Image repeating the cost of disposables versus diaper service to highlight their similar values.

What’s this going to cost me? This is an important question to ask when considering cloth diaper service. Let’s compare how cloth diapers fit into your budget versus disposable diapers.

A recent study found that families using disposable diapers should budget between $150-$275 a month. Chemical-free, eco-friendly diapers puts you on the higher end of the estimate, whereas a buy-in-bulk diaper will be on the lower end. By comparison, cloth diaper services cost between $199-$256 a month. Surprise! If you were considering choosing and eco-friendly disposable diaper, cloth diaper service is going to cost about the same. 

Alright, so if they’re going to cost you about the same, then consider the product you are receiving and it’s impact. What does your dollar support between disposables and cloth diaper service?


A baby can use over 2,000 diaper in their first year of life! It then takes over 500 years for a single disposable diaper to decompose in a landfill. That means every single disposable diaper ever used is still sitting in a landfill. True, we use energy and water to wash disposable diapers, but a single cloth diaper can be reused for up to 7 years and by multiple families – one cannot deny they are better for our planet in the long run.

A graph showing how many diapers Green Diaper Babies has diverted from landfills. In 2017 they hit one million diapers saved from landfills, and then two million in 2020.

Go Local

Additionally, when you choose a small business like Green Diaper Babies you support your local economy and create jobs for people in Chicago! This is better than the alternative of manufacturing disposable diapers overseas in unregulated factories. With a local business you have personalized support from people who care about your family.

Baby Health

The average disposable diaper contains questionable ingredients such as dioxins, unspecified fragrances, plastics, chlorine bleach and sodium polyacrylate. While they have excellent absorbing powers, they are linked to diaper rashes and other nasty things. This super absorbent quality results in parents thinking they don’t need to change baby’s diaper as often as needed. Diaper rashes then pop up when baby’s bum is exposed to urine and feces for too long.

On the other hand, cloth diapers are made from entirely baby safe materials. Organic cotton and bamboo terry are soft, absorbent, and absolutely free of any harmful chemicals.  Parents can rest easy with these chemical-free diapers wrapped around their little one.

Baby holding cloth diapers in front of his cloth diaper delivery.Convenience

Disposable diapers are convenient because you can toss them straight in the trash after use. With a diaper service, you have this same level of convenience. Setting out your weekly diaper bag is as simple as taking out the trash!

There is no need to scrape, spray, or rinse your diaper before sending it to us. Leave your dirty diapers outside your front door, and we take them as is. We carry all the creams, wipes and other accessories you may need. Forget trips to the grocery store for diaper supplies!

Customer Support

Consider Green Diaper Babies your personal diaper concierge! We strive to communicate with compassion, clarity, and flexible options for all our families. We are experts in the field of cloth diapering. There are travel options when you go on vacation and you can easily modify your deliveries online. You won’t get that from the grocery store or online purchases!

Mother potty training son.

Potty Training

In general, babies who cloth diaper tend to potty train about 12-18 months earlier than those who don’t. This could be due to the fact that a cloth diaper does not wick away moisture like disposable diapers. They can feel when they become wet and this encourages them to do what they need to in order to stay dry; use the toilet. Think of all the diapers you can skip with early potty training!

“One Diaper at a Time”

We truly believe every diaper matters. Whether your family can cloth diaper full-time or only part-time, our flexible packages accommodate all family diapering styles. We have full cloth or 1/2 cloth, 1/2 disposable packages. Diverting even 50% of your diapers from landfills makes a HUGE difference for our world and for your baby!

Read more about the difference between washing diaper at home and using a service. Or sign up today to schedule your first diaper delivery!