Month 1: Cost Breakdown

Why did I go with cloth diaper back-up instead of disposables?

Hygiene Supplies:

3 dozen extra small organic unbleached Indian prefolds
3 dozen infant size unbleached Indian prefolds
3 extra small Thirsties covers
1 Planet Wise Re-useable Wet Bag
16 bumgenius bamboo cloth wipes (overpriced – would not buy again)
1 Bumgenius re-usable Diaper Pail Liner
3 Snappis
2 Swaddlebees pockets (never used)
Shipping $4.20
Total (without swaddlebees) = $208.05

3 dozen unbleached Flats ~$33  (very popular often sold out)
3 dozen unbleached cloth wipes ~36 (the particular kind I bought – no longer available)
Free shipping
Total: $69

From Babies R Us
2 Baby Bjorn Potties ~$13 each on sale

Shower Gifts
2 Prince Lionheart wipes warmers ~$23 each

10 Gallon Rubbermaid trash bin with lid ~$10
4 Thirsties duo-wraps diaper covers ~ 48

     Grand total of just cloth diaper essentials
(prefolds, flats, covers, snappis) for all children  –
     for any age and size birth to potty trained

     Grand total of all: $371.05

** The wipes warmers are non-essentials but worked wonderfully for warm wipes in our chilly winter house, especially for post partum compresses — ahhhhhh.  **

Approximate cost of cheapest disposables on the market
Not including disposable wipes or accessories
Most conservative/least diaper changes.
Coupon use every time; no last minute expensive corner store purchases
Total minimum disposable diapers used in 1 year:  2160

0-3m 7-10 times a day @ cheapest diapers ) $0.15 per diaper =   8 x 90 days = $108
3-6m 5-7 times a day @ cheapest diapers ) $0.15 per diaper =   6 x 90 days = $81
6-12m 5 times a day @ cheapest diapers ) $0.15 =   5 x 180 days = $135
    Minimum Grand total for 1 year:  $324

Avg age of potty training in 2010: 3 years   (larger diapers and pullups more expensive)
    Minimum Grand total for additional years 5 /day @ $0.25 per diaper/pull-up: $456.25
    Minimum Grand total for diapering 1 child for 3 years:  1236.50


less than <$400 for all children   vs.   greater than >$1236.50 per child

Note: Cloth cost for my bare essentials is $233 + $150 (which is above and beyond fair for laundering cost + 12 training pants)


I could have cloth diapered for less or free and made my own wipes free with different choices.  Home laundering cost is minimal.

About Laissez Faire

I am 41, married with two children, and two cats. Writing is my hobby, and learning and teaching my passions. Books! It used to be that I could devour several books a week when I had the time. I am usually too tired to stray awake these days with two kids. Currently my brain and energy levels have steered me to casual games and some inconsistent blogging.

Posted on September 28, 2009, in Babies, Parenting, Potty Training and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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