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The following figures were calculated using an average price of name brand and store brand disposable diapers and wipes at a Walmart Super Center in Sterling, IL on 5/18/04. The number of diapers was calculated averaging the number of times a baby goes to the bathroom per day at different stages. Even though disposable diapers have a super absorbent core, they still should be changed every time the baby wets to prevent the growth of bacteria, which causes diaper rash. The low end of the diapers per day range was used in figuring all totals.

Disposable Diapers
0-3 months
10-12 diapers/day
90 x 10 = 900
Size 1
$.17/diaper
$153.00
3-12 months
8-10 diapers/day
270 x 8 = 2160
Size 3
$.21/diaper
$453.60
12-30 months
7-8 diapers/day
540 x 7 = 3780
Size 5
$.25/diaper
$945.00
Total number of diapers
6840
Total Cost for Disposables
$1551.60

Add another $200.00 for disposable wipes for a total of $1751.60 for 30 months of disposable diapers and wipes. This is per child.

The price for cloth diapers was figured using Infant size CPF diapers for the first 6 months and Premium CPFs from about 6 months until potty training. Plus the cost of 6 size small covers, 4 medium covers, and 4 large wrap style covers at $9.50 each. This should be enough diapers to do laundry every 3 days.

Cloth diapers - Most Economical Chinese Prefold Diapers with wrap style covers
0-6 months
36 CPFs
6 small size covers
$60.00
$57.00
total $117.00
6-30 months
24 CPFs
4 medium size covers
4 large size covers
$56.00
$38.00
38.00
total $132.00
Total Cost for Cloth Diapers and Covers
$249.00

The following chart shows that you can use even premium pocket style diapers and still save significantly over the cost of disposable diapers. It compares the cost of bumGenius One-Size diapers ($16.95 each when buying 12 or more diapers at once). BumGenius fit most babies from birth to potty training. This should be plenty of diapers and inserts to do laundry every 3 days.

Cloth Diapers - bumGenius One-Size (fits 8-35 lbs)
36 bumGenius
$16.95 ea.
$610.20
Total Cost for Premium Diapering System
$610.20

Add $24.00 for 24 Cloth Wipes and Cloth Diapers cost you $273.00-$634.20 and they can be used for subsequent children as well.

Total Savings $1117.40-$1478.60