thoughts on diapers

I’m cloth diapering my 2nd child. And going strong.

I’ve also sought to have a greater understanding of the diapering world in general. And I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot chose cloth vs sposie on a mere financial basis.

If you chose sposies, you take on the cost of purchasing diapers for at least 2 and maybe 3 or 4 years per child. You might take on a monetary cost of disposing of those diapers, or it might merely be the environmental cost of disposal.

If you chose cloth, you take on the cost of purchasing the diapers (so many options!) and the cost of cleaning the diapers (detergent, water, wear and tear on the machines). You get to use the diapers for a 2nd or 3rd baby if you have more come along, but they will wear out (or covers will) so you will need to purchase more at some point with enough time and use.

But comparison is nearly impossible. After 2 road trips where we used sposies, I’ve still not used up the box of diapers I purchased. After all, these things are designed to go 12 hours if needed… they make great overnight diapers! I felt weird leaving my baby in a diaper for more 2 or 3 hours (not poopy, just wet), but I also knew there was a lot of absorbency not yet used in that diaper. So you can’t just count how many sposie diapers someone might use… they might change baby often or they might chose to let those diapers get super full. That could be the difference of 1 diaper to 8 diapers a day!

There are other comparisons that can be made. And if you can make an informed decision, that’s the best way to make a decision, really. So here’s what I’ve thought of. Please add your thoughts in the comments!

Sposies keep super absorbent chemical compounds right up next to your baby’s parts. On the one hand, it helps in keeping baby feeling dry. But… chemicals…. And sposies are scented, sometimes strongly.

In cloth, you can choose all natural fiber fabrics, all microfiber nifty stuff, and whatever mix you want. You chose what you wash in, so you decide, to some extent, what kind of chemicals (detergents, etc) you are applying to your diapers and what scent if any, they will have.

Changing a poopy diaper is easier with sposies. You just wrap the poop and the poopy wipes up in the diaper, fold it over on itself and put it in the trash can. Then wash your hands. Easy. But you have just put human waste into a landfill. That is a big no-no in general. Yes, you can use human waste as fertilizer on your garden, as they do in many developing countries, but you don’t want to… because parasites and other illness borne on the human poop that infect humans.  And so, if we can avoid putting human poop in the landfill, that is nice. Plus, the diapers have crazy water absorbing chemicals… that is a crazy something to add to the natural world.

With cloth diapers, poopy diapers are a bit more work. If baby is exclusively breast feeding, that poopy diaper just goes in the pail and it all gets washed in the washer. EBF poop is water soluble and just washes out nicely. Once baby starts eating solids… anything that is not breast milk… that poop needs washing off *before* the diaper gets to the washing machine. So, you are to tip the solids in the toilet. Ah-ha. Whoever first said that hadn’t been changing diapers all that long because most of the poop while baby is both eating and nursing is a nasty mixture of some rather wet some rather solid poop and it does NOT just tip off the diaper. So, a diaper sprayer is super handy. And sometimes, it takes a bit of time and spraying….

Having a diaper sprayer is super nice. You can now rinse muddy and sandy clothes off into the tub or toilet so you don’t burden the washing machine with said mud and sand. And little boys will love getting to rinse feet off if it happens to be by the tub (or not…). And if someone has a messy or sensitive bum, it’s nice to easily give a rinse. And post birth, it works better than a peri bottle.

Baby clothes are designed to fit over a dry sposie.

Fluffy bums are just so cute.

Add your pros and cons!

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Geffen Hemp/cotton inserts — a review

I usually review books, but, today, I’m reviewing a diapering product. Yea for variety!

This was the first time I’ve purchased a cloth diaper thing new. I’ve purchased fabric to make various items, and I’ve been given new stuff, but the vast majority of our stash are hand-me-down items.

old and dying hemp inserts

old and dying hemp inserts

The hemp inserts we have are very well used. And they are starting to fall apart. So, I decided to replace them. I looked around, I compared prices, I calculated the cost per layer of material in the insert*, and decided to order the Geffen Baby Super Absorbers. They got washed once before being pressed into service and they worked great from the start. Its recommended to wash them at least 3 times before using, I had special circumstances, though.

the inserts

the inserts

Last night, they were put to the test though. I put 2 into a pocket diaper. Wow, trim.

