Financial Reasons to Invest in Cloth Diapers

cloth-diaper-2When some people think of cloth diapers, they envision some hipster method of saving the planet. Although these items do encourage such behavior, it’s not the only reason why you should consider using them. There are financial reasons why cloth diapers are superior to disposable ones and the savings you could experience can make using alternatives absurd once you see the numbers. What kind of savings are you looking at with cloth diapers?

1. Usage - At Walmart, you can buy size three diapers for $17.87 for a box of 86 disposables. For the sake of argument, let’s say you change your single child an average of eight times per day. This means that this box would only last you about a week and a half. Over the span of six months, you will spend approximately $300.

Cloth diapers are reusable and can be tossed in the laundry with little impact to your daily routines or average cleaning costs. One set could cost you around $20 that will last your child for years – if you buy the kind that are adaptable to age and weight of your child as he or she grows. Of course you may want to buy several so you have them on hand, but the overall average cost is still far lower than it is with disposable diapers.

2. Trash Liners - Over the course of a few days, disposable diapers can quickly fill a trash can. For this example, we are going to use 13 gallon trash bags. You can buy these for $7.48 for a box of 60. If you dedicate a trash can to nothing but diapers using these bags, you could fit about thirty in a single can – although the smell would be horrendous. If each bag holds 30 used diapers, it would cost you approximately $5.98 in materials to dispose of them over the same six months. Even if you don’t dedicate a trash can to nothing but diapers, these will increase the volume of your trash can regardless – which reduces the amount you can put into them. No matter how you divide it up, the increase of mass will cost you additional money in disposal over time.

3. Returns - For cloth diapers that are in good condition, it is relatively easy to sell them on auction sites once you don’t need them anymore. By making some of your money back reselling these items, your financial investment is even more efficient as you actually spent less on the entire experience. If you buy $100 worth of cloth diapers over a three year period and sold them for $20 on eBay, you actually only spent $80 as a whole. This means you were 20-percent more cost efficient than you anticipated before. Even if you don’t sell them, cloth diapers can double as cleaning rags for the home or garage – further reducing the need to buy those cleaning supplies as well.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on diapers over the course of four years, you can greatly reduce that number to less than $100. As long as you do your part to maintain the cloth diapers themselves and keep them in good shape, they can last you a very long time. Over the course of your child’s diaper days, you could buy up to three 60-inch LCD televisions. Why not save yourself the money and buy one?

Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. Charlene G says:

    I always thought it would be very difficult to use cloth diapers, but if I had known that it would save me so much money and truly be so easy, I would’ve went that route when my kids were in diapers!

  2. yolanda l says:

    cloth diapers are the only way to go!

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