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    Default Cloth v Disposable - price comparisons

    Well, after showing mum & a friend my 2 pocket nappies I have, they didnt' receive the "ooh ahh how cute" response I was expecting. Instead I got the $23+ each??! thrown at me.



    SO... DH asked me to do a cost comparison of my own. I have so far done disposables.. using huggies disposables.. and I have agreed with what other cloth sites say.. that disposables cost just under $1000 per year. I have come up with $2,390 for 2 1/2 years worth.

    To be fair to disposables.. I've priced it at bulk discount prices.. found a site that sells boxes of 200. eg Huggies Newborn - 200 for $74.10 (is this a good price??)

    Will do my cloth combo next (hard to price as depends what I get!) However, I'm kinda convinced I won't break the $1000 mark throughout the 2 1/2 years. (we'll see) Does anyone know how much they've spent on cloth so far?

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    PS. I also worked out over 2 1/2 years... you get through about 5,500 disposables! LOL. It's a wonder we're not being overrun with dirty nappies! Where do they all go??

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    Hi Ivana!

    I think you may be interested in reading this thread HERE... It goes into a lot of detail about the price of cloth vs disposables.

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    Hey wow... that thread started exactly the same! LOL. Thanks Ambah. Altho my disposables seem a LOT cheaper. I must have stumbled on a nice cheap site And I used 12 a day for newborn, going down to 7 per day, then 5 per day.

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    Newborn nappies are cheaper..... they put more in the box for the same price. That might be where you are missing it?

    From what I understand its about $500-$1000 for modern cloth to TT, and about $2500 for disposables over the same amount of time (although babies may be in sposies longer as they may take longer to TT)

    The real savings start when you reuse your clothies for the next bubby.

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    I priced it on varying sizes. These are the prices on the site I found:

    Huggies Newborn 0-5kg - 200 for $74.10
    Huggies Infant 4-8kg - 200 for $86.35
    Huggies Crawler 6-11kg - 192 for $88.76
    Huggies Toddler 10-15kg - 192 for $107.45

    I didn't realise you could get bulk over 100. But I haven't really looked before either

    Yup.. I'm looking forward to the savings.. especially with #2. It's not really us that needs convincing.. but it'd be nice to have a few facts up my sleeve to combat people screwing up their noses at the price of the pocket nappies I wanna get

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    Ivana,

    I can definitely see the savings over time with the cloth nappies you're talking about. It's funny how people just look at the initial purchase price without further consideration of other factors. Those nappies are so well made too and you're right ... it will work out a lot cheaper for the second baby.

    I was thinking about using the cloth fitted nappies myself but decided in the end to go with disposables and use a recycling service that we've got here in Melbourne. The deciding factor for me was only that my son will have to go into childcare when I return to work after 12 months and I can't see them wanting to use my cloth nappies when they can just grab a disposable.

    Enjoy your clothies! They sound great.

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    Ivana, also don't forget that you don't have to use all the new fitted cloth nappies ALL of the time. You can mix and match with the old fashioned way. my girlfriend ONLY used the flat terry & flannelette sqaures with snappies or pins and plastic pilchers over, ans is still doing so. It cost her bugger all and the only complaint she has is that sometimes it is hard to get pants to fit, as they are just that bit bulkier than the fitteds or the disposables.

    Disposables are great but they do cost a fortune whichever way you look at it and Huggies are by far the most superior of the brands, some of the el cheapo disposables are not worth the hassle as the leak, tear, etc.

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    I use the old terry style & flanny ones...

    I guess my 40 odd nappies 20 of each cost about $60, I then got a big bucket from work, I do 3 loads of nappies, bedding clothes etc for Indah a week in my front loader, to fill up the machine if its' only half full I add Maddy's stuff & anything else I can add, I use some baby amolin in the wash & bought 2 bottles before she was born & am yet to empty the first bottle.

    I have recently been given 2 bags of disposable Huggies & they are only just fitting so am trying to use them up before they dont fit anymore 7 then will go back to cloth.

    For us its' heaps cheaper!

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    Ivana,

    the prices you got from the website are not really that cheap. I'm not trying to convince you to use disposables instead of cloth however you can ALWAYS get the Huggies nappies on special from Coles, BiLo, Safeway, even IGA or Ritches supermarkets. Each week someone will have them on special!

    The prices range from $29.99 to $33.99 (this week) for the bulk box on special as the RRP is $39.99.
    Sizing is newborn = 104 nappies (I think)
    Infant doesn't come in bulk box at the supermarket, only bulk bag
    Crawler = 90 nappies

    So... for 200 newborn or infact it would be 208, you can get them on special for anything from $60 - $68

    Crawler would be 180 for $60 - $68 on special

    It's worth shopping around and reading your junkmail to decide where you buy the nappies.

    HTH.

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    Thanks Rachel. I admit I haven't shopped around, but I thought being an online store and selling in such bulk the prices there might be ok to do the comparison with.

