Real Nappy Maths – you can save between £1171.44 and £395.62!

Sylas in his Lactivist cloth nappy t-shirt

Olgas' son Sylas happy in his real nappy

An enormous thanks to Olga for letting us re-post her incredible research about the cost of real versus disposable nappies. Olga has set up Green Fluffy Bottoms which is a Facebook group dedicated to real nappy advice and chat. It was established in July 2011 and has been very active ever since.  They  are a mixture of experienced real nappy users and complete beginners, always happy to answer any cloth related questions.

An average child potty trains about 2.5 years old = 912 days in nappies

7 nappy changes a day x 912 days = 6384 disposable nappies

(I personally find this shocking! just imagine pile of them on a landfill)

Disposable nappies: 

ASDA nappy = between 10.7p and 19.9p each = average 15.3 per nappy x 6384 = £976.75

ASDA wipes = 1 pack per week £1 each x 130 weeks = £130

TOTAL cheap version = £1106.75

 

PAMPERS nappy = between 15.4p each and 22.4p each = average 18.9p per nappy x 6384 = £1206.57

WIPES Johnson’s baby Skincare Wipes = £1.50 pack per week  x 130 weeks = £195

TOTAL expensive version = £1402.57

Reusable nappies

I’M COMPARING MOST POPULAR POCKET NAPPIES

Cheap version

20x cheap eBay pocket birth to potty nappies. £2.50 per nappy x 20 = £50

Fleece reusable wipes pack of 15 = £5

TOTAL £55

bumGenius - "Best washable nappy" at the Natural NurseryExpensive version

20x Bumgenius v4 pocket birth to potty nappies. £15 per nappy x 20 = £300

Cheekey wipes kit = £35

TOTAL £335

De luxe version

20x Wee Notion custom made pocket nappy with embroidery. £25 per nappy with inserts = £500

Cheekey wipes kit = £35

TOTAL £535

Washing cost

Rocking green detergent costs £14 for 90 washes. You will do 456 washes washing every other day x 15p per wash = £68.40 detergent cost

I’m basing my calculation on this washing machine BOSCH WAE24165GB

http://www.bosch-home.co.uk/WAE24165GB.html

WATER

It uses 45l per load = 45l x 456 washes = 20520l of water = 20.52m3

Charge per m3 by United Utilities is £1.374 water and £1.1 sewage = £2.74 per m3

Total = £2.74 x 20.52 = £56.22

 

ELECTRICITY

204kWH per annum (manufacturers website)

510kWH total

EON price per kWH = 10.1p

510kWH x 10.1p = £51.51

 

Detergent = £68.40

Water = £56.22

Electricity = £51.51

TOTAL = £176.13

TOTALS

Cheap version             £231.13

Expensive version       £511.13

De luxe version           £711.13

 

Disposable nappies

Cheap version                         £1106.75

Expensive version       £1402.57

In total depending on what option you choose you can save between £1171.44 and £395.62

AND THIS IS JUST ONE CHILD. YOUR NAPPIES CAN BE REUSED ON SUBSEQUENT CHILDREN.

For more information about the different types of cloth nappies and advice about their use please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk

You might be able to save even more money if your local council has a Real Nappy Incentive scheme!