With a one-year-old in the house, it seems as one of the biggest expenses she incurs is diapers. We are constantly changing diapers, cleaning up her little bottom, then doing it all over again. The expense of diapers, wipes, and powder can really add up. Here are a few ways we are saving a few bucks on our diapering costs.
According to Babycenter.com, disposable diapers will cost an average of $72 per month while the cost of using cloth diapers that are laundered at home is $19. We use a combination of cloth diapers and disposable diapers and still save some money. For the initial investment in cloth diapers, I made some diaper covers (average cost per cover was about $8) and bought some used covers for about $3 each. I was given cloth diapers as baby shower gifts and have bought some at yard sales.
Store Brand Disposable Diapers
For disposable diapers, I skip the name brands (Huggies, Pampers, Luvs) and stick with a store brand from a local grocery store. I am very happy with the quality and the price can’t be beat (approximately 18 cents per diaper versus about 23 cents for name brands). Because I use a shoppers reward card for this grocery store, I will occasionally get coupons for store brands in the mail. This gives me an extra savings. Combining cloth and store brands means that our diaper expense per month is around $48.
Corn Starch Instead of Powder
Corn starch is an old-time remedy for diaper butts and it works great. I never buy powder and the cost of corn starch is minimal. A box of store brand corn starch usually costs less than a dollar, so it costs me pennies to use it on my baby versus $2-3 for a container of baby powder.
Paper Towels or Wash Cloths Instead of Wipes
Wipes are another expense that can add up, depending upon the brand. I do buy store brand wipes to keep in the diaper bag, but at home, it is cheaper to use wash cloths (a special set just for the baby) that can be laundered with diapers or quality paper towels. I keep a spray bottle filled with a mixture of water, baby wash and baby oil nearby. Spray the paper towel (I pay $2 for a roll of very soft and absorbent name brand paper towels that will last for two months or more) or wash cloth, then wipe. Toss the wash cloth in the diaper pail or toss the paper towel in the trash. This method means that our expense for diaper wipes is around $1 per month.