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The Cost of Diapering Your Baby (Using Disposable Diapers)

Ever wonder how much it costs to diaper your baby from the time of their birth until they are potty trained? I got curious, so I sat down and figured it out:

First, I looked on for current pricing. One thing I did NOT realize is that as your child grows, the cost per diaper continues to increase!

For Pampers Cruisers, a size 3 diaper costs approximately 25 cents per diaper if you are buying the 'mega' 160 pack. A size 7 diaper, on the other hand, is selling for 43 cents per diaper. (Also in the mega-pack box.

Assuming your child will be wearing diapers from birth until they are 2.5 years old, he or she will require diapers for about 912 days. We cannot know how many size 1, or size 2, or size 3, etc. diapers that the child will require over those 912 days so for argument's sake I'll average the price to 28.6 cents per diaper. I am also going to assume (conservatively) that your child needs a diaper change every three hours. That equates to eight diapers per day.

So..the math:

912 Days X 8 Per Day X 28.6 Cents Each = $2086.66 !!!

Two thousand dollars. For 2 1/2 years. Wow. Also keep in mind that if your child is older than 2 1/2, the cost per diaper escalates to nearly double the cost per unit -- If that's not incentive to potty train early, I'm not sure what is!!

Post by Dr. Suzanne Riffel, author of 'The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers'

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