Want to save money on diapers in Canada? As a new mom, I went through the financial checklist for new parents in Canada and in addition to not buying things that we don’t need in preparation for baby’s first year, I am always wanting to optimize the ‘essentials’ (e.g. diapers) to get as much value as possible. Stockpiling non-perishables is one of my guilty-hoarding pleasures.
Given that the average baby goes through over 3000 diapers in the first year alone, it makes sense to stockpile when you can to save money fast.
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Updated January 2023
Initially, I was hoping to try cloth diapers (because that is the ultimate way to save money on diapers) but my husband said no because it would be too much work for us. I am happy that we made this decision given the sheer volume of diapers we were going through in the newborn months!
For the first month, we used the free Huggies Newborn we got initially thanks to the No Baby Unhugged Program, and then switched to Pampers Swaddlers. For more freebies you can get as an expectant parent, check out my list of baby freebies in Canada.
In addition to using the Flipp app and Checkout 51 to see if diapers are on sale, here’s how to save money on diapers in Canada.
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Know your Diaper Lingo to Save Money on Diapers in Canada:
First, you have to know your diaper lingo. The key to finding the best price is the find out the cost per diaper. How many cents is it per diaper? Be cognizant that the larger the diaper is, the more it will cost (which makes sense because there’s more material), so take this “cost per diaper” with a wee grain of salt.
Calculate Cost per Diaper
To calculate the cost per diaper metric, you just dividend the price by the number of diapers in the package.
Here is the cost per diaper prices for 2023 in Canada:
- “Meh, that’s ok” price: $0.25/diaper
- Great price: $0.22/diaper
- Stockpile price: $0.19/diaper
If you are able to get the cost per diaper to under $0.19/diaper you know you’ve struck diaper gold (and I’m not referring to the mustard seed coloured poop from your baby!).
Know How Many Diapers you Need
Knowing how many diapers you need allows you to stockpile the diapers. I was always anxious how many boxes I would need, I didn’t want to have a huge excess. Of course, this is just a guide and your baby may differ depending on his or her size and growth.
Newborn (NB)- Stockpile 300 DIAPERS
- Babies up to 10lbs
- 10-11 diapers per day
- Up to 1 month
Size 1- Stockpile 540 DIAPERS
- Babies 8-14lbs
- 8-10 diapers per day
- Age 1-3 months
Size 2- Stockpile 1440 DIAPERS
- Babies 12-18lbs
- 7-8 Diapers per day
- Age 4-9 months
Size 3- Stockpile 2100 DIAPERS
- Babies 16-28lbs
- 6-7 Diapers per day
- Age 10-20 months (my daughter is over 2 years old and she’s still in size 3.. it really depends on the baby)
Size 4- Stockpile 1300 DIAPERS
- Babies 22-37lbs
- 5-6 diapers per day
- Age 21-30 months
*** I would be more careful to stockpile after size 4, my daughter potty trained much easier than her brother and we didn’t need size 5 at all!!***
Size 5- Stockpile 2300 DIAPERS
- For toddlers more than 27lbs
- 4-5 diapers per day
- Age 31 to 48 months
Sign up for Pampers Rewards
When you sign up for Pampers Rewards you can collect their points towards freebies, like Amazon gift cards. 1111 Pampers Rewards points is equivalent to a $5 Amazon e-gift card. For each econobox of Pampers, you get around 100 Pampers Rewards.
Also, as a Pampers rewards member, you can print out a $2 off coupon under “Offers” and a SmartSource coupon will print out.
Buy Diapers in Bulk
Typically the best way to save on diapers is to buy in bulk. However, sometimes you can save money on smaller packages if you have lots of coupons. It all goes back to calculating the cost per diaper.
The bulk size is the “Economy Pack” and it is what you want to go for. The sizing varies depending on the diapers, for example,
I switched to Pampers Baby Dry after Size 2 because Swaddlers are more expensive and I found that I didn’t need the ‘high back’ as much since there’s less blow outs after 6 months of age.
Canadian retailers that offer the cheapest diapers:
- With Amazon, for Pampers Swaddlers size 2 (186 count)
- When you sign up for subscription service on top of Amazon Prime and save an additional 20% as part of the Amazon Family program.
- If you subscribe through regular Amazon.ca, you get 5% off. If you order the package 5 times in one month, you get an additional 15% off.
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- This brings the cost down to $42
- Sometimes there is an automatic $2-$3 coupon you can apply by checking the box online (they clip the coupon for you)
- If applicable, then you take the Checkout 51 App and save an additional $2 (if there is a coupon available for that week, but it can only be applied on your packing slip when you receive it). Here’s my review of Checkout 51 in case you haven’t heard of it (best cash back app ever)
- Just be cognizant of canceling the Amazon Prime/ Family account before the 30-day trial is up
- MAKE SURE you cancel the Subscribe and Save once you receive your box of diapers
You can get $5 from Checkout 51, you get a $2 bonus for redeeming your first offer and then you will get another $1 bonus for each of your 3 subsequent redemptions.That’s $5 total in bonuses! You can cash out your cheque at $20.
Great Canadian Superstore (RCSS)
Superstore has the best ‘regular price’ for diapers (I would know because my sister in law is the queen of knowing where to get the best diapers!).
- Pampers Swaddlers Size 2 is $37.99 at The Great Canadian Superstore but often they are on sale for $32.99
- If you add a coupon for $2 off you can decrease that to $30.99 and then if you have a Checkout 51 offer $2 coupon that goes down to $28.99.
If you have PC Points Rewards card or the PC Financial MasterCard you can also save money. They sometimes give you 2000 points if you buy diapers which gives you $2 off for your next grocery purchase, bringing the price down even more.
The Pampers Baby Dry size 2 Super pack at the online health and beauty store Well.ca is $34.99.
- However, if you sign up for a new account with Well.ca you can get $10 off your first purchase of anything over $50, making that economy pack $24.99.
- However, keep in mind you will need to reach the minimum shipping.
- You can use this Well.ca coupon code: genymoney (referral link) if you’re interested in saving $10 on your diaper purchase.
- This option is a good ‘one-time’ savings for diapers but the regular price is quite expensive in my opinion.
- Having it shipped to your house AND not having to leave the home to buy diapers? WIN-WIN if you ask me!
Shoppers Drug Mart
I haven’t been able to find the Economy size at Shoppers Drug Mart but they do have the smaller packages if you are in a pinch. The great thing about Shoppers Drug Mart is that they have the 20x the Points Events and the PC Optimum Program, so you can use your points to buy free diapers. You can get even cash back buying gift cards through Rakuten Canada.
Since Shoppers is owned by Loblaws now, if you sign up for their emails or download the Optimum app, you get offers you can ‘load to the card’ for extra points that aren’t advertised in their flyers.
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Sometimes Rexall has discounted clearance diapers too!
There you have it, the ultimate guide to save money on diapers in Canada! Hopefully that helped. Stockpiling diapers is the way to go to save money on diapers in Canada.
If you’re looking to save money (bigger bang for your buck) and you live in B.C., don’t forget to sign up for the BCTESG when your child is out of diapers and he or she turns six years old to get $1200 towards their RESP. No strings attached.
If you’re expecting a second baby or if you have a newborn, don’t forget to sign up for these awesome baby freebies in Canada!
And if you’re planning your kid’s first birthday already, there’s birthday freebies for kids in Canada.
Readers, do you have any tips on how to save money on diapers in Canada?
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