How many baby wipes should I stock up on?
Exactly how many wipes will you need per diaper change? That depends. A single change may take as few as 1 or as many as 10 wipes. If we average it out to five wipes per change (generously speaking) and consider 3,000 diapers changed in the first year, you’re looking at about 15,000 total wipes.
Having a baby means you’ll need to buy lots of products to keep your baby clean, healthy, and happy. One of the most important products you’ll need is an endless supply of baby wipes! But how much should you actually be buying?
Making a Monthly Estimate
Estimating how many baby wipes you’ll need each month isn’t an exact science. It depends largely on how often you intend to use baby wipes and the age of your baby. The general rule of thumb is:
- Newborn to 4-month-olds: Up to 12 packs of wipes (or 720 wipes)
- 4-month-olds to 1-year-olds: Up to 8 packs of wipes (or 480 wipes)
These estimates can change drastically depending on other factors, such as:
- Diaper Changes: The more diaper changes you make per day, the more wipes you’ll need.
- Wipe Thickness: If you choose thick wipes, you won’t need as many as you would with thinner wipes.
- Cleaning Frequency: If you like to clean your baby’s face, hands, and other body parts multiple times per day, you’ll need more wipes.
Buy in Bulk for Savings
Buying wipes in bulk is typically the cheapest option and will also save you frequent trips to the store. However, if you choose to buy in bulk, be sure to find a container that will help keep the wipes from drying out. It is also important to remember that you don’t need to stock up on wipes immediately when you bring your baby home – new parents usually receive a lot of wipes as a gift.
Keeping Wipes Handy
You’ll be using wipes a lot, especially in the beginning weeks and months of your baby’s life. Keeping them handy is integral part of keeping your baby clean and comfortable. It is helpful to stockpile wipes in the following locations:
- Changing table
- Diaper bag
To make sure you have enough supplies for each location, you should consider buying multiple small cases of wipes. You can re-stock them whenever you need to and you won’t need to worry about packing around large cases of wipes.
In conclusion, estimating the amount of baby wipes you’ll need each month depends on a variety of factors. Consider the age of your baby, your diaper change schedule, the type of wipes you’re using, and the amount of cleansing you do. You can also save money by buying wipes in bulk, as long as you properly store them. And finally, don’t forget to keep wipes in multiple locations to ensure you always have them handy when you need them.