How much money does cloth really save?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

For a lot of parents— especially those on a budget— cloth diapering seem to be the obvious answer. They’ve heard everyone say how much money cloth diapering saves, but does it really save THAT much? And is it worth the hassle?

The quick answer is, YES! Yes, it saves a ton of money and yes, it is worth it.

I’ve broken down the cost of disposable vs our cloth nappies down below:

Cost of Disposables:

Disposable nappies vary from approximately 30c for house-branded nappies to 80c for branded nappies, but these come down to between 49-65c each when they’re on special. So let’s say you’re spending an average of 59c per nappy.

If we assume around 8 changes per day for the first 6 months, given that newborns are usually changed more frequently than older babies, that equates to $4.72 per day, $33.04 per week and in total around $860 for the first 6 months.

After that, your infant / toddler will need a nappy change around 5 times per day and a night time nappy. That equates to $3.54 per day or $24.78 per week. This phase will last for 2-3 years and costs around $1290 per year.

So, over 2 ½ years your baby could cost you as much as $3440 in disposable nappies. This is without including disposable wipes. If your child takes a little longer to toilet train the cost could go up even more. Not to mention somewhere between 5000-6000 disposable nappies going to landfill!

Cost of our cloth nappies:

For full time, for one child, washing everyday, we recommend having at least 20-24 nappies in your stash and at least 6-8 covers.

This can do this a few different ways:

24x Looped Trifolds @ $15 each

5x Hemp Boosters @ $15 each

8x Covers @ $30 each

Total for 2.5 years: $675

That is only 20% of the price of disposables!