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I had heard about Amazon subscriptions for a while, but had never bothered to try it out. Once I had to start buying breastfeeding and miscellaneous other baby junk I realized the benefits. These are things that are easy to forget when you’re at the store; mostly because you’re not used to buying them. But also because “mom-brain” and/or you’re Dad and you don’t use most of these things.
It’s inevitable that you’re going to get to the end of some of these and realize you don’t have enough to get you through the night or until your next shopping trip. Not to mention if the weather is poor or the baby is a tyrant that won’t let you quickly pop into the shop in peace! Now, you don’t have to leave the house! WOOOHOOO!!
When you subscribe to a single item on Amazon, you receive 5% off the price, if you subscribe to five items you receive 15% off the price, and the discount goes up from there. Many people rave about the benefits of the diaper subscription, but I could never figure out how fast he was going through diapers (I was too lazy to figure it out). But, I think I will be looking into it this weekend. You can unsubscribe from any item at any time, and there are various order times to choose from for each item (ie. monthly, weekly, quarterly..)
I have found that most of these items were cheaper on Amazon (and always in stock) than at the grocery store, even before the 5% discount. So after checking the prices, I would set the subscription and forget about it. A parcel would arrive just in time for me to be nearing empty.
These are a list of items I would highly recommend subscribing to; new parents, meet Amazon:
Playtex Diaper Genie Refills (3 pack).
If you have a Diaper Genie, you’ll be buying these. I have these on a quarterly subscription, and always have one left by the time the new pack arrives. Even without the discount this is the cheapest price I have found. However, if you’re not a purist and you can remember to buy them- you can get a 4 pack of the Parent’s Choice (Walmart’s brand) for the same price as the 3 pack of the name brand. And if you really want to be frugal AF there is this hack from Mother’s Realm
If you are breastfeeding (or attempting to), you will want some of this. Even if things go well breastfeeding, you’ll be wanting some relief in the first few days to weeks. Don’t be stingy, your nips will appreciate you slathering that shit on like your life depends on it. Apply directly to your breast pad after feedings, showers, and before bed. I used approximately a tube a month for the first 5-6 months, then I was able to stop using it. Through the winter I also used it for extremely chapped lips! Just beware that if you get this on your clothes it will never come out of them fully.
Lansinoh Disposible Nursing Pads (60 pack)
Whether you are breastfeeding or not, in the first few weeks you will want some nursing pads. If you are breastfeeding you will want some for a much longer period. You can buy reusable ones (better for the environment etc.) but I liked that these were really thin, absorbent, didn’t add to my laundry, and I could use them in a pinch for cleaning up any liquid messes or as a makeshift bandaid. I went through a box a month for about 6 months.
You can use this to help bring in your milk, or to help maintain/boost supply while breastfeeding. When my milk production dropped due to a tongue and lip tie, as well as incompetence on both involved parties… I started pumping like mad and drinking 2-3 cups of this tea per day. I went through 2 boxes a month for about 4 months until we had things back under control, then I dropped to 1 cup a day. Also, I supplemented with Fenugreek capsules during the lowest dip in supply. There are many options for a “mother’s milk” tea blend, this is the one I used for ease of purchase, taste, and price… and it seemed to work!
So there you have it! A subscription will save you money and make your life easier, but you can also just purchase these items as you need them. I would recommend buying through Amazon (or at least comparing the prices if you have time) as Amazon was consistently cheaper than any store I had reasonable access to. Good luck!!