7 Easy ways to save money on nappies
Nappies would easily be one of the biggest expenses in the first few years of a babies life, and unfortunately it’s not an expense that can be avoided. However, there are ways to cut down the costs of nappies significantly, whether you use disposable or cloth. Cloth nappies can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year, but using the below * easy ways to save money on nappies, even disposable nappies can be used for a fraction of the price.
Use nappy samples
There are two ways that using nappy samples can save you money. Firstly, they are free nappies which is less money that you need to spend buying nappies, so take all the free samples you can get. Secondly, they are a great way to try our different nappies, since all nappies fit different babies in different ways. By finding the right type of nappy for your baby, you could save a ton of money. Speaking from experience, the more absorbent the nappy, the cheaper it will be in the long run, even if the per nappy cost is more expensive.
Check out our ultimate list of free baby samples for a full list of nappy samples to claim.
Consider cloth nappies
Cloth nappies these days are completely different to the old style flat white nappies, although those are still by far the cheapest style. Modern cloth nappies look just like a regular nappy, take seconds to put on, and come in some great designs. They can be expensive to buy up front, but will save you money in the long term. I had quite a bit stash of modern cloth nappies when my two were babies, which I then sold in a big bundle once we were done with them, giving me back some of the money I initially outlaid.
Try cheaper brands
More expensive doesn’t always mean better. Some of the cheap, generic supermarket brands of nappies are raved about by many mums, and they are a fraction of the price of Huggies. While I haven’t tried Aldi ordinary nappies, I discovered that Aldi nappy pants are just as good, if not better, than the more expensive alternatives.
Buy in bulk
If you spot your usual brand of nappies on sale, stock up! Nappies are one item that is perfect to stock up on, given that they don’t go out of date. Just be careful that you don’t stock up on too many in the one size; you don’t want to still be left with boxes once your baby moves up to the next size.
Don’t be in a rush to move your baby up in nappy sizes before it;s actually necessary. The per nappy cost gets more expensive the bigger the nappy size, keeping your baby in a smaller size for as long as possible makes financial sense. Just be sure to move up a size once the nappies do start getting too small.
Use cloth wipes
Cloth wipes saved me a small fortune, and they are so easy to use, just add a little water. I used soft baby face washer purchased from Big W, but you could just as easily make your own if you are handy with a sewing machine.
Look out for sales
In addition to supermarket sales, keep an eye on money saving websites such as Scoopon for great deals on bulk nappies.