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One of the smartest things a parent-to-be can do before their new baby arrives is build a diaper stash. Having plenty of diapers and wipes on-hand can be such a time and sanity saver in those early months.

Follow these easy steps to build the perfect diaper stash before your little one makes her or his debut! 

How to Build a Diaper Stash Before Baby


1. Create your diaper zone

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Will you be using a changing table?

A changing pad on top of a sturdy dresser?

A small portable mat to be used on your bed or floor?

Once you figure out where you’ll be changing your little one, you’ll be able to better plan for your diaper stash.


2. Determine your storage capacity

Once you have your diaper zone determined, it’s time to honestly assess the amount of excess storage space available in your home that could be used to store boxes of diapers.

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If you have plenty of storage space available, you’re good to build that diaper stash as much as possible!

If space is limited, start with one box of diapers in sizes Newborn – 3, and then use the chart below to strategically buy as many additional boxes as you can that will fit in your storage space.


3. Pick a diaper brand that you can trust

I always recommend asking other parents for baby product suggestions. It’s a great way to get honest feedback from real people that you know and trust.

When we started asking around about different diaper brands, Huggies® always came with rave reviews from our friends and family. It’s a great brand that new parents can really trust.

Find that brand that you’d like to go with, and then get ready to stock up.

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4. Buy the right number of each diaper size

While each baby will grow at a different rate, this chart is a great starting point for determining how many diapers you’ll need in each size:

One of the best places for parents to stock up on diapers is Sam’s Club—where you really get more bang for your buck.

If you’re not already a member, now is the perfect time to join! Right now you can join and receive $45 in Instant Savings while you build your diaper stash. Simply buy any three participating Huggies® products to get rewarded.

Sign up in these easy steps:

  1. Join Sam’s Club AND buy any 3 participating Huggies® products in the same transaction.
  2. Get $45 instantly loaded onto your new Sam’s Club Membership Card.

You may start a new membership online here or visit your local club.



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5. Don’t open your boxes of diapers until you are ready to use them!

It can be super tempting to get all of the diapers piled neatly into the adorable storage bins and baskets that you probably have in your changing area, but don’t do it!

When you’re getting everything set up before baby arrives, open one box of size Newborn diapers. That’s it! Just one box!

Babies, especially in the 0-3 month range, grow at very different rates. Some little ones will be ready to transition into Size 1 diapers after a few weeks; others, after a few days. If your new baby is a fast grower, you can exchange your unopened boxes for the next size up. Always be safe and save those receipts from diaper purchases, as it will make any returns or exchanges quicker and smoother.


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