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Stocking up on nappies - help!

(31 Posts)
mrsgembles Fri 11-Jul-14 13:10:17

I'm a FTM and I have no idea how many of what size Pampers I should get for my newborn. Size 1 seems TINY! I was thinking a couple of packs of size 1 and a couple of boxes of size 2, does that sound reasonable? Help a clueless mama out!

Heatherbell1978 Sun 13-Jul-14 21:46:03

I've just bought size 1 (about 150 of them). The pack says 4 to 11 lbs so I guess that covers most newborn sizes.

mrsgembles Sat 12-Jul-14 19:23:02

There are no Aldi's near me and I don't have a car!

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Sat 12-Jul-14 19:14:34

I would get 200 sz1 and 200 sz 2 to start. Sz 3 and 4 buy as many as u can store when see on offer.

Aldi currently have boxes of sz 3-5 for £6.20 and sz 3 has 98 nappies in it.

Sz 1 aldi nappies are 1.49 for 24pk and in Emma diary pregnancy pk u get a 50% off voucher for them.

mrsgembles Sat 12-Jul-14 15:40:48

We have an Amazon Prime nappy subscription (husband is a Prime member anyway, for work) which price checks against supermarkets' own brands and beats/matches them, so I'm not too bothered about buying Pampers - all my friends recommended them! I just can't work out which sizes to get!

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Sat 12-Jul-14 14:28:36

With first I stocked up from sz 1-5 when saw on offer when pregnant whilst had a full wage and used every branded n supermarket brand there is and no issues for baby we obviously had to buy more but was nice not having to buy at full cost ever always brought more on offer.

This one is due Nov n started to buy nappies now just sz 2+3 as that's what been on offer.

Heatherbell1978 Sat 12-Jul-14 12:42:19

I'm 35 wks and have actually bought 2 boxes of Pampers Newborn from Amazon. I got them for about £8 for 74 which I thought was pretty good. My friends used them and recommended them. Plus they say you can get through about 90 in first week so I was keen to have enough for at least first week at home. If I need to buy a different brand then so be it but I like being prepared!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sat 12-Jul-14 09:38:56

Aldi, Asda and Morrisons nappies are great.

I agree don't buy loads as you may find they leak and you have to change brands. I've got a two year old and we've probably tried every make there is.

weebairn Sat 12-Jul-14 08:59:44

I agree it can be hard to tell if baby is weeing in a disposable nappy which can make you a bit anxious in the early days.My midwife gave me a tip, if you're not sure, you can put a cotton wool ball in the nappy then it's easy to tell if it's wet or not.

weebairn Sat 12-Jul-14 08:57:24

Almost everyone I know uses supermarket own brands which are a lot cheaper and just as good.

Cloth nappies are brilliant and we've got a lot of use and saved a lot of money with them, but I got into them around 3-4 months when life was less of a blur! Sometimes they are not that straightforward and you have to experiment with different types a bit so I don't tend to recommend them for first time mums from day one unless they are really keen. Am going to try straight from birth this time but that's only because I'm already regularly washing DC1's nappies anyway.

Emmie10 Sat 12-Jul-14 08:53:52

I stocked up a bit in advance. I used pampers size1 and 2 then branched out and tried some different brands. We use aldis mostly now. A couple of packs of size1 might be enough depending on how big/small your baby is. I agree who the pampers (active fit) having a horrible smell but the newborn ones were ok.

My DD is 13 weeks and only moved up into size 2 nappies last week - and she isn't particularly tiny, she's about 25th centile.

