As the last part of my cloth diaper mini-series, today I'm sharing how much cloth diapers have cost us compared to using disposables full-time. We have used cloth diapers full time since Bug was about two months old and I've been curious myself how much money we have saved. We were lucky to be gifted so many diaper items and Amazon gift cards at my baby shower, so most of the diapers in the beginning were free for us.
The short version is--
- Using only disposables would have cost: $1616.63
- Using cloth (w/liners) and 1 disposable per day cost us: $942.59
Savings of: $674.04 over 3 years ($224.68/year)
Here's the official breakdown:
- Disposable diapers and wipes
- Newborn diaper covers and prefolds, reusable wipes
- Disposables (1 per day), a few disposable wipes
Disposables only: $239.88
- Covers and prefolds, reusable wipes until 7mo
- Liners, disposable wipes
- Disposable diapers (1 per day)
Disposables only: $493.70
- Covers, prefolds
- pocket diapers since 5 months
- disposable wipes
- disposable diapers (1 per day)
Disposables only: $657.54
So, in the end, I can happily say that using cloth 99% of the time has saved us a nice chunk of change. If we chose not to use liners, or kept using only reusable wipes, we could save even more. On top of the savings, we've also kept a ton of diapers out of the landfill and reduced Bug's exposure to toxins in disposables. Extra bonus is that they're really cute!
Have you ever considered using cloth diapers? Do you think you might if you have a baby? Do you think the savings is worth it?