Happy Fun Fact Friday!
Tuesday we talked about poop, so today let’s talk about diapers! Diapers are available in a mind-boggling array of materials and patterns, and at numerous price points. Disposable diapers are the most popular diapering option, and they can be pricey. According to this article by Natural Baby Life,
“Babies will use between 6 and 10 diapers per day or about 2,800 diapers during their first year which will have a cost between $500 and $1300 depending on the brand used and whether or not they are bought in bulk. This cost breaks down to $42 -$108 per month and $10-$25 per week.”
We must admit that these numbers are a bit conservative, as we know of some babies who burned through ~13 diapers per day until they were 3-4 months old! The cost of disposable diapers is unfortunately going up due to cost increases post-COVID. However, there are ways to save. If your baby doesn’t have sensitive skin, you can try generic brand diapers, which some parents prefer to name-brand. Buying in bulk, or utilizing Amazon’s Subscribe-and-Save program, are other options.
Cloth diapers are another excellent choice – they are an investment upfront (which can be mitigated by purchasing used and sanitizing, or choosing less expensive varieties) and require some research and additional work to clean, but the cost and environmental savings over the lifetime of their use is substantial. They can also be used for multiple children, and resold if kept in good condition.
For more information on cloth diapering, we highly recommend the Facebook group @Clothdiapersforbeginners and their associated website https://clothdiapersforbeginners.com.
For a comparison of disposable diaper brands, check out this article from The Glass Baby Bottle: https://www.theglassbabybottle.com/disposable-diaper….