How Much Do Cloth Diapers Cost?
A cloth diaper is a reusable diaper usually made from natural fibers like cotton, wool or bamboo. These diapers can come in various shapes and will have a water-resistant outer shell that is sewn into the opening.
How much is it?
- On average, a pack of six cloth diapers can cost anywhere from $8 to $15. For example, the OsoCozy 6-Pack retails for $11 to $14 for a pack of 6size one cloth diapers.
- Cloth diapers will also require a cover. This cover is not normally included with the cloth diaper. The covers can cost around $8 to $15 per six covers.
- It is best to have around 24 to 36 cloth diapers handy. Taking a $3 per diaper average, parents are expected to budget at least $100 for 36 diapers. As the baby grows older, you will have to progress to different sizes. Overall, plan on budgeting $400 to $700 total for two to three years worth of diapers.
- DiaperPin.com has a calculator that can estimate the cost of cloth diapers. This is a great way to compare disposable and cloth costs.
- This Mint.com article claims that it will cost around $584 for cloth diapers for a lifetime of a baby while disposables will cost closer to the $800 mark. This Diaperco.com article claims that the savings can be closer to the $1,000 mark.
What are the extra costs?
- As the baby grows older, larger sizes will be needed. Just like disposable diapers, it will mean that you will have to purchase a whole new set of covers and cloth diapers. Experts note that it should cost no more than $250 for the lifespan of your baby. With cloth diapers, a newborn will go from infant size to a premium size around age six to eight months.
- If a diaper service is used to clean on a weekly basis, this can start at $30 per week.
- Pins will be required to keep the cloth diapers shut. These pins will only cost a few extra dollars.
- While it may not be that noticeable with an energy bill, cloth diapers will have to be washed by themselves. This can often increase your energy bills by more than 15 percent.
- Special laundry detergent may be necessary.
What is going to be included?
- Cloth diaper kits will usually come with the prefolds. While some kits do come with the covers, you may have to purchase these as an additional accessory. The same can be said about the pins.
- As the baby gets closer to the potty training stage, special cloth diapers are available to assist with this.
Tips to know:
- Cloth diapers create less trash and are very environmental friendly. Many new parents think bad things about cloth diapers, but this does not have to be the case. Pick up a starter kit and try it out to see what the fuss is all about. Worst case scenario, you could always resort back to disposables.
How can I save money?
- Cloth diapers are a lot cheaper than disposables. By choosing the cloth route, you will already save hundreds if not thousands of dollars throughout your child’s lifetime. This saving can be multiplied if you plan on having more than one child.
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