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Does anyone know where to get smaller (European?) size foam pads for
changing tables? I recently purchased a changing table from Ikea which has
smaller dimensions than the ones that I've seen here. I'm looking for a
pad that would fit a 28"x29" space (most pads I've seen are 33" in
length). I'm not crazy about the fitted pads that Ikea has for sale with
the tables, I'd like something a bit more sturdy, without the inflatable
I too have an Ikea changing table and had a difficult time finding a nice
thick pad. I ended up getting a piece of foam from a Beverly Fabrics that
I cut to the size of the changing table and then bought a standard size,
thin, terry cloth changing table pad with a foam bumper edging that I put
on top of the cut foam piece. This protects the foam pad (the terry pad is
washable), makes a nice soft thick surface, and the bumper edging keeps my
squirmy son from bumping his head on the wood and metal pieces of the table.
I think I spent probably around $20.00 total. Good luck.
A friend uses "Snappi Diaper Clips" which she originally discovered in
Australia. They are sold by Tiny Tots Diaper Service. Then she puts a
waterproof velcro wrap over the clipped diaper. She said there is still some
seepage around the legs when the diaper is especially wet.
Regarding the diaper clips discussed a little while ago:
I saw Snappi Diaper Clips for sale at Rockridge Kid on College near the BART
station. They only them by the envelope (5 or 6?) for $ 5.99 (I think).Give
cloth diapering a try - it's easier than you think, and it's never to late
Exchange Too-small Diapers?
In an overzealous attempt to be prepared, I bought too many size one diapers
for my daughter, who has alreday outgrown them. Does anyone know of a store
that will exchange an unopened size 1 Huggies 120 pack for size 2s ?(making
up any difference in price, of course) Please let me know. I bought them in
San Jose months ago and don't want to drive all the way back. firstname.lastname@example.org
One way to exchange them would be at a flea market--I'm pretty sure the one
at Laney College has sellers who sell disposable diapers. You could just
say you will trade the person your diapers for theirs, plus a $.50 fee, or
whatever you can arrange with them.
Or you might try taking them to Andronico's and saying you want to exchange
them--assuming that Andronico's sells the very product you already have. I
mention Andronico's because they have a very customer-friendly return
policy. Or you could exchange them at Target. This idea have a small
ethical problem, though, in that the stores would probably not want to do
the transaction if they realized you bought them elsewhere, even though in
the end they will sell your diapers anyway...and you'll probably end up
shopping there even at the same time you're exchanging the diapers...which
is the reason for the lenient exchange policies in the first place.... You
could always call ahead to see if the stores will help you out in this way.
Or you could donate them to charity and at least get a tax break out of it,
plus good knowing that you're helping people in need.
Toys R Us will take them, and I'm pretty sure that they don't even ask
where you got them. K-Mart and Target both also have a very generous return
policy, especially when it relates to things like baby stuff (you're going
to be buying these things for three years, it behooves them to be nice to you)
What is a ''good'' price per diaper? Are Pampers really more expensive? I
know that this is a fairly simple exercise but I am always just grabbing what
I need and I never remember what I paid last time. Where to buy diapers at
the best price? Sources of discounts/diapers?
If you have or can get a membership, Costco is the best place to
buy diapers and wipes (the Kirkland wipes are great). And
Costco is just a great place to shop for tons of other things
too! Otherwise, The 'R Us stores and the large discount stores
(Target, Wal-mart, etc.) are the best. If you want a good
price, NEVER buy diapers at the supermarket! Actually, I try to
never buy anything but food at the grocery store because
drugstores have better prices on non-food items such as shampoo,
TP or diapers. If you want an actual good price to pay, I'd say
you shouldn't have to spend any more than $12.99 on a Jumbo pack
of EITHER Pampers or Huggies.
Hope that helps.
