(Closed) Cloth diapers?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

We CD at home because our daycare doesn’t allow CD.  We are also doing EC.  Because of that, MB only goes through one diaper from the time she gets home from daycare (6pm) until waking up the next morning and being put in her ‘posie.  I only own 6 CDs and I only do laundry every 3-4 days, just so they don’t smell.

Post # 5
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My mom cloth-diapered my brother due to finances.  She used disposables on me (due to both finances being better and cloth diapers just not working on me).  She found cloth diapers messy, but they were so much cheaper.

Post # 6
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

There is a great link from @MrsDG at the top of the nesting babies page 🙂 super helpful!

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Sulli301: Thanks!

I have 36 bum genius 3.0’s and we do wash every 3 days.

Post # 8
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My mom used cloth diapers on me. I was allergic to the disposable ones. She swears by them and has pretty much told me that once we have a baby we have no other choice but to use them! lol. My cousin is using them right now as well. She washes them everyday to avoid the smell. I think she owns about 10, but that’s also because we made a few at her shower 🙂

Post # 10
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

MB couldn’t care less which type of diaper she is wearing.  Her bum, on the other hand, certainly does.  She gets diaper rash with the disposables, but never with the CDs.

I purchased the Bum Genius 4.0s.  They were $18 each at:


But the 4.0s are brand new, you can find others for cheaper.  I chose them because I needed Darling Husband onboard, and he needed a CD that looked just like a disposable and didn’t require any brain power from him.


$18 each x 6 diapers = $108

The disposables she wears cost $0.13 each.  She would normally go through 4 diapers during the time she wears her disposable.  Thus the diapers cost the same after 207 days.  Before that, the disposables are cheaper.  After that the CDs are cheaper. 

If you were to CD full time (all day every day) you would need more diapers (lets say 36).  That is $648.  Assuming the baby goes through 10 diaper changes a day, it would take you 498 days to break even.

Something to keep in mind is that with care your CDs will last you through your first baby to your next.  So your diapering costs for your second baby are $0.  Also, as I said, there are cheaper diapers.  For example the prefolds on that website are $16 for six.  So they would only cost $96 for 36 diapers and you would break even at 73 days.

Hope that was more “real” and answered your question.  Those are actual numbers from my baby budget spreadsheet.

Post # 12
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We just signed up for (the only) cloth diapering service in Chicago, Bottoms Up Diaper Service. It’s the same service that our future daycare uses. They have really good reviews on yelp so we expect to be happy with them. We decided to go with the diaper service instead of washing ourselves because we don’t have a washing machine in our apartment. They recommend starting with 80 diapers every 2 weeks, and then adjusting the amount to your needs after you have some expereince.

Post # 15
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

For the only delivery service on our island, it’s about $80 a week for newborn usage, like 12 diapers a day, and then as your baby grows, you can order less per week and the cost goes down slightly.

I almost decided to use a delivery service for the first few months,  but then found out I would have to use prefolds and I didn’t want to do that and invest in covers if I was just going to switch over to pocket diapers later. So if you like using pre-folds and covers, I think it might be fun to use a diaper service. As in- more fun then doing a bunch of mini-laundry loads the first few months.

Post # 16
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

@MrsH1010: Yeah, the prefolds are nice with the covers.  You can change out the prefold and put the same cover back on (I can’t do that with my pocket diapers).  And if you don’t have 24/7 access to a washer, then a diaper service is definitely the way to go!

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