It’s Real Diaper Week in anticipation of the Great Cloth Diaper Change and Earth Day. Calley, The Eco Chic, is hosting a Real Diapers, Real Simple, Blog Hop. Today’s topic is Real Simple, Real Diaper Savings. I just received my CD of these professional pictures taken of Kai when he was just one month old and I realized that they are an awesome illustration of the cost savings of cloth diapers.
In these photos, Kai is wearing a newborn Fuzzibunz Cloth Diaper. He needed a change during the photo shoot and is wearing a one-size Fuzzibunz in other photos,adjusted to the smallest setting.
This sweet, tiny newborn diaper was retired after just a short time in like new condition, but I stored it away for a future baby and/or to sell.
The one-size Fuzzibunz he wore that day have simply been adjusted over the months, however. At 11 months, he wears a Fuzzibunz diaper multiple times a day and I expect him to use these same diapers until he is potty trained.
Here is Kai in his Fuzzibunz today:
While I didn’t purchase these diapers until after my second child (and first in cloth diapers) was potty trained, I do have other brands of diapers that I’ve used with two babies and will potentially use with a third. If I’d decided to go with a very simple solution to cloth diapering, using the same newborn and one-size diapers for two babies, even diapering two at once, my diaper costs could have looked like this*:
Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental from Modern Cloth (or used diapers sold from rentals): Rent for $211.55. Choose Store Credit at the end, get your trial fee waived, and use that $211.55 toward purchasing one size diapers.
Purchase 24 One Size Fuzzibunz Elite at $18.95 a piece for $454.80.
Use the newborn trial for future babies and pay only the rental fee of about $20 or purchase used newborn diapers.
Add a couple of wet bags and wipes to your order, plus add in detergent and water use, and you can diaper 3 babies for well under $2000. If you consider the cost of using disposables for 3 babies up to 3 years, this is a huge cost savings!
For more information on cloth diapering, please feel free to visit my cloth diapers posts or contact me anytime! My Real Talk About Cloth Diapers 3 Part Series will conclude next Monday. You can read Part 1: Is Cloth Diapering Right for My Family? and Part 2: What’s it Really Like to Cloth Diaper now.