The economical diaper choice

“Having a baby is expensive.” You’ve probably heard this countless times from family and friends.
In addition to drafting up your birthing plan, you may be crunching numbers and wondering where you can cut back in certain areas as you add a new member to your family.

One way to save money — that you may or may not have considered — is choosing cloth diapers instead of disposables.

According to Healthy Child, Healthy World, your baby will go through an estimated 5,000 – 8,000 diaper changes from birth until potty trained.  Even if you buy cheaper brands of diapers, you are still paying a lot of money for diapers – well over $1,000 altogether.

If you value buying more eco-friendly diapers without potentially harmful ingredients (see our post on ingredients in disposable diapers ), you’ll be looking at a much higher price per diaper.  Brands such as Honest Company and Bambo Nature, on average, run upwards of 44 cents per diaper*.  The good news is you can honor your preference for diapering your baby in eco-friendly and safe materials while still saving money.

Green Diaper Babies weekly diaper service costs about 30 cents per diaper*, which means you can have the convenience of a disposable (read our post on how, here) while still staying true to your values of sustainability and safety when using cloth.  

Green Diaper Babies eliminates the cost of buying extra laundry detergent or special cloth diaper laundry detergent as well as the higher utility bill or extra rolls of quarters it will take to run your washing machine more often.

When you sign up for Green Diaper Babies, you’ll also be saving time. Which means that while your baby is sleeping, you can use that time to do things you really want to do (sleep, eat, watch Netflix, sleep), rather than doing another load of laundry. Time becomes a precious commodity when you become a new parent. Spend it wisely.

Additionally, if you plan to have more children, you can reuse the cloth diapers for your next baby, or donate them to a friend or family member to pass on the savings to them.

If you’re hesitant to try cloth diapers, we invite you to attend one of our free community classes. We’ll answer your questions and take the mystery out of cloth diapering.  Another option is to put cloth diapers and the initial four weeks of service on your baby registry so you can try it out as a gift from someone else.

No need to make a stink out of how much you pay for diapers, especially when you see how much you’re saving by using cloth and Green Diaper Babies!


$1,000 estimate based on a cost of $0.20 cents per diaper

*Based on a calculated average of all diaper sizes (newborn – size 6) using the one-time purchase price per diaper listed on Honest Company website. Each package cost $13.95. The number of diapers in each package varies.

*Based on a calculated average of all diaper sizes (newborn – size 6) using the one-time purchase price per diaper listed on Bambo Nature website. Packages cost either $12.50 or $15.50 depending on the size. The number of diapers in each package varies.

*Based on the Green Diaper Babies pre-fold package, which costs $23.99, and gives you 80 diapers per week.