Thursday, March 7, 2013

crunchy mom

i guess with all the decisions A and i have been making regarding baby O, we will be considered "crunchy" parents. although we don't fall perfectly into the definition of one, we do plan on cloth diapering, baby wearing, co-sleeping, and making our own baby food. 

we received our first order of cloth diapers today! aren't they the cutest little things you've ever seen? although it's more expensive up front to pay for all the diapers we need from newborn to potty training, we will save money in the long run especially if we have multiple children (which we plan on having!). 

the average cost of disposable diapers for one child from newborn to potty training is about $2400. multiple that number with the number of children you plan on having. so if we plan on having two kids, we'd end up spending $4800 to diaper them!

whereas, the average cost of cloth diapers is approximately $800, which includes the cloth diapers itself, the inserts and the cost of washing the diapers. the cost of cloth diapering a second child is whatever the cost of washing the diapers would be, about $300 or so a year because you'll have all the cloth diapers you need already! the other bonus to this is that we'll be saving the environment at the same time. we won't be adding non-compostable disposable diapers to the landfill that will probably sit for thousands of years!

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