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How Much Do Diapers Cost? Diaper Cost Calculator


How Much Do Diapers Cost?

The total cost of diapers will depend on how many times you change baby per day, which kind of diapers you buy and how soon baby is potty trained.

The Diaper Cost Calculator has detailed tables behind it that estimate baby weight by month and the size and number of diapers that will be needed at that weight.

Diaper Cost Calculator

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How many diapers do you need per month?

The number of diapers you’ll need each month varies quite a bit by baby, but here are some estimates to get you in the ballpark:

AgeNumber of Diapers
Newborn, 1st month8 to 12 changes per day
240 to 320 diapers for the month
Month 2 – 66 to 8 changes per day
230 to 270 per month
Month 7 – 126 to 7 changes per day
170 to 240 per month
Month 13 – 244 to 6 changes per day
120 to 170 per month
Month 25 – 363 to 5 changes per day
80 to 100 per month
Month 36+You’ll need 80 or so per month until potty training is finished

How much do diapers cost? A shelf with stacks and stacks of diapers

 The better the sleeper your baby is and the sooner they sleep through the night, the fewer diapers you will need. You may have to invest in overnight diapers for those full nights, but that is a great problem to have.

There is disagreement as to whether boys require more diapers than girls. I had two boys and two girls and didn’t see a noticeable difference.

Breastfed babies may have a few more diapers than bottle-fed babies as breastmilk digests quickly and goes through the baby’s system faster. You may be changing diapers (or nappies!) as often as once per feeding.

What is the price of diapers?

Here are some average prices, per single diaper, per size. 

SizeWeightLow costMedium costHigh cost
N< 10 lbs0.2280.2810.349
18 to 14 lbs0.1680.2550.321
212 to 18 lbs0.1660.2610.334
316 to 28 lbs0.200.2860.343
422 to 37 lbs0.2110.3140.391
527 to 35 lbs0.250.3780.471
635 +0.320.4640.604
741+0.4020.4690.641

The numbers in that chart come from analyzing more than 110 diaper products.

The high-cost column includes both higher-priced brands and specialty diapers for things like no-chlorine or hypo-alergenic.

How do I reduce my diaper costs?

  • Buy the biggest packs of diapers you can. If you have too many you can always sell or give them away.
  • Check out the Amazon subscriptions that save 5%.
  • You can usually find coupons or specials in retail outlets if you aren’t picky about the brand or timing.
  • There are often coupons on Amazon now as well.

Which Diapers Are Best?

Every experienced mom will tell you that the best diapers are those that don’t leak, are inexpensive and comfortable. 

In our best diapers list you’ll see a rundown of all the leading diaper brands. You are likely to find diapers that fit your child better than others, so it is not uncommon to try one brand and then switch a couple of times.

Size N Diaper Costs

“N” is for Newborn. Most babies start in size N’s but some bigger babies might go right to size 1 from their first diaper.

The first month is when you’ll be changing diapers the most, probably at a rate of 8 to 10 per day. Some babies grow out of size N’s in the first month and others stay in them for 6 to 8 weeks.

Low Cost Size N Diapers

Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size N Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
The Honest Company Diapers

Higher Cost or Special Material Size N Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine-Free Disposable Baby Diapers

Size 1 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 1 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 1 Diapers

Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers
Honest Baby Diapers, Teal Tribal

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 1 Diapers

The Honest Company Baby Diapers with Trueabsorb Technology
The Honest Company Club Box – Size 1 – Teal Tribal & Space Travel Print
NOESA NDS-82 Baby Diapers
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers

Size 2 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 2 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Pampers Baby Dry Disposable Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 2 Diapers

Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 2 Diapers

The Honest Company Baby Diapers with True Absorb Technology
The Honest Company Club Box
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers

Size 3 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 3 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Cuties Complete Care Baby Diapers
Earth + Eden Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 3 Diapers

Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Movers Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
HUGGIES OverNites Diapers
The Honest Company Super Club Box Diaper
Bambo Nature Eco Friendly Premium Baby Diapers for Sensitive Skin

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 3 Diapers

Seventh Generation Baby Diapers for Sensitive Skin
Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
Pampers Pull On Cruisers 360 Fit Disposable Baby Diapers
Bambo Nature Eco Friendly Baby Diapers Classic for Sensitive Skin
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers

Size 4 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 4 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Pampers Baby Dry Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Baby Dry Disposable Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 4 Diapers

Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
HUGGIES Little Movers Slip On Diaper Pants
Huggies Little Movers Diapers
Pampers Pull On Cruisers 360 Fit Disposable Baby Diapers

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 4 Diapers

Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers
Seventh Generation Baby Free & Clear Overnight Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers

Size 5 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 5 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers
Pampers Baby Dry Disposable Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 5 Diapers

HUGGIES Little Movers Slip On Diaper Pants
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
Pampers Pull On Cruisers 360 Fit Disposable Baby Diapers
The Honest Company Super Club Box Diaper

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 5 Diapers

Huggies Little Movers Active Baby Diapers
Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Seventh Generation Baby Free & Clear Overnight Diapers
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers

Size 6 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 6 Diapers

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers
HUGGIES Little Movers Slip On Diaper Pants
Huggies Snug & Dry Baby Diapers
Pampers Baby Dry Disposable Baby Diapers
Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Diapers

Average Cost Size 6 Diapers

Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Movers Active Baby Diapers
Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers
Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
HUGGIES OverNites Diapers
Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 6 Diapers

Pampers Pull On Cruisers 360 Fit Disposable Baby Diapers
The Honest Company Super Club Box Diaper
Pampers Pure Disposable Baby Diapers
Huggies Special Delivery Hypoallergenic Baby Diapers
Seventh Generation Baby Free & Clear Overnight Diapers

Size 7 Diaper Costs

Low Cost Size 7 Diapers

Branded Parent’s Choice Diapers
Earth + Eden Baby Diapers
Cuties Complete Care Baby Diapers

Average Cost Size 7 Diapers

First Quality Cuties Diapers
Comfees CMF-7 Premium Baby Diapers

Higher Cost or Special Material Size 7 Diapers

Pampers Cruisers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers Swaddlers Disposable Baby Diapers
Pampers UnderJams Absorbent Nightwear

FAQ’s About Diaper Costs

Why do so many people use disposable diapers?

Because they are so convenient, especially during travel when it is inconvenient to carry around soiled cloth diapers until they can be washed. Further, disposable diapers keep babies dryer than traditional cloth diapers, so the cloth diapers have to be changed more frequently. Note that today’s cloth diaper systems are superior to traditional cloth diapers.

How much will I spend on diapers for my baby?

Experienced Mommy calculates, for a baby born at eight pounds who is out of diapers by age 2, who uses average to premium quality diapers, $1400.00 to $2400.00 total. If diapering goes on for a third year, the cost will likely exceed the $2400.00.

Do disposable diapers expire?

Practically speaking, no, but discoloration is possible, and loss of elasticity where applicable.

What is the average cost of a diaper?

Use the Experienced Mommy diaper cost calculator to determine the average price of diapers. You can choose inexpensive, average or specialty prices.

How long does it take disposable diapers to biodegrade?

While we do not yet know, estimates of the time required for disposable diapers to decompose in a landfill range from 250 to 500 years, roughly. In short, a long, long, long, long time!

Are expired baby wipes OK to use?

Yes, as long as they are moist and serve your purpose, they are probably fine to use. Wipes often dry before they expire, in fact, if the package has been opened, and you can rehydrate by a little strategic application of water.

Experienced Mommy
Experienced Mommy
Blessed mother of two boys and two girls, changing diapers and homeschooling for 20 years and counting. I love to research (I'm a CPA). And I really love to help other moms make wise and thoughtful decisions for their families.

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