Cloth nappies – they’re cute, they’re reusable, and they’ll save you more money than you expect. Here’s why:
The Overall Cost Of Nappies
On average, a baby will need 6000 nappy changes from birth, until they are toilet trained. No wonder parents get tired of changing nappies! At roughly 35 cents per nappy, using disposables will cost you $2100. Yes, you read that right – using disposable nappies means that you will spend over two thousand dollars just to catch your baby’s pee and poop. Kinda a lot, right?
Alternatively, you could choose cloth. A set of 24 cloth nappies, at $35 each, will set you back $840. Well cared for, those 24 nappies will last until your child is toilet trained. By choosing to use cloth nappies, you have just saved yourself $1260. Many nappies are able to be used for subsequent children too – if you use the same set on your next baby, that’s another $2100 saved!
No More Nappy Bags
While these little bags cost so little, they add up over time. 6000 nappies need 6000 bags, and at an average of 1.75 cents per bag, you’ll be spending $105 on something purely designed to throw away and end up in landfill. Instead, consider spending $50 on some good quality wet bags. Not only will they see you through your nappying days, you can use them in a variety of ways in the years beyond: beach bag, gym bag, toy storage bag, the list goes on!
Spend Less On Nappy Creams
While there are no guarantees, many babies and children avoid rashes while wearing cloth. A well-washed nappy, natural fibres, and timely nappy changes all make nappy rash less likely to develop. Not needing to buy multiple creams means extra dollars in your pocket!
Baby Wipes or Cloth Wipes?
While many parents joke that they couldn’t live without disposable baby wipes, our family hasn’t bought any in over three years. And not once have I missed them! When you are using cloth nappies, the next logical step is cloth wipes. You can toss them in the wash with your nappies, so there’s no extra work, just less waste! Whether you choose cloth wipes from a nappy brand, some face-washers from a department store, or even make your own, washing and reusing your wipes will easily save you a few dollars per week. (And just to make them extra useful, you’ll find that cloth wipes actually do a better job of cleaning your baby’s bottom!)
Earlier Toilet Training
Ok, so this point is more of a general benefit rather than a money saver, especially as you may already have a full time cloth (wipes, nappy, wetbag) set-up. But I just couldn’t leave out!
There are no guarantees when your child will transition from nappies to undies, but children who wear cloth nappies often toilet train earlier than children who wear disposable nappies. So even if the cost savings (and utterly adorable designs) haven’t convinced you to try cloth, maybe this will. Because who wants to change more nappies than they need to?
So there you have it. Four ways that choosing cloth nappies will save you money, and an added bonus incentive to give cloth a go! Are there other ways that using cloth has saved you money? Share in the comments, so we can all benefit from your wisdom!