The cost of raising a child is an estimated $300,000. And when it comes to babies, just the cost of diapers may surprise you.
"I stash them everywhere for emergencies, I'm like a squirrel," says Jessica Stubbs, mother of 3 small children is talking about diapers.
A desperate hourly need, she was one of a group of moms who gathered to talk to us about the high cost of diapers.
Deals on diapers are a must for moms, and dads too.
"Diapers are a significant expense," says Kevin Brasler the Executive Editor of checkbook.org.
Kevin Brasler is not only a dad who buys diapers, he's Executive Editor for Washington Consumers Checkbook.
"It depends on where you shop it also depends on how you shop," explains Brasler.
For the first time ever, Washington Consumers Checkbook conducted a diaper price survey. It shopped for diapers at local grocery stores, warehouse club stores, drugstores, and discounters and online
"We found depending on where you shop you can spend $500 to $900 a year diapering just one kid," says Brasler.
That's a difference of $400 per child each year. Consumers Checkbook found there are deals on diapers moms and dads won't want to miss.
It found some of the best prices on diapers at Target, Costco, Sams Club and BJs.
"You save a lot by buying in bulk," explains Brasler.
No surprise Checkbook found the more diapers per package, the lower the per-unit price. Buying a box of diapers with more than 120 diapers will likely save you 15-20 percent.
But this may be a surprise, Checkbook found rock bottom prices for brand name diapers online with Amazon. It's called Amazon Mom, part of its $79 annual Prime Membership.
Parents get two-day free shipping along with other perks.
"Prices there were far lower than any of the local stores we shopped, any of the online stores we shopped, you know $400 in savings, a 79-fee doesn't look so bad," explains Brasler.
The Amazon Mom’s love the price and diapers to their door.
Checkbook says cloth diapers have made a comeback. While cloth is more eco-friendly, Checkbook calls it the most cost efficient if you wash them yourself.
Either way, using cloth or disposable, you can save hundreds of dollars on diapers each year if you know where to buy.
"That's a pretty big deal for most parents," says Brasler.
The bottom line, Consumer's Checkbook says don't rule out generic brands, they are very cost efficient.
But always try before you buy, get a small package first and make sure the diapers work well for your child.