True cost of nappies

A lot of people buy a few different styles of nappies to see what suits or fits their baby best but not me! Once I had decided on Itti Bittis when I saw sales I bought Itti Bittis to my heart’s content. I bought 8 smalls (2 from trade me – second hand ones are great as the more bamboo is washed the more absorbent it becomes), 12 mediums as I figured he’ll be in them longer and 1 large limited edition nappy (because I couldn’t help myself). Plus some extra snap ins as that’s what I love about the Itti Bitti snap in ones (SIO) is that if the nappy is wet and not dirty you just take out the inside and snap in a new liner. I figured this would last me about a day and a half so enough nappies to do a wash everyday or so.

So I figure I’ve spent about $700 on nappies so far. So how does that compare?

Baby #1 SIO Itti Bitti nappies

24 SIO Itti Bittis $840 (RRP $35pn)

24 SIO Liners $336

900 Washes $108

900 Scoops Laundry Powder $450

Total $1734

900 Tumble Drier (optional) $365

Baby #2$558

Total two children $2292

Baby #1 Disposable nappies

281 Packs of Disposable Nappies $3934 (ave $14 pp)

128 City Rubbish Bags$320 (1 bag/ week $2.50 pb)



Total $4254

Baby #2Disposable Nappies $4254


Total two children $8508

I’ve worked these figures out using an average of 8 nappies per day over two and a half years and washing everyday. Wow that means that Disposable nappies are 3.7 times more expensive than Cloth nappies!!!eco_living_nz

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7 thoughts on “True cost of nappies

  1. August 28, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Wow, this post is awesome. With colours like that, the cloth option even LOOKS good.

  2. August 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much for your comment. I’m really glad to hear you say that. Itti bittis make using cloth so super easy and you’re right the colours are fantastic. They even put out limited edition prints which I can never resist, which is why I have a tiger and a cow one so super cute. Gutted I missed out on the giraffe print though. Oh well new colours due out soon.

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  5. July 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I’m a 1st time dad and was pleased to see our hospital (huge, big-city hospital that delivers 4000 babies a year) using good diapers. I had never changed a diaper so I had the nurse give me detailed instructions. She said the honest diapers are the best.

  6. Honora
    February 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Madeleine Good of you to post the economics of reusable nappies. It’s a no brainer but when I offered to buy the full set for a relative, they said “no thanks, they couldn’t be bothered with the extra work of soaking and washing them”. Very disappointing and obviously the environmental aspect never was a factor for them either…and they’re a low income family relying on government support. Someone told me that when the doctor exclaimed they’d never seen a baby’s bum with no nappy rash they told him they were using cloth nappies.

    I haven’t had kids but I was the housemaid for a baby and cloth nappies were so easy. I was told to empty the bucket of folded nappies in the morning and hose the pooey ones on to the lawn then put them in the agitator washing machine to soak a bit until the generator was turned on at midday. I learned to cover the machine to keep the frogs out! No hassle for me at all. And of course this breastfed baby didn’t have yukky poos…

  7. Emma Gregg
    April 19, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Hi, we are an environmentally conscious family and I have looked into re-usable nappies several times as we have a large family. However, I don’t feel you have taken a true look at both sides of the argument. I rarely buy my disposable nappies at full price, .40c a nappy for top brand with the best breakdown is the most I pay. Only at the height of new baby poop explosions would I use 8 disposable nappies a day by about 7-8mths 4 a day would be a better average, however I continue to change re-usable’s about 8 times a day. Disposable nappies are many times better in regards to breakdown than they were 12 yrs ago when I started on my baby years, but I agree they take too long and have environmental impact. However you must also take into acc the process of producing cotton or whatever fabric the re-usable is made of. Cotton production is not the kindest on the environment and fabric soaking detergents and hot water production must also be considered. I use a combination of both, my children have only ever had nappy rash when using re-usables. I’m not saying your conclusions are in-correct, only that you shouldn’t forget the hidden pro’s and con’s of each side. 🙂