You more than likely will need Size 1 nappies, but there's no rush to get them now. Get a pack (not a box) so that you've got some for the hospital. You may chop and change until you find the brand that works for you - we alternate between ALDI Mamia and Pampers.

slightlyinsane Fri 11-Jul-14 15:33:48

I don't see the problem in stocking up on nappies if you see a really good offer. Supermarkets are very happy to exchange them if you need to swap them. I do agree with others about not all brands fit los. Over the yrs I found pampers were better with my skinnier los and I used huggies on chunkier ones, not that they are available anymore.
With my twins I had to use pampers micro for about 3 wks before moving upto size 1. At 7 wks we are using Sainsburys size 1 and I'm really pleased I stocked up as it's one less thing to have to think about in first few wks. At the mo I have 2 different shaped babies and if they don't even out I might end up using 2 different brands of nappies. I've found that all nappies fit until middle to upper end of size 2 and then it was trial and error to find the right ones.

ilovebooks Fri 11-Jul-14 15:12:58

I have found Aldi nappies by far the best and loads cheaper. Have won tons of awards. £1 something for first size.. Amazing.

callamia Fri 11-Jul-14 14:44:38

My baby zoomed through size twos in about a fortnight, so I wouldn't stick up on any like that until you know what you've got.

Agree that pampers are horrid and chemically. Although the sensitive newborn ones were ok for us. They're also so full of colour that it's really hard to work out what's wee and what's dye. I also found it hard to see what was a properly wet nappy - the indicator goes blue with little provocation (so you spend more money on more nappies obv). We used naty before moving to cloth too. I quite liked boots own, and I think they're the same as co-op own brand.

Artandco Fri 11-Jul-14 14:38:44

Oops. Penguins - regular wipes freaked me out a little by how well they get off any stain. I mean it wiped permenant pen off surfaces, and cleans up nail varnish! Hence we don't use on baby skin

Artandco Fri 11-Jul-14 14:37:21

Prngiuns

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 14:34:22

Art - We use Naty for the early stages and overnight too. They are the only ones where the smell doesn't make me heave, and which don't give my kids awful, awful nappy rash. You can get them in Boots and Sainsburys too.

Mrsgrumble Fri 11-Jul-14 14:24:35

I recommend boots newborn nappies. I would buy four packs but no more. You really don't need more than that. They will do you a while.

Once you are recovered a little, it's good to have an excuse to get out of the house.

Artandco Fri 11-Jul-14 14:21:22

Def try and smell a clean nappy first. The disposable ones even clean made me retch! The smell of a filled reusable nappy didn't even make me do that!

If we did need disposable ie for holidays we used naty from Waitrose which are Eco friendly and cheaper than pampers

Also wouldn't stock up on wipes, most gave mine a rash even if used on hands as so chemically so used reusable wipes also or water wipes (amazon stock)

bumpiesonamission Fri 11-Jul-14 14:08:20

I'd get a grab pack of size 0 pampers and then wait. I have friends who have hundreds(one literally has) of too small nappies or leaky ones that they can't use.

Just wait and find your preferred brand when lo is here.

Teds77 Fri 11-Jul-14 14:04:23

I bought a stock of size 0s as I was expecting twins and they are more difficult to just pick up at a local shop. My twins weren't prem and ended up good sizes (6lb11 and 6lb6) but I managed to use up all the size 0s I'd got. Anyway, point is, size 1 will be fine! Given that the wee/poo isn't too explosive in early days, also agree that you don't need to splash out on pampers. Low/no chemical nappies do smell so much nicer too - check out spirit of nature website if interested.

I wouldn't pay a premium for pampers. They are incredibly chemically.

Did has been in either Natura or boots own brand and it depends on how kid is built. DD is long and thin so has nappies for bigger kid.

crazykat Fri 11-Jul-14 13:53:58

Just buy a couple of packs of size 1 an then buy when needed. I've always bought single packs until they get into size 3 when mine have all tended to be in the size longer.

Boots nappies are really good, better than pampers IMO and they're cheaper. Plus if you join the baby club you get 10 points per £1 spent on baby products (so 10% of what you spend).

The pampers new baby wipes are good though as I find cheap wipes can be very thin. Pampers wipes are expensive but are usually on offer in one or other supermarket or boots.

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 13:48:18

The smell of Pampers makes me retch too!

NatashaBee Fri 11-Jul-14 13:44:06

I agree, I wouldn't buy tons of one brand. Maybe buy smaller packs of a few different brands so you can see which ones you like best, then set up a subscribe and save delivery from Amazon.

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