As the title says, cloth diapering is NOT just for hippies…For real, it’s not! I truly believe that every family can easily incorporate cloth diapering into their lives. This blog will walk you through the ways you can save money by incorporating cloth diapers into your baby’s life, to your level of comfort.
Diaper Costs are Unavoidable…
Comparing Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers Cost
Let’s face it. Spending money on diapers is something you can’t avoid when you have a baby. A newborn baby uses 10-16 diapers per day. The average family goes through about 3,800 disposable diapers per year, per baby. Depending on the brand of diapers you choose, this can cost you from $1,000 – $2,000 per year! I don’t know about you, but I can think of TONS of ways that I’d rather spend $1000- $2000. Cloth diapering your baby can significantly cut this cost and introduce immediate savings for your family.
The average family purchases 25 -30 cloth diapers for their baby. The amount you purchase really depends on the amount of time you want to spend doing laundry. If you pay full retail price for your cloth diapers ($17-$19), this can costs about $500 TOTAL, for the entire time your baby wears diapers about 1-3 years. The the savings with cloth diapering increase if you use your diapers for multiple children.
Your diaper cost could be $1000 every year vs. $500 just once…
So where can you find additional savings on diapers?
If you don’t want pay full retail price for cloth diapers, take a look at some of these options, which can take your cloth diaper costs down to about $180 TOTAL.
1) Buying Clubs and Co-ops
There are groups of parents who get together to bulk purchase diapers at wholesale prices. You can find many of these groups on Facebook by searching “Cloth Diaper Co-op.” Generally you can find diapers from $4 – $6 per diaper!
Here are a few links to get you started:
2) Gently Used Diapers
You can find used diapers in good condition from a diaper recycling service or another family. Cloth diapers have great resale value and wear well over time. You can get diapers in great shape for half the cost. Do an internet search for “Gently Used Cloth Diapers” and you’ll find much more information.
3) Cloth Diaper Banks
If diaper costs are truly a concern, there are a few diaper banks that will provide a free starter set of diapers to families in need. Here are just a few, but there are plenty more out there!
I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line. I love talking about diapers!