Yep, only 2. Normally, I would put 1 large hemp insert, 2 small hemp inserts and 1 layer microfiber strip into a diaper and this works the vast majority of the time.

This morning, after nearly 12 hours of sleep, little boy’s pajama pant fronts were damp and I could tell there was some leakage out the top of the diaper. The pj pant top had folded over into the top of the diaper and this diaper (a Haute Pocket) doesn’t have that extra bit of PUL across the top inside.

Conclusion, I’ll add a hemp insert, but, I think, my nighttime diapers will consist of 2 Geffen Baby Super Absorbers and a hemp insert.

An additional thought: When I received the package, I found on the package these diapers are labeled “absorbency level 3, 12-18 months and nighttime, absorbs approx. 8 – 9 oz”. There is even a chart on the package labeling showing the levels of absorbency. I would have really liked to see this in the online descriptions. If I had, I would have ordered the next absorbency up “Super Absorbers Plus”, slotted for 18-36 months. I know each child is unique in how much they pee at night (and every night is a bit different!), but such guidelines are so useful when figuring out a new product.

Yes, when I need something more absorbent, I will likely go back to Geffen Baby.

*my calculations — It came down to Geffen Baby vs Thirsties and I went with higher hemp content from there.

ebay gal — 2 layers, 4″ x 12″, 6 inserts, 55% Hemp, 45% cotton — fleece, $13 [$2.17 per insert, $1.08 per layer]

geffen baby — 5 layers, 5.5″ x 13.5″, 6 inserts, 60% hemp 40% cotton — fleece, $21.99 [$3.67 per insert, $0.73 per layer]
thirsties — 6 layers, 5″ x 12″, 2 inserts, 55% Hemp 45% cotton — jersey, $8.75 [$4.37 per insert, $0.73 per layer]

Changing the system

One thing I was reminded of, as we prepped for our trip was that one ought not change any systems right before leaving.

Late Monday morning, I put Little Man in a sposie diaper and washed *all* the diapers. I didn’t want to leave any wet diapers around, and we’d planned on using sposies for the trip, except the two nights we planned on backpacking in. As fortunes would show, I was quite lucky the hemp/cotton inserts I’d ordered arrived that morning, so they got into the wash as well.

Now, up to this point, Little Man had worn sposies one here, one there, but usually only one, rarely/never two in a row. But that Monday, but the second diaper change, his bottom was looking red and irritated. By the time I changed the third sposie, his skin was so irritated he cried as I wiped his bum and he had little blisters that bled (just a tiny bit). I pulled out a cloth diaper for the night. At the time, I didn’t know if it was the sposie or the poop (ya know — sometimes its the poop that irritates!). But I didn’t have time to figure it out, either!

But, the next morning, all blisters were gone and the bum in question was a smooth as a baby’s bottom should be.

The next morning we quick pulled the packages of sposies out of the car and I sat in the back with a basket of freshly washed diapers on my lap, which I folded slowly over the first hour of driving. Though the new inserts needed another 2 or 3 washes, I used them in the overnight diapers and they worked great! Those new inserts expanded my nighttime inserts so I could have 5 overnight diapers! Before I had the inserts (hemp ones) to put together only 3 diapers at a go.

Lesson learned. Don’t change the system all of the sudden when you don’t have time to make sure it works.

Here’s some of what I’ve figured out about traveling with cloth:

  • Its not all that bad, though poops on the road are a bit difficult to deal with.
  • Have lots of plastic bags. The kid you get from the store when checking out work great at keeping the smell contained when you tie them tight. If its not a poopy diaper, I will twist the bag closed and then tie it when I add a second diaper. Poopy diapers get solids dumped into the appropriate place (toilet or 6 inch hole), the into a bag that gets tied tight (yes, they will need to get dunked and swished or sprayed at some point before washing).
  • Pre-folds seem to travel the best. Flats are nice since they are fairly easy to wash and dry quickly.

