We found a diaper planner calculator on the web and thought we’d post it as a helpful guide for expectant Moms who may be budgeting projected expenses for their new baby. It is a helpful tool and here is the link.
Since most of us here are a few years removed from diapering our own babies, the number of diapers required for baby is eye-popping. When we did our own calculations for an 8 pound infant, we found that baby will require 2,457 diapers over 52 weeks!
To arrive at an approximate estimate of the cost of disposable diapers, we went to Amazon and found that the price of an economy package of 180 diapers from Pampers is $160.25. According to our calculations, that means families can expect to spend $2187.41 annually on disposable diapers.
Then we took a look at what the consensus appears to be on the benefits of using cloth diapers and found this article from People magazine which appears to be representative of the type of information out there. The article listed the six reasons for switching to cloth diapers and does provide some very important information about the types of cloth available nowadays and the environmental benefits of using cloth. It makes the point that Moms will need 24-36 diapers over the life of the baby, but doesn’t explicitly mention that this provides young families with huge savings.
But to us, that’s a critical point. Contrast the thousands of dollars young families will spend on disposable diapers over two or three years with the couple of hundred dollars they would spend on non-disposable diapers. It’s a no-brainer. –By the way, the article does make the point that the “poop” factor can be easily managed and once a routine established, hardly noticeable.
So, what started as passing along a simple and helpful tip wound up as something of a research project. But, we urge you to take the time and do your own calculations. They are certain to be instructive.
In the same vein, we should mention that our bamboo washcloths/wipes are a marvelously soft, environmentally friendly and ultimately economical alternative to standard wipes. Not only are they perfect for use on sensitive skin, they are reusable and testing shows they get softer with use.