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Can we take a minute to talk cloth diaper prices? I remember researching cloth diapers back when I was expecting my first baby, and, not knowing what to expect, being a little surprised at the prices. $20-ish EACH? But then I need, ...24? That’s…. (gets out calculator). There’s no denying that that number ends up being a hefty outright investment for many.

But, let’s talk about it in the construct of being an investment. A cursory glance at a big box store website and a few simple math equations can prove that using cloth diapers is still exponentially cheaper than using disposables. Let’s look at the big box of store brand of disposable diapers, at roughly $29 a pop for about 200 diapers. Let’s imagine that in that first year, you are changing 8 diapers a day. NOW LETS MATH!

200 diapers in a box / 8 diaper changes a day = 25 days worth of diapers

365 days in a year / 25 days of diapers = 14.6 boxes of disposables a year

14.6 boxes annually x $29 a box = $423.40 a year on disposable diapers

Now, okay, I know that there are variables here that this equation doesn’t account for, like that maybe you have a coupon to alleviate a small portion of that cost, or that maybe there is a price discrepancy between sizes or brands, or some days you will use 6 diapers but others you will use 10, etc., but this is a general idea of what it could cost to use disposable diapers for year. This is also right around (or a bit over) the total amount of money it could cost to invest in a full set of cloth diapers, that will last for your baby’s entire time in cloth diapers. Many children learn to use the potty between 2-3 years old. Already, then, you are spending at least 50% less on cloth diapers than you would be with disposable diapers.

Further, as long as you take good care of your cloth diapers (which you totally will, you rock star!) then they are going to be in great shape to use for another baby. Using the same set of cloth diapers on subsequent children is straight money savings. This is where your investment is really going to make you do a happy dance!

Okay, so we’ve very very briefly validated the cost of cloth diapers. Now can we talk about something else? Can we talk about the diapers you may stumble across in your search for the perfect diapering system? The ones that are like, $5 a diaper, in 17 zillion prints? The ones with the nickname that has the word "cheap" right in it?

While I completely understand the allure of the deal, I have to caution that cloth diapers, much like many consumer goods, are definitely a product that falls under the clause of “you get what you pay for.” Speaking from experience: when Jack was in diapers, around 18 months old, he suddenly took an interest in superheroes. I thought, “Neat, I’ll find him a super hero diaper!” Looking online, I could not find what I had in mind, until I stumbled upon a pocket style diaper with a red background and black spiderwebs. The perfect Spider-Man diaper! And only $5! With cautious excitement, I ordered right away. This diaper, guys, was just the worst. So ill-fitting, for one. Boxy, poorly stitched, an untied thread, weak snaps, ..the whole gamut of problems.

Looking over its imperfections, it made sense that the diaper cost next to nothing; next to my lineup of brands like GroVia and Thirsties and bumGenius, the cheap diaper looked and felt and performed in such a way that was exactly that: cheap.

See, the reason that The Big Brands price the way they do is for a number of reasons, the first of which being a high quality product. The diapers they produce are constructed with top of the line materials, meant to withstand the use, washing, and abuse of actual babies using them. I have so many of Jack’s original diapers that have gone through nearly three years of diapering him, and now just shy of two years diapering his baby brother. Aside from some very minor TLC, they have needed nothing. Any additional diapers that I’ve purchased have been for the purposes of my own preferences, new prints/colors, etc. I did not have to buy a whole new set for a whole new baby, because the brands that I purchased made products that were meant to last for more than one baby.

The GroVia AIO in this picture was Jack's diaper, and he wore it for more than two years. Here is Otto, almost 2, wearing the same exact diaper. Money well spent!

Further, and this is a big one, they cost more because they are paying more to the individuals who are constructing them. Brands like Sloomb, Thirsties, and bumGenius are able to pay a fair wage to workers in the U.S. to construct their products. Other brands, including those already mentioned, have small but mighty staffs of employees working tirelessly to provide the best customer service, and fast and reliable communication and shipping to their retailers (like us!).  I don’t have the proof to back this up, but it stands to reason that a product that only costs $5 to a consumer costs very little in material, and pays very little in labor to produce it. The way that we consume, and where we put our money, is an incredibly powerful thing. It can be very empowering to pay more for a well-constructed, high quality product, knowing that it is often a more ethically made product as well.