My Dad and his wife let me wash the diapers at their house, which meant a 4 day stretch between washings. Not too bad. I did rinse the diapers at one camp ground about 3 days in, but unless you are able to let the dry, I’m not sure its worth it. It was dry there, but cool, so I ended up wrapping up the diapers in bags to save for washing. I guess rinsing them was good, though.

Questions? Please ask. I love the cloth diapers and am happy to talk about them!

Different ages, different diapers

I got to thinking the other day about how I’m more inclined to put a prefold on Peanut now than any other diaper. Yes, just 6 months ago, I swore by my home made fitteds. What has changed? Poop.

A baby that is exclusively breastfed (ebf) has very runny poop. Yep, so much so that when the pedi asked if Peanut had diarrhea, I asked how would I know if he did. Yes, there is a way to know, but its not just in the runniness of the poop. From month 0 to month 5 (or 6), to keep that runny poop contained, I wanted elastic around those legs. I never could figure out how to put on a prefold without having some gap around the legs and that would guarantee some poop getting on the cover. Thus, the predominate use of the homemade fitteds, the kissaluv’s size 0 (which fit Peanut through about 4 months, but he is skinny-skinny) and pockets. Perhaps if I’d persevered, I might have learned how to successfully contained that ebf poop.

Now, with the introduction of solids, his poop is more solid such that it tends to stay in one place. (is this grossing you out? I’m sorry, but its necessary for the discussion.) A folded prefold to fit in the cover, or even a prefold put on with a snappi works just fine in keeping poop contained.

This is when I’m most happy that we didn’t have to buy all that we needed right out. Some were gives (the kissaluvs, kushie prefolds, and gerber flats), many were hand-me-downs (most of hte pockets, many of the prefolds), and a slew I made.

Not too long ago, I was thinking about putting together enough newborn sized prefolds so that with the kissaluv’s size 0, we had a newborn set of diapers that would get us through those first few months (or weeks) when the little one isn’t big enough for the “one-sized” pockets and such. (no, I’m not preggers, just thinking ahead with hope).

kissaluv size 0 on the left, my newborn sized prefold on the right

Then I remembered. I remember why I rarely put Peanut in a prefold before month 6 (or was month 7?). Luckily, I’ve only made 1 prefold, so I’m not doomed, but I’ll have to think through this a bit more. Do I want to learn to put on a prefold so that poop doesn’t leak out? That is the question.

Still using cloth diapers?

Yep! We are about 11 months into it and still going strong.


I shall now do some estimating. Of course, I’m not doing it completely on my own, I am using a calculator, a website for estimating my washer/dryer cost, and a cloth diaper – disposable comparison spreadsheet found here.
Cloth diaper costs — remember I got some hand-me-down clothies, some as gifts, and made some more. I have spent… somewhere between $80 and $100 on cloth diapers, not including my time spent. Generally, I wash 3 times a week, and I do use the dryer pretty regularly… (about $0.64/load, including detergent)… comes out to about $85.  I’m at just under $200 spent, so far, on diapers. Let’s round this up to $300 to account for things I’m sure I’ve forgotten about.
According to this spreadsheet, at this point, I would have spent about $700 on sposies.
I’m feeling pretty good, being about $400 up! Woot!
Time? Yes, I wash diapers 3 times a week. Plus regular laundry. I spend about 10 minutes stuffing diapers after each washing. If one used just prefolds and covers… no folding needed.
Yuck factor? I got a diaper sprayer which makes rinsing a poopy diaper much nicer. Plus, if Peanut communicates successfully, I can get him to poop in the potty about 50% of the time — see here for more info on that.
What else can I talk about to get you to try cloth diapers? (okay, not all readers have babies….)

Have diapers, will travel

Whew — we got home early evening Tuesday after a long road trip. This was the first time we’d traveled with Peanut, and we were rather nervous leading up to it. How would Peanut handle a long car ride? How would we handle diapers? Should we got with sposies or stick with clothies? What items do we need to take along? Why does this feel like moving?

We survived. Peanut survived. The grandparents survived (and, I think, enjoyed the time; not that we didn’t :P). Peanut did okay with the car ride. We used sposies, mostly while driving and took the cloth stash to use while at Grandpa and Grandma’s. I was able to pack with discretion and even though it was a ton of stuff, it was all used.

