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This article was originally posted on on November 29, 2012

There is no comparing today’s modern cloth diaper to the cloth diapers that your mom and grandma used. In the last 10-15 years cloth diapers have made revolutionary changes! Today’s cute and fashionable cloth diapers are fitted, contoured, pinless, come in tons of print choices and are as easy to use as a disposable. Read more: How to Use Cloth Diapers – Modern Cloth Diapers Are Easy to Use
Today's cloth diapers come in a variety of types, styles, colors, and patterns.

15 Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers on Your Baby

  1. COMFORT – Cloth diapers are soft, breathable and comfortable for your baby. Also see: The Benefits of Cloth Diapers
  2. SAVINGS – Cloth diapers can save you about $4104.40 for a family of two children. The cost of laundering has been factored into this estimate. Read More: Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers – Cost
  3. EASY TO USE – Today’s cloth diapers are just as easy to use as disposables. How to Use Cloth Diapers – Modern Cloth Diapers Are Easy to Use
  4. EASY TO WASH & CARE FOR – Cloth diapers are so much easier to wash & care for then they used to be – no need to dunk, swirl and soak!Washing Cloth Diapers
  5. THEY GO ON & FIT LIKE A DISPOSABLE – Today’s choices in diapers come in adjustable sizes or are sized to fit. They are fitted, contoured, pinless and simple to use. They are much CUTER than disposables! Cloth Diaper Styles
  6. LEAK-FREE – Mother-ease Cloth Diapers are leak-free diaper systems. The Mother-ease slogan is “Leak-free cloth diapers” because they have been designed to be a truly leak-free diaper system that you can depend on!
  7. CHEMICALS – Disposable diapers contain toxic chemicals, drying agents, dyes and fragrances. The chemicals in cloth diapers have caused or been linked to many toxic responses. Read more: The Harmful Chemicals in Disposable Diapers
  8. FASHIONABLE – Today’s diapers come in cute, fashionable designs and styles. There are so many designs and styles of diapers to choose from it makes cloth diapering a fun fashion statement. Cloth Diaper Styles
  9. ENVIRONMENT – About 18 billion disposable diapers enter our landfills each and every year and it is estimated that it takes 300+ years for them to decompose. Read more: Disposable Diapers and The Environment
  10. LESS DIAPER RASH – The chemicals in disposable diapers have been linked to diaper rash. Read more: Diapers and Your Baby’s Health”
  11. REDUCED CHANCE OF ASTHMA – The results of a study published in 1999 demonstrated that some types of disposable diapers emit chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory tract and that disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors that might cause or exacerbate asthmatic conditions. If you haven’t read it yet: The Harmful Chemicals in Disposable Diapers
  12. EARLIER POTTY TRAINING/LEARNING – Many parents report that children who wear cloth diapers potty train earlier than children who wear disposable diapers. Potty Training vs. Potty Learning
  13. CONVENIENCE – No trips to the store when you are out of disposables.
  14. FABRIC OPTIONS – You have a choice of many fabrics including organic and bamboo. Read about: Mother-ease Diaper Fabrics
  15. THEY HOLD THEIR VALUE – There is a market for used/pre-owned cloth diapers so you can resell them when you are done with them.

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This article was originally posted on on July 14, 2011

The Average Cost of Diapers

stack of money representing the savings when using cloth diapersDiaper costs have a huge impact on the cost of having a baby. The cost of diapers depend on whether you choose cloth diapers or disposable diapers to diaper your baby. The average cost of disposable diapers for one baby from birth to potty training is about $2400. For a family of 2 children the cost of disposable diapers will be about $4889.40. The average cost of cloth diapers is about $347.00 and can be used on multiple babies. The cost of laundering cloth diapers for 3 years is about $219.00.

How Often Does A Baby Need To Be Changed?

Before you can figure out how much diapers will cost you need to know how many diapers your baby will need each day. When a baby wets or soils a diaper he should be changed immediately. If a baby is left in a wet or soiled diaper he will get diaper rashes and have other problems. Even though disposable diapers contain Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) (the gel-like substance), babies aren’t meant to wear septic tanks on their fragile, sensitive bottoms.

How often a baby wets or soils her diaper depends on her age and diet. Younger babies need to be changed more often. Newborns will need their diaper changed as many as 12 times per day while an older toddler may need their diaper changed 6-8 times per day.

