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    Here's Everything First-Time Parents Should Buy In Bulk

    Get ready to make some room for a whole lotta stuff.

    We all know the benefits of buying in bulk. As long as you’ve got the space to store stuff, why wouldn’t you purchase a ton of everyday essentials at once? It’s economical, it cuts down on time spent shopping, and there are so many options for ordering in bulk online.

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    But add a baby to the equation and the argument for buying in bulk increases tenfold: Ask any new parent if they’d rather schlep on over to the drugstore or catch up on some much-needed sleep.

    We chatted with some real-life parents here at BuzzFeed for suggestions on the top 10 things you’ll want to buy in bulk once a tiny human has taken up residence in your home. Depending on your product preferences (and retailer allegiances), we can generally stand behind the bulk-purchase options you’ll find at Boxed, Costco, BJ’s, and Amazon Subscribe & Save.

    Diapers

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    A word of advice from one savvy parent at BuzzFeed: Don’t start buying diapers in bulk until your child is at least a size 2 or 3. They’ll grow so fast that you might wind up overbuying diapers in smaller sizes. Once they’ve hit that stage, though, cue the mega-sized orders.

    Get them from Boxed for $24.99+, Amazon for $23.06+, or BJ's for $42.99.

    Baby Wipes

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    If you haven’t heard, babies poop…a lot. So there’s no harm in buying as many packages of wipes as you can possibly fit in your home. You’re gonna want to have them in your bag and car at all times. Plus, they’re good for way more than just cleaning up your baby’s sensitive bottom: You can use them for virtually anything, from wiping up spills to cleaning your hands or your child’s face when you’re on the go.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.28+, Costco for $19.99, or BJ's for $19.99.

    Paper Towels

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    Think you go through paper towels quickly as it is? Just wait til you have a kid. Your life, as one BuzzFeed staffer put it, will be “an endless puddle of spilled food and drinks.”

    Get them from Boxed for $19.99 or Amazon for $28.92+.

    Baby Formula

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    If your baby is drinking formula, buying in bulk is a no-brainer. We’re not here to tell you what to feed your lil’ one, but you can find some top-rated non-GMO infant formula at Costco as well as Similac formula for the most economical prices we’ve seen across the internet.

    Get it from Costco for $63.99.

    Boogie Wipes

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    Your kiddo is gonna get sick, and when they do, you’ll both be miserable. Having some soft, hypoallergenic wipes specifically designed to help relieve congestion symptoms in your infant or toddler will help make things a little less miserable. (They’re made with natural saline to help dissolve all that icky, crusty snot.)

    Get them from Amazon for $30.16+

    Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

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    Buy a tub of this in the largest size available (14 oz), or maybe even two or three. When diaper rash strikes, you’re not gonna want anything else. It’s also great for dry skin and drool rash, so you can never have too much of the magic ointment within reach.

    Get it from Target for $13.79 or Amazon for $13.05+.

    Baby Wash

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    You’re gonna be bathing your child regularly for a looong time, and you can’t just use any ol’ soap on their sensitive skin if you’re in a pinch. Make sure you never run out by buying super-sized containers of the stuff.

    Get a three-pack from from Amazon for $11.17+.

    Diaper Pail Refills

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    Anyone who’s ever smelled a dirty diaper knows the deal: You’re not gonna want to toss it into the regular garbage and stink up the whole joint. Cue the diaper pail, and a whole lotta diaper-pail refills.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $25.40+ or an eight-pack from Target for $37.99.

    Snacks

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    If your kid isn’t a picky eater and doesn’t lose interest in their new favorite foods almost immediately, you’d be smart to stock up on snacks — Cheerios, Goldfish, fruit snacks, or whatever it is that your hangry child can’t get their teeny little hands off of.

    Get a 90-count of Mott's fruit snacks from BJ's for $9.99, a two-pack of 20 oz Cheerios at Boxed for $6.79, a 58 oz box of Goldfish at Costco for $9.99

    Laundry Detergent

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    Doing the laundry gets a turbo-charged spin once a baby is in the mix — from towels to washcloths to stained bibs and clothes, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the laundry room.

    Get a two-pack of 64 oz Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day detergent from Amazon for $28.46+ or a 210 oz ECOS laundry detergent from Costco for $34.99.

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