How to Build a Diaper Stash Before Baby

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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

build a diaper stash

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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  • Reply Katie Bressler

    These are some great tips! STocking up is so important, so looking for deals anywhere is key. Oh the diaper game…ours just turned 2 and I cannot wait till she is out of them :):) (i wish we clothed sometimes LOL)

    September 26, 2017 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Hahaha, I’m counting down the days until our 15 month old is ready to potty train! Nothing is better than transitioning out of the diaper phase for good. 🙂

      September 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Angie

    These are great tips and that’s a great size chart. Very resourceful! Thanks for sharing!

    September 27, 2017 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Kaity

      You’re so welcome, Angie! 🙂

      September 27, 2017 at 3:30 am
  • Reply Mia

    I remember for my baby shower I got a diaper cake? It was a giant cake made out of diapers. So cute I didn’t want to break into it!

    September 27, 2017 at 12:06 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Those are SO cute! I remember getting really upset while disassembling it at 9 months pregnant because it took FOREVER to get those diapers apart and unrolled. Didn’t want to waste them! ?

      September 27, 2017 at 3:31 am
      • Reply Mia

        Haha I know, once you take it apart you can’t put it back together either!

        September 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Victoria with One Sharp mama

    This is such great advice! We had quite a little stash built up before we had my daughter. She’s ten months and I have only had to buy diapers Twice and that’s because she is staying in this size longer than we figured she would!

    September 27, 2017 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Kaity

      You can never get the diaper purchasing exactly right, that’s for sure. Only having to buy diapers twice in 10 months is pretty darn impressive, though! ?

      September 27, 2017 at 3:32 am
  • Reply Melanie

    We were given a good diaper stash at our baby shower with our triplets, and it was so valuable! #client

    September 27, 2017 at 12:45 am
    • Reply Kaity

      It makes such a difference, right?! ?

      September 27, 2017 at 3:33 am
  • Reply Juli

    These are great tips! My baby just turned 3 months, and I am continuously building my stash 😀

    September 27, 2017 at 5:10 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Congrats on your new little one, mama!! You’re so smart to stock up continuously—such a low-stress way to build that stash. 🙂

      September 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    I ended up buying Diapers every time I saw them on sale when I was pregnant both times. Thanks to that and my shower, I didn’t HAVE to buy a box until my son was about 10 months old!

    September 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      That’s amazing!! Such a smart way to stock up—watching out for those sales. Definitely makes a difference!

      September 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Wow, that is diaper goals for any one that is pregnant right now! What a very smart way to stock up.

    September 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Thanks, Joanna! 🙂

      September 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Kara

    Such a great idea. I was so not prepared for the amount of diapers that my babies would need. But, having friends gift them to me at my shower was a lifesaver.

    September 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Baby showers are SUCH a great way to stock your diaper and wipes stash. My partner and I had a joint diaper shower with our first daughter and got so many diapers. Agree with you 100%—total lifesaver! 🙂

      September 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Cara Fries

    wow this looks SO nice and organized, all such great tips… thanks for sharing! xo

    September 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Thanks, Cara! 🙂

      September 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    I do cloth diapers so I still had to make sure I had a nice stash before my son was born in January and luckily I had my diapers saved from my 3 year old. My others I did disposable and did a good stash saved up too!

    September 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Stocking up is SUCH a good call whether you do disposable or cloth. That’s so great that you were able to reuse your diapers from your 3 year old!

      September 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    Creating a diaper stash of various sizes is a great idea! Then you don’t have to worry about buying diapers even for the first few months if you get your sales and coupons right.

    September 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      So true, Jeanine!

      September 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Lori Geurin

    What great tips for new parents! It’s been a while since I’ve had to buy diapers, but I can sure remember changing them every day. Ha. Diapers are always a great gift for a new mom because they’re always needed.

    September 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Claudia Blanton

    I love that idea. Just a little word of caution, you will never know if the same thing happens to you, then it did with me and my daughter – she was allergic to most diapers out there, so we had to figure out which ones she could handle. Had we bought them ahead of time, we would have wasted a ton of money. Blessings!

    September 28, 2017 at 1:26 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Neither of our girls had allergic reactions (thankfully), but I know that happens to a lot of families. That’s why I definitely wanted to include the point about not opening all of the boxes of diapers at once. That way if your little one has an allergic reaction, like your sweet girl did, you can return the diapers. You could always start with less diapers in your stash, as well. It’s nice to have a fully-stocked diaper stash, but each family will ultimately make a different call. 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    THis never worked for me because each kid fit a different brand of diaper when they were newborns. Some fit, some didn’t.

    September 28, 2017 at 3:36 am
    • Reply Kaity

      Such a good point. Another reason to not open all of the boxes at once—if the first brand doesn’t work out, you can always exchange. 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    The advice about not opening the diapers before you need them….spot on. I ended up giving away a lot of diapers because of that very reason.

    September 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      We did the same thing with our first girl! You live; you learn, I suppose. 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

    Oh this would have been super helpful when my twins were born. We are passed the diaper stage now, but some great tips here for new moms!

    September 29, 2017 at 1:22 am
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    You can never have enough diapers. Not opening them before you use them is also a great idea incase you need a different size down the line. I also know many parents subscribe to delivery service so they never have to worry about running out.

    September 29, 2017 at 1:45 am
  • Reply Ayana Pitterson

    This is exactly what I did when I had little ones. We had 3 zones in the house, bedroom, living room and family room in basement. It definitely made things easier, since there were definitely some emergency times. Great tips for the new moms out there.

    Thrifting Diva

    September 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Totally agree with this. Stock up on larger sized diapers, and just have a few newborn. They grow out of them so fast that you probably won’t use them for very long.

    September 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I never realized how much diapers a baby needs until my brother had his first. It’s INSANE! This is SUCH a smart idea!

    September 30, 2017 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Carolyn

    We had to change to use Huggies for my boys because they started getting a rash from another brand. They worked great.

    October 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson

    I wish we had done this when we were expecting. You go through those diapers so fast!

    October 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply Debbie-jean

    We build a diaper stash before my god-daughter showed up. Best decision ever!

    October 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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