With tad less than 3 weeks to my “due date” (which I’m working hard to think of a “due month” so that when baby is late, I’m not too disappointed), I need to get a move on with diapers. As a reminder, we are tightwads first and thus have become slight environmentalists, but primarily on accident. You might say that Hubby is 90% tightwad, with only 10% green in him; I, on the other hand, am closer to 70% tightwad and 30% greenie.
Anyhoo, back to the update. Hubby’s cousin graciously send along a large bag of cloth diapers and the in-laws drove them from way north to way south. These diapers have made the trek. There is a mixture of sizes, brands and styles, which will give us a chance to figure out what we like. There are liners abundant and a significant stack of pre-folds.
For the sake of these calculations we are going to use the prices on Diapers.com for Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers. It is recommended that a disposable diaper be changed every 2 hours. Let’s assume that at 4 months your baby would graduate to size 3 diapers.
- Newborn-4 months (size 1/2) = 1440 diapers x 0.18 = $259.20
- 4 months-20 months (size 3) = 5760 diapers x 0.24 = $1382.40
- 20 months- 24 months (size 4) = 960 diapers (every 4 hours) x 0.27 = $25.92
That comes to a total of $1408.32 for the first two years of your baby’s life.
I figure we aren’t doing too bad yet, and I’ve got a package of 12 flats that were a gift and 2 more showers coming up! I’m so excited about all this. Now, I just need to figure out the cost of a load of laundry….