Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Cost Breakdown

Looking at the differences of Cloth vs disposable can be a daunting task. Here, you have information regarding cost differences that might blow your mind. Feel free to spend as much time staring at the screen as you need. :) We've all had that "Oh my gosh" moment. 

Cloth Diapers -Cost Approx $120 Once

Depending on the style of diaper you decide on, it could be as little as $120 or as much as $740 if you sew them yourself.

Purchasing cloth diapers premade will cost anywhere from $350-$3256. 

Lets go from a money saving standpoint and look at the cheapest option.
Please also understand that this is per child. If you use cloth on a 2nd and 3rd child, you have just dropped the price down to $40-$246 per child if you sew them yourself. 

One Size Fits All Pocket Diaper (Best on Budget)

  • 108 weeks approx in the same size
  • 6-12 changes a day
  • 24 diapers & inserts - Cost approx $4-5 per set to sew = $120
  • Approx 6197 diaper changes
  • $.02 per change
  • Total $120 

What about washing costs?

  • 108 weeks approx of diaper washing
  • 6-12 changes a day
  • Approx 20 diapers & inserts per load
  • Approx 378 loads (every other day)
  • Laundry Detergent, approx $.20 per load
  • Washing Machine (inc. water) approx $.30-$.69 per load
  • Hang dry or Dryer approx 0-.$50 per load
  • Total approx $.50-$1.39 per load
  • Total Cost Per Child from birth to toilet $189-$525 

Disposable Diapers Cost Approx $2120 Per Child

The cost of these were the popular brand price at the local supermarket.
This does not include disposable wipes or gas to the store.

Newborn diapers - Your Cost $62.50

  • 2 weeks approx in size
  • 12-16 changes a day
  • 48 diapers in package for $15
  • Approximately 200 diapers used
  • $.31 per change
  • $62.50 total

Size 1 - Your Cost $165.50

  • 10 weeks approx in size
  • 10-12 changes a day
  • 104 diapers in package for $21
  • Approximately 820 diapers used
  • $.20 per change
  • $165.50 total

Size 2 - Your Cost $216

  • 12 weeks approx in size
  • 10-12 changes a day
  • 88 diapers in package for $21
  • Approximately 900 diapers used
  • $.24 per change
  • $216 total

Size 3 - Your Cost $217.50

  • 12 weeks approx in size
  • 8-10 changes a day
  • 96 diapers in package for $28
  • Approx 750 diapers used
  • $.29 per change
  • $217.50 total

 Size 4 - Your Cost $200

  • 12 weeks approx in size
  • 6-8 changes a day
  • 64 diapers in a package for $22
  • Approx 588 diapers used
  • $.34 per change
  • $200 total

Size 5 - Your Cost $446.50

  • 24 weeks approx in size
  • 6-8 changes a day
  • 58 diapers in a package for $22
  • Approx 1175 diapers used
  • $.38 per change
  • $446.50 total

Size 6 - 36 weeks

  • 36 weeks approx in size
  • 6-8 changes a day
  • 48 diapers in a package for $22
  • Approx 1764 diapers used
  • $.46 per change
  • $811.44 

Of course cloth doesn't make sense for everyone...and sewing your own won't either. But if you can manage it, I recommend saving yourself thousands of dollars per child and get sewing!