Oh, diapers, diapers. They can make or break a moment.

This poo-splosion brought to you by sposies!


Oh, yes. We had several of them. Now, to be completely honest, I have cleaned some poo off the leg openings of onsies or the inside of pants because of a bit of seepage. Usually, the cover catches the poo, however, so most often it just the cover into the pail with the diapers.

Whoa-doggy. I’ve never had a poo-splostion like the one we had the day before leaving Grandma and Grandpa’s, though. I could tell Peanut had filled his diaper, so off we went to change it. As I pulled off his pants, though… ARGH… poo all down his leg, covering the pants, the onsie, and what a sticky mess to clean up. I used, perhaps, 10 wipes (disposables, too) cleaning him up, all the while trying to keep the poo contained and not get it on anything else. I called for Hubby to come help, which he did and we had quite the laugh while cleaning poor Peanut up. (This was the one that interrupted by previous post.)

The second poo-splostion occurred on the drive home. We stopped in mid-Kansas on our second day of driving. Luckily, I’d gone into the “family” bathroom, so I could just pop my head out and ask Hubby to go get more clothes for Peanut. Unfortunately, Peanut is terrified of public bathrooms. Between the flush and the hand-dryers, he will start shrieking with fear. Putting him down on the changing platform brings about even more cries of terror. The poor child. Now, add in having to undress him because his clothes have poo on them and you have a very distressed little boy.

We even had two different brands of sposies to work with, but neither one fit Peanut very well. He has such skinny-skinny legs that I just couldn’t get the waist tight enough to create any sort of seal around the legs.

That is one very, very nice fact about cloth diapers. The ones I’ve made fit great because they are made to fit my child. Plus, they actually soak up the moisture in Peanut’s poo, so it not such a sticky mess. The sposies just leave the poo and all its sticky wetness there next to Peanut’s bum.

And one morning, the sposie started leaking moisture after Peanut had worn it overnight. Since I can customize the absorbency in the clothies, I’ve not had that issue in a long time.

And the smell! I’ve read a few places where someone used sposies overnight because the smell in a cloth diaper the next morning was too much. But I found that the smell in the sposie was overwhelming… perhaps its the perfumes mixed with urine? Anyhoo, I’m proud to say that my clothies don’t smell so bad in the morning compared to the sposie.

After the second poo-splosion, we put Peanut back in a cloth diaper. It just seemed safer.

Next time, clothies all the way.

More on diapers

I realized the other night, while opining to Hubby, that I like the sized and fitted diapers best. We have 6 kissuluv size 0 diapers in use, and expect Peanut to out grow them in the next month or so. I’ve used them with wool soakers, fleece soakers and, now, a snapped cover. There are bits and pieces for each cover that I like and dislike, but overall, unless I’m thinking about it, I tend to want to go for the kissuluvs.

A few thoughts:
1. The diaper stash will need to grow. But diapers will only be used at a specific point in the child’s growth, so overall, the diaper, I think, will get used less. Might mean they will last longer.

2. Fitted diapers can’t be any harder to make than pockets. Plus, I can use more scrap stuff, mainly in the absorbent lining.

3. They will be easier to fold after washing. :::chuckle::: well, no folding, or stuffing.

4. I will need more covers to bridge the current size gap. I’ve got covers for 20+ lbs, but none for this 15-20lb stage. Luckily, the covers don’t need to be washed as often, which, hopefully, means the cover will last longer than the PUL on a pocket.

5. the current snapped cover is great, but the fold-over elastic along the legs wicks wetness out. Not good. Might try folding the PUL fabric over along the legs and putting in plastic. Perhaps this will wick less?

6. I like snaps. I don’t dislike the hook and loop stuff (i.e. velcro), but I like the snaps *way* better. Gonna have to get snaps. Luckily, I have some 50% off coupons for Joann’s. 😀

7. So far, it seems Peanut has no opinion on what kind of diaper he is wearing. Little Bobble seems to like the cloth ones, but I can’t tell if she likes them better or worse than the disposables. Her mom is thankful for the diaper savings.

