By the end of the month, we’ll be settling into our new apartment — complete with its very own WASHER/DRYER! You do not know how excited I am about these two machines. It’s been six long years of lugging laundry to a laundromat, down the hall or stairs or elevator to coin-op machines, or taking it to my parent’s house. Never again, please!
My disposable diaper stash that I built up before Johnny was born is starting to dwindle. I’m down to maybe 5-7 packs which should last another month or so. While I was able to get those diapers for super cheap, I think I’m ready to try cloth diapers.
I briefly considered doing cloth diapers without my own W/D. While it would be doable, many of you brought me to my senses and convinced me to just play the drugstore game and get disposables for cheap. Doing so saved my sanity in those early weeks and months, and I thank you.
I then shared how I stocked up on diapers pre-baby. And a few months ago, I shared our diaper usage up to that point. We’re mostly on par with my estimates for Johnny’s growth. He’s still in size 3s but ya know what? They seem fairly snug on him already and don’t always hold up to a night of peeing. I’m guessing he’s 17 pounds (we’ll find out for sure on the 19th) so he’s still at the lower weight limit for size 3s (16-28 lbs), but I’ve learned that the weight ranges are only a vague suggestion.
I want to switch to cloth diapers to save money in the long run and reduce how much trash our family contributes to landfills (with disposables, it’s BAD!).
I know many cloth diaperers absolutely love CDing. I don’t know how much I’ll like it.
Will it save money?
I think the cost savings will be substantial over the long haul. I was able to get at least six months of disposable diapers for about $160 (that’s including the newborn-sized ones we picked up in the early days at full price or close to it). I don’t know for sure how much we’ve spent on wipes, but it’s probably around $40. My average cost per diaper was around $0.07 (not including the newborns). Full price, Pampers can be $0.28+ each.
At that rate, let’s say our monthly average is $33. If I keep up that pace, it’s $396 per year or $1,188 for three years of diapering. And that’s if I can keep up that pace. I don’t think I can. When I was pregnant, I had the time to bargain hunt and hit up several drug stores per week for deals.
Since having Johnny, I haven’t done the drugstore deals hardly at all. I don’t have the time, and since I still have a big toiletry stash, I don’t need to right now.
Diaper prices have continued to go up. I think it would be a miracle if I was able to diaper my son for $1,000 if I did all disposables.
Depending on the type of cloth system I go with, it’s looking like I might be able to diaper him in cloth for $300ish until he’s potty-trained (how is this figure, folks?). If the diapers hold up well enough, I might be able to use some of them for a second child.
I’ve found several helpful posts from blogging friends:
The Natural Mommy is an experienced cloth diaperer and explains her process here. She also shows what the cheapest options are. Finally, she has a ‘new-and-improved’ cleaning process that’s worth a look.
Surely you’ve heard about or seen the amazing series that The Simple Mom recently did on cloth diapers — it’s not to be missed!
I’m going to get a small amount of diapers to start out (haven’t fully decided on which) to see how we like them. My Pittsburgh bff (hi Renee!) has graciously offered to loan me some of her son’s Happy Heinys to test.
Based on my past posts, I know y’all love to share your opinions on diapers. Consider this an invitation to tell me things or point me to your blog posts about the topic.