The Average Age For Completion of Potty Training

To figure out the cost of diapers you also need to know how long your baby will be wearing diapers. Contrary to popular/”old school” beliefs, reputable sources such as WebMD,, American Academy of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Schum (pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin), Mayo Clinic and National Network for Child Care say that the average age for completion of “potty training” for a girl is about 34-36 months and for a boy it’s about 37.5-38 months. These sources say it takes an average of 6-8 months to “potty train” a child. Children diapered in cloth diapers do tend to potty train as much as 6 months earlier than children using disposable diapers.

Read: Potty Training vs Potty Learning

The Cost of Disposable Diapers

0-2 months of age:  12 diapers per day X 60 days = 720 diapers
2-6 months of age:  10 diapers per day X 122 days = 1220 diapers
6-12 months of age:  8 diapers per day X 183 days = 1464 diapers
12-24 months of age:  7 diapers per day X 365 days = 2555 diapers
24-30 months of age:  6 diapers per day X 183 days = 1098 diapers
30-36 months of age:  6 diapers per day X 182 days = 1092 diapers

The average child uses about 8149 diapers from birth to potty training.

The average cost of a popular/name brand diaper from a larger package is 30 cents each.

The average cost of disposable diapers for ONE CHILD from birth to potty training is $2444.70.

The Cost of Cloth Diapers

People that haven’t seen today’s modern cloth diapers may still think of the old-fashioned, traditional, “toilet-dunking”, plain-white flat or prefold diaper of the past. The diapers of the past required safety pins and “rubber pants”. They were time-consuming, weren’t very absorbent (leaked), weren’t easy to care for and weren’t “fashionable” and cute. Prefold diapers are still available and are now available in different prints.

A baby wearing an old-fashioned cloth diaper

An “old-fashioned”, traditional cloth diaper.

The cloth diaper has EVOLVED! Today’s cloth diapers are easy to use and wash, have built-in or separate BREATHABLE waterproof covers, snap or Velcro shut, are fitted and fit like a disposable, are very absorbent and are very fashionable. Today’s modern cloth diapers are available in many colors, prints and fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo.

An example of today's modern cloth diaper

An example of today’s modern cloth diaper

When choosing cloth diapers, since there are so many different options, the prices can vary from $150. and up. The average modern/fashionable adjustable (one size fits all) cloth diaper system with enough diapers, covers and liners for full-time diapering will cost about $347.00. Cloth diapers can be used for multiple children.

Washing cloth diapers will cost about $219.00 over a 3-year period based on a stash of 24 diapers. Having more than 24 diapers will mean washing larger loads, less often and result in less money and time spent on laundering. This cost has been calculated assuming that your baby has 24 diapers available and it costs 50 cents to wash each load. The number of loads (146/yr.) has been determined by how many diapers the baby will use at each age and therefore how often a load needs to be washed (every 2-3 days).

The average cost of cloth diapers for ONE FAMILY from birth to potty training is $566.00 and includes laundering.

How Much Do Cloth Diapers Save?

For a family of 2 children the cost of disposable diapers will be about $4889.40.

For a family of 2 children the cost of cloth diapers (including laundering for both children) will be about $785.00.

Using cloth diapers will save about $4104.40 for a family of 2 children.

The savings will be more if the cloth diapers are used on more than 2 children and/or sold after use. Using cloth wipes will save an additional $300-$500 PER CHILD!

If you spend 15 minutes of “active” time laundering a load of cloth diapers and launder a load 146 times per year for 6 years (2 children) you will earn $18.83 per hour to launder your child’s diapers (based on the savings of $4889.40).

The cost of having a baby doesn’t need to be so high. Cloth diapering your baby offers a substantial savings and is one way to save on the rising costs of having a baby.

Interesting Diaper Facts

  • According to the Real Diaper Association, manufacturing and using disposable diapers uses 2.3 times more water than manufacturing and laundering cloth diapers.
  • According to the Real Diaper Association, disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin which is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all carcinogenic chemicals. It is an extremely toxic by-product of the diaper bleaching process and is banned in most countries. It is NOT BANNED IN THE USA! Disposable diapers also contain a toxin known to cause hormonal problems, a substance known to cause toxic shock syndrome, and studies have shown that the chemical emissions from disposables can cause respiratory problems in children.
  • The Real Diaper Association estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the US and 92% of these end up in a landfill. These diapers are full of bacteria, viruses and vaccines and pose a threat to wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that it takes up to 500 years for a standard gel-filled disposable diaper to decompose.

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