August 15, 2011

Save green when you go green with cloth diapers!

Choosing cloth diapers can save you a ton!  How much green can you feasibly save when you choose to use cloth diapers?  Let's take a quick look at the fluffy figures.

Let's pretend I am going to use prefolds, snappis and one-size covers.  Free Shipping would most likely apply to my order and from birth to potty training I shouldn't need to purchase more than 4 dozen prefolds, 8 covers ad four snappis.

With disposables I am assuming that baby would potty train at age 2.5yrs which is pretty optimistic, but works for the purpose of this comparison.

Cloth Diapers Disposable Diapers
(8) One Size Covers $79.92Approx. .32cents each
(4) Dozen Prefolds $139.20 8per day for 6 months =$467.20
(4) Snappi Fasteners $15.80 6per day for 24 months=$1752.00
Total $234.92 Total $2219.20
Additional Expenses Additional Expenses
Cloth WipesDisposable Wipes
Cloth Diaper SprayerGas to and from Store
Cloth Diaper DetergentSupplies for Disposal (Diaper Genie, etc.)

This simple chart gives both cloth diapers and disposables a realistic comparison.  Yes, you can expect to need more covers or more cloth diaper accessories and Yes, you can expect that your child might not potty train until they're 3 yrs old or might need more than 8 per day from birth through 6 months.

Even with this basic, optimistic look at both diapering options, cloth diapering clearly will save you money over disposables, at least $2000 to be exact!  That's a LOT of green!


I love seeing that I'm saving money. It makes me think I'm the sane one while everyone else thinks I'm nuts. ;)