Older babies usually need fewer diaper changes per day, although that can vary from child to child. On average, you'll need 5-6 No Fold Diapers per day and most babies will use 2-3 covers each day. Again, the total number of diapers you'll need will also depend upon your laundry schedule. Use our diaper calculator (below) to figure out what you'll need, based on your schedule and your baby.
Do you find yourself freezing in the diaper isle because you cannot figure out the best diaper deal on the spot? This is the cost per diaper calculator for you.
Or, you can use this diaper calculator from and run some numbers. Enter the per unit cloth diaper cost, how many you will purchase, and the cost of your preferred brand of disposable diapers. Run the calculator and it will return how long it will take to recoup your initial expense, then show you cost savings over the following months. In most cases it should take only a couple months before you come out ahead and you should save well into the hundreds of dollars by the time you anticipate no longer needing diapers (this may not ring true if you pay for a diaper cleaning service).
Many babies will potty train before 36 months.
Prefold and Cover families can opt to purchase only premium sized prefolds, skipping the infant size.
Cloth diaper families can save over the listed costs by buying used diapers or bartering for diapers.
Cloth diaper calculations assume washing every 3 days. Parents can buy fewer diapers and wash more often to save even more money.