8. I gotta figure out how to find more time to sew. I’ve got a pair of pants cut out (for Peanut) and ideas for a skirt for myself, and diapers a plenty cut out, and struggling to find time to sew. Gotta think this out. Maybe a dedicated sewing table will help. Plus, I could use with one less hot spot.

What I like about the various cloth diapers

I received a bag of hand-me-down cloth diapers before Peanut was born. A big thanks to Hubby’s parents who brought them down, and Hubby’s cousin who hand-me-down’d them to us.

There are a couple of brands that I’m now familiar with. There is something I like about each one and something I don’t like. The inserts are a set of microfiber inserts that came with the bag of diapers.

Bum Genius — I’m not sure what version I have, but I like these quite a bit. They are easy to stuff and the velcro tabs have loop on the backs so the tabs can overlap. They have a gusset across the back, but I’ve had as many leaks out the back as any without the gusset.

Happy Heiny’s — These are easy-peasy to stuff with the wide crotch. Right now, its no biggy for Peanut, but I can imagine walking might not be the nicest. The opening for stuff is along the back seam, so no gusset. You’ve only got to watch that no wicking material is beyond the PUL. I don’t like that the tabs are huge and wide. They do overlap, but I’d rather have small tabs like the BG or Haute Pockets.

Haute Pockets — These I like. The tabs are over-lapable (is that a word?) And they aren’t too difficult to stuff. The back bum area widens quite a bit and they have specially shaped inserts.

My own homemade pockets — Well, I’m happy with them because they are a product of my own labor. On the other hand, they are difficult to stuff (the crotch is skinnier, and the PUL stickier — not sure why). They fit nicely though, as they have adjustable elastic in the legs and along the back. Currently, they all have back gussets, but I think I’m going to stop making the diapers with them.

This is actually the pocket that friend Liz made for me, but our diapers are all based on the same pattern.

Make-shift soakers — I put elastic in along the back of the soakers to help it hug the back better. These are the trimmest of the various options, if using a flat. I can use the prefolds with the soakers, too — not as trim, but works quite well.  Unfortunately, the flats are rather small and Peanut is out growing them (they are the Gerber Birdseye flats). The fleece is starting to wick, though, so they might not be in service much longer. I’m thinking to make a few more that are a double layer of fleece, that should help prevent the wicking. I like that I can use a snappi to hold these closed, and I “size” them by turning down the front as needed. So simple!

The make-shift soaker on Peanut. It needs a snappi to stay on (or pins).

New fleece soakers — I’m trying out using a double layered fleece soaker. I made one, and plan to make 2 more as a baby gift for a friend who is planning to use cloth diapers. I suspect that if a one layer fleece soaker wicks a small bit, a two layered soaker should do just fine.  Pictures to come!

I have some swaddle bees and fuzzy buns in a large size. I’ve started using with Little Bobble, the little girl I babysit, so when I have opinions on them, I’ll let you know.

Eco Posh Organic Cloth Diapers Review and Giveaway All About Cloth Diapers | Cloth Diaper Answers All About Cloth Diapers

Eco Posh Organic Cloth Diapers Review and Giveaway All About Cloth Diapers | Cloth Diaper Answers All About Cloth Diapers

As most know, I’m using cloth diapers for my baby. Its going well, but can one ever have too many cloth diapers? So, I’m entering the giveaway to get *another* cloth diaper.

The most I’ve ever paid for a cloth diaper? Hmmm….  All the pockets are hand-me-downs, gifts or homemade, the flats were a gift, the prefolds are either gifts or hand-me-downs, I don’t think I’ve ever *purchased* a cloth diaper! To give an answer: the diapers I made each cost me about $2 if I’m estimating correctly (material, notions — not including time).

Count this as an advertisement for the website, too Allaboutclothdiapers.com… its an excellent site for anything you might possibly want to know about cloth diapering!

The diaper stash expands

A while back, both wool soakers where drying and I needed a soaker, so I created a “make-shift soaker”.

