Do you really save with cloth??

There are three routes when it comes to diapering: using disposables, using a cloth diapering service, and using cloth diapers and laundering at home.  There are pros and cons to each, which I will cover in another posting.  For now, I just wanted to cover the costs of each and show you that using cloth diapers does save you money.

a.       Disposable: Diapering with disposable diapers will cost about $1600 ($66/month) to diaper for three years, excluding the cost of baby wipes.
b.      Service: The cost for 40-80 cloth diapers/week averages $21, which equals $3245 for three years, or $90 a month.
c.       Cloth Diapers: It is possible to cloth for as low as $300, not including utilities.  Ultimate savings is when you re-use your cloth diapers on your 2nd and 3rd children.  Assumes washing every 3 days. Utilizing 6 covers for the 1st year, 4 for the 2nd year, and 3 doublers.  All in ones do not require a cover.

0-1 M
1 M - 12M
12-18 M
18 M-2 Y
2-3 Y
Cost
TOTAL COST

Newborn
Infant
Baby
Toddler
Pre-Trainer
Material Cost
Utilities (Front Load Washer)

Duration (days)
30
335
182
182
365



Diapers changed/week
80
70
60
50
40



Diapers changed /day
11
10
9
7
6



Cloth Diaper Service price per week[i]
$22.00
$21.50
$21.00
$20.50
$20.00



Cloth Diaper Service price per day
$3.14
$3.07
$3.00
$2.93
$2.86



Pre-Fold and Flat Diapers
$131.42[ii]
$-
$93.68[iii]
$-
$88.00[iv]
$313.10
$417.75[v]
$730.85
Fitted Cloth Diaper
$547.65ii
$-
$405.85
$-
$88.00
$1,041.50
$417.75
$1,459.25
Pocket Diapers
$626.68[vi]
$-
$-
$-
$88.00
$714.68
$417.75
$1,132.43
All-in-One
$626.68v
$-
$-
$-
$88.00
$714.68
$417.75
$1,132.43
Diaper Servicei
$94.29
$1,028.93
$546.00
$533.00
$1,042.86
$3,245.07

$3,245.07
Disposable Diapers[vii]
$61.21
$598.08
$278.51
$232.09
$372.37
$1,542.26

$1,542.26
Table 01- Total Cloth Diaper Costs






 Duration (days)
 Loads of Laundry
 Detergent[viii]
 Front Loader Water Use (gal)[ix]
 Water/ Sewer Charge[x]
 Natural gas to heat the washer water [xi]
 Front Loader:
Electrical power to run your washer[xii]
 Electrical power to run your dryer[xiii]
 Depreciation[xiv]
 0-1 M
 Newborn
30
10
$1.72
250
$1.25
$0.30
$0.05
$6.10
$2.04
 1 M - 12M
 Infant
335
112
$19.19
2,792
$13.96
$3.35
$0.52
$68.12
$22.78
 12-18 M
 Baby
182
61
$10.43
1,517
$7.58
$1.82
$0.29
$37.01
$12.38
 18 M-2 Y
 Toddler
182
61
$10.43
1,517
$7.58
$1.82
$0.29
$37.01
$12.38
 2-3 Y
 Pre-Trainer
365
122
$20.91
3,042
$15.21
$3.65
$0.57
$74.22
$24.82



365
$62.68

$45.58
$10.94
$1.71
$222.45
$74.39









Total
$417.75
Table 02-Utility Costs


[i] Cloth Diaper Service price per week (http://www.phillydiaperservice.com/top_faq/about-the-service/how-much-will-the-service-cost.html)
[ii] 3 days x 6 Covers x 3 doublers x 11 changes/day
[iii] 3 days x 6 Covers x 3 doublers x 9 changes/day
[iv] 6 potty training pants.  Note that one-size or perfect size diapers can be used and would eliminate this cost.
[v] See Table 02
[vi] 3 days x 3 doublers x 11 changes/day
[vii] Pampers Baby Dry Diapers - Extra Large Case 44.99 for 252 at diapers.com or 18 cents each x diapers changes/day
[viii] Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency 2x Concentrated Liquid Detergent, 64-Load, 100-Ounce bottles (Pack of 4) $44 total or $.17/load
[ix] 25 gal per load for a front loader
[x] .05 cents per gallon
[xi] 20 cu.ft. of natural gas @ $.0015  = 3 cents/load
[xii] 0.44 kwh@ 10.65 cents = 4.7 cents/load
[xiii]  5.76kwh @ 10.65 cents per kWh = 61 cents/load
[xiv] A $600 front load washer is estimated to last  for 11 years. Based on 8 loads/wk x 572 wks., a washer will wash 4576 loads before having to be replaced. $600 / 4576 loads = 13 cents/load.  Dryer is estimated to last 13 years and dry 5408 loads. $400 / 4,680 loads = 7.4 cents/load.

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