Still sticker-shocked at the big brand pricing? There are a lot of ways to make cloth diapering work on a smaller budget! Prefold diapers are very inexpensive per unit, and the waterproof covers/shells used over prefolds can be reused throughout the day multiple times by just replacing the soiled prefold on the inside. And while an ideal stash has around 24 diaper changes in it, you can work with less and launder daily until you can slowly build your stash to that magic number of 24. Creating a registry or a wishlist on our website for your cloth diapers is a great way to gently point your loved ones towards the diapers and accessories that you want, too. And take solace that the money that is invested in high quality diapers will serve you so much better in the long run.

Posted in Cloth Diapering By Hanna Kilar

bumGenius Freetime v. Elemental AIOs

December 30, 2016 3:09:16 PM EST

The breakdown on the two bumGenius all-in-one diapers.Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering By Hanna TM Kilar

#WannaWinIt: Applecheeks Cover in Tiffany

September 7, 2016 6:19:16 AM EDT

AppleCheeks is on a roll, releasing several stunning new prints! Their four newest feature dragonflies and pineapples in rich colors with a timeless graphic style. Up for grabs this week is an AppleCheeks cover in 'Tiffany', one of two dragonfly themed prints. On it you'll find the AppleCheeks logo nestled within the dragonfly wings and sprinkles of fairy dust throughout.Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering Giveaways By Stephanie Beck

#WannaWinIt: Blueberry Trainer

June 29, 2016 8:00:53 AM EDT

The Green Nursery is giving away a Blueberry Trainer in Size Medium! #WannaWinIt??Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering Giveaways By Stephanie Beck

Win-It Wednesday: Bamboozle Stretch Fitted

December 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM EST

Enter for your chance to WIN a Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch Fitted!Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering By Stephanie Beck
Ah, the holidays... a time for family, food, gift giving... and, of course, showing off your little one's cute cloth diapered booty! :) As we all know, one of the many perks of cloth diapering is the cuteness factor. I had so much fun coordinating my little guy's outfits with his diapers (you read that right, cloth diapering can actually be fun!), and the holidays were my favorite time of year to do just that.Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering Giveaways By Stephanie Beck

ON THE ROAD WITH SMALL HUMANS

December 15, 2015 4:46:37 PM EST

Catchy title, right? Unbelievably, the Christmas holiday is NEXT WEEK, followed by the New Year. If you are lucky enough to live near the people who you love to (or are obligated to) celebrate with, YAY, you get to dodge the bullet that is traveling with small people. But, alas, we are not all so lucky, and that means that the already challenging task of raising these small people gets further complicated by taking the act on the road.Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering Miscellaneous By Hanna Kilar

TGN STAFF HOLIDAY PICKS, PT. 2!

December 10, 2015 12:01:53 PM EST

Part 2 of the TGN Staff top holiday picks!Read More
Posted in Cloth Diapering Baby Wearing Miscellaneous Toys By Jordan Karch

The Woodlands Win-It Wednesday

December 2, 2015 8:25:36 AM EST

We couldn't be more excited about our upcoming in-store Woodlands Event, a celebration of Thirsties' gorgeous Woodlands Collection and fundraiser for Sycamore Land Trust. We know it can be a bummer for our not-so-local friends when they live too far away to join in on all the fun. Well, we have good news. Thanks to two of our very amazing and very generous sponsors, we're bringing the fun to you... THE WOODLANDS WIN-IT WEDNESDAYRead More
We at TGN are so excited to be hosting the Woodlands Event this weekend! This event is in partnership with Thirsties, an incredible cloth diaper brand with some gorgeous new prints in their Woodland Collection.Read More

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