I've been buying the Long's store brand during their periodic
''buy one get one free'' sales, which is, of course, half as much
as their non-sale price. On sale, the cost is about 10 cents
per diaper for the number 3 size (the size my son wears now), or
8 cents per diaper for the newborn size. You have to stock up
because they only go on sale about every other month. This
price is way, way cheaper than anything I've seen anywhere,
including CostCo, and I find the quality of the Long's diapers
to be just fine (just buy one or two packages first to see if
you like them, before stocking up). At CostCo, you can buy
Huggies for about 13 cents per diaper -- I found that Huggies
leaked like crazy though, at least when my son was a newborn --
haven't tried them again since -- and you have to buy mega-
quantities at CostCo, so your child may outgrow that size diaper
before you use up the whole package. The brand name diapers are
very expensive if you buy them anywhere but CostCo -- typically
20 to 25 cents per diaper. Pampers are the most expensive
diapers you can buy (that I've seen anyway), at 25 to 30 cents
per diaper. If you really love Pampers though, you can get them
at CostCo for 19 cents per diaper, which is at least cheaper
than you can buy them anywhere else.
a single mama who obsesses about money
If you don't like to watch for sales, then Costco is a decent
place to find diapers (the prices are stable and lower than
grocery store non-sale prices). If you are willing to pay
attention to sales and stock up when you see a good deal, then
I'd recommend Safeway brand diapers. We have been happy with
the quality, and on sale they cost about 17 cents each
(depending on the size). I think Costco diapers were about 23
cents each last time I looked.
I'm not sure about ''per diaper'' pricing, but Target and Costco
seem to have the best deals on disposables. Target has one of
the main brands on sale almost every week. And, Costco's are
consistently pretty cheap, though you must buy a pretty large
I almost always buy the store brand at Target. The largest
package (which contains around 60-80 diapers, depending on size)
is $16.99 last I recall, and the smaller size (half the number)
is $8.99. They frequently go on sale. The exact same diapers
are also sold as the store brand (under various names) at
Safeway and other places; the last time we bought an emergency
package at Safeway it was, I think, $9.99.
Huggies and Pampers are more expensive, but coupons are readily
available. I get multiple copies of the same Huggies coupons in
the mail regularly, as a result of being on a number of
different baby marketing mailing lists under slight variations
on my name. If you really prefer the brand names due to fit or
some other feature, it's still best to buy them at Target or
other discount store, not at the supermarket, most of the time.
The price is only a dollar or two different, but when you're
buying a package every couple weeks it adds up!
I've always had good luck with diaper prices at Babies-R-Us. The
prices are usually lower than anywhere else and they have a low
price guarantee on all of their products. I just moved back to
the bay area a couple of months ago, so I'm not sure on all the
Babies-R-Us locations. There is one in Dublin though and is
definitely worth the trip if you need to stock up on a lot of
In terms of brand - I found that Pampers are generally more
expensive - followed by Huggies. Luvs are of equal quality but
cost a lot less. Some of the store brands are super cheap but do
not hold leaks very well...so you end up going through more
diapers in a quicker amount of time - which is no good.
I hope this helps.
I stock up heavily when Safeway puts the fanciest of its own
brands on sale. From a raincheck that Safeway gave me when they
ran out, I see that I pay $8.99 for a package of 72 size 3
diapers. This comes out to just under 12.5 cents each. The
diapers are excellent - with clothlike covers and Velcro tabs,
and virtually leakproof. An employee told me they are
manufactured by Huggies, and when I compared them to Huggies I
had received as a gift, they were indeed indistinguishable. The
only drawback is that the sales are infrequent, so you have to
stock up and then hope that your child doesn't have an unexpected
My bottom-line is 15 or 16 cents per diaper. As others have
noted, Costco is no longer in that range (they used to be when
they stocked Kirkland brand diapers), and those cents REALLY
add up when your kid is in diapers full-time.
I have gotten diapers for 15 cents each (sealed in package or
box) several times
from Fashion After Passion in Alameda (769-MOMS), and recently
hit a sale price at Toys R Us where they had ''super mega'' boxes
of their store brand on sale for some ridiculously low price.
Before that, I'd done very well with the Albertsons brand of
diapers in their Mega packs when they were on sale for $9.99 or
$10.99 each (which they haven't been in a dog's age, sadly).
BUT of course your kid has to do well in those diapers. I'm lucky
that mine did (in fact, he did better in the cheaper-priced
Huggies Ultratrim than the Huggies Supreme; Customer Service at
Huggies suggested that it may be the fit of the different diapers
that made the difference). Some kids get rashes in the store
brand diapers too.
Also consider doing cloth diapering, at least at home. I've
really grown to love it. Gerber wraps have been the best for us
(a friend ordered some for me through Tiny Tots), and I ordered
diapers from BareWare in Canada (http://www.bareware.net/).
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