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Cloth vs. Disposable

on July 5, 2013

Finally, I have found some time to do this post! I have been wanting to do it for a long time, but needed to survey to get some actual facts right first.

Please note that this post doesn’t mean that I think disposable diapers are the worst choice or the most horrible thing any parent could do, but it is just a comparison in price and what is better for baby. Here you will find out how much an average family with one child would be spending on solely on diapers for the first 2 years until potty training.

From my research, I have taken 4 popular brands that Malaysians go for. Mamy Poko, Drypers, Huggies and Pet Pet. The amount of pieces in one pack differs between sizes. Smaller sizes are cheaper than bigger ones, and bigger ones has less pieces in one pack too. So for this comparison, I will take the M size as the average just so it is easier and it is in between Newborn-XXL sizes.

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So here is the breakdown price for each of these (based on the average store – Tesco, AEON, Giant, Grocers, and some other general stores):-

Mamy Poko – M44 RM39.90

Drypers – M80 RM42.99

Huggies – M64 RM47.99

Pet Pet – M52 RM32.90

These prices are the average non-sale period. Sometimes they might be cheaper on sale but it depends. Certain stores might sell them way cheaper and some just sky high. If you ask me how come I did not compare with the cheapest price, well hey… when your baby needs it, he/she needs it. No time to wait for baby fairs or sale right?

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So now I will get the average price for the disposables.

RM39.90 + RM42.99 + RM47.99 + RM32.90 = RM163.78

RM 163.78/240 pcs = 0.68 sen per piece

WOW!!! Imagine spending that on each diaper change!

Okay, now let’s see what I have bought so far on my cloth diaper stash (referring to my previous post)

6 Rumparooz – RM200

6 Bumgenius – RM300

6 Charlie Banana – RM330

6 Raf Raf Baby – RM350

6 QQ Baby – RM100

2 Luvable Friends – RM50

Simplex, ShiEzy, Bumgenius prints and elemental, Bumkins was bought under a promo pack and it costs – RM518.

And… recently bought 5 2nd hand Grovia newborn diapers 🙂 – RM90

Total = RM1,938.

Please also know that in buying these great cloth diapers I had some free ones that came along too. In my previous post I mentioned I have a total of 44 cloth diapers. So adding the 5 Grovia newborns would make 49. These 49 can be used from birth till potty training, which we estimate about 2 years.

Here’s the answer! Are you ready???

Baby probably use less when they are older and about 12 as an infant. Average would be about 8 disposables a day. 2 years would be 730 days.

Disposables = RM0.68 X 8 X 730 = RM3,971.20

Cloth = RM1,938

Difference of RM2,033.20!!! Now isn’t that double???

Please also know that potty training might take more than 2 years and you could be spending even more on diapers. Oh and not forgetting, this is for 1 BABY… What if we have another baby? Cloth can be reused if taken care properly. This means another RM3,971.20 of savings!!! The cloth diapers I have are considered the good/imported ones. If you get the cheaper ones (which works just as well), you could save even more money.

Well, it is true that these disposable brands are the expensive brands but it is also of what other moms use. The cheap ones do not absorb as much and cause rash on baby a lot. Not forgetting, cheap disposables leak! You can also do the same comparison but using cheaper brands, but I believe it will not be any much different than the RM2,033.20 saved.

So there ya go… the truth. A family can save so much more money if use cloth diapers. Surely we will use more water and electricity to run the washing machine to wash those diapers and special detergents, but are they really at such a high cost? You can also sell those diapers once you don’t use them anymore. There is nothing wrong in reusing them as baby’s wastes are natural and all just the same.

Even if you do not cloth diaper fully, and doing it partially you still can save lots! And maybe when you’re on vacation or a long trip, just use disposables. Cloth is not only better for the environment, it is better for baby’s skin and health too. That is what I want for Leo and what I am willing to work for.

I will admit that disposables are attractive too when on sale but control what you buy. Use them as emergency diapers and spares if need be. I really don’t wanna be “kiasu” fighting over diapers during baby fairs and sales. It is madness!

Anyway, it is up to you to decide and there is no right or wrong. I am not judging anyone. if I can help change someone else’s thoughts on a way to save money when they are starting a family, this would be it. I am so glad to have found great cloth diaper stores here in Malaysia and the research I did through YouTube. I learnt a lot and realized that there is so much to save and having a baby is not all about having enough money. It is a joy to start a family and there should not be anything to hold anyone back.

If you have questions, do post them below and ask. I’d be happy to answer them 🙂

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6 responses to “Cloth vs. Disposable

  1. ANis says:

    i also cloth diapered my son last year but i just couldnt handle the washing nowadays. it’s sad that i cant use it as often as i did before. if only we have diaper laundry service in malaysia. then i would definitely use it again.

    • evaloy88 says:

      Hi Anis,

      Yea, laundry can be an extra chore to some families. Do you do your own household laundry for clothes as well? If you do, it should not be problem. I believe washing them more frequent will make you feel less work, because the diapers are not collected over many days (one whole basket!) Washing every 2 days will be good.

      It depends too on what kind of cloth diaper you use. Pocket diapers have more work because you need to unstuff and stuff them back before using again. Try buying All-in-Ones and it works just like a disposable. Put on and take off… no need extra work for stuffing! 🙂

  2. Kendra says:

    Hello,where do you buy those clothes diaper and any review on that?

    How about cloth diapering at night?my daughter is a heavy wetter,she is still on disposable at night.

  3. mandy says:

    hi eva,

    may i ask which website did you buy those cloth diapers?, as its more cheaper than any of the website that i check.

    Thank you

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