Two in diapers [how to save your sanity + money!]

Thursday, January 5, 2017

When I found out I was pregnant with baby number four, one of the first thoughts that went through my head was "I'm going to have two kids in diapers at the same time." My entire pregnancy I kept thinking about how expensive it was going to be. I thought that maybe I'd be able to potty train Harper before Josiah was born. When that didn't happen I started to panic. Two in diapers. How much was this going to cost? The math was daunting. I wasn't sure how I was going to manage changing that many diapers in a day, let alone keep enough stocked in the house so I wouldn't run out, all while on a budget. We're now four months into this baby and a toddler thing and I've learned a thing or two about having two kids in diapers at the same time. Here's how I saved my sanity!

Stock up & save. My biggest piece of advice when it comes to buying diapers for two is to stock up. First of all, you save money because buying in bulk is always cheaper. Sam's Club has the absolute best deal to help build your diaper stockpile with their new biggest pack ever of Huggies® Little Movers diapers. This gigantic box is a full 2 month supply! Which brings me to my second point- stocking up saves time. No more running out to the store every week when you run out of diapers. No more asking my husband to swing by the store and pick up a small pack of diapers after work (thus spending more on extra trips to the grocery store). No more bundling up in freezing weather with all 4 kids and a cranky baby when I run out of diapers in the middle of the week. I don't know about you, but running errands with two little ones is something I absolutely dread, so stocking up on a two month supply of Huggies® Little Movers is the way to go! 
Change them at the same time. When I can, I try to change both kids at the same time. Obviously, this isn't going to be the case for every single diaper change, but most times if I'm changing the toddler I should probably change the baby too, and vice versa. Otherwise, I find myself making dinner wondering and wondering if Harper had her diaper changed after her nap 3 hours ago. These kids keep me so busy I can't keep anything straight, so getting both done at the same time totally saves my sanity. 

Make multiple changing stations. I find myself changing diapers all over the house. On the living room floor, on the changing table in the baby room, on my bed in the middle of the night, etc. I hate having to run back and forth to get the diapers and wipes every time, so making a little changing station with all of the necessary supplies in every room is a must! I keep a little basket in the living room with diapers, wipes, rash cream, lotion, hand sanitizer, extra pacifiers, burp cloths, nail clippers, and other essentials. I also keep a little stack of diapers, wipes, and hand sanitizer in Harper's room and in my bedroom too so that I'm not running up and down the stairs in the middle of the night when the baby wakes up. 

One last tip: when you're stocking up on diapers and prefer to avoid lines and crowds at the store with children in tow, Sam's Club has your back. Another perk of the Sam's Club membership is FREE shipping on select baby and household items. Right now, the Huggies® Little Movers 2 month supply has a $6 instant savings coupon that works in stores and online and will ship it right to your door for FREE! That's 312 diapers for less than 20 cents a piece! To find your nearest Sam's Club and get this $6 instant savings coupon go here! Save your sanity and your money and stock up with the biggest pack ever. 

A big thank you to Huggies® for sponsoring this post! And thank you to all of my readers for supporting the partners that make this blog possible.

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