Friday, 23 November 2012

The Savings in Using Cloth Diapers

How Much Can You Save Using Cloth Diapers?

We all know that disposable baby diapers account for a huge amount of garbage going into landfills each year. In addition to the obvious environmental costs of that waste, what about the dollars and cents cost of that waste? Are you aware of how much money the typical family spends on disposable diapers?

Well let's take a stab and calculating that cost:

We estimate that each baby will need about 6,000 diapers 7 during the first two 8 years of life. For these calculations, let's assume that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. Disposable diapers cost roughly 23¢ per store-brand diaper and 28¢ for name-brand. This averages to 25.5¢ per diaper. Thus the average child will cost about $1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about $66 a month.

For cloth diapering, each family will probably need about 6 dozen diapers. The cost of cloth diapering can vary considerably, from as low as $300 for a basic set-up of prefolds and covers, to $1,000 or more for organic cotton fitted diapers. Despite this large price range, it should be possible to buy a generous mix of prefolds and diaper covers for about $300, most of which will probably last for two children in a family

The net savings? Conservatively it works out to about $1,300 less to use cloth diapers than disposable diapers over the course of 2 years. Could your family find a better use for that $1,300?

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