Yes. Even if you take into consideration the cost of running your washing machine, cloth nappies are much cheaper in the long run. You do have to spend a bit more up front, but once you have the nappies, you keep saving.
It is generally considered that your baby will be in nappies for 30 months or 2.5 years.
We have compared the number of changes of nappy that you need, with the different ages and costs of those nappies. This cost comparison looks at a range of available disposable brands and reflects the decrease in the number of changes per day with age, as well as the increase in price with larger sizes. It compares which with the most expensive washing/drying options for a maximum number of cloth nappies.
|Age and number of changes |
|Number of nappies|
|Average cost of disposable nappies(and wipes)||Ecobots|
|0 – 3 months10 changes per day||900||$551.70||All nappies and covers at current prices $522.10|
|3-12 mnths8 changes per day||2160||$1626.48||Wipes kit $40|
|12-24 mnths6 changes per day||2160||$1907.28||40 packs liners|
|24-30 mnths5 changes per day||900||$794.70||Laundry costs|
|Average cost per nappy||80c||22c|
Costs are averages and include 1 wipe per change.
Laundry costs are for hot washes and include the wear and tear on the washing machine as well as supermarket detergent
How do ecobots compare to other reusables?
|Type of nappy||Full birth to potty pack|
|One size (and covers)||$769|
- Nappies are full birth to potty kits as recommended
- Comparisons with normal retail pack prices of good quality nappies on the market in NZ