Monday, October 21, 2013

Diapering your Second Child for (almost) Free

Our family recently welcomed the birth of our second child (well, OK, that was over 7 months ago, but it feels like yesterday).  We used cloth diapers almost exclusively for our first child and we had an entire stock of modern cloth diapers and cloth training pants waiting to be used for a second child.  Diapering our second child will be almost free.  Of course, we'll have to pick up another few packages of cloth diaper safe detergent [aff link] and factor in cost of water for an extra 2-3 loads of laundry per week. However, compared to the thousands of dollars we'd be spending on disposable diapers, this expense is extremely minimal.

We always knew we would like to cloth diaper two children, and this allowed us to see purchasing cloth diapers as an investment.  It also allowed us to build a stock of cloth diapers filled with good-quality modern diapers in reputable brands.  The original sticker shock at seeing a cloth diaper retailing for $18-25 was easy to handle knowing our family would use that diaper for about 4-6 years.


As an example of cost savings, I did a cost break-down using prices for a stash-favorite: FuzziBunz cloth diapers [aff link].  I estimated a stash of 24 cloth diapers based on personal experience from diapering one child.


Cloth diapers first child: $780.75 (24 FuzziBunz modern cloth diapers, and 12 cloth wipes, water and detergent for 3 years)
Cloth diapers second child: $312 (Cost of water and detergent for 3 years)

Disposable Diapers first child: $3092.62 (Diapers and wipes for 3 years)
Disposable Diapers second child: $3057.62 (Diapers and wipes for 3 years)
Cost savings for 1 child using cloth diapers: $2311.87
Cost savings for 2 children using cloth diapers: $5057.49

Adding up these numbers, I can barely believe that we will save over $5000 by cloth diapering our two children.  I'm already daydreaming about fabulous ways to use that money (vacation, spa days, new shoes).  However, I know it will probably go to practical things (remodeling projects for our home, or daycare expenses). "A penny saved is a penny earned," and with cloth diapers that money adds up at each diaper change.
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17 comments:

  1. lol I have spent almost no money to cloth diaper baby #2. my oldest is 8, i have handed down diapers and won diapers! i bought some flats! 7 weeks and i have saved $100!

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  2. That is awesome! Way to be thrifty and now you can keep enjoying those savings.

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  3. I started to cloth diaper when I had two in diapers. Now my oldest is only wearing diapers at bedtime, but my second is still getting use out of the diapers so I definitely think it was a good investment!

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  4. I will admit the money saving aspect is just as strong, and sometimes stronger for me, as the environmental aspects. $5000 is a good deal of money.

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  5. I'll be showing this to those who aren't convinced about the cost savings.

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  6. It's such a great investment! If the diapers that worked with first baby aren't a good fit for the second, you can always sell them to help fund a stash that works. I love cloth!!

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  7. I love this! Great article to forward hubby to persuade another child.... Haha! I hate math, but this kind of math makes me happy!

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  8. It's really crazy to think how awesome cloth diapers are for your wallet. This new baby will cost us probably NOTHING because we got SO MUCH for our first baby, and have won so many diapers too. Five thousand dollars! That's insane!

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  9. That's so true! There is no reason why you can't reuse them. Plus, you can sale them when you are done lol.This is awesome!

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  10. I am beginning to build a supplemental stash for #2, due in March. Penny is 20 months old and on the way to potty training, but I don't anticipate her being out of diapers by the time baby comes.

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  11. I wish I would of knew more about cloth with my first so I could of saved more. I love saving!

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  12. We do a combination of cloth & disposable with our son: convenience wins when travelling/running errands, but cloth wins at home. I love knowing that we don't HAVE to run to the store when/if we run out of 'sposies in the middle of the snowy, icy night, and that if & when we try for another child, we've GOT the supply already.

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  13. Cloth diapers really are amazing! I love the savings, and how it is beneficial for the planet, and safe for your baby! :)

    It's great to see the math on how much cloth diapering will possibly save our family; and quite exciting!

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  14. We are not planning on any more babies after our daughter, but still the savings of even one child is huge...especially when ou consider we can resale! I have to say though I've not even really noticed a huge increase in our water or detergent costs either...and even with my older son, we did as much laundry with him in disposables because- well, they wouldn't contain the mess like cloth! Ha!

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  15. Just had baby #2 three weeks ago. Where I live, we don't pay for water usage, so the only costs for cloth diapering for us are electricity for the machine(s) & detergent. I'm sure we'll have to replace some inserts down the road, but that won't be awful. :)

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  16. I love the savings. We are hoping to cloth diaper 3! :) unfortunately i didn't find cloth until my son was 10 months old.

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  17. i love this breakdown! we're expecting #2 in a few months (#1 is 18mo) so we need to expand the stash just a little but im so thankful we cloth diaper!!!

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