Ninth Day of Flat Broke Christmas: Diapers

22 Nov


On the ninth day of Christmas, Flat Broke Blog gave to me: Diapers!

Editor’s note: I know this gift won’t apply to everyone, by any means, but there’s a group of people — who may include you or someone else on your shopping list — who would REALLY need this!

Babies are just beautiful, aren’t they? They have those sweet, innocent faces. Anyone who doesn’t love babies are just mean, mean, mean.

But let’s face it, folks. Babies are not cheap! The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that one baby will cost middle-income families an average $11,000 per year. That doesn’t account for children with special needs or other health issues.

When times are hard and people have major expenses on their hands, they have to focus on their needs first. Sure, you can buy cutesy baby toys, but are the little ones going to be happy in dirty diapers?

I don’t have children, but it seems like my friends and family have been having their own baby boom over the past few years. That means I’ve had to do a bit of baby item shopping myself, and I realize this whole child rearing gig can’t be cheap. I’ve had parents tell me you can never get enough onesies, which are basically leotards with short sleeves and snaps at the bottom for reaching *cough* areas that need attention often.

I bought a friend who had a baby this past summer a five-pack of onesies, and it was $10. That’s not bad. But check out how much other baby goodies cost. I did a quick search of baby crib prices on Wal-Mart’s Web site. The cheap cribs cost $130, and some were even priced near $1,000! OK, so the latter was for one of those cribs that probably do everything but change diapers, but you get the gist of it. The child can’t sleep on a cot, you know?

So, let’s look at what every parent of any baby needs: DIAPERS!

OK, according to Parents magazine, babies will need their diapers changed more than 2,000 times in one year. A one-week supply of disposable diapers costs about $17. Cloth diapers are a cheaper alternative, and a lot of Web sites are promoting their use. They are cheaper in the long run and more environmentally friendly. But most parents I know — especially ones who work — do not have time to wash diapers along with the other mountain of laundry they have to do. I barely keep up with my own laundry, and I’ve been toilet-trained for a little while, anyway. Sure, there are diaper services, but most parents I know don’t even have the time to deal with that.

Sorry, Earth.

Even if the parents in your life are bursting at the seams with diapers, they’re still going to need more anyway. So, how about helping them stock up — or at least giving them a slight break? When one of my cousins’ children was born, I couldn’t afford much of anything. I also had no clue as to what I should buy. I asked a parent of a two-year-old at work and she said one word: Diapers.

I found a package of diapers that set me back about $10. I couldn’t even afford wrapping paper after that. That didn’t matter to my cousin. When he saw that he was going to have to pay $10 less on the diaper shopping, he was grinning from ear-to-ear.

If you want to throw in a few extra cheap items to make a little gift basket of sorts, you can always add baby wipes, which are probably $5 or less. Diaper rash cream is about the same price. For the people who are more than hard-pressed, you could always skip the diapers and just get a few baby butt accessories.

Keeping track:

One name draw and price limit

Two wads of cash

Three people asking me what I’d like

Four gas cards

Five personal assistants

Six warm, cozy things

Seven cheap, fun board games

Eight tools

Nine bags of diapers…

Coming tomorrow: The 10th day of Flat Broke Christmas!


One Response to “Ninth Day of Flat Broke Christmas: Diapers”

  1. Jayne November 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    And what a perfect gift for Grandma, too. Have you seen the price of “Depends” lately?

    I love your suggestions!

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