Calculator

Below please find a calculator for cloth diapering. It is customized so you can put in values that work for you. Here are some estimates you can use to help you:
Prefolds can be about $2 each
Covers $12
All in ones and Pockets $17
Imported pockets from China $9

Disposables .25 (at grocery store),  .17 at Costco, .11 with avid couponing
Your baby is expected to use about 10 diapers/day.
I also get a lot of my diapers for free using Swagbucks (and my cousin does this for disposables as well).
You can also buy/sell used (click here for more info)
(confused by the lingo? Go here)

Cloth Diapers:

Item Quantity Unit Price Subtotal
Prefolds
$
$

$

Fitteds
$
$
Covers
$
$
Pockets
$
$
Inserts
$
$
AIOs
$
$
AI2s/AI3s
$
$
One-Size
$
$
Liners
$
$
Fasteners
$
$
Other
$
$
Wipes
$
$
Wipe Solution $
$
Diaper Sprayer $
$
Wet Bags $
$
Pail Liners $
$
Detergent per Year $
$
Electricity per Year $
$

 

Hybrid Diapers:

Reusable Items:
Item Quantity Unit Price Subtotal
Covers/Shells
$
$

$

Inserts/Liners
$
$
Cloth Wipes
$
$
Other
$
$
Biodegradable/disposable items for the first year only:
Item Qty Used / Day Unit Price Subtotal
Inserts/Liners
$
$
Wipes
$
$

 

Disposable Diapers:

***Please enter amount for the first year only.***

Item Qty Used / Day Unit Price Subtotal
Disposables
$
$

$

Disposable Wipes
$
$

 

First Year Savings: *

Cloth vs. Disposables

$

Cloth vs. Hybrid

$

Hybrid vs. Disposables

$

 

*Keep in mind that gently used cloth diapers can often be resold to recoup at least 50% of their initial cost which means you’ll be able to save even more by using cloth diapers! Don’t want to resell your cloth diapers? Save them for future children and you’ll be able to cloth diaper them totally free!


 

  • Andrea Lockhart

    I can’t believe I’m only at a 100 loss in my first year with my absolute obsession!

  • Judi C

    This is great if you kept track of all that. I started buying diapers almost 2 years ago and have already bought and sold so much I can’t remember. However, my savings is already multiplying b/c i have 2 in diapers. I do about 50/50 cloth and disposables. I also use Sawgbucks to buy my disposables…so that helps. The thing people don’t tell you is the real “life span” of a diaper. I bought used and refurbished myself. However, after 2 more kids (my kids), I’m not sure how much more loving these diapers can take. I have a few that I bought new that I might be able to resell, eventually. I have at least 1 more year in diapers.

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  • Amanda G

    I like that you added the comment in regards to resale. I calculated that we need to use the cloth diapers for 8 months if I never want to sell them to break even but only 5-6 if I want to sell them (again just to break even) which I think is great!