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DH just called and somehow we got to talking about buying the CDs for our new arrival...and I had to justify to him AGAIN how CDing can save us money. For him...it's costly to plop down a chunk of change on CDs.<br><br>
So I did the math. A newborn wearing size 1 diapers wears about 12 diapers a day. They are .17 each and they wear those for about half the first year (I have small babies). So...$372.30 in disposables. Then from 6 mo+ they wear about 10-12 (we'll say 11) diapers at .22 each. So...$441.65. That's just the first year. Then we're talking 6-8 size 3 diapers at .23. So...$671.60 for the second year. And...I don't even know the cost of size 4 diapers (DD was still in size 3 when we switched) but I imagine they are even more costly so I'll just say $700 for the third year until potty trained.<br><br>
That's a total of $2185.55 from birth to potty trained in disposable diapers AND I shop at Sam's Club. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
My planned expenditures on CDs at this point...I've already spent $140 on 6 med FBs for DD, inserts, and soap. I intend to spend about $500 or so more on 24 small FBs for this LO, inserts, wipes, and bags. Maybe a touch more over time for soap (I'm guessing $20 every 2-3 months).<br><br>
So...$640 plus (we'll go with every 2 months of buying soap) $120 x 3 years...it's $1000. So we still save $1185.55!!!!<br><br>
This DOES NOT include what we will save from CDing our DD (as we do now) from now until she is potty trained which is likely to be another $670-700.<br><br>
I know that these figures are all over the internet...but he wants specific figures for us. So this is what I'm thinking. I know I don't have to justify it to you guys...but it helps me to think it through. This doesn't even take into account how much better it is from DD & our LO and how much better it is for the environment. Just the cost benefit. AND if we get to use our CDs for future children...just think!!! We want four kids.<br><br>
Thanks for listening if you've made it this far. I'm just irked that DH had to ask yet again how this can save us something. He keeps wondering if it's worth the "hassle" which he wouldn't even have to deal with anyway. ARGH!
 

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Wow, thanks for doing my math for me! My husband loves the idea of saving the planet, but he is freaked out about my recent investments in diapers and diapering supplies. Given that we'd purchased some stuff for our first son before going to disposable, I've only purchased about $300-$400 worth and we're pretty much set. I don't feel guilty about any of it, because I did a lot of research and asked a lot of opinions about what we might need, and how many of each, and sought out the best deals I could. My two extravagences were two hand-knit wool soakers.<br><br>
The only other thing you might consider is the cost of laundering them -- additional water and electricity. You can probably find costs for that online also.<br><br>
Do you think he would be supportive if you broke even?<br><br>
And you have a great point about being able to reuse them for the next child!!<br><br>
Also, a Q: are you CDing your daughter now, or switching? Our son is almost three and we are just starting to potty train. I've idly considered swtiching him over to cloth also, but I'm hoping that he gets the hang of the potty soon.
 

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DD is almost exclusively in cloth. We do use disposables at night but I'm beginning to think that it is unecessary (friends recommended this). I switched her about 2-3 months ago when my friend let me borrow her cloth diapers. I think I have about 12 or so different kinds. But I fell in love with the two FBs that she had and had to buy more (they weren't as bulky).<br><br>
I'm not really figuring in water and electricity because well...I'd be using it anyway. Right? A CD load right now is only a mini-load which uses up very little water and I'm guessing that even with newborn baby diapers it'll still be a small load. I'll have to get an estimate on how many gallons that is. But since we've started using cloth, I've noticed no difference in our water bill or our electric bill.<br><br>
DH would be fine if we broke even. It really isn't a money thing to him exactly. I guess he's the typical consumer- he's looking at the large chunk of change we're paying right now instead of looking at the smaller chunks that disposables take each week.<br><br>
What's funny is that I hate to shop. So CDing has an added benefit for me- no diaper runs. I won't have to look for the best deal, clip coupons, etc. for diapers anymore. OR strap two children into carseats, get them in and out of the car, etc. It's just one extra load of laundry every other day. Seems like a piece of cake to me!
 

