Originally Posted by Logan
I would still choose cloth because its better for their skin, more comfortable, fun, etc. But I dont think its wise to choose it for any financial saving or investment. I did, and have been completely shocked at how stupid that was. If I could do it again I would buy the bare minimum of diapers and wear them to death and then pass them along (or sell them if still worth anything) as soon as they are outgrown. That way even if they die before selling I have at least gotten our moneys worth.
See, I think it depends. Even if you spend $700 per child for cloth diapering, you still come out ahead, compared to how much you'd spend per month on disposables (and $700 is a HUGE stash too, way more than necessary). Also, with disposables, most people skew how much they use by literally waiting until it's bursting at the seams before changing.
For me, the cheapest I can go for sposie diapering was $45 per month, Costco brand. Sure, I could get Parent's Choice, which would be cheaper, but those suckers never even held in one pee's worth of stuff, so useless.
It would take 15.5 months to break even. I am not counting washing/drying costs the same way I am not counting gas costs to get the sposies.
I have never heard of anyone potty training successfully that young. So, say you are lucky and have a child potty train at 24 months. For 8months you are basically diapering for 'free'. And a $700 stash, at worst, 50% of resale value, means you paid $450 to diaper one child. Shoot, let's go further and say you sell it for 25% of what you paid. I doubt you'd only get that ($175 for everything) but anyways, you diapered a child through potty training for $525.
I think there is a difference in 'lasting through many children' versus cost.
I view CDs as I view clothing. I don't expect everything from ds to survive in good enough condition for this new baby. But most of it will. Then again, I made sure to buy quality/durable pieces to begin with. I don't think that spending $100 or even $200 per child 'refreshing' certain items is 'unacceptable'. I mean, I know that I will definitely need to buy new pieces once this babe reaches 24mos, because that's when ds started really destroying clothes. And I apply that to CD too.