    Just in looking up various cloth nappies.. I'm starting to go cloth nappy crazy! LOL. I just love em and can't wait to use them. (Of course.. I haven't dealt with washing them yet!! so I won't speak too soon about sticking to cloth ) But the economy & environmental stuff makes me want to try to stick to cloth. Just the fact that I'd use about 5500 nappies from birth to TT, I just don't think I could throw that many nappies away.

    The recycling service sounds good in Melbourne (but if they don't take pooey nappies... there'd still be a lot being thrown out).

    Anyway... I'll see how I go. Thanks for the tip to keep an eye out for specials.

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    They do take pooey nappies as well as breast pads, wipes and tissues.

    If I can get the little wiggle bum to sleep I might post some other costs to take into account when doing price comparisons, there is more than just the cost of the nappies, water, electricity etc. But if you love cloth, then it does not matter anyway. I looked into it, but my preggie brain at the time couldn't cope with all choices and terminology.

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    The hidden costs are those for manufacture. Cotton is incredibly bad water wise to grow I believe, so cotton nappies actually get a bit of a pummelling when it comes to that. However I still think that there is more water used to make a disposable nappy than a cloth one - especially when you consider how many times a cloth nappy is reused (all about life cycle). So while more water is used to make one cloth nappy, its much less over its lifecycle.
    Power, water and chemicals are negligable. We have a swimming pool, and I was shocked to find out that our power, water and gas is still less than other people we know. I have a front loader and dry pail, so water for me is next to nothing as a cost for cleaning cloth. I dont use disposable wipes or breastpads (all cloth) so I also save money there.

    Using cloth is certainly a money saver - regardless of whether you use flats or fitteds. Its more a matter of being able to budget up front and save the weekly costs I think. Cleaning them is a breeze, and SOOOO much better for the environment. How many people actually scrape their poo off 'sposies into the loo. All Jenna's waste goes through the sewerage system - where it should go. Not into landfill where we risk creating superbugs and infecting rubbish workers.

    Anyway - enough harping. At the end of the day, people are happy doing what they do. Disposables are so much better than they used to be, but so is modern cloth. And its very addictive......

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    Yes there are social and environmental costs to consider in any decision, but I think with nappies they have been done to death. Also most data presented is generally biased towards the agenda of the presenter.

    The cost I was referring to was something called the "oppurtinity cost", which can be applied to any situation whether there is money involved or not.

    It is the benefit that you forego by choosing one course of action over another. If a farmer plants trees over an area, he or she bears the direct cost of seed, fertilizer, machinery, etc., but also the opportunity cost of not being able to use the land for other purposes (e.g., wheat production).
    So for nappies the argument could be that a cloth nappy user spends 1 hour more per week dealing with nappies (I am guessing this figure for the example, it is not up for argument) So what else could be done with that 1 hour? Could a greater amount of money be saved, or could money be earnt. Is there something really enjoyable that could be done instead? This of course differs person to person. For some the enjoyment of seeing their bub with a cloth covered bum is worth it all, but for others it is not.

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    Fi - I've been having fun telling people that they're sposed to be scraping the poo of disposables when they screw up their noses at the fact that I'll be cleaning nappies. LOL. They never knew that it was on the instructions for disposables. So if you've gotta deal with poo anyway... might as well go cloth and do the extra step of chucking it in the washing machine!

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    Even I didn't scrape newborn poo off sposies when rarely used. Just roll them upa nd chuck them out. You would have to wash it off the sposies - and you are right, by then you mayas well be using cloth.
    I do have some friends that scrape the older baby poo of the sposies though. Saves stinking out the rubbish biin anyway.
    Astrid - I understand your opportunity cost analogy. The 30-40mins we spend a week on cleaning nappies and hanging them out isn't so bad. Its a lot better than I think people realise.
    A bit like washing dishes I spose. I sometimes find dishwashing to be theraputic - time to sit and reflect. I guess nappy time is like that too.

    But it is all worthwhile to have Jenna in cloth. 8-)

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    I think it is great that people do love using cloth, it just wasn't for me. I do feel so much better using disposables since using the recycling service and yah I don't need to scrap poos!

    I always get a bit sensitive about cloth v disposable threads, as I have seen threads in other forums that become really nasty and are full of cloth users saying how superior they are to disposable users. I just don't understand why people just cant deal with the fact some people use cloth and others don't. Life is hard enough at times without being judged on the type of nappy used. As disposable user I am the only one in my mothers group that uses Baby Love, where as everyone else uses Huggies and refuses to try another nappy.

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    I enjoy my time fold the nappies etc, I guess it is therapuetic too Fi.

    I actually wish I wasnt given all these disposables, as I am using them up before Indah grows out of them, but I dont really like them.. I just love my cloth nappies, but I couldnt care who used what &/or why

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