The Financial Cost of Disposable Diapers
We chose Huggies Supreme, a popular pick for many parents
0 – 3 months
10 diapers/day X 30 days 3 months =
900 diapers X $.22/diaper =
3 – 12 months
9 diapers/day X 30 days X 10 months =
2700 diapers X $.31/diaper =
12 - 30 months
7 diapers/day X 30 days X 18 months =
3150 diapers X $.41/diaper =
*For your baby’s health, her diaper should be changed every 2-3 hours. Even though the gels in disposables make the baby “feel” dry, the urine is still there and the rash causing bacteria is still growing. The number of diaper changes is higher in the early months because babies poop more and are often up more in the night during this period.
You will spend $2327 to diaper your baby with nearly
7,000 disposables for her first 30 months!
To wipe Baby's bottom clean, you’ll spend about $4.50/80 wipes, averaging about 1.5 packs/month. That’s $6.75/month X 30 months = $203 for wipes.
$2327 (diapers) + $203 (wipes)=
That’s an average of $84 per month
or $.37 per diaper change
I found this very interesting because I've been really trying to decide if cloth diapering will really save me money. I wouldn't be buying huggies supreme :) I'd probably buy something that cost about half that so that brings the total down to about $1366.50 (and that's only up to 30 months old, my children have potty trained on average at the age of 3 - 36 months old). I
For cloth diapering I've chosen to use a basic prefold cloth diaper (see cloth diaper glossary here) which also requires a waterproof cover. For cloth diapering both my current little one (Peter who is 14 months old) and cloth diapering our new addition coming in January I've been working on the total cost of what we'll need to use to cloth diaper both of them. So here is the breakdown :D
5 dozen preemie sized diapers - $50
5 dozen infant sized diapers - $80
5 dozen regular sized diapers - $95
8 newborn sized diaper covers - $65 (might be less, I will probably buy these second hand)
8 small sized diaper covers $65 (might be less, I will probably buy these second hand as well)
8 medium sized diaper covers $65 (might be less, same as above)
8 large sized diaper covesr $65 (might be less)
all for a grand total of about $485
if you want to calcualate approximate water cost & detergent cost as well, for us that would come to about..... $432 over 3 years for detergent, gas, water & electric.
That brings our grand total up to $917.00 over a three year period to cloth diaper two children.
To diaper two children in disposable diapers the total would be $2733.00
For a difference of $1816 over three years for two children
Is it worth it?