

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