Saturday, June 9, 2012
Cloth Diaper Mama
So I did the math for switching to cloth.
--Approximately 25 cents per diaper (depending on size of diaper and if I got it on sale or not, sometimes I spent more than that per diaper and sometimes less)
--Used approximately 12 diapers per day for the first 6 months = $546
--Used approximately 6 diapers per day once baby started on solid food, 6 months = $273
Yearly cost: $819 per kid
Cloth diapers (I bought only one-size-fits-all diapers....depending on what you bought, your start up cost would be different)
--10 bum genius and oh katy diapers = $175
--20 comfy rumps diapers = $130
--Extra liners = $20
--2 boxes diaper detergent per year = $30
Total cost: $355
So, the cost of cloth diapers for TWO kids is less than half the price of disposables for ONE kid. Plus, I will probably use the same cloth diapers for our third, fourth, and maybe fifth kid (depending on how they hold up). And if not, I can always resell them (on our county's resell facebook page, used diapers are going for $5 each).
Things I wish I had done differently:
--Started cloth diapering sooner!
--Hadn't bought any bum genius OR oh katy diapers. I bought those first 10 to just try cloth diapering out, but I've liked the comfy rumps SO much better, AND they are only 1/3 the price.
--Wish I had bought 10 "size small" pocket diapers and only 20 of the one-size-fits-all. I have found the one-size-fits-all diapers (bum genius, oh katys, and comfy rumps) don't really fit all sizes. They fit pretty well once your baby is 12-14 pounds, but are really too big before that. This wouldn't have been a problem for Joel (he would have fit them almost right away), but it has taken Selah about 2 months to grow into them. The one-size-fits-all still fit Joel great at 40lbs.
Other than that, I'm very happy with my diapers!
$1600 saved = a trip to Idaho to see my family = one very motivated cloth diapering mama!