Cost Comparison–What are you really saving?
Generally speaking, most children potty learn around the age of 2 years. Over those two years, many parents will spend approximately $50 a month on disposable diapers. Out $50 of your hard earned money, and into the trash it goes, literally. That is a total of $1200 over the course of 24 months.
What will you spend at Landry Parker Avenue for the same 24 months of cloth diapering? Let’s figure it up, shall we?
During the newborn phase, you will be changing a lot of diapers. You’ll have the diaper snapped up, give the sweet, cloth diapered tush a loving pat, and as soon as you lift your little stinker into your arms, he or she will fill up that fresh diaper like a boss. So, you’re going to need a small army of diapers in the beginning. I would suggest having more than a dozen on hand, so we will figure on 18, just to be on the safe side.
18 Little Bitty diapers x $28= $504
Great Scott!! Ok, bear with me, will ya?
Then you have the next phase, where your little one’s digestive system has calmed the heck down, and you aren’t going through quite as many diapers. Can I get an amen?!
At this point, you can move onto One Size diapers. The snap down rise will allow you to use them on smaller babies, and carry you on through potty learning.
12 One Size diapers x $38= $456
Now let’s do the math. $504+$456= $960
You’ve already saved $240. Cha-ching!
If you set your diaper stash aside for subsequent children, you will be cloth diapering them for free, saving yourself $1200 per child. I don’t know about you, but I could do a whole lot of damage in a clothing boutique with $1200. Or put it into savings, which isn’t nearly as fun, but super awesome nonetheless, I suppose.
Another option to consider.
Many cloth diaper users choose to resell their stash to recoup some of their original investment. You can safely assume that your diapers will resell for at least 1/3 of their original cost. That means that you would earn back $320 of your investment. Please do try getting back any amount of your investment in disposable diapers!
One last thought. It’s obvious that you could save even more money by going with a less expensive cloth diaper brand, and if the economical benefits are #1 on your list of reasons to cloth diaper, then I applaud your frugalness and the impact that it will have on your family. However, if you are interested in reaping the financial benefits that come with the choice to cloth diaper, and also appreciate an impeccable cloth diaper that will cause your little one to stand out a bit, then lets get that cart filled up!
Here’s to the best of both worlds!