Back when I was entirely pregnant, I posted a plea asking for advice on disposable diapers vs. cloth… and we got tons of responses… THANK YOU! Since we have an old-school non-high-efficiency washer/dryer, we knew if we decided to go with cloth diapers, it wouldn’t be to save money. Our main dilemma was disposal of disposable diapers, seeing as we burn all our garbage… and poo don’t burn. We tried.
Since the girls were itty bitty for a couple months, we had no choice but to use disposables for a time. And during that time, we discovered Amazon Mom. Which allows us to order our disposable diapers online and have them conveniently delivered to our door (which rocks since we live in the country) with free shipping… and the best part? When you subscribe to Amazon Mom, you get 35% off… making our diapers approximately .09 cents per diaper. We get a box of 300 count for only $28. You just can’t beat that.
After doing lots of research on cloth diapers, I found that on average they cost about $17 each, and BabyCenter recommends having around 30 cloth diapers for twins… that’s over $500. Such an investment! I even scoured craigslist and garage sales for used cloth diapers, and they were always either in bad condition or they we asking close to full price.
SO… we go through 1 box (300 ct) of diapers each month (at the moment), costing us $28 per month. Convenience aside, it would take almost 18 months for cloth diapers to pay themselves off, and that doesn’t even include the extra cost of water and energy used to wash/dry them!
As for disposal, we keep a big ol’ garbage can in our garage (with a lid), and when it get’s full… my little bro and his wife live close by, and they’re fortunate enough to own a dumpster! We just haul our diapers to their house every so often when our can gets full, and we take turns paying for the dumpster to be emptied (about twice a year). Not bad eh? (thanks Tim & Carrie!)
I say all this NOT to put down cloth diapering. I know there are definitely pros and cons to both options, and I do appreciate the green-ness of cloth, and the benefits of no chemicals, etc. Plus they’re so darn cute, right? But financially, disposable is by far the best option for us!
Please don’t comment negatively on our decision! We acknowledge and appreciate the fact that what works for one parent may not work for another parent, and we respect each others’ decisions. We just wanted to share our money-saving finds with our fellow disposable diapering readers!