Guest Post by Erin of The Humbled Homemaker
Part of this post is an excerpt from the eBook, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers.
It’s not hard to see how cloth diapering can save you money. The question is: Will you get passed the cloth diapering myths and let cloth diapering open up more room in your overall budget?!
When I was expecting our second baby and it was obviously that our firstborn was not going to be easy to potty train, I started to fret about how in the world we would be able to afford disposable diapers for two.
Previously, I had sworn up and down that I would never try cloth diapers. I believed all the stereotypical myths: they would not work and they would be so much messier.
But when my second baby came home from the hospital with a terrible diaper rash that just would not go away, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give cloth diapers a try.
I’m now using the same stash of diapers on my third child. My diapers paid for themselves long ago, and I’ve been saving money ever since by NOT having to buy diapers or even spend gas to run to the store to get them.
A Cost Comparison of Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers
The average cost of disposable diapers for two years is more than $1,400! Some even estimate double this number–but I know you ladies like to shop sales, so I am giving the lowest possible number to you. 😉
This cost is higher if your child potty trains later than age two (which, um, has happened with both my first two children). The cost will also be more if you choose to use premium-priced, environmentally-friendly diapers, such as Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best or Huggies Naturals brands (but I bet y’all don’t buy those–unless you have a coupon! 😉 ).
A cloth diaper stash can feasibly cost $300 or less and can be used for your next little one! Cloth diapers also have a very good resale value, so you can realistically get back much of the cost by selling your diapers after your child outgrows them or potty trains.
Let’s look at a cost comparison of several diaper brands versus cloth diapers. Keep in mind that you can cloth diaper from newborn to potty training for around $300, and that number can be divided by two if you cloth diaper two children using the same diapers–or three if you cloth diaper a third with the same ones (as I am now doing!).
(By the way, Barry designed the following chart!)
As the chart clearly shows, even with using a budget brand, you will still pay at the very least more than $900 on diapers, not even counting wipes. When I saw that I could cloth diaper for one third of that price, it became a no-brainer to convert to cloth.
The evidence is clear that using cloth diapers can save you a lot of money, and they probably save much more than the chart shows.
If you resell your diapers, the savings is even more maximized. For an even better estimate on how much money your family can save by using cloth diapers, fill out the cloth diaper cost calculator at Diaper Pin. Or, view this chart at Diaper Decisions, which
takes into consideration various cloth diaper types and the cost of energy it takes to launder them.
Do you use cloth diapers? Why or why not? From your perspective, how can cloth diapering save you money?
Part of this post is an excerpt from the eBook, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers. Humorous Homemaking readers can save 20% on the book this week only by using coupon code (through 11/18/2013): CLOTHSAVESMONEY.
Erin Odom is a stay-at-home wife and mom to three little redheaded girls. She is the creator of The Humbled Homemaker, a lifestyle blog geared toward educating imperfect homemakers on grace-filled, natural living. She is the author of Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers.