Cost of Nappies

cost of disposable nappies versus vs cloth nappies diaper modern cloth nappy

Even with power and laundry powder/liquid costs included it is amazing to see the difference in price. Feel free to use this estimate with any nappies i.e. cost x 30 for day, cost x 6 for night. You may choose to use more or less.

Cloth is often far more effective at containing the messes than disposables which is also a great bonus.

I found it very interesting to see the difference in price across the disposable brands! But the same can be said for cloth.

Also, this only looks at the financial cost and not environmental benefits of switching to cloth (more to come on this).

I shall not admit how long I sat with my trusty spreadsheet, calculator and many browser windows open...love me a good spreadsheet session! 🤣

This conservative estimate is based on...

  • New Zealand (NZD)
  • a baby on the 50th centile (weight)
  • the length of time that weight spends in each size (based on national weight chart) i.e. rapid growth at the start, slowing as they get older
  • the number of nappies used per day at each size i.e. more as a newborn, less as they grow
  • the largest disposable pack size (cheapest)
  • nappies not nappy pants (which are more expensive)
  • nappy use for 3yrs (many are not developmentally ready prior)
  • the most common brands at major supermarkets/department stores

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