I have just a couple comments. First of all, I basically agree with Carrie’s conclusion – with the first child, the cost of cloth diapering and disposable diapering are on par with one another, but with additional children, cloth diapering does become cheaper.
Recently, when The Simple Dollar , there were several commentors who asked for a cost benefit for . While there are lots of resources out there to analyze this, I thought I’d take a shot at figuring out in my own situation what the cost of cloth diapering has been over Elizabeth’s first year of life.
In a family home with access to a washing machine, it costs decidedly less to diaper with cloth than with disposables. Diapering a child in generic disposables costs $1,400+ over 2.5 years. With some premium or earth-friendly options, this cost can go to almost $2,500. A full-time cloth diapering system can cost as little as $300. The cost of cloth diapers comes upfront, but it relieves the recurrent stress over budgeting for disposable products on a regular basis. Choosing cloth diapers is cheaper overall, as well as easier on the monthly budget.
The real cost of cloth diapers is certainly something that can be calculated. Cost per load can be calculated here:
For our energy rates the total cost of a load of diapers (including a pre-wash and an extra rinse — basically one hot/cold cycle and one cold/cold cycle) is $1.39 including detergent, baking soda in pre-wash, vinegar in first rinse, water costs, and energy costs for both washing and drying. Assuming 25 diapers per load (we probably actually have more most loads) the cost per diaper is There are websites like where new moms can set up a registry to have people buy their cloth diapers, inserts and liner for them. Cotton Babies has all the major brands of cloth diapers including bumGenius, Flip System and FuzziBunz. This is what we have done, so our up front cost for cloth diapering will be Great post about the true cost to cloth diaper. We are currently using disposables, but are thinking about giving cloth a go. It isn’t so much the chemicals or environmental issues that are motivating me, but the long term cost. I have to admit that the cute patterns paired with a simple sundress make cloth diapers pretty alluring. Thanks for sharing your experience and a breakdown in price.!! Also, cloth diapers are not what people remember from when we were kids. There are systems with no pins and no diapers you have to fold yourself. These are diapers that grow with your kids, have snaps or velcro closures, elastic legs holes and come in every color you can imagine!.055.
|Total cost of cloth diapers (2 years)||$2,268|
|Extra electricity per month (2 washer and dryer loads per week)||$6|
|Monthly cloth diaper cost ($390 spent on diapers / 36 months)||$11|
|Monthly water bill increase from cloth diapers||$30|
|Monthly cloth diaper liner cost||$16|
|Total monthly cost of cloth diapers||$63|
|Total months in diapers||36|