This is a fleece cutout that was destined to be apart of a pocket diaper, until, that is, I discovered this fleece repels moisture, instead of wicking. I figured this fleece should become soakers, then. But I’d already cut out all the fleece into diaper shaped pieces. Drat. Ah, well, frugalness and creativity to the rescue — and a soaker was created.
I realized with a bit of elastic around the legs, the fleece would make nice and adjustable soakers. I liked the ones I made, but they were size-stable, and the last two I made turned out too small to get on the child (and they are the same size as the wool soakers, they just don’t stretch). Plus, I ended up with all these small pieces and I can’t figure out what to use them for — but too big to just toss in my tightwaddery.
So, TA-DA, make-shift soaker version 2. Beta tested and all! I made one, it worked wonderfully, so I made 4 more. Remember, the fleece is already cut out.
First, I sewed up the sides a channel for the elastic.

Then I threaded the elastic.

To put it on Samuel, since he is still kinda small, I fold down the front, like most the one-size-fits-all style pockets, and snappi it on. I’ve put it over flats, prefolds and kissaluvs. And they should fit him for quite a long time.

 

This do-hicky I love! Its a “drawstring threader” and works great with elastic, too. No more using a paper clip or safety pin to thread that elastic through! Yea! Wish I’d spent that $1.50 years ago.

Tomorrow, I plan to cut out flats from t-shirts I acquired from the local thrift store.  Ya know, for being a “thrift store”, the stuff is rather expensive, in my opinion. I had a hard time finding anything among the t-shirts less than $5 and many were closer to $10. I guess I just need to go garage sale-ing.

Babies and diapers

Diapers are, generally, a necessary part of taking care of a baby. Common knowledge. And I venture into the world of cloth diapers, because I think they are better for baby, better for the wallet and better for environment. But they can be frustrating.

All my pocket diapers (where you stuff an absorbent insert into the middle) started repelling moisture. The pockets I’d made are, apparently, made of a fleece that repels moisture — that was/is my bad for buying that fleece; but I hadn’t thought to check such things in the store. But when even my commercially made (and handed down) pockets started repelling, I knew I was doing something wrong. Detergent? Likely. Added oxygen cleaner? Perhaps. So, I tried stripping them.  I washed them with dish detergent, scrubbed them in the sink by hand, which should cut through any residue — hopefully. We shall see! Strangely, not had any of these issues with the flats or prefolds. And thus I begin my quest to find a new detergent.

Those with more cloth diaper-fu than I, any thoughts?

As for baby, we are slowly figuring it all out. My big, looming question at the moment is about falling asleep on your own.  Is this a taught skill, or one that develops on its own at some point? At what point, or age, can this skill be taught, or does it develop? I know I’ve got a few readers who have raised several children, that, I’m assuming, can all fall asleep on their own.  By “on their own”, I mean no rocking, nursing or being held. Use of a lovey, blanket, paci, or other aid doesn’t count in my book, because it does require the presence of mommy or daddy.  Fellow mothers, have you any thoughts, advice, or wisdom you might offer me?

Big questions today. Some days are just like that 😛

diaper updates and count downs

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.

From this stash, I’ve got 8 pocket diapers (for these, you put in an insert for absorption) that snap down to a small size (hopefully small enough). Plus the one my friend, Liz, made me for the shower last weekend (in the collage, top row, 2nd from the left)… so 9 total that are adjustable. And all with no-cost, so far!
Monday, Liz and another friend, Angel, will be coming over for a sewing bee. This, I’m very excited about. It is combining several “fun” elements, such as a small group of good friends, good conversation, at least one baby (and perhaps a 3 year old?), and a productive project.  I decided to go ahead and cut out a few diaper pieces, so I got material over this last week.  From the width of the fabric (both the fleece and PUL), I can out three diapers, which means I can get about 6 to 8 diapers from a yard with extra fabric. The fabric is the big cost, so estimated cost so far…. 28 (4 yards, 7 diapers from each yard) diapers at $1.42 plus notions per each diaper…. $40 not including notions (elastic, velcro and buttons).  
These diapers are all adjustable, so they should fit baby for quite awhile, assuming he doesn’t get too big too fast.  Compare that to what I read this morning… from allaboutclothdiapers.com

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….