How do you pay for all those diapers?
As you’ll recall from earlier podcasts, back in episode number three we talked about exactly how many diapers you’re going to need, especially for that first year with twins. By the time you’ve finished with the first month with twins, you will have used over 800 diapers on your twins. And by the time you hit six months with your twins, you’re on track to hit 2,000 diapers or more.
So each diaper, of course, has a cost associated with it, and those prices start to add up really fast. So how are you going to pay for all those diapers? Well, there’s several options that you can do to help reduce the cost that you’re going to have for that expense.
Online Discounts for Diapers
One of the services out there that many parents of twins use is called Amazon Mom. This is kind of like a subscription service where you sign up to receive regular shipments of diapers from Amazon.com, from their Amazon Mom program. And when you’re enrolled in that program, you get, of course, a discount on that product over the regular price.
Warehouse Bulk Diapers
If you want to buy in bulk, you can also go to your local warehouse club store, like Costco or Sam’s Club. We have a Costco membership, and so we would use Costco diapers with our twins, and so whenever we go to Costco, we’d stock up with big boxes to take care of our babies.
Store Specific Diaper Offers
Additionally, stores like Target have store-brand diapers that compare, price-wise, favorably with national brands. And I’ve also heard of some parents with twins going to a Target to purchase because they’ll get the Target credit card, where you can get a percentage back on your purchases in the store, and so that makes the diapers even that much cheaper.
If you don’t want to go with disposable diapers, you can always go with cloth diapers. Cloth diapers will cost you maybe a couple hundred dollars to set up all the diapers in the beginning. But after that, it’s a lot cheaper, over time, compared to disposable diapers. That’s a decision you’ll have to make, if you want to go with disposable or cloth diapers and how much it’s going to cost for you in the long run and how much the convenience factor may be weighing in your decision.
Get Others to Buy Diapers for Your Twins
Just because you need all those diapers for your twins doesn’t mean you have to actually buy them yourself. And so you can definitely look for your baby showers or gifts ahead of when your twins are born as opportunities to collect the diapers that you’re going to need with your infant twins, or you can ask for gift cards to help pay for those diapers. Additionally, you can recruit some of your family members to contribute or donate diapers to the cause as well.
No More Twin Diapers
Ultimately, you want to be able to get your twins potty-trained as fast as possible and get them out of diapers, but you’re probably going to be in for at least a year and a half, probably two years, before you’re out of diapers.
So how are you going to pay for all those diapers? Hopefully by shopping in bulk, getting discount prices where you can, either online or at your local store, and hopefully you can get as many free diapers as possible from your friends and family.
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This question was originally addressed on the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast episode 20.
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