Real Diaper Week Day 3

Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings

Okay pretty self explanatory, right?

So let’s just get down to it.

My #1 reason to use cloth was cost.
I am going to clearly show you MY total costs thus far cloth diapering.
Starting with the cost of the diapers themselves, as they are the most expensive part.

Cloth diapering try it out kit from Cotton babies      $35
G-diapers 2 pack of covers                                        $27
Bummis diapering kit                                                 $150
Used 2 Bumgenius fitted AIO’s                                 $16
Used Bummis SZ S cover                                          $8
Used ProWrap cover SZ S                                         $7
6 used prefolds                                                           $6
2 travel wet bags                                                        $10

Used 19 Sz S Kushies AIO’s
 + 10 Used Sz L Kushies AIO’s                                  $100
Thirsties covers SZ 1 mud qty 2                                 $26
Thirsties cover SZ 1 print                                            $14
Dozen Prefold infant diapers                                      $21
Thirsties Hemp prefold qty 2                                     $13
Sbish bamboo insert qty2                                           $8
Thirsties SZ 2 solid cover                                           $13
1 random pocket diaper from ebay                             $2

The random space in the middle represents everything purchased for baby #1. We started cloth diapering her at 8 months. After the break was adding in baby #2 because we did not have the small sizes.

So, if you are calculating along ….. $259 from 8 months on with baby#1. Add in what was purchased for baby #2 and we have a total of $456.

To be fair I did research online for two days on whether or not to cloth, and then what system. Both times resulted in a headache so add;

One bottle of aspirin                              $10 (what? I had a headache no time for coupons or sales)

Also I am having my Bummis size M diaper covers converted next week from Aplix (fancy term for Velcro, also known as hook and loop) to snaps. They are so much better. For that I will add an addt’l ….

Aplix to snaps for 4 diaper covers                   $24

That puts us at $490

With the G-diapers we did use the flushable liners at night because they were super absorbent. I purchased them by the case for appox $50. A case has 4 packages and each package lasted a month for me. We used them for only 7 or 8 months.

G-diaper liners                                         $100

And, lastly we did mess around with flushable liners for a little while

Flushable liners                                       $40

Product total $630

I am not here to deceive anyone. In our last apartment we had a in complex laundromat. It cost $3.50 to wash and dry our diapers. While we lived there I washed diapers (for one baby) once every 5 days. So the actually laundry cost was negligible. In our new apartment we have a washer and dryer. I think that the actual electric cost is less than the laundromat. However I can not give an exact figure.

I do know that I do not have to spend any additional money on diapers for my second child. The only cost that would be added to this is out of sheer desire for another diaper. It is a bit addicting.

With the national (US) average cost of $800 per year I am way ahead. With DD turning 2 I should already be at $1600 with just her costs alone. Which if you included the time that i used disposable diapers on her I may be, but even that is a long shot. However, when you include baby #2, there is no way that with all the disposable diapers that I bought that I have even encroached on the $2400 average.

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Yes, there is an upfront cost in purchasing cloth diapers.

That is why people have baby showers!

Why let each guest spend $10 for a pack of diapers that won’t even last a week? They could each buy 1 cover, and 1 6pack of prefolds. If you will be dealing with a daycare AIO’s or pocket diapers might work better. Then you guests could buy one of those, or go in together for a lot of diapers.

You can make your own diapers. Not the best at sewing? Buy covers and make your own prefolds. The lines in the prefolds are not super critical. You can use 1 of those 75,000 flannel receiving blankets you got. Wool covers can be upcycled from unloved sweaters. There are a few tutorials if you look online.

One final thing to consider with this is that you will likely be able to recoup a portion of your cost. Most cloth diapers sell for more than 50% of their purchase price. If you decided to do so you could resell you diapers, or just pass them on to another mother in need. I will say when I started buying cloth diapers resale value was very important to me, but now I would like to pass them on to someone. Why not?

Why do you, or do you not use cloth?
Gwen

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