Having a child of their own seems like an adorable notion for most couples and it should be. Those cute little creatures are a blessing from the heavens that rejuvenates the spirits of people around them and revive the energy in their parents’ lives. The arrival of a newborn can be thrilling, but it can be a hit for your wallet. Having a baby is expensive and carries some colossal costs that can restrain people financially. The expenses start raining even before the baby is born with pregnancy tests, vitamins, and medical screening. When the baby arrives, the rain becomes a storm.
Sure, a baby is worth all those bills, but advanced planning for the expected costs must be taken into consideration. There are several expenses that stay during the first few years of a baby’s life like child care, clothing accessories for the growing body, food, and formula milk, and then there is the most significant cost – diapers.
Diapers are a constant need of a child until they are trained for the toilet and that time is thought to be around three years of age. There are two kinds of diapers available in the market: disposable diapers and cloth diapers.
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How much do disposable baby diapers cost?
The disposable diapers are the more common diapers in the world. The cost of disposable diapers depends on how often the baby will need changing. In other words, how many diapers the baby consumes per day will determine the cost of diapers. Another factor that the cost of diapers is dependent upon is when the potty training of the baby will be completed.
How often a baby needs changing depends on their health, diet, and age. An average healthy baby of a few months with a regular diet will spoil their diapers around 12 times a day and will need changing. This number gets low gradually as the baby grows and around the age of 24 months, a healthy baby would require changing diapers around 6-8 times per day.
How long the baby takes to be potty trained determines the length of time the baby will be needing diapers. Most sources, for instance, WebMD and American Academy of Pediatrics, say that the average age for a girl to be potty trained is between 34 and 36 months, while boys take a little longer. The age of boys to be potty trained is considered to be between 37.5 and 38 months.
Keeping in mind the number of diapers consumed per day at different ages, an average healthy child with a regular diet uses around 8150 diapers over the course of three years. The unit average cost of a single disposable diaper is around 30 cents. This makes the average cost of disposable diapers for a baby over the course of three years to be $2,445.
How much do cloth diapers cost?
People usually think that cloth diapers are still like the past that used to leak and were not very good at absorbing. However, just like everything has progressed with time, cloth diapers have evolved as well. The cloth diapers of this era are easy to use and wash, have built-in breathable and waterproof covers (or you can buy a cover separately), and have snap or Velcro closures. Moreover, they are good absorbers and are quite fashionable. They are available in the market with a wide variety of designs, colors, patterns, and fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo. Many of these fabrics used are breathable and waterproof for the baby’s comfort.
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Due to the enormous variety, the prices of reusable cloth diapers start from $150 and can go up to $350 or more. The average modern adjustable cloth diaper system with enough diapers can cost around $347, and the average washing costs of these diapers for a 3-year period can be $219. Therefore, the total cost for a single child will be around $566.
What should the average working Joe and Jane get?
There really is no debate that A LOT can be saved by investing in cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers. Almost $1,879 can be saved for a single child. However, the cloth diapers bring with them extra workload, which many parents would find more unaffordable compared to the cost of disposable diapers.