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A really big deal for me is comfort. Not to mention the fact that some brands of sposies would leave little absorbent crystals all over DD's heiny. Gross chemicals on my baby!!!!<br><br>
Seriously, I had to wear Depends last week when I was coughing so hard and I was wishing I had some fleece on my heiny instead of plastic. Ugh.<br><br>
I've got no other advice though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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Don't forget to subtract resale value when your done with them. Even if you use them for 2 kids, you would probably get a couple dollars a piece to resell them.<br><br>
I used cloth for DS and DD for a bit until I went back to work and DH stayed home. DD is only in diapers at night now, but I switched her back to cloth and bought a couple wool longies and I love them. She's ok with those, but not the cloth trainers made like pockets. I usually give her a choice, cloth or pull-up and she always picks cloth. I already had kissaluv size 2 for her, so buying a pair of recycled longies cost about what a pack of generic pull-ups do.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not really figuring in water and electricity because well...I'd be using it anyway. Right? A CD load right now is only a mini-load which uses up very little water and I'm guessing that even with newborn baby diapers it'll still be a small load. I'll have to get an estimate on how many gallons that is. But since we've started using cloth, I've noticed no difference in our water bill or our electric bill.</div>
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Good to know! I guess it depends on how many diapers you have, too... the more you have, the less often you'd do laundry (although the larger the load)
 

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I don't think my DH is against CDing. But he's one of those people who sees the initial pricetag. But he did say tonight that as long as we break even at least, he's completely fine with whatever I need to spend.<br><br>
I just wish I had a store nearby that sold FB!!! Then I could buy them one at a time and it wouldn't be a $500-700 purchase right off the bat. Not that we can't afford it but it is tougher to swallow, KWIM? But it is too expensive with shipping to buy them one at a time (can only get free shipping with orders over $50).
 

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I get down right HOSTILE when people give the BS line of "cost of washing" CD.........uh I wash dises every day (some times twice OMG) but i don't use all paper...........uh i wash my clothes each time i wear them, but i don't just throw them away and get more.............geesh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
DH is an accountant -- so I had to do the same math you did for him....<br><br>
I tossed in an artical on teh chemicals and c%$p in the disposables and how long they last in the land fill -- just as a bit of added flavor.<br><br>
and for DH I did a mini - deapperciaption thing .... DS has already worn them, so now we are saving 2000+ MORE by having a 2nd child in them.....and if i get my 3rd / 4th via adoption, they shuld at least wear the largers ones, and maybe if we get a young enough child the smaller ones....and you could reason thoese children might PT later too.... so 4000 to 5000 more saved...... (course i point that out on a lot of the stuff we buy -- car seat, stroller -- new for this baby to see how it works out -- and so on ....)<br><br>
funny -- we do use dispoables -- mainly to travle with but i keep a few the car and i a few around......Sunday Morning DH yells "we are out of diapers, i can't find ANY" uhhhhh i put clean ones away last night....."I mean huggies, since we are going out of the house" -- <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I THOUGHT there were still some, but there were none in any of my hiding spots......no biggie. i couldn't resist pointing out to him -- what would this situation be like if we didn't use cloth....we'd really be in a hurt.<br><br>
I do admit -- however -- to useing the HIGHER priced disposable diapers, and the Target price (now bluk at sams club) when i did the math for Scott <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ............ but when we do buy disoposalbes, usally at sams, i do get huggies, and pampers if i buy them at the store..... so it really was not "unfair padding" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Valerie,<br><br>
Have you thought of buying secondhand fuzzis from the Trading Post here or diaperswappers.com? YOu can get some great deals. I use FB's most of all and while I have DS's for the next baby, I wish I had known how much money I could have saved instead of buying brand-new w/my first.
 
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