I know there is a huge cost savings difference between using cloth diapers and sposies over time. However, the one area I'm stuck on is the newborn phase since they can't fit into OS diapers at that point (which is what we'll use on an older baby). How much did your newborn stash run, or is it even worth it?
I would much much rather not use prefolds or fitteds but I've looked at some of the pricing just for comparison.
Note: The cost factor isn't the end all be all here, I'm just trying to figure out the math for what we would go with.
From what I've read, OS diapers start fitting around 10 lbs. Newborn sposies (we'd go with Pampers Swaddlers) go up to 10 lbs. So about 4 weeks in each (rounding up to 30 days). Newborns go through 12-16 diapers/day, I'm low balling and going with 12 here. So 360 diaper changes.
On Amazon, a 240 pack of Swaddlers go for $42.90, or $0.18/diaper with some left over. Two packs would be $85.80. (Or if I really wait for sales/coupon I can get them for even less, i.e. 3 140 packs from diapers.com for $75 right now). (Add in 1 pack of size 1s for ~ $30 in case the OS still don't fit and it's right over $100.)
If I went with a set of 36 (washing every other day) Imagine Newborn AIOs at $8.95/diaper, that would amount to $322.20, or if I went super cheap and did Alva Newborns (though I haven't really read any reviews on them) they would total $162. Of course I could go with other AIOs, but the prices really start going up.
Even if I did prefolds and covers, which I'm not overly keen on, a dozen Imagine prefolds are $15 ($45/36) plus 6 covers at about $10 ($60) plus snappis come to $108.95.
I guess what I'm asking, is am I missing anything else I need to be factoring in? We would probably start with whichever wipes we're going to go with from the start so I'm not adding that cost in. Is a newborn cloth stash really worth it for only 4-6 weeks of use?