I’ve noticed there seems to be a reoccurring question I keep getting asked by different people. “Why are cloth nappies so expensive?” and “ aren’t disposables cheaper? I just wanted to quickly write this posts to help explain a couple of things. At first glance, it certainly appears that disposables are a lot cheaper then cloth nappies, but lets take a closer, more long term look.

The average baby in Australia is in nappies for about 2.5 years before they are toilet trained. That equates to roughly 6500 nappy changes, or $3250

Plus, you would have the additional cost of wipes.

Now, lets compare this to some cloth nappies. Lets take our AlterBubs budget nappy pack for example. This pack is $650 for all the cloth nappies and wipes you would need for newborn up to toilet training. Compare this to the $3250 and that’s a saving of $2600.

How long would it take to start saving money I hear you ask? Well, lets figure that out. An average baby is in nappies for 2.5 years, or 30 months. If you where to use disposables, that would be an average cost of about $108 a month for the 30 months. Now, if you where to use cloth nappies, it would take 6 months to get back the $650 initial investment, so anything after the first 6 months would be savings. Whats more, cloth nappies can often be used for the second or third baby, so theirs no need to buy new ones with each baby.

In a nutshell, the initial outlay with cloth nappies can be a little daunting, but when looking at the overall costs, it is clearly a more financially friendly choice.