Guest post by Jen from Life With Levi.
When I tell people I use cloth diapers, a lot of folks automatically assume that means I’m a pretty “crunchy” person, thinking I must be some sort of weird hippie parent. Don’t get me wrong – the environmental benefits of cloth are awesome. But that’s not the main reason I use cloth diapers.
Just look at this fluffy butt. How can you resist something so cute?
Or something that saves so much money?
That’s the real reason I started using cloth diapers – because it saves a ton of money in my budget. I mostly use one-size pocket cloth diapers for my 19 month old son. I initially invested about $240 for 30 of them so that I could easily have enough to last through washing every other day. I’ve been using them daily since Levi was about 2 months old, and I have no doubt there will still be resale value to them after we’re done potty training.
$240 may seem like a lot as a lump sum, but when I think about how many diaper changes I’ve gotten out of them, the numbers make me smile. Assuming an average of about 10 diaper changes per day, let’s do the math.
10 diaper changes x 30 days per month x 17 months = 5100 diaper changes so far
That works out to just under $0.05 per diaper change. And that’s only up to this point. The longer I keep using these same diapers, the lower my price per change is going to go.
Even when you add in the cost and time associated with 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week, that’s still significantly less than the cost of disposables, which normally come in around $0.18 per diaper change for brand-name jumbo packs on-sale with coupons.
Of course there are more expensive ways to go with cloth diapers, but I’ve found that the average price one-size diapers do the job just fine.
So sure, maybe cloth diapers are a little crunchy. But even if you don’t care about the environmental impact, they’re well worth the investment as a way to trim your budget.