My local supermarket carries an 88-count of Huggies for $26.99. This means you paying $0.31 per diaper. Keep in mind that you are throwing this away afterwards.
If you average about 10 diaper changes a day (more in the newborn stage and less in the toddler stage) and you child potty trains around 2.5 years old, you are spending an astonishing $2828.75 just on diapers PER child! What if they don't potty train until 3.5? Then you are spending $3960.25 on diapers. Then you factor in pull-ups which are outrageously expensive and it is even more!
Now lets consider cloth diapers:
Say you would like the least expensive option possible. This is definitely prefolds, snappis and covers.
- You'll need 2 dozen prefolds in newborn and 2 dozen in premium (to fit toddlers) - $120 total.
- 8 Snappis totalling $2.49*8=$19.92
- 12 Diaper Covers with 4 in small, 4 in medium and 4 in large. Let's consider the Imse Vimse Organic Diaper Covers for this example. $14.60*12=$175.20
- ALL of this totals $315.12
Compare this to the above figure of $2828.75. What would you do with an extra $2513.63? Perhaps put it in a college savings fund (you know you'll need it!)? Or maybe go on your first family vacation? Either way, the money will be better spent than on something you will throw in the garbage.
Let's consider another scenario. Perhaps you are looking for an easier diapering system than prefolds.
- Consider a 24-pack of Happy Heinys One Size Diapers fitting babies from 8-35 pounds. A 24-pack would cost $430.80!
- Perhaps you like the look of the BumGenius One Size Diapers better? A 24-pack would run you a little less at $406.80!!
Any way you look at the numbers, cloth diapering is so much better on your wallet! And when you factor in any subsequent children and the additional savings - it is a no-brainer!