With a tiny on the way, my husband and I had to make a highly debated choice:
Cloth vs. Disposable
After much consideration and calculations, we decided on Cloth Diapers, and I’m here to tell you why.
First, I had to figure out how many diapers we’ll use:
- It takes girls on average 29 months to be potty trained and boys 31 months.
- Newborns need their diaper changed as many as 12 times/day, while an older toddler may need their diaper changed 6-8 times/day.
- From birth to toilet training, a baby goes through an average of 8000 diaper changes.
Can we read that again?… 8,000 DIAPER CHANGES!?…phew that’s a lot.
Second, I had to figure out the difference in price:
- The average cost of a disposable diaper is .25 cents.
- 8,000 Disposable Diapers * .25 cents/diaper = $2,000 per Child from Birth to Potty Training!
On average, you will need 24 cloth diapers per child, from birth to potty training. Since the average price of a cloth diaper simply depends on which brand you get, how many, and what type, it’s hard to determine. Based on my purchases below, the average cost per cloth diaper was $5.50.
How could this possibly beat .25 cents per diaper you ask? Let’s take a look! To simplify for you, I will tell you exactly what I purchased, where, & how my total dollar spent compares to the $2,000 with disposable.
What I Bought:
- (1) MY(TM) Baby Washable Reusable Cloth Diapers,breathable, Adjustable Snap, 6pcs Pack Pocket Cloth Diaper with 2 Inserts Each , 6 Pcs + 12 Inserts (princess Color) from Amazon for $38.98
- (1) Babygoal Baby Reuseable Washable Pocket Cloth Diaper 6pcs+ 6 Inserts + 4 Bonus Inserts from Amazon for $34.99
- (1) Babygoal Baby Reuseable Washable Pocket Cloth Diaper 6pcs+ 6 Inserts + 1 Wetbag from Amazon for $32.98
- (2) Babygoal Baby Bamboo Washable Reuseable Saliva Towel Wipes 12.5cmx12.5cm Pack of 12pcs from Amazon for $5.99
I therefore recieved (18) Cloth Diapers, (28) Inserts, (1) Wet/Dry Bag, & (24) Wipes for a grand total of:
To complete my cloth diaper system I purchased a Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer from Target, BUT I price matched it to Amazon’s since they have it for $28.39, and to top it off, I added it to my Target Baby Registry, and used the 15% off coupon that you get when you print your registry, which brought it down to $24.13!
**NOTE: I already had been given (2) cloth diapers from my baby shower, or else I would have purchase another set of (6) cloth diapers. In my case, I spent just under $150; however, if I purchased another set of (6) for $32.98, this would have brought my total to just under $180.
Now let’s compare apples-to-apples: 8,000 Disposable Diapers vs. (24) Cloth Diapers:
Disposable Diapers: $2,000
My Cloth Diapers: $139.93
Total Savings: $1,860.07
Since I chose to use cloth wipes, this will save me an additional $300 to $500.
If I chose to sell my cloth diapers, which typically will sell for 50% off what you paid, then I would make back almost $70.
This would make my total savings almost: $2,430.07 PER CHILD
What about laundry detergent you ask? Check out my previous post: DIY Dreft Laundry Detergent where I will show you how to save .27 Cents PER LOAD.
NOTE: Garbage Disposal– For some, it can cost anywhere between $2 to $4 per bag per week. With an average of $3/bag/week for 30 months, that’s about $400 to haul disposable diapers away – yet another savings if you use cloth diapers.
Despite the major savings, there are definitely some pros and cons that I have yet to discuss between Cloth vs. Disposable:
Diaper Facts According to the Real Diaper Association:
- It is estimated for a disposable diaper to take about 250-500 years to decompose.
- 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.
- In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
If we multiply the 7.4 million babies in disposable diapers by an average cost of $750 a year, we find that Americans spend about $5.6 billion dollars on disposable diapers every year. If every one of those families switched to home-laundered cloth pre-fold diapers, they would save almost $4 billion, enough to feed about 1.2 million American children for an entire year.
– Source: Real Diaper Association
Hope all this information has helped you see the benefits and downfalls of both Cloth vs. Disposable. Have a suggestion/comment? Feel free to share below